Mohammad Nissar, India’s first and furious pacer that it lost to Partition

When a stocky Mohammad Nissar ran in to bowl in front of 25,000 people at Lord’s in 1932, India weren’t expected to give much of a contest. Before the Test began, no non-white team had even played Test cricket. The English opening pair of Percy Holmes and Herbert Sutcliffe had put on a world-record 555 runs for the first wicket just nine days earlier. On that day, both were bowled by Nissar. Sutcliffe was dismissed by an inswinging yorker, and Holmes with a delivery that caused the off-stump to perform a spectacular cartwheel. When Frank Woolley was run out soon after, mighty England were tottering at 19/3. Within the first 20 minutes of the match, Nissar, and his new ball partner Amar Singh, had got the ball to rise from the pitch “like the crack of doom” and had made the cricketing world sit up. England did recover from the shock of losing their top order in Nissar’s opening spell to post 259 on India’s first day in international cricket. At the end of Day 1, India were 30/0, with Nissar’s 5/93 the best performance of the day. For two whole days – the next day was a rest day – Indian cricket dared to dream. Outside Lord’s, children were imitating Nissar’s run-up and action, said historian Ramachandra Guha. “It is ironical that India – a land known for great spin pairs and batting pairs like Bedi-Prasanna and Sachin-Dravid – had a pace duo as its first world-conquering partnership,” Guha said.........Read more

Gates commits $150M to make $3 COVID-19 vaccines for vulnerable nations

Inside money, markets, and big tech AstraZeneca and Novavax are potential candidates The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $150 million towards manufacturing 100 million doses of potential COVID-19 vaccines specifically for low- and middle-income countries. Gates‘ millions ensure the Serum Institute of India can produce enough volume once a vaccine acquires regulatory approval, and ultimately keep the cost of each dose below $3. The end goal is to deliver doses to 92 vulnerable countries around the world   so that they aren’t left behind once an effective vaccine hits the market. Gates-backed non-profit Gavi will also contribute funding. “Researchers are making good progress on developing safe and effective vaccines for COVID-19,” said Gates. “But making sure everyone has access to them, as soon as possible, will require tremendous manufacturing capacity and a global distribution network.” the power of India’s manufacturing sector and Gavi’s supply chain. It’s just a start. Organizations like Gavi and CEPI need much more support to facilitate development and delivery of hundreds of millions – maybe billions – of vaccine doses by next year,” he added.........Read more

876 Andhra fishermen stranded in Gujarat reaches Vijayawada

As many as 876 fishermen belonging to Srikakulam and Vizianagaram who were stranded in Gujarat in the wake of the lockdown have arrived the state on Friday morning with the initiative of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. 850 civilians in all 12 buses from Gujarat to Telangana reached Vijayawada on Friday morning. On the occasion, they were warmly received and greeted at the check post by the whip Udayabhanu and SP Ravindra Babu. Among the fishermen, 396 were from Srikakulam district, 420 from Visakhapatnam, 25 from Vizianagaram district and the rest from other districts. ........Read more

170 districts are hotspots, another 207 potential as cases near 12,000 mark

The state governments have been asked to implement containment measures in these areas. Another 207 districts have also reported COVID-19 cases, but are not hotspots yet. Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said the district authorities have been told to implement cluster containment plans in these areas as they could develop as potential hotspots. Asked about the categorisation as hotspots, Agarwal said these are districts where either the number of cases or the rate of growth is high.........Read more

Coronavirus in India: 55-year-old man dies of Covid-19 in Kolkata, toll at 8 now

The death toll from the novel coronavirus in India increased to eight after a man in Kolkata succumbed to the infection on Monday. Hospital authorities confirmed that a 55-year-old patient who was confirmed to be coronavirus positive died on Monday. According to authorities at the AMRI Hospital in Kolkata, the man was diagnosed last week and had been undergoing treatment since then. The deceased also had a history of heart ailments. The patient had travelled to Italy. His family lived in Italy. So far, government authorities have not confirmed the death. The West Bengal health department that it is awaiting the details of the case.........Read more

First Coronavirus Case In Indian Army As Leh Soldier Tests Positive, Family Quarantined

A 34-year-old Indian Army soldier has been tested positive for coronavirus making it a first COVID-19 case in the military. News Nation has learnt that the soldier, a local resident of Chuchot village in the Leh district, was on leave from February 25 to March 1st. He had rejoined his unit on March 2nd. Sources say that the armyman's father was evacuated from Iran on February 29. He was quarantined at the Ladakh Heart Foundation. While the soldier had rejoined his unit, he was helping his family during the quarantine period and was staying at Chuchot village. The father reported positive for COVID-19 on March 6 and he was isolated at SNM Hospital. The soldier was also quarantined on March 7 and detected to be positive on March 16 and was isolated at SNM Hospital. His sister, wife and two children are also quarantined at SNM Heart Foundation.........Read more

In Biggest Crackdown In Years, China Expels Several US Journalists; Warns Of More Retaliatory Measures

China on Wednesday expelled American journalists at the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal in the Communist government's most severe move against foreign media in recent memory. The foreign ministry said in a statement the measure was in retaliation for Washington's decision to cut the number of Chinese nationals allowed to work for Chinese state-run media on American soil. The announcement comes as the two countries are feuding over the deadly coronavirus pandemic, with President Donald Trump defiantly calling it the "Chinese virus" and a senior official in Beijing promoting conspiracy theories of US involvement.........Read more

Scientists map how immune system fights virus

Many people have recovered from Covid-19, meaning it was already known that the immune system can successfully fight the virus. But for the first time, the research identified four types of immune cells which presented to fight Covid-19. They were observed by tracking a patient who had a mild-to-moderate case of the virus and no previous health issues. The 47-year-old woman from Wuhan, China, had presented to hospital in Australia. She recovered within 14 days. Three days before the woman began to improve, specific cells were spotted in her bloodstream. In influenza patients, these same cells also appear around this time before recovery.........Read more

'Kithon Aaya Corona': Narendra Chanchal's Viral Bhajan on Coronavirus Leaves Internet in Splits

Now, legendary bhajan singer Narendra Chanchal too has joined the bandwagon, and his latest video is taking the internet by storm. On Saturday, comedian Mallika Dua shared the now-viral video with a caption, ”O kitthon aaya Corona? Jagrata is better than cure”. ”Dengue vi aaya, Swine Flu vi aaya. Chickunguniya ne shor machaya. Khabre ki-ki ho na? Kitho aaya corona? Maiya Ji, Kitho aaya corona?”, sings Chanchal.........Read more

No Document Needed For NPR, Giving Extra Information Optional: Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha

He also assured the members in the House that no one needs to fear about the NPR as no one will be marked doubtful in the updating process. “I am again repeating that no documents will be needed for the National Population Register (NPR). All the information asked is optional. Nobody has to fear from the process of NPR. There will be no ‘D’ (doubtful) category,” he said. Saying that false propaganda has been spread on the issue of CAA, he said that the legislation will not take away anyone’s citizenship.........Read more

JDU Leader's London-based Daughter Launches Party With Full-page Newspaper Ads to Give Bihar 'Wings'

Pushpam Priya Choudhary, the daughter of Janata Dal United (JDU) leader Binod Choudhary, on Sunday declared herself as a chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming assembly elections in Bihar. The London-based Choudhary announced the formation of a political party ‘Plurals’ through full-page advertisements published in almost all newspapers in the state. The ad described the party where ‘everyone governs.’ “Bihar needs pace, Bihar needs wings, Bihar needs change. Because Bihar deserves better and better is possible. Join Plurals to make Bihar run and fly in 2020. #PluralsHasArrived #ProgressiveBihar2020," the party's tweet read on Sunday. The full-page ad for Chaudhary's party.........Read more

Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, Peruvian two-term UN chief, dies at 100

Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, the two-term United Nations secretary-general who brokered a historic cease-fire between Iran and Iraq in 1988 and who in later life came out of retirement to help re-establish democracy in his Peruvian homeland, died Wednesday, Peru's foreign ministry said. He was 100. His son, Francisco Pérez de Cuéllar, said his father died at home of natural causes. The former diplomat was "an outstanding Peruvian, a full-bodied democrat, who dedicated his life and work to making our country great," tweeted Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra late Wednesday.........Read more

Google algorithm teaches robot how to walk in mere hours

Researchers from Google developed algorithms that helped the four-legged bot to learn how to walk across a range of surfaces within just hours of practice, annihilating the record times set by its human overlords. Their system uses deep reinforcement learning, a form of AI that teaches through trial and error by providing rewards for certain actions. This technique is typically evaluated in virtual environments. However, building simulations that could replicate the robot walking on various surfaces would be highly complex and time-consuming, so the researchers chose to train their system in the real world.........Read more

Geneva Motor Show canceled after coronavirus causes government to ban large events

