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Indian companies raise record $31 billion equity capital in shrinking economy

Indian companies have raised a record $31 billion in equity capital in 2020, Refinitiv data showed, as banks strengthen their balance sheets to prepare for future economic uncertainty and corporates tap into the elevated global liquidity levels. The record raising comes despite India’s economy contracting 23.9% in the June-quarter, year on year, which puts it on track for the first annual contraction since 1980. The rush of deals though has not been extended to initial public offerings (IPOs), which have fallen to a five-year low to be worth just $1.5 billion, in the eight months year to date, the data showed. Indian companies' equity offerings ) Banks have been the most active issuers, raising $13.68 billion, followed by the energy and power sector with $7.05 billion, and consumer products with $3.41 billion. FII investments this year ) Reliance Industries’ $7-billion raising in June was the country’s largest, the data showed, as the company turned net debt-free and is now looking to expand its consumer business by acquiring Future Group’s retail arm.........Read more

Twitter Account Of PM Modi’s Personal Website Hacked, Cryptic Tweets Posted

The Twitter account of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's personal website and the mobile app was hacked early Thursday and several cryptic tweets were posted from the handle. However, Prime Minister's personal Twitter handle remained unaffected by this incident. Early on Thursday, several cryptic tweets were posted on Twitter handle narendramodi_in. Later, Twitter confirmed to several media organisations that they were aware of the hack and had taken steps to secure the account. The compromised account has about 2.5 million followers. "We are actively investigating the situation. At this time, we are not aware of additional accounts being impacted," a Twitter spokesperson was quoted as saying by news agency Reuters. "I appeal to you all to donate generously to PM National Relief Fund for Covid-19, Now India begin with crypto currency, Kindly Donate eth to 0xae073DB1e5752faFF169B1ede7E8E94bF7f80Be6." "Yes this account is hacked by John Wick (hckindia@tutanota.com), We have not hacked Paytm Mall," read another tweet. On August 30, cybersecurity firm Cyble had said hacker group 'John Wick' was behind a data breach at Paytm Mall, the e-commerce unit of Paytm. Twitter on Thursday also said as per its investigation, the latest attack was not due to a compromise of Twitter's systems or service. There is no indication or evidence of any correlation between this account compromise and the incident that took place in July, it said.........Read more

Here's the Complete List of Air India International Flights Under Vande Bharat Mission Phase 6

Air India has put out the list of repatriation flights that it will operate as Vande Bharat Mission enters its 6th phase on September 1. Till October 1, the national carrier is expected to operate 31 flights from India and 31 to the country. Destinations for the same include countries like Canada and China. The airline will also operate repatriation 50 flights under the recently-established air bubbles till October 23 to destinations including London, Frankfurt, US and Maldives. About 10.5 lakh Indians have returned from abroad after the government launched the "Vande Bharat" evacuation mission on May 7 in view of the coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Friday. MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the phase five of the Vande Bharat Mission was presently underway and under this from August 1-12, 300 international flights and 70 domestic feeders have been operated reaching 22 airports across India. For detailed schedule of flights Operating under Vande Bharat Mission Phase 6 please click on . Around 500 international flights are scheduled to be operated this month, he said. "Earlier this week on August 11, we crossed the one million-mark under the Vande Bharat Mission. As of date, a total of about 10.5 lakh stranded Indians have returned through various modes under this mission," Srivastava said at an online media briefing.........Read more

China passes controversial Hong Kong security law

China has passed a controversial security law giving it new powers over Hong Kong, deepening fears for the city's freedoms, the BBC has learned. Last month China stunned the city when it said it would criminalise any act of secession, subversion, terrorism or collusion with foreign forces. The move came after angry protests last year - sparked by another law - which became a pro-democracy movement. Critics say this new law poses an even greater threat to Hong Kong's identity. They warn it will undermine Hong Kong's judicial independence and destroy the city's unique freedoms, not seen on mainland China. A draft of the law was not made public before it was pushed through, which means people in the city will not have seen details of the measures they now have to abide by. ........Read more

India's Nasa: Why privatisation of Isro is the right call

Space is vast and intriguing. Here lies our past and future. Understanding it costs money. The earth was always a sphere hanging in space. But it was not known as such until scientists conducted experiments and built telescopes. All of this cost money. Space exploration is expensive. Nasa is a thriving behemoth because it has robust engagement with the private sector. Last year, Nasa opened up its part of the International Space Station to commercial players including private astronauts. India has possibly taken its first big step in that direction with the central government setting up New Space India Limited (NSIL) earlier and now IN-SPACe (Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre). Both flow from the announcements made by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the fourth tranche of Rs 21 lakh crore special Covid-19 economic package.........Read more

Malaria drug touted by Trump fails to prevent COVID-19 in high profile study

The malaria drug promoted by U.S. President Donald Trump as a treatment for COVID-19 was ineffective in preventing infection in people exposed to the coronavirus, according to a widely anticipated clinical trial released on Wednesday. The new trial found no serious side effects or heart problems from use of hydroxychloroquine. Vocal support from Trump kicked off a heated debate and raised expectations for the decades-old drug that could be a cheap and widely available tool in fighting the pandemic that has infected more than 6.4 million people and killed over 382,000 worldwide ........Read more

Moody’s cuts HDFC Bank, SBI to Baa3; takes rating action on 11 banks a day after India downgrade

A day after it downgraded India’s sovereign rating to Baa3, rating agency Moody’s today downgraded HDFC Bank and State Bank of India’s (SBI) long-term local and foreign currency deposit ratings to Baa3, as it announced rating action on 11 Indian Banks. The long-term issuer rating of Export-Import Bank of India (EXIM) has also been downgraded by Moody’s. With this, the deposit ratings of these banks are now at the same level as India’s sovereign rating. Interestingly, Moody’s has changed Punjab National Bank’s (PNB) rating to positive from stable, while affirming PNB’s long-term local and foreign currency deposit ratings at Ba1 and its BCA at b1. ........Read more

Coronavirus Update: Record Jump of 5,242 Covid-19 Cases in 24 Hrs, Tally Reaches 96,169; 3,029 Deaths

The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 3,029 and the number of cases to 96,169 in the country on Monday, registering an increase of 157 deaths and a record jump of 5,242 cases in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry. This is India's biggest single-day spike. The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 56,316, while 36,823 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, it said. "Thus, around 38.29 per cent patients have recovered so far," a senior health ministry official said. The total confirmed cases include foreign nationals too, the ministry said. ........Read more

COVID-19 death toll rises to 886 in country; cases climb to 28,380: Health ministry

The number of COVID-19 cases climbed to 28,380 and the death toll due to it rose to 886 in the country on Monday, registering a record increase of 60 deaths in 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry. There has been a spike of 1,463 cases since Sunday evening. The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 21,132, while 6,361 people have recovered, and one patient has migrated, the ministry said. Thus, around 22.41 per cent of patients have recovered in the country so far. The total number of cases includes 111 foreign nationals.........Read more

Coronavirus: These Ministers Came to Office During Lockdown

Before the first phase of lockdown comes to an end on Apil 14, ministries have been instructed to start full-fledged working from tomorrow onwards.The ministries of health, finance, rural development and agriculture were functioning as usual. Home minister Amit Shah, health minister Harsh Vardhan, rural development minister Narendra Singh Tomar, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, minister of state for finance Anurah Thakur were attending their offices during the lockdown. ........Read more

10th Day of Lockdown: With 478 Cases in 24 Hours, India Records Highest Spike; Jamaat Event Blamed

India witnessed the highest spike ever in the number of the active coronavirus cases as a total of 478 cases were reported on Friday from all across the country. The number of total cases now stands at 2547, while the death toll reached 62. The Tablighi Jamaat meet held early in March in the headquarters in Nizamuddin is being blamed for the sudden spike. ........Read more

ICICI Bank to cut savings account rates by 25 bps

The private bank will also cut the interest rate on savings accounts of 5 mln rupees and above to 3.75% as against 4.00% current rate. ICICI Bank also announced reduction in rates of term deposits of above 20 mln rupees by up to 50 basis points across various tenures effective today. This comes after the Reserve Bank of India, in its unscheduled monetary policy statement on Mar 27, reduced the repo rate by 75 bps to 4.40%. On Wednesday, ICICI Bank had reduced the marginal cost of funds-based lending rates by 15 bps across tenures. ........Read more

Four New Asteroids are Approaching Earth This Weekend, Says NASA

The four asteroids in question have been named by CNEOS as 2020 FK, 2020 FS, 2020 DP4 and 2020 FF1. The 2020 FK asteroid is the smallest of the four, measuring just 43 feet in diameter. It is presently hurtling through space at a speed of over 37,000kmph, and will approach Earth from a distance of 1.36 million kilometres. The second of the asteroids, 2020 FS, is also fairly small, measuring 56 feet in diameter. It is travelling at over 15,000kmph, and will make the farthest approach to Earth among the band of asteroids, at 3.05 million kilometres away. These two asteroids will approach Earth on Saturday, March 21 — the 2020 FK will fly by our planet at 9:35AM IST, while the 2020 FS will flash past at 8:59PM IST. ........Read more

