Oracle is reportedly in talks to buy TikTok’s US business

Oracle has expressed an interest in acquiring TikTok, giving Microsoft a potential competitor in its bid to control the Chinese social video app in the US. Larry Ellison’s enterprise software giant has reportedly held preliminary talks with TikTok’s parent company ByteDance already, working with venture capital firms including General Atlantic and Sequoia Capital, and is “seriously considering” acquiring its business in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. President Trump issued an executive order ordering ByteDance to sell its US business within 90 days. The FT notes that Oracle’s billionaire co-founder Ellison is one of the few US tech executives who has been openly supportive of Trump, though it’s not clear whether Oracle would be the White House’s preferred suitor for TikTok. A deal to buy part of TikTok would be . Until now, in the efforts to find an American buyer. The FT corroborates from The Wall Street Journal that said Twitter had also expressed an early interest, but there are said to have been “serious concerns” about its financial capacity for the deal. While ByteDance hasn’t named a price publicly, TikTok’s success propelled it to become the in 2018. A newsletter about computers........Read more

Your Android Phone Will Soon Be Part Of A Worldwide Earthquake Detection Network

Google is creating a worldwide earthquake detection network, and every Android phone will eventually be a part of that. The system is now rolling out for Android phones in California in the US as part of the phased rollout and will use the sensors in Android phones to detect seismic activity and warn people in the region where the detection has happened. The Android Earthquake Alerts System will be a one of its kind global network which will tap the millions of Android phones in use around the world for data. This is a three-stage implementation of the system. First, Google is partnering with the United States Geological Survey and the California Office of Emergency Services to send alerts to users in the state of California. This will be powered by the already active ShakeAlert system that also uses the ground installed seismometers across California. Similar tie-ups will be expected globally as the network rolls out further. Google says that over the next 12 months, more states in the US as well as more countries around the world will see the rollout of the Android Earthquake Alerts System.........Read more

Some Amazon Villagers Eschew Drugs for Covid-19, Take 'Toothache Plant' Herbal Tea

Some villagers in the eastern Amazon are spurning Brazilian government advice to take the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to keep the novel coronavirus at bay and are drinking tea of jambú, also known as the toothache plant. Maria de Nazaré Sajes, 65, tested positive for the coronavirus and believes she fought off the symptoms by drinking the infusion of bitter leaves. 'Look at Maria, how she has recovered, she no fever or pains'," Maria said boiling water on a gas stove in her wooden house. Her village on the banks of a tributary of the Amazon was visited by public health workers to test inhabitants for the virus that is ravaging Brazil in the world's second worst outbreak after the United States. ........Read more

Wajid Khan of Music Composer Duo Sajid-Wajid Dies at 42 Due to Coronavirus

Singer-composer Wajid Khan of music director duo Sajid-Wajid, popular for their work on superstar Salman Khan's films such as Wanted, Dabangg and Ek Tha Tiger, died in wee hours on Monday in a city hospital due to coronavirus. The 42-year-old singer had underlying kidney issues. "He died of a cardiac arrest," Wajid's brother Sajid told PTI while confirming that the musician had tested positive for COVID-19. "He had multiple issues. He had a kidney issue and had a transplant a while ago. But recently he got to know about kidney infection... He was on the ventilator for the last four days, after his situation started getting worse. Kidney infection was the beginning and then he got critical," Salim told PTI. Music composer Salim Merchant, who first confirmed the news of Wajid's death, said the composer was hospitalised recently at Surana Hospital, Chembur where his condition deteriorated. ........Read more

IMF projection for India’s GDP growth highest in G-20, says RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das today said India is expected to post a sharp turnaround in the financial year 2021-22. Quoting projections made by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Shaktikanta Das said the IMF's projection of 1.9 per cent GDP growth for India is the highest among G-20 nations. He said the RBI is regularly monitoring the situation that is developing out of the Covid-19 outbreak and from time-to-time is making announcement.........Read more

Organ Donation Request, Hanuman Chalisa: How Nirbhaya Convicts Spent Their Last Hours

After a night-long court drama, the four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case were hanged till death on Friday morning. Sandeep Goel, DG, Tihar Jail, confirmed to media persons a minute past 5:30am that all convicts were executed as per the warrant issued by the Patiala House Court. Pawan Jallad, a hangman from Meerut, pulled the leaver at the scheduled time and the convicts were executed simultaneously. The jail doctors examined the bodies half an hour later and confirmed the deaths of Mukesh Singh, Pawan, Akshay Thakur and Vinay. ........Read more

CAA May Not be Within Scope of Judicial Review, Centre Tells SC in 129-Page Affidavit

Defending the validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act, the central government has filed a 129-page counter-affidavit in the Supreme Court arguing against any judicial review of the contentious legislation. one that it is a limited legislative measure that will not impact any existing right of Indian citizens and two, that there is limited scope of judicial review on matters of immigration and citizenship since they fall in executive domain of a sovereign government. ........Read more

COVID-19 Impact: Supreme Court, Delhi High Court to only hear 'urgent matters' from March 16

The top court's officials met at Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad Arvind Bobde's residence on March 12-13 to ponder over the steps that need to be taken in the wake of the virus outbreak. According to reports, the officials took cognizance of the advisory that mass gatherings and public meetings should be avoided and social exclusion maximised in order to mitigate the chance of the disease spreading. This was also especially because, on March 5, the World Health Organisation had declared the coronavirus outbreak as a 'global pandemic'.........Read more

Google employee in Bengaluru tests positive for coronavirus, colleagues quarantined

Google in India has confirmed that an employee at their Bengaluru office has tested positive for coronavirus. Google India has said in a statement that the employee was at the Bengaluru office for a few hours before showing symptoms. "We can confirm that an employee from our Bangalore office has been diagnosed with COVID-19. They were in one of our Bangalore offices for a few hours before developing any symptoms. The employee has been on quarantine since then and we have asked colleagues who were in close contact with the employee to quarantine themselves and monitor their health, said Google India in a statement on Friday.........Read more

IOC 'Fully Committed' To Tokyo Olympics Taking Place On Schedule: Thomas Bach

In a conference call, Bach told Japanese media that the IOC "is fully committed to a successful Olympic Games in Tokyo starting July 24." When asked about any alternatives to host the global event as scheduled (it was suggested by IOC member Dick Pound in an interview earlier), Bach said that he would not create any speculation. He feels that the best thing would to prepare properly for the Tokyo Olympics as scheduled. When asked to put to rest the idea that there are other alternatives to holding the 2020 Olympics, Bach instead spoke about the steps being taken.........Read more

ISRO To Launch GISAT-1 Earth Observation Satellite On 5 March To Provide Real Time High-Resolution Pictures 

The space agency on Wednesday (26 February) said that the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F10) will carry the 2,275 kg, GISAT-1 state-of-the-art agile Earth observation satellite. "Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F10) will launch the geo imaging satellite (GISAT-1) from the second launch pad of the SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota. The launch is tentatively scheduled at 1743 Hrs IST on March 05, 2020, subject to weather conditions," ISRO said. The new Earth observation satellite that will be placed in a 'geosynchronous transfer orbit' by GSLV-F10, Later the final satellite will reach the geostationary orbit by using its onboard propulsion system.........Read more

What is AI? Everything you need to know about Artificial Intelligence

Back in the 1950s, the fathers of the field Minsky and McCarthy, described artificial intelligence as any task performed by a program or a machine that, if a human carried out the same activity, we would say the human had to apply intelligence to accomplish the task. AI systems will typically demonstrate at least some of the following behaviors associated with human intelligence: planning, learning, reasoning, problem solving, knowledge representation, perception, motion, and manipulation and, to a lesser extent, social intelligence and creativity.........Read more

Jio GigaFiber Tops Netflix Speed Index, Beats Airtel, Vodafone-Backed 'You'

Reliance Jio's GigaFiber broadband service has topped the list of internet service providers in India, according to Netflix's ISP Speed Index for January 2020. The fiber-only operator overtook Mumbai's 7 Star Digital during the month to top the list with average speed of 3.63Mbps, ahead of 7 Star Digital's average speed of 3.62Mbps. Interestingly, as per Netflix's list, Jio is the only operator in the top 10 that saw an increase in the average speed, over what they achieved in December 2019. ........Read more

The world’s biggest phone show has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns

With due regard to the safe and healthy environment in Barcelona and the host country today, the GSMA has cancelled MWC Barcelona 2020 because the global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances, make it impossible for the GSMA to hold the event. The Host City Parties respect and understand this decision. The GSMA and the Host City Parties will continue to be working in unison and supporting each other for MWC Barcelona 2021 and future editions. Our sympathies at this time are with those affected in China, and all around the world.........Read more

Can the new coronavirus spread through building pipes?

