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India plans scrutiny of new portfolio investors from China, Hong Kong: sources

India has drafted rules proposing tighter scrutiny of new Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) from China and Hong Kong, three government sources told Reuters, its latest effort to check foreign inflows during the coronavirus pandemic. The discussions come weeks after India said it will screen all foreign direct investment (FDI) from countries with which it shares a land border, a move it said was aimed at staving off takeovers when asset prices are depressed during the coronavirus pandemic. The Chinese government described the policy as discriminatory. ........Read more

Athletes Qualified For Tokyo 2020 Will Keep Their Places For 2021: Report

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has reportedly agreed that the athletes who had booked their places for the now-postponed Tokyo 2020 will keep their spots whenever the event is held next year. In a joint-statement on Tuesday, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and IOC president Thomas Bach announced Olympics will be delayed by a year in wake of the coronavirus pandemic. ........Read more

West can’t cope with Covid-19 because of DOCILIANS, the pampered herd whose demand for ZERO RISK actually risks killing thousands

Like all viruses, the Covid-19 coronavirus preys on the vulnerable and is allowed to destroy the weak. It is rapidly spreading across Europe and America due to the weaknesses in our regulatory risk management systems which have created a culture totally unprepared to act to contain such a threat. If Western democracies had been capable of implementing basic risk reduction measures to keep exposures down during the first 10 weeks of 2020, there would not have been the need to lock down countries, strangle the global economy, and lead to the unprecedented decline in physical and mental well-being of its populations. Why couldn’t they?........Read more

After 6-Hour Wait, Arvind Kejriwal Files Nomination for Delhi Assembly Polls on Deadline Day

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal filed his nomination on Tuesday after waiting for more than six hours. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) held the BJP responsible for the delay, a charge dismissed as “drama” by the saffron party. Kejriwal, who was scheduled to file his papers on Monday, could not do so after he was delayed due to his own roadshow. Tuesday was the last day of filing of nominations for the February 8 Assembly polls, the results of which will be declared on February 11.........Read more

Delighted! : PM expresses gratitude on Trump joining 'Howdy, Modi'

Confirming the news that US President Donald Trump will share a stage with him during mega diaspora event--Howdy Modi!-- in Houston, Texas, on September 22, Prime Minister Narendra Modi applauded the ''special gesture'' on Monday. PM Modi said that Trump joining the community programme signifies the special friendship between India and USA. ........Read more

'Not Every Indian's Mother Tongue': Owaisi, Stalin Slam BJP's Mega Hindi Diwas Celebrations

In reaction to Home Minister Amit Shah's statement on Hindi Diwas to emphasise the usage of Hindi, DMK president MK Stalin described it as 'jolt' and said that it will affect the unity of the country. He further demanded Home Minister Shah to take his statement back."Day after tomorrow we will be holding our executive party meeting where the issue will be taken up further", added Stalin. AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi also reacted by saying that Hindi is not the mother tongue of every Indian, he tweeted- //t.co/YMVjNlaYry JD(S) spokesperson Tanvir Ahmed told News Nation, "Amit Shah's statement is suggestive of the fact that he does not know much about India." He also demanded Home Minister Amit Shah to take his statement back. Earlier, Amit Shah stressed how Hindi language has been a unifying force in India and said that the country needs a language which can represent India in the world. appealed the nation to increase the usage of Hindi. However, the draft of the new educational policy 2019 faced opposition as it has the provision of making Hindi language mandatory in all schools. In Tamil Nadu, the anti-Hindi protests were spearheaded by AIADMK and DMK.........Read more

Amity University brawl: Police arrest 3 for beating up students

Nearly a week after two Amity University students were brutally beaten up over a parking scuffle, the Noida Police has finally arrested three accused. On Wednesday, police arrested three students accused of beating up Amity students Madhav and Harsh on August 28. The police is interrogating the three accused to ascertain what happened on that day. On August 28, several students of Amity University allegedly assaulted other students in Sector 125 where the varsity is located. The students who were allegedly beaten up were identified as Harsh Yadav and Madhav Chaudhary, both pursuing BA (Political Science). According to the victims, the issue erupted following an argument over parking cars outside the campus. The arrests have come after many netizens launched social media campaigns demanding justice for the victims. Amity students also took out a rally on Wednesday to protest the thrashing and the response from the university administration. What happened on August 28 On August 28, the two students were about to enter the university in their i20 car around 2.30 pm when they allegedly found a Ford Endeavour oddly parked at the gate, blocking their way. They requested the security guards at the gate to ask the girls sitting in the SUV to remove their car and make way. However, the car remained in its position and both the parties got into an argument.........Read more

UK, Germany warn tourists against travelling to J&K in view of 'intelligence inputs of terror threats', cite security advisory to Amarnath Yatris

The United Kingdom and Germany on Saturday issued advisories to tourists from their countries to avoid travelling to Jammu and Kashmir, citing a security alert issued by the Indian government. Representational image. Reuters UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advised British nationals to avoid all 'non-essential' travel to the state, especially on the highway connecting Srinagar and Jammu. A notification on the FCO website referred to the media reports suggesting that the Jammu and Kashmir government had advised those on the Amarnath Yatra to curtail their stay in the state. Governments of both the countries cited the various terror attacks that have taken place in the state as well as the protests and violence since the death of Burhan Wani in 2016 and warned their tourists to stay vigilant. "Foreigners remain vulnerable in rural districts and outside the main population centres and tourist areas. There is a risk of unpredictable violence, including bombings, grenade attacks, shootings and kidnapping," said the advisory on the FCO website.........Read more