7 Years On, 2012 Delhi Gang Rape Convicts Hanged at Tihar Jail

The four men convicted in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case were hanged to death at 5.30am on Friday, bringing to end a protracted legal battle of over seven years. All legal routes to escape the noose closed on Thursday for the four men who brutalised a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in a Delhi bus with a barbarity that shook the nation. Mukesh Singh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Kumar Singh, were held guilty of gang-raping the young woman on the night of December 16, 2012, so brutally that she died of her injuries a fortnight later. ........Read more

Yes Bank posts Rs 18,500 crore loss in Q3; declares share allotment under Reconstruction Scheme

Crisis-hit private-sector lender Yes Bank, Saturday posted its quarterly results for the quarter ended December 31. The lender reported a loss of Rs 18,564 crore, as compared to a net profit of Rs 1,000 crore reported by the bank in the same quarter last year. Yes Bank has posted a net loss of Rs 600 crore in the previous quarter. Bad loans on the books of Yes Bank stood at Rs 40,709 crore, shooting up significantly from Rs 5,158 crore in the same quarter last year. The cash-starved lender lost more than Rs 40,000 crore worth of deposits quarter-on-quarter. In a separate filing to the stock exchanges, Yes Bank also announced the issuance and allotment of equity shares, totaling to 395 crore equity shares worth Rs 3,950 crore to private institutional investors and 605 crore shares to State Bank of India for Rs 6,050 crore.........Read more

Infosys Vacates Bengaluru Building After Employee Suspected of Contracting Coronavirus

The development came on a day Google, too, confirmed that one of its employees in its Bengaluru office had tested positive for the infection. Earlier this week, Karnataka also reported the country’s first case of death due to coronavirus, from Kalaburagi. In an e-mail to all Infosys employees, Gururaj Deshpande, Infosys’ Bengaluru development centre head, said, “To ensure preparedness, we are evacuating only the IIPM building as a precautionary measure on receiving information that a team member from the building may have been in proximity to COVID-19 suspect.”........Read more

Rupee hits record low amid coronavirus scare

The Indian rupee dropped to a record low on Friday, weighed down by worries over the coronavirus pandemic that has prompted investors to dump riskier assets and move towards safe havens. The dollar stood tall on Friday as investors scrambled for the world’s most liquid currency amid deepening panic while the euro nursed losses after the European Central Bank disappointed by not cutting rates. The partially convertible rupee dropped to a record low of 74.5075 against the dollar before recovering slightly to trade at 74.4445 by 0355 GMT. ........Read more

HOLD THE PRESS! Scientists May Have Found a Way to Prevent Coronavirus Spread

A team of scientists have found that the SARS-CoV-2 depends on the binding of viral spike proteins to cellular receptors and on S protein priming by host cell proteases. In their study, they have demonstrated that there is indeed a way to use an inhibitor to break this chain. “SARS-CoV-2 uses the SARS-CoV receptor, ACE2, for entry and the serine protease TMPRSS2 for S protein priming. A TMPRSS2 inhibitor approved for clinical use blocked entry and might constitute a treatment option,” say the researchers. They say that the spike (S) protein of coronaviruses facilitates viral entry into target cells, the entry depends on binding of the surface unit, S1, of the S protein to a cellular receptor, which facilitates viral attachment to the surface of target cells.........Read more

Odisha’s Abhinas Nayak Wins Masterchef India 6, Takes Home Cash Prize of Rs 25 Lakh

Abinas Nayak won the sixth season of popular cookery show MasterChef India. He walked away with a cash prize of Rs 25 Lakh and the trophy. The 27-year-old technology analyst beat Akanksha Khatri, Oindrila Bala and Smrutisree Singh to win the title. The judging panel of the show included names like -- Ranveer Brar, Vineet Bhatia and Vikas Khanna. ........Read more

Ankit Sharma killing: Tahir Hussain’s goons were firing guns, throwing petrol bombs, alleges father in FIR

Ravinder Sharma, the father of IB staffer Ankit Sharma, who was killed during the riots in Khajuri Khas, in his complaint to the police, alleged that AAP councillor Tahir Hussain had assembled goons at his residence, who were firing guns and throwing petrol bombs from the rooftop. Ankit’s body was found dumped in a drain in Jafarabad Wednesday. A day later, the Delhi Police filed an FIR against Hussain on charges of murder, destruction of evidence and abduction on the basis of Ravinder Sharma’s complaint.........Read more

KAS question paper copied from Pak civil services exam

05:47 PM IST A Congress legislator has alleged that some questions of the Kerala Administrative Service (KAS) exam was copied from the Civil Service examination of Pakistan, a charge dismissed by the Kerala Public Service Commission. PSC chairman M K Sakeer said similar questions on same subjects might appear anywhere and the questionnaire was prepared by academicians. The MLA, P T Thomas, on Tuesday posted a video alleging that the KAS exam conducted by the Kerala PSC on February 22 contained certain questions which were copied from the 2001 Pakistan civil service exams.........Read more

Toyota Vellfire Luxury MPV Launched In India; Priced At Rs. 79.5 Lakh - CarandBike

Panel vans are only just getting popular in India, and adding to this exclusive list is Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) that has launched the new Vellfire luxury MPV priced at ₹ 79.5 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The all-new Toyota Vellfire has been a long-awaited model from the manufacturer and comes to India as a Completely Built Unit (CBU). The Vellfire is positioned in the luxury end of the segment and takes on the Mercedes-Benz V-Class. Unlike the latter though, the MPV gets a petrol-hybrid powertrain but sports a luxurious second row. In fact, the model is being offered in only a single variant - Executive Lounge - that comes loaded with all the bells and whistles.........Read more

Pakistan Super League Match Sees Individual Using Mobile Phone In Dugout, Big Controversy Erupts

The 2020 edition of the Pakistan Super League has already been marred with plenty of troubles. The trouble started right at the beginning of this edition, the promotional campaign's awareness drive was copied from an Indian company. Fans slammed the promotional campaign which was later suspended and the title sponsors are currently investigating the matter with the involved agency. Now, during the Pakistan Super League game between Karachi Kings and Peshawar Zalmi is currently under the news after visuals emerged of an individual speaking on a mobile phone in the dugout. According to the International Cricket Council rule, mobile phones are banned from dressing rooms and players along with members of team management are allowed to use only walkie-talkies.........Read more

Interest on delayed GST payment will now be calculated on net tax liability

Amid worry in the industry regarding CBIC's recent directive to field formations to begin recovery of about ₹46,000 crore of unpaid interest on delayed GST payment, the CBIC, in a series of tweets, clarified that the central and several state governments have prospectively amended the GST Acts to collect interest on net tax liability. The CBIC said GST laws, as of now, permit interest calculation on delayed GST payment on the basis of gross tax liability. This position has been upheld in the Telangana High Court's decision dated April 18, 2019.........Read more

Suriya Giving 1st Time Experience To 100 Kids

Kollywood star Suriya will next be seen in Aakasam Nee Haddhu Ra which is based on the life of Air Deccan founder GR Gopinath. The team has planned to keep their promotions in-line with the theme of the film. New song of the film will be launched in an innovative manner in mid-flight. Suriya, who is also a philanthropist, takes 100 first-time flyers in the flight to launch the song. These 100 kids from Suriyas Agaram Foundation School were chosen by the team in a competition where they had to write about the fondest dreams and desires. Mohan Babu who plays a key role in the film is also taking part in the song launch.........Read more

For Many More Years to Come: AAP Shares Manish Sisodia and Arvind Kejriwal's Then-And-Now Photos

The two go back a long way. 1998. Kejriwal was in Indian revenue Service and Manish Sisodia was a journalist. Their paths crossed when Sisodia, then a 26-year-old journalist, came across a news item about Parivartan, an organisation working to empower Delhi’s poor to fight corruption. Kejriwal was behind that organisation. They used to help people write perfect applications standing outside Delhi Vidyut Board so that they don’t have to pay bribe inside. The duo started working together though it was only after seven years that Manish Sisodia decided to quit his job and take a plunge in full-time activism. A few friends chipped in and raised fund to financially help Sisodia, he had said in many an interview. In 2006, the duo founded the Public Cause Research Foundation.........Read more

Nirbhaya case: HC says all 4 convicts to be executed together, gives week's time to finish all appeals

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday dismissed the Centre’s plea challenging trial court order which had stayed the execution of all four death row convicts in the NIrbhaya case. Saying that all four convicts have to be executed together and not separately, the HC directed them to file any application they want within a week after which authorities should act. It cannot be disputed that the convicts have frustrated the process by using delaying tactics, the HC said. The High Court also said that after dismissal of convicts' appeals by SC in May 2017, nobody took steps for issuance of death warrants against them.........Read more

Tata HEXA SAFARI EDITION (BS6) To Debut At Auto Expo

However, think again if you ever thought that the Tata Hexa has reached the end of the road. Soon, the three-row SUV will receive a BSVI engine along with some new features that will be sold only in the new ‘Hexa Safari Edition’ model. We’re not sure if the moniker refers to the company’s recent discontinued SUV brand, but what’s a given is that the new model would look bolder than the current model.........Read more

