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Turn Off The Lights! Hackers Can Listen to Your Conversation Through Your Light Bulbs

If you aren’t already terrified of life and everything that is happening around you, here is some more food for fear. Your simple, unassuming lighting fixtures at home can be used to spy on you. Add this to the smart TV, the smartphone, possibly your laptop or tablet, your smart fridge, your smart microwave and whatnot. The thing is, your lightbulbs don’t even have to be smart for the spying to work. Researchers at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University and the Weizmann Institute of Science have developed a rather ingenious way of listening in on conversations in a room at a distance, by simply staring at the lightbulb. ........Read more

Suicide risk mounts amid job losses

The estimate was made by Swiss researchers Wolfram Kawohl and Carlos Nordt in a new Lancet note. Using International Labour Organization estimates, they said global unemployment could rise from 4.9 percent to 5.6 percent in the worst case scenario after covid-19, and to 5.1 percent in the best case. As a result, suicides would rise by 9,570 a year in the first case, and by 2,135 in the latter, they estimated. The ILO estimate that the study cited had projected between 5.3 million and 24.7 million job losses due to the situation arising out of covid-19.........Read more

Parts of Mars are too salty for Earth's microorganisms to survive

Microorganisms from Earth traveling to Mars aboard spacecraft would struggle to survive in pockets of salty brine on the Red Planet, a new study suggests. This could be good news for the exploration of Mars, as these conditions would make it less likely the planet may be contaminated by microbes from Earth, hitching a ride on landers touching down on the alien surface. Planetary protection from microbes from Earth has been a goal of NASA and other space agencies since the earliest days of space exploration.........Read more

Facebook buys GIPHY, the popular GIF-hosting platform

Blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and insider stories by TNW. Facebook has just bought the popular GIF hosting platform GIPHY. In a blog post, GIPHY said it will be integrated into the Instagram team. While both companies have confirmed the deal, they haven’t disclosed the amount. A report by Axios suggests Facebook bough GIPHY for $400 million. GIPHY‘s API is quite popular amongst social networks. Facebook already uses it in its other products such as Messenger and WhatsApp for GIF search. Several other social networks such as Twitter, Reddit, and Slack also rely on GIPHY‘s APIs for their GIF-related features........Read more

Can coronavirus spread through sex? Here's what a study found

The virus that causes Covid-19 can be found in semen, Chinese researchers report in a small study that doesn’t address whether sexual transmission is possible. Doctors detected the virus in semen from six of 38 men hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed Covid-19. Four were still very sick with the disease while two were recovering. The report from Shangqiu Municipal Hospital in China was published Thursday in JAMA Network Open. There was no long-term follow-up so it is not known how long the virus may remain in semen or if men can spread it to their partners during sex.........Read more

African Swine flu detected in Assam, 2,500 pigs killed in 306 villages

The Assam government on Sunday said the first instance of African Swine Flu has been detected in the state and it has already killed around 2,500 pigs across 306 villages. Despite a go-ahead from the Centre, the state government will not resort to culling of the pigs immediately and will adopt an alternate mechanism to prevent the spread of the highly contagious disease, Assam Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Minister Atul Bora said at a press conference. He said the disease has no relation at all with COVID-19.........Read more

Delhi court grants bail to bookie Sanjeev Chawla in match-fixing case

A Delhi court has granted bail to Sanjeev Chawla, an alleged bookie and key accused in one of the cricket's biggest match-fixing scandals that involved former South African captain Hansie Cronje. Special Judge Ashutosh Kumar granted the relief to Chawla on a personal bond of Rs 2 lakh with two sureties of the like amount on April 30. The court said the accused was in custody for the last 76 days and the probe was already complete in the case. The court, however, directed him to give his voice sample and handwriting specimen to the investigating officer in the case. According to police, Chawla, who was extradited from London in February, was involved in fixing of five matches. ........Read more

Coronavirus lockdown in India has impacted 40 million internal migrants: World Bank

“The lockdown in India has impacted the livelihoods of a large proportion of the country's nearly 40 million internal migrants. Around 50,000–60,000 moved from urban centres to rural areas of origin in the span of a few days,” the bank said in a report released on Wednesday. According to the report -- 'COVID-19 Crisis Through a Migration Lens' -- the magnitude of internal migration is about two-and-a-half times that of international migration. “Lockdowns, loss of employment, and social distancing prompted a chaotic and painful process of mass return for internal migrants in India and many countries in Latin America,” it said.........Read more

Industrialist Subhash Chandra Summoned In Yes Bank Money Laundering Case

Industrialist Subhash Chandra has been summoned in a money laundering case involving Yes Bank founder Rana Kapoor. Subhash Chandra's Essel Group allegedly accounts for over Rs 8,000 crore in dues to the crisis-hit Yes Bank. Subhash Chandra has been summoned on Wednesday by the Enforcement Directorate, which has also summoned Anil Ambani and Gautam Thapar of the Avantha Group on Thursday. The agency has issued a fresh summon to Reliance Group chief Anil Ambani after he requested more time citing health reasons.........Read more

Retail Inflation Slows To 6.58 Per Cent In February As Compared With 7.59 Per Cent In January

Retail inflation slowed to 6.58 per cent in February over the previous month mainly due to easing food prices, government data showed on Thursday. The retail inflation based on Consumer Price Index (CPI) was 7.59 per cent in January and 2.57 per cent in February 2019. The inflation in the food basket was 10.81 per cent in February 2020, lower from 13.63 per cent in the previous month, as per the CPI data released by the National Statistical Office (NSO).........Read more

Confirmed Coronavirus may force Americans to avoid crowds and cancel cruises; U.S. cases near 550

Older Americans, especially those with chronic medical concerns, should probably avoid big social gatherings and airline flights, given the rapid spread of coronavirus, a top U.S. health official said on Sunday, as investors braced for another volatile week in financial markets. Anthony Fauci, the head of the infectious diseases unit at the National Institutes of Health, also said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that after initial missteps distributing diagnostic tests, there should be 400,000 more kits available by Monday and 4 million by the end of the week. ........Read more

Right-wing Group Activist Announces Rs 10 Lakh Bounty to Kill Amulya Leona for Pro-Pakistan Slogan

An activist of the right-wing group Sri Ram Sena has announced a bounty of Rs 10 lakh for killing Amulya Leona who shouted pro-Pakistan slogans at an anti-CAA event here recently. In video footage, activist Sanjeev Maradi is heard asking the government not to release the woman or else he will kill her. "The state and the central government should not release her under any circumstances. If she is released, we will kill her in an encounter," he is heard saying at a protest rally organised by the outfit in Ballari against Leona on Saturday. ........Read more

UP's Langar Baba, 'Encyclopedia of Forest' Among 118 Personalities to Get Padma Shri Award

The government has selected 118 people from the field of social work who will be given the Padma Shri Award. The list included the names of Jagdish Lal Ahuja, Javed Ahmad Tak, Satyanarayana Mundayoor, S. Ramakrishna, Yogi Aeron, Tulasi Gowda, Abdul Jabbar, Usha Chaumar and others. ........Read more

Exclusive: New Indian law to protect foreign investors to exclude tax demands - documents

New legislation will improve protection for foreign investors in India by offering relief from possible policy changes but will uphold the state’s right to tax them. The bill also attempts to upgrade India’s investment climate and boost foreign investment by setting up new adjudicating authorities to swiftly resolve disputes. It is part of India’s efforts to become a $5 trillion economy by 2024, from around $2.7 trillion currently.........Read more

Six dead in deadliest day of Indian citizenship law protests

Six people died and dozens were injured on Friday as police clashed with thousands of protesters who again took to the streets in several parts of the country to oppose a new law they say discriminates against Muslims. There were standoffs at police barricades in half a dozen towns in Uttar Pradesh, which has long been a tinderbox of communal tensions between majority Hindus and minority Muslims. ........Read more

From international airport to pilgrim centeres, here’s everything planned for Ayodhya

Authorities are gearing up to give Ayodhya a complete makeover following the Supreme Court verdict in favour of a Ram temple, with plans to build resorts, a five-star hotel, international bus terminal and an airport. ........Read more