Hima Das Becomes First Indian Woman to Win Gold in World Junior Athletics

Hima Das on Thursday scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a gold at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships as she clinched to top spot in the women's 400m final race on the third day of competitions.........Read more

Rehabilitation of migrants extended up to March 2020: Cabinet

The Union Cabinet gave its nod for the continuation, up to 2020, of eight schemes of the Home Ministry for relief and rehabilitation of migrants under the umbrella scheme "Relief and Rehabilitation of Migrants and Repatriates".........Read more

Volvo launches SUV XC40 in India at Rs 39.90 lakh

The much-awaited SUV from Volvo - XC40 was finally launched in India on Wednesday at an introductory price of Rs 39.90 lakh (ex-showroom). XC40, which Volvo has labelled as its most affordable SUV, will come only in one diesel variant called - R-Design.........Read more

Indian team goes abroad to scout for assault rifles, carbines for armed forces

The government has dispatched a nine-member "empowered committee", headed by an Army brigadier, to the US, Australia, South Korea, Israel and UAE to scout for new assault rifles and close-quarter battle carbines for the armed forces.........Read more

Toll Rises to 40 as Bus Falls Down Gorge in Uttarakhand After Driver Loses Control, More Deaths Feared

At least 20 people were killed and 12 injured after a bus they were travelling in fell into a gorge in Nanidhanda area of Uttarakhand's Pauri Garhwal district. The bus was travelling from Bhoun to Ramnagar when the driver lost control of the vehicle and it plunged into the 60-foot-deep gorge near Pipli-Bhoun Motor Marg........Read more

The results of AIIMS MBBS 2018 entrance examination has been declared,

The results of AIIMS MBBS entrance examination has been declared, the candidates can download the rank card from the official website aiimsexams.org........Read more

SBI says husband can't use wife's debit card, court agrees

A casual act of letting your spouse or a close relative/friend withdraw money from an ATM using your debit card could prove costly. This is what a Bengaluru woman on maternity leave recently learnt, albeit the hard way.........Read more

Centre submits Cauvery draft scheme in Supreme Court

The Central government submitted a Cauvery draft water management scheme in the Supreme Court on Monday, a day before the counting of votes in the May 12 Karnataka Assembly elections. Karnataka and Tamil Nadu will share 40% each of the administrative expenses of the authority, Kerala will contribute 15% and Puducherry 5%. The authority would monitor the storage, apportionment, regulation and control of the Cauvery waters. It shall supervise the operstion of reservoirs and with regulation of water releases with the assistance of a Regulation Committee.........Read more

Google to launch new Gmail design in the coming weeks

The company says the new design will include “several new features” that will also be made available to regular Gmail accounts. Google promises a “fresh, clean look for Gmail on the web,” with features like Smart Reply, the ability to snooze emails, and offline support. Google’s Gmail redesign will be available in the coming weeks as an early access program for G Suite customers and personal Gmail accounts. Google is looking to test critical Chrome extensions, to ensure the new Gmail experience is compatible before it’s widely available.........Read more

Shikhar Dhawan’s Fifty guides Sunrisers 9 Wicket victory against Rajasthan Royals

After Sidharth Kaur’s calculative bowling display, Shikhar Dhawan brought his brilliant self to the fore in the match against Rajasthan Royals to lead Hyderabad to a 9-wicket victory in Hyderabad today. Earlier, the Royals could only manage to score a paltry 125, which proved too easy for the hosts.........Read more

60 million Android users 'cryptojacked' by malware that lets hackers mine cryptocurrency using infected phones

As per the security researchers, hackers have been secretly mining Monero coins via Android smartphones over the past few months. The campaign was first observed in January 2018, though it had started sometime around November last year. More than 60 million visitors have already visited the malicious domains........Read more

Some madrassas have produced terrorists: Muslim body chief

How many madrassas have produced engineers, doctors, IAS officers? Yes, but some madrassas have produced terrorists," said UP Shia Central Waqf Board chairman Wasim Rizvi. He added that madrassas should be affiliated to education boards like CBSE and ICSE. He even suggested that madrassas admit non-Muslim students, and make religious education optional.........Read more

2,965 girls went missing in Maharashtra in six months this yr

As many as 2,965 girls have gone missing from Maharashtra in the first six months this year, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said. The chief minister, who heads the home department, said, "No case was registered against any particular gang in this connection. Some 12 police departments have been instructed to take immediate action against such activities."........Read more

Pradhyumn case: 'Class XI Ryan International student committed murder so exams would be postponed', says CBI

In a chilling development, the CBI today said that it was a Class XI student who killed seven-year-old Pradhyumn Thakur in Gurugram in September, hoping the incident on school premises would lead to the postponement of an upcoming examination and parent-teacher meeting.........Read more

All GST issues to be resolved on November 10, says Modi

Almost all the woes being faced by businesses and traders under the four-month-old Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime would likely be resolved by the GST Council at its November 10 meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday.........Read more