The 2020 Geneva Motor Show is canceled after the Swiss government banned gatherings of 1,000 people or more on Friday due to concerns over the coronavirus. The ban is effective immediately and runs at least until March 15th. The 90th edition of GIMS was scheduled to start next week. The Geneva Motor Show isn’t the biggest car show in the world, but it’s the one where automakers typically like to announce their flashiest, most future-facing vehicles and concepts. Last year we saw the debut of “megacars” like the Koenigsegg Jesko, VW’s electric dune buggy concept, and the Pininfarina Battista, one of the fastest electric vehicles on the planet.........Read more

Srinivas Gowda Felicitated by Karnataka CM and SAI Bengaluru, Kambala Jockey Assures Will Go for Trials

Srinivas Gowda, the construction worker from Moodabidri in Karnataka who has become the talk of the town after his blistering run during a Kambala race, was felicitated at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) in Bengaluru. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju took to social media to announce that Gowda has assured that he will travel to New Delhi for his SAI trials after he finishes his Kambala commitments. Earlier in the day, Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa felicitated Gowda and rewarded him with a cheque of Rs 3 lakh.........Read more

Not a Virus But an Avatar to Punish Non-Vegetarians: Hindu Mahasabha on Coronavirus

“Corona is not a virus, but an avatar for the protection of poor creatures. They have come to give the message of death and punishment to the one who eats them,” said Swami Chakrapani, the National President of All India Hindu Mahasabha. Believe it or not, he drew an analogy with Lord Narsingh taking an avatar to kill a demon with that of Chinese being “taught a lesson” of not “torturing animals and turning vegetarian”. According to him, the Chinese president Xi Jinping should “create an idol of Corona and seek forgiveness” and all non-vegetarian Chinese populace “pledge of not harming any innocent creatures in future, then the anger if Corona will come down”.........Read more

Industrial Revolution Contaminated Himalayas Hundreds of Years Before Humans Actually Step Foot

Human activity may have contaminated one of the highest peaks in the central Himalayas hundreds of years before a person ever set foot there, according to a study. The study, published in the journal PNAS, indicates that the byproducts of burning coal in Europe in the late 18th century made their way to the Dasuopu glacier, about 10,300 kilometres from London, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.........Read more

Google Takeout bug sent some of your intimate videos to strangers

According to Google, backups requested from November 21-25, 2019, could have had videos in Google Photos incorrectly exported to different users due to a technical issue. While Google has fixed the glitch, it is asking users to delete the previous export in that five-day period and make a fresh request. The company said that less than 0.01 percent of Google Photos users attempting Takeout requests were affected.........Read more

Robert Pattinson Declared Most Beautiful Man In The World By Science, Henry Cavill Comes 2nd

Dethroning fans’ all-time reigning winners George Clooney and Brad Pitt, Robert Pattinson was declared the ‘‘Most Beautiful Man In The World’ by science. As per Daily Mail reports, the Batman stars’ eyebrows, eyes, jaw, nose, lips and general facial shape were measured against the features of other male celebrities. Pattinson’s facial ‘accuracy which was measured in relation to the Golden Ratio of Beauty Phi devised by Ancient Greece came closest to ‘perfection’ at 92.15 per cent hence topping the most beautiful chart. Tailing behind Pattinson was The Witcher hunk, Henry Cavill at 91.64 per cent, Bradley Cooper at 91.08 per cent, Brad Pitt at 90.51 per cent and once most-handsome bachelor, George Clooney at 89.91 per cent. ........Read more

TDS at 5% on Foreign Tour Packages, Remittances Abroad

Money flowing out of India is being taxed with tax deduction at source added on services like foreign tour packages and remittances as the outgoing funds flow is sought to being taxed. The Budget 2020-21 has mandated a 5 per cent tax collection at source for remittances over Rs 7 lakh. Directionally, it looks like that money flowing out of India is being taxed in the form of remittances or travel. Some people have said that they will make the remittances for education by March 31 as the provision kicks in from April 1.A new TDS provision has been introduced on foreign remittance.........Read more

Opposition uproar in Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha on CAA, Shaheen Bagh firing

Both Houses of Parliament saw a noisy start to the first full week of the Budget Session, with the Opposition protesting against the CAA and the proposed NRC, the shooting incidents at Shaheen Bagh, the attack on students at JNU and Jamia Millia Islamia and the inflammatory goli maaro speeches by BJP MPs during the Delhi election campaign. While the Rajya Sabha was adjourn-ed for the major part of the day and no business conducted in the House as the Opposition demanded a discussion on the CAA-NRC under Rule 267, which the Chair did not allow, the Lok Sabha saw a war of words between the treasury benches and the Opposition.........Read more

Google Launches Its First-Ever AI Chatbot 'Meena', Claims It's Better Than Others

The company says that the bot’s neural network has about 2.6 billion parameters and so Meena will be capable of engaging in a conversation about any topic on the Earth. Google scientists in a paper recently showed that Meena can conduct conversations that are more sensible and specific than existing state-of-the-art chatbots. The Google Chatbot uses a seq2seq model along with a variation of the famous Transformer architecture and is trained on 40 billion words. Google has claimed that Meena is better than Siri, Alexa, and other voice assistants. ........Read more

'Do You Need A Mask? Does It Spread Via Food?' Busting The Myths Around Coronavirus

While the governments around the world are doing their best to contain the further spread of this virus, there is a still a lot that we don’t know about it. Naturally then, WhatsApp university, social media and certain websites are filling the vacuum by dispersing false information and unproven claims. ........Read more

Bengal Becomes 4th State to Pass Anti-CAA Resolution, Mamata Says Can't Support Those Who Aim to Divide India

"We were the first Assembly to discuss the matter in September 2019. We passed a resolution against the NRC (National Register of Citizens)," said TMC president and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the assembly. "An atmosphere of intolerance and hatred has swept across the country. We cannot support those who aim to divide India." ........Read more

Rolls Royce Cullinan Black Badge Launched In India; Priced At Rs. 8.2 Crore

(The Rolls Royce Black Badge Cullinan will have over 44,000 exterior paint shade options) You also see highlights finished in high gloss black chrome on the exterior, for instance, on the front grille surround, side frame finishers, boot handle, boot trim, lower air inlet finisher and exhaust pipes among others. The Rolls Royce Cullinan Black Edition rides on 22-inch forged alloy wheels, reserved exclusively for the Black Badge Cullinan. The brake calipers are finished in high gloss red paint which has been specifically developed to withstand the rigours of elevated temperatures generated by the motor car's uprated braking system.........Read more

Maharashtra Makes Reading Preamble Compulsory In Schools Amid Protests Over New Citizenship Law

Students in schools across Maharashtra will compulsorily read out the Preamble to the Constitution every day after morning prayers, state minister Varsha Gaikwad said on Tuesday. This will start from January 26 onwards. Maharashtra government has issued a circular in this regard stating that the Preamble is the part of the ‘sovereignty of constitution, welfare of all’ campaign.........Read more

India may create this many fewer jobs this fiscal; SBI report tells key reason

According to the EPFO data, while 89.7 lakh new payrolls were created in FY19, the number could dip to 15.8 lakh in FY20, the report added. “The prospect of lower payroll creation in Government indicates that the Government is not recruiting new payrolls in lieu of retiring Government employees,” SBI report also said. ........Read more

Stokes the spearhead in a special England victory

There were so many important English performances in this game but none more so than that of the irrepressible Ben Stokes, the absolute heartbeat of this team. The raw statistics - 119 runs, three wickets and six catches - don't do justice to his impact. Not by a long-shot.........Read more

The Great Migration

The number of South African-born players who have appeared for the 18 first-class counties in England rose by a third in the last decade. While there were 91 of them in the 2000s, 122 turned out in the last decade - be it as a Kolpak or through an ancestral passport. A less talked-about aspect of the exodus from South Africa, however, is the number of players moving to New Zealand. This has almost trebled, from 16 South African-born players in New Zealand's small domestic cricket setup during the 2000s to 46 in the 2010s. The vast majority of these players have been white. ........Read more

Sustainable Development Goals: Kerala retains No. 1 slot, Bihar at bottom, UP is highest gainer

Himachal Pradesh took the second spot with a score of 69 while Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telangana shared the third spot with each state scoring 67 on the Index. Chandigarh too maintained its top spot among the UTs with a score of 70. Bihar, Jharkhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Uttar Pradesh are the worst performing states in this year’s index. ........Read more

No Need to Mention Religion For Bank A/c, KYC: Finance Secy

The Finance Ministry on Saturday said no Indian citizen has to mention religion for opening an account in banks. “No Indian citizen has to disclose his/her religion for opening a bank account, for old account or for KYC formalities.” He has asked bank customers not to believe in such rumours and fake news. This clarity comes after media reports stated banks may soon seek details of client’s and depositor’s religion in the KYC form following changes in FEMA Act regulations while opening an NRO (non resident ordinary) account.........Read more

Exclusive: U.S. probe of Saudi oil attack shows it came from north

It added the United States had identified several similarities between the drones used in the raid and an Iranian designed and produced unmanned aircraft known as the IRN-05 UAV. However, the report noted that the analysis of the weapons debris did not definitely reveal the origin of the strike that initially knocked out half of Saudi Arabia’s oil production.........Read more

