India Toughens Import Rules for Bidders from Bordering Nations over National Security Concerns

Amid the border row with China, the government on Thursday imposed restrictions on public procurement from China and other countries with common border. The Government of India amended the General Financial Rules 2017 to enable imposition of restrictions on bidders from countries which share a land border with India on grounds of defence of India, or matters directly or indirectly related thereto, including national security, an official statement said. ........Read more

Support to health, education, business sectors: Highlights of fifth tranche of COVID-19 stimulus package

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is on Sunday announcing the fifth and final tranche of theRs 20 lakh crore fiscal package to boost the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-hit economy. Earlier on Saturday, Sitharaman had addressed a press conference and unveiled the fourth tranche of government's economic package to provide relief to various segments of the country battered by the coronavirus lockdown. ........Read more

IMF ropes in Raghuram Rajan, 11 others to key advisory group

Rajan, 57, who was the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor for three years until September 2016, is currently working as a professor at the prestigious University of Chicago. Georgieva said that even before the spread of COVID-19 and the dramatic health, economic and financial disruptions it has brought, International Monetary Fund (IMF) members confronted a rapidly evolving world and complex policy issues. “To serve our membership well in this context, we need top-notch input and expertise from the widest range of sources, inside and outside the Fund,” she said.........Read more

Islamic State threat during coronavirus outbreak: Delhi Police personnel on target, alert issued

Delhi Police personnel stationed at police barricades and pickets to maintain the law and order during the lockdown in the national capital have come under the Islamic State threat. The terrorist organisation is planning to launch a lone-wolf attack on the security officers in Delhi during the novel coronavirus outbreak. According to an advisory issued by the authorities, the Delhi policemen have been asked to stay alert for a possible attack by the Islamic State. The attack could be in the form of a stabbing, firing, or running over the police picket using a big vehicle.........Read more

Virologist makes coronavirus testing kit day before delivering baby girl

Virologist Minal Dakhave Bhosale led from the front to create India's first coronavirus testing kit even when she was in the last stage of her pregnancy. Bhosale's efforts paid the price with her team delivering the testing kit in a record time of six weeks. Bhosale gave birth to a baby girl just a day before submitting the kit to the authorities for evaluation. "It was like giving birth to two babies," Bhosale told PTI over the phone. The virologist said both the journeys - that happened in parallel - were not without challenges.........Read more

Spain overtakes China in Covid-19 deaths, rising to second worldwide

Spain has recorded 3,434 deaths from coronavirus, the health ministry announced Wednesday – making it the country with the second highest death toll in the world. That’s an increase of over 27% on Tuesday’s figures. The country now has 47,610 cases in total. In China, where the outbreak began, 3,281 people have died, according to its National Health Commission. Italy has the highest death toll in the world at 6,820, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University. A top Spanish health official, Fernando Simon, said Wednesday that he expects the number of Covid-19 cases to continue increasing in the coming days, despite having said earlier this week that he expected infections to peak soon.........Read more

Will Seek Legal Advice Before Taking Call on SC's Floor Test Order, Says Kamal Nath as Chouhan Hails Ruling

A two-judge bench, led by Justice DY Chandrachud, asked the MP Assembly to reconvene for the trust vote after it was adjourned by the Speaker on March 16 citing the Coronavirus outbreak. The Supreme Court said that if the rebel MLAs want to come to the state Assembly, both Karnataka DGP and Madhya Pradesh DGP should provide them security. Hours later, Nath on Thursday said his government will seek legal advice and study every aspect of the Supreme Court judgement.........Read more

Anyone attempting to split China will be crushed: Xi during maiden visit in Nepal

Beijing views the India-based Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, as a separatist trying to split the Himalayan region from China.........Read more

PMC Bank crisis: CEO, MD of HDIL arrested, property worth Rs 3500 crore frozen

Rakesh Kumar Wadhawan and Sarang Wadhawan of the HDIL have been arrested in connection with alleged financial irregularities at the company. Rakesh Kumar Wadhawan is the executive chairman of the HDIL, while Sarang Wadhawan is managing director. The authorities have also frozen their assets worth Rs 35,000 crore. Earlier, the government had issued a lookout circular against the two directing the immigration authorities to ensure that they do not leave India through an airport or seaport. HDIL is also embroiled in the crisis at Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank, which has extended a substantial amount of loans to the company. PMC’s exposure to HDIL group is nearly 73 per cent of its total loan book size of Rs 8,880 crore as of September 19, 2019. In an alleged confession letter to the RBI, the bank's suspended managing director Joy Thomas had accepted giving loans to realty developer HDIL and its related entity to the tune of Rs 6,500 crore without informing all the board members. Currently, HDIL is developing various projects at Kurla, Nahur, Mulund and Palghar and has a residential portfolio of 86.22 lakh sq ft under construction. It has a land reserve of around 193 million sq ft as on March 31, 2019, with 90 per cent of its land reserves in Mumbai Metropolitan Region, as per the 2018-19 annual report.........Read more

