14 Italians with coronavirus shifted Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon after govt request

Fourteen people from the group of Italians, who have caught coronavirus, have been shifted to the Medanta Hospital in Gururgram on a special request from the government. The two others from this group are in Rajasthan. The group of 14 Italian tourists had travelled across three states at least before arriving from Rajasthan to New Delhi where they tested positive for COVID-19. AIIMS on Wednesday confirmed that the 16 people from the group of 21 people tested positive. 14 of them have now been sent to the Medanta hospital in Gurugram, Haryana.........Read more

Why women feel pressured to shave

The answer goes back centuries. Hair removal -- or otherwise -- has long shaped gender dynamics, served as a signifier of class and defined notions of femininity and the "ideal body." However, in its most recent evolution, body hair is being embraced by a growing number of young women who are turning a source of societal shame and turning it into a sign of personal strength. The rise of gender fluidity, the body-positivity movement and the beauty sector's growing inclusiveness have all contributed to the new wave of hirsuteness.........Read more

Virat Kohli snaps at journalist who accuses him of swearing at Kane Williamson, New Zealand crowd

Kohli was fired up on Day 2 of the Test match, giving angry send-offs to New Zealand batsmen and on one occasion, was even caught on camera swearing at the crowd. The videos of the incident went viral on social media. In the video, Kohli could be seen putting his finger on his lips in a gesture to silence the crowd and saying something that social media users said included an expletive. There is yet to be any official word on the incident. He was asked about the same incident by the journalist during the presser after the game but Kohli hit back by saying that he shouldn't be asking questions without knowing the exact details of the incidents which took place on the field during the match.........Read more

Hyundai To Heavily Localise Mass Market EVs For India

In a bid to encourage manufacturers to increase the number of electric vehicles produced in the country, the government is set to hike the custom duties on completely built unit (CBU), as well as completely knocked down (CKD) EVs, and their components. Hence, importing electric vehicles will become more expensive which will force manufacturers to shift to local procurement of components. The import duty on CKD electric vehicles is presently set at 10%, which will be hiked to 15%, from April this year. Also, the duty on imported battery cells will increase from 5% to 10% from April 2021. In a bid to avoid putting the heavy import charge on the buyers, Hyundai Motor India Ltd has decided to localise more components than it currently does under the government’s Make in India movement.........Read more

Till PM Modi's in Power, India-Pakistan Relation Can't Improve, Says Shahid Afridi

"Till Modi is in power, I don't think we will get any response from India. We have all, including Indians, understood the way Modi thinks. His thinking is inclined towards negativity," Afridi said in an interview to Cricket Pakistan when asked if bilateral cricketing ties between India and Pakistan can resume. "Relationship between India and Pakistan has been damaged because of one person only. And that is not what we want." "People from either side of the border want to travel to each other's country. I don't understand what Modi wants to do and what his agenda really is," he added.........Read more

This girls-only app uses AI to screen a user’s gender — what could go wrong?

A new social app called Giggle is pitching itself as a girls-only networking platform. To sign up, users have to take a selfie. And while that might not sound too invasive, the app then uses “bio-metric gender verification software” to determine whether that person is a woman. If that wasn’t already bad enough, the technology doesn’t work if you’re trans. Giggle, founded by Australian screenwriter Sall Grover, supposedly looks at the bone structure of a person’s face to determine their gender. That’s problematic on a number of fronts, not least of which is that bone structure is clearly a poor indicator of gender identity. Nevertheless, Giggle says the science is sound. “It’s Bio-Science, not pseudo-science like phrenology,” the website declares. ........Read more

Reliance setting up small stores for last-mile delivery

Reliance plans to open thousands of small outlets called Reliance Smart Points in various cities in neighbourhoods as part of its omni-channel play, according to two people familiar with the development. These Smart Points will measure between 500 sq feet and 1,500 sq ft each. They are looking for not-so-prime properties with lower rentals, said the first person quoted above. It is a grocery concept that will be used for hyper-local delivery and consumers can also order online and pick up from those stores.........Read more