‘Demolish Maradu flats’: SC orders Rs 25 lakh compensation for owners

The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a last-minute effort by the Kerala government to put on hold the demolition of four apartment complexes in Kochi that violate coastal regulation zone norms and ordered the state government to give each flat owner Rs 25 lakh as interim compensation. But the buildings will have to be razed, a bench of the Supreme Court ruled, asserting that the court could not let the illegality to continue. The Kerala government had suggested that it could evacuate the occupants but asked that the court let the buildings stand. The judges told the Kerala government that the could get the apartment complex demolished if the state government could not do the job. At the end of the hearing on Friday, the Supreme Court okayed a 138-day time frame proposed by the state government to demolish and clear the debris. The state government has been given four weeks to pay the Rs 25 lakh interim compensation to people who bought flats in the complex built in violation of the rules. A committee headed by a retired high court judge would be set up, the top court said, to look into valuation of the Maradu flats and fix responsibility for allowing construction in the CRZ zone.........Read more

Pak "Created Entire Industry Of Terror", Now Frustrated: India On J&K Move

Sections S Jaishankar emphasised provisions in the Constitution which gave J&K special status were temporary India has no problem talking to Pakistan, but it has a problem talking to "Terroristan", External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said in New York today, asserting that Islamabad has created an entire industry of terrorism to deal with the Kashmir issue. Mr Jaishankar, addressing a New York audience at cultural organization Asia Society, said when India decided to revoke Article 370 and bifurcate the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, it drew a reaction from Pakistan. Pakistan downgraded diplomatic relations with India and also sent back Indian High Commissioner after New Delhi revoked the 'temporary special status' given to Jammu and Kashmir on August 5. Mr Jaishankar emphasised that India has no problem talking to Pakistan. "But we have a problem talking to Terroristan. And they have to be one and not be the other," he said. Mr Jaishankar underlined that revoking Article 370 has no implications for India's external boundaries.........Read more

Two Air India Planes Damaged After Being Hit by Turbulence, Crew Suffers Injuries

"Air India's Delhi-Trivandrum-Kochi flight A1467 hit air turbulence when it was on the way to Kochi from Trivandrum. Though no injury has been reported, the A321 aircraft suffered minor damages. It was grounded immediately after landing for inspection. Due to this, the return flight was delayed by nearly four hours," the official said, adding an investigation is underway. Meanwhile, sources in the airline said that on September 17 also, an Air India New Delhi-Vijaywada plane with 174 passengers hit severe bad weather. Visuals of the incident showed food trays scattered in the aisle and crew members being examined for possible injuries.........Read more

Govt removes 312 Sikh foreign nationals from blacklist, 2 remain

The government has removed from its blacklist names of 312 Sikh foreign nationals involved in anti-India activities and only two persons figure in the list now, Home Ministry officials said on Friday. The decision has been taken after a review carried out by different security agencies on the Central Adverse List or blacklist containing the names of Sikh foreign nationals. A blacklist on Sikh foreign nationals maintained by various Indian missions abroad has also been discontinued by the government. "The government of India has reviewed the Adverse List containing 314 foreign nationals belonging to Sikh community and brought it down to just two," an official said.........Read more

U.S. designates Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Noor Wali Mehsud as global terrorist

The United States has slapped sanctions on the chief of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Noor Wali Mehsud and designated him as a global terrorist, as the Trump administration unveiled new tools to pursue terror suspects, their financiers and supporters globally. Mehsud was designated as a ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorist’ by the U.S. Department of State on Tuesday, on the eve of the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Mehsud took over the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan in June 2018 following the death of Mullah Fazlullah in Afghanistan. “Noor Wali, also known as Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud, was named the leader of Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in June 2018 following the death of former TTP leader Mullah Fazlullah,” according to a State Department statement. “Under Noor Wali’s leadership, TTP has claimed responsibility for numerous deadly terrorist attacks across Pakistan,” it said. The US actions seek to deny these terrorists the resources to plan and carry out attacks. All of their property and interests in property subject to US jurisdiction are blocked, and US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with them, the statement said. Interestingly, Mehsud’s designation came on the same day India described Pakistan as the “epicentre” of global terrorism.........Read more

U.S., China grant trade concessions as fresh talks loom

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday welcomed China’s decision to exempt some U.S. anti-cancer drugs and other goods from its tariffs and announced a short delay to scheduled tariff hikes on billions worth of Chinese goods. Stock markets in Asia rose on the news in early Thursday trade, as the concessions came days ahead of a planned meeting aimed at defusing the escalating trade war between the world’s two largest economies. China’s decision to exempt some U.S. goods was a “big move” by Beijing and a positive gesture before trade negotiators from both countries meet in Washington, Trump told reporters at the White House. China on Wednesday announced its first batch of tariff exemptions for 16 types of U.S. products, including some anti-cancer drugs and lubricants, as well as animal feed ingredients whey and fish meal, according to a Ministry of Finance statement on its website. “They made a couple of moves ... that were pretty good,” Trump said at an unrelated event on vaping. “I think it was a gesture, okay? But it was a big move.” On Wednesday, Trump wrote in a post on Twitter that the United States had agreed to delay increasing tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports from Oct. 1 to Oct. 15 “as a gesture of good will.” The tariffs were set to increase to 30% from 25% on the goods. ........Read more

Mary Kom For Padma Vibhushan, PV Sindhu For Padma Bhushan; Sports Min. Rules Out First-Ever All-Women List

To celebrate and acknowledge the contribution of country’s top female athletes in the world of sports – Sports Ministry has taken a huge stride forward by sending an all-women list to the home ministry for the prestigious Padma awards. Six-time world champion boxer MC Mary Kom has been recommended for the Padma Vibhushan award, country’s second-highest civilian honour after the Bharat Ratna. This is also the first time that a woman athlete’s name has been put forward for the coveted silverware. Badminton queen and recently-crowned world champion – PV Sindhu, who became the first Indian to win the world championship in August, has been recommended for the Padma Bhushan. It is the third-highest civilian award in the country. Apart from Mary and Sindhu, the ministry has recommended seven other women athletes this time around for the national honour, reported by The Times of India. The other seven women in this year’s list have all been recommended for the Padma Shri are – champion wrestler Vinesh Phogat, table tennis star Manika Batra, cricket captain Harmanpreet Kaur (T20Is), hockey captain Rani Rampal, former shooter Suma Shirur and mountaineer twin sisters, Tashi and Nungshi Malik.........Read more

Akshay Kumar in And as Prithviraj in YRF's Big Period Drama Based on Indian Ruler Prithviraj Chauhan

Actor Akshay Kumar has announced his new film titled Prithviraj based on famous Indian king Prithviraj Chauhan who had conquered most of the present states of Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi between 1178-1192 CE. The film is being produced by YRF and directed by Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi. Prithviraj is set to hit the screens as a big Diwali release next year and the shooting is expected to begin by the end of this year itself. Akshay took to social media to announce the film on the ocassion of his 52nd birthday. He mentioned that he is glad to be teaming up with YRF once again for the first and probably the biggest period drama of his career – Prithviraj. Akshay wrote, “Truly happy to share the news of my first historical film on my birthday. I’m humbled to have the opportunity to play a hero I look up to for his valor and values – Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan – in one of my biggest films #Prithviraj produced by @yrf . Directed by #DrChandraprakashDwivedi. #Prithviraj in theatres Diwali 2020.........Read more

Sunanda Pushkar Case: ‘Shashi Tharoor fought with her in Dubai,’ court told

The Delhi Police on Saturday asked the court to frame murder charges, or in alternative, abetment to suicide charges against Congress MP Shashi Tharoor claiming that Sunanda Pushkar was about to address some press conference on IPL before her death. Public Prosecutor Atul Shrivastava also told the court that before her death, she was having regular fights with her husband. He said that according to the statement of the servant, both Tharoor and Pushkar had fights in Dubai, where the servant was also taken. At one of the instances, Pushkar had also hit Tharoor. The PP informed the court that when they came back, the couple also fought over a lady known as “catty” who was different from Mehr Tarar, the Pakistani Journalist. He told the court that according to the servant, she was about to hold some press conference on IPL. The PP also said that an independent medical opinion suggested that injecting of alprazolam cannot be ruled out. The police told the court that Pushkar was under a lot of mental agony which could be proved from a mail found from Pushkar which said that she had no will to live longer and want to die. The public prosecutor also referred to the statement of one of Pushkar’s friends with whom she “shared her pain”. ........Read more