Jagan Mohan Reddy goes with three capitals for Andhra Pradesh

Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy surprisingly hinted about three capitals for Andhra Pradesh to serve the purpose of decentralization of development. But the proposal for three capitals confused the establishment and officialdom with the proposal to create new categories like an executive capital and a legislature capital at far places. Mr Reddy, delivering a speech during a short discussion on existing capital Amaravati in the Assembly on Tuesday, said, “There is need for development of all areas in the State. Rs 1 lakh crore are needed for the development of Amaravati in 53,000 acres spread across a 20-km radius, hence, we should think practically.” ........Read more

'Speaking Sanskrit daily prevents diabetes and cholesterol,' says BJP leader

BJP MP Ganesh Singh on Thursday said that according to a research done by a US-based academic institution, speaking Sanskrit language on a daily basis boosts the nervous system and keeps diabetes and cholesterol at bay. Participating in a debate on the Sanskrit universities bill, he also claimed that according to a research by US space research organisation NASA, if computer programming is done in Sanskrit, it will be flawless. More than 97 per cent of the languages in the world, including few Islamic languages, are based on Sanskrit, Singh said.........Read more

This is the first leaked image of the PS5 prototype developers use right now

Sony has been detailing the next-gen PlayStation console for several months now, but the company isn’t ready to show us the final design of the PS5, or reveal actual launch and pricing details. Instead, Sony explained the kind of hardware that will power the PlayStation 5 and unveiled the revamped DualShock controller that will launch alongside the new gaming rig. ........Read more

Devendra Fadnavis quits as chief minister hours after Supreme Court ordered Maharashtra floor test tomorrow

Ajit Pawar decided to support BJP and gave us letters of support, based on that we decided to form the government, said Fadnavis after quitting as Maharashtra Chief Minister.........Read more

12.23 lakh new jobs created in September: ESIC payroll data

It also showed that during September 2017 to September 2019, around 3.10 crore new subscribers joined the ESIC scheme. The NSO report is based on the payroll data of new subscribers of various social security schemes run by the ESIC.........Read more

Insurance Rules change 2019: No cap to foreign equity investment for intermediaries

As per the new rules, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) will be allowed under the “automatic route” after verification by the authority. Also, foreign investment in intermediaries or insurance intermediaries will be governed by terms of the rules of 2015.........Read more

Zomato lays off 541 staffers across customer support teams, blames it on automation

Food delivery platform Zomato on Saturday said that it has laid off 541 people -- 10 per cent of the company's strength -- across customer, merchant, and delivery partner support teams. The reason behind the move is an improved Zomato platform with Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven bots and automation in resolving customer queries that have led to an overall reduction in direct order-related support queries, the company said in a statement. "While this has been a painful decision, to make the transition smoother, we have extended between two-month months severance pay (based on tenure), family health insurance cover (till the end of January 2020) and career fair opportunities with companies," said Zomato. The company, which is at the loggerheads with the National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) over deep discounts in its fine-dining Gold programme, claimed it has improved the speed of service resolution and now only 7.5 per cent of its orders need support (down from 15 per cent in March). "Over the last few months, we have seen our technology products and platforms evolve and improve significantly. This has led to an overall reduction in direct order-related support queries," said the company.........Read more

After Chandrayaan 2: ISRO's upcoming interplanetary missions to Mars, Venus, the Sun

There a string of interesting projects on the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO's) to-do list in the near-future. The upcoming Chandrayaan 2 mission (in and the Gaganyaan manned mission planned for 2022 are two of the better-known big missions, but far from the only ones for which work is underway. The agency is also working on a total of seven interplanetary missions over the coming decade. Among the destinations are Mars, the Moon, Venus, the Sun's corona and interplanetary space to study space. The first of this will be India's first landing on the Moon, planned for launch in July this year. The agency is hours away from an attempt to soft-land the Chandrayaan-2 lander and rover onto the moon's surface. The Aditya-L1 mission is ISRO's first planned probe to study the Sun's corona and its atmosphere. It is expected to launch during 2019–2020 on a PSLV rocket from Sriharikota. The corona is the outer layer of the Sun, which extends thousands of km above the visible disc around it. ........Read more

LG’s new G8X ThinQ bets that two screens are better than a foldable one

It’s a good phone by itself, but the secondary screen is the big draw dual screens. Today the company is announcing the LG G8X ThinQ, and with it comes a revised take on the “Dual Screen” snap-on case that LG launched in Korea with the V50 earlier this year. LG says it’s been at work on this idea since long before foldables became the buzzy thing of 2019. The secondary screen now connects over USB-C instead of with the help of pogo pins. It’s now the same size as the phone’s primary 6.4-inch FHD+ display so they look like a more natural pair. The hinge is much improved and offers full 360-degree tilt freedom with good sturdiness. On the outside is a small 2.1-inch screen for quickly glancing at the time or your notifications. And the whole thing uses less power this time around. ........Read more

Supreme Court Refuses to Cancel Certificate Granted to Ayushmann Khurrana's Article 15

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a petition seeking cancellation of the certification granted to Bollywood movie Article 15 starring Ayushman Khurana. A bench of Justices SA Bobde and BR Gavai asked the petitioner to approach the appropriate authority seeking a change in the name of the movie’s title and a ban on its screening. The court was hearing a petition filed by Brahaman Samaj of India through advocate Ranjan Dwivevdi. The petitioner has said that filmmaker cannot use the title Article 15 for commercial gains and the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) erred in issuing a certificate without considering the provisions of Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act.........Read more

'Enough of Your Verbal Diarrhoea', Jadeja Slams Manjrekar For His On-Air Comments

India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja on Wednesday said “learn to respect people” while replying to former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar‘s remarks. Manjrekar told media that he is not a big fan of bits and pieces players like Jadeja. The statement did not go well with the all-rounder and Jadeja in a tweet said he has played twice the number of matches than Manjrekar. “Still i have played twice the number of matches you have played and i m still playing. Learn to respect ppl who have achieved.i have heard enough of your verbal diarrhoea. @sanjaymanjrekar,” Jadeja tweeted. Still i have played twice the number of matches you have played and i m still playing. Learn to respect ppl who have achieved.i have heard enough of your verbal diarrhoea.@sanjaymanjrekar— Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) July 3, 2019 Despite being named in India’s 15-man squad, Jadeja has not played a single match in the ongoing World Cup. He has come in as a substitute fielder couple of times and made headlines for taking a brilliant catch of England batsman Jason Roy on June 30. India booked its semi-finals berth on July 2 after beating Bangladesh. The Men in Blue will take on Sri Lanka on July 6 at Leeds.........Read more

Farmers allege foul play after banks take back loan waiver money in Karnataka

Farmers in Karnataka who had received farm loan waiver amount into their bank accounts, one of the pre-poll promises by the Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, were in a state of shock when they noticed that the amount which was credited to their banks in the form of loan waiver was taken back.........Read more

Mamata Banerjee seeks Supreme Court-like collegium to appoint election commissioners

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday demanded the setting up of a collegium on the lines of the Supreme Court to appoint election commissioners, asserting that the three nominated members of the poll panel should not be given the mandate to hold elections........Read more

Azad, Venugopal rush to Bengaluru amid reports of rift between Congress, JDS

Amid reports of a rift between ruling coalition partners Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) in Karnataka, top Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and AICC general secretary in-charge of the state K C Venugopal are rushing to Bengaluru to sort things out.........Read more

'Project Harvesting Canada': ISI's latest plan to target India

In a report sent to the Home Ministry, intelligence agencies have claimed that Pakistan's Inter-services Intelligence (ISI) has been targetting several retired police officers and Indian army veterans to instigate terror in Punjab. the ISI has assembled a deeply classified plan titled 'Project Harvesting Canada'.........Read more

PM Narendra Modi, council of ministers to take oath at 7 pm on May 30

President Ram Nath Kovind will administer the Oath of Office and Secrecy to the Prime Minister and other members of Union Council of Ministers on May 30 at 7 pm at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Modi was elected unanimously as the leader of the National Democratic Alliance.........Read more

J&K: Curfew Imposed, Schools And Colleges to Remain Shut After Zakir Musa's Killing

A day after Zakir Musa, the so-called chief of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, a group affiliated with Al-Qaeda, was killed in an encounter with security forces, curfew was imposed in parts of Kashmir in view of Friday prayer gatherings.........Read more

Election Commission rejects EVM mishandling charges in UP, says all machines safe

The Election Commission has rejected allegations of mishandling of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and VVPAT (Voter Verified Paper Trail Machines) in Uttar Pradesh and maintained that all machines are safe and secure. The statement came after several videos of EVMs being stored and moved from one unauthorised storage house to another surfaced on Twitter.........Read more

Advantage China, As Tata Steel Merger Stopped By European Commission

German industrial conglomerate Thyssenkrupp said on Friday that it was scrapping merger plans with steel giant Tata and would slash 6,000 jobs worldwide in a structural shakeup. The German group said "continuing concerns" from the European Commission had sunk its bid to join its steel business in Europe with Tata's.........Read more