Deepika Padukone’s Skill India promo video dropped after JNU visit, govt says evaluating it

Two days after Deepika Padukone paid a surprise visit to Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi inviting extreme reactions, the Narendra Modi government’s skill development ministry has “dropped” a promotional video that had the actor speaking about acid attack survivors and Skill India.........Read more

Amid bushfires, Australia to kill 10,000 camels to save water

Local officials in South Australia state said "extremely large" herds have been encroaching on rural communities -- threatening scarce food and drinking water, damaging infrastructure, and creating a dangerous hazard for drivers. It comes after Australia experienced its hottest and driest year on record in 2019, with the severe drought causing some towns to run out of water and fuelling deadly bushfires that have devastated the country's southeast.........Read more

IND vs SL: No posters, banners or even placards showing '4' and '6' allowed inside Barsapara Cricket Stadium

The India-Sri Lanka match will see a ban on posters, banners and message boards inside the Barsapara Cricket Stadium. Devajit Saikia, secretary Assam Cricket Association (ACA) said that even placards showing “4” and “6” — which are used on T20 games — will also not be allowed because they could be used for surrogate advertisements. Marker pens too won't be allowed inside. Only men’s wallets, ladies handbags, mobile phones and vehicle keys will be permitted inside. ........Read more

India 5th Largest Economy in 2019, Says UK Research Centre

“India has decisively overtaken both France and the UK to become the world’s fifth-largest economy in 2019. It is expected to overtake Germany to become fourth-largest in 2026 and Japan to become the third-largest in 2034. India is also set to reach a GDP of $5 trillion by 2026 – 2 years later than the current government target,” the research centre said in its statement. “Slow growth during the year has increased pressure for more radical economic reforms.........Read more

Nepal detains 122 Chinese for suspected cyber crime, bank fraud

Police in Nepal have detained 122 Chinese nationals in its biggest crackdown on crime by foreigners entering the country on a tourist visa, officials said on Tuesday. The chief of police in the capital, Kathmandu, Uttam Subedi, said 122 Chinese men and women were rounded up in raids on Monday following information that they were engaged in suspicious activities. ........Read more

Retail inflation shoots up to over 3-year high of 5.54% in November

Retail inflation rose significantly to over three-year high of 5.54 per cent in November, mainly on account of higher food prices. The inflation based on Consumer Price Index (CPI) was 4.62 per cent in October, and 2.33 per cent in November 2018. As per the data released by the National Statistical Office (NSO), the inflation in the food rose to 10.01 per cent. This compares with 7.89 per cent October and (-) 2.61 per cent in the year ago-month. The previous high of CPI was 6.07 in July 2016.........Read more

2-year-old Punjab boy, stuck for 110 hours in borewell, dies after being pulled out

A two-year-old child, who had fallen into a 150-foot-deep unused borewell in Punjab’s Sangrur, has been declared dead. He was pulled out of the borewell on Tuesday morning after a rescue operation of over 110 hours. The toddler was stuck in the seven-inch wide borewell at a depth of 125 feet.........Read more

Now Missing from BJP Narrative, NPAs Under NDA Govt Soared to Rs 10.39 Lakh Crore

According to data compiled by the RBI, system-wide GNPAs of banks have gone up from 3.8 per cent of the gross advances or Rs 2.63 lakh crore on March 31, 2014 to Rs 10.39 lakh crore or 11.2 per cent as of March 31, 2018. ........Read more

Tax Exemption Deadlock: ICC Welcome To Take T20, ODI World Cups Out Of India, Says BCCI

The BCCI, in the recent ICC quarterly meeting, was told by the world governing body to get tax exemptions for conducting future global events like the 2021 T20 World Cup and 2023 ODI World Cup. If BCCI fails to get the exemption, it will have to bear the tax liability for hosting the showpiece events. ........Read more

Court acquits Indian held for alleged assassination plot against Sri Lankan President

The Colombo Fort Magistrate's Court acquitted the Indian national of the charges of conspiring to assassinate the VIPs when the case was taken up for hearing on Wednesday.........Read more