Coronavirus: This Website Has A Realtime Map Tracking The Deadly Virus in All Countries

This map has been developed by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at the John Hopkins University in Baltimore. This map relies on data collected from the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Health Commission of the People's Republic of China (NHC) and Dingxiangyuan, which is an online medical community. This live map may be great news for travellers who could find this as a good reference point to check if they must go ahead with their journey or not.........Read more

Aus Open: Wawrinka Stuns Medvedev in Five-Set Epic, Thiem Beats Monfils to Reach Quarters

Courtesy the win, Wawrinka has booked his spot in the quarterfinals at the first Slam of the season. He will next take on the winner of Andrey Rublev or Alexander Zverev match in the last eight. The 34-year-old Wawrinka has also reached his 18th Grand Slam quarterfinal, behind only Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray among active players. “The level was super-high and the atmosphere is so special here in Australia.”........Read more

Astronomers Find Huge Amount of Oxygen in Ancient Dwarf Star

Using high-resolution spectroscopic observations from the High-Resolution Echelle Spectrometer (HIRES) on the 10-m Keck I telescope at the W. M. Keck Observatory, an international team of astronomers and astrophysicists has detected large amount of oxygen in the atmosphere of SDSS J081554.26+472947.5 (J0815+4729 for short), an ancient dwarf star located 5,000 light-years away in the constellation of Lynx.........Read more

I Stopped Using Soap & Shampoo For A Year And Here's What Went Down

An M.I.T-trained chemical engineer and founder of AOBiome (the parent company of Mother Dirt) David Whitlock has not showered in 12 years. And, yes, he's living a healthy life just like the bacteria on him. No prizes for guessing, it was Whitlock who came up with the idea of this bacterial spray. The inspiration for the idea came from an equestrienne Whitlock was dating at the time. They asked him, "Why do horses enjoy rolling in the dirt?" He didn't have an answer then but what he did do is plenty of research.........Read more

India Pledges USD 50 Million Security Assistance to Sri Lanka

India has pledged a USD 50 million security assistance to Sri Lanka as National Security Advisor Ajit Doval called on Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Saturday , 18 January. Bilateral issues, including strengthening cooperation in defence, intelligence sharing and maritime security were discussed in the meeting. Doval arrived in Colombo on Saturday on a previously unannounced visit during which he also met several foreign diplomats and discussed important issues of mutual interest.........Read more

World Bank trims 2020 growth forecast amid slow recovery for trade, investment

The multilateral development bank said 2019 marked the weakest economic expansion since the global financial crisis a decade ago, and 2020, while a slight improvement, remained vulnerable to uncertainties over trade and geopolitical tensions. In its latest Global Economic Prospects report, the World Bank shaved 0.2 percentage point off of growth for both years, with the 2019 global economic growth forecast at 2.4% and 2020 at 2.5%. ........Read more

IT case: SC fixes March 17 for final hearing on pleas of Sonia, Rahul Gandhi

The Supreme Court on Monday fixed March 17 for final hearing on the appeals filed by Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi against the Delhi High Court order allowing re-assessment of their income tax for 2011-12 in connection with the National Herald case. The top court noted that the proceedings are pending before Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) and it would like to wait till March 17 for the outcome.........Read more

2 Women Officers In Charge of Andhra's Landmark Disha Law

Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Dr Kritika Shukla and Indian Police Service (IPS) officer M Deepika were on Thursday appointed as Special Officers for implementing the law. "Dr Kritika Shukla, is presently the Director of Women Development and Child Welfare has been given an additional charge as DISHA Special Officer. M Deepika, who is the Additional Superintendent of Police (Administration) of Kurnool, has been transferred and posted as DISHA Special Officer."........Read more

How to tell if a brain is awake

This question is of great practical importance when making medical decisions about anesthesia or treating patients in vegetative state or coma. Currently, researchers rely on various measurements from an electroencephalogram, or EEG, to assess level of consciousness in the brain. A Michigan Medicine team was able to demonstrate, using rats, that the EEG doesn't always track with being awake.........Read more

Brexit was a distraction. Europe is facing a hellish 2020

Brexit has been a massive headache ever since the UK voted to leave in 2016. It took two prime ministers, 1274 days, three deadline extensions and two general elections for an exit deal finally to be deemed acceptable by the British Parliament. But it also sucked up oxygen in Brussels, as the EU's diplomatic energy fixated on the single issue of having a country leave its bloc.........Read more

'I want immediate trial': Donald Trump on impeachment process

Donald Trump tweeted, "So after the Democrats gave me no Due Process in the House, no lawyers, no witnesses, no nothing, they now want to tell the Senate how to run their trial. Actually, they have zero proof of anything, they will never even show up. They want out. I want an immediate trial!"........Read more

Money siphoned in cyber fraud finds way to Jan Dhan accounts: An investigation

When a South Delhi businessman recently filed a complaint that he had been duped of Rs 9 lakh by cybercriminals, cops thought they had one more routine case to crack. But they were in for a surprise. Investigation revealed that the money siphoned off through a Unified Payments Interface (UPI) link was credited into four Jan Dhan accounts opened in the names of labourers in Jharkhand's Jamtara district. It was later withdrawn using duplicate thumb impressions.........Read more

43,900-Year-Old Cave Painting Portrays Part-Human, Part-Animal Beings

Archaeologists excavating the limestone cave of Leang Bulu’ Sipong 4 on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi have discovered a painting that is approximately 43,900 years old and which portrays a group of ‘therianthropes’ — abstract beings that combine qualities of both people and animals — hunting wild pigs and small buffalo-like animals with spears or ropes. This hunting scene is currently the oldest pictorial record of storytelling and the earliest figurative art in the world.........Read more

'Won't Support Citizenship Bill in RS Unless Things Are Clear,' Sena's Another Turn-about on CAB

After supporting the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in the Lok Sabha Monday in “national interest”, Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray Tuesday said that his party may not support the bill in the Rajya Sabha, where the Bill will be tabled tomorrow. Thackeray said that if the government does not pay heed to the changes suggested by the Sena on the Bill, then it will reconsider its position on the CAB. “We will not give support to the Bill (Citizenship Amendment Bill) unless things are clear,” Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray said. “If any citizen is afraid of this Bill than one must clear their doubts. They are our citizens so one must answer their questions too,” he added. ........Read more

India Gets Its First Woman Naval Pilot, Lt Shivangi Swaroop To Fly Dornier Aircraft - News Nation

Lt Shivangi Swaroop from Muzaffarpur scripted history as she became India’s first woman naval pilot on Monday. She earned her wings at a ceremony in Kochi. She will join the naval operations in Kochi and will fly the navy’s Dornier aircraft. The indigenously-built Dornier has been deployed by the Navy to carry out a short-range maritime reconnaissance mission. After six months of mission-based flying, she will aim for the P8I long-range maritime aircraft.........Read more

Heights of Sycophancy? Mamata Banerjee's Photo Recharges Me, Says Bengal Bureaucrat

Arindam Mukherjee, Hasnabad Block Development Officer has sparked a row after he compared Swami Vivekananda with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, saying that he gets recharged and derives strength when he stands before the photographs of either of them. After his statement created a flutter, he defended his comments before the media saying that the West Bengal Chief Minster is a great achiever.........Read more

Terror incidents in J&K have come down to almost nil: Rajnath

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh asserted in Lok Sabha that terror incidents in Jammu and Kashmir have come down to almost nil. Singh also said that the Army, paramilitary forces and the Jammu and Kashmir Police have been coordinating to fight terrorism in the state. ........Read more

Infosys row: CEO Salil Parekh under fire again after another whistleblower guns at firm

"Though it is a year and 8 months since Parekh joined the company, he operates from Mumbai in violation of the condition that the CEO has to be based in Bengaluru and not Mumbai. What is stopping the board to insist on his movement to Bengaluru," said the whistleblower in an unsigned letter.........Read more

'Pakistan's support to terror groups, extremists chief obstacle to talks with India': US

US acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice G Wells has said that Pakistan's continued support to extremist, terrorists to engage in cross-border terrorism is "chief obstacle" for a direct dialogue between India-Pakistan.........Read more

Why Google won't launch Pixel 4 in India

The crux of the issue is the 60GHz frequency that Soli is based on. The Indian government doesn't allow public use of the frequency — unlike the US — effectively preventing Google from launching the phone in the country.........Read more

Russia helping China to build missile-attack warning system, says Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow is helping China build a system warning about ballistic missile launches. Since Cold War times, only the United States and Russia have had such systems, which involve an array of ground-based radars and space satellites. The system is essential for early spotting of intercontinental ballistic missiles. Speaking at an international affairs conference Thursday, Putin said that Russia has been helping China develop such a system. He added that “this is a very serious thing that will radically enhance China’s defense capability.” His statement signalled a new level of defense cooperation between the two former Communist rivals, which have developed increasingly close political and military ties.........Read more

Voicing Fears of Many Countries, US Warns of Pakistan Terrorists Striking India in Wake of J&K Move