Twitter will now hide — but not remove — harmful tweets from public figures

Twitter is rolling out a new notice for tweets belonging to public figures that break its community guidelines. Now, if a figure like President Donald Trump were to tweet something that broke Twitter’s rules, the platform could notify users of the violation and lessen the reach of the tweet. In recent interviews, Twitter executives have hinted that a change like this would be coming soon. This notice will only apply to tweets from accounts belonging to political figures, verified users, and accounts with more than 100,000 followers. If a tweet is flagged as violating platform rules, a team of people from across the company will decide whether it is a “matter of public interest.” If so, a light gray box will appear before the tweet notifying users that it’s in violation, but it will remain available to users who click through the box. In theory, this could preserve the tweet as part of the public record without allowing it to be promoted to new audiences through the Twitter platform.........Read more

Digvijaya Singh Asks For Proof of 'Pre-emptive' Strike, Terms Pakistan PM 'a Good Neighbour'

Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Saturday demanded the Centre to provide evidence of the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) strike on Jaish-e-Mohammed’s (JeM) terror camps in Balakot. He also lauded Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for ensuring safe return of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman and called him ‘a good neighbour’.........Read more

Denmark Open | Ashwini Ponnappa-Sikki Reddy advance as B Sai Praneeth crashes out

Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy brushed aside American sisters, Sydney Lee and Ariel Lee in a 21-7, 21-11 straight games victory to progress to the second round of the Denmark Open. But it was lights out for India's B Sai Praneeth who suffered defeat at the hands of China’s Huang Yuxiang.........Read more

Signs of type 2 diabetes appear 20 years before diagnosis

According to the recent study, dangerously high blood sugar levels and insulin resistance can be seen two decades before a person is eventually diagnosed with the condition.........Read more

A first for Indian cycling: Andaman and Nicobar’s Esow wins silver at the Junior World C’ship

Esow Alban, the cycling star from Andaman and Nicobar, created history on Thursday when he became the first Indian to win a medal at the Junior Track Cycling World Championships in Switzerland.........Read more

World Sickle Cell Day 2018: Causes, symptoms, treatment of the painful inherited blood disorder

Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) will have rigid, sticky and crescent-shaped, sickle-like red blood cells (RBCs). It is an inherited blood disorder that can be acquired from either or both the parents.........Read more

Kane Williamson Named Captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad for IPL 2018

Sunrisers Hyderabad has named New Zealand captain and middle-order batsman Kane Williamson as their skipper for this season of the Indian Premier League. The decision comes in the wake of David Warner stepping down from his position as the captain of the franchise earlier, due to his involvement in the recent ball-tampering scandal.........Read more

Putin cruises to landslide election win

Vladimir Putin on Sunday stormed to victory in Russia's presidential election on Sunday, giving him another six years in power. Mr. Putin, who has ruled Russia for almost two decades, won more than 75% of the vote according to preliminary results, but the opposition cried foul.........Read more

NRIs Receive ED Notices over Bank Transfers

In the past three months, about 50 NRIs are understood to have received notices from the Enforcement Directorate, asking them to explain the source of money, origin or point of remittance, and sometimes directing them to appear in person before a directorate official. Many such persons who have been served notices are settled abroad for years.........Read more

Rare relief for H-1B spouses as work permit restrictions delayed

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was expected to announce the end of H-4 Employment Authorisation Document (EAD) in February but told a court on Thursday it needed more time to re-evaluate implications of the decision. But it still intends to shut it down.........Read more

Earth Was Vaporized 4.5 Billion Years Ago, and (Maybe) That's Why We Have a Moon

Once upon a time, about 4.5 billion years ago, the Earth was an unformed doughnut of molten rock called a synestia — and the moon was hidden in the filling. That's one possible explanation for the moon's formation, anyway. And according to a new paper published in the Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, it may be the best explanation scientists have so far.........Read more

Indians 'needn't worry': No fundamental change in H-1B visa policy, says US envoy

The H-1B visa programme has not undergone any fundamental change, a senior US diplomat said Monday, seeking to allay the apprehension among Indians that amendments to it would harm their interest. We would ask Indians to recognize that this is not about India and it is not about US-India relationship. This is about a broader policy that affects countries around the world from an American perspective and therefore it is very important to get it right.........Read more

Dravid takes a pay cut so that the rest support staff of U-19 W’Cup winning team gets more

Dravid reiterated his point of equal prize money to all support staff members during his meeting with BCCI CEO Rahul Johri on February 14 and even mooted the idea of rewarding those who had worked with the team in the past but were not part of the touring party for the event in New Zealand.........Read more

IIT Kharagpur student wins prestigious award at energy conference in Paris

Ankur Mehta, a chemical engineering student, was awarded the 'Best (Oral) Presentation Certificate' in the seventh edition of the three-day International Conference on Clean and Green Energy (ICCGE-2018) in Paris. The ICCGE is a premier forum for leading global scientists and engineers to present their new theoretical, experimental and applied research projects on clean and green energy.........Read more

PNB scam: RBI sets up expert panel in wake of increasing fraud cases in Indian banking system - Firstpost

In the wake of the increase in reported incidents of frauds in the banking system, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has set up an expert panel to look into the reasons for high divergence in NPA classification and provisioning by banks.........Read more

Pakistan riskiest place to be born, India safer but not by much: Unicef

Pakistan is the riskiest country to be born in, with one in 22 babies born there die before they turn one month old, according to a Unicef report. India’s neonatal mortality rate (deaths per 1,000 live births) is 25.4, which ranks it at 12 among 52 “lower-middle-income countries” in terms of risk for newborns. Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan are also ahead of India in neonatal survival.........Read more

Menza Lucat e-bike launched at Rs. 2.80 lakh.

Menza Motors has launched its first electric motorcycle in India. The bike is priced at Rs. 2.80 lakh (ex-showroom) and can also be acquired with a battery lease of Rs. 4,000 per month and Rs. 1.80 lakh (ex-showroom). A brushless DC motor that produces 24 BHP of peak power and 60 Nm of peak torque powers the Lucat. The claimed top speed of the bike is 121 km/h. The electric motor is powered by a 72 V lithium-ion battery pack, which has a maximum capacity of 6 kWh. It can travel up to 100 km on a single charge in the city and up to 150 km on the highway.........Read more

India Open 2018: PV Sindhu Advances to Semifinals, Parupalli Kashyap, B Sai Praneeth Lose

Top-seeded Indian shuttler P V Sindhu on Friday defeated Spain’s World No. 36 Beatriz Corrales 21-12 19-21 21-11 to reach the women’s singles semifinals of the USD 350,000 India Open Super 500 badminton tournament. Sindhu dished out an attacking game to win the quarterfinal match in 35 minutes and took another step closer to retaining her title. The Olympic silver medallist will now clash against 2013 World champion Ratchanok Inthanon of Thailand in the semifinals.........Read more

Delhi boy found dead in school: Police detain 3 teens for allegedly beating him to death  

Police on Friday detained three boys for allegedly beating their 14-year-old classmate to death inside the toilet of a private school in northeast Delhi’s Karawal Nagar. During the questioning of those boys, it emerged that Tushar was punched by three of his classmates in the toilet. On Thursday morning, there was an argument between the boy and the three accused and later when he went to the toilet, they followed him there and thrashed him.........Read more

Range Rover Evoque Landmark Edition Launched In India; Priced At Rs 50.20 Lakh

Range Rover Evoque Landmark Edition Launched In India. The new Range Rover Evoque Landmark Edition is priced at Rs 50.20 lakh ex-showroom (India). Based on the SE variant of the regular model, Land Rover has introduced the special edition to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the Evoque.........Read more

Raghunandan Yandamuri to be Executed in the US on Feb 23

Raghunandan is the first Indian to face the death penalty in America. He has issued death penalty in 2014 for killing a 61-year-old elderly Indian woman Satyavathi and her 10-month-old granddaughter Saanvi. Raghunandan was convicted for these killings as part of mishandled kidnapping for ransom plot.........Read more

Forex reserves hit a new lifetime high of $410 billion; makes whopping $500 million jumps in 7 days

Foreign Exchange Reserves, in the week to December 29, not only crossed the $400 billion mark but touched a new lifetime high of $409.366 billion aided by an increase in foreign currency assets. In the previous week, foreign exchange reserves had spurted by $3.53 billion to reach $404.921 billion.........Read more

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion to release in Japan, Russia