SC directs Kerala Police to provide adequate security to 51 women who entered Sabarimala | Latest News & Updates at

The Supreme Court directed Kerala police to provide adequate security to the two female devotees who were entered Sabarimala temple. The bench also refused to tag the matter along with the pending petitions in the Sabarimala case.........Read more

10% Quota For Economically Weak In General Category Cleared: 10 Points

The government today announced 10 per cent reservation in government jobs and higher education for economically weaker sections in the general category and said it would move a constitutional amendment bill to bring it into effect.........Read more

Lewis Hamilton wins after Max Verstappen collides with Esteban Ocon in Brazil

Lewis Hamilton took a lucky win in the Brazilian Grand Prix after Red Bull's Max Verstappen lost the lead in a collision with backmarker Esteban Ocon.........Read more

Russian-Made Neutron Detector Finds Water Ice in Mars’ Subequatorial Areas

A Russian neutron detector on board the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) has proved the existence of water ice in the subequatorial areas of Mars.........Read more

Windies trail by 555 runs at stumps

The Indian bowlers breathed fire as they never allowed West Indies any breathing space and prized out six wickets for 94 runs in 29 overs post the Indian team declaration at 649/9.........Read more

Google's censored China search project could include tracking by phone number

Google has been largely absent from China for several years now, but last month, news broke that it was working on censored versions of Search and News for the country. The revelations sparked outrage, both inside and outside of Google, and at least a few employees have left the company as a result. ........Read more

Meet the petitioners who challenged Section 377

The verdict on Section 377 comes on five petitions moved by dancer Navtej Singh Johar, journalist Sunil Mehra, chef Ritu Dalmia, hotelier Aman Nath and business executive Ayesha Kapur.........Read more

India panel wants localisation of cloud storage data in a possible blow to big tech firms

A panel working on the Indian government’s cloud computing policy wants data generated in India to be stored within the country, a proposal that could deal a blow to global technology giants such as Amazon and Microsoft who offer such services.........Read more

Badminton World Championships Live Score: Saina Nehwal knocked out after losing 6-21, 11-21 against Carolina Marin

Saina Nehwal has been knocked out of the Badminton World Championships after losing 6-21, 11-21 against Carolina Marin. The Spaniard will face He BingJiao in the semifinal tomorrow. ........Read more

India vs England: King Kohli Stands Tall to Keep Visitors' Hopes Alive in Birmingham

Kohli's 149, which will rank amongst one of the finest tons by an Indian batsman on English soil, enabled the visitors to reach 274 thereby bringing down the first innings deficit to only 13 runs. England had scored 287 in their first innings.........Read more

All Accused in Mecca Masjid Blast are Acquitted

A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Hyderabad on Monday acquitted all accused in the sensational Mecca Masjid blast case. Swami Aseemanand was one of the accused in the case. He, along with others, have been set free citing lack of evidence. The detailed judgment in the case will be out in 15 days. The blast which took place at the Mecca Masjid which is adjacent to the historic Charminar in the Old City in Hyderabad during Friday prayers on May 18, 2007, had left nine people dead and 58 injured.........Read more

Islamabad to set up $1.51 billion hydropower project in PoK

The Azad Pattan Hydropower Project (APHP) is a run of river scheme located on Jhelum River in the Sudhanoti district of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The project would be completed by 2022 for which the authorities have sought an import tariff at Rs 8.05 per kilowatts.........Read more

Richie movie review: Nivin Pauly makes a confident debut

Nivin Pauly, in his maiden Tamil outing Richie, doesn’t arrive with much fanfare as many would’ve expected. He instead chooses to make an assured debut in a role that’s not easy to pull off and hard to define. Agreed, he gets to walk in slow-motion a few times, dance to popular Rajinikanth songs and smoke stylishly, but there’s nothing heroic about his character to make us celebrate his arrival.........Read more