The United States on Tuesday voiced fears of many countries that following abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir special status, Pakistani militants might launch terror strikes in India unless Pakistan "keep a lid on militant groups". I think many have concerns that Pakistan keep a lid on militant groups that might conduct cross-border activities as a result of the Kashmir decisions, and I don't sense that China wants that kind of conflict or would support that, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo Pacific Security Affairs, Randall Shriver, told a Washington audience. ........Read more

Lance Klusener named head coach of Afghanistan

Lance Klusener, the former South Africa all-rounder, has been appointed as Afghanistan's new head coach. The Afghanistan Cricket Board had invited applications for the post after the completion of former head coach Phil Simmons's tenure. From over 50 applicants, Klusener, who is a Level 4 certified coach, was picked. His first assignment will be Afghanistan's series against West Indies in November. "Lance Klusener is a renowned name in the cricketing world. It will be great to see our players benefit from his vast experience both as a player and a coach." Lutfullah Stanikzai, ACB's CEO, said on Friday (September 27). "I am extremely excited and honored to be given the opportunity to work with some of the best talent in world cricket," said Klusener of his appointment. "Everyone knows the fearless brand of cricket Afghanistan play. I am very confident that with some hard work we can become one of the best sides in the world. I am really looking forward to working with the Afghanistan team and helping them take their cricket to the next level." Klusener, in the past, has served as bowling coach of the Mumbai Indians in the IPL, consultant at the South Africa National Academy, batting coach of South Africa's Test team, head coach of Dolphins franchise in South African domestic cricket, batting coach of Zimbabwe and most recently as batting coach of South Africa's T20I side. ........Read more

Sticking to Brexit plan, Johnson will not seek a delay

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is sticking to his Brexit plan and will not seek a delay to Britain’s departure from the European Union at a summit next month, two ministers said on Sunday despite the latest resignation from his government. After work and pensions minister Amber Rudd’s quit late on Saturday over his Brexit policy, the ministers said Johnson was determined to “keep to the plan” to leave the EU by Oct. 31 with or without a deal to ease the transition. Johnson’s strategy to leave “do or die” by that deadline has been shaken by the events of recent days, which have prompted critics to describe him as a “tin pot dictator” and deepened uncertainty over how Britain’s 2016 vote to leave the EU will play out. He has lost his Conservative government’s majority in parliament, expelled 21 rebels from the party and failed to force through a new election. Then his own brother quit, saying he was torn between family loyalty and the national interest. Saturday’s resignation of Rudd - who backed remaining in the EU in the 2016 referendum when Britain voted 52%-48% to leave - over what she called the government’s disproportionate focus on preparing for a no-deal Brexit has only heightened the sense of crisis. On Sunday, Rudd denied she was accusing the government of lying over its efforts to negotiate a Brexit deal, saying she was just reporting what she had seen. ........Read more

HRD ministry orders UGC to constitute high-level committee to inquire into allegations of universities selling fake degrees

Union Ministry of Human Resource Development on Thursday ordered the University Grants Commission (UGC) to immediately constitute a high-level committee to enquire into the allegations regarding the sale of fake degrees by certain universities. "In response to media reports, the Human Resource Development ministry has ordered UGC to immediately constitute a high-level committee to enquire into the allegations regarding sale of fake degrees by certain universities," the HRD ministry tweeted. This comes after media reports surfaced alleging that there is a prevailing racket in various parts of the country where agents claim that they can arrange degrees of recognised universities for the students without attending the classes or appearing for the examination. The committee is required to complete its enquiry within three weeks and identify institutions and individuals that have resorted to such illegal practices so that strict action can be taken against all concerned, the ministry said in a tweet. ........Read more

Cricket: India in command against West Indies after third day

India strengthened their grip on the first test against West Indies with an unbeaten fourth-wicket century partnership between Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane on the third day in Antigua on Saturday. Kohli (51) and Rahane (53) brought up half centuries as India advanced to 185-3 in their second innings at the close in North Sound, an overall lead of 260 runs over the hosts. On a day of old fashioned test cricket, the pair painstakingly compiled their runs primarily in singles and twos, combining for just five boundaries. Rahane enjoyed a touch of luck just before stumps when he was given not out after being rapped on the pad by pace bowler Kemar Roach. West Indies captain Jason Holder declined to review, which proved to be a mistake as replays showed the ball would have struck middle stump. Yet India had also made a similar mistake, having decided not to review when opener Mayank Agarwal (16) was adjudged lbw to off-spinner Roston Chase, even though the ball would have missed leg stump. West Indies resumed in the morning on 189-8 and added 33 runs to their overnight score, with Holder making 39 before being caught-behind off Mohammed Shami. ........Read more

As Chidambaram’s fate dangles in SC, Tihar authorities ready Jail Number 7

Former finance minister, P Chidambaram was granted some relief by the Supreme Court after it was said that the Enforcement Directorate cannot arrest him in connection with the INX Media case. Chidambaram is currently in CBI custody. The court would on Monday also hear his plea against the action of the CBI, which arrested him earlier this week and obtained his remand until August 26. In such cases, even the matter is pending in court, the jail authorities follow a certain protocol. Here is what awaits Chidambaram In case, Chidambaram is not granted bail and is remanded in judicial custody, he would have to be shifted to the Tihar jail. As per the jurisdiction, Chidambaram would be lodged in the Tihar jail in case, he is remanded in judicial custody. If that is the case, then he would be lodged in Jail Number 7, which is meant for economic offenders. While Jail Number 7 is largely reserved for economic offenders, he could be shifted to Jail Number 1 in case there are reports about a security threat. Meanwhile, the CBI continues to question Chidambaram in connection with the INX Media case. Chidambaram is likely to be taken to the Byculla jail in Mumbai, where he is expected to be brought face to face with Indrani Mukerjea.........Read more

Kia Seltos launched in India, price starts at Rs 9.69 lakh

Kia Motors today launched Seltos in India for a starting price of Rs 9.69 lakh (ex-showroom). Kia Seltos is the maiden vehicle of the automobile company in India and will rival against the likes of Hyundai Creta, MG Hector, Renault Captur, Nissan Kicks, Tata Harrier and Mahindra XUV500. Kia Seltos has been introduced in two trims -- Tech Line and GT Line. There are five variants (HT E, HT K, HT K Plus, HT X and HT X Plus) in Tech Line and three (GT K, GT X and GT X Plus) in GT Line. Kia Seltos features three engines. There is a 1.5-litre petrol motor making 115 PS and 144 Nm of torque. The 1.5-litre VGT diesel mill churns out 115 PS and 250 Nm of torque. The 1.4-litre Turbo GDI petrol powertrain delivers 140 PS and 242 Nm of torque. There is a standard 6-speed manual gearbox provided with the three engines. The automatic options include IVT in 1.5-litre petrol, 6-speed AT in 1.5-litre VGT diesel and 7-speed DCT in 1.4-litre Turbo GDI petrol.........Read more

Ahead of Chandrayaan-2 launch, ISRO budget breaches Rs 11,000 crore

In 2017-18, the actual allocation was Rs8,053 crore, while in 2018-19 the revised estimate stood at Rs 9,918 crore. ISRO personnel work on Chandrayaan 2 at ISRO ISITE in Bengaluru | vinod kumar t In a big boost to India’s space programme, the Centre has increased the financial outlay for the Department of Space (DoS) to Rs 11,177.46 crore.This apart, the government also announced forming of New Space India Limited (NSIL), a public sector enterprise incorporated as a new commercial arm of DoS to commercialise various space products developed by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), including production of launch vehicles, transfer of technologies and marketing of space products. This comes days before the historic launch of Chandrayaan-2 mission on July 15. If successful, India will become the fourth nation to soft-land on surface of the moon and cementing its place among the world’s space-faring nations.This is for the first timeISRO’s budget has breached Rs 11,000 cr mark. In 2017-18, the actual allocation was Rs8,053 crore, while in 2018-19 the revised estimate stood at Rs 9,918 crore.........Read more

Andhra govt slashes security cover to Chandrababu Naidu, gives 4 constables

The Andhra government on Friday further reduced security cover to Telugu Desam Party president and former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu. According to report, the state government had withdrawn the existing two chief security officers, apart from 15-member special police team headed by two armed reserve inspectors. Now, Naidu will be guarded by four constables – two in each shift. However, he will continue to have Z plus security comprising national security guards, provided by the Centre. Subsequently, the government withdrew security at Naidu’s residence in Amaravati and also in his native place Naravaripalle in Chittoor district. The security cover for his family members was also withdrawn recently and his son Nara Lokesh was given just two constables for protection.........Read more

Trai told to take a relook at spectrum auction, pricing

The government has asked telecom regulator TRAI to reconsider its recommendations on spectrum auction for 4G and 5G, including reserve price, the quantum of spectrum to be auctioned among others in a bid to promote competition and ensure the benefits of an auction reaches all. ........Read more

In 'tit-for-tat' to BJP, Nitish makes eight JD(U) members Bihar ministers

The rivalry in Bihar's ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) took an interesting but internecine turn after the Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) inducted eight new faces from their party as ministers. Bihar governor Lalji Tandon administered the oaths to all the eight new ministers.........Read more

