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New bus trip will take you from Delhi to London in 70 days

Expedition company Adventures Overland is hoping you'll say yes to its new organized bus trip, which will ferry travelers from the Indian metropolis of Delhi to the UK capital of London -- no airplanes involved. Described as the "first-ever hop-on/hop-off bus service" between the two destinations, Bus to London will ferry 20 passengers on a modified luxury bus, inspired in part by the Hippie Trail buses that crisscrossed the world in the 1950s and 1960s. The bus will cross 18 countries over a period of 70 days, with passengers hopping off to marvel at the pagodas of Myanmar, hike the Great Wall of China and wander historic cities including Moscow and Prague. The image above is an illustration from Adventures Overland, depicting what the bus might look like. Adventures Overland was founded by entrepreneurs and enthusiastic travelers Tushar Agarwal and Sanjay Madan.........Read more

Planets around nearby star are intriguing candidates for extraterrestrial life

Up to three planets - potentially rocky like Earth - have been spotted around a star located relatively near our solar system - a planetary system offering astronomers intriguing possibilities in the search for signs of extraterrestrial life. The planets orbit Gliese 887, a so-called red dwarf star half the sun’s mass located 11 light years from Earth - right in our backyard in cosmic terms, researchers said on Friday. A light year is the distance light travels in a year, 5.9 trillion miles (9.5 trillion km). Only 12 other stars are closer to our solar system. Two planets have been definitively identified, one orbiting Gliese 887 every nine days and the other every 21 days. One of these two is situated just inside what is called the habitable zone, or Goldilocks zone, around the star - not too hot and not too cold, perhaps able to maintain liquid water on the surface and harbor life. ........Read more

Scientists Develop First Open Source All-Atom Models Of Covid-19 Protein; Will Facilitate Faster Vaccine Development

A team of scientists has produced first open source all-atom models of full-length COVID-19 Spike protein that facilitates viral entry into host cells - a discovery that can facilitate a faster vaccine and antiviral drug development. The group from Seoul National University in South Korea, University of Cambridge in the UK and Lehigh University in the US produced the first open-source all-atom models of a full-length S protein. The researchers say this is of particular importance because the S protein plays a central role in viral entry into cells, making it a main target for vaccine and antiviral drug development. "Our models are the first full-length SARS-CoV-2 spike (S) protein models that are available to other scientists," said Wonpil Im, a professor in Lehigh University.........Read more

Corona India: 52,952 cases; 1783 deaths - Gulte

Yet again over 3,500 cases have been reported in a single. In the last 24 hours, 3,561 new Corona positive cases have been filed and 89 people have died. With this the total cases in India stand at 52,952 and 1,783 people have lost their lives. Simultaneously over 1,000 people have recovered in the last 24 hours and the total recovered patients count is 15,267. Maharashtra has the highest number of Corona cases with 16,758 while Gujarat, New Delhi and Tamil Nadu are the following states with 6625, 5532 and 4829 cases respectively.........Read more

Modi says ‘jaan bhi jahaan bhi', signals a shift in India’s coronavirus playbook

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday signalled a shift in India's strategy to fight the coronavirus pandemic, with a renewed focus on ‘jaan’ (life) and ‘jahaan’ (livelihood). In a statement to chief ministers (CM) at a meeting earlier today, he said a shift has to be made to ensure that lives are saved along with livelihoods. This implicitly suggests India may have turned a corner with the disease and the next stage of lockdown will come with changes. The PM and the CMs had a more than a five-hour-long meeting today to discuss the need to extend the national lockdown. According to reports, the lockdown, which was to end on 14 April, has been extended by two weeks. There has been no official communication on it so far.........Read more

UP Brings Ordinance On Damage Recovery After Top Court's "No Law" Remark On Protesters' Hoardings

The Uttar Pradesh cabinet on Friday approved "UP Recovery of damage to public properties Ordinance-2020" for recovery of losses due to damage to government and private properties during political processions. The decision in this regard was taken by a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday evening. "The cabinet has approved UP Recovery of damage to public properties Ordinance-2020 for recovery of losses of government and private properties during political processions, illegal agitations," UP Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna told reporters after the cabinet meeting.........Read more

Air New Zealand unveils economy-class sleeping pods

According to Air New Zealand's announcement, the Skynest will consist of six full-length lie-flat sleep pods in the Economy cabin. The exact location within the aircraft is yet to be confirmed. Each pod will be about 200 centimeters (6.5 feet) long and 58 centimeters (22 inches) wide, and come with a pillow, sheets, blanket, ear plugs and privacy curtains. The airline is reportedly also exploring additional features such as reading lights and USB outlets.........Read more