2 militants open fire on security forces in highway attack in Jammu

Two suspected militants exchanged fire with security forces on Batote-Doda highway in Ramban district on Saturday morning. Two suspicious men tried to stop a civil vehicle on NH244 in Batote. However, the driver was alert and didn’t stop the vehicle. 30 am, two suspicious individuals tried to stop a civil vehicle in general area Batote on NH 244. The driver of vehicle was alert, did not stop the vehicle, rushed and informed the nearest Army post. Quick reaction team reacted promptly and a contact was established with suspicious individuals.” Defence spokesman Lt Col Devender Anand said. Exchange of fire between suspected militants and officials is on-going. “Exchange of fire took place. The operation is still on. The suspected ultras are hiding in a nullah but they have been cordoned. Additional reinforcements have been rushed to the place,” Anand added.........Read more

8 US-made Apache AH-64E Attack Helicopters to be Inducted Into IAF at Pathankot Air Base Today

Eight US-made Apache AH-64E attack helicopters are set to be inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF)  at the Pathankot Air Base in Punjab on Tuesday. Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa will be the chief guest during the induction ceremony. The AH-64E Apache, flown by the US Army is considered one of the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopters. The Indian Air Force had signed a multi-billion dollar contract with the US government and Boeing Ltd in September 2015 for 22 Apache helicopters. On July 27, 2019 the first four of the 22 helicopters was handed over to the air force at the Hindan air base by Boeing . Notably, Boeing has delivered more than 2,200 Apaches to customers around the world since the aircraft entered production and India is the 14th nation to select it for its military. “By 2020, the IAF will operate a fleet of 22 Apaches, and these first deliveries are ahead of schedule,” Boeing had earlier said. The aerospace major further said the AH-64E has the latest technology insertions, maintaining its standing as the world”s best attack helicopter.........Read more

Indian cricket team’s new jersey sponsors will be BYJU’S

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced BYJU’s as the new jersey sponsors for the Indian cricket team. BYJU’s is a leading education and learning app and has superstar Shah Rukh Khan as its brand ambassador. “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is pleased to welcome India’s leading education and learning app BYJU’S (Think and Learn Private Limited) as the official Team India sponsor from 5th September, 2019 until 31st March, 2022. BYJU’S will be taking over all obligations of the current team sponsor OPPO mobiles India private limited (OPPO). BYJU’S will now be seen on the Indian team jersey from September 2019 when the home series against South Africa begins,” BCCI stated in a press release.  Virat Kohli and Co set for new shirt sponsors starting South Africa series About the announcement, Mr. Rahul Johri, CEO, BCCI, said, “On behalf of the BCCI, we would like to thank OPPO for its partnership with Indian Cricket. I congratulate BYJU’S on becoming the new Team India sponsor. BCCI and BYJU’S share a common vision and together we will take Indian Cricket forward.”........Read more

India Can't Be Refugee Capital of World: On Assam NRC, Centre Tells SC Lakhs Wrongly Included in List

The Centre on Friday told that Supreme Court that lakhs of people had been wrongly included in the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam. It further said that India can't be refugee capital of world. Appearing for the central government, solicitor general Tushar Mehta said that the problem largely exists in districts bordering Bangladesh. "Illegal migrants must be uprooted but this should be done after utmost care," the Centre told court. The Centre had on Tuesday also sought to suitably modify the timeline fixed for publication of final NRC from July 31, 2019, to a future date, stating the given is lesser to complete the process authentically. In the affidavit, the Centre had sought a direction for 20% re-verification of the final draft NRC in districts bordering Bangladesh and 10% in rest of Assam. ........Read more

PM Modi likely to attend UN General Assembly meet in September: report

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit the US in September for the upcoming UN general assembly meeting and is likely to address Indian-Americans in Houston during his trip, community leaders said Friday. Chicago and Houston are the two American cities in contention for the Prime Minister's venue to address the diaspora when he is likely to travel to the US later this year to attend the United Nations' Annual General Assembly in New York. No official announcement about the trip has been made yet.........Read more