Two residents of a Hong Kong apartment building have fallen ill with the new coronavirus even though they live on different floors from each other, prompting concerns that the virus may spread through building pipes, according to news reports. But how exactly would the virus spread through pipes? With COVID-19, tests have also found the virus present in patients' stool, suggesting the virus may be able to spread through fecal contamination. And the virus can cause abdominal symptoms, including diarrhea and nausea. Still, even if coronaviruses can spread through pipes, it's not a common mode of transmission. The most common way these viruses are transmitted is through respiratory droplets produced from coughs and sneezes........Read more

Amazon to set up two data centres in Telangana with USD 1.6 billion investment

They would help in developing an Amazon Web Services region in Telangana. In what is being seen as a massive investment by Amazon in Telangana, the tech giant has sought environmental clearance for the construction of two data centres at a cost of Rs 11,624 crore ($1.6 billion). The data centres are expected to come up at two locations on the outskirts of Hyderabad in Ranga Reddy district. More than 90 per cent of the investment would go towards the high-end computer and storage equipment that would be housed at these two data centres. They would help in developing an Amazon Web Services region in Telangana.........Read more

Do less and get stronger: Science proves you can lift less with better results

Sports scientists from the University of Lincoln, UK, compared the average weights lifted by two groups over six weeks: one using a traditional training method of a "one rep max"—the maximum weight an athlete could lift—and one using a load velocity profile, where the weights were tailored so they lift either more or less at each session. All who used the load velocity profile became stronger despite lifting less overall during the six week period.........Read more

Using UPI app? What to do if lose your mobile phone

It is important for customers to be aware of all that would save them from online fraudsters. In case you lose your phone If you lose your phone, block the account linked on any UPI app present on the phone.Unknown person will not be able to use your UPI related apps as UPI-PIN is required to authorize all transactionsIn addition, please contact the customer support of your bankYou must remember that you don’t need to enter your PIN when you are receiving a payment Do not share any sensitive details with anyone and be alert and pay attention to details while doing transactions. How UPI works........Read more

Protection Of Land And Jobs For J-K Locals Would Be Ensured: LG

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu said protection of land and jobs for the locals would be ensured keeping in view the interest of the Union Territory. Interacting with the councillors of Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) here, he also said the non-implementation of 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendments was hampering the complete empowerment of panchayati raj institutions (PRIs) and urban local bodies (ULBs) in the UT. ........Read more

Saibaba birthplace row: Temple in Shirdi to remain open amidst indefinite bandh

Following Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray's announcement that the state government will develop Pathri town in Parbhani district as Sai Baba's birthplace, an indefinite bandh (closure) has been called in Shirdi, Maharashtra on Sunday. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Shirdi Gram Sabha where people from the surrounding areas came to register their support for an indefinite bandh. However, the functioning of the Sai Baba Temple in Shirdi will not be affected and will remain open on Sunday (today).........Read more

CNG Cars Price Could Dropped By 23% In India

In case the GST on CNG-powered vehicles actually goes down to just 5 per cent, we can see a drop in prices of CNG vehicles by more than 20 per cent. This would, in turn, boost the popularity of vehicles powered by this cleaner fuel. The ministry is said to be hoping for support by the finance ministry to follow the latest recommendation.........Read more

What An Atmosphere! Australia-New Zealand Boxing Day Test Sees Over 80000 People In Attendance

The boxing day Test between Australia and New Zealand witnessed a rapturous atmosphere as more than 80,000 fans packed the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday in the largest single-day crowd for a Test match between the two nations, and one of the biggest against any country. The Boxing Day Test is the highlight of the cricket calendar in Australia and routinely attracts massive crowds, with the 91,112 who watched England during the Ashes in 2013, the record. ........Read more

'No Biometrics Required For NPR,'Says Union Minister Prakash Javadekar

Cabinet has approved the conducting of census of India 2021 and updating of National Population Register. It is self declaration, no document, bio-metric etc required for it. He also stated that the Union Cabinet has approved an expenditure of Rs. 8,754.23 crore for the exercise of Census of India in 2021 and Rs 3,941.35 crore for updating National Population Register (NPR). ........Read more

Visit museums or art galleries and you may live longer, new research suggests

A trip to the theater, museum or art gallery could help you live longer. And the more often you get that culture fix the better, a new study suggests. Researchers from University College London (UCL) found that people who engaged in the arts more frequently -- every few months or more -- had a 31% lower risk of dying early when compared to those who didn't. Even going to the theater or museum once or twice a year was linked with a 14% lower risk.........Read more

India In Growth Recession, Extreme Centralisation Hurting Economy: Raghuram Rajan

Former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Raghuram Rajan said India is in the midst of a "growth recession" with signs of a deep malaise in the Indian economy that is being run through extreme centralisation of power in Prime Minister's Office and powerless ministers. Penning down his recommendations to help the ailing Indian economy out of the ongoing slowdown in the India Today magazine, he called for reforms to liberalise capital, land and labour markets, and spur investment as well as growth. He also urged India to join free trade agreements judiciously in order to boost competition and improve domestic efficiency. "To understand what has gone wrong, we need to start first with the centralised nature of the current government. Not just decision-making but also ideas and plans emanate from a small set of personalities around the Prime Minister and in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO). "That works well for the party's political and social agenda, which is well laid out, and where all these individuals have domain expertise. It works less well for economic reforms, where there is less of a coherent articulated agenda at the top, and less domain knowledge of how the economy works at the national rather than state level," Rajan wrote.........Read more

IRCTC share price may hit Rs 2,000! Expert reveals strategy to profit from this multibagger stock

IRCTC share price has made a high of Rs 932.90 after its listing on 14th October, 2019. The Indian Railways vendor gave almost 100 per cent returns on its listing date itself as the IRCTC IPO was offered at the rate of Rs 340 per share. Ever since the listing of IRCTC shares on Indian indices, it has been showing an upside swing and in this period of around two months, it has made a high of Rs 932.90 per stock levels and a low of Rs 700.65. According to the stock market experts, profit-booking of around 10 per cent is long-awaited and once the IRCTC stock reaches around Rs 800 it becomes a good buy for the long-term. ........Read more

Hyderabad Encounter: Top cop VC Sajjanar had led similar operation in Warangal in 2008

According to reports, Sajjanar, back in 2008, was the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Warangal, it was reported that the police team headed by Sajjanar had killed all three accused in an 'encounter'. Even a press release later released by Sajjanar and his police team shed light on the fact that the cops had taken the three accused to Mamnoor, in the outskirts of Warangal, where they, the police claimed, had attempted to attack the cops with country-made weapons and acid bottles that they had kept hidden from prior. Thereafter, the police said, all three accused were killed in the encounter.........Read more

Highest in Asia, Indian Workers Likely to See 9.2% Salary Growth in '20. But Inflation May Play Spoiler

According to Korn Ferry Global Salary Forecast, India's salary growth for 2020 stood at 9.2 per cent down from 10 per cent last year, while real-wage after adjusting inflation may remain constant at 5 per cent in 2020. The report added that India has emerged as the leader of salary growth projection in Asia.........Read more

Hyderabad rape-murder: Outraged MPs in Rajya Sabha demands justice for India's daughters

"Many laws have been made, but looks like they are not enough. The whole nation has to get together to finish this from roots. We have to create an atmosphere where such incidents do not happen. Stricter punishments should be given," said Ghulam Nabi Azad in the upper House. Earlier, Congress and Sena along with the All India Trinamool Congress, the Revolutionary Socialist Party had given an Adjournment Motion notice in the Lok Sabha over the "gang rape and killing of girls in Hyderabad".........Read more

Did Russian astronaut acknowledge presence of alien ship near ISS? Video sparks debate

Scott C Waring, a popular conspiracy theorist who operates from Taiwan, has made a sensational claim that a Russian cosmonaut has allegedly acknowledged the presence of an alien space ship near the International Space Station (ISS).........Read more

No Data To Justify, Is Zero Budget Natural Farming A Flawed Concept?