Hyundai Venue Launched In India; Prices Start At Rs. 6.50 Lakh

The Hyundai Venue subcompact SUV has been launched in India. Prices for the new Hyundai Venue start at Rs. 6.50 lakh for the base petrol version, going up to Rs. 11.10 lakh for the range-topping automatic variant. The Venue made its global debut last month in India as well as the US, and will be taking on a number of offerings including the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Mahindra XUV300, Tata Nexon and the Ford Ecosport. ........Read more

EC cuts poll campaign, Mamata calls it 'unconstitutional, unethical gift' to PM

Attacking the Election Commission of India for curtailing the campaigning for the last phase of polls in West Bengal, TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee Wednesday said it is an "unprecedented, unconstitutional and unethical gift" to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah by the poll panel.........Read more

Facebook co-founder calls for WhatsApp, Instagram to be made into separate companies

Facebook Inc co-founder Chris Hughes on Thursday called for the world's largest social media company to be split in three and said Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg should be held responsible for privacy lapses. Facebook has been under scrutiny from regulators around the world over its data sharing practices and hate speech and misinformation on its networks.........Read more

India's Modi flies over cyclone-ravaged east, promises millions to rebuild

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi saw for himself the damage wreaked by a powerful cyclone on Monday, pledging an extra 10 billion rupees ($144 million) to the hardest-hit state of Odisha where hundreds of thousands returned home from shelters.........Read more

‘India hopes to avoid US sanctions over Russian missile deal’: Nirmala Sitharaman

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin in October, defying US warnings of sanctions on countries buying Russian military equipment. The sanctions were part of measures to punish Moscow for its actions in Ukraine in 2014.........Read more

Death toll in China chemical plant explosion rises to 44

Blast at the Tianjiayi Chemical plant in the city of Yancheng is China’s worst industrial accident in years, with nearly 1,000 area residents moved to safety as of Friday as a precaution against leaks and additional explosions.........Read more

Huawei’s Mate X foldable phone is a thinner 5G rival to the Galaxy Fold

Say hello to the Huawei Mate X. Launching this very moment at MWC 2019, the Mate X has an 8-inch wraparound OLED display, a folded thickness of a mere 11mm, and a formidable spec sheet highlighted by 5G, a 4,500mAh battery, and Huawei’s in-house Kirin 980 processor.........Read more

'Extinct' Galapagos tortoise found after 100 years

A species of giant tortoise believed to have been extinct for more than 100 years has been discovered on the Galapagos island of Fernandina. The last known time a Fernandina Giant Tortoise was seen alive was 1906. ........Read more

Loan converted into equity can't be treated as debt: NCLT rules in IVRCL case

National Company Law Tribunal has ruled that loans converted into equity prior to the start of bankruptcy and insolvency process for a company can't be considered as debt at the time of settling dues of financial creditors.........Read more

Laureus World Sports Awards: Djokovic, Biles Bag Top Honours

Tennis world No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia won his fourth Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, and American record-holding gymnast Simone Biles bagged the World Sportswoman of the Year Award thanks to her dominant world championship performance last year.........Read more

All-party meet over Pulwama terror attack begins, government to brief opposition

The Narendra Modi government has called an all-party meeting on Saturday to hold consultations with the opposition parties in the wake of Pulwama terror attack, in which a convoy of security forces was targeted on Thursday in the South Kashmir district.........Read more

Meghalaya Mine Collapse: Indian Navy Abandons Efforts to Retrieve Decomposed Body of Miners

Having abandoned the rescue operations on Sunday, the Indian Navy did not pull out the decomposed body of a Meghalaya miner which was spotted four days back in the coal mine of East Jaintia Hills.........Read more

Govt Stops Printing of Rs 2,000 Currency Notes to Curb Tax Evasion, Money Laundering: Report

The government has stopped printing Rs 2,000 currency notes in its bid to gradually stop their circulation. The decision was taken by the government on suspicion that the currency note was being used for hoarding, tax evasion and money laundering.........Read more

PM inaugurates India’s longest rail-road bridge in Assam’s Bogibeel

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Bogibeel bridge, India’s longest rail-cum-road bridge, connecting Assam’s Dibrugarh on the south bank to Dehamji in the north. ........Read more

SC to Hear Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid Title Dispute on January 4

The Supreme Court is scheduled to take up a batch of petitions in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case for hearing on January 4. The matter is listed before a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice SK Kaul.........Read more

‘They Shall Not Grow Old’: Peter Jackson brings World War I to life

Peter Jackson’s ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ is the 57-year-old filmmaker’s first documentary commissioned by Britain’s Imperial War Museum to coincide with the centenary of the Armistice........Read more

Group that recycles temple waste to spread fragrance gets UN Climate Action Award

Indian group Help Us Green that gives women the chance to earn livelihoods through collecting temple ceremonial flowers tossed into the Ganges and turning them into sustainable incense, received a UN Climate Action Award.........Read more

Manipur government confers boxer MC Mary Kom with ‘Meethoileima’ title

Manipur government conferred MC Mary Kom, six times World Women Boxing Champion and Olympic bronze medalist, with the title “Meethoileima” for her outstanding achievement in the field of boxing.........Read more

BJP not thinking of Ram Mandir ordinance as of now: Kailash Vijayvargiya

BJP National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya has said that his party was not thinking of bringing an ordinance "as of now" for construction of the Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya.........Read more

Rahul Gandhi sent me to Pakistan says Sidhu, calls him captain

Punjab Cabinet Minister and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on his visit to Pakistan said that he was sent to the neighbouring nation by Congress president Rahul Gandhi for Kartarpur Sahib Corridor groundbreaking ceremony.........Read more

Abhinav Bindra Wins Blue Cross, Becomes First Indian to Achieve The Highest Shooting Honour

Abhivan Bindra becomes the first ever Indian to win the prestigious Blue Cross award, which is presented by the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) for outstanding contribution at shooting.........Read more

Satyapal Malik puts J&K Bank in public sector, kicks off autonomy row

Governor Satya Pal Malik decided to turn the J&K Bank Ltd into a public-sector bank, taking its autonomy away and making it accountable to the state legislature. Further, it will also be brought under the RTI & CVC.........Read more

You no longer represent symbol of hope, Amnesty International strips Aung San Suu Kyi of highest honour

Amnesty International on Monday stripped Aung San Suu Kyi of its highest honour over the de facto Myanmar leader’s “indifference” to the atrocities committed by the military against Rohingya Muslims. ........Read more

Ex-minister, 8 IAS officers in Andhra named in multi-crore land scam by SIT

Ex-Minister, eight senior IAS officers and other district-level officials from the stamps and registration department have been named in the multi-crore land scam in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam district by SIT.........Read more

Chinese President Xi Jinping opens world's longest sea-crossing bridge

Chinese President Xi Jinping officially opened the world's longest sea-crossing bridge in the southern city of Zhuhai. The $20 billion megaproject further connects mainland China with the semi-autonomous territories of Hong Kong and Macau, with a 55-kilometer (34-mile) road bridge that has been in the works for almost nine years.........Read more

Kerala Muslim organisation challenges govt ordinance making triple talaq illegal

The plea was filed by Kerala-based Muslim organisation Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulama, which stated that the Ordinance promulgated by the Centre was “arbitrary and discriminatory” and violative of Articles 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution and should be struck down.........Read more

Airbnb wants to give its hosts equity in its business

Airbnb wants to give the homeowners who power its service the opportunity to own a piece of its business. The $31-billion-valued company has written to the SEC to ask if its rules around security ownership can be revised.........Read more

Ola in funding talks with Naspers at a valuation of $7-8 billion

South African internet conglomerate Naspers LLC is in talks to invest in ANI Technologies Pvt. Ltd, which owns ride-hailing company Ola, at a valuation of $7-8 billion.........Read more

Davis Cup: Ramkumar, Prajnesh Suffer Defeats as Serbia Lead India 2-0

Ramkumar battled hard but it was not enough to stop Laslo Djere from winning his first Davis Cup match. The Indian lost 6-3 4-6 6-7(2) 2-6 after intense three hour and 11 minutes on the indoor clay courts at Kraljevo Sports Venue.........Read more

Growth rate declined due to Raghuram Rajan's policies: Niti Aayog

Blaming Raghuram Rajan's policies for low GDP, Kumar said that due to Raghuram Rajan's policies GDP had been impacted. Another reason that impacted growth was rising NPAs in the banking sector. ........Read more

Assam NRC Row: Supreme Court orders re-verification of 10% of people excluded in draft list

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered re-verification of 10 per cent of the people in Assam who were excluded from draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) published recently.........Read more

WhatsApp PiP mode for Android with YouTube, Instagram integration to launch soon: Report

WhatsApp picture-in-picture (PiP) feature could soon be available for Android users as well with integration of YouTube and Instagram videos. The feature is available for Android beta version 2.18.234, though it is currently under development and has not been enabled for beta testers.........Read more

Suzuki Ertiga Sport Concept Unveiled At GIIAS 2018: Will It Launch In India?