BRO builds world's highest motorable road in Ladakh

In a major feat, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has constructed the world's highest motorable road in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, passing through Umlingla Top at a height of over 19,300 feet.........Read more

The Xbox One X will support 1440p displays

The Xbox One X is being marketed heavily as a 4K-focused machine, but it turns out that’s not the only way to get greater resolution than 1080p. Unexpectedly, the One X will also natively support 1440p (2560 x 1440) monitors, as confirmed by Microsoft’s Kevin Gammill on Twitter.........Read more

Price of non-subsidised LPG hiked by Rs 93, jet fuel price up too

Cooking gas (LPG) price was on Wednesday hiked by Rs 4.50 per cylinder, the 19th increase in rates since July 2016 when the government decided to eliminate subsidy on it by raising prices every month. The price of non-subsidised LPG or market priced cooking gas has been hiked by Rs 93 to Rs 742 per bottle. ........Read more

Arjun Kapoor's first look from Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar

While you might have been surprised by Arjun Kapoor‘s first look for Dibakar Banerjee’s Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, let us tell you that there’s more than what meets the eye. ........Read more

Australia govt in crisis as deputy PM Barnaby Joyce ejected in citizenship ruling

Australia’s Malcolm Turnbull govt was thrown into crisis after deputy PM Barnaby Joyce was declared ineligible to sit in parliament because he was also a citizen of New Zealand when elected........Read more

Vijay Mallya's ghost companies

The ED has accused Mallya of using nearly three dozen shell firms to divert funds which were meant for propping his airline. Mallya is suspected to have also parked some funds abroad.........Read more

BMW 330i Gran Turismo M Sport launched at Rs. 49.40 lakh

BMW has launched the 330i Gran Turismo M Sport in India. It is priced at Rs. 49.40 lakh. The 330i Gran Turismo M Sport is powered by a 2.0-litre, turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol engine that produces 248 BHP @ 5,200 rpm and 350 Nm of torque @ 1,450 - 4,800 rpm. The engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission which can be operated via paddles positioned behind the steering wheel. ........Read more

Asia Cup 2017: Gurjant salvages a hard-fought draw for India against Korea

Striker Gurjant Singh saved the day with a last-minute equaliser as India eked out a fighting 1-1 draw against Korea in their first Super 4 stage match of the 10th men's Asia Cup hockey tournament........Read more

Samvat 2073: Sensex up 16.6%; investors richer by Rs 25 lakh crore

Stock markets ended on a flat note on Wednesday, just below their record highs, but finished Samvat 2073 with robust gains of over 16 per cent, adding over Rs 25 lakh crore to investors' wealth.........Read more

In a shocking move, Samsung Electronics CEO Kwon resigns even after rise in profits

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Friday its CEO and Vice Chairman Kwon Oh-hyun plans to step down from management, deepening concerns over a leadership vacuum at the tech giant after group scion Jay Y. Lee was jailed for bribery.........Read more

Trial Judge Acted Like Maths Teacher, Film Director, Says Allahabad HC Judge

The point is that the learned trial Judge cannot act like a maths teacher who is solving a mathematical question by analogy after taking certain figure for granted. In all criminal trials, analogies must be drawn and confined within the domain and realm of the evidence, facts and circumstances on record and any analogy which brings facts, circumstances and evidence (270) so placed in certain domain outside the periphery of that domain then that would be a case of certain aberration deviating from the main path,” Justice Mishra said in his order.........Read more

Cleric slams draft Haj policy, says equality should start with man bearing child

Why can't a man and woman be 'pregnant' for four-and-a-half months each to achieve gender equality? This question has been posed by a Muslim cleric in Maharashtra while berating a draft Haj policy prepared by a committee appointed by the Centre that has recommended allowing women above 45 to undertake the pilgrimage without a 'Mehram' in a group of at least four.........Read more

Land Rover Range Rover facelift revealed

The brand new P400e plug-in hybrid version is claimed to be the most efficient Range Rover, which combines a 296bhp 4-cylinder petrol motor with a 114bhp electric motor - resulting in a combined output of 398bhp and 640Nm. With those numbers, the Range Rover P400e (short wheel base) can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 6.4 seconds.........Read more

'Common-use products in highest GST category': Govt may reduce items in 28% slab

The GST Council may reduce the number of products in the highest slab, following a series of complaints by state finance ministers, who have argued that several common-use products face a 28% levy, causing hardship to people.........Read more

India’s economic slowdown temporary, GST will have positive impact: World Bank

The recent slowdown in India’s economic growth is an “aberration” mainly due to the temporary disruptions in preparation for the GST, the World Bank said today, pointing out that it will get corrected in the coming months.........Read more

Stephen King's 'IT' becomes the highest-grossing horror film ever

The Exorcist held the record for 44-years until IT minted more than $500 million at the global box office. The Exorcist now stands at second spot with $441 million in total collection.........Read more

Dawood in talks with Centre for India return, a political move by BJP: Raj Thackeray

Dawood is now physically handicapped. Hence, he is keen on returning to India and he has been negotiating with the Union government as well. The government will bring him back just before the general elections and try to seek credit for it...I am not joking but it is the truth that you will realise later.........Read more