Several agriculture scientists have expressed fears that any push towards ZBNF would affect food productivity, but the Union government is keen on pursuing this concept. ........Read more

Delhi Metro vibrations, noise shake up residents; experts roped in

The ever-expanding Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has been plagued with a new problem —complaints regarding vibrations and noise caused due to its train movements. To address the problem, the corporation is preparing guidelines to mitigate noise levels at its elevated stations and testing a new technology to reduce vibration at its underground ones. The DMRC has roped in the Central Road Research Institute (CSIR-CRRI) to prepare guidelines for measures to be taken along elevated corridors to ensure noise levels are within permissible limits. Anuj Dayal, executive director corporate communications at DMRC, said, “We have received complaints from various places regarding noise along our elevated corridors. We had asked CRRI to prepare guidelines about three months ago, as there is are no such guidelines available worldwide, specifically for Metro systems. Wherever there is a need, we are retrofitting the tracks to minimise noise and vibration levels.” The guidelines will provide parameters for installing noise barriers depending on noise level, location of the station and distance of the buildings in the vicinity. There are 181 elevated stations in Delhi, with the Metro cutting through residential areas such as Karol Bagh, East of Kailash and Mayur Vihar.........Read more

Thank you America: PM Modi concludes US visit, calls it beneficial

Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded his US visit, thanking the American people for "exceptional welcome, warmth and hospitality" and saying the diverse range of programmes he attended during the stay will greatly benefit India. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted two photographs of the prime minister boarding his special aircraft for his return journey. "PM @narendramodi winds up a visit filled with many highlights," he said. Just before emplaning the special aircraft, the prime minister detailed his week-long visit and the programmes he attended in the US, including his address to the 74th UN General Assembly in New York and the mega "Howdy Modi!" event in Houston, Texas. Modi thanked US president Donald Trump for attending the Indian diaspora event. "Community connect is at the heart of India-USA relations. I will never forget the #HowdyModi programme, made more special by the coming of @POTUS. That gesture showed how much he personally, and USA values ties with India as well as the role of our talented diaspora" he tweeted. He also mentioned his "excellent" bilateral meetings with international leaders and the roundtable with American industry leaders.........Read more

Mercury has Magnetic Poles that Drift Like Earth's

Earth’s magnetic poles drift over time. This is something that every airplane pilot or navigator knows. They have to account for it when they plan their flights. They drift so much, in fact, that the magnetic poles are in different locations than the geographic poles, or the axis of Earth’s rotation. Today, Earth’s magnetic north pole is 965 kilometres (600 mi) away from its geographic pole. Now a new study says the same pole drifting is occurring on Mercury too. Earth’s magnetic poles anchor our planet’s magnetosphere. The magnetosphere extends out into space around our planet, and protects us from the Sun’s radiation. The magnetosphere and its poles are artifacts of Earth’s molten core, and scientists think that Mercury has a molten core, too. But what, exactly, makes the poles drift? The phenomenon is called polar drift, and on Earth it’s caused by variations in the flow of molten iron in the planet’s core. On Earth, the north magnetic pole drifts about 55 to 60 kilometers (34 to 37 miles) per year, The south magnetic pole drifts about 10 to 15 kilometers (six to nine miles) each year. The poles also flip, and that’s happened about 100 times in the planet’s history. The study shows that the same polar drift is likely happening on Mercury, and that the story behind pole drift on that planet is more complicated than thought. ........Read more

'Democracy Being Compromised', Writes Karnataka IAS Officer in Resignation Note

S Sasikanth Senthil, the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district, resigned from service on Friday, writing in a note that he cannot continue when ‘fundamental building blocks of India’s democracy are being compromised.’ According to reports, while officially he cited ‘personal reasons’ for resignation, the wordings of the note, which he addressed to ‘friends’ makes it likely that his resignation was due to the ongoing Kashmir issue. If true, he will be the second IAS officer, after Kerala’s Kannan Gopinathan, to have resigned over the issue. In his note, the 40-year-old Karnataka-cadre officer from Tamil Nadu wrote that his decision was not connected to anything in his current profile as the DC of Dakshin Kannada. The officer, who became DC of the district in 2017, further thanked everyone for being extremely kind to him and apologised for quitting the service midway. He, however, also wrote that it is unethical for him to continue in service at a time when fundamental building blocks of India’s diverse democracy are being compromised in an unprecedented manner. Noting that coming days will be very difficult for the basic fabric of the nation, he wrote that it would be better for him to be outside IAS to continue working for the betterment of all. ‘It simply can’t be business as usual any more’, the officer wrote.........Read more

Karnataka HC rejects DK Shivakumar's plea, no protection from ED arrest

Karnataka High Court on Friday rejected Congress leader DK Shivakumar's plea seeking interim protection from arrest in a money-laundering case. DK Shivakumar had moved high court in the morning requesting an urgent hearing in the case. Now, the senior Congress leader is likely to move Supreme Court against the Karnataka High Court order. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued fresh summons on Thursday against Shivakumar in the money-laundering case. DK Shivakumar, who is considered as Congress's go-to man in Karnataka, was asked to appear before the ED in New Delhi Friday afternoon for questioning. The agency issued fresh summons after Karnataka High Court yesterday rejected Shivakumar's previous plea against the ED summons. "Please don't take tension, I have not taken tension, there is no need to take tension. I have not committed any mistake. I have not committed any rape or taken money, there is nothing against me," Shivakumar told reporters in Bengaluru today morning. "Have received summons from ED late yesterday night at 9.40 pm asking me to appear at 1 PM in Delhi today. Although the sudden scheduling by ED is malafide, I believe in rule of law and will definitely participate and fully cooperate with them and abide by the law of our country," he tweeted. ........Read more

NIA arrests missing suspect in 2014 Burdwan blast case

Fourteen persons, deported from the United Arab Emirates and apprehended by the National Investigation Agency for suspected association with men linked to an alleged terror outfit, were flown from New Delhi to Chennai on a special flight Monday. It is learnt that the men were produced before a NIA court which granted their custody to the agency. Sources claimed that the men — they were said to be from Chennai, Tirunelveli, Theni, Nagapattinam and Ramanathapuram — were members of Wahdat-e-Islami Hind, a religious organisation in Tamil Nadu. They were deported after intelligence agencies received credible inputs that they had been in touch with individuals in Tamil Nadu who have now been placed under arrest by the NIA for suspected links to alleged terror outfit Ansarulla. Read | Lok Sabha nod to NIA Bill, Amit Shah says won’t misuse On Saturday, the NIA searched premises linked to three individuals in connection with its probe into activities of Ansarulla. One among them was Chennai resident Syed Bukhari, president of the Wahdat-e-Islami Hind. On Sunday, the NIA arrested two of the three individuals — Hassan Ali Yunusmaricar and Harish Mohammed, both from Nagapattinam — “based on incriminating facts revealed during searches and subsequent investigations”. Along with Bukhari, the two men are already accused in a NIA case registered on July 9 against Ansarulla.........Read more

France Ready To Cut Renault Stake To Shore Up Nissan Partnership

France is ready to consider cutting its stake in Renault in the interests of consolidating the automaker's alliance with Nissan. Italian-US carmaker Fiat Chrysler pulled the plug on its proposed merger with Renault, saying negotiations had become "unreasonable" due to political resistance in Paris.........Read more

