Suicides by Daily Wage Earners Doubled in Six Years, Tamil Nadu Recorded Maximum Cases in 2019

With rampant unemployment, alcohol abuse, economic hardship, domestic violence, and indebtedness, India is suffering from a massive mental health crisis. The recently released National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report revealed that nearly a quarter of the total 1,39,123 suicides recorded in 2019, the daily-wage earners comprised the largest chunk of such deaths. However, the above-mentioned data does not include the daily wage workers working in the farming sector. As compared to the previous six years, the share of daily wage workers who died by suicides has doubled to 23.4 percent in 2019. The report stated that in 2019, Tamil Nadu recorded the most number of suicides by daily-wage earners- 5,186, followed by Maharashtra 4,128, Madhya Pradesh 3,964, Telangana 2,858 and Kerala 2,809. The NCRB began categorising daily-wagers in its ‘Accidental Deaths & Suicides’ data only post 2014. Since then, the suicide death rates among daily wage workers have been increasing at an alarming rate. In 2018, daily wage earners constituted the maximum percentage- 22.4% of ‘suicides by profession.’........Read more

Ravindra Jadeja named India’s ‘most valuable player’ of 21st Century

India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was named as the country’s ‘Most Valuable Player’ (MVP) of the 21st century by Wisden. Jadeja’s contribution to his team has been noteworthy with the ball, bat, and while fielding. Wisden used CricViz, a detailed analysis tool in cricket to analyse his performance. Jadeja’s MVP rating was an astounding 97.3, second only to Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan and thus making him the second most valuable Test player of the 21st century. “It might come as a surprise to see Ravindra Jadeja, India’s spin-bowling all-rounder, feature as India’s number one. After all, he’s not even always an automatic pick in their Test team. However, when he does play he is picked as a frontline bowler and has batted as high as No.6 – contributing to a very high match involvement,” Cricviz’s Freddie Wilde told Wisden.........Read more

Hyderabad businessman designs reusable PPE kits for daily wagers

As economic activities get a fresh lease of life with the phase 2 of ‘Unlock’ kicking in, small and medium businessmen in Hyderabad are adopting to the post Covid-19 scenario by sensing the market demand. these reusable suits are not for clinical purposes. Jumpsuits with a hoodie, a clinical face mask and a separate cover for shoes — all stitched in pure cotton and hence reusable — are the products Anand Kataria has started selling from his wholesale store in the city. The suits are available in two different shades of blue and also white. Kataria does not allow two customers inside the store at a time and makes them sanitise their hands before they step in.........Read more

Emerging Courses: What is digital marketing and what are its career options?

Digital marketing is about promoting products or services using digital channels. It is primarily focused on internet-based technologies. It also includes marketing to mobile and electronic devices. A successful digital marketing campaign supports a company’s business goals. It is often deployed in conjunction with traditional marketing, helping the business expand and develop its brand and reach, identify leads, and gain market share at a much more reasonable cost. ........Read more

Sony sees software subscription as future for data-analysing image sensors

It plans to sell software by subscription for data-analysing sensors in situ. Transforming the light-converting chips into a platform for software - essentially akin to the PlayStation Plus video games service - amounts to a sea change for the $10 billion business, which built its dominance through hardware breakthroughs. The effort chimes with Sony’s pursuit of recurring revenue after years of loss in the volatile consumer electronics sector. Success, analysts said, could serve as a rejoinder to activist investor Daniel Loeb’s calls for the business to be spun off. ........Read more

Researchers map SARS-CoV-2 infection in cells of nasal cavity, bronchia, lungs

In a major scientific study published in the journal Cell, scientists at the UNC School of Medicine and the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have characterized the specific ways in which SARS-CoV-2—the coronavirus that causes COVID-19—infects the nasal cavity to a great degree—replicating specific cell types—and infects and replicates progressively less well in cells lower down the respiratory tract, including the lungs. The findings suggest the virus tends to become firmly established first in the nasal cavity, but in some cases the virus is aspirated into the lungs, where it may cause more serious disease, including potentially fatal pneumonia.........Read more

73% of COVID19 deaths in India are people with co-morbidities: Health Ministry

The total number of coronavirus patients in India increased 198,706 on Tuesday. The states continued to add over 8,000 case in last 24 hours. The death toll in the country increased 5,598. On the brighter side, the number of coronavirus patients recovered from the infection zoomed to 95,527. At least 48% of the total coronavirus patients were cured from the deadly virus, the health ministry said. Click here to read the Mint is now on Telegram. Join Livemint channel in your Telegram and stay updated........Read more