In a First, Indian Army Invites Registration of Women For Recruitment as Soldiers in Military Police

In a first, the Indian Army on Thursday began inviting the registration of women for recruitment as soldiers into the military police. The project was given final approval by the Ministry of Defence in January, earlier this year. Women will be inducted in a graded manner to eventually comprise 20 per cent of total Corps of Military Police.........Read more

Facebook says it stored millions of unencrypted Instagram passwords

Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, revealed last month that the unencrypted passwords of hundreds of millions of users had been stored, putting the number of Instagram users affected in the tens of thousands.........Read more

Government scanner on Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo over alleged usage of cancer-causing formaldehyde

India’s national drug regulator has decided to test samples of Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo on the shelves in markets in various parts of the country after the Rajasthan drug regulator found cancer-causing formaldehyde........Read more

Mumbai-based artist is painting Pune slums to change mindset of people. The results are stunning

Rouble Nagi, founder of the Mumbai-based NGO is bringing colour to the lives of people living in the slums of Pune by painting their houses under the 'Misaal Mumbai' initiative.........Read more

US Offers $1 Million Reward to find Osama Bin Laden’s Son

The United States offered a USD 1 million reward for information on a son of late Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, seeing him as an emerging face of extremism. ........Read more

Pulwama Attack Was to be Carried Out on Afzal Guru's Death Anniversary: Reports

Pakistan based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists had planned to carry out the Pulwama terror attack on February 9, the death anniversary of Afzal Guru and he was executed in 2013 for his role in Parliament terror attack case.........Read more

Woman rapes woman: First case of same-sex assault after Section 377 verdict

A 19-year-old girl has been accused of raping a 25-year-old woman with a sex toy. The survivor had alleged that the accused had forcefully committed anal sex upon her.........Read more

Pakistan-Supported Militant Groups Will Continue Attacking India: US Spymaster Dan Coats

The militant groups supported by Pakistan will continue to conduct terrorist attacks in both India and Afghanistan, said America's National Intelligence.........Read more

First ODI: Kuldeep Yadav, Shikhar Dhawan shine as India hammer New Zealand by eight wickets

India produced cricket of the caliber that has become synonymous with Virat Kohli's men to crush New Zealand in the first ODI. India signaled their intent with a clinical display, which saw them chase down a revised target of 156 by eights wickets in 34.5 overs.........Read more

VVIP Chopper Scam: ED Arrests Christian Michel After Interrogating Him For 15-Minute in Courtroom

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case after interrogating him for 15 minutes inside the courtroom. ........Read more

OnePlus 5G or OnePlus 7 with refreshed design appears in leaked photo - Gizmochina

In the leaked image, the mysterious red-coloured OnePlus smartphone can be not only seen on the projector screen, but also a white variant of the same device can be seen in the hands of an employee. It may be OnePlus 5G or OnePlus 7.........Read more

Section of upper-class India are ‘rotten potatoes’, have sensitivity towards society: Satya Pal Malik

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik Wednesday slammed a section of the country’s upper class for their lack of sensitivity towards the society and likened them to “rotten potatoes”.........Read more

You have two ages, chronological and biological. Here's why it matters

Essentially, everyone has two ages: a chronological age, how old the calendar says you are, and a phenotypic or biological age, basically the age at which your body functions as it compares to average fitness or health levels.........Read more

First Time in History, IOA Submits Interest to Bid For 2032 Olympic Games

The IOA has submitted a formal expression of interest to bid for the 2032 Olympic Games event and is set to approach the government for support. The bid process for the 2032 Olympics will start in 2022 and a host city will be announced in 2025.........Read more

EVMs Reach Storage 2 Days After MP Polls, Congress Alleges Tampering

A controversy has broken out in Madhya Pradesh over the delay in Electronic Voting Machines or EVMs reaching the collection centre in Sagar on Friday, a full 48 hours after voting ended in the state elections on Wednesday.........Read more

Volvo India To Launch 4 New Electrified Cars In 3 Years

Volvo India announced that it will be introducing 4 new electrified cars in the country in the next 3 years. In its commitment towards the environment and electrified future.........Read more

"Ready To Rename Ahmedabad As Karnavati," Says Gujarat Government

Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government was willing to change Ahmedabad's name to Karnavati if it gets past the legal hurdles and receives required support.........Read more

ASI order bans Muslims from offering namaz in Taj Mahal permises except on Fridays: Report

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has asked Muslims to stop offering namaz at the mosque inside the Taj Mahal premises in Agra on all days, except Fridays.........Read more

Worried Britons to rally for second Brexit referendum today

Britons dreading life outside Europe will rally from all corners to London on Saturday to try to hold a second Brexit referendum and stop their country's looming breakup with the EU.........Read more

China's Largest SUV Maker 'Great Wall Motors' Entering India By 2021-22

China's largest producer of SUVs and pickup trucks, 'Great Wall Motors' has decided to debut in India by 2021-22 to target the highly crowded PV space. The company already has a Research and Development centre in Bengaluru for software coding of EVs and AI.........Read more

"If I Speak, Congress Loses Votes": Digvijaya Singh On Skipping Rallies

Digvijaya Singh said he has shunned both publicity and speeches. "Whoever gets the ticket, even if it's an enemy, we should make him win. I only have one work; no publicity, no speeches. Congress loses votes with my speeches, which is why I don't attend rallies."........Read more

Rape accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal moves High Court for bail

Franco Mulakkal, Bishop, Jalandhar diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, who was arrested on the charge of raping a nun filed a bail petition in the Kerala High Court. The bail petition said that he was arrested while his anticipatory bail petition was pending before the High Court. Therefore, his arrest was improper.........Read more

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar flown to Delhi for treatment at AIIMS

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has left Goa for Delhi Saturday morning for treatment at the premier AIIMS hospital in the national capital, amid continued worry over his health.........Read more

These New Leaked iPhone Photos Reportedly Show The iPhone 9 With A Very Different Name

As per the reports, the upcoming iPhone 9 will be named as iPhone Xc. The reportedly available colors of the glass-back iPhone Xc are white, space grey, rose gold, and red.........Read more

WhatsApp says cannot build software to trace messages

WhatsApp has said it cannot build a software to trace the origin of a message on its platform, turning down a demand from the government for such a solution to track down fake or false information, which has led to crimes such as mob-lynching.........Read more

Winsome diverted $750 million to promoter’s firms abroad: Probe

The country’s second largest wilful defaulter, Winsome Diamonds and Jewellery Ltd, diverted at least $750 million to six entities in Hong Kong, Bahamas and UAE, directly or indirectly controlled by its promoter, Jatin Mehta, through a web of ‘dummy companies’.........Read more

Former LS Speaker Somnath Chatterjee dies at 89

Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee died at a private clinic following a cardiac arrest and prolonged illness. He was critical following the heart attack he suffered on Sunday. ........Read more

Indian women's compound team reaches Archery World Cup final

India's women compound team of Trisha Deb, Jyothi Surekha Vennam and Muskan Kirar shocked top seed Turkey to storm into the final of the Archery World Cup Stage-4. India's gold medal clash against France will be on Saturday.........Read more

WhatsApp says it will remove quick forward button for messages after lynchings in India

Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp is launching a test to limit forwarding messages that will apply to all users, after a series of violent incidents in India triggered by false social media messages. It will also test a lower limit of five chats at once and remove the quick forward button next to media messages.........Read more

Aadhaar Virtual ID is now operational, says UIDAI

UIDAI said that its Virtual ID system is now operational as most of the financial institutions have migrated to the new system. The Aadhaar Virtual ID is slated to be rolled out from 1 July........Read more

Race 3 film review: Even die-hard fans will find the going tough

Remo directs Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor and a host of unworthies in a thriller that goes nowhere.........Read more

3rd party insurance period to be extended to 4 years for cars

The Insurance Regulatory Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has notified all insurance companies to design long-term third-party insurance policies for cars and 2-wheelers. The notification stated that the cover period should be 4 years for cars and 5 years for 2-wheelers.........Read more

Government shelves new RTI rules after flak

The department of personnel and training has in a recent communication asked CIC if there was the need for fresh rules.........Read more

10 deaths in Kerala due to Nipah virus symptoms

The National Virology Institute, Pune, confirmed that the contagious fever that has killed several people in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts over the last fortnight is due to Nipah virus (NiV). Six more people succumbed to symptoms suspected to be that of Nipah virus on Sunday. Nipah virus which has a high fatality rate and spreads mainly through bats, pigs and other animals. Its symptoms include fever, vomiting, headache and respiratory problems. ........Read more

Tirumala head priest forced to retire after he alleged corruption

The maiden meeting of the newly constituted trust board of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), which manages the country’s richest temple, in its meeting held on Tirumala unanimously resolved to make all the Archakas (priests) who had crossed 65 years of age retire from the temple services. Following this decision, chief priest Ramana Deekshitulu and three other priests Narasimha Deekshitulu, Srinivasa Murthy Deekshitulu and Narayana Deekshitulu, would have to retire from service.........Read more