Mamata Banerjee Won't Attend Niti Aayog Meeting on June 15, Calls it 'Fruitless'

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, stating that she would not be attending the Niti Ayog meeting scheduled on June 15. Given the fact that the Niti Ayog has no financial powers and the power to support State Plans, it is fruitless for me to attend the meeting of a body that is bereft of any financial powers.........Read more

JP Nadda, Dharmendra Pradhan in Race to Become BJP President: Reports

With Modi government’s swearing-in slated for May 30, speculation is abound that BJP national president Amit Shah may be ‘rewarded’ with a senior, crucial ministerial berth- but this comes with another set of reports, ministers who might replace him in the party.........Read more

Union Cabinet Passes Resolution to Dissolve 16th Lok Sabha

The Union Cabinet on Friday passed the resolution to dissolve the 16th Lok Sabha. The next step would be for President Ram Nath Kovind to dissolve the Lok Sabha, the term of which ends on June 3. The 17th Lok Sabha has to be constituted before June 3 and the process to form a new House will be initiated when the three Election Commissioners meet the President to hand over the list of newly-elected members.........Read more

11 Girls Allegedly Murdered by Brajesh Thakur, CBI Tells Supreme Court

Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case: 11 Girls Missing from shelter home allegedly killed by Brajesh Thakur, CBI told SC........Read more

England Cricketer Alex Hales Handed 21-Day Suspension For Recreational Drug Use

Cricket World Cup hosts England have suffered a major setback a month before the start of the tournament. Alex Hales, elected to England’s World Cup team, has failed a drug test, putting his in the final World Cup squad in major doubt right ahead of the announcement which is due on May 22. ........Read more

Mukesh Ambani Among TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People

Reliance Industries (RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani has featured in the TIME magazine’s list of 100 most influential people. Arundhati Katju and Menaka Guruswamy, who led the legal battle for LGBTQ rights in India, also featured in the list........Read more

ECI restrains Yogi Adityanath and Mayawati from campaigning over the next few days

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has put a 72-hour prohibition on campaigning by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and 48-hour ban on BSP chief Mayawati for violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).........Read more

Xiaomi’s foldable phone shows up in new video teaser

Xiaomi has posted a fresh teaser video for its bifold Android device. Like the Huawei Mate X, Xiaomi’s open tablet has thin, regular bezels on all sides, and when it folds the screen wraps around the outside. The Xiaomi difference is that its foldable folds twice. ........Read more

Manchester City owners considering buying club in India

The owners of Manchester City are considering buying a club in India, says chief executive Ferran Soriano. "We've been looking at India for nearly two years now. I'd say this year we'll end up doing investment in India."........Read more

Thousands Begin Kisan March 2.0 from Nashik to Mumbai After Failed Late-Night Talks With Govt

The farmers embarked on the 180-km march from Nashik over demands including a loan waiver and minimum support price for crops. The All India Kisan Sabha also accused the state government of not fulfilling assurances given almost a year ago after the farmers had staged a march for similar demands.........Read more

Mild tremors felt in Chennai after 4.9 magnitude earthquake hits Bay of Bengal

An earthquake measuring 4.9 magnitude on the Richter scale was reported in Bay of Bengal about 609.1 km away from Chennai coast on Tuesday morning and mild tremors were felt in Chennai. ........Read more

Infosys to double campus hiring in US, on track to take in 10,000 local workers by 2020

Indian IT giant Infosys is reportedly planning to double its campus hiring in the coming fiscal as part of the company's localisation drive in the United States.........Read more

Kerala Govt Revises Sabarimala List, Says 'Not 51, Only 17 Women of Menstrual Age Entered Temple'

The Kerala government has revised the list of women of menstruating age, who entered Sabarimala temple after the Supreme Court overturned a centuries-old traditional ban last year brought down the numbers to 17. ........Read more

Took Me Years to Realise I was Sexually Harassed by a Director: Swara Bhaskar

Actress Swara Bhaskar has revealed she was sexually harassed by a director but it took her nearly six to eight years to realise what had happened as the culture doesn't teach women to recognise predatory behaviour.........Read more

Gautam Gambhir announces retirement from all forms of cricket

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir announced his retirement from all forms cricket. In a career that spanned 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20 internationals for the Indian cricket.........Read more

Ex-BSP MP’s son Asish Pandey who brandished gun at 5-star hotel surrenders

Former BSP MP R.J. Pandey's son Ashish Pandey, who had brandished a pistol and threatened the son of a former Congress MLA at a five-star hotel, surrendered before a Delhi court.........Read more

Kerala floods: IMD predicts heavy downpour for next two days as rain intensifies across state

Indicating more trouble for people in the flood-ravaged state, a scientist at the Indian Metereological Department (IMD) in Trivandrum predicted heavy rainfall for the next two days even as the rains intensified in Kochi and central districts. ........Read more

Infosys CFO MD Ranganath resigns

Infosys Ltd said its board had accepted the resignation of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) MD Ranganath. However, he will continue in his current position as chief financial officer till November 16, 2018.........Read more

India beat Nepal to make U-15 SAFF final

The Indian U-15 women's team progressed to the final of the SAFF U-15 Championship after defeating Nepal 2-1 in the semi-finals at the Changlimithang Stadium. India will face the winners of the second semi-final clash between hosts Bhutan and Bangladesh.........Read more

Q1 results: Indian Oil profit jumps 50% on inventory gains

Indian Oil Corp. Ltd, the nation’s biggest oil firm, has reported a 50% jump in June quarter (Q1) profit as inventory gains negated lower refining margins. Indian Oil’s consolidated net profit rose to ₹ 6,831 crore in Q1 2018-19 compared with ₹ 4,549 crore in the same period last fiscal.........Read more

New Panasonic device sucks up your shoe smells, if you have five hours

Panasonic will be launching a “shoe deodorizer", called the MS-DS100. It uses some zany “nano” technology to suck the stink right out of your shoes. This strange device will be available in Japan on September 20th.........Read more

Thunderstorm Wreaks Havoc in Jharkhand, Bihar, UP; Death Toll Reaches 33

The thunderstorm also resulted in a huge loss of property, according to the reports. Maximum deaths took place as the storm collapsed houses and electricity poles/ trees fell on people. While 12 people have reportedly died in Jharkhand, the death toll reached 12 in Bihar and nine in Uttar Pradesh.........Read more

AMU V-C meets Rajnath Singh, says students’ stir not linked to Jinnah portrait row

Aligarh Muslim University Vice-Chancellor Tariq Mansoor on Wednesday met Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi over the Jinnah portrait row. The Vice-Chancellor, while calling it a “non-issue”: Jinnah’s portrait has been here (in the campus) since 1938. Jinnah’s portrait is at many places including Bombay HC and Sabarmati Ashram. No one was worried about the portraits until now, I think it is a non-issue.........Read more

Karnataka elections: Yeddyurappa releases BJP’s manifesto, promises cow slaughter bill

The manifesto promises re-introduction of cow slaughter bill, to waive off loans of up to Rs 1 lakh for farmers and weavers. The BJP said that it would do away with the ACB and revive the Lokayukta. This has been one of the major poll planks of the BJP which has accused the Congress of deteriorating law and order in the state. We are committed to reducing the burden of debt on our Annadaatas. We will announce a crop loan waiver up to Rs1 Lakh, including all loans from Nationalised Banks and Co-operatives, in our first Cabinet Meeting for the benefit of our Annadaatas," said Yeddyurappa releasing the manifesto.........Read more

Police want to install jammers to kill drones near the Taj Mahal

Making videos and taking pictures of the Taj Mahal using drones is strictly prohibited. Violators could end up serving jail time in addition to heavy fines. Now the police also want drone killing jammers to make sure that there is no way for tourists or miscreants to fly near the national monument.........Read more

Apple to introduce iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in red

Apple will reportedly introduce a new colour to its iPhone 8 and 8 Plus lineup Monday: red. The new colour is part of the company’s partnership with (RED), an advocacy group dedicated to combating HIV/AIDS in Africa. Product Red was founded in 2006 by U2 frontman Bono and ONE Campaign activist Bobby Shriver, and licenses its name to other private companies to highlight efforts to combat HIV/AIDS in eight African countries: Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia. ........Read more