Suzuki has unveiled the all-new Ertiga Sport Concept MPV, at the ongoing Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) 2018. The new Sport Concept is based on the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Ertiga MPV. ........Read more

2 policemen given death in infamous Kerala custodial death case

Thiruvananthapuram special CBI court has awarded death penalties to two police constables K Jithakumar and SV Sreekumar after they were found guilty of Udayakumar's custodial death at Fort Police Station.........Read more

Supreme Court asks 12 states why they have not appointed Lokayukta

A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R Banumathi asked the chief secretaries of 12 states to specify why they have not appointed a Lokayukta. The apex court also asked the 12 states to specify by when they would appoint a Lokayukta.........Read more

CCTV cameras switched off during Jaya hospitalisation

All CCTV cameras in Apollo Hospitals were turned off during the 75-day hospitalisation of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa before her death on December 5, 2016, as she was the only patient occupying the 24-bed intensive care unit, its chairman Dr Prathap C Reddy said on Thursday.........Read more

Telangana, Andhra Pradesh aspirants want to quit Neet national pool

Aspirants alleged that there are very few ranks from the Telugu states amidst in the top 6,000 ranks and if the national pool is applied, there will be a huge loss of seats. Also, 50 percent of PG seats from Telugu states will be included in the national pool and top rankers from other states will grab the seats. Remaining 30 percent is under service quota, so only 20 percent will remain for state aspirants.........Read more

I-T sleuths unearth Rs 3,200 crore TDS scam

The income tax department has unearthed a Rs 3,200 crore scam where 447 companies deducted tax from its employees but did not deposit with the government and diverted to further their business interests. The TDS wing of the I-T has initiated prosecution against these firms and in some cases, warrants have been issued........Read more

Republic Day 2018: 5 things that make India's 69th R-day celebrations special

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had invited the leaders of 10 ASEAN nations as this year's chief guest. This has happened for the first time in India's history that the country will welcome 10 guests to the republic day parade. The flypast march had five Mi-17 V5 helicopters of the Indian Air Force to commemorate the presence of 10 ASEAN nations in India. The parade also witnessed the participation of over 770 students performing kathak and folk dances of Thailand, Malaysia, and other countries, All India Radio (AIR) lead a series of 23 tableaus, The woman squad of the Border Security Force (BSF) performed motorcycle act for the first time ever.........Read more

Graeme Smith hints captain Virat Kohli can't grow under coach Ravi Shastri

Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith has criticised the lack of a "constructive person" in the Indian dressing room who could "challenge" Virat Kohli with different ideas and keep him aware about "other possibilities".........Read more

Kawasaki India Teases Vulcan Cruiser; Launch Soon

Kawasaki India was on a launching spree this year and has introduced some highly awaited motorcycles throughout 2017. It now seems, the Japanese bike maker will start off 2018 with a bang with the introduction of a middleweight cruiser. Kawasaki India has teased the Vulcan S cruiser on its website, hinting at an imminent launch soon.........Read more

ISSF World Cup Final 2017: Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu hand India first gold medal at year-ending tournament

Rai, a Commonwealth and Asian Games gold-medallist, and Sidhu, also a former Commonwealth Games gold-winner, picked up their third gold together in the mixed team event, being held officially for the first time at an ISSF World Cup.........Read more

Pakistan manager credits Gavaskar, Shastri for Champions Trophy final win over India: Report

I was listening to the analysis of Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri and they gave us no chance. That fired up the boys. It was called a no-contest and we were written off. We said let the bat and ball do the talking.........Read more

Peugeot 3008 SUV to rival the Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster in India

The year started with the PSA Group, the parent company of Peugeot and Citroen, making an announcement of starting India operations in 2020. The company has already joined forces with CK Birla Group, of the Hindustan Motors and Mitsubishi fame in India. The code name Peugeot 3008 SUV, Since that is the booming segment with the likes of Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster and the Honda BR-V fighting it out to get a grander share of the pie. Peugeot will be pitching its 3008 SUV against them. ........Read more

Microsoft Pix will now use AI to help you take better pictures of documents and whiteboards

Microsoft Pix is known to use artificial intelligence to help people take better pictures more easily. Now, it is extending this towards taking pictures of documents, whiteboards and business cards. When you take a picture of a whiteboard, document or business card, the app resizes the image, boosts colour and crops as necessary to ensure a better capture. Documents will now look like documents rather just photographs.........Read more

Ryan International School Murder: Police Say The 7-Year-Old Had Seen Bus Conductor Masturbating in Washroom

Seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur, who was murdered inside his school Ryan International in Gurugram last week, had seen the accused bus conductor masturbating in the washroom, said the police. According to reports, two other students had also seen the conductor, Ashok Kumar, inside the washroom before the murder took place. The two had gone to the washroom to change their Karate uniform........Read more

J&K: Two Hizbul Mujahideen Terrorists Gunned Down in Sopore, Combing Operation Underway

Two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists were gunned down in a joint operation by Indian Army and Jammu and Kashmir Police in Shangergund area in Sopore, Jammu and Kashmir. Security forces have recovered two AK-47 and one INSAS Rifle from the encounter site.........Read more

Infosys board approves ₹13,000 crore share buyback

The buyback offer size amounts to 20.51% of the total paid-up equity capital and free reserves of the company and will comprise of the purchase of 113,043,478 shares aggregating up to 4.92% of the paid-up equity capital at a price of ₹1,150 per equity share, according to a filing on the BSE.........Read more

Nagaland CM Zeliang wins vote of confidence

Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeliang on Friday won the trust vote in the State Assembly, two days after he was reappointed to the post amid high drama. He secured 47 out of the 59 votes in the House which included 36 votes of the NPF, 4 of the BJP and 7 from the Independents, Speaker Imtiwapang said.........Read more

SC asks Centre to apprise it on issue of NRI voting in polls

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre to apprise it within a week as to whether it is going to amend the election law or rules for enabling non-resident Indians (NRIs) to vote in polls here.........Read more

Azam Khan did it again with his loose talk

In a shocking remark, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan today said the excesses of the Army in Jammu and Kashmir and other sensitive areas forced women to chop off the private parts of soldiers in revenge.........Read more

Megastar to Campaign for Modi's Programme

Bollywood Megastar Amitabh Bachchan will lead big campaign on the promotion of the single tax -Goods and Services Tax (GST) system which will come into force in the country from July one. ........Read more

Mira Erda Becomes The First Indian Female Driver To Race In Euro JK Series

Gujarat girl Mira Erda will become the first Indian female driver to compete in the Euro JK Series championship. One of the highest classes of Formula racing in the country, the Euro JK series is part of the upcoming JK Tyre-FMSCI National Racing Championship. Mira has been active in the racing circuit participating in about 75 races both national and international level, and the 17-year-old will also become one of the youngest drivers to compete in the championship.........Read more

China Will Fund $12 Billion Mega-Dam Opposed By India, Says Pakistan

Pakistan expects China to fund a long-delayed Indus river mega dam project in Gilgit-Baltistan, part of Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir, with work beginning next year, its Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal said.........Read more

FINALLY! Imtiaz Ali’s film with Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma gets a title! Find out what it is...

The Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma starrer has been titled "Jab Harry Met Sejal". Yes the title sounds similar to the Hollywood hit When Harry Met Sally. It also resembles the title of Imtiaz Ali’s Kareena Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor starrer Jab We Met.........Read more

How Big is Saturn?

Just take a look at Saturn, the gas giant that takes its name from the Roman god of agriculture, and the second largest planet in the Solar System (behind Jupiter). In addition to its beautiful ring system and its large system of moons, this planet is renowned for its incredible size. Just how big is this planet?........Read more

Amazon working on Ice smartphones after disastrous Fire phones

Amazon is working on a new line-up of smartphones branded as ‘Ice’, according to anonymous sources. The phones will be based on the latest Android OS and will feature support for Google Mobile Services, apart from running Amazon’s suite of apps and services.........Read more

IIT-KGP researchers develop new technology to manufacture bio-fuel

Researchers at IIT Kharagpur have developed a new technology which will change the way bio-fuel is manufactured by making the process cheaper, quicker and pollution-free. The 'soil-to-soil' manufacturing technology developed at the P K Sinha Centre for bio-energy at IIT-KGP is in the process of being patented........Read more

Bilkis Bano Rape Case: SC Refuses to Hear Plea of Convicted IPS Officer Bhagora

The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to hear the urgent plea filed by IPS officer R. S. Bhagora, who has been convicted in the 2002 Bilkis Bano rape case. The apex court, however, said that it could hear his plea on the second week of July. Bhagora is one of the 11 accused convicted by the Bombay High court in connection of the Bilkis Bano rape case. Bhagora had sought to stay his conviction granted by the Bombay High court. Earlier on May 4, the Bombay High Court had ruled out death penalty to three out of 11 people accused of in the brutal gangrape of Bilkis Bano and the murder of her family during the 2002 Gujarat riots. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that five new convicts in this case are police officers and are currently convicted under Indian Penal Code (IPC) 201 and 218. Earlier, the Bombay High Court had also set aside acquittal of five persons, including doctors and policemen, and convicted them for tampering of evidence in the Bilkis Bano case. The CBI had appealed against the acquittal of five Gujarat police officers who connived with the convicts by fudging documents and compromising the inquest report. Last year, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) named it as the rarest of rare cases and that the death penalty must be awarded to three convicts. The 11 convicts, who were sentenced to life imprisonment by a trial court in 2008, had moved the Gujarat high court against their conviction. The Supreme Court later moved the case from Gujarat high court to Bombay court, which upheld the conviction of the 11. On March 1, 2002, Bilkis Bano was gang-raped and left for dead alongside 14 members of her family, including her 3-year-old daughter, during the Gujarat riots. She was then five months pregnant, when Hindu rioters attacked her in Vadodara . In 2008, she won the first-ever conviction in a riot-related rape case against 13 men.........Read more