The Conclusion, which brought cheer to the Indian box office this year, will hit the screens in Japan on December 29 and subsequently in Russia in January. The film’s producer Shobu Yarlagadda on Tuesday tweeted the updates.........Read more

Chrome Malware Alert: Malicious Digmine cryptocurrency - mining code spreading via Facebook Messenger

Digmine malware is sent to victims posing as a harmless video file, but in reality, it is an AutoIt executable script. If the user's Facebook account is set to log in automatically, Digmine will manipulate Facebook Messenger in order to send a link to the file to the account's friends and spread. As of now, the abuse of Facebook's auto login feature on Chrome browser is limited to propagation of Digmine for now, but it won't be a surprise if the cyber criminals highjack the whole social media account in near future.........Read more

The first real 5G specification has officially been completed

It’s been in development for awhile, but the 3GPP — the organization that governs cellular standards — has officially signed off on the first specification for 5G. As expected, the finished 5G specification covers a wide range of spectrum, ranging from the 600 and 700 MHz bands to the millimeter wave portion of the spectrum at 50 GHz.........Read more

Key to immune system's memory revealed

During a response to infection, the immune system's B and T cells create memory cells, allowing it to develop immunity to future infections and also to gain protection through vaccines, which serve to mimic the sort of immunity induced by the virus or bacteria the vaccine is trying to prevent.........Read more

Ducati Scrambler Mach 2.0 Launched In India; Priced At Rs 8.52 Lakh

The Ducati Scrambler Mach 2.0 is powered by an 803cc V-twin engine producing 72.4bhp @ 8,250rpm and 67Nm of torque @ 5,750rpm. The motorcycle rival the likes of Triumph Street Scrambler and Yamaha FZ-07 in the Indian market.........Read more

Masks come on as Delhi Dynamos host Jamshedpur FC

Air pollution in the city is a cause of concern for not only the Sri Lankan cricketers but also for the footballers competing in the Indian Super League as they wore masks while training on Tuesday.........Read more

GST may have fewer slabs in future, says CEA Arvind Subramanian

Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) Arvind Subramanian on Friday said going forward the Goods and Services Tax (GST) may "probably" have fewer rates by "collapsing" 12 per cent and 18 per cent tax slabs into one.........Read more

Indian, who funded slain al-Qaeda leader al-Awlaki, gets 27.5 years by US court

A US court sentenced an Indian national to 27.5 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to funding slain al-Qaeda leader al-Awlaki and soliciting the murder of the judge hearing the case,........Read more

Scientists may have found way to treat multiple sclerosis

Katerina Akassoglou and her research team at the Gladstone Institutes uncovered a promising new therapeutic strategy. Surprisingly, it's associated with a protein in the blood. They found that when fibrinogen (a blood-clotting protein) leaks into the central nervous system, it stops brain cells from producing myelin and, as a result, prevents repair.........Read more

Players Are More Powerful Than Coaches, Says Rahul Dravid on Virat Kohli-Anil Kumble Saga

I think the whole thing got played out in the media which is very, very unfortunate for Anil and not fair on him at all. So, what’s the reality of it and what happens behind closed doors is not something I’m privy to, so I can’t comment directly? But it was definitely an unfortunate episode, especially to someone like Anil who has been an absolute legend of the game.........Read more

In Few Years Indian Referees Will Officiate in FIFA Events: Massimo Busacca

Head of referees Massimo Busacca feels that Indian referees can officiate in top level FIFA events. He, however, feels they lack big-game experience. “Referees from India were here one week when we did the preparations. ........Read more

Bofors Scandal: CBI Seeks Government Nod to File SLP in Supreme Court Against Delhi HC’s 2005 Order

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday sought government permission to file a Special Leave Petition (SLP) in Supreme Court against the Delhi HC ruling in the alleged Bofors scam. Twelve years ago, the Delhi HC had quashed all charges against Europe-based Hinduja brothers- Srichand, Gopichand and Prakashchand and the Bofors company.........Read more

US must decide appropriately, Jaitley on H-1B visa

Asserting that Indian IT professionals coming to America on H-1B visa are not illegal economic immigrants, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said that the US must decide appropriately while taking a decision on its visa policy.........Read more

Afzal Guru event at JNU: Delhi High Court sets aside disciplinary action against Kanhaiya Kumar, others

While setting aside the order of the Disciplinary Committee of the varsity, Justice V Kameswar Rao said that the students, which also included Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, were given limited time to inspect the records based on which the actions were taken against them.........Read more

Honeypreet paid Rs 1.25 crore to spark riot in Panchkula, say cops

Honeypreet Insan allegedly gave Rs 1.25 crore to Dera Sacha Sauda’s Panchkula branch head, Chamkaur Singh, a couple of days ahead of dera head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s conviction in rape cases on August 25. This was revealed to cops by Rakesh Kumar, personal assistant-cum-driver of Gurmeet, during interrogation.........Read more

Formula 1: Max Verstappen wins the 2017 Malaysian GP

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen took his second career win in Formula One at the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton finished in second place, while Verstappen's team mate Daniel Ricciardo took third place. Championship contender Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari put up a strong performance to finish fourth after starting last on the grid.........Read more

What is India’s Cold Start Doctrine

Cold start is a military doctrine that was developed by the Indian Army for use in a possible war with Pakistan. This doctrine involves various branches of the Army conducting offensive operations as part of a unified battle groups. The doctrine intends to allow India's conventional forces to perform holding attacks to prevent nuclear retaliation from Pakistan in case of a conflict.........Read more

Four more cops arrested for bid to free Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh

Haryana Police on Thursday arrested five more people, including four cops, in connection with the alleged conspiracy to help Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh escape from the courtroom after his conviction in a rape case on August 25. Three Haryana Police commandos were arrested from Panchkula, while a Rajasthan Police personnel, was nabbed in Hanumangarh.........Read more

Trai seeks new landline service permit at district level

The Telecom Regulator Authority of India (Trai) on Friday recommended the government to issue a new licence in the virtual network operator (VNO) category for landline service at the district level. The VNOs are entities authorised to provide telecom services like mobile, landline and internet, but only as a retailer for full-fledged telecom operators such as BSNL, MTNL, Airtel.........Read more

Breast cancer drug boosts IVF hopes in older women

Tamoxifen is usually given to patients who have undergone breast cancer surgery to prevent the tumours from growing back, but now a British clinic is pioneering its use in fertility treatment to help women who have crossed 40 and have a limited chance of getting pregnant due to low egg count.........Read more

Xiaomi launches the Mi 5X with dual-cameras and Android 7.0, a Mi AI Speaker and MIUI 9 in China

Xiaomi, the popular electronics and smartphone maker from China has launched the Mi 5X, MI AI Speaker and MIUI 9. The company announced the new hardware and operating system update at a launch event. MIUI 9 is the much-anticipated upgrade to the MIUI operating software used by Xiaomi in all its smartphones.........Read more

Kerala: Meet the man who can predict rain

In his remote village of Muttil, first thing 72-year-old Vimal Kumar does on waking up is to check the rain gauge, consisting of a simple metal funnel and accompanying calibrated measuring cylinder installed in front of his house. Every day that it has rained for the past 34 years in his part of Wayanad, whether it is a thunderstorm or the thread-bare 'nool mazha', Vimal has without fail meticulously recorded it.........Read more

Australia-India ODI series caught in pay dispute?