Mehuli Ghosh bags silver and Apurvi Chandela won bronze in 10m Air Rifle at CWG 2018

Mehuli Ghosh and Apurvi Chandela have further extended India’s unparalleled dominance in shooting as they won the silver and bronze medal respectively in the 10m Air Rifle category. The wins came after Jitu Rai had clinched the gold and Om Mitharval, the bronze in the 10m Air Pistol.........Read more

In 3 years, RBI switches back to GDP-based measure to calculate growth of Indian economy

The Reserve Bank on Thursday switched back to the gross domestic product (GDP)-based measure to offer its growth estimates from the gross value added (GVA) methodology, citing global best practices. The government had started analysing growth estimates using GVA methodology from January 2015 and had also changed the base year to 2018 from January.........Read more

Planes of Amit Shah, Rahul Gandhi searched by election officials in Karnataka

The special aircraft of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and BJP national chief Amit Shah were searched by officials on Tuesday after they landed at Hubballi airport in north Karnataka to campaign for their parties in the run-up to the assembly elections on May 12. Soon after their arrival, a team led by election nodal officer Karpale and Hire Gowda and Yogananda searched the planes to check for possible poll code violations.........Read more

Ola, Uber to become one entity: Merger talks being initiated by SoftBank, claims report

Ola and Uber reportedly has begun the merger talks in India, initiated by the Japanese investor SoftBank. SoftBank is the biggest investor in both the firms, eyeing to consolidate the ride-hailing market in India. ........Read more

Andhra Pradesh village set to celebrate first year of ‘Hindus only’

A year ago on Ram Navami, residents of Kesalingayapalle , in Andhra Pradesh’s Kadapa district, declared it a “Hindus only” village and hung a saffron board at its entrance. The board which has “Jai Sri Ram” slogans on either side, also bears this message: “If a person converts to other religion, it amounts to changing one’s own mother.”........Read more

Tamil Rockers Members Arrested For Uploading Pirated South Indian Movies

The members of Tamil Rockers used to upload pirated movies on 19 domains including,,,, among others. While Karti and Suresh made up to Rs 1 crore from uploading pirated movies, the others made around Rs 75 lakh each.........Read more

Supreme Court refuses to allow entry of foreign law firms

The Supreme Court (SC) today refused to allow the entry of foreign law firms in India to practice law in court. In doing so, the top court upheld the Bombay and Madras high court judgments on the matter, but with certain modifications.........Read more

Shooting World Cup: 16-year-old Manu Bhaker gets gold, India tops table after four events

16-year-old Manu Bhaker showed her calm when she overcame a 1.4 deficit on the lost shot to win the Women’s 10m Air Pistol gold in the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup stage in Mexico. She overcame home favourite Alejandra Zavala, a two-time World Cup Finals winner.........Read more

Transport workers call off strike, buses to ply from early morning

The Madras High Court on Thursday appointed its former judge E. Padmanabhan as an arbitrator to adjudicate the dispute between the government and transport corporation employees over the quantum of wage revision and directed the striking workers to resume work.........Read more

India-United Kingdom to ink MoU on illegal migrants

India will sign a pact with the United Kingdom for a return of illegal Indian migrants within a month of their being detected by authorities. The U.K. has consistently raised the issue of return of illegal migrants — said to number in thousands — with India. The memorandum of understanding comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposed visit in March.........Read more

Bitcoin Exchanges seeking clarity over levy of GST

Indias top seven Bitcoin exchanges, which include Zebpay, Unocoin, CoinSecure, plan to approach the Advance Authority of Ruling for clear answers to these questions. AAR is a quasi-judicial body that can decide the applicability of tax rates. ........Read more

An Anti-Dumping Duty Likely To Be Imposed On Chinese Chemical Imports

The Directorate General of Antidumping and Allied Duties (DGAD), the investigation arm of the Commerce Industry, in its finding, discovered that 'Sulphonated Naphthalene Formaldehyde', has been imported into India from China at rates lower than normal value, resulting in dumping. The move to impose duty would guard domestic players against importing this chemical due to its cheap rates.........Read more

Indian visitors to Taj Mahal to be capped at 40k/day

A high-level meeting in Delhi attended by senior bureaucrats, ASI officials and police and paramilitary officers have decided that starting January 20, only 40,000 Indian tourists will be allowed to visit the Taj Mahal per day, but there will be no daily limit on the number of foreign tourists.........Read more

Finally, Viraat to settle in Vishakhapatnam!

The de-commissioned aircraft career (warship) INS Viraat will be soon converted 'must-visit' tourist destination in the city. The proposal of turning INS Viraat into a 'floating hotel' has been going on for the past couple of years. initially, the Indian Navy asked the AP government to earmark a land of 750 acres for a world-class museum of the warship.........Read more

Uber’s SoftBank deal may smoothen road ahead for scarred startup

Uber Technologies shareholders agree to sell a sizeable stake in the startup to a group led by SoftBank Group, adding to the already huge investments Masayoshi Son’s company has made in the global ride-hailing business........Read more

World Gold Council to form panel to set up India's first spot gold exchange

The World Gold Council (WGC) plans to form a committee soon to help set up India's first spot gold exchange within 12 to 18 months. A dedicated exchange for physical gold is expected to pave the way for standard gold pricing practices in India, apart from bringing in transparency into a market which sees large cash transactions........Read more

MG Motors To Launch Hyundai Creta Rival In India

President and Managing Director of MG Motor India, Rajeev Chaba revealed the automaker's plans for the Indian market. The report also suggests that the first product from MG Motors will be a compact SUV which will rival the Hyundai Creta. The compact SUV will be followed by a small MPV and a hatchback. Chaba revealed that the first launch would take place in 2019 and the second launch is slated for 2020.........Read more

JioPhone is a 'Short Term Hiccup' Says Lesser Know Brands Like Itel, Hitech

The bundled three year Rs 1500 refundable feature phone offer by Jio will create only a 'short term' hiccup when launched, feel at least two mobile handset makers. "So far there is no impact on our sales. We think it will affect our market as a short term hiccup once the Jio feature phone is launched but it will not be anything severe," leading feature phone company Itel Mobile senior vice-president Arijeet Talapatra told........Read more

Protein may protect against heart attack

A naturally occurring protein, dickkopf-related protein 3 (DKK3), could hold the key to protecting against heart attacks and strokes caused by atherosclerosis, according to new research by King's College London researchers.........Read more

Computerized Fabric Could Transform Any Piece of Clothing Into a Fitness Tracker

A team of researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed a stretchy fabric-based sensor that can detect and transmit data on a wide range of human movement. The highly sensitive capacitor technology could be incorporated into the next generation of smart apparel, in which your clothing doubles as a digital device.........Read more

Arunachal, Andaman exempted from liquor vends on highways: SC

The Supreme Court has exempted Arunachal Pradesh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands from the 500 metre rule on liquor vends on highways. The court was hearing a batch of petitions seeking modification to its December 2016 order banning liquor outlets within 500 metres of the state and national highways. On Wednesday the court also directed the Uttarakhand government to file an affidavit and also furnish data to substantiate its plea for exemption.........Read more

Neural stem cells steered by electric fields in rat brain

Electric fields can be used to guide neural stem cells transplanted into the brain towards a specific location. The research, published July 11 in the journal Stem Cell Reports, opens possibilities for effectively guiding stem cells to repair brain damage.........Read more

Piaggio Introduces India-Made Vespa And Aprilia SR 150 Range In Sri Lanka

Piaggio India Private Limited (PVPL) has announced the launch of the Vespa and Aprilia SR 150 range of scooters in Sri Lanka. Both the Vespa and the Aprilia SR 150 scooters are manufactured in India at the company's Baramati plant, in Maharashtra.........Read more

Country over IPL: Rahul Dravid quits Delhi Daredevils after extending India A, U-19 contract