Hotstar Skips John Oliver's Episode That Criticised PM Modi

Disney-owned Hotstar has decided to skip the last episode of the news satire show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, which criticised Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The latest episode was shot in context to the US President Donald Trump’s India visit, but also touched upon the PM Modi’s past, policies and controversies. Oliver addressed PM Modi’s “Hindu nationalist beliefs”, 2002 Gujarat riots that left at least 1,044 dead and 223 missing, with several thousands injured. Oliver also spoke about PM Modi’s flagship policies such as the Demonetisation of 2016 and the combination of Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Besides this, Oliver also addressed the construction of detention centres across India to house people declared as “non-citizens” under NRC.........Read more

Jamia Students Release CCTV Footage of Delhi Police Assaulting Unarmed Students in Library on December 15

A group representing the students and alumni of Jamia Millia Islamia has released CCTV footage purportedly showing Delhi Police personnel assaulting students in the university library on the night of December 15 when violence rocked the campus amid anti-citizenship law protests in the area. The video, tweeted by the Jamia Coordination Committee, shows the police entering the library on the first floor of the MA/MPhil section. The time-stamp on the CCTV footage shows the cops entering at 6:08pm and raining blows on unarmed students using lathis.........Read more

Former Chief engineer of Andhra's electricity board spends 90 per cent of pension for welfare of poor

CVN Murthy, a former chief engineer of the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh State Electricity Board (APSEB), spends 90 per cent of his pension on social service activities every month. He spends Rs 30,000 to feed more than 120 beggars daily at various temples in the district headquarters town. The septuagenarian also offers medicines worth Rs 15,000 to the poor by conducting evening clinics at the Red Cross Medicine Bank and Panchayatana Siddi Vinayaka temple at PN Colony with the support of a senior doctor.........Read more

Pakistan vs Bangladesh: 16-year-old Naseem Shah becomes youngest to take Test hat-trick

The bowler, who is 16 years and 359 days young became the youngest to take Test hat-trick. His hat-trick helped his side slice through Bangladesh's middle-order as the hosts took full control of the Rawalpindi Test on Sunday. Naseem Shah was supposed to be part of the ICC U19 World Cup in South Africa but was pulled out of the squad to give someone else an opportunity. Naseem Shah also is the first bowler from Pakistan to take a Test hat-trick since Mohammad Sami bagged one in the Lahore Test against Sri Lanka in March 2002. He finished the day with 4/26. Najmul Hossain Shanto Taijul Islam Mahmudullah........Read more

WhatsApp Pay Accepting New Users in India Now, Here’s How You Can Use it

WhatsApp Pay has finally been given regulatory approval by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). The approval comes after nearly two years of WhatsApp holding an invitation-only trial run for the in-app payments service in India, and follows the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s approval for the app that was reportedly issued recently. WhatsApp so far struggled to get regulatory approval for operating its payments interface due to issues with data localisation, but has reportedly agreed to comply with the government’s requirement for digital payments firms to store all critical data locally, within India.........Read more

SC refuses to stay implementation of Citizenship Act, pleas deferred till Jan

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde on Wednesday refused to stay the implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019. The court said it would hear the pleas in January. The apex court also issued notice to the Centre over the Act and asked to file response by second week of January. There were nearly 60 petitions filed in the top court against the Citizenship Amendment Act. ........Read more

DCW chief writes to PM, demands immediate implementation of Disha Bill across country

DCW Chief Swati Maliwal on Saturday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding immediate implementation of Disha Bill in the entire country, which mandates disposal of cases of atrocities against women within 21 days and handing out the death penalty. The Delhi Commission for Women chief also expressed sadness over the "indifferent attitude" of the central government till date over the issue of women's safety. Maliwal, who has been on a hunger strike for over 10 days to demand capital punishment for rapists, said she will not end her fast till the Disha Bill is implemented in the entire country. On Friday, the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly passed the bill. The proposed new law has been named the 'Andhra Pradesh Disha Act Criminal Law (AP Amendment) Act, 2019 as a tribute to the veterinary doctor who was raped and murdered recently in neighbouring Telangana.........Read more

5-Year-Old Abducted, Raped In Bihar's Darbhanga, Deputy CM Sushil Modi Evades Questions On Women Safety

A 5-year-old girl was abducted from outside her home and raped by tempo driver in Bihar's Darbhanga on Friday. The girl has suffered grievous injures and is admitted to Darbhanga’s government hospital. Doctors say her condition is critical. Early reports say that the girl was playing outside her home when the accused approached her. Before the girl could raise an alarm, the man forcibly took her away and rape her in a nearby garden. The accused has been identified as one Tetar Sahni, a resident of Bhagwanpur village. ........Read more

What Will Be The Biggest Fintech Trends In 2020?