Australia's slated One-day series in India in October has become a pivotal juncture around which Cricket Australia (CA) and Australia's top cricketers may be motivated to find a way out of their pay dispute, according to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald.........Read more

Azim Premji firm to buy 2.2% stake in Aditya Birla Capital for Rs700 crore

Aditya Birla Capital Ltd, the financial services arm of the Aditya Birla Group, on Thursday signed an agreement to sell a 2.2% stake to PremjiInvest, the family investment arm of Wipro chairman Azim Premji, for around Rs700 crore.........Read more

Mamata Banerjee calls to boycott GST

Our repeated suggestions to take some more time to properly implement GST have fallen in deaf ears, said Mamata Banerjee in a Facebook post.........Read more

Rolls-Royce Plans To Triple Staff In Bengaluru R&D Centre, Invest In Startups

High-end engine maker Rolls-Royce plans to triple its workforce at its research and development centre in India by the year-end and invest in startups working in areas like artificial intelligence and data analytics.........Read more

This club plans to remove 50 tonnes of garbage from Chennai’s shoreline and you can join in

The Cleanup is a part of ‘India Clean Sweep’, an umbrella campaign, where volunteers and green NGOs across 15 Indian cities in the South will take up cleaning up beaches, rivers and lakes. The cities where India Clean Sweep will be held include Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kochi, Vizag, Pondicherry, Dindigul, Madurai, Trichy, Cuddalore and Tirunelveli. ........Read more

5 things that make Kochi Metro unique

With its doors opening to the music of Chenda—Kerala’s traditional percussion instrument—to having the longest first phase metro operation in the country and offering free Wi-Fi, the Kochi Metro has many firsts to its credit.........Read more

For diabetics, nasal powder fixed severe low blood sugar

For many people with diabetes, low blood sugar levels are a serious health risk, but researchers report that a new nasal powder quickly reverses the effects of this dangerous condition.........Read more

Manchester United FC ranked as Europe’s most valuable club with $3.4 billion enterprise value

Despite two relatively disappointing seasons on the pitch between 2014 and 2016, United’s value surged clear of Real Madrid C.F. and FC Barcelona last year, becoming the first club to break the three billion euros (£2.7 billion, $3.4 billion) mark for enterprise value.........Read more

Nepal in talks with China to build $8 billion cross-border rail link

Nepal is in talks with China to build a cross-border rail link that may cost up to $8 billion, and funding could be expected after Nepal formally signed up to Beijing's Belt and Road initiative, a Nepali finance ministry official said.........Read more

Davis Cup: Ramkumar Ramanathan wins first tie

India opened their campaign with Ramkumar Ramanathan taking on Temur Ismailov. Ramkumar Ramanathan won the hard-fought first tie 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, 7-5.........Read more

Virat Kohli named Wisden's Leading Cricketer in the World for 2016

Wisden announced, “Virat Kohli, who features on the cover of the 2017 edition of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, is also the Leading Cricketer in the World for 2016, an accolade put in place in 2003 when Ricky Ponting became the first honouree.”........Read more

Sony Xperia XZs with 'Motion Eye' camera launches in India at Rs 49,990; preorders from 4 April

The Sony Xperia XZs is exactly the same as the Xperia XZ from the inside and the outside. In fact, even the size and weight of both the smartphones are the same. The only new feature that the XZs gets is Sony's new 'Motion Eye' camera.........Read more

Virat Kolhi let emotions affect his batting against Australia: Sourav Ganguly

Virat Kohli's batting was affected by his emotional outbursts in the acrimonious Test series against Australia, feels former captain Sourav Ganguly, who is hoping that the Indian skipper "cools down" to score big again.........Read more

Aadhaar helped govt save Rs 34,000 cr, don’t undermine its benefits: Finance Secy

Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa has termed the Aadhaar card scheme as “revolutionary” and said that it should not be undermined as it has brought efficiency in public spending and removed corruption.........Read more

My mother denied judgeship in India because she was a woman: Nikki Haley

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has claimed her mother, who had studied to be a lawyer in India, was not allowed to sit on the bench as a judge because of the situation with women in the country during that time.........Read more

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky gives a 5-star rating to India market

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky sees India rising to become one of the company’s key revenue generators with the country’s young and rapidly expanding middle class spending big on travel. ........Read more

South Korea's constitutional court upholds President Park's impeachment

South Korea's Constitutional Court upheld the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye on Friday, removing her from office over a graft scandal involving big business that has gripped the country for months.........Read more

UP ATS corners suspected terrorist in Lucknow; encounter underway

The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) cornered a suspected terrorist this afternoon in Lucknow's Thakurganj neighbourhood. The 'terrorist' is suspected to be one Saiful who was allegedly involved in the Khandwa train blast.........Read more

China Opens Tibet's 2nd Largest Airport Terminal Close to Arunachal

China on Monday operationalised the second-largest airport terminal in Tibet, close to the Indian border, which will be able to handle 750,000 passengers and 3,000 tonnes of cargo annually by 2020.........Read more

Wikipedia bots spent years fighting silent, tiny battles with each other

Wikipedia needs benevolent bots because it has about 40 million articles to manage in 293 languages. Those kind (human) souls who edit the pages for content can’t possibly keep up with all the little alterations that need to be made, so they create bots to do it for them. These bots add links to other Wikipedia pages, undo vandalism, flag copyright violations, check spelling, and carry out a host of other tasks that can be automated. This frees up the human editors to add information and make editorial changes that depend on more than basic grammar rules.........Read more

Banks liable to pay Rs 100 per day as penalty for delay in reimbursement for failed ATM transactions

Are you aware that banks are liable to pay Rs100 a day penalty for any delay in reimbursement for failed ATM transactions? As per the RBI instructions, banks have been mandated to resolve customer complaints by re-crediting the customer’s account within 7 working days from the date of complaint.........Read more

Sunil Bansal, the man behind BJP’s UP poll battle

Bansal was an activist of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) – the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s student outfit – in Rajasthan before rising up to become its national joint organising secretary. It was then that Shah picked him up to work on the 2014 elections in Uttar Pradesh.........Read more

WhatsApp will soon launch its own digital payment

I wholeheartedly endorse Digital India Building digital capability is great for India and that's something that Prime Minister Modi and the Minister are trying to do. We discussed how you could use digital services for civic engagement and promote democracy. We talked about electronic payments and other areas.........Read more

If US cracks down on H1B visas, we’ll be happy to have Indians relocate to Mexico.

Melba Pria said if the US cracks down on H1B visas, Mexico will be “more than happy to have Indians relocate to Mexico”. She said “it is time to diversify our trade relations, and we are focussed on seizing that momentum for more Mexican companies to turn their attention to India”.........Read more

UP assembly election: 61.16% voter turnout in Phase 3 - Times of India

61.16 per cent voter turnout was registered till 5pm in the 69 constituencies that went to poll in Phase 3 of the UP assembly election. "The voting was by and large peaceful," UP CEO T Venkatesh said.........Read more

SpaceX aborts flight due to rocket issues

SpaceX decided to halt its launch plans Saturday in order to "take a closer look at positioning of the second stage engine nozzle." The spacecraft, called the Dragon, is packed with more than 5,000 pounds of cargo and experiments. It will be launched on a Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.........Read more

7th Pay Commission: Government all set to clear revised allowances for central staff from April 1

According to the revised allowance scheme, the employees, mostly in the metropolitan cities are expected to receive greater HRA than the 7th Pay Commission actually recommended. The 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) recommended HRA of 24% of the basic pay for those cities with a population over 5 million. But the revised HRA which is being looked at by the Finance Secretary-led panel is 30%. Notably, in the 6th Pay Commission, the HRA was at 30% as well for the cities with more than 5 million people. A draft of the cabinet note for implementation of the revised allowance is expected to be circulated soon.........Read more

Niti Aayog prepares Cabinet note for providing Rs 6k aid to pregnant women

Government think tank Niti Aayog has prepared a cabinet note for granting Rs 6,000 aid to pregnant women as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the nation on New Year's Eve.........Read more

DD Free Dish auction fetches Rs 65.5 crore

New Delhi, Feb 15 (PTI) The auction of 10 vacant slots on Doordarshan's direct-to-home (DTH) platform, DD Free Dish, has earned the public broadcaster an amount of Rs 65.5 crore. “Total 10 slots were auctioned, 18 broadcasters participated. The reserve price was 4.8 crores. Highest bid went up to 7.3 crores. We collected 65.5 crores in a day,” DG Doordarshan Supriya Sahu told........Read more

Donald Trump can actually be a blessing in disguise for IT players, says Mukesh Ambani at Nasscom summit

"Trump can actually be a blessing in disguise. The domestic IT industry can focus on solving problems right here, which is a huge market," Ambani told the three-day Nasscom leadership forum that opened in Mumbai.........Read more

Watch the Curiosity Rover Roll Across Mars' Surface - Universe Today

Thanks to creative artist Seán Doran, we can do just that. Take a look at this absolutely amazing video Seán created, using real images of the Mars landscape from Curiosity and the HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, with a GCI Curiosity roving around.........Read more

North Korea's strong message to japan

"Considering the launch was immediately after the Japan-US summit meeting was held, this is a clear provocation to Japan and the region," Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.........Read more

