Coronavirus pandemic: SS Rajamouli's RRR motion poster and title revealed on day one of lockdown

The motion poster and logo of SS Rajamouli's much-awaited biggie, RRR was launched online on Wednesday, day one of the 21-day lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Rajamouli took to Twitter to post: ''Water douses fire! Fire evaporates water! And the two forces come together with immense energy... to present the title logo of #RRR!!!''........Read more

NASA plans to send water-hunting robot to moon surface in 2022

NASA will send a golf cart-sized robot to the moon in 2022 to search for deposits of water below the surface, an effort to evaluate the vital resource ahead of a planned human return to the moon in 2024.........Read more

Railways made Rs 35,073 crore in 10 years by just selling scrap

The Indian Railways, which does not exactly hold the reputation for being a profit-making entity has managed to swell its coffers by Rs 35,000 crore, which is more than the annual budget of three northeastern states put together.........Read more

'Chidambaram Arrested on Claims Made by Woman Jailed For Murdering Daughter': Congress Jumps to Defense

Congress party threw weight behind its senior leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram after he was arrested late last night in the INX Media case by the CBI. For all live updates on P Chidambaram click here Addressing a press conference, senior leader and party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala asserted that the Grand Old Party stands by Chidambaram. He termed the arrest of Chidambaram a ‘broad daylight murder of democracy and law’ and accused the Centre of “vindictive, malicious and selective manner in which Chidambaram has been persecuted and prosecuted is nothing short of brazen personal and political vendetta by the Modi government.” Mounting an attack, Surjewala said that a seasoned politician with over 40 years of dedicated public service to his credit was arrested on the basis of statements given by a woman who is jailed for murdering her daughter. This indirect reference was presumably a dig at Indrani Mukherjee, an accused-turned-approver in the INX Media case, who is currently lodged in a Mumbai prison in the Sheena Bora murder case.........Read more

From Swachh Bharat, noteban to Ganga and Digital India: Govt schemes enter NCERT textbooks

The new NCERT textbooks are dotted with references to decisions and flagship programmes of the NDA-II government. The majority were devoted to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, followed by Namami Gange Programme, Digital India, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana on skilling, and demonetisation.........Read more

Film producer Harvey Weinstein indicted for rape: New York prosecutor

If convicted on the most serious charges, the producer could face between five and 25 years in prison. Weinstein is currently out on $1 million cash bail.........Read more

‘70% of Ganga will be cleaned by May 2019’

Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari said the government will spend ₹8,000 to ₹10,000 crore this year to ensure that at least 70% of the Ganga will be clean by next May. The government has only spent ₹4,500 crore since 2015 when the ₹20,000-crore tranche for cleaning the 2,500-km long river was operationalized.........Read more

Deadly female ISIS recruiter who radicalised Indian Muslims questioned by NIA

A dreaded female recruiter of the Islamic State has been interrogated by the National Investigation Agency. A two member team of the agency travelled to Philippines to question Karen Aisha Hamidon, a 36 year old Filipino woman accused of radicalising several Indians over the past four years. She was running different Facebook pages, WhatsApp groups and Telegram channels for motivating, radicalizing and instigating her online associates from different countries including India to fight on behalf of ISIS in conflict zones. She was also in telephonic contacts with many other Indian nationals.........Read more

Doctors, chemists not reporting TB cases could now face a jail term

Union Health Ministry said failure by clinical establishments to notify a tuberculosis patient to the nodal officer and local public health staff can be punished with a jail term of six months to two years under the provisions of Sections 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) and 270 (malignant act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).........Read more

Advisor to Delhi CM who witnessed alleged assault on Chief Secretary resigns

An advisor to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, V.K. Jain, who stated that he witnessed the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash at Mr. Kejriwal's residence last month, has resigned citing personal reasons and family commitments.........Read more

Now, Muslim women board also wants changes in triple talaq bill

Though the bill is a step in the right direction, it is flawed and seems to have been drafted hastily. I have written a letter to PM Modi drawing his attention towards the amendments required in it, said AIMWPLB president Shaista Amber. She said the bill should have a window for reconciliation between husband and wife and also some other clauses to prevent its misuse by vested interests.........Read more

Aadhaar services face outages in Andhra Pradesh: Reports

Only Karvy centres, and some centres in banks and post offices appear to be working even though the UIDAI lists 696 permanent enrolment centres and banks. Mee Seva centres that were permitted by the state to do enrolments and corrections appear to be suspended or at least not offering services for the last several months.........Read more