The other drivers of growth include continuous efforts to bridge financial inclusion gaps; greater adoption of digital payments on the consumer end, adoption of technology by banks like AI, ML, blockchain, robo-advisory, among others.........Read more

Heavy rain lashes Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu, red alert issued

Heavy rains across the southern states of Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu have thrown normal life out of gear. While Kerala witnessed incessant rainfall from Monday morning, heavy rains caused a fresh flood scare in parts of Karnataka.........Read more

Paris police employee stabs four to death in force HQ before being shot dead

A police administrative worker went on a knife rampage inside the force’s headquarters on Thursday, killing four people before being shot dead by an officer, police officials said. There was no official word on the motive for the attack, which took place in the heart of the French capital near to Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral. But Jean-Marc Bailleul, a police union leader, described the incident as criminal rather than an act of terror. “It was a moment of madness” Bailleul told BFM TV. The area around the police headquarters was sealed off and the nearest metro station was shut for security reasons, the transport authority said. President Emmanuel Macron is expected to visit the scene later on Thursday. A police official and member of the collective “Police up in Anger”, which advocates for better conditions for officers, was quoted by franceinfo radio as saying the assailant had experienced issues with his supervisor. ........Read more

Instagram’s Restrict feature now lets you shadow ban your bullies

Instagram is rolling out a new mode called “Restrict” that will let account owners effectively shadow ban a user who comments on photos with offensive or abusive language. The feature first went into public testing in July. The mode can be activated for specific accounts by swiping left on a comment, heading to your privacy settings, or doing so on the person’s account. Restrict makes it so that “comments on your posts from a person you have restricted will only be visible to that person,” according to a new Instagram blog post published today. Since the person isn’t blocked, people will still have the ability to see the comment by tapping on a message that appears, similar to how muted replies on Twitter look. Account owners will then have the ability to approve the comment so it’s public to everyone, delete it, or ignore it. Instagram is also removing notifications on comments that come from a restricted account, which is also similar to Twitter’s existing mute system. Restricting someone’s ability to comment will also affect direct messages. Any attempt to send a direct message will move to a message request, according to Instagram, and notifications won’t be sent. The message can still be read, but restricted accounts won’t be able to see when it’s read or when the person who has restricted them is active on Instagram. ........Read more

Ayodhya Terror Attack: Life term for four, one acquitted in 2005 case

A special court in Prayagraj on Tuesday convicted four accused in the conspiracy behind the 2005 Ayodhya terror attack case that had caused death of two civilians, and sentenced them to life imprisonment. The fifth accused, Mohammad Aziz, was acquitted in the verdict which took 14 years to come by. All the accused are presently lodged in the Naini Central Jail in Prayagraj.........Read more

Saints From Across The World to Meet in Ayodhya to Discuss Construction of Ram Temple

Saints and seers from across the world will on Monday meet in Ayodhya to participate in the meeting called by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Ram Janambhumi Nyas. The gathering will discuss further action on the disputed Ram Mandir issue. ........Read more

In Revamp, Draft Education Policy Does Away With 10+2 Model of Schooling, Brings in 5+3+3+4 Format

The draft New Education Policy (NEP), 2019, has recommended the restructuring of the school curriculum and pedagogy in a new “5+3+3+4 design”. This is a major departure from the legacies of the National Policy on Education, 1968, which follows the “10+2” format in the school education system.........Read more

Facebook considering its own bitcoin for payments: Report

The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook plans a cryptocurrency-based payment system that it could launch for billions of users worldwide. The system would use a digital coin similar to bitcoin, but different in that Facebook would aim to keep the coin's value stable.........Read more

Govt Notice to Rahul Gandhi After Subramanian Swamy's Complaint Over British Citizenship

The home ministry has issued a notice to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, asking him to explain his "factual position" over a complaint filed by BJP parliamentarian Subramanian Swamy that he holds British citizenship. The Congress chief has been given a fortnight to respond to the notice.........Read more