Yes, that’s Vijay Sethupathi as a transgender in Super Deluxe

Following the success of Kavan and Vikram Vedha, the actor is gearing up for the release of highly anticipated Karuppan, in which he plays a bull tamer. With interesting line up of projects including Mani Ratnam’s next yet-untitled film, Vijay stunned audiences with his look from Aaranya Kaandam fame Thiagarajan Kumararaja’s next film Super Deluxe, which was earlier titled Aneethi Kathaigal. Tipped to be an anthology, the film features Vijay in the role of a transgender and his look was released.........Read more

AIADMK sacks Sasikala from interim General Secretary Post

The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) General Council on Tuesday adopted a resolution to sack VK Sasikala from interim General Secretary post. "Late J Jayalalithaa will be the permanent GS of the party," the resolution said. It also abolished the GS posts.........Read more

First Look: Sexiest & Scariest

When Ekta Kapoor, the producer of the film, announced to continue ‘Ragini MMS” franchise with a new web-series named ‘Ragini MMS Returns’, it was expected to be sexy and scary. The makers have now started unveiling posters one by one, and we can’t help but call them as the Sexiest posters one can think of.........Read more

Putin - Russia reserves right to cut further U.S. diplomatic mission

Russia reserves the right to cut further the number of U.S. diplomatic staff in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday, in response to what he called Washington's "boorish" treatment of Russia's diplomatic mission on U.S. soil.........Read more

IPhone 8 might let you activate Siri with the sleep/wake button

Since the upcoming, premium iPhone won’t include a physical home button, Apple has reportedly come up with at least one new way of triggering Siri with an actual button on the device: it will use the sleep/wake/power button. ........Read more

Indian men's hockey team beat Netherlands 2-1, win series

Gurjant Singh and Mandeep Singh scored a goal apiece as a resolute Indian mens hockey team overcome world No.4 Netherlands 2-1.........Read more

Exposure to antibacterials from mother to child may cause adverse effects in development

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists have discovered that exposure to environmental levels of triclocarban (TCC), an antibacterial chemical common in personal care products like soaps and lotions as well as in the medical field, can transfer from mother to offspring and interfere with lipid metabolism.........Read more

Indian Hockey Team Lose 0-1 Against Belgium in Their Opening Match of Europe Tour

The game remained goal-less for most of the part, as both the teams failed to break the deadlock in the first three-quarters. However, Belgium scored the solitary goal in the dying minutes of the fourth and final quarter to take the lead and put India under pressure.........Read more

Narendra Modi wants the nation to revive the Quit India spirit. But will his own party pay heed?

On the face of it, the prime minister’s appeal deserves to be supported by all. Modi has done done well to infuse contemporary meaning and significance into the Quit India Movement. But there is a problem: neither his own party organisation nor the larger Sangh Parivar seem to be in sync with his appeal to revive the Quit India spirit.........Read more

Modi, BJP chief redefine ‘power politics’ for BJP

Not long ago, BJP would not have decided to put up a candidate against Ahmed Patel in the Rajya Sabha polls in view of the fact that the powerful Congress leader had numbers far more than required. That the saffron party made an audacious bid to wrest the seat from powerful adversary is testimony to the transformation brought about by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah in a party which could not prevent the defeat of Vajpayee government in Lok Sabha by a solitary vote in 1999.........Read more

Nasa, Boeing look to flying geese in chase for jet-fuel savings

Nasa says by lining up cruising aircraft in a V-shaped formation favoured by geese, carriers would be able to produce a leap in efficiency without investing in structural makeovers, futuristic technology........Read more

Terror funding case: NIA questions Hurriyat chief Geelani’s sons Naeem, Naseem

Tightening its noose around separatist leaders over their involvement in the alleged terror funding case in Jammu and Kashmir, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday questioned hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani's sons, Naeem and Naseem. ........Read more

Health ministry warns on rushed implementation of generics plan

The ministry of health and family welfare has recommended that the prime minister’s idea of mandating doctors to prescribe medicines by chemical names and not brands be implemented carefully, and over time, to ensure that the right quality and quantity of drugs are available.........Read more

Just Dial shares down nearly 30% from issue price

Shares of Just Dial Ltd have been going through gruelling times, and are currently almost 30% below the issue price of June 2013 when it made its stock market debut, as analysts raise questions on the innovation and fierce competition for the internet search engine.........Read more

Govt may let a privatised Air India retain national carrier status: Arun Jaitley

The government is contemplating to retain the national carrier status of Air India while privatising the debt-burdened airline, finance minister Arun Jaitley said in Lok Sabha on Tuesday. This is expected to significantly increase the valuation of the airline as national carriers get preference while signing bilateral flying contracts with other countries.........Read more

States are failing to spend their education budgets – because the budgets are too low

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has found that states failed to spend over Rs 10,000 crores made available to them for elementary education every year between 2010-’11 and 2015-’16. But educationists argue that funds not being spent does not imply that they are not required. On the contrary, they said, chronic low spending on education has created governance systems that are incapable of using the funds. This low utilisation has, in turn, resulted in low allocations under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan – the only Central government scheme that supports the implementation of the Right to Education Act.........Read more