As Rahul Gandhi quits, sister Priyanka Gandhi backs decision, says only few have this courage

A day after Rahul Gandhi publicly announced his resignation as the Congress chief, his sister and party leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra lauded him for his "courageous" decision. Taking to Twitter, Priyanka Gandhi said, "Few have the courage that you do Rahul Gandhi. Deepest respect for your decision." Priyanka Gandhi posted the message for her brother by quote tweeting the four-page open letter by Rahul Gandhi. Who formally resigned as Congress president, taking responsibility for the Lok Sabha polls debacle, and called for "hard decisions" to rebuild the party and making people accountable for the "failure" of 2019. In the four-page open letter, Rahul Gandhi urged the Congress Working Committee (CWC) to entrust a group of people with the task of finding a new president as it would not be proper for him to do so. The 49-year-old leader, who has been adamant on his decision to quit as party president since May 25, two days after the results in which his party won 52 seats, had stressed on the need for the Congress to "radically transform itself". In the letter, Rahul Gandhi said he owed the country and his party debt of tremendous gratitude and love, but maintained that at times he stood "completely alone" in his fight against the Prime Minister and the RSS.........Read more

Amit Shah Compares India's Win Against Pak With 'Surgical Strike' as Wishes Pour in

Wishes poured in after Indian Cricket team defeated Pakistan yet again in a World Cup match and the most noticeable was that of Union Home Minister Amit Shah who compared it with the surgical strike conducted against the arch-rivals by the Indian Army in 2016 and Balakot strike in February this year.........Read more

A-SAT Missile Project Greenlit Under Modi Government 2 Years Ago: DRDO

A day after Prime Minister in a national broadcast informed India and the world alike that we are now placed in the league of space superpowers by successfully testing A-SAT, an anti-satellite missile, DRDO chairman Dr G Satheesh Reddy said that the project was approved only two years ago. ........Read more

Walmart to Open 50 New Stores in India

Walmart today said that it will grow its wholesale cash-and carry-business in India: Best Price Modern Wholesale by adding 50 new stores in the next 4 to 5 years. This comes a day after it announced its $16 billion investment in Indian e-commerce retailer Flipkart.........Read more

Easy progress for PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, K Srikanth and Carolina Marin at India Open badminton

Defending champion PV Sindhu and World No 3 Kidambi Srikanth led the heavyweights into the second round of the Yonex-Sunrise Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta India Open 2018, a part of the BWF World Tour 500, by recording straight-games victories at the Siri Fort Complex.........Read more

NIFT-designed Khadi Uniform to Post Office staff

The colour of the uniform for postmen and postwomen will remain the same. The new dress carries the logo of 'India Post' on the pocket and the cap, along with red stripes on shoulders and shoulder blade. The uniform will be gradually made available at over 7,000 retail outlets of KVIC and will be priced at Rs 1,500 for men and Rs 1,700 for women.........Read more

Delhi-NCR Citizens Will Soon Need Five Oxygen Cylinders a Day to Survive: Experts

Rising pollution levels in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) could soon see residents walking around carrying oxygen cylinders on their backs to counter it, experts warn. If the situation in Delhi-NCR remains the same, experts believe that citizens would soon need at least five oxygen cylinders in a day.........Read more

JEE, NEET may be held twice a year

The upcoming National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) in online mode twice a year, the government told Lok Sabha on Monday........Read more

Toyota India Announces Price Hike Of 3 Per Cent Across All Cars From January 2018

Starting from January 2018, all Toyota cars will see a hike of three per cent. The company has attributed the increase in prices after reviewing input and freight costs that goes into manufacturing of vehicles. ........Read more

Qualcomm is partnering with AMD to power a new line of Always Connected laptops

AMD’s corporate vice president and GM Kevin Lensing made a surprise guest appearance, announcing that the two companies were working together to power a new line of HP and Asus PCs, powered by Snapdragon 835. The Always Connected PCs are powered by gigabit LTE, to stay connected without relying on Wi-Fi.........Read more

Japan's Emperor Akihito to abdicate on April 30, 2019 becoming the first to step down in 200 years

Japan's Emperor Akihito is set to step down from the Chrysanthemum throne on April 30, 2019, and this will be the first retirement in the imperial family in 200 years. A day later the emperor's son Crown Prince Naruhito is likely to ascend the throne.........Read more