Around 5,000 super-rich left India in 2018

Around 5,000 Indian super-rich have migrated from the country during 2018, according to Global Wealth Migration Review 2019. India witnessed the third largest outflow of high net-worth individuals (HNWIs) in the world in absolute terms, after China and the Russian Federation.........Read more

Government asked banks to save Jet Airways, avoid bankruptcy

India’s government has asked state-run banks to rescue privately held Jet Airways without pushing it into bankruptcy, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to avert thousands of job losses weeks before a general election.........Read more

Seven-year-old Kerala boy, who tested positive for West Nile Virus, dies in Kozhikode

A seven-year-old boy in Kerala’s Malappuram district who had tested positive for West Nile Virus died in Kozhikode medical college. West Nile Virus is a disease which spreads from birds to humans with the bite of an infected Culex mosquito. The symptoms include cold, fever, bodyache, fatigue and nausea, with complications leading to meningitis and death.........Read more

Olympics: Sony wins Tokyo 2020 broadcast rights in India, subcontinent

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) has won the broadcast rights in India and the subcontinent for next year’s Tokyo Olympics. SPN, owned by Sony Corp, was awarded the rights across all media platforms and will also broadcast the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne next year.........Read more

'Good to be Back': IAF Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman Returns Home From Pak After Agonising Wait

After a day-long wait for his release, Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, having spent nearly 60 hours in Pakistan captivity, was handed over to Indian authorities late on Friday evening. ........Read more

16 Terrorist Camps Operating Across LoC With 'Full Support From Pakistan': Lt Gen. Ranbir Singh

Northern Army commander Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh revealed that 16 terrorist camps were operating across the Line of Control (LoC) with ‘full support from Pakistan.........Read more

2 killed in another Meghalaya mine collapse; fate of 15 trapped miners uncertain

Two miners were found dead on Sunday in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district. Police have uncovered another four cases of illegal mining in the same district.........Read more

SC Quashes Plea Seeking Review of Its 2015 Verdict on NJAC; Collegium System to Continue

The Supreme Court dismissed a plea seeking review of its 2015 verdict striking down the National Judicial Appointment Commission (NJAC) Act which had brought back the collegium system for appointment of judges. ........Read more

Chandrababu Naidu meets Kejriwal, Mayawati, Yashwant Sinha; Oppn on the move

Andhra Pradesh CM and president of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) N Chandrababu Naidu met Mayawati, Arvind Kejriwal, Farooq Abdullah and Sharad Yadav amid efforts to build a grand alliance to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the next year’s Lok Sabha elections.........Read more

Murder Attempt on YS Jagan

YSR Congress party president and leader of opposition in Andhra Pradesh assembly survived an attempt on his life at the Visakhapatnam airport lounge. A waiter, identified as Srinivas, tried to attack the YSRC chief on his throat, an alert Jagan tried to push him away, but the knife got pierced into his left arm, causing a bleeding injury.........Read more

WhatsApp is testing new Silent and Vacation modes to help you enjoy your holidays

WhatsApp is reportedly planning to bring two new modes-- Silent mode and Vacation mode-- that will help the users in disconnecting with the daily conversations and enjoy their vacations.........Read more

India beat Hong Kong by 26 runs in an Asia Cup

India survived a scare against Hong Kong after Shikhar Dhawan's hundred as they battled to a 26-run win over the minnows in the Asia Cup. Chasing a big 286-run target, Hong Kong gave their illustrious opponents a run for their money with an opening stand of 174 runs before collapsing to 259-8 in 50 overs.........Read more

Big opportunity for scientists, engineers, techies: Germany plans to lower hurdles for skilled workers from abroad

Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government is working on a new immigration law to tackle labour shortages in Germany by attracting skilled workers from countries outside the European Union.........Read more

WhatsApp must have a grievance officer in India: IT minister tells CEO amid fake news controversy

WhatsApp CEO Chris Daniels is in India and has meet IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to address concerns around the subject on its messaging platform which have led to horrific crimes like mob-lynching.........Read more

CIA names VHP, Bajrang Dal as ‘religious militant organisations’ in World Factbook

The Central Intelligence Agency, in its recent edition of the ‘World Factbook’, has named the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal as “religious militant organisations” and categorised them under “political pressure groups”.........Read more

Union minister Nitin Gadkari drops defamation charges against Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal after written apology