IGNOU extends last date of admission to BA, MA, diploma courses to August 18

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) said on Monday it has extended the last date for admission to the July 2017 session to masters and bachelor’s degree, diploma and PG diploma programmes, including the semester-based programmes, to August 18.........Read more

Dileep's manager surrenders before Kerala Police

Malayalam actor Dileep’s (pictured above) manager AS Sunilra alias ‘Appunni’ on Monday surrendered before the Kerala Police in connection with the alleged abduction and sexual assault of an actress. Some reports identified Appunni as Dileep’s driver.........Read more

PAN To Be Cancelled If Not Seeded With Aadhaar In Time: Hasmukh Adhia

The revenue secretary Hasmukh Adhia says that the deadline for linking or seeding PAN and Aadhaar shall be notified soon and in a case when you fail to do so within the stipulated timeframe, your PAN shall be cancelled.........Read more

No extension in deadline for ITR filing: Income Tax dept

The last date for filing of ITRs remains 31 July. There are no plans to extend this deadline. The department has already received over 2 crore returns filed electronically. The department requests taxpayers to file their return in time.........Read more

Tibetan govt-in-exile slams China over Doklam

The Tibetan Government-in-Exile (TGIE), based in India, said the incursion of Chinas Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) at Doklam Plateau in Bhutan was a sign of the expansionist foreign policy of China. ........Read more

Govt. plans to scrap 15 percent cess on Hybrid cars

The government is planning to scrap the 15 percent cess imposed on hybrid cars. It has been reported that the GST Council could be asked to withdraw the additional tax on hybrid vehicles following intense lobbying by car manufacturers. ........Read more

Airtel to launch VoLTE service to counter Reliance Jio

Bharti Airtel Ltd plans to take on Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd by launching its own VoLTE (a 4G voice network) service by March 2018, and working with phone makers on new low-cost 4G feature phones, Gopal Vittal, chief executive and managing director of Airtel said.........Read more

Businesses blindsided by unclear GST rules

India's nationwide Goods and Services Tax (GST) was meant to unify the $2 trillion economy and make it easier for companies to transact across state borders. Nearly a month on, many are finding that doing business is more complicated than ever.........Read more

Nitish Kumar again sworn in Bihar chief minister, BJP's Sushil Modi is deputy CM

Fewer than 24 hours after resigning from the post, Nitish Kumar once again became chief minister of Bihar after he was sworn in on Thursday morning to form a government in the state, this time with the support of the BJP and the NDA.........Read more

Upcoming Tata Nexon to be a tech loaded compact SUV

Tata Nexon is a couple of months away from the launch but the compact SUV from Chakan based manufacturer is making all the right noises. Just like the recent crop of Tata vehicles-Tigor, Tiago and Hexa, the Nexon also looks capable of catching the fancy of the ever growing younger generation of India.........Read more

JNU VC Wants Army Tank in Campus to Instill Patriotism in Students

JNU Vice Chancellor (VC) M Jagadesh Kumar on Sunday requested the government to install an Army tank in the campus instil a “love for the Army” among students. The JNU VC made the request at an event attended by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, VK Singh, retd major general GD Bakshi and Indian cricketer cricketer Gautam Gambhir.........Read more

Your eardrums move in sync with your eyes but we don’t know why

See, hear. Our eardrums appear to move to shift our hearing in the same direction as our eyes are looking. Why this happens is unclear, but it may help us work out which objects we see are responsible for the sounds we can hear.........Read more

Abu Bakr-al Baghdadi still alive, says US Defence Secretary James Mattis

US Defence Secretary James Mattis believes Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al- Baghdadi is still alive, shooting down claims he was killed in an air strike. "I think Baghdadi's alive... And I'll believe otherwise when we know we've killed him. But, we're going after him. We assume he's alive," Mattis told........Read more

The View from Nepal on the Doklam Standoff

The current standoff between India and China over the Doklam plateau has been a source of great concern in Nepal, which, just like Bhutan, is precariously sandwiched between its two giant neighbours. Like the Doklam tri-junction point between the three countries involved in the current dispute, there are two tri-junction points between Nepal, India and China – one at Lipulekh in western Nepal and another at Jhinsang Chuli in eastern Nepal.........Read more

Apple gets personal data, why not state, asks Supreme Court

If 99 per cent of the citizens are unconcerned about sharing their data, how is it different if the State also collects the same, the Supreme Court questioned on Thursday. "You say there are 35 crore Internet users and 18 crore telephone users, but 99% of people are not concerned... When you operate your iPad with your thumbprint, your data is public..." said Justice DY Chandrachud.........Read more

Dangal was not submitted by the filmmakers to IIFA, say the organisers of the popular award ceremony

After IIFA awards concluded in New York City, fans of Aamir Khan starrer - Dangal were left disappointed as the film was not nominated in any of the categories. The organisers of the awards then released a statement, in which they have said that the filmmakers did not submit the movie for consideration.........Read more

SC Denies Seniority To Those Who Opted To Be Absorbed On Deputation

The Supreme Court bench of Abbhay Manohar Sapre and Sanjay Kishan Kaul, on July 10, dismissed the pleas of erstwhile Junior Engineers (Electrical) of All India Radio, New Delhi, who were on deputation to the Electrical Wing of the Postal Department, and who opted to be absorbed permanently in the latter, that they were entitled to preserve …........Read more