ISIS Using Hollywood to Recruit 'Die Hard Heroes' in Their Ranks

That's the conclusion of The Chicago Project on Security and Threats, which analyzed some 1,400 videos released by IS between 2013 and 2016. Researchers who watched and catalogued them all said there is more to the recruitment effort than just sophisticated videography, and it's not necessarily all about Islam.........Read more

New report unearths police files of Sylvester Stallone’s alleged forced threesome with teenager

Daily Mail claimed to have obtained police records detailing the allegations. The young woman said that while she consented to have sex with Stallone, who would have been 40 then, she did not give her consent to the threesome Stallone initiated with his bodyguard.........Read more

Arun Jaitley’s response to Yashwant Sinha’s attack: ‘Job applicant at 80’

A day after Sinha accused him of making a mess of the economy, Jaitley defended his track record and repeatedly suggested that NDA was taking decisive steps, in contrast to UPA's "policy paralysis". He also pointed out Sinha was the FM when India was staring at default in loan repayment with foreign exchange reserves of less than $4 billion in 1991. Similarly, Sinha was finance minister in the Vajpayee government when non-performing assets of banks were at 14-15% of their loans.........Read more

Airtel Payments Bank starts UPI enabled digital payments

Airtel Payments Bank on Sunday said it has started Unified Payments Interface (UPI) based system on its digital platform, enabling its customers to transfer money to any bank account without paying any transaction fee.........Read more

Government plans wifi for all panchayats by March 2019 for Rs 3,700 crore

The government is giving shape to an ambitious Rs 3,700-crore plan in an attempt to cover nearly 5.5 lakh villages with wifi facility. In September, we expect to put out tender for 2.5 lakh GPs (gram panchayats) to be covered with wifi by March 2019.........Read more

Gene related to brain damage in pre-term infants identified

Premature labour is associated with inflammation in the mother or baby, often due to infection. This can cause damage to the brain that could lead to lifelong conditions such as cerebral palsy, autism or learning or behavioural difficulties in up to 30 per cent of pre-term babies.........Read more

Audi Ready To Launch Electric Cars In India By 2020

"Audi is ready to launch an electric vehicle in India by 2020. In fact, globally we will be bringing out our first all-electric car in 2020 and a second one in the same year, so, it would not be difficult for us to bring it to India if there is a strong demand." said Rahil Ansari, Head, Audi India. ........Read more

Tata confirms two new SUVs for FY2018-19 | Team-BHP

The company is reported to have confirmed that that two new SUVs are currently being developed. Both these cars are believed to be based on a tweaked version of Land Rover's L550 platform, which underpins the Discovery Sport. The new models will include a 5-seater and a 7-seater SUV. While the former is expected to compete with the Hyundai Creta and upcoming Renault Kaptur, the latter is expected to take on the Jeep Compass.........Read more

Artificial neural networks decode brain activity during performed and imagined movements

In the scientific journal Human Brain Mapping, they illustrate how a self-learning algorithm decodes human brain signals that were measured by an electroencephalogram (EEG). It included performed movements, but also hand and foot movements that were merely thought or an imaginary rotation of objects.........Read more

Chinese media 'racist' video on India clash sparks anger

Chinese state media has released a propaganda video that lambasts India over a border dispute, sparking accusations of racism. The English-language clip, which accuses India of committing "sins", features a Chinese actor in a turban, mockingly speaking in an Indian accent. Xinhua published the clip on Wednesday which is from a chat show discussing the ongoing Doklam stand-off.........Read more

60% of all east-bound trains ran late in May

The data show that of the 19,450 trains that failed to keep time from May 1 to May 30 across India, around 11,600 — or 59.64 per cent — were in Bihar’s East Central Railway, UP’s North Central Railway and North Eastern Railway, Kolkata-based Eastern Railway and the New Delhi-based Northern Railway. ........Read more

Pak summons India's Deputy HC over Assemanand's acquittal

Pakistan has summoned India's Deputy High Commissioner to express its concern over the acquittal of right-wing activist Swami Aseemanand - an accused in the Samjhauta train blasts case - in a case of terrorism. In a late night statement, the Foreign Office said Indian Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh was called in by the Director General (South Asia & SAARC) on Friday........Read more

No capital gains tax for farmers who pooled land for AP capital Amaravati

Providing relief to people who have given their land for setting up of Amaravati, new capital of Andhra Pradesh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today exempted them from capital gains tax on transfer of such land for development of the greenfield city.........Read more