In a first, transsexual couple get married in Kerala

Two transgender people on Thursday became the first transsexual couple to marry in Kerala and register their marriage under the Special Marriage Act in Thiruvananthapuram. Ishan and Surya are both members of the government-appointed transgender justice board. Surya, a well-known Malayalam TV artiste, and activist, underwent sex change surgery in 2014. Ishan, who underwent surgery in 2015, met Surya while working at an NGO for the welfare of transsexuals. “We want to lead a normal family life and be a role model to our fellow community members,” Ishan said.........Read more

Lalu Prasad Yadav granted 5 days parole for son Tej Pratap's wedding

Former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav has been granted parole of five days for son Tej Pratap Yadav's wedding. He is currently admitted in Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Ranchi. His son Tej Pratap Yadav was earlier this year engaged to Aishwarya Rai, a history graduate and the eldest daughter of six-time RJD lawmaker and former minister Chandrika Prasad Rai. ........Read more

Railways To Shift To Accrual-Based Accounting System By 2019

Indian Railways will remodel the financial reporting procedure from the existing cash-based accounting system to accrual-based accounting system. It has collaborated with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India to bring in this new change in the financial system. It expects to roll out new system by March 2019.........Read more

Agencies now probing companies owned by Chanda Kochhar’s family

Investigative agencies are looking closely at companies owned by ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar’s husband Deepak and his brother Rajiv to see if any of them were set up solely to be shell companies that help their promoters hide ownership, evade tax, and launder money. The prime focus is on NuPower Renewables and its shareholders. The shareholders have changed over the years and this is where names of companies such as DH Renewables Holding and Pacific Capital Services emerge.........Read more

If China builds your dams, India won’t buy energy: PM Narendra Modi to tell KP Oli

The battle for influence in the Nepal Himalayas between India and China is hotting up, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi expected to tell Nepal counterpart K P Oli that he can award as many dam projects as he likes to China, but India will not be able to buy the energy produced.........Read more

As pressure mounts, Centre to file review plea on SC/ST ruling today

Amid mounting criticism and strike calls, the Centre will file a petition on Monday seeking review of the Supreme Court judgment diluting the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. The petition will be filed on a day several organisations, with the support of some political parties, have called for a countrywide bandh in protest against the SC order.........Read more

CBI files PE against ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar’s husband and Videocon's Venugopal Dhoot

The CBI has registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) into the alleged nexus between ICICI Bank MD and CEO Chanda Kochhar’s husband Deepak Kochhar and Videocon group chairman Venugopal Dhoot.........Read more

Australia expels two Russian diplomats over UK nerve agent attack

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday announced that the country will expel two Russian diplomats as part of a global action against Moscow over an alleged nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy living in the UK.........Read more

ISRO's Chandrayaan-2 launch postponed as lunar mission requires more tests

It was earlier reported that ISRO would launch India's second moon mission in April, but ISRO chairman K Sivan has now said that Chandrayaan-2 will take off in October. Explaining the reason for the delay, Sivan said that the mission still needs to undergo a few tests, and Chandrayaan-2 will be ready for lift-off only after they have been completed. ........Read more

RS polls: After bypoll losses, BJP grabs extra RS UP seat

With Friday’s results, BJP boosted its Rajya Sabha tally from 58 to 69 (winning 28 of the 59 seats for which results were declared). Congress won 10 seats, a loss of four seats from its current tally of 54.........Read more

Aadhaar not mandatory for NEET and other all-India exams says Supreme Court

Aadhaar not mandatory for NEET and other all-India exams, says Supreme Court - The examination for the NEET 2018 for admission to undergraduate medical and dental courses is scheduled to be held on May 6, other identity proofs like passport, voter card, and ration card can be used by the CBSE for enrolling the students in the examination.........Read more

Virat Kohli-led India presented with ICC Test Championship mace

On behalf of the International Cricket Council (ICC), the mace was presented by Cricket Hall of Famers Sunil Gavaskar and Graeme Pollock at a ceremony in Cape Town at the conclusion of India’s tour of South Africa.........Read more

Sikkim CM Lays Foundation Stone of Ashta-Chiranjeevi Dham

Chamling spoke in detail about Ashta-Chiranjeevi and it’s importance in Hindu mythology and Hindu culture at large. He emphasized how the inception of the Dham will open up innumerable commercial and employment avenues for the public of Namthang through pilgrimage tourism which will prove to be highly beneficial for the constituency as a whole.........Read more

Arun Jaitley comes to rescue of banks under RBI’s watch; to infuse Rs 7,000 crore capital

The Finance Ministry has approved a capital infusion of Rs 7,577 crore in six weak public sector banks (PSBs) as part of its Indradhanush bank recapitalisation plan to boost their capital adequacy ratio. All the six banks are those banks that been put under Reserve Bank of India’s watch for high non-performing assets (NPA).........Read more

Donald Trump Responds to Kim Jong-Un’s Threat, Says ‘Have a Bigger, Powerful Nuclear Button’

Mocking Kim Jong-Un’s regime as “food deprived”, Trump said, “North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”........Read more

Modi government to file review petition against Supreme Court order on MRP issue

The government will file a review petition in the Supreme Court against an order allowing hotels and restaurants to charge a higher price than the MRP on mineral water, Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said.........Read more

US Agency NSA Had Information on India’s Sagarika And Dhanush Missile Programmes in 2005, Says Documents Leaked by Edward Snowden

Documents from the trove of American whistleblower Edward Snowden have revealed that the United States’ secret agency NSA had specific information on two top secret Indian missile programmes and two kinds of unidentified bombs. The documents published on a website said the US agency was privy to the development of missiles–Sagarika and Dhanush– in 2005. Both Sagarika and Dhanush were successfully test-fired years later.........Read more

After Chandigarh, Now Woman in Gurugram Chased by Men in a Car

According to her complaint, two men in a car chased her for almost 4 km and tried to obstruct her path before she finally managed to lose them around the city’s Atul Kataria Chowk. The woman has refused to speak to the media and her parents say she is extremely traumatised. She has also said in her complaint that the there were no police postings in the entire stretch of the road while she was being chased. She also allegedly tried to call the 100 helpline, but got no response.........Read more

NPPA may regulate knee implant prices

After capping prices of cardiac stents, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) is now looking into the overpricing, potentially capping, of prices of knee implants. A knee implant, which typically costs over Rs 1 lakh, costs a patient as much as six times more than the price at which an importer buys it, data from the latest order of National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority shows.........Read more

Meet the Hyderabad man converting 'dead' plastic into petrol and diesel

For over a year now, 45-year-old Satish, a long-time resident of Hyderabad, has been involved in turning 'dead' plastic, into usable fuel. Satish says that he first began working on the idea in 2013, when he read about an 'island of trash' floating on the Pacific Ocean. "I worked on my own de-polymerisation machine and process, because we don't have many in India. I worked on the machine for a while, starting with smaller quantities, and testing several reactions, and working out each individual part of the process," he says. ........Read more

NanoPhone 'Smallest Phone in the World' Launched in India

E-commerce site on Thursday announced the launch of what is claimed to be the 'smallest phone in the world' - the Elari NanoPhone C. Specifically, the company claims the NanoPhone C is the world's smallest GSM phone, said to be no bigger than a credit card.........Read more

Wimbledon 2017: Garbine Muguruza beats Magdalena Rybarikova to reach final

Spain's Garbine Muguruza thrashed unseeded Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova to set up a Wimbledon final against either Britain's Johanna Konta or five-time champion Venus Williams of the US.........Read more

Paytm buys majority stake in ticketing platform

The acquisition, terms of which are undisclosed, will allow Paytm to integrate events listed on on Paytm app, giving a major boost to its online ticketing service. Patym introduced movie and events tickets in March last year.........Read more

Barrier to autoimmune disease may open door to HIV, study suggests

Researchers from the University of Colorado School of Medicine have discovered that a process that protects the body from autoimmune disease also prevents the immune system from generating antibodies that can neutralize the HIV-1 virus. The findings, which will be published July 11 in The Journal of Experimental Medicine, might be considered by scientists trying to develop a vaccine that can stimulate the production of these neutralizing antibodies.........Read more

Sri Lankan Navy arrests eight Tamil Nadu fishermen for intruding into territorial waters, confiscates 2 boats

The navy personnel also seized two boats of the fishermen belonging to Kottaipattinam in Pudukottai district late Wednesday night, fisheries department assistant director Chandrasekhar said.........Read more

Volvo to launch only electric and hybrid cars from 2019 | Team-BHP

Volvo has announced that all of its new cars from 2019 will either be electric or hybrid. The company will not launch any new model with a sole internal combustion engine (ICE) as the propulsion source.........Read more