Viswanathan Anand beats World No.1 Magnus Carlsen in World Chess Rapid Championship

Vishwanathan Anand beat reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen in the ninth round of the World Rapid Championship. The Indian, playing from the black side of the Nimzo-Indian defence, won the game in 34 moves thanks to an endgame in which his queen and bishop that controlled the long diagonal proved too powerful. ........Read more

Perfumes, artificial fragrances can cause headaches, asthma and migraine

Can you believe that the perfume you wear can make you sick? As many as one in three people experience symptoms including headaches, asthma and rashes due to a sensitivity to fragrances, according to research cited in ‘The Case against Fragrance’ by author Kate Grenville.........Read more

Kaspersky Lab announces global availability of the free version of its antivirus software

Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab on 26 July, 2017 announced it was rolling out a free version of its antivirus software across the globe, a product launch that comes amid mounting suspicion in the United States that the cyber firm is vulnerable to Russian government influence.........Read more

Micromotors are powered by bacteria, controlled by light

When researchers deposit a drop of fluid containing thousands of free-swimming, genetically engineered E. coli onto an array of micromotors, within minutes the micromotors begin rotating. Some of the individual bacteria have swum head-first into one of the 15 microchambers etched on the outer edge of each micromotor, and with their flagella protruding outside the microchambers, together the swimming bacteria cause the micromotors to rotate, somewhat similar to how a flowing river rotates a watermill.........Read more

Free Mass Effect: Andromeda Trial Now Available On All Platforms

A free trial for Mass Effect: Andromeda is now available on all platforms. BioWare announced on Twitter that everyone across PS4, Xbox One, and PC can try out the spacefaring RPG for the low, low price of free right now. BioWare put out a sizzle reel of sorts to promote the trial, which you can see below. A post on the game's website confirms that the trial lets you play for 10 hours.........Read more

Corporate India is hardly investing in sports as a CSR activity when it's actually a no-brainer

Sports is still far down the priority list for companies when it comes to choosing CSR areas to invest in. In the 2015-’16 financial year, 1,270 companies collectively spent Rs 8,185 crore on CSR activities, according to the Annual CSR Tracker report by the Confederation of Indian Industry and the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development. However, only Rs 57 crore, or 0.69% of the Rs 8,185 crore, was spent on sports development.........Read more

After 'No Compromise' Warning, China Makes New Accusation Against India

China today accused India of "misleading the public" by alleging that a road being constructed near the Sikkim border could endanger Delhi's access to the region that gives it access to its seven northeastern states.........Read more

Watch Toyota’s new robot assistant help a disabled American vet

On Friday, the Japanese carmaker Toyota shared footage of its robot designed to help people with limited mobility. It’s the first time this robot has been put to work in an American home.........Read more

Six core tasks in 18 months: How Infosys rolled out GST

India’s second-largest Information Technology (IT) company, Infosys, was selected as the managed service provider in November 2015 to roll out the Goods & Services Tax (GST) by April 1, 2017. Infosys was tasked with completing six core tasks in a span of 18 months in a contract reportedly worth Rs 1,380 crore. These tasks covered the entire spectrum of creating an IT ecosystem required for rolling out GST in the time frame prescribed by the Modi administration. ........Read more

Jammu and Kashmir gets Rs 200 crore boost for sports development

Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel met Jammu and Kashmir's Sports Minister Imran Raza Ansari on Thursday, June 8, and following fruitful discussions, decided to sanction Rs 200 crore across the valley for the development of sports infrastructure.........Read more

Did You Know That Android Was Not Originally Meant For Phones? Yeah, That's right!