Class 11 boy shoots classmate at Ghaziabad school to avenge fight with brother

An 11th grader of a prominent Ghaziabad school smuggled a gun into the campus on Wednesday and shot a classmate during lunch break over an altercation. The victim, a student of Dehradun Public School (DDPS) at Govindpuram, was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound to his waist and is said to be out of danger.........Read more

Colonel Nizamuddin, The Last Surviving INA Soldier And One Of World’s Oldest Men, No More

Colonel Nizamuddin, who was the driver of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose during the freedom struggle, passed away in Azambgarh on Monday. He was 116. Born as Saifuddin, he came to be known as Colonel Nizamuddin during his Indian National Army (INA) days with Bose between 1943 and 1945.........Read more

Wait for 25% corporate tax rate could get longer: Hasmukh Adhia

In Budget FY16, the government had unveiled a plan to reduce the corporate tax rate from 30% to 25% in four years to make India’s tax rates globally competitive. In the subsequent year, it cut the rate to 29% for companies that reported a total turnover/gross receipts up to R5 crore in FY15 and to 25% for newly-incorporated domestic firms. In the FY18 Budget presented on February 1, the government cut tax rate to 25% from 30% for smaller companies with annual turnover up to R50 crore in the year 2015-16, to make them competitive and shift to a company format. As per official sources, the government could issue a clarification shortly, indicating that the concessional tax rate of 25% will also be available to companies even after their revenues grow beyond R50 crore in subsequent years, as well as to new companies incorporated after FY16.........Read more

National Security Guard did not pay heed to wounded guard’s plea for rescue during Pathankot attack

In a shocking revelation, Indian Air Force officer Abhijit Sarin alleged that the National Security Guard (NSG) did not pay heed to his repeated requests to rescue two defence guards during Pathankot attack last year. In his statement to National Investigation Agency, Wing Commander Abhijit Sarin said that he heard two defence security corps yelling for help in a radio transmission message. He said that personnel were constantly appealing for help as two of the guards at Pathankot base were badly wounded.........Read more

RBI to issue new Rs 100 bank notes soon, old notes to remain valid

The Reserve Bank will shortly issue Rs 100 denomination ban notes in the Mahatma Gandhi Series-2005, with the inset letter R in both the number panels, bearing the signature of Dr Urjit R Patel, Governor, Reserve Bank of India," RBI said in a notification.........Read more

Hero Flash Electric Scooter Launched In India At Rs. 19,990

Hero Electric has introduced its new 'Flash' electric scooter in the country with prices starting at Rs. 19,990 (ex-showroom, Delhi). Hero Electric is part of the Hero Group and the new scooter is targeted at first-time electric vehicle users and will address commuting concerns for small distances.........Read more

If you love music, you cannot miss the Udaipur World Music Festival

Udaipur's much-awaited World Music Festival kicked off last night with a befitting curtain raiser at Delhi's Taj Mahal Hotel. To be held from 10-12 February, the musical extravaganza will involve over 150 artists from 16 countries.........Read more

Honda Cars India Recalls Over 41,000 Vehicles Over Takata Airbag Issue

Honda Cars India has recalled 41,580 vehicles in India that were manufactured in 2012. The recall exercise includes the likes of Jazz, City, Civic and Accord in the country and are part of the infamous Takata airbag recall prevailing globally.........Read more

Tax-free days ending for Saudis after oil slump

Tax-free living will soon be a thing of the past for Saudis after cabinet approved an IMF-backed value-added tax to be imposed across the Gulf. People had long enjoyed a tax-free and heavily subsidised existence but the collapse in crude prices since 2014 sparked cutbacks and search for new revenue.........Read more

Four Planet System Directly Imaged In Motion

Located about 129 light years from Earth in the direction of the Pegasus constellation is the relatively young star system of HR 8799. Beginning in 2008, four orbiting exoplanets were discovered in this system which – alongside the exoplanet Formalhaut b – were the very first to be confirmed using the direct imaging technique. And over time, astronomer have come to believe that these four planets are in resonance with each other.........Read more

Fantastic fifth for Federer at Australian Open

It’s an achievement which further strengthens Federer’s case to be considered the greatest of all time, especially as he finally vanquished Nadal, his long-time nemesis. The Swiss master, returning from the longest injury break of his career, capped a resurgent fortnight with a five-set victory over his long-time rival Rafael Nadal which extended his record haul of major singles titles.........Read more

After Karni Sena’s attack on Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Sushant Singh Rajput takes off ‘Rajput’ from his twitter name

In the protest of Karni Sena’s attack on Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput has removed his surname ‘Rajput’ from his official Twitter account. In tweets he has blamed the surname obsession for the on going Padmavati row.“ We would suffer till the time we’re obsessed with our surnames,” he tweeted. However, apart from the oral criticism Sushant’s act is an only example of taking any step against the incident.........Read more

Haryana on alert as jats call for fresh round of quota agitation from today

Haryana has been put on maximum alert in view of the call for a fresh round of quota agitation. Assembly of five or more people in about 500 meters from national and state highways, and railway stations has been banned. Paramilitary forces are out in sensitive areas.........Read more

Kerala bride is India’s golden girl; WGC study says consumption of yellow metal in state is greatest

How much of jewellery is actually too much for an Indian bride? Depends on where she is from. For long, we have relied on anecdotal evidence, but now, there is a study to suggest the Kerala bride holds the crown in gold jewellery consumption...........Read more

Series of blasts in Assam on Republic Day, no casualties; ULFA claims responsibility

Over half a dozen blasts have rocked Assam on the occasion of Republic Day today. The various blasts took place at several places in Upper Assam and on the Assam-Nagaland border. Twin blasts were reported from two places in Charaideo district of Upper Assam. Then there was an explosion on Lengibor road and another at a petrol pump in Panijan.........Read more

US President Donald Trump to speak with Prime Minister Narendra Modi tonight

US President Donald Trump will speak to Prime Minister Narendra Modi tonight over phone, the has White House said. “The President speaks with Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi,” the White House said as it released Trump’s schedule for today.........Read more

Declassified CIA report: Sathya Sai Baba could negate Hindu chauvinist appeal, start worldwide religion

The 16-page report, titled Cultural Trends Study: India’s Sai Baba Movement, is among some 13 million declassified documents from the CIA that have been released online. The report was marked “Secret”, the agency’s second highest classification, and was not meant to be released to any foreign nationals.........Read more

MS Dhoni Joins Sachin Tendulkar in Elite Club

When Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored a boundary to reach 10 runs in the 14th over of the second One-Day International (ODI) against England on Thursday, he achieved another high in his career by becoming only the second batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to score 4000 runs in India. Dhoni, who relinquished his captaincy just before the three-match series, has played 110 50-over games in India to get to that milestone.........Read more

Printing of Budget 2017 documents to start today

The process of printing documents for the 2017-18 Budget will begin on Thursday with the ritual 'halwa ceremony' in Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's presence. Jaitley will participate in the ritual ceremony to be held at 4 pm along with other Finance Ministry officials at the North Block here.........Read more

Jayalalithaa's Niece Deepa Jayakumar, Her Lookalike, Set For Political Debut

Forty days after the death of J Jayalalithaa, her niece Deepa Jayakumar is set to announce her political plans today. In the ruling AIADMK, a section sees her as the counterweight to Jayalalithaa's close friend Sasikala Natarajan, recently elected party chief after decades in the shadows.........Read more

Three militants killed in Anantnag gunfight

The Army on Monday morning said three militants, holed up inside a house in Awoora village, Anantnag, have been killed.Three AK 47 rifles were also recovered, said Srinagar-based Army spokesman.Loud........Read more

Bollywood needs to dignify portrayal of gay characters: Chang

In the web series "Untag", Chang plays the role of Nischay Barbara and he has made sure he doesn't play the role in a stereotypical way. "My primary concern was not to be the stereotypical, caricaturish character that our Bollywood films of the 90s have done to death... it has created a very incorrect perception of the gay community".........Read more

Rangoon Trailer: Love, War & Kangana's Kisses

While the whole world is on the edge of tense and very much immersed in World war II, and while India was still under British rule fighting back to gain independence, the love and deceit between three different individuals is Rangoon all about.........Read more

US Army Allows Turbans, Beards, Hijabs In Military

The US Army has issued a new regulation under which servicemen who wear turbans, hijabs or beards can now be enrolled in the military, making the force more inclusive of minority religions and cultures.........Read more

CES 2017: Lenovo launches Legion Y520 and Y720 laptops for immersive gaming and VR experiences

The Lenovo Legion Y520 and Legion Y720 are laptops designed for immersive PC-gaming experiences. The two laptops will address the mainstream as well as enthusiast gamers.........Read more

Are these new Rs 1,000 currency notes real or fake?