Novak Djokovic Defeats Gael Monfils to Clinch Eastbourne Tennis Title

The top-seeded Serb defeated Monfils, who reached his first grass-court final in 13 years, 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 16 minutes, reports Efe. Racing towards the final without dropping a set, Djokovic was looking to extend his commanding head-to-head against the Frenchman.........Read more

Artists and architects think differently compared to other people

"We found that painters, sculptors and architects consistently showed signs of their profession when talking about the spaces we showed them, and all three groups had more elaborate, detailed descriptions than people in unrelated professions," said senior author Dr Hugo Spiers (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences).........Read more

No bail for C S Karnan, says Supreme Court; refuses to stay jail sentence

The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to grant interim bail to controversy-ridden former Calcutta High Court judge Justice (retd) CS Karnan and also refused to suspend Karnan's 6 months jail sentence.........Read more

New-Generation Hyundai Verna Launch Details Revealed

Our sources in Hyundai India have confirmed that the new-generation Hyundai Verna will be launched in India towards the end of August 2017. Expect the new-gen Verna to be better than the current model in each and every aspect.........Read more

J-K: Three terrorists trapped in building in Kulgam’s Idgah Mohalla; encounter underway

An encounter broke out on Friday between security forces and terrorists at Idgah Mohalla in Kulgam district’s Arwani village in Jammu and Kashmir. As per the latest reports, the encounter is underway. Reportedly, three terrorists are trapped in a building and heavy firing from both the side is on.........Read more

Telangana govt to lay foundation stone for Khammam IT Hub on June 15

The IT Hub is being built to facilitate IT-enabled back office operations and create employment opportunities for local engineering graduates.........Read more

Fake News Drags AR Rahman Into The Cattle Slaughter Debate

The latest victim of the ever-expanding fake news ecosystem is reputed musician AR Rahman. On 8 June, a photo was shared on the Facebook page of the fake news website Post Card news carrying an apparent quote of Rahman on the currently contentious issue of cattle slaughter.........Read more

UK and France propose fining Facebook and Twitter if extreme material left online

Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron have said they are determined to ensure the internet cannot be used as a safe space for terrorists and criminals.........Read more

Cybersecurity Faces 1.8 Million Worker Shortfall By 2022

Over the next five years, the number of unfilled cybersecurity jobs will rise to a whopping 1.8 million, a 20% increase from 2015 estimates, according to a new (ISC)2 survey released today.........Read more

Tesla releases first teaser image of Model Y crossover

Tesla has released the first teaser image of the Model Y compact crossover, which will be placed a slot lower than the Model X. The said image was released at the company's Annual Shareholder Meeting at ...........Read more

In China, the water you drink is as dangerous as the air you breathe

Shanghai, with its chic cafes, glitzy shopping malls and organic health food shops, is emblematic of improving quality of life for China’s urban middle class. Yet while the city’s veil of smog has lifted slightly in recent years, its water pollution crisis continues unabated – 85% of the water in the city’s major rivers was undrinkable in 2015, according to official standards, and 56.4% was unfit for any purpose. ........Read more

US' new visa screening may seek applicants' social media info

The Trump administration has enforced a new extreme visa screening process for foreign nationals including those from India under which applicants might be asked to share information regarding their social media accounts, emails and telephone numbers.........Read more

In a first, Pentagon successfully tests ICBM defence system

In a first-of-its-kind test, the US military on Tuesday claimed that it successfully tested a missile defence system involving a simulated attack by an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The successful test of ICBM defence system comes amid mounting missile threat to US from North Korea.........Read more

‘Thugs of Hindostan’ starring Big B and Aamir Khan to release next Diwali; logo unveiled

The logo of one of the much awaited movie of the year 'Thugs of Hindostan' was released on Monday. The movie which features Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif, Fatima Sana Shaikh has been making headlines ever since it has been announced.........Read more

Saudis, Russia favour extending oil cuts until end-March 2018, crude prices jump

Saudi Arabia and Russia said they favour prolonging oil-output cuts by global producers through the end of the first quarter of 2018, setting a firmer time frame for a likely extension of the curbs into next year. Crude prices jumped as a result.........Read more

Non-bailable warrants issued against eight actors, including Surya, Sarathkumar

The judicial magistrate court in Udhagamandalam issued non-bailable warrants against eight actors from the Tamil film industry after they failed to appear before the court in connection with a defamation case.........Read more

Zomato in talks to buy delivery start-up Runnr in $20 million deal

The deal is likely to give Zomato a captive fleet of delivery personnel, a model similar to its rival Swiggy (Bundl Technologies Pvt. Ltd). While the final contours of the transaction are yet to be finalized, Zomato is likely to buy Runnr in an all-stock deal for about $20 million.........Read more

SBI denies reports of Rs 25 transaction charges on ATM withdrawals

SBI has denied media reports that it has increased service charges to Rs25 on regular ATM transactions. “The service charge on cash withdrawal from ATMs has not been changed for normal savings accounts,” SBI MD (national banking) Rajnish Kumar told.........Read more

Amazon in soup again, for selling distorted map of India

Amazon Canada is in soup again, this time for selling a sticker with distorted map of India. The map on Amazon Canada website differed from Indian government’s official one. The map showed Indian territory with the exception of disputed areas occupied by Pakistan and China.........Read more

Wipro unveils a new brand identity to win over clients – Tech2

Global software major Wipro on Tuesday unveiled a new brand identity with a new logo to win over clients. “Our brand identity is a visual expression of what we do and mean for our clients. It is energised by our values, which are our core and beacon, the bedrock of our culture. Our values connect and resonate with the new identity."........Read more

Don't want to politicise, but under Cong rule mutlilation happened only once: A K Antony

Calling on the Centre to give a free hand to the Indian Army in giving an 'appropriate reply' to Pakistan's barbaric act in Jammu and Kashmir's Krishna Ghati sector, former defence minister A.K. Antony on Tuesday reminded that such an incident had happened only once under the Congress regime.........Read more

TRAI to come up with new network testing guidelines before commercial launch this June

DoT through its letter dated 9th September 2016 told TRAI that network testing is being carried out by licensees by issuing test SIM Cards to check the quality of the network, before the commercial launch of services.........Read more

Hockey India recommends Sardar Singh for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

Hockey India (HI) today recommended senior player and former captain Sardar Singh for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India's highest sporting honour. Sardar made his debut for India in the junior team during India's tour to Poland in 2003–04. ........Read more

Burhan Wani posters, ISIS flag raised at Pulwama college

Posters of deceased Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani were raised in a college in Pulwama of Kashmir on Monday. ISIS flags were also raised along with Wani's posters as students shouted Azadi slogans. Clashes broke out soon after Wani's posters were raised by students at the government degree college in Pulwama.........Read more

TMC leaders to be subjected to lie detector test in Narada case

Trinamool Congress leaders will face a lie-detector test in connection with the Narada sting case. With most leaders lying during questioning by CBI officials, it has been decided that they would go through the test. It must be noted that the results in a lie-detector or polygraph test is not admissible …........Read more

'Yes, we made mistakes' admits Kejriwal in introspection after MCD drubbing

Following the mass exodus and reports of in-fighting within the party, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal struck a note on Saturday by admitting that the party made some crucial mistakes which led to their heavy defeat in the Delhi civic polls.........Read more

Baahubali 2 box-office collection Day 1: SS Rajamoulis film gets phenomenal opening in India

Released in over 9000 screens worldwide, the Prabhas-starrer has received phenomenal response from the audience. As per early trade estimates, Baahubali 2 is expected to do a whopping business of Rs 100 crore on its opening day.........Read more

Isuzu MU-X India Launch Date Revealed

Isuzu MU-X is likely to hit showrooms across India on May 11, 2017. The new MU-X's front fascia looks near identical to the D-Max V-Cross pick-up truck. The rear cab has been covered up, and the rear end looks unique with its split horizontal tail lamps the new bumper. The interiors of the new MU-X are identical to the Chevrolet Trailblazer, an SUV with which the Isuzu shares its underpinnings.........Read more

Nobody know how dangerous online dating really is—and dating sites won’t talk about it

But fake profiles abound, sexual predators use the sites, and some common online dating behavior—like meeting alone after scant acquaintance, sharing personal information, and using geolocation—puts users at risk. Dating companies are being pushed to better protect users, but some seem reluctant to do more— or even to talk about whether there’s a problem. ........Read more

MK Stalin opposes Centre’s move to put Hindi signage on national highways, threatens stir

Following reports that milestones on National Highways in Krishnagiri and Vellore are putting Hindu scripts, DMK working president MK Stalin opposed the move and threatened to start a protest if the Centre continued to promote Hindi.........Read more

Lok Sabha passes GST Bills after marathon debate

In a historic step towards implementing a new, consolidated indirect tax regime from the proposed date of July 1, the Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed four Bills, relating to the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), following a marathon nine-hour debate.........Read more

GIC may be first PSU general insurer to launch IPO next fiscal

General Insurance Corporation (GIC Re) is likely to be the first PSU insurer to tap the capital market as the finance ministry has started scouting for merchant bankers to manage its IPO. Two months after the Union cabinet gave a go ahead to the listing of five general insurance companies, the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) has set the ball rolling for listing of GIC Re.........Read more