Forbes India Rich List Out, Mukesh Ambani Tops for 10th Year in a Row

Forbes Magazine has released its India Rich List for 2017, with Reliance Industries Limited chairman Mukesh Ambani topping the charts for the 10th consecutive year with a net worth if $38 billion. Ambani is followed by tech czar Azim Premji who jumped two places with net worth of $19 billion this year. Ranked third are the Hinduja brothers who added $3.2 billion to their net worth.........Read more

India transforming, says Modi as country signs 15 agreements with Japan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe condemned in the strongest terms North Korea's continued development of its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. India and Japan on Thursday signed 15 agreements/documents during the 12th India-Japan Annual Summit. The agreements/documents will deepen the special strategic and global partnership between both Asian nations.........Read more

World Badminton Championships 2017: A look at the Indian contingent's singles division in graphics

Recent successes of the Indian badminton players has pushed the country into the limelight and is gradually getting considered to be a powerhouse in the sport of badminton. As a reflection of this growth, India is going to the World Badminton Championships starting on 21 August in Glasgow with a 21-member contingent.........Read more

Shankersinh Vaghela fully prepared to create stir?

Gujarat Congress’s disgruntled leader Shankersinh Vaghela is all set to hold a convention on his 77th birthday in Gandhinagar on Friday and Gujarat Congress chief Bharatsinh Solanki is all set to make sure it is not a success.........Read more

Dalai Lama draws support for Tibetan ‘freedom’ in Leh even as India-China ties sour over Doka La

Followers of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama have once again pledged their support to the cause to "free" Tibet from "Chinese occupation". Dalai Lama who has been on over a month long visit to the Leh area of Jammu and Kashmir received support from the people at a religious gathering in the state.........Read more

Hyundai Kona Subcompact SUV Teased Again

Hyundai has released a couple of detailed teaser images of the upcoming Kona subcompact SUV. The Kona is a very important product for the South Korean carmaker and it is likely that the subcompact SUV might come to India.........Read more

Climate change is real, says Elon Musk, resigns from President’s advisory council

United States President Donald Trump’s decision to quit the Paris climate accord drew swift opposition from some of the most influential business leaders in the country, including the heads of Disney, GE and Goldman Sachs.........Read more

ISSF World Cup: Pooja Ghatkar Clinches Bronze in 10m Air Rifle Event

Pooja Ghatkar overcame some technical issues to clinch the women's 10m air rifle bronze medal as India opened their account on a positive note in the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup here on Friday.........Read more

Soldiers forced to buy ‘replicas’ of medals as Army delays in delivering originals: Report

Indian Army personnel, who are awarded for their exceptional service, are forced to buy ‘replicas’ of the medals from private shops as the Army takes several years to deliver the original ones.........Read more

Shivpal's revenge: Mulayam removes Akhilesh loyalists from SP list

Signs of trouble in the Samajwadi Party resurfaced after Mulayam Singh Yadav chopped off 53 of Akhilesh Yadav's ministers, from the list of 325 candidates for the upcoming Assembly elections. The list was released by the SP supremo and the party's state president Shivpal Yadav in Lucknow on Wednesday, when the Uttar Pradesh chief minister was away addressing a public meeting in Mahoba. Those left out included Akhilesh's loyalists like Arvind Singh Gope, Pawan Pandey, Ram Govind Chaudhary and Abhishek Mishra.........Read more

Researchers say 125 years is probably the maximum human life span

After analyzing data on human longevity for years, US researchers have concluded that hopes science extend life span by hundreds of years is probably fruitless. While we’ve made strides for decades at improving average life expectancy, life span is an entirely different ballgame. Children born today can expect to live to 79, according to the …........Read more

Unmanned aerial vehicles seen close to India-Pak border: BSF - Times of India

As part of measures to beef up overall security, the border guarding force has also reviewed the preparedness of security mechanisms along the eastern front with Bangladesh so that terrorists are not able to use that country to sneak into India and launch attacks.........Read more

Small implanted device may help fight breast cancer: study

A small device implanted under the skin can improve breast cancer survival by catching cancer cells, slowing the development of metastatic tumours in other organs and allowing time to intervene with surgery or other therapies, scientists say.........Read more