With the new Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 currency notes already out, speculation has been rife that the new Rs 1,000 note will be releasing soon. For quite some time now, photos of the purportedly newly-redesigned green-colour Rs 1,000 currency notes have also been doing the rounds of social media but are these the real deal?........Read more

Windows 10 Reportedly Adding a Game Mode That Would Improve Game Performance

A new feature may be on the way to Windows 10 that improves performance when playing PC games. That's according to a file discovered in a leaked version of a forthcoming preview update. WindowsCentral lends further credence to this, indicating that its sources say it works similarly to how Xbox One runs a game. The feature will reportedly launch as part of the Creators update and will be enabled for Windows Insider users soon.........Read more

China targets export sales with its latest FC-31 Gyrfalcon stealth fighter jet

An improved version of China's FC-31 Gyrfalcon stealth fighter jet has conducted its maiden flight in Shenyang, capital of Liaoning province, according to aviation industry sources. Previously known as the J-31, the twin engine, radar evading aircraft is still under development by Shenyang Aircraft Corp, part of the Aviation Industry Corp of China. ........Read more

Snow falls in Sahara for first time in 37 years

These incredible pictures by amateur photographer Karim Bouchetata show the town's red dunes dramatically capped with white snow. The last time flakes are reported to have fallen here was when a brief blizzard hit town in February 1979.........Read more

Berlin Christmas market attack suspect 23-year-old migrant from Pakistan

The suspected driver of a truck that ploughed into a Berlin Christmas market and killed 12 people on Monday was a 23-year old migrant from Pakistan, a German security source told...........Read more

Quitting smoking at any age reduces the risk of death after 70

Tobacco use continues to be a major cause of cancer and premature death. Most studies of cigarette smoking and mortality have focused on middle-aged populations, with fewer studies examining the impact of tobacco cessation on disease and mortality risk among the elderly. A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found that people aged 70 or older currently smoking were more than three times more likely to die than never-smokers, while former smokers were less likely to die the sooner they quit.........Read more

Will kill 3 Indian soldiers for every Pakistani soldier killed: Pak Defence Minister

Will kill 3 Indian soldiers for every Pakistani soldier killed: Pak Defence Minister - Assuring severe retribution, Pakistan Defense Minister Khawaja Asif has asserted that they will kill three Indian soldiers for every Pakistani soldier they neutralise.........Read more

Cryptic Bitcoin Codes Hint That WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Is Still Safe

Now, amidst the speculations doing the rounds regarding Assange’s safety, comes a cryptic bitcoin blockchain which appears to tell the world that Julian is fine.........Read more

Messier 27 - The Dumbbell Nebula

Located approximately 1,360 light years from Earth in the direction of the Vulpecula constellation, the Dumbbell Nebula is a beautiful thing to behold!........Read more

Orop suicide: BJP, Arvind Kejriwal, Rahul Gandhi are vultures in the politics of funerals

The BJP's discomfiture with the hungama his death has created is understandable. For the past few weeks, it has been trying to hardsell itself as a party that cares for soldiers, holds them in high esteem and weeps tears of blood on their sacrifices. Like the Ram Temple in the past and the cow till recently, the BJP has been trying to use the Army as an emotive issue, creating the usual deshbhakt (patriot) vs deshdrohi (traitor) binary.........Read more

Rahul Gandhi pitches for a Bihar-style Grand Alliance in UP, Akhilesh as SP face

Rooting for the young Chief Minister, Rahul is believed to have conveyed to the top Samajwadi Party leadership that the Congress will support the formation of a Grand Alliance in Uttar Pradesh if Akhilesh emerges as a consensus face within his party.........Read more

Minus Akhilesh, there is no Samajwadi Party: Ram Gopal Yadav

"In 2012 people gave a clear mandate to Akhilesh, people voted on the name of Akhilesh. If he wasn't popular would he have won?" Claiming that Akhilesh has support among the masses, Yadav said, “Minus Akhilesh there is no Samajwadi Party. My aim is to ensure that Akhilesh becomes chief minister again and I will do whatever I can to ensure that.”........Read more

Amarinder meets Rahul Gandhi, insists no discussions on Sidhu joining Cong

A day after former Punjab Congress president Pratap Singh Bajwa pitched for Navjot Singh Sidhu to be brought into the party fold, state Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh met the party's national vice president Rahul Gandhi to discuss strategy for the upcoming Assembly elections.........Read more

Singapore Is Celebrating Diwali With A Themed Train That Is Absolutely Beautiful

The special train will be running till mid-November. The train developed with Little India Shopkeepers and Heritage Association (LISHA) will run along the North East Line from the Little India station till Race Course Road.........Read more

Sweden’s SAAB sweetens deal for Gripen jet

In an aggressive push to capture a share in India’s fighter aircraft market, Swedish aerospace major SAAB has offered its latest radar technology as part of the Gripen fighter package along with sign........Read more

100 crore! That's how much Salman Khan has demanded as damages from a TV channel post filing a defamation suit

100 crore! That's how much Salman Khan has demanded as damages from a TV channel post filing a defamation suit - Salman Khan has filed a defamation suit against a TV news channel for sting operation in the chinkara poaching case.........Read more

Nissan Introduces Terrano With 6-Speed AMT At Rs 13.75 lakh; Pre-Bookings Start

Nissan has finally given a much-required update to its compact SUV, the Terrano. The Japanese automaker has also started accepting pre-bookings for the same with a payment of Rs 25,000, while deliveries will start later this month. The highlight of the 2016 Terrano is the availability of an automatic option – six-speed AMT – which will be available in the price range Rs 13.75 – 13.85 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). ........Read more

Series win hands India No. 1 ranking

It is too early to judge, but that doesn't mean it would be inappropriate to be excited. Put India's away record aside for a moment. These two Tests, and a further 11 this season, are at home after all. Granted, it isn't groundbreaking for a team to dominate in their own conditions. And granted, the heat and the pitches left New Zealand feeling out of place - picture Mr Bean in an MI6 facility - but when you watch R Ashwin conjuring wickets, or Mohammed Shami demolishing stumps; when you watch M Vijay leaving the ball or Cheteshwar Pujara attacking the spinners; when you watch Virat Kohli raising his game, it is difficult not to wonder whether India have found themselves an XI capable of becoming something special. At the historic Eden Gardens, in front of 12,068 people on a Monday, they became the No. 1 team in the world with a 178-run victory and capturing their fourth series trophy on the trot.........Read more

Maldives calls on Saarc member states to create conducive environment for summit

Saarc member nation Maldives has urged that the 19th summit be held at an early date than what was scheduled, going against the majority view in the grouping.........Read more

Udta Punjab faces plagiarism allegations; Anurag Kashyap ‘shocked’

Months after its release, plagiarism allegations against Udta Punjab, a film on widespread drug abuse in Punjab, seem to have come as much of a bolt from the blue for the producers as well as the vie........Read more

You may soon be auto enroled in Atal Pension Yojana 

The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) is considering auto enrolment of all employees in the Atal Pension Yojana (APY) which was only targeted at the unorganised sector workers till now. This would mean that even workers in private sector, government and semi-government organisations may be auto enroled in the scheme. This proposed auto-enrolment in APY would be in addition to any existing subscription to a pension scheme (such as EPS or NPS) that an employee may have.&nbs........Read more

Elon Musk’s proposed spaceship could send 100 people to Mars in 80 days

Today, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveiled the Mars vehicle — the spaceship his company plans to build to transport the first colonists to Mars. The spaceship is meant to launch from Earth on top of the...........Read more

SpaceX test-fires the engines that could take humans to Mars

SpaceX has conducted its first firing test of its Raptor engine, the powerful propulsion system that the company aims to use to take humans to Mars. SpaceX boss Elon Musk tweeted pictures of the...........Read more

No Chinese crackers this Diwali, says Delhi govt

Delhi government has directed its Environment department to ensure a complete ban on Chinese crackers across the city this Diwali. "Have instructed the Secretary of Environment to ensure a complete ban on Chinese crackers across Delhi. The Chinese firecrackers are said to be unsafe, hazardous to use and have detrimental effects on peoples health. Last years experience says it is in use and available everywhere,"........Read more

How Bengaluru FC built a champion football team in just three short years

The Arbor Brewing Company, the official hang-out spot for the fans – and sometimes, the players, of the city’s favourite football club – was celebrating the progress of Bengaluru FC to the semi-final of the 2016 AFC Cup, a mere three years after the inception of the club amidst modest expectations.........Read more

Man v rat: could the long war soon be over?