The most preferred operating system for mobiles across the globe: Android, was originally designed for cameras! The co-founder of Android, Andy Rubin said this in an interview to PC World “We thought it would be good if we could build a camera platform with third-party apps.”........Read more

Woman Donates Womb to Daughter in India's 1st Uterus Transplant

A team of 12 doctors, headed by Dr Shailesh Puntambekar, performed the surgery which started at 12 noon on Thursday and ended at 9.15 pm at Galaxy Care Laparoscopy Institute. "The patient was born without a uterus and she wanted to have her own baby and was not ready for adoption or surrogacy. Since they knew about the uterus transplant, they approached us and accepted the surgery option," Dr Shailesh Puntambekar said.........Read more

Tata most valuable brand, Airtel at number 2

The House of Tatas has retained its position as India’s leading brand in valuation firm Brand Finance’s annual study of the country’s top 100 names. But the 150-year-old group’s brand value has fallen four per cent to $13.1 billion in 2017 over 2016, according to findings shared exclusively by the UK-based valuation firm.........Read more

RedGiraffe allows recurring payments for rent through cards

RedGiraffe, a financial technology and real estate company, has launched a product called RentPay which allows users to pay commercial and residential rentals to be paid via credit and debit cards through recurring payments. RedGiraffe says that card payments through their platform will allow users to strengthen their credit score and get cheaper home loans.........Read more

Panel says BCCI needs its permission to talk to ICC

The Committee of Administrators (CoA), appointed by the Supreme Court, on Tuesday conveyed to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that latter cannot correspond with the International Cricket Council (ICC) on any matter without seeking its permission.........Read more

Real estate poised to take a new turn

The much-awaited Real Estate Act comes into force from Monday but only 13 states and Union territories  have so far notified rules under the act which Union minister Venkaiah Naidu said will enable only regulation of the sector and not “strangulation”.........Read more

DC Design Teases Modified Mahindra Thar Concept

DC Designs teases a new concept package based on the Mahindra Thar. The new car will have a redesigned front end, rear end and a hard top roof with design elements and integrated driving lights. The new Thar concept from DC Design will also have an updated interior and some new wheels and tyres with wider wheel arches.........Read more

Why a professor in a US university is including a course on Trump in his history class

David Chang, professor of history at the University of Minnesota told students and teachers in the audience he was not sure what his responsibility was in the Trump era. He said 36 hours after the US Presidential election results, he planned a course on he planned a class on “Donald Trump and the Far Right in the American History and Society.”........Read more

Airtel partners Millicom International Cellular for services in Ghana

Telecom major Bharti Airtel on Friday said it has entered into an agreement with Millicom International Cellular to combine the operations of their respective subsidiaries in Ghana. As per the agreement, Tigo Ghana and Airtel Ghana will combine their operations in the African country. Airtel and Millicom would have equal ownership and governance rights in the combined entity.........Read more

Tata sons and NTT Docomo agreed to settle $1.17-billion payment dispute

The court will consider the companies’ application for settling the dispute March 8, it said Tuesday in New Delhi. Tata and Docomo will not oppose intervention by RBI, which had previously signalled it would not allow Tata to pay a $1.17 billion award approved by an arbitration court in London last year. ........Read more

If You Can't Play Spin, Don't go to India: Kevin Pietersen's Advice to Australia

Australia haven't fared well in Tests while touring South Asia since 2004. They have just three victories from 20 Tests -- two of those in Bangladesh more than a decade ago. In fact, only two batsmen in the current Australian squad have Test average of above 40 in Asian conditions.........Read more

Bengaluru-based artist Yusuf Arakkal passes away

Seminal contemporary artist Yusuf Arakkal passed away this morning in Bengaluru. He is survived by his wife Sara Arakkal and son Shibu Arakkal. The senior figurative artist had been unwell for the pa........Read more

Was India’s surgical strikes on Pakistani terror launch pads backed by US? Susan Rice-Ajit Doval talk hints so

Ahead of monitoring surgical strikes by Indian Army across the Line of Control on terror launch pads in Pakistan, India's National Security Advisor Ajit Doval had a significant conversation with his US counterpart Susan E Rice on Wednesday........Read more

Airtel makes incoming free on international roaming from countries like US, UK and Thailand

Fierce competition in the telecom sector post the entry of Reliance Jio is turning out to be a bonanza for customers. After significant tariff cuts in the domestic market, Airtel has now made incoming free for international roaming from countries such as the US, UK, Canada, Thailand and Malaysia.........Read more

Hamas, LTTE Will No Longer be Considered Terrorist Groups: EU

The European Union’s top court took a step on Thursday towards confirming the removal of Hamas and the Tamil Tigers from an EU terrorism blacklist, despite protestations from Israel and the Sri Lankan government.........Read more

Nations engaged in 'proxy wars' must end them, says Barack Obama in UNGA address

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday asked nations engaged in proxy wars to end them, warning that if communities are not allowed to co-exist, the embers of extremism will continue to burn.........Read more