Architect of India’s first supercomputer 'Param' to head Nalanda University

Scientist Vijay Bhatkar will be the next Chancellor of Nalanda University, Rajgir, with President Pranab Mukherjee, in his capacity as visitor of the varsity, formalising the appointment on Friday. A Padmashri recipient, Bhatkar will succeed George Yeo as the third Chancellor of the internationally renowned varsity and will hold office for a term of three years effective January 25, 2017.........Read more

Indian troops were the first to face Japanese ground attack in World War II

World War II is said to have spread to the Eastern hemisphere with Japanese planes bombing the American naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. But the first Japanese ground attack in the war took place at Kota Baru in Malaya a good 20 minutes before Japanese planes struck Pear Habor. And Indian troops stationed at the beach were the first to face the Japanese amphibian landing. Wednesday December 8, 2016 is the 75 th. Anniversary of the historical event in which Indian troops were key players. ........Read more

New Research Suggests HIV Treatment Around the Corner

Scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Emory University have developed a possible cure for HIV following experiments on monkeys infected with the disease.........Read more

The Hidden Glaciers Of Mars

New photos taken by the Mars Express probe reveal evidence of buried glaciers in a region that separates the planet's southern highlands and the northern lowlands.........Read more

See Picture: Check out John Abraham's first look in 'Force 2'

He's tough, he is intense and he is back.We are talking about none other than the very handsome John Abraham's upcoming flick Force 2. All set to win over hearts yet again, the 43-year-old actor recently released the first poster of the Abhinay Deo directed action ........Read more

Saliva can transmit a virus, leading to infertility

New Delhi: Kisses may be the reason for unexplained infertility in women. A not-so-known herpes virus can be transmitted through the saliva, and can make women infertile. Approximately 25% of femal........Read more

US B-1 bombers fly over South Korea in show of force

Four days after North Korea's fifth and possibly most powerful nuclear weapons test, the US Air Force responded with a show of force on Tuesday, flying two powerful, battle-tested B-1 bombers over South Korea.........Read more

Raaz Reboot trailer: French-kisser Emraan Hashmi, violins, a lonely lady, you get the drift...

The trailer of Raaz Reboot looks like the Bhatts only want to cash in on the name of the hit franchise.........Read more

Milo Yiannopoulos Twitter ban: WikiLeaks threatens to start its own micro-blogging service

In an online exchange of words between WikiLeaks and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, WikiLeaks posted: "We will start a rival service if this keeps up because @WikiLeaks and our supporters are threatened by a space of feudal justice."........Read more

Misguided Nationalism: How the Government Lost the Plot in Kashmir

Mishandling of the upheaval in Kashmir will have repercussions in the near future, writes David Devadas.........Read more

First Make Sure You Get Your Basics Right, Funding Can Wait!

"The moment a startup starts performing above average, funds will start approaching them."........Read more

Adolf Hitler's Birthplace Loathes Link To Him But Not The Building

Adolf Hitler was born in the house behind her and the building is a natural draw for tourists. But when asked about her hometown's most important landmark, Ivonne Bekking gestured down the road toward a baroque church steeple.........Read more

Boris Johnson claims India owes UK multi-million pounds

According to 2016 figures released by transport for London (TfL), Indian diplomats allegedly owe them over £4.4 million in accumulated unpaid dues since 2003........Read more

No helmet no fuel drive to hit Mumbai from August 1

Mumbai Traffic police in their latest circular has asked the petrol pump association not to supply fuel to bikers without helmet starting August 1.........Read more

Science suggests genes can hugely influence academic performance

We need a more nuanced understanding of the factors that influence student achievement, including the role that genes play.........Read more

Chrome is bad for your laptop's battery, claims Microsoft

Google's Chrome browser may not be the best thing for your laptop's battery, warns Microsoft. In a battery test video, the Redmond giant has pitted its Edge browser against Chrome, Firefox and Opera browsers by streaming the same HD video for hours.........Read more

Jaguar Land Rover could face 1 billion pound Brexit hit: Reports

The expanding firm, which traces its history back to 1922 and is headquartered in Coventry, central England, has also looked into opening a European office.........Read more

Report on education policy identifies gaps in school education, but doesn't explain how to fill them

The report, which is yet to be publicly released, is the first effort in recent years to identify the extent of the problem in India's education system.........Read more

Maruti Vitara Brezza beats Hyundai Creta to gain top spot in May SUV sales

Within months of Maruti's entry in the fast-growing compact sports utility vehicle segment, the company's compact SUV Vitara Brezza...........Read more