Even before the din over his apology to SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia could settle, AAP chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday apologised to BJP leader Nitin Gadkari for unverified allegations made against him.........Read more

'Jinnah did not want separate country for Muslims', says Farooq Abdullah

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief minister Farooq Abdullah on Sunday stirred controversy yet again. He said Muhammad Ali Jinnah did not want a separate country for Muslims. He further said that it happened due to Indian leaders' refusal to accept minority status for Muslims in the country.........Read more

2018 Mercedes S-Class Facelift Launched In India; Prices Start At Rs 1.33 Crore

The new S-Class is the first BS-VI emission norms compliant car made in India, that can meet the stricter norms which come into effect in 2020, while running on current BS-IV fuels. The new 2018 Mercedes S-Class comes in two guises - S 350 d, S 450. The S 350 d is the only diesel engine in the lineup and features a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine. ........Read more

A Call From Home Ministry To AP Officials!

In the backdrop of growing political ruckus over 'AP Special Status', the Central Ministry for Home has called for a meeting with chief secretary of Andhra Pradesh on 23rd February to discuss on reorganization act implementations, Vishakhapatnam railway zone, budget deficit, steel plant in Kadapa, Dugarajapatnam port and bifurcation of schedule IX and X institutions.........Read more

Prasar Bharati Turns Down I&B Ministry Proposals On Restructuring

Public Broadcaster Prasar Bharati on Thursday turned down proposals of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on restructuring, which would include the hiring of top editorial positions and appointment of a serving IAS officer on its board. The appointed IAS officer in the 'member personnel' role would have been responsible for all the human resource and administrative decisions of the broadcaster. The Prasar Bharati board also withdrew the I&B ministry's proposal to appoint two senior journalists in the company. ........Read more

Acid attack victims to get quota in central govt jobs

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) recently wrote to all central government departments to ensure that one percent of each post be reserved for people with blindness and low vision; deaf and hard of hearing; locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy.........Read more

5.1 magnitude earthquake rocks southern Iran

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake has jolted the country’s southern province of Kerman. Temblor rocked the village of Hojedk, located about 700 kilometres, or 400 miles, south of Tehran early on Thursday. It says the quake’s depth was 10 kilometres or 6.2 miles.........Read more

SL to host India, Bangladesh for T20I tri-series in March

Sri Lanka will host India and Bangladesh for a T20 tri-series in March 2018 to celebrate their 70th year of independence. A Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) release confirmed seven T20Is to be played from March 8 to 20 at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Each team will play each other twice before the final on March 20.........Read more

Microsoft On Xbox One X "It's Not For Everybody"

The Xbox One X, meanwhile, is aimed at players who are looking for the "very best experience" with a home console. Even if you don't have a 4K TV, you'll still see the benefits of the console's increased horsepower and more, Spencer pointed out. But similar to the Xbox One Elite controller, the Xbox One X won't be for everyone. It's all about giving players choice........Read more

You will soon be able to take 3D selfies with this AI software

Scientists have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that can transform your selfie into a three-dimensional (3D) model of your face within seconds. The technique was developed using a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) - an area of AI which uses machine learning to give computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed.........Read more

Study shows mango consumption has positive impact on inflammatory bowel disease

Initial results of a study by researchers in the department of nutrition and food science at Texas A&M University in College Station show mango consumption has a positive impact on people with inflammatory bowel disease.........Read more

Let’s Talk About Kashmir: No place for Pandits in the land of their birth

Surinder and Santosh Kachroo made a brave decision 25 years after they left their home in Srinagar in 1988. The Kashmiri Pandit couple, migrants in their own country, decided in 2013 to return to the only place they’ve ever called home.........Read more

Rajnath to chair meeting of CMs of 5 states on India-China border issues

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will chair the first meeting of the Chief Ministers of five States on India-China Border in Gangtok today. During the meeting Mr Singh will review the security issues in the border area. The states are Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. The …........Read more

No respite to the CBSE: HRD Ministry wants UGC-NET, CTET twice a year

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will have to conduct the University Grants Commission-National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) and the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) twice a year till the proposed National Testing Agency is set up and operationalised.........Read more

India's cleanest and dirtiest cities: Find out where your city stands

The results of the City Sanitation Ranking Survey ‘Swachh Survekshan-2017' was announced by the Union Ministry of Urban Development on Thursday. Indore has emerged as the cleanest city among all million plus and capital cities while Gonda in Uttar Pradesh has been ranked the worst.........Read more

Is it time to close down Facebook Live?