Armaan Takes Podium In The Round 5 of Super Trofeo Asia

Competing in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Asia series, Armaan Ebrahim, along with his teammate Dilantha Malagamuwa, was able to finish first in his class and second overall on the first day (Saturday, September 17) of the race in Fuji, Japan. On the second day (Sunday, September 18), their combined effort brought their team a fourth position finish, overall, in the fifth round of the championship.........Read more

Maoists float new front organisations in Andhra Pradesh

Maoists have floated six new front organisations in Andhra Pradesh to infiltrate mass agitations like the one for capital area farmers' rights and Bhogapuram land losers issues, according to state and Central Intelligence agencies.........Read more

Oyo Rooms parent registers Rs 46.9-crore loss per month

Oravel Stays, which runs Oyo Rooms, an online aggregator of budget hotels, is clocking losses of R46.9 crore per month since January 2016, revealed the start-up's COO, Abhinav Sinha.........Read more

Grant Unconditional Access To LOC To Assess Kashmir’s Situation: UN High Commissioner To India

UN High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has asked India and Pakistan to grant it unconditional access to both sides on the Line of Control for assessing the situation in Kashmir.........Read more

Supreme Court agrees to lay down law on Lieutenant Governor's power to run Delhi

Describing the prolonged Centre-Arvind Kejriwal turf war over who controls Delhi as an “extraordinary matter”, the Supreme Court agreed to lay down the law on whether the Lieutenant Governor (LG) can........Read more

Yes Bank investors lose Rs7,400 crore as shares tank 12.5% in last 3 days

Yes Bank cites ‘extreme volatility and misinterpretation of new qualified institutional placement guidelines’ for the share sale delay........Read more

SC asks states, UTs to upload FIRs on websites within 24 hours

The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed all states and Union Territories to upload first information reports (FIRs) on their websites within 24 hours of registration at police stations.........Read more

Skoda Takes the Wraps Off The Kodiaq

Finally the Skoda Kodiaq was presented to the world at its unveiling in Berlin. The Kodiaq is the first ever 7-seater model from Skoda. It will be powered by 3 petrol and 2 diesel engines. It will make its way to India towards the end of 2017. It is basically a compact SUV.........Read more

Singapore confirms first case of locally transmitted Zika virus

Singapore confirms first case of locally transmitted Zika virus - Singapore said it expected more cases of the Zika virus which has wreaked havoc in Latin America, the Caribbean and beyond........Read more

12 coaches of Thiruvananthapuram-Mangalore express train derail in Kerala

12 coaches of Thiruvananthapuram-Mangalore express train derail in Kerala - Several train services have been affected due to the derailment, and the repair work is expected to take 6 to 10 hours.........Read more

Bravo magic seals one-run win on 489-run morning

There was no dearth of box-office names on show on the weekend in Florida, but in a big disappointment to the crowd Chris Gayle was missing from the West Indies line-up because of injury........Read more

ISL: FC Pune City Takes Over Pune FC's Academy

With a vision to develop talent and professionalise the sport, Indian Super League team FC Pune City announced on Saturday the takeover of Pune FC's academy and unveiled its comprehensive development plans.........Read more

Lauderhill prepares for cricket's big boys

This is the first time India are officially visiting the USA, and the excitement among their local fans is tangible - even if match tickets are stiffly priced........Read more

How to Stop the Taliban in Afghanistan's Most Crucial Province

Winning Helmand is essential to long-term Afghan peace.........Read more

The worlds largest indoor theme park is set to open in Dubai this month

IMG Worlds of Adventure theme park, the worlds largest indoor theme park, will soon open its door for public in Dubai.........Read more

How Taking Fake Drugs Made This Wolf of Wall Street Actor Very Sick

"If you ingest that much matter into your lungs you'll get very sick, and we were literally doing fake coke for seven months, every day," said Jonah Hill........Read more

AP police launches pilot project on DNA profiling

With an aim to tightening the noose around criminals, Andhra Pradesh Police today launched DNA Index System (DIS), the first-of-its-kind initiative that allows generation of DNA profiles from live samples like saliva and blood stains.........Read more

Saina Nehwal Crashes Out of Rio Olympics

The London Olympics bronze medallist and world no. 5 who had inflammation on her right knee, lost 18-21 19-21 to World No. 61 Maria in a match that lasted 39 minutes at the pavillion 4 Riocentre here.........Read more