Raspberry Pi sold over 12.5 million boards in five years

The official Raspberry Pi magazine just announced that over 12.5 million of the affordable little Linux boards have been sold since the original Pi was launched in 2012.That would make the Pi the third best-selling "general purpose computer" ever, behind Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows PCs. As commenters have pointed out, this isn't a precisely fair comparison, because there were other Commodore models than just the 64, but it's still a nice milestone all the same.........Read more

Protests at JNU indicate something is wrong somewhere: HC

The large number of student protests at JNU only indicates "there is something wrong somewhere", the Delhi High Court told the varsity today while allowing the students to agitate near the admin block.........Read more

Indian Wells: Sania Mirza-Barbora Strycova in quarterfinals

The pair of Sania Mirza and her Czech partner Barbora Strycova today registered a straight set win to enter the women's doubles quarter-finals of the Indian Wells 2017 tournament. The Indo-Czech pair needed around 64 minutes to beat Sara Errani of Italy and Alicja Rosolska of Poland 6-2, 6-3.........Read more

India runs out of life-saving HIV drug for children

Stocks of Lopinavir syrup — a child friendly HIV drug — ran out after Cipla, the sole manufacturer of the drug, stopped manufacturing it over the issue of non-payment from the Health Ministry. Cipla is the dominant player in the Indian market across the HIV segment and has not stopped participating in government tenders after the Health Ministry failed to pay Cipla for consignments sent in 2014.........Read more

Delhi firm claims to have found a solution to online movie piracy

A Delhi-based private security firm has claimed that our engineers have developed an anti-piracy software CopCorn an online piracy monitoring and controlling platform, which can track leaked movies online and nail people who are uploading or downloading them.........Read more

H1N1 is back, claims first victim in Bengaluru this year

A 36-year-old woman undergoing treatment at Manipal Hospital has died, in what is believed to be the second death from H1N1 influenza in the state this season. First H1N1-related death was reported from Shivamogga.........Read more

Palanisamy govt may request court for relocation of Sasikala to TN jail

Will VK Sasikala after successfully installing her proxy — Edappadi Palaniswamy of the AIADMK as the new Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu now get him to relocate her to a prison in Tamil Nadu?........Read more

India says in talks with Vietnam for first missile sale

India is in talks to sell short range surface-to-air missiles to Vietnam, the head of India’s defence research agency said on Wednesday, in what would be its first transfer of such weapons to the Southeast Asian country.........Read more

In wake of Burhan Wani’s killing, blasts in J&K more than doubled over 2015

The number of bomb blasts in Jammu and Kashmir rose sharply in 2016 over 2015, with the spike coming after the encounter in which Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani was killed. The Bombshell, the annual report of the National Bomb Data Centre (NBDC) of the National Security Guard (NSG), considers the killing of Burhan Wani in July 2016 the turning point for the situation in the Valley.........Read more

Infosys CFO MD Ranganath may get board seat

Software major InfosysBSE 1.04 % is evaluating the possibility of inducing it's CFO MD Ranganath to the board. The Infosys board currently has two directors in an executive capacity - it's CEO Vishal Sikka and COO UB Pravin and eight independent directors.........Read more

Hero Passion Pro i3S Launched At Rs 50,955

Hero MotoCorp has launched the new Passion Pro i3S with an updated engine which now meets BS-IV emission regulations. Along with the BS-IV engine, the Passion Pro i3S also features the i3S system, the start-stop feature which switches off the engine when idling in neutral and starts automatically when the clutch is pulled in. The Hero Passion Pro i3S also comes with the automatic headlight on (AHO) feature, which will become mandatory for all new two wheelers later this year.........Read more

Soft keys and 3D Touch tipped for the Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung's next flagship will ditch the hardware navigation keys and opt for soft keys instead. What's more they'll add iPhone-style 3D Touch features. Apparently inside sources are saying that the soft keys could be customizable too - which will let you choose what you want the buttons to do, if you're not happy with the usual back-home-overview setup.........Read more

Bombay High Court refuses to grant stay on Sunburn festival being held in Pune

Justice Girish Kulkarni refused to grant interim relief and posted the petition filed by one Dattatray Pasalkar to January 9. In his petition, the agriculturist who has a plot of land adjacent to the area where the Sunburn Festival is being organised by Percept Company, claimed there were several illegalities, including damage to environment because of excavation and cutting of trees. Further, it also alleged that festival organisers would be serving alcohol at the venue without proper permission for the same. With the area near the concert venue being forest land, there were also concerns raised about noise and air pollution, and disturbance in the area.........Read more

Raymond, Aditya Birla, Reliance Retail plan khadi foray after Arvind

After Arvind, other entities -- Raymond, Aditya Birla Group, Reliance Retail -- are contemplating a foray into khadi in the near future. Aditya Birla Fashion Retail (ABFR) is learnt to have given an order for 4,500 metres of khadi to the........Read more

India thrash Canada 4-0 in Junior World Cup opener

Known as solid favourites for the title, India whipped minnows Canada 4-0 in their opening Pool D match of the Junior Hockey World Cup at the Major Dhyan Chand Astroturf Stadium, here on Thursday. India were by far the better side on display and scored........Read more

Study indicates that advances in precision medicine have improved breast cancer treatment

A new study examines how one early example of precision medicine—tumor genome testing—is being used in women with breast cancer to reduce overtreatment and maximize the benefits of chemotherapy. Published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study found that physician recommendations and final treatment decisions correlated highly with test results, suggesting genome testing helped physicians identify which patients could most benefit from chemotherapy, and those for whom chemotherapy could be safely omitted. Additionally, these personalized recommendations appeared to eliminate racial/ethnic and educational disparities in testing or treatment; however, many women who were tested inaccurately recalled their test results.........Read more

Indian IT Sector Braces For Weakest Quarter In 8 Years: Report

Domestic IT sector is likely to see its weakest September quarter in the past 8 years due to broad based slowdown in BFSI and healthcare as well as delays in projects across many clients, says a report.........Read more

India stakes claim to Silk Road legacy through rare Beijing exhibit

As China goes ahead with an ambitious plan to revive the legacy of the ancient Silk Road, India is conveying a message to Beijing that it also has a direct stake in the old road legacy.........Read more

How did GM create Tesla's dream car first?

Revolutionary technologies always start as impractical and expensive, Musk explained, so Teslas first car would be a two-seat roadster that sold for $110,000. But by ploughing profits from that car into research and production capacity, Musk promised that Tesla would quickly create a series of cheaper cars in higher volumes, all toward an almost mythical aim: creating a long-range electric car that could travel more than 200 miles on a single charge, but that cost less than $40,000 for the privilege. ........Read more

The All-New Hero Achiever 150 Launched At Rs. 61,800

Hero has set the dice rolling with the launch of the Achiever 150 at Rs. 61,800 for the drum brakes variant and 62,800 for the one with disk brakes. This is the first of 15 launches scheduled before April, 2017 from Hero MotoCorp.........Read more

Virtual reality in Japan

I spent a week in Tokyo last month as a speaker at the CEDEC gaming conference. Had you asked 10 year old me about Japan, I would have conjured up images of Godzilla, Dragon Ball Z, and ninjas. Funnily enough, day trips to Akihabara and Harajuku brought some of these to life through arcades, cosplayers, and stores full of manga collectibles. Walking around Tokyo, I saw virtual reality poised for blast off.........Read more

AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan arrested in sexual harassment case

“We arrested Khan today (Wednesday). We had called him for questioning after his brother-in-law’s wife filed a complaint,” a senior police officer told IANS. After his arrest, Khan, who represents Okhla constituency in south Delhi, took to Twitter and wrote: “Came here at (the) DCP office Sarita Vihar for general discussion. But they arrested me.”........Read more

Uri attack: Tell-all map in Pashto exposes plotters

The suicide squad that attacked the Army camp at 12 Brigade headquarters in Uri carried along with their arms and ammunition a mission plan which was annotated in Pashto, highly placed sources said. The map retrieved from the terrorists revealed that they were to kill unarmed troops........Read more

Astrum Electronics Launches Budget Action Cameras at Rs 4,490 Onwards

Adding to the action camera market, Astrum Electronics has launched two new models with waterproof housing and HD video recording support at an affordable price. The Sports Action Camera SC120 features a 2-inch colour LCD and allows full HD recording of 1080p @15fps and HD video at 720p/30fps. It features a 5 megapixel sensor with 120-degree wide angle lens. The removable battery offers up to 120 minutes of power.........Read more

Seventh Pay Commission: Soldiers to get new salaries in September pay

Satisfied with assurances by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee (CoSC) Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha has issued directions to all service headquarters asking them to issue orders for implementation of the 7th Pay Commission.........Read more

These 7 Indian Missiles Can Create Havoc. Beware China And Pakistan

New Delhi: So, China and Pakistan boast themselves as missile superpowers. But the world cannot take India for granted now. The countrys missile programme is creating ripples in the entire world. We are not warmongers and the main aim of the Indian missile programme is peace. With the Agni series and cruise missile BrahMos, India can now take care of targets between 30 to 5,000 kms.........Read more

US, Israel reach record military aid deal

The Obama administration is upping aid to Israel as part of the largest pledge of military assistance in US history. Israel is set to get about $38 billion over 10 years, according to congressional and administration sources, up from the approximately $30 billion decade-long deal that expires in 2018.........Read more

Of love and sacrifice: The story of Eid al-adha

Years passed. Ibrahim became an old man, Sarah was also ageing and Hajira had grown into a young woman. While Ibrahim and Sarah had lived a full life, spreading the message of God, a sadness lingered in their lives. They had hoped to have many children who would take their lineage forward but, despite all their attempts, Sarah could not have children.........Read more

China's Mysterious Oil Stockpiles Puzzle Crude Markets

From underground caverns by the Yellow Sea to a scattering of islands in the Yangtze River delta, the government has been stockpiling crude for emergencies in a network of storage sites dotted around the country. Record purchases this year by the world's biggest energy consumer have helped oil prices recover from the worst crash in a generation. What the country plans to do next could determine where they go from here. ........Read more

Jeep arrives in India with Wrangler and Grand Cherokee!