Google Keep for Android finally adds undo/redo controls for text editing

The latest version of Google Keep for Android is rolling out with a minor, but sorely needed functionality. Version 3.4.803.02 of the note-taking app finally features undo and redo controls in text and editing fields.........Read more

EC’s silence on barring convicted MPs, MLAs for life draws SC ire

The court also wondered whether the EC’s reluctance to give its “free view” was influenced by the Centre’s stand against life ban on convicts from contesting polls. The bench said, “If you denude your power of independent thinking then say so."........Read more

The 2018 Audi A8 comes with artificial intelligence; to arrive in India next year

The all-new Audi A8 has been unveiled by the German automaker at its first Audi Summit held in Barcelona. The sedan has been re-engineered with a new design language, an innovative touchscreen operating concept and a systematically “electrified” driving experience according to Audi.........Read more

Bansals look set to return to the limelight at Flipkart

Flipkart’s fundraising in April, which saw Tencent become a shareholder, and a proposed deal with SoftBank may see the return of Sachin and Binny Bansal to more prominent positions.........Read more

India's AU Small Finance Bank surges on trading debut after $296 million IPO

Shares in India's AU Small Finance Bank Ltd (AUFI.BO) jumped as much as 52 percent on their market debut after the lender's 19.13 billion-rupee ($296.4 million) initial public offering of shares.........Read more

Card, online payments made safer; customer liability cut

Electronic payments have become safer for consumers with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) introducing the concept of ‘zero liability’ and ‘limited liability’ for bank customers for any card or online fraud. It has also made it mandatory for banks to register all customers for text message alerts.........Read more

Hubble Space Telescope Sees ‘Hidden Galaxy’

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured this vivid image of the spiral galaxy IC 342. It is a spiral galaxy located in the constellation Camelopardalis, approximately 8.9 million light-years away.........Read more

GST Rumours: No Double Taxation on Credit Card Use, says Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia

Denying claims made by a few rumours which stated that credit card users will have to pay double taxes now that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has been implemented, Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said that any such notifications are untrue and people need not worry about it.........Read more

GST impact: A complete list of cars that will become cheaper or expensive from July 1

While SUVs and large cars will see a large decline in taxes due to GST, small cars tax rates will remain relatively the same. Here is how GST will impact the automobile sector.........Read more

Cricket is now a ‘sissy’s game’, no aggression left: Andy Roberts

“We don’t have enough pacers in the world. No one’s bowling fast because rules for short-pitched bowling have changed, batsmen are fully protected. The rules of the game are cutting aggression. You cannot even stare hard at the batsmen else they would fine you. They are taking all the aggression out of the game.........Read more

Adobe launches voice analytics for Siri, Alexa, and other intelligent assistants

Adobe Analytics Cloud can now track the performance of voice-enabled intelligent assistants like Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant, Cortana, and Samsung’s Bixby, marking the company’s first foray into …........Read more

Bhutan issues demarche to Beijing, over border disputes

Bhutan issued a demarche to the Chinese envoy, asking Beijing to restore status quo in the Doklam area where a section of Chinese soldiers tried to unilaterally build a road towards its Army camp in Zomplri area, the Bhutanese ambassador to India said.........Read more

New Third Generation BMW X3 Unveiled

The BMW X3 has been one of the best selling SUVs in the Bavarian automakers portfolio. Launched originally in 2003, over 1.5 million new X3s have been sold in the last 14 years across two generations. In India, the BMW X3 has been a popular option for customers who wanted a Rs 50 lakh BMW but wanted an SUV instead of the staple 3/5 Series. And now, BMW has unveiled a new third generation X3 that is larger, more efficient and offers more tech than ever before. The BMW X3 will also get a set of two diesel and three petrol engines that have been thoroughly updated.........Read more

GST impact on mobile phone bills: Here is how much you will pay for 4G and calls from July 1

Under India's new unified taxation regime, if you're a post-paid subscriber currently paying Rs 1,000, you'll be charged at least Rs 30 extra every month. If you're a pre-paid subscriber, you can expect your talk-time to stumble. If, for instance, you're on a Rs 100 pack, you're likely to get about Rs 82.20 talk-time as against Rs 83.96 now for the same price.........Read more

Government expects telecom sector's health picture to be clear in 3 months

Telecom companies Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Idea cellular, Reliance Jio, Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices, Telenor, BSNL and MTNL have all met the IMG and discussed the state of the sector.........Read more

Foodpanda launches third party delivery service for restaurants

Rocket Internet’s online food delivery service Foodpanda has launched a third party delivery service for restaurants, reports ETtech. Foodpanda will now handle delivery of orders placed through both its platform and other competing platforms. The service is currently live in Delhi, Mumbai, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore. Partner restaurants can get all orders delivered by Foodpanda’s logistics team, or opt for the service on a need-to-need basis. Apparently, 500 restaurants have already signed up for this service.........Read more

‘Wonder Woman’ Gal Gadot Lost The Miss Universe Title To Former Beauty Queen Tanushree Dutta