First look: Randeep Hooda plays a Sikh soldier in Santoshi’s Saragarhi

Rajkumar Santoshi is making a film on a Sikh soldier from the historic 1897 Saragarhi battle. As he revealed the first look of his film that goes to floors in September, we bet you cannot guess the actor.........Read more

Turkey Kills 35 militants Who Try to Storm Base

Turkey's military killed 35 militants from the Kurdistan Workers Party after they attempted to storm a base in the southeastern Hakkari province early on Saturday.........Read more

India's vanishing Parsis

The Indian Parsi population has been declining for decades. In the last decade alone, their numbers have dropped by more than 10,000. What does the future hold for this community?........Read more

Ahoy! After serving for 58 years, aircraft carrier INS Viraat sails for the last time

Ahoy! After serving for 58 years, aircraft carrier INS Viraat sails for the last time - India's second aircraft carrier INS Viraat to leave Mumbai this Saturday on her final journey to history........Read more

Republican Party formally nominates Donald Trump for president

United for a night, Republicans nominated Donald Trump Tuesday as their presidential standard-bearer, capping the billionaire businessman’s stunning takeover of the GOP and propelling him into a November faceoff with Democrat Hillary Clinton.........Read more

Govt may allow foreign universities to set up campuses in SEZs

Repatriation of profits by educational institutions will be among the main benefits foreign universities will gain by setting up campuses in SEZs........Read more

Hate speech case: Subramanian Swamy targets AG Mukul Rohatgi

In a set of tweets on Monday, Swamy claimed the AG had to revoke his demand to prosecute him in a hate speech case after the government allegedly passed an order against it.........Read more

Rio 2016: Veteran triple jumper Renjith Maheswary and two other athletes qualify for Olympics

Rio 2016: Veteran triple jumper Renjith Maheswary and two other athletes qualify for Olympics - Renjith Maheswary and Dharambir Singh (200m) shattered national records while Jinson Johnson ran the second fastest ever 800m race by an Indian.........Read more

Sanction must for prosecution of a public servant: Supreme Court

It also held that such sanction from appropriate authority is mandatory prerequisite even when the cognisance is taken by a criminal court.........Read more

IT sector to lose 6.4 lakh jobs to automation by 2021: HfS Research

The IT-BPO industry employs 3.7 million and the impact of automation will mainly fall on those working in the BPO and infrastructure management space.........Read more

Anil Kumble an Inspired Choice for India Coach: Greg Chappell

Chappell has welcomed Anil Kumble’s appointment as coach and said that the legendary legspinner’s ‘indomitable will’ and his partnership with captain Virat Kohli will serve India well.........Read more

Food Security Act to be implemented in all states by next month

Union Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Sunday said the National Food Security Act will be implemented in the remaining states in next month to bring the whole country under its the ambit.........Read more

Is BJP ignoring the middle class? Yes, Modi doesn’t want to be another Vajpayee

Modi had branded himself as the champion of a neo-liberal middle class. The latest revisions prove that he has no dogmatic belief in any ideology. He is rather a pragmatist who is solely focused on getting re-elected in 2019.........Read more

Raghuram Rajan says he won't serve second term as RBI Governor

RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan has declined to serve a second term, PTI has reported. The announcement comes on the back of intense speculation and criticism over the international banker. Rajan wrote a letter to his staff at the central bank, saying he would return to his academic career when his term ends on September 4.........Read more

50 people killed, 53 injured in a Florida gay nightclub shooting

An unknown number of people have been injured in an ongoing shooting attack at a gay nightclub in Florida which began early on Sunday, with police reporting "multiple injuries".........Read more

Anandi to raise voice against Child Marriage of her great granddaughter in 10000th episode of Balika Vadhu

Indian TV Series Balika Vadhu, which completed its 2000 episodes and registered itself in Limca Book of Records as the longest running Hindi drama, will show the protagonist raising her voice against the social issue of Child Marriage prevailing in the country in 10000th episode of the show.........Read more

AAP plans to contest all 182 seats in 2017 Gujarat elections

Party said it is working to strengthen itself across the state in view of the upcoming elections, scheduled for 2017........Read more

Pakistani, North Korean Hackers Behind the $81 Million Bangladesh Bank Heist: Report

Investigators probing the cyber theft have discovered evidence of hacking groups from North Korea, Pakistan and one other place inside the bank's network.........Read more