The Long Read: Rats spread disease, decimate crops and very occasionally eat people alive. For centuries, we have struggled to find an effective way of controlling their numbers. Until now …........Read more

Entrepreneurial spirit needed in all segments of society : Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Aayog

The country needs to inculcate an “entrepreneurial spirit” in society to achieve 9-10 percent growth rate and expedite the process of scrapping unnecessary regulations to further improve ease of doing business, said Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog. While addressing a gathering of business community in Mumbai, he said:........Read more

Uri Attack fallout: Russia calls off military exercise with Pakistan

Russia's move is a big diplomatic gain for India as the latter had decided to isolate Pakistan at international level. The move comes just a day after 18 soldiers of Indian Army were martyred in a cowardly attack by four highly armed terrorists at an Army camp in Jammu&Kashmir's Uri district.........Read more

What next? Here’s how India can respond to the Uri terror attack

The audacious attack on an army base in Uri will push India-Pakistan relations that are already under strain from a similar strike on an airbase in Punjab earlier this year. New Delhi is under pressure to respond robustly. The airbase raid offered hopes the two sides might handle the fallout of such attacks in mature, constructive ways. But the steady collapse in their ties, marked by reciprocal sniping on Kashmir and Balochistan, has soured the mood. Several Indian leaders now suggest a tough response to the Uri attack ........Read more

Highway across nations: India approves $1-billion connectivity project

India has approved an ambitious $1.04-billion project for constructing and upgrading 558 km of roads to link it with Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal and ease the movement of passengers and cargo, as part of the larger effort to increase inter-regional trade by 60 per cent. ........Read more

New nanocrystalline alloy that combines mechanical strength with high-temperature creep resistance

(Phys.org)—A combined team of researchers affiliated with the Army Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Arizona State University and the University of North Texas has developed a nanocrystalline alloy that combines high mechanical strength with high-temperature creep resistance. ........Read more

Vijay Mallya's Kingfisher Villa on the block for Rs 85 crore

Vijay Mallya’s fabled Kingfisher Villa in Goa has been put on the block by State Bank of India for Rs 85 crore. The auction of the beachside property will take place on October 19.........Read more

Meghalaya turns transit route of smuggling wooden logs, coal to Bangladesh

It appears smugglers want to exploit the flooded river Simsang and Chillai before the water level goes down. As these rivers have been main routes for smuggling wooden logs, coal and bamboo from India to Bangladesh.........Read more

MS Dhoni may complain, but Florida fiasco proves TV revenue is now greater than cricket itself

For some time now, it has been obvious that the conduct of international cricket has revolved around the needs of television, in appreciation of the fact that the medium was bringing in mega bucks into the game........Read more

An era of untreatable skin infections

Dermatologists across India have warned of “an epidemic of fungal infections” that even the strongest antifungal creams are failing to treat. The bigger concern: topical steroid creams, which doctors........Read more

Gopi: the Friend, the Opponent, the Legend

Every badminton player who knew Gopi, knew there was something different about him. This difference would go on to change the course of India’s Olympic history.........Read more

Cash-for-vote scam: Court asks cops to probe AP CM's alleged role

Forensic labs have confirmed the recorded voice in the cash-for-vote conversations as being that of Naidu.........Read more

Maps of new Telangana districts online; people invited for suggestion

Telangana government uploaded the 28 maps of new 27 districts and one of the entire state, online on Friday.........Read more

Dilshan to retire from ODIs and T20Is

Tillakaratne Dilshan has confirmed he will play his final ODI in Dambulla on Sunday, and his last T20 international in Colombo on September 9........Read more

'Pakistan Is Not Hell': Kannada Actor-Turned-Politician Ramya Gets Trolled After Her Comment

Kannada actor-turned-politician Ramya, also known as Divya Spandana, is being trolled for her alleged remark that "Pakistan is not hell" since the past couple of days, The Times of India reported. Apart from abusive messages from the public, Ramya has been reprimanded by Jaggesh, another Kannada actor-cum-politician.........Read more

Wipro arm buys Israeli aerospace firm

Wipro Infrastructure Engineering, a subsidiary of Wipro Enterprises Ltd, on Monday announced acquiring Israel-based aerospace firm H.R. Givon for an undisclosed amount........Read more

Insurgency and the army

Jammu and Kashmir flared up after the encounter in which Burhan Wani was eliminated. The situation should have been expected and requisite security measures adopted. The Centre was compelled to react and the only answer was to induct additional ........Read more

After China sellout, Uber may now sharpen its focus on India, look for buyouts

or the first time in its history, the company was snapped by a rival. Didi Chuxing, Uber’s arch rival in China, has bought over the US-based taxi hailing company, which is now valued as a combined entity at $35 billion.........Read more

Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel offers to resign

Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel submitted her resignation letter to Governor Om Prakash Kohli on Monday. Earlier, Ms. Patel offered to resign as Chief Minister and asked the party high comm........Read more

South China Sea Deployment :: India Sends Three Naval Ships to Malaysia

The Indian Navy's expedition to Kelang, Malaysia, is being led by Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet Rear Admiral S V Bhokare. According to a statement issued by India's Ministry of Defense, "Three Indian Naval Ships have arrived at Kelang on Friday morning on a four day visit as part of a deployment of the Eastern Fleet to the South China Sea and Western Pacific. The visiting ships are also likely to conduct exercises with the Royal Malaysian Navy aimed at enhancing interoperability in communication as well as Search and Rescue procedures, post departure from Kelang." India-Malaysia defense ties date back to the colonial days when troops of Madras Native Infantry served in Malacca, Singapore and Penang. The Indian Navy has been a regular participant at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) in Malaysia. The last visit by an Indian naval ship to Malaysia was in May 2015, when Saryu berthed at Penang. The Ministry of Defense says that the current visit of Indian naval ships will further bolster the strong bonds of friendship between India and Malaysia and contribute to security and stability in this vital part of the world. India is also looking to Malaysia as potential importer of Indo-Russian joint venture, the BrahMos missile. Naval versions of the missile are already serving the Indian Navy. Recently, the first carriage flight of Su-30 MKI aircraft with BrahMos missile was successfully achieved.........Read more

A Passage to Hollywood: How Indian Actors are Storming the US Entertainment Industry

Making it as a serious actor in Hollywood has always been the longest of career long shots. And if you are of Indian origin, chances are you may never even have glimpsed the target. However, as an increasing number of Indian origin actors have shown,........Read more

Indian Captain Radhika Menon is first woman to get Bravery At Sea Award

Menon is being awarded for her role in the dramatic rescue of seven fishermen from a sinking fishing boat last year.........Read more

Women, Virginity and Double Standards Across the World

Remember the good old emotional scenes from 90s Bollywood films? The girl is left stranded when there’s no one to give her away on her wedding day, and behold, Alok Nath saves the day and offers to do the poor bride’s kanyadan.........Read more

Roadrunnr acquires Tinyowl, rebrands as Runnr

Hyperlocal delivery start-up Roadrunnr on Saturday said it has acquired food ordering firm TinyOwl Technology Pvt. Ltd and has transitioned into a food ordering and delivery platform. It has also rebranded itself as Runnr.........Read more

Re-Imagining Zero Rating: How Should TRAI Juggle Internet Access and Net Neutrality?

One of the biggest challenges in developing a discussion around net neutrality has been how several different issues tend to get conflated.........Read more

‘At LAC, we’re defensive, not offensive’

After assuming charge as the Defence Minister in Nov 2014, how difficult it has been to balance military ties with the US, Russia, China and Japan?........Read more

Watch: Self-Taught Telangana Artist’s Fascinating 3D Illusions

Krishna uses a range of paint brushes and paint stainers to craft his optical illusions.........Read more

Amazon will no longer refund tablets, laptops, PCs, cameras, camera lenses and furniture – Tech2

Amazon has updated its returns policy to exclude items like tablets, laptops, PCs, cameras, accessories and a few other items from refunds.........Read more