'Being a true servant of cricket he believes he still has a lot to give back to the game and help nurture young India talent. We wish him all the best,' says Daredevils CEO Hemant Dua.........Read more

Andy Murray stunned by Jordan Thompson at Queen's

Defending champion Andy Murray was knocked out of the Aegon Championships in the first round by world number 90 Jordan Thompson on a day of shocks. The world number one lost 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 to Thompson, a late replacement for the injured Aljaz Bedene.........Read more

Delhi IGIA amongst 10 worst airports but still manages to beat swanky Dubai airport; Mumbai airport on 70th spot

Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) which is the second largest airport in the world is struggling to keep up with quality and punctuality issues. IGIA, which handles over 40 million passengers every year, was ranked among the 10 worst airports in a survey conducted by AirHelp.........Read more

Nike to slash 1,400 jobs, reduce variety in sneaker styles

Nike wants to be more nimble on its feet and sell more shoes directly to customers online as part of a restructuring process in which it plans to cut about 1,400 jobs and reduce the number of sneaker styles it offers by a quarter.........Read more

Reports: Manchester United agree deal for £39.7 million superstar

Manchester United have already agreed on a £39.7m fee for Monaco's midfield mainstay Fabinho. Emanuele Giulanelli is, in fact, reporting that the deal has already been done for a price of 45 million euros and that it’ll be made official in two weeks, the delay coming because the Brazilian is on holiday. ........Read more

After Apple, Samsung is preparing on Bixby smart speaker: report

Samsung’s virtual assistant Bixby made its debut with firm’s latest flagship smartphone Galaxy S8. During its launch, Samsung never kept a secret about incorporating in other devices. In fact, it confirmed Bixby will be the new intelligent interface on tech giant’s devices, with an aimed edge over its rivals such as Apple.........Read more

India's diversity is its strength, says Modi; pays tribute to Savarkar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday conveyed his greetings to those celebrating Ramzan around the world in his latest edition of Mann Ki Baat. Mr. Modi said “Mann Ki Baat has connected me with every Indian, in a very special way.” Mr. Modi said “India's diversity is our strength. We are proud that people from all faiths live in India in a harmonious manner.”........Read more

BMW X1 gets a 2.0L petrol engine, priced at Rs. 35.75 lakh | Team-BHP

BMW India has added a new petrol engine option to the specification sheet of the X1 SUV. The second-generation BMW X1 was launched in India with only a diesel engine during the 2016 Auto Expo. The German automaker had announced that it will be introducing a petrol model as well sometime in the future. The company has now added the petrol engine in the xLine trim. The X1 petrol has been priced at Rs. 35.75 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), which is identical to the price of its diesel equivalent.........Read more

Astronomers look back 13.8 billion years to create the largest ever map of the universe

Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) have created the best known map of the large scale structure of the universe, based on the positions of quasars. Quasars are glowing rings of matter and energy around supermassive black holes, and are incredibly bright. This allows scientists to use them as markers, as the brightness of the quasars allow them to be clearly observed even from incredible distances.........Read more

BMW 8-Series Coupe concept officially teased

BMW 8-Series Coupe concept officially teased. BMW will unveil its 8-Series Coupe concept at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on May 26 and ahead of its official unveiling, the car has been teased.........Read more

Madame Tussauds: Legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev unveils his wax statue

India’s 1983 world cup winning captain Kapil Dev on Thursday unveiled his wax statue at Madame Tussauds in New Delhi. Kapil’s wax figure has been unveiled among other sporting icons in a specially dedicated area where fans will have an unique chance to test their cricket skills.........Read more

SBI cuts affordable home loan rates by 0.25%; lowest in market

India's largest lender SBI on Monday announced a steep reduction of 25 basis points in affordable housing loans to 8.35% for new borrowers. Under the new government scheme, loans under Rs 30 lakh qualify for affordable housing.........Read more

Will it be Sanskrit next? SC rejects plea to make Hindi compulsory in schools

The bench, which also comprised Justices DY Chandrachud and Sanjay Kishan Kaul, said the people speaking other languages may also start asking why their languages are not being taught and added that the government could look into it. The bench also did not allow the plea of Upadhyay, who is also an advocate, that he would withdraw the plea and let it be treated as a representation to the central government. "We will not say anything. You withdraw it," it said.........Read more

Ferrari Surges To Apple-Like Margins With $2.1 Million Car

In an industry where double-digit margins are exceptional, Ferrari entered unprecedented territory with its adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization climbing to 29.5 percent of sales in the first quarter from 26.3 percent a year earlier. That compares with a 31.6 percent profit margin at Apple and about 36.5 percent at luxury goods icon Hermes International SCA.........Read more

Isuzu MU-X SUV Launch Date Announced

The new Isuzu MU-X will replace the Japanese automaker's current flagship model in India - the Isuzu MU-7. Isuzu imported a new MU-X SUV to India for homologation and testing last year and now it will launch it in India on the 11th of May 2017.........Read more

Corporate tax rate may be lowered to 25% for bigger Indian companies

Finance minister Arun Jaitley in 2015 first proposed to cut corporate tax from 30% to 25% over the next four years. The government plans to cut the tax rate to make Indian companies globally competitive and attract more investments to the country. Lowering the tax rate will become easier for the government as the tax base widens and compliance rate increases.........Read more

NITI Aayog moots direct buying of agri products from farmers to eliminate middlemen

The NITI Aayog has suggested that the government allow direct buying of agriculture products in its bid to eliminate middlemen and double farmers’ income by 2022 in line with the Narendra Modi-led government’s promise.........Read more

Rishabh Pant, the left-handed Virender Sehwag, is no longer playing cricket just for fun

Like Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, Pant changed as well after his father’s death. Kohli used to be a mischievous kid, but his father’s demise changed the way he looked at life. He took it upon himself to prove his worth and worked harder. Sinha said there was a drastic change in his ward and he could see a more serious Pant in the making.........Read more

Google Home: The feature you've all been waiting for is just around the corner

There are a lot of things Google Home is still incapable of doing as compared to Amazon Echo, but the good news is that it is getting there sooner, rather than later. Google recently welcomed new third-party vendors to serve as partners for its smart home gadget, and it might be on the verge of pushing Amazon Echo to the side with some new features in Google Home 2.0.........Read more

Government orders Air India to lift ban on Ravindra Gaikwad, MP can fly again

The ban on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad was revoked after the Air India received a letter from the civil aviation ministry to do so. Gaikwad had written a regret letter to the civil aviation minister on Thursday over the "unfortunate incident". After AI revoked the ban, the private airlines will also follow suit........Read more

Pappu Yadav arrest: Eleven policemen suspended

Eleven policemen were on Friday suspended on the charge of producing arrested RJD MP Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav in a Patna court with handcuffs on. Senior superintendent of police of Patna, Manu Maharaj said that 11 policemen including sub inspector Pradeep Kumar and assistant sub inspector Jamaluddin and nine constables were suspended on the charge.........Read more

Facebook Likely to Showcase its Hardware Products in April

In a fresh bid to take on rivals like Apple, Google and Snap, Facebook is reportedly foraying into consumer hardware products that may involve next-gen cameras, augmented reality (AR) devices, drones and even a brain scanning technology.........Read more

Exit polls on March 9, not 8: Election Commission

People will have to wait for one more day to know the outcome of exit polls as the Election Commission today postponed their telecast to March 9 evening after elections to one seat each in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand are over. The last phase of polling in Uttar Pradesh and Manipur …........Read more

HomeShop18 Fires 200 Employees

Noida-based television home shopping network and online marketplace, HomeShop18 has reportedly laid off close to 200 of its staff. The layoffs include employees across levels and were done in an effort to bring down the cost of operations.........Read more

O'Keefe, Smith set up famous Australia victory

Australia not only beat India, they thrashed them. Humiliated them. On a dry, turning pitch that should have suited India's spinners, Steven Smith scored the only hundred of the match and Steve O'Keefe took as many wickets as R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja combined. So many, in fact, that his 12 for 69 were the best figures ever by a visiting spinner in a Test on Indian soil. India were humbled for 105 and 107; never had they scored so few in a home Test loss.........Read more

Train derailments in India was tasked by Pakistan based Shafi Sheikh.