More interesting is the fact that she competed against the then Miss Universe winner, Tanushree Dutta. Unlike their careers now, Dutta upstaged Gadot at the event by finishing in the top 10. Gadot didn’t even qualify for the elimination rounds. And now, a decade later, Gadot is the star of a bonafide international blockbuster, while Dutta’s biggest hit came opposite Emraan Hashmi in 2005’s ‘Aashiq Banaya Aapne’.........Read more

SBI: Write-offs on account of merger with associate banks cannot be ruled out

Any write-downs or write-offs on account of merger with associate banks could have a negative impact on financial condition and results of operations, says SBI........Read more

Android O Developer Preview 3 Now Released

Google has finally released the third developer preview build of its upcoming Android O operating system, which is confirmed to be Android 8.0, after keeping the version number under wraps until now. The release was announced by Dave Burke, VP of Engineering, on the official blog post.........Read more

The Mummy movie review: The worst Tom Cruise film ever. Dead, decaying, badly bandaged

The Mummy, its first film, fails on every level, and others we haven’t yet arrived at. It follows in the tradition of the Mummy movies that came before. Cruise plays a vaguely-defined soldier of some sort, who inadvertently reawakens the evil Princess Ahmanet, and immediately gets cursed. He then spends the rest of the film trying to swat away Ahmanet’s advances in what plays out like the most uncomfortable stalker-prey romance in recent memory.........Read more

Indian student from Telangana shot at in California - Times of India

Mubeen Ahmed, 26, who is pursuing MS from California University, was shot in a shop where he had taken up part time work. His father said they had got a call from the hospital where he was admitted that Mubeen was critical and unconscious.........Read more

Rumour: Lexus NX crossover might be launched in India

Lexus is reportedly considering to introduce the NX crossover in India sometime in the future. The NX is an entry-level model in the SUV and crossover line-up of the Japanese carmaker.Lexus had recently ...........Read more

Russia scrambles fighter jet to intercept US bomber flying near its border

Russian defence ministry said it had to scramble the Su-27 to the area over the Baltic Sea on Tuesday morning after its radars spotted an aircraft flying along the border. Russia identified it as a US B-52 strategic bomber and escorted it until it flew further away from border.........Read more

Wipro's average annual hike down by 50%

Leading IT firm Wipro on Monday came out with an announcement that the company is catering a 5pc salary hike (average) for this annual and it would come into effect from June month (1st). In the previous financial year, Wipro had given an average hike of 9.5pc to its offshore employees. 'This hike will be applicable to all eligible employees and around 2pc of average hike will be catered to its onsite members,' - See more at: http://www.gulte.com/news/58630/Wipros-average-annual-hike-down-by-50#sthash.R8ysd8e6.dpuf........Read more

Naming India’s longest bridge after Bhupen Hazarika is a true honour for bard and Assam

The moment the 9.15-km bridge, country's longest, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, he declared that the bridge will be officially known as the Bhupen Hazarika Setu or Bhupen Hazarika Bridge.........Read more

US Navy moves second aircraft carrier near North Korea

The US Navy is moving the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier to the Korean Peninsula where it will conduct dual-carrier training exercises with the USS Carl Vinson amid heightened tensions in the region, two defense officials told.........Read more

Tamil Nadu drought: Minister adopts bizarre way to prevent evaporation, floats thermocol sheets on Vaigai dam

Tamil Nadu is in the midst of the worst drought in 140 years but clearly there is no drought of ideas. Minister for Cooperation Sellur K Raju tried to float thermocol sheets on Vaigai dam on Friday to prevent evaporation.........Read more

EBay bullish on India market after local unit sale to Flipkart

The company says it remains bullish about winning the market through its partnership with India’s largest e-commerce player Flipkart. The deal will give buyers on its platform access to Indian inventory and global sellers access to the growing base of buyers in India that shop online.........Read more

H-1B visa: FM Arun Jaitley takes up issue with US Commerce Secretary, highlights role of Indian professionals

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has "strongly raised" the H-1B visa issue with US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, highlighting the important role played by highly-skilled Indian professionals in the US, officials said.........Read more

Trouble-hit AIADMK eyes merger of warring factions, sidelines Sasikala and her kin

Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK party on Tuesday distanced itself from jailed general secretary VK Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dinakaran, brightening prospects of a truce with the O Panneerselvam faction that had rebelled against her leadership.........Read more

Arunachal borders Tibet, not China: CM Pema Khandu on Beijing’s protest over Dalai Lama visit

Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu said on Wednesday Beijing has no right to threaten Delhi on the 14th Dalai Lama’s movement within the country as India shares boundary with Tibet and not China.........Read more

Music Broadcast Ltd IPO to be offered at Rs 324-333 per share

The company has fixed a price band of Rs 324-333 per share for its initial share sale. The company plans to raise up to Rs400 crore in primary capital, while existing investors will sell shares worth Rs 86-88.5 crore through an offer for sale. The offer closes on 8 March.........Read more

GVK wins rights to build Navi Mumbai airport

GVK Power & Infrastructure Ltd, which runs the Mumbai and Bengaluru airports, has won the right to build Mumbai’s second airport in Navi Mumbai, beating arch rival GMR Infrastructure Ltd. GVK, through Mumbai International Airport Ltd, which runs the Mumbai airport, offered to share 12.60% of the revenue of the new airport with City and Industrial Development Corp. of Maharashtra (CIDCO).........Read more