Windows smashed! Tejas Express vandalised one day before launch

The Railways swanky Tejas Express was on Monday flagged off by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu from Chatrapati Shivaji Station in Mumbai. However, even before the country's first high-speed and feature rich train was launched, reports emerged that it had been damaged while it was traveling from Delhi to Mumbai on Saturday. ........Read more

Karthik replaces injured Pandey in Champions Trophy squad

India have included Dinesh Karthik in their squad for the Champions Trophy as a replacement for Manish Pandey, who has been ruled out with a left side strain........Read more

NEET 2017: CBSE regrets Kerala incident, asks school principal to issue unconditional apology

After a 17-year-old student, appearing for the medical entrance exam NEET, was asked to remove her innerwear in Kannur, Kerala; the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) issued a statement regarding the incident and was remorseful about it. The CBSE had come under fire as media and parents of students who appeared for the entrance test accused them of insensitivity and trauma.........Read more

NASA to launch world's lightest satellite built by Chennai student on June 21

18-year-old Rifath Sharoo from Chennai, built the satellite as part of a contest Cubes in Space, organised by US space agency, NASA and idoodlelearning Inc, a global education company.. The satellite, named Kalam SAT – after former India President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam – weighs 0.1 kg, and is lighter than a smart phone.........Read more

Divorce rate among Muslims low: AIMPLB

The collection of data started in May 2016 through RTI for five years from 2011-2015. Dr Zohra said that women are well protected under Islam, a fact that is reflected by the low percentage of Muslim women seeking divorce.........Read more

New India Assurance, GIC of India hire investment banks to manage IPO process

New India Assurance Co. Ltd (NIA) and General Insurance Corp. of India Ltd (GIC) have hired investment banks Axis Capital, Kotak Mahindra Capital, Yes Bank, IDFC Capital and Nomura to manage their initial public offerings (IPOs) as the government seeks to pare its stake in the state-run insurers.........Read more

SoftBank may invest $1.5 billion in Paytm

Fintech start-up Paytm, run by One97 Communications Ltd, is in talks with Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp. to raise $1.2-1.5 billion in cash in a deal that could raise Paytm’s valuation to $7-9 billion.........Read more

China invites India to OBOR summit, says CPEC has 'no direct link' with Kashmir issue

China on Tuesday sought to allay India’s concerns over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, saying it has “no direct link” with the Kashmir issue and New Delhi was welcome to participate in the ‘One Belt One Road’ project.........Read more

IPL 2017 sees 40% jump in viewership over last year

The tenth season of the T20 cricket tournament Indian Premier League (IPL) made a strong debut this season with 88.3 million impressions for the three matches played between 5 April and 7 April, a 40% jump from a year ago period.........Read more

‘Pakistan Blundered By Making Urdu National Language, Not Mentally Accepting Hindus as Pakistanis’

Marker has been Pakistan’s ambassador in more countries than any other diplomat. He has a plethora of information and memories from those assignments in different capitals of the world. He has seen the formative phase of Pakistan from close quarters and is witness to some of the most decisive phases of the country’s history, the separation of East Pakistan being one.........Read more

Brexit 1.0: Scientists find evidence of Britain's original separation from Europe

Britain's separation from mainland Europe is believed to be the result of spill over from a proglacial lake - a type of lake formed in front of an ice sheet - in the North Sea, but this has remained unproven. Now, researchers from Imperial College London and their colleagues from institutes in Europe show that the opening of the Dover Strait in the English Channel occurred in two episodes, where an initial lake spill over was followed by catastrophic flooding.........Read more

Thomas Chandy replaces AK Saseendran as Kerala Transport Minister, channel, CEO booked for sting

The decision was taken after NCP leaders, led by State president Uzhavoor Vijayan met Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday. The seat fell vacant after its incumbent, AK Saseendran resigned following a sting operation conducted by a new television channel, allegedly involving him in a lewd conversation with a woman. ........Read more

Isro's Mars Orbiter Mission observes superhot argon in the upper atmosphere of the red planet

The first interplanetary mission by India was originally expected to be in orbit around Mars for only six months. The Isro scientists used their technical skills to indefinitely extend the Mars Orbiter Mission, and the spacecraft continues to take scientific observations. The Mars Orbiter Mission has discovered superhot argon in the upper atmosphere of the red planet, a finding that has implications on the energy deposition in the upper Martian atmosphere, and is an important step in explaining why the Martian atmosphere escape rate is higher than previously believed.........Read more

Durban out, Indian Olympic Association wants to host 2022 Commonwealth Games

“We received a communication from them (CGF) today. Our (IOA) president and members are discussing the issue. If there is support from the government, we will consider the possibility of bidding for the Games,” IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta told.........Read more

For MCD election in Delhi, use ballot paper, not EVMs: CM Arvind Kejriwal to Election Commission

Days after Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati raise questions over Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) following her partys dismal show in Uttar Pradesh Assembly election, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has appealed the Election Commission to use the ballot paper system in soon to be held civic polls.........Read more

ISRO’s ‘lost’ Chandrayaan-1 spotted orbiting the moon by NASA’s interplanetary radar

“We have been able to detect NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and the Indian Space Research Organisation’s Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft in lunar orbit with ground-based radar,” said Marina Brozovic, a radar scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and principal investigator for the test project.........Read more

EU parliament urges visas for US citizens visiting Europe

Members of the European Parliament have called for the European Commission to impose visas on US citizens visiting Europe amid an ongoing dispute over visa restrictions against five EU nations. MEPs called on Washington to grant the same visa-free access to nationals of Bulgaria, Croatia, Poland, Romania and Cyprus as enjoyed by citizens of the other 23 EU nations. EU rules require equal treatment for all member states.........Read more

DMK for removing Jayalalithaa’s portraits from government offices

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Saturday called for the removal of portraits of late Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa from government offices, saying she was convicted in an assets case.........Read more

Google launches AI tool Perpective to filter out online trolls

Google said it will begin offering media groups an artificial intelligence tool designed to stamp out incendiary comments on their websites. The programming tool, called Perspective, aims to assist editors trying to moderate discussions by filtering out abusive "troll" comments, which Google says can stymie smart online discussions.........Read more

In a boost to airline sector, DoT proposes connectivity in planes

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has proposed to allow in-flight connectivity which will help passengers get access to video, voice and data services when planes will fly over Indian airspace, giving a potential boost to the airline sector.........Read more

Bookmyoffer, Snapdeal tops the list followed by Ebay and Flipkart with most complaints

According to data from the National Consumer Helpline, 2,494 complaints were received against direct selling and e-commerce companies during 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17. Complaints were filed against 15-plus e-commerce companies. Bookmyoffer.com topped the list with 449 complaints. Snapdeal stood at number two with 209 complaints, eBay came third with 175 and Flipkart came fourth with 157 complaints. Whaaky.com came fifth with 150 complaints.........Read more

Jab we mate

The G-shot (medically, G-spot amplification) promises to bring a woman to multiple climaxes during sexual intercourse in minutes. The procedure, given under local anaesthetic, has taken off in India - for about Rs 50,000 a shot, that lasts four months. And going by reports, demand is swelling from a trickle to a torrent.........Read more

Indian pharma industry fears tougher US stance on IP

Indian pharma industry is fearing a tougher US government stance on intellectual property rules after US Donald Trump asserted that foreign countries must pay a fair share for drug development costs.........Read more

Certain heart fat associated with higher risk of heart disease in postmenopausal women

A higher volume of a certain type of fat that surrounds the heart is significantly associated with a higher risk of heart disease in women after menopause and women with lower levels of estrogen at midlife, according to new research led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.........Read more

New Baahubali 2 poster featuring Prabhas and Anushka Shetty reveals a part of the 'untold' story!