NIA officials who questioned key accused Shamshul Hoda in Nepal learnt that he had been tasked by Sheikh to carry out train derailments in India. While Hoda expressed ignorance over the Kanpur incident, he said that the plot to plant explosives on the railway track at Ghorasahan and Nakardehi in Bihar were hatched by him at the best of his Pakistan contact.........Read more

State Election Commission is using Messenger bot to spread awareness about upcoming BMC elections

State Election Commission of Maharashtra is using Facebook and Facebook Messenger bot platform to engage Facebook users in Mumbai for the upcoming BMC elections. The online campaign ‘Mahavoter Project’ is a collaboration between Operation Black Dot, Facebook, Bot framework provider Gupshup and Mumbai University. The campaign by their own admission is one of the largest apolitical voter registration and awareness campaign in Mumbai. ........Read more

Israel: The start-up nation and beyond

The fascinating story of Hatzerim kibbutz is a useful way to capture the profound transformation of the Israeli economy over the past several decades – from agriculture to high technology. ........Read more

International science collaboration growing at astonishing rate

The number of multiple-author scientific papers with collaborators from more than one country more than doubled from 1990 to 2015, from 10 to 25 percent, one study found. And 58 more countries participated in international research in 2015 than did so in 1990.........Read more

DDCA Case: Kejriwal Asked to Appear Before Court on March 21

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was on Saturday directed to appear on March 21 before a Delhi court which granted him exemption from personal appearance for the day in a criminal defamation complaint filed by DDCA and Chetan Chauhan.........Read more

What's cooking? Urjit Patel signed Rs 2000 notes while Rajan was in office

Though the new Rs 2000 notes carry the signature of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Urjit Patel, they were printed when his predecessor, Raghuram Rajan, was still in office.........Read more

Emotions are cognitive, not innate, researchers conclude

Emotions are not innately programmed into our brains, but, in fact, are cognitive states resulting from the gathering of information, New York University Professor Joseph LeDoux and Richard Brown, a professor at the City University of New York, conclude in the latest issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.........Read more

Day after price cap, high-end stents scarce

Coronary stents became scarce in private and government hospitals on Wednesday, a day after the national drug price regulator capped their prices. Manufacturers say they are withdrawing stocks to comply with the governments directive to mark down prices on their labels immediately.........Read more

Centre shuts gate on Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Centre has shut the gate on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on a critical national health mission, and possible conflict of interest issues arising from the foundation’s “ties” with pharmaceutical companies is one of the reasons. ........Read more

NASA's Juno Mission: Phenomenal Jupiter revealed in greater detail, and you too can be part of the mission!

JunoCam, the first interplanetary outreach camera, is now being guided with the assistance from the public -- people can participate by voting for what features on Jupiter should be imaged during each flyby........Read more

Kung Fu Yoga movie review: Misses the cut, yet humorous

The film could not match up to the expectations as it fails to keep the graph steady. The humour element does not appear to be effortless, but Jackie manages to pull off the funny element with ease and finesse as always. One of the funniest moments of the film is the one where Chan takes a lion on a bumpy ride in Dubai.........Read more

Govt removes all taxes on PoS machines to push digital payments

To promote cashless transactions, I propose to exempt BCD (basic custom duties), excise duties, CVD (countervailing duties), SAD (special additional duty) on miniaturised card readers and mPOS micro atms standards for version 1.5.1, finger print readers, scanners and iris scanners.........Read more

10,000km, 6 Months & One Man on a Cycle - Arvind Mishra Wants to School You on Climate Change

After a horrifying accident in 2010, Arvind Mishra, then a mechanical engineer, was left immobilised for three months. The doctors had predicted partial paralysis. Today, he prepares to embark on a cycling journey covering 10,000 km across India to spread awareness on climate change.........Read more

Andhra Pradesh investment summit sees 665 MoUs worth over Rs10.5 trillion

Andhra Pradesh chief minister N.Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday announced that the two-day AP-CII Partnership Summit saw the signing of 665 memorandums of understanding (MoUs) worth Rs10.54 trillion, and with the potential to provide employment to 22.34 lakh people.........Read more

Centre sets limit on age and attempts for NEET

The Central government has decided to introduce an age limit for medical aspirants taking the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), on Tuesday. The age limit for those aiming at 15% all-India quota seats has been set to 25 years whereas those from reserved categories will be able to take the test till they turn 30 years old. But the number of attempts for each candidate will the three only.........Read more

Jallikattu a ‘cultural symbol’, says Vishwanathan Anand

Jallikattu is a cultural symbol. Respect it. I’m all for animal rights but here that is not the point. Tradition & livelihood are”, the chess legend wrote in his official micro-blogging site Twitter. “My state rises again. In unison. In peace. Proud to be a #tamizhanda. Genext here are modern yet culturally rooted #JusticeforJallikattu”, Anand who hails from Chennai.........Read more

I wasn't elected to cut ribbons, will weed out graft: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a strong pitch for demonetisation on Tuesday and said the move is aimed to weed out corruption from the country and give India its long deserving place. The country, which was once referred to as a 'Golden Bird', has now become just the opposite, Modi said addressing a public rally at Parade Grounds here and reiterated his commitment to take on the corrupt and black money.........Read more

Driver's suicide note claims he knew how Janardhan Reddy laundered Rs 100 crore

Driver's suicide note claims he knew how Janardhan Reddy laundered Rs 100 crore - Ramesh Gowda who worked as a driver for Bengaluru land acquisition officer Bheema Nayak committed suicide after constant harassment.........Read more

IT industry to clock $350 bn revenue before 2025: Nasscom

Betting on solving the business problems, software industry lobby National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) feels that Indian IT industry will achieve $350 billion revenue earlier than the targeted date of 2025. "IT........Read more

One Out Of Six Persons Booked For Cow-Related Crimes In Haryana Is A Hindu: Report

Police records show that one out of six persons booked for cow-related offences under Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Act 2015 is a Hindu. Harphul Khan Bhatti, state president Muslim Kalyan Committee of Haryana, told the newspaper that cows are being use to polarise Hindus and Muslims. "This whole issue is not religious but a political one. In fact, Muslims respect cows just as the Hindus do," he said.........Read more

Won't work with Pak artistes right now: Ajay Devgn

Actor Ajay Devgn is the latest Bollywood celebrity to come out in support of ban on Pakistani artistes working in India, saying he is not going to “share screen space” with them as of now. Read More:  All-party delegation reaches Kashmir on mission to restore peace Related Post The Indian family, who paid Rs 211........Read more

Danish study links contraceptive use to risk of depression

Aside from pesky side effects like nausea and headaches, hormonal contraceptives are generally considered quite safe and effective. But researchers Wednesday identified a heightened risk of an unintended consequence: depression.........Read more

Walmart And Flipkart May Ink Deal To Take On Amazon

Walmart Stores Inc is reportedly planning to form an alliance with Flipkart to ante up against Amazon. The US retail giant is exploring an equity partnership with Flipkart. According to two people close to the development, the companies are engaged in early talks and a meeting is scheduled this week that will include discussions on Walmart picking up a minority stake in Flipkart.........Read more

2008 Malegaon blast case: No bail for Prasad Purohit

The order was passed by Special Judge S D Tekale. Purohit had sought the bail contending that National Investigation Agency (NIA) had dropped the charges under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) in the case, and that the sanction for prosecution obtained under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act was defective.........Read more

Days of Tafree movie review: Krishnadev Yagnik’s film is flighty and frivolous

An official remake of the Gujarati film, “Chello Divas”, “Days of Tafree”, written and directed by Krishnadev Yagnik is a frivolously handled, cathartic film that lacks depth. It is more befitting as a television broadcast. Without any layers of suspense or major drama, it reveals the carefree lives of seven friends; Nikhil, Vicky, Suresh, Sarabjeet, Pooja, Nisha and Isha, during their last year in college. With large dose of romance and idling away of time doing nothing meaningful in life, the film is a badly made big-screen version of an Archie comic.........Read more