A gunman took to Facebook on Sunday to share a video of himself killing a man on the streets of Cleveland. The video was initially thought to have been filmed using Facebook Live, the social network’s video broadcasting feature, though a company spokesperson later confirmed that the killer recorded the video and uploaded it after the fact. He did use Facebook Live later in the day, though, to talk about the killing.........Read more

Websites and apps providing unauthorised Aadhaar services were shut down: Govt

The Government of India acknowledged that some websites and mobile applications were providing un-authorised Aadhaar related services, “such as downloading online Aadhaar letters, providing status of Aadhaar generation, printing Aadhaar letters on Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) Card etc. to residents.” The UIDAI has forwarded an official complaint to CERT-IN and Google India, and the websites have been blocked by the Department of Telecom, while the apps have been removed from the Google Play store.........Read more

How health care works around the world

A recent report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (PDF) highlighted that, although access to care in the UK is good, the quality of care is uneven and continues to lag behind that of many other countries. McKee also highlighted Germany and France, which spent 11.3% and 11.5% of their GDPs on health care, respectively, in 2014 and have more beds per capita, more doctors per 1,000 people and longer life expectancies.........Read more

‘LCA Tejas is superior to France's Mirage and China's JF-17 fighter jets’

After successfully producing the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, India is now planning to build the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA), according to H Siddesha, project director and technology director of LCA. Every year, 16 Tejas aircraft will be built on two assembly lines. By 2024, all the aircraft will be inducted in the IAF whereas Tejas Mark 2 version will be ready by 2021.........Read more

CCM Spitfire Revealed

British motorcycle brand CCM, or Clews Competition Motorcycles has unveiled render images of its carbon steel framed, 600cc, single-cylinder street machine called the Spitfire. According to CCM, the Spitfire is the cumulative work of a small group of mechanics and designers who have been working behind the scenes and developing their ideas in their spare time. The CCM Spitfire has an all-new 600cc, single-cylinder engine making 55 bhp and 58 Nm of torque, and mated to a six-speed transmission. A teaser image of the actual bike has also been released, but it doesn't reveal too many details of the bike.........Read more

Actor Rimi Sen joins BJP, says she is inspired by PM Modi

Actor Rimi Sen on Tuesday joined BJP ahead of upcoming assembly elections in five states. The actor who made her Bollywood debut with Priyadarshan’s comedy film Hungama in 2003, was last seen in reality show Bigg Boss in 2015. She had been paired opposite some of the top stars including Ajay Devgn, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar beside doing a cameo in Amitabh Bachchan starrer Baghban.........Read more

RBI Warns of Stress as Indian Banks’ Bad Loans Hit 14-Year High

Bad debts at Indian lenders, especially those in the dominant state-run sector, have climbed to a 14-year high and could swell further, putting a strain on their capital buffers and profitability, a central bank study showed.........Read more

Kerala solar scam: Saritha Nair, Biju Radhakrishanan get three years in jail

Kerala solar scam accused Biju Radhakrishanan and Saritha S Nair have been convicted by a court in Ernakulam. The two have been handed over a three-year imprisonment term and a fine of Rs 10,000 each by the Judicial Magistrate Court in Perumbavoor.........Read more

Ramayan actor found dead on railway tracks

Veteran actor Mukesh Rawal, known for his role of ‘Vibhishan’ in serial Ramayan, was found dead on railway tracks in suburban Kandivali here, railway police said on Wednesday.The 66-year-old-Rawal was........Read more

US security advisor calls Ajit Doval, condemns Uri terror attack

US National Security Advisor Susan Rice called her Indian counterpart Ajit Doval and condemned the Uri terrorist attack saying the White House expects Pakistan to take "effective action to combat and delegitimise" UN-designated terrorist groups.........Read more

You can now save drafts of your photos on Instagram

Instagram is now letting users save drafts of their photo edits so they can come back to them later. You know the situation: you just spent 15 minutes perfecting the shadows and highlights on your...........Read more

Apple's wireless AirPod headphones : Review

The AirPods themselves have a battery and a new wireless chip in each pod that Apple is calling the W1. They also have accelerometers and two sensors that detect whether they’re inserted into your ear by touching your tragus and concha. They charge inside the case and the case charges via a lightning port.........Read more

Watch: How This Bengal Town Has Been Creating Stunning Animated Light Art For Years