Egyptian leader says 'men sexually weak', so women must undergo circumcision

Agina said it is better for women to undergo FGM to reduce their sexual apetite and stand by their man.........Read more

Why India need not worry about Zika

Will Zika become a big threat? All depends on that one elusive factor: immunity. India has the right climate and abundant mosquitoes for the virus to settle, thrive and pan out as an epidemic. But this is a country where incessant migrations and invasions have taken place for at least 5,000 years. Every demographic intermingling has introduced innumerable unknown infections and diseases. And they have given us the chance to acquire immunity to many infectious diseases over time. ........Read more

Porsche 911 GT3 RS Unveiled in India

The 911 GT3 RS is one of the most hardcore Porsches in the German Automaker's stable.........Read more

Hillary Clinton camp hit by sexting scandal

“The only way I can lose this election is if I'm caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy ,“ an American lawmaker once boasted, the quote being emblematic of the kind of escapades that can cause political defeat.........Read more

Did BSF train an outfit demanding separate state of Coochbehar in West Bengal?

The Mamata Banerjee government in Bengal is livid with the Modi government at the Centre after the state police recently submitted an intelligence report claiming that the BSF was training a peoples militia of GCPA that is looking to break away from Bengal in Coochbehar district breaking away from Bengal.........Read more

Have Al-Qaeda, Al-Ummah joined hands to target South India

The coming together of the Al-Qaeda and the Al-Ummah in Tamil Nadu has worried police officials.........Read more

World T20 star Brathwaite takes charge as West Indies T20 skipper

ST.JOHN'S: Carlos Brathwaite, the star of the West Indies World Twenty win, was Monday named as the new skipper of the T20 squad, succeeding the sacked Darren S...........Read more

Narsingh fails 2nd dope test, Olympic hopes fade

Narsingh Yadav's hopes of competing in the Olympics seemed bleak today after the wrestler failed a second dope test which was conducted on him on July 5.........Read more

Praveen Amre, Raghuram Bhat found to be in conflict of interest by BCCI ombudsman

Mumbai: Former India Test batsman Praveen Amre and ex-Karnataka left-arm spinner Raghuram Bhat have been found to be in conflict of interest by the Cricket Board's ombudsman who has cleared former India skipper Dilip Vengsarkar from a similar charge.........Read more

Android N is now Android Nougat

Google announced on Snapchat today that Android N, the latest version of Android, will now go by Android Nougat. The announcement comes after the company said at I/O last month that users could...........Read more

Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter, Pinterest accounts get hacked

A group, named OurMine Team claimed to have gained access of his Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram account.........Read more

Transparent, flexible supercapacitors pave the way for a multitude of applications

(—The standard appearance of today's electronic devices as solid, black objects could one day change completely as researchers make electronic components that are transparent and flexible. Working toward this goal, researchers in a new study have developed transparent, flexible supercapacitors made of carbon nanotube films. The high-performance devices could one day be used to store energy for everything from wearable electronics to photovoltaics.........Read more

Music. Dance. Art. 400 students. 17 countries: Festival highlights

This weekend (May 7-8), witness music, dance, and art at the 14th International Festival of Language and Culture. The theme of the festival is ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ or ‘The world is one family’. It will showcase 400 students from over 17 countries coming together to spread the message of harmony, universal human values and peace.........Read more

55,669 villages to get mobile connectivity by 2019: DoT

It will also commission a project to connect 8,621 villages in the north-eastern region by installing 321 mobile tower sites by September 2017.........Read more

Wrong Depiction Of India Map Can Land You In Jail, 100 Cr Fine

Wrong depiction of the map of India could land the violators in jail with a maximum term of seven years and fine upto Rs 100 crore. This measure has been envisaged by the government against the bac........Read more

Indian government rejects Apple request to sell refurbished iPhones in India | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

Indian government rejects Apple request to sell refurbished iPhones in India - The decision follows major backlash last week from the company's Android-focused rivals.........Read more