The most coveted cigars will never be smoked. Here’s why

At a time when public places for smoking are disappearing and the anti-tobacco lobby is making it uncool, hand-rolled cigars are being kept aglow by a sizeable pool of avid collectors.........Read more

After Panama Papers, Bahamas: More Indians in secret tax haven list

An investigation of the list by The Indian Express has shown that the Bahamas Leaks has 475 India-related files linked to corporate personalities across sectors such as mines and metals, electronics, real estate, media and entertainment.........Read more

Arunachal: Day after, PPA chairman says Khandu plan may have been on for weeks

“Khandu may be new to politics, but the way he planned his strategy, to push both Nabam Tuki and the Congress out of power, was a masterstroke,” he said. From zero MLAs, PPA now has 43 members in the House.........Read more

India loses WTO appeal in US solar dispute

India lost its appeal at the World Trade Organisation in a dispute over solar power on Friday, failing to overturn a US complaint that New Delhi had discriminated against importers in the Indian solar power sector.........Read more

Chikungunya, dengue sting India, with over 12,000 cases across country and 10 deaths in Delhi

Chikungunya and dengue are taking the toll on Delhi and a few other cities across the country, with at least five deaths due to the vector-borne disease reported in the last two days.........Read more

Why Entrepreneurs Are Secretly Freedom Fighters

What if someone told you that you could be wealthier and happier beyond your wildest dreams? Would you believe them? What if you were told that it was possible but you had to spend an undefined t...........Read more

Will US-Russia deal on Syria be a 'moment of change'?

Most of the details will be a secret as many others might attempt to sabotage the crucial deal, Sergeey Lavrov said.........Read more

Hindutva’s science envy

Claiming an organic unity between the Vedic world view and modern science has been the agenda of Hindu nationalists from the very start. If modern science is nothing more than a minor tributary flowing into the ocean of Vedic spiritual science known to our rishis, it is Western science and scientists who should feel Veda envy. By MEERA NANDA........Read more

Reliance Jio: Inside Mukesh Ambani's $20-billion start-up

At the vast open-plan headquarters of Indian telecoms start-up Jio, Reliance Industries chief Mukesh Ambani stands in short sleeves beneath a digital tracker that logs every new subscriber to his ser........Read more

CAS tears Narsingh Yadav defence, NADA’s credibility

The detailed report of the CAS hearing, made public on Monday, concluded that Narsingh “was doping, not that he is a victim of sabotage”.........Read more

Brain's chemical signals seen in real time

Scientists have developed a new technique that allows them to see what happens in the brains of live animals in real time, an advance that may eventually lead to a greater understanding of how we learn, develop and fight addictions.........Read more

Stories from the trenches: The remarkable journey of Indian start-ups

The entrepreneurs behind some of India’s most dynamic start-ups have been robbed, ridiculed, and even wrongly imprisoned. Here, Suveen Sinha, author of The Tip of the Iceberg, traces some of their remarkable journeys........Read more

Lionel Messi says he wants to play for Argentina again

Lionel Messi’s management team on Friday issued a statement that the Argentine player is willing to return to the Argentina national team after announcing his retirement in July.........Read more

Over 55,000 Indian villages don’t have mobile coverage, says Minister of State for Communications

Odisha had the highest number of uncovered villages at 10,398, followed by Jharkhand (5,949 villages), Madhya Pradesh (5,926), Chattisgarh (4,041) and Andhra Pradesh (3,812).........Read more

Railways launches Rail Geet to connect with general public

This song will reflect the commitment and dedication of lakhs of railway employees, said railway minister Suresh Prabhu.........Read more

XXx teaser for trailer is here and it’s all about Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone is the only one in the star-studded cast of xXx who has released this teaser of her big Hollywood debut on her Instagram page. Neither Vin nor Nina Dobrev or Ruby Rose have shared the first clips of the movie with the world through their social media accounts. Seems like a big deal to us.........Read more

HRD Ministry brings scheme for interest-free loans to IIT students

Human Resource Development Ministry has come out with a subvention scheme to ensure that students of IITs, whose fees were hiked recently, can secure interest-free loans.........Read more

Don’t know why people faint? A new screening tool can now predict the causes

The findings showed that syncope, or fainting, accounts for between 1 per cent and 3 per cent of all emergency department visits.........Read more

How parent-child communication from birth to age 3 sets the stage for lifelong success

What do babies need in order to learn and thrive? One thing is conversation—responsive, back-and-forth communication with their parents and caregivers. This interactive engagement is like food for their developing brains, nurturing language acquisition, early literacy, school readiness, and social and emotional well-being.........Read more

Not shying away from talks, prepared to discuss all issues with Pak: India

MEA spokesperson’s comments come after Pakistan Prime Minister’s adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz on Wednesday accused India of “avoiding” dialogue with Pakistan as it would mean having to negotiate issues like Kashmir.........Read more

Six thoughts about Nicola Barker’s Ramakrishna Paramhansa novel

Somewhere along the line, resistance to the book turns into acceptance and then admiration.........Read more

An Indian Student in the UK Fears the Storm Brexit Promises

What does Brexit mean for Indians living in United Kingdom? An Indian student gives her account.........Read more

New molecular design to get hydrogen-powered cars motoring

A radical new process that allows hydrogen to be efficiently sourced from liquid formic acid could be one step forward in making the dream of hydrogen-powered cars an economic reality.........Read more

Over 18 million Indians trapped in slavery, number highest in the world

Modern slavery refers to exploitation in which a person cannot leave because of threats, violence, coercion or abuse of power.........Read more

Prabhakaran from state, first IFS officer to scale Everest

Deputy Conservator of Forests, Koppal, S Prabhakaran has become the first Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer to scale Mount Everest. After scaling Mt Everest, this 29-year-old officer is planning his next expedition to 8,210 metre-high Mount Cho- Oyu in Tibet.........Read more

Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba takes over as Navy Chief from RK Dhowan

Lamba was Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) Western Naval Command before taking over as Navy Chief.........Read more

I Interviewed Tim Cook. Here's What Apple Will Need To 'Get' India.

Apple's ambitious plans to launch branded Apple Stores in India seem to have hit a road block, with reports that the Finance Ministry will not relax the 30 per cent sourcing requirements for those stores.........Read more

BJP Crafts North East Democratic Alliance to Make the Region 'Congress Mukt'

Will NEDA be able to put together enough political will needed to resolve the long pending border issues between the states?........Read more

Punjab National Bank reports Q4 net loss of Rs 5,367 crore - Times of India

Public sector lender Punjab National Bank on Wednesday reported a net loss of Rs 5,367.14 crore for the fourth quarter ended March 31, on account of higher provisioning for bad loans. This is the biggest quarterly loss in Indian bank history. Total income during the quarter decreased by 1.33%.........Read more

Maharashtra bans social boycotts that often shun women, lower castes

Maharashtra has become the first in the country to ban village councils from imposing -social boycotts- that ostracise individuals or families for defying tradition.........Read more

Scientists Determine Mass of NGC 1332’s Supermassive Black Hole | Astronomy |

An international team of astronomers led by Dr. Aaron Barth of the University of California, Irvine, has derived a precise measurement of the mass of a supermassive black hole at the center of the giant elliptical galaxy NGC 1332.........Read more

Specific changes to non-coding RNA may be part of what makes us human

Human-specific variants of four microRNAs may have altered expression levels and gene targets compared to other great apes, according to a study published April 22, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Alicia Gallego from the Institute of Evolutionary Biology, Spain, and colleagues.........Read more

Journey of Vicky Goswami: From a bootlegger in Ahmedabad to an alleged international druglord

A bootlegger from Ahmedabad lands in Mumbai, meets Bollywood star Mamta Kulkarni, crosses countries and ends up as an alleged druglord. MOHAMED THAVER tracks the story of Vicky Goswami, who now has the US Drug Enforcement Agency and the Thane police hot on his heels. On April 18, the Thane Police arrested........Read more