While there were rumours that the trailer of Baahubali 2 will be attached to Raees, the makers have just unveiled the new poster featuring Prabhas and Anushka Shetty. Unlike the other two posters, this one does give a huge hint at what the probable story of Baahubali 2 will be.........Read more

DRDO has a problem with Facebook and is seeking answers on Twitter

Unable to open their Facebook account, the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) asked the social network on Twitter — yeah, you read that right — how to get over their “sign in problem”. With slight hints at the panic within the organisation, the official Twitter handle, @DRDO_India, tweeted: “@facebook we are contacting u from Indian @DRDO_India our official page is not opening.” Soon after came a follow up tweet........Read more

IIM-A forays into online education with e-PGP for working executives

Foraying into short-term and long-term online education, the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) on Monday launched a new two-year e-Post Graduate Programme in Management (ePGP) for working executives and entrepreneurs. Offered on an interactive onsite learning (IOL) platform through technological partnership with online learning solutions provider Hughes Global Education, the programme will be offered through multiple tech-enabled classrooms across major cities.........Read more

How Wind Energy Is Powering Trains In Netherlands

The Netherlands has moved a step closer to making this planet a cleaner and a greener one. All of the electric trains in the country now run on wind energy, hence helping it reach the goal of complete transition to 10o per cent renewable energy.........Read more

NGT issues interim stay on Pune Metro construction

A bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) issued an interim stay order on any kind of construction of Pune Metro route passing through the Mula Mutha river bed. "Today NGT's west zone bench comprising Justice U D Salavi and Dr Ajay Deshpande granted interim stay on any kind of construction of Pune Metro route of corridor between Vanaz and Ramwadi, passing through Mula-Mutha riverbed," said advocate Asim Sarode.........Read more

Is there such a thing as an emotional hangover? Researchers find that there is

Emotional experiences can induce physiological and internal brain states that persist for long periods of time after the emotional events have ended, a team of New York University scientists has found. This study, which appears in the journal Nature Neuroscience, also shows that this emotional "hangover" influences how we attend to and remember future experiences.........Read more

American rape survivor to India Today: Not satisfied with Delhi Police probe, wont travel alone in India

Talking about police probe in her case, she said, "I am not happy with how the police is handling this case." The woman tourist further added that women's safety is a global issue and hence her case should not be seen in an independent light. Speaking about the incident, she named her tour guide and two hotel staffers among the five who gangraped her in a Connaught Place hotel she was staying at. "Police needs to do more to make arrests," the American tourist added saying that she will never travel in India alone again.........Read more

Learning makes animals intelligent

The fact that animals can use tools, have self-control and certain expectations of life can be explained with the help of a new learning model for animal behaviour. Researchers at Stockholm University and Brooklyn College have combined knowledge from the fields of artificial intelligence, ethology and the psychology of learning to solve several problems concerning the behaviour and intelligence of animals.........Read more

How a former Goldman Sachs employee built India’s fastest growing tech company

His company, GreyCampus Edutech, is India’s fastest-growing technology company, according to a study by consultancy firm Deloitte. The Hyderabad-based startup provides online training for professional certification courses across areas such as project management, complex data, service management, and quality management........Read more

No multiple-choice: HRD panel on board exam paper

Multiple choice questions should be scrapped; weightage to the theory and practical components in any subject should be 70:30; students should be assessed on a maximum of 100 marks for mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology and all question papers should carry long answer questions, short answer questions and very-short answer questions in the ratio of 2:4:8. These are some of the suggestions of a panel set up by the HRD Ministry to recommend a common question paper pattern for Class XII examination across all school boards.........Read more

IT Giant LT Infotech Acquires Analytics Startup AugmentIQ

Global IT services and solutions provider L&T Infotech (LTI) is all set to acquire Pune-based AugmentIQ Data Sciences Pvt. Ltd, a startup offering IP-based, big data and analytics solutions ...........Read more

Khali Launches His Gym & Fitness Club Chain; Scouts for Franchisees Pan India

Franchise India is Asia's largest integrated Franchise and Retail Solution provider established in the year 1999, with an absolute authority on Franchising, Retailing and Licensing in India.........Read more

Google might launch its first Android Wear 2.0 watches early next year

The company is expected to launch two watches with Android Wear 2.0 in tow. We heard rumors about Google working on its own wearables back in July, the larger of which packs a heart rate monitor and offers well GPS and LTE capabilities. The image in Blass’ tweet is from Android Police’s recreations of prototypes, based on information from the publication’s anonymous source.........Read more

Ex-servicemen to get full pension as service limit goes

After years of dithering, the Centre has finally acted on its promise of One-Rank, One-Pension (OROP). In a September 30 letter addressed to the Chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force, the Ministry of Personnel informed them about the notification on pension benefits as recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC). The three services had earlier decided not to implement the Seventh CPC award till the Narendra Modi government rectified what they had termed as ‘anomalies.’........Read more

Bihar fodder scam: SC to hear Lalu Yadav’s plea challenging jail sentence today

The Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear a plea filed by Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav challenging his jail sentence in connection with the mid-1990s fodder scam case. The fodder scam involved the embezzlement of about Rs. 9.4 billion from the government treasury of Bihar.........Read more

Gujarat backtracks, no 10% quota for forwards

In a major U-turn, the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) government in Gujarat on Friday evening announced withdrawal of its earlier decision to provide 10% reservation to economically weaker sections among upper castes.........Read more

ISIS Claims Credit for Minnesota Stabbing Attack That Wounded 8

An Islamic State (ISIS) supporter carried out the stabbing attack that wounded at least 8 people at a mall in the US state of Minnesota on Saturday, the militant group’s Amaq news agency said. At least eight people were taken to a hospital with injuries after a stabbing attack at a St Cloud shopping mall in Minnesota at 8pm local time on Saturday evening. The attack ended with the suspected attacker left dead inside the mall.........Read more

Alibaba to Adopt Eyeball Recognition for Biometric Security Payments

A software that identifies the red veins in a person's sclera, or the eyeball's white part, has been produced by EyeVerify. The eye's vein patterns can be captured using a smartphone camera, which can be recorded and use to unlock the phone or log into an account, in the same way that fingerprint is used in some smartphones. EyeVerify said that this verification form is secure. In July last year, the software was introduced by Ant Financial in its Alipay mobile payments app to a small group of beta testers, who were given options to log in to the app using an eye test, as well as using ordinary passwords and fingerprint.........Read more

Pay us Rs. 154 crore for Singur land, Tata Group responds to Mamata Banerjee's offer

The Tata Group has responded to Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's offer of an alternative land to set up an industry to compensate for the loss in Singur with a counter offer, saying that they want Rs. 154 crore as compensation for what the company had paid to the Left government when they had bought the land for the Nano car factory project. ........Read more

25 Delhi policewomen accuse senior of sexual harassment

As many as 25 policewomen have accused their senior,an inspector-rank officer posted in the Provisioning and Logistics unit of Delhi Police, of sexual harassment at the workplace.The women also claim to have informed Delhi Commission for Women. Four months........Read more

National Herald Case: Delhi Court summons documents from Gandhis after Swamy’s application

All of them are required to file their response within two weeks, while the next date for the hearing is October 5.........Read more

Microsoft names Sriram Rajamani as India Research Lab MD

Microsoft on Thursday announced the appointment of Sriram Rajamani as the new Managing Director of its India Research Lab, effective from 1 August.........Read more

Historic find: Archaelogists uncover rare 4th-century mosaic floor in Cyprus

The mosaic, about 30 kilometers west of Nicosia, also sheds new light on the ancient past of Cyprus' interior, about which little is known.........Read more

Fallout 4 patch 1.6 arrives on PC and console; expands Codsworth's vocabulary

Fallout 4 Patch 1.6 has arrived on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. It brings in a useful ExitSave feature, bug fixes, and expands Codsworth's database of player names........Read more

Biocon launches insulin Glargine in disposable pens in Japan

The Japanese Glargine market is estimated to be around $144 million, Biocon said in a statement........Read more

Kashmir violence: Death toll rises to 30, curfew extended to more parts

Curfew was extended to more areas in Kashmir from midnight as protests and violence claimed more lives.........Read more

From GDP To Crime, Statistics Are Unreliable Storytellers

Denmark, the happiest country in the world also happens to be the second-largest consumer of anti-depressants... Statistics can be extremely deceptive to the unaware. Depending on the statistic one chooses to use or ignore, contrasting images can be drawn before the public.........Read more

Sania-Hingis duo crashes out in Wimbledon quarter-finals

Sania Mirza's disastrous campaign at the Wimbledon ended as she had already exited from the mixed doubles event where she and her mixed doubles partner Ivan Dodig lost their second round encounter in straight sets.........Read more

Eye on China, Delhi offers heavy torpedoes to Vietnam

​​B​​oth countries are concerned about China’s assertive behaviour in the Asia-Pacific region, especially its strongarm tactics in the contentious South China Sea where India has an oil-gas exploration bloc off the coast of Vietnam.........Read more

Steve Jobs Introduces the Apple Store (2001)

A pre-launch tour of one of the original Apple Stores back in 2001 (Tysons Corner, VA). Apple got it right. Love the Flower Power iMacs at the cash register ...........Read more

At 7.5% projected GDP growth, India set to retain fastest growing economy tag

India will likely hold its ranking as the world's fastest growing large economy in Q4, giving PM Narendra Modi more to celebrate after two years in office........Read more

Malegaon blast, Sadhvi Pragya and the politics of investigation - Firstpost

Heated political exchanges and blame-games apart, the Malegaon blast will forever be a case study to suggest how our investigative agencies work — politics of political masters take precedence over national security........Read more

Petrol prices slashed 32 times, hiked 21 times since 2013

Retail selling price (RSP) of petrol and diesel in the country are linked to their respective international prices.........Read more