‘Beef’ thrown in temple: Bengal govt worried as communal clashes spread to Kolkata

Alampur, a locality on the western edge of Kolkata’s Metiabruz area, continues to be tense since January 23 after some chunks of alleged beef were thrown into a temple. No arrests have been made so far.........Read more

Pakistan will not free doctor who helped US find Osama bin Laden

A jailed Pakistani doctor believed to have helped the CIA hunt down al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden will be neither released nor handed to the United States, Pakistan’s law minister has told legislators. Dr Shakil Afridi, hailed as a hero by US officials, was arrested after US forces killed bin Laden in May 2011 in a secret raid in a northern Pakistani town that plunged relations between the uneasy strategic partners to a new low.........Read more

Police detain 6 for New Year’s Eve molestations in Bengaluru

Bengaluru mass molestation: Police detained at least six suspects Wednesday after outrage erupted in the country over several women being groped and molested on New Year’s...........Read more

Railways announce 10 per cent rebate in vacant train berths

Worried over many unoccupied seats in Mail/Express trains, railways on Thursday announced 10 per cent rebate for vacant berths after finalisation of the reservation charts from January one. A passenger can avail 10 per cent rebate in basic fare for availing the vacant berths in all reserved categories including AC and Sleeper class after the finalisation of the chart, according to a railway notification.........Read more

Retail inflation eased to two-year low at 3.63% in November

Retail inflation eased to multi-year low of 3.63% in November on account of sharp drop in prices of food items, reflecting weak demand as consumers grappled with cash crunch following demonetization. This is the lowest level at least since January 2014 and the consumer inflation was seen near this level at 3.66% in August 2015.........Read more

‘Suspended’ Bengal BJP leader held with Rs 33L, most of it in Rs 2,000 notes

A BJP leader has been arrested in Kolkata with unaccounted cash worth Rs 33 lakh and illicit arms and ammunition, barely a week after police arrested a youth wing leader of the party in Tamil Nadu and seized Rs 20.5 lakh in cash, including wads of new Rs 2,000 notes.........Read more

This 23-year-old school dropout now counts RIL, Amul, CBI as clients with his cyber security startup

TAC Security provides complete vulnerability assessment solutions, which involves the process of identifying, quantifying, and prioritising the vulnerabilities in network infrastructures.........Read more

Marathi actress Ashwini Ekbote dies during performance in Pune

The 44-year-old, who had also acted in several plays, was performing at the Bharat Natyamandir in Pune on Saturday evening when she collapsed on stage, a police official said. She was taken to a nearby hospital where she was declared dead, the official said.........Read more

India set to complete N-triad with Arihant commissioning

India is finally close to operationalising its long-awaited nuclear weapons triad — the capability to launch nukes from land, air and sea, with the commissioning of INS Arihant. Sources said nuclear submarine INS Arihant was commissioned into service in August after extensive sea trials.........Read more

BMW G 310 GS Spyshots Emerge Online

BMW Motorrad always had the plans of working on an ADV derivative of the upcoming G 310 R motorcycle and with these spy shots taken in Italy, it has been finally confirmed as well. The entire community of motorcycling aficionados will be happy to see these photographs and so are we.........Read more

ABVP loses all seats as SFI-led UFSJ sweeps University of Hyderabad polls

The United Front of Social Justice led by the Students Federation of India (SFI) swept the student union elections in the University of Hyderabad on 29 September. The United Front of Social Justice was supported by the Dalit Students Union, Tribal Students Front (TSF), Bahujan Students Front (BSF) and Telangana Vidyarthi Vedika (TVV).........Read more

You thought research reports are boring? Have a look at this one on India

Aberdeen Asset Management has come out with a report titled "India: The Giant Awakens", which is not only well researched but also very appealing.........Read more

Open The Gates for Blessings | Dilbagh

A few days back, I logged into my Quora Account and I was just checking some interesting questions in Quora Feed (Read) And I Clicked on a question “Who is the best person you've ever met and why” 15 people answered this question and I started reading the first one which was answered by Syed…........Read more

The moment i felt like ending my life and how did i come out of it? | Manish Soni

Hey, I’m Manish Soni and I’m Sharing one of my life experience with nodikkat.com , I already posted this as an answer at Quora   It just happened a month ago but now I’m feeling fully recovered from that instance of mine. University’s health checkup Well, I was scheduled for a routine health checkup in…........Read more

Ulta Chaata | Innovative system to harvest Rainwater

Thinkphi, a Mumbai-based green technology startup developing products based on three pillars of sustainability; waste, water, energy. Using the principles of environmental science and sustainable design our green products are made to be intelligent and influence user behavior to conserve earth's natural resources. The company recently invented a product called ulta chata, that stores water…........Read more

BADSHAH Life in his own words

We all know about the Rapper BADSHAH real name Aditya Prateek Singh Sisodia , we love all his rap songs whether it is Dj wale babu or Wakra Swag and any other Bollywood hit. Today he has a huge fan following on Facebook, twitter, YouTube.  He also received GIMA Award for Breakthrough Artiste of the…........Read more