The American big car maker Jeep arrived in India on Tuesday. With the heritage monument of Jaipur’s Umed Bhawan Palace in the backdrop, the manufacturer launched the Wrangler Unlimited and the Grand Cherokee.........Read more

A saint who was more of a mother: Remembering Blessed Teresa

The Vatican is set to Canonise Mother Teresa on September 4. But for many, the lady who dedicated her life to caring for the destitute had always been a saint........Read more

A Brief History of Earth: The Time Our Planet Brought Hell Down Upon Its Life

The Permian-Triassic extinction event rendered Earth so barren in 50,000 years that life took over 10 million years to recover its former glory.........Read more

Historical Perspective: The Ziegler-Fiala Expedition to the Pole

In 1903, an experienced whaling captain from Edgartown and the expedition he helped guide was shipwrecked and stranded above the Arctic Circle.........Read more

Raghuram Rajan says he was open to extension of his term as RBI governor

However, the 53-year-old economist said he was perfectly happy that his tenure will end on September 4.........Read more

Here's Why Pokemon Go Developer Shut Down PokeVision and Other Tracking Sites

Niantic Labs has published a blog post explaining how shutting down tracking sites helped Pokemon Go.........Read more

34% State Ministers Have Criminal Cases Against Them, 76% Are 'Crorepatis': Study

As many as 34 per cent of the ministers from State Assemblies have declared criminal cases against them, while 76 per cent are crorepatis with average assets of Rs 8.59 crore, finds a new study.........Read more

In the Maldives, the Opposition has launched a bid to oust a ‘dictatorial’ President

Accusing Abdulla Yameen of muzzling the press and using the police and judiciary to neutralise his political opponents, alliance vows to restore democracy.........Read more

A Drug Cheaper Than a Bus Ticket in punjab

By now, Punjab’s rising drug menace is well-known. A huge number of people have been hooked onto cocaine for years now, which is proving to be getting more and more expensive to satiate their addiction.........Read more

A day in the life of Narendra Modi through the eyes of Arvind Kejriwal

5:30 AM: Wakes up and dons his brand new 2 lakh rupee track suit for morning yoga. Copies Arvind Kejriwals aasanas that could easily be performed in a Rs. 500 kurta-pyjama. Proof attached. 7:30 AM: Calls for his photographer. Skims through newspapers to count if news articles about him outnumber articles about Kejriwal. 9:00 [...]........Read more

Rumor: Red Dead Redemption 2 Reveal Slated for Gamescom?

Rockstar Games parent company announces that it will be in attendance at Gamescom in August, prompting rumors that it will reveal Red Dead Redemption 2 at the event.........Read more

Pomegranate juice may help fight ageing

Urolithin A produced by the juice re-establishes the cell's ability to recycle components of defective mitochondria........Read more

The Afghan Story in the History of Indian Geopolitics

Understanding the rise and fall of development politics and long-term structural challenges in Afghanistan will provide an outline of how India can wield influence in a multipolar Central Asia.........Read more

The Great Khali Reveals The Racism In WWE, His Fight With Big Show And More!

At a house show in Puerto Rico, they faced each other in a six-man tag team match. Khali, Undertaker and Kane against Big Show, Chris Jericho and CM Punk.........Read more

The consolidation of India’s overcrowded e-commerce sector has begun

Online fashion retailer Jabong is the latest industry player said to be shopping around the idea of a merger. According to The Economic Times, the Rocket Internet-backed company is in talks with several competitors, including China’s Alibaba Group,........Read more

Why The Anti-Trafficking Vs. Sex Work Debate Is Doing Damage To Women's Rights

In India, the debate between sex workers and anti-trafficking campaigners is getting louder with the recent unveiling of the draft Anti Trafficking Bill (2016) by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. I first started working with understanding the issues of sex workers in 1996, and later went on to lead a national programme on the prevention of trafficking and HIV in India. Based on my observations, here are the two reasons why this head-on clash of rights is fundamentally flawed.........Read more

Are Nostradamus 2016 Predictions on Modi and Obama Coming True?

He might also have predicted the rise of Donald Trump, which sounds freakishly plausible.........Read more

An old friend is better than two new ones

It had been 16 years since I had the opportunity to question Russian President Vladimir Putin. When I interviewed him at the Kremlin in 2000 for India Today, Putin had just taken over as President. He was catapulted to the most powerful post in........Read more

Praful Patel slams Premier Futsal’s ambassador Virat Kohli

The AIFF President said that any person involved with the ISL cannot be associated with any other league, according to rule books.........Read more

Book Ikhlaq’s family for cow slaughter within 20 days: Kin of Dadri accused

Family members of those accused in the Dadri lynching case defied prohibitory orders on Monday to hold a mahapanchyat over the demand for an FIR against Mohammad Ikhlaq’s kin over alleged cow slaughter.........Read more

Rahul Gandhi as Congress chief will be 'achhe din for BJP': Smriti Irani

HRD minister Smriti Z Irani says Rahul Gandhi becoming Congress president would be achhe din for BJP. The HRSD minister says she gets into scraps on social media is because she gives back whenever she is attacked personally.........Read more

Earthquake measuring 6.5 magnitude hits Indonesia’s Sumatra, no damage reported

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue an alert immediately after the quake and Indonesia's BMK weather agency said there was no threat of a tsunami.........Read more

Canada company to pay $1 billion for Powai biz park - Times of India

Brookfield Asset Management, one of the world's largest property and infrastructure investors, is set to buy the commercial real estate assets, mostly tenanted office buildings, of Hiranandani Developers in Powai near Mumbai for $1 billion (approx Rs 6,700 crore).........Read more

What Haryana govt hasn’t made public: report that indicts top brass for inaction, caste bias

Criticising the administrative paralysis that gripped Haryana during the riots that claimed 30 lives, the report says the “highest functionaries” in the government failed to show “the kind of guidance, direction and control” that is expected in a crisis of such proportions.........Read more

Indian IT companies to pay $4,000 more for every H-1B visa - Times of India

Flagship Indian IT companies would have to pay at least an additional $4,000 for every H-1B visa application under the new regulations that came into effect last December, according to details published today by a federal US agency.........Read more

Tales from India’s 1947 Partition refugee camps

Through photos, art, documents and personal stories, an exhibition on Partition evokes poignant memories of 1947........Read more

Cosmic dust particles reveal facts about ancient Earth’s upper atmosphere

Researchers from the Monash University, the Australian Synchrotron and Imperial College London extracted micrometeorites from samples of ancient limestone collected in Western Australia.........Read more

China has deployed more troops near Indian border, says Pentagon

China has increased defence capabilities and deployed more troops along the Indian border, the Pentagon has said, as it warned of increasing Chinese military presence including bases in various parts of the world, particularly Pakistan.........Read more

New times, new ties: India-US defence bill will be closely watched by Pakistan and China - Firstpost

It's now beyond the shadow of a doubt that the US is investing in a long-term strategic partnership with India, and has identified China’s growing military assertiveness as a threat.........Read more

Record 1,284 planets added to list of worlds beyond solar system - Times of India

Astronomers have discovered 1,284 more planets beyond our solar system, with nine possibly in orbits suitable for surface water that could bolster the prospects of supporting life, scientists said on Tuesday.........Read more

After Bajirao Mastani, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's next to be based on Alauddin Khilji

Prakash Kapadia, scriptwriter of 'Bajirao Mastani', has been roped in for this project.........Read more

Identity of the Aadhaar Act: Lok Sabha Passing it As Money Bill isn't Immune from Judicial Review

The Supreme Court can not only review the decision by the Lok Sabha speaker, but should also ask the government to draft the Aadhaar Bill again, with greater parliamentary and public deliberations.........Read more