For over 60 years now, the otherwise sleepy town of Chandannagar is all lit up and aglow during Jagaddhatri Pooja, which is celebrated across West Bengal. Every year in November, for a fortnight the town becomes home to incredible light-art sculptures, created to celebrate the festival. ........Read more

Instagram is killing a big feature

The photo-sharing app has begun to kill its photo map feature, with some users already seeing the option removed when visiting other profiles.........Read more

How Japan perfected an American classic

Japan is regarded as having some of the world's best quality denim. There, denim makers are considered specialists, and the production of jeans, an art.........Read more

Delhi tanker scam: ACB gives questionnaire to former CM Sheila Dikshit

A team of ACB officials visited Dikshit's residence in Nizamuddin area here and gave the questionnaire on the scam.........Read more

Apple acquires Gliimpse, a health data startup

Apple has now acquired Gliimpse, a personal health data startup, that was founded in 2013 by Anil Sethi and Karthik Hariharan.........Read more

Drivers weigh more than cyclists, study finds

People who use cars as their primary form of transport may be putting their health at risk, after research reveals they weigh more than cyclists.........Read more

HIV: Newly discovered component could lead to more effective drugs

Scientists have uncovered a feature that HIV uses to infect cells while avoiding immune system detection. This finding could lead to improved treatments.........Read more

Shivaay doesn’t have religious angle, says Ajay Devgn

Ajay Devgn says his upcoming film Shivaay won't hurt any religious sentiments as the movie deals with human elements of Lord Shiva.........Read more

ISRO to launch weather satellite next month

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch INSAT-3DR next month with its GSLV rocket, said Kiran Kumar at the Madras Institute of Technology Alumni Association meeting here.........Read more

Here's Why You Shouldn't Buy the Rs 2,999 Reliance Lyf Smartphone

Reliance has gotten everyone excited with its upcoming launch of the Jio 4G. The company has also announced a slew of its Lyf phones that start from Rs 2,999. Consumers are signing up for the 4G network which is available right now with 3 months of ........Read more

How India travels

Bus most common mode of transport; more people stay with friends and relatives, shows NSSO data........Read more

Economics in Mind, Evolution Has Allowed Some Bacteria to Evolve Sublime Genomes

Pelagibacter ubique is one of the most abundant bacteria on the planet and has also evolved to possess one of the smallest genomes in nature. Is there a link between these traits?........Read more

After FBI, city cops sowing seeds to crack Apple code

Three months after America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation wanted Apple to help it decrypt an iPhone used by Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik, who killed 14 people last December, Delhi Police too is seeking technology that can unlock Apple and other mobile devices........Read more

Chennai students’ satellite in Isro record launch

The rocket will blast off from the second launch pad with a total payload of 1,288 kg.........Read more

Quantum of Punishment in Gulbarg Case to be Pronounced Today

The Gulbarg Society case shook the nation when a mob set about attacking the society in the heart of Ahmedabad and killed the residents, including Jafri.........Read more

10 Years After Fatal Transfusion, AIDS-afflicted Boy Stares at Death

In 2006 Safdarjung discharged Faizan and blood tests at the time of discharge showed him to be HIV positive.........Read more

Accidents on India’s deadly roads cost the economy over $8 billion every year

Every four minute, one person is killed in India because of a road accident.........Read more

Study offers new answer to why Earth's atmosphere became oxygenated

Earth scientists from Rice University, Yale University and the University of Tokyo are offering a new answer to the long-standing question of how our planet acquired its oxygenated atmosphere.........Read more

Honda Dio 2016 Model Launched With New Style Updates; Prices Start at Rs. 48,264 - News

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) today launched an updated version of its popular scooter - Honda Dio in a refreshing new Matte Axis Grey colour along with stylish new 3D Emblem.........Read more

Buddhist Sculptures Discovered in Ruins of Ancient Shrine

Religious sculptures and carvings have been discovered in the ruins of an ancient shrine and courtyard in the Swat Valley in Pakistan.........Read more

A remote Himalayan village in India runs its own insurance scheme for its extraordinary horses

Sagnam's precious Chamurti horses are often killed by snow leopards and brown bears.........Read more

Rahul Gandhi as UP CM: Is Prashant Kishor helping Nitish's PM aspirations? - Firstpost

Does Kishor want to limit Rahul Gandhi to UP politics and keep the field open for Nitish Kumar to be the main challenger to Prime Minister Narendra Modi?........Read more