These plant-based bottles could mean the end of plastic waste

Plastics are both one of mankind’s greatest inventions and also one of its most embarrassing failures. Plastics are all around us, and that’s the problem. They’re not just in your home, they’re stuck in your bushes outside, floating down a nearby river, and piling up in the middle of the ocean. The biggest problem is that plastics last a long, long time. They’re durable and cheap, making them great for everyday use, but we’re terrible at keeping track of them. A new plant-based alternative could change things for the better and prevent even more plastic waste from piling up in landfills and abroad. ........Read more

Reliance Jio To Raise INR 11K Cr Funding From KKR

The latest investment values Jio Platforms at INR 4.91 Lakh Cr Reliance Jio has raised over INR 78,562 Cr in the last month KKR and Vista Equity Partner are the third-largest stakeholders in the company with 2.32% stake Reliance Jio Platforms, on May 22 (Friday), announced that it has raised INR 11,367 Cr funding from American global investment firm KKR, in exchange for 2.32% equity stake on a fully diluted basis.........Read more

For first time, scientists spot an alien planet as it is being formed

Astronomers have gazed into what appears to be a planetary maternity ward, observing for the first time within a huge disk of dense gas and dust surrounding a newly formed star a planet in the process of being born. This large young planet is forming around a star called AB Aurigae that is about 2.4 times the mass of the sun and located in our Milky Way galaxy 520 light years from Earth, researchers said on Wednesday. A light year is the distance light travels in a year, 5.9 trillion miles (9.5 trillion km).........Read more

Umar Akmal handed three-year ban for breach of anti-corruption code

Akmal has been handed a three-year ban from all representative cricket by the Chairman of Disciplinary Panel, Justice (retired) Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan, for his two breaches of PCB's anti corruption code. These breaches correspond to Akmal not reporting two separate corrupt approaches ahead of PSL 2020. The decision was formally revealed by the PCB on Monday following the hearing with the panel at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore. Akmal, who chose to represent himself at the hearing and sought to justify his actions during the hour-long hearing, has 14 down as per clause 37 of PCB's constitution to appeal against the verdict, in which case an independent adjudicator will hear his plea.........Read more

150 doctors, staff at Delhi’s Max Hospital quarantined after 2 patients test Covid-19 positive

Around 150 staff members, including doctors and nurses, of the Max Hospital in Delhi’s Saket were asked to go on self-quarantine after two patients tested positive for coronavirus. The 150 people also include ward boys and other employees of the private hospital. Sources say they came in contact with two patients who were admitted at the hospital for heart-related procedures, but later tested positive for coronavirus. Now the authorities have asked all those who came in contact with the two, to go into self-quarantine. The group of 150 is being tested for Covid-19.........Read more

Immunity Boosting Diet: Here's What Is Being Served at Andhra Pradesh's Quarantine Centres

Fruits like oranges, bananas, dry fruits like cashews nuts, almonds, dates and pistachios along with boiled eggs are being served to ensure that the diet helps those in quarantine in staying healthy. An image of the food provided in a quarantine facility in Vijayawada. Other than this, they are provided freshly cooked curry, dal, rasam and curd with rice as the main course. ........Read more

Coronavirus Lockdown: EC Defers Rajya Sabha Polls Yet Again, Fresh Dates Awaited

In a statement, the Commission said the electoral process necessarily involves movement and gathering of polling officials, agents of political parties, support officials and members of respective legislative assemblies on the poll day, which may put public safety at risk and create public health hazard. ........Read more

Cobrapost Exclusive: Nehru wanted to attack Pakistan in 1947 after it invaded Kashmir

It seems to me that we may be faced with an advance into Pakistan and for that we must be prepared”, thus wrote Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of an Independent India, 72 years back to Sir Francis Robert Roy Bucher, who was then Chief of Indian Army. This telling comment made when the Pashtoon tribals, and riding piggyback on them the Pak Army, made incursion into Kashmir in 1947 shows that Nehru was no less thinking of an all-out war with Pakistan. This comment is part of a 20-page interview that Roy Bucher gave to B.R. Nanda, the noted biographer of Nehru. This information was gleaned from a few pages of this historic interview to which the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) allowed us access upon an RTI request.........Read more

AAP Sweeps Delhi, Kejriwal Says 'People Chose Politics Of Development'

The Aam Aadmi Party once again emerged victorious in Delhi Assembly elections. The counting of votes for the Delhi Assembly elections -- after one of the most bitter and aggressive campaigns -- began at 8 AM. Early leads had indicated BJP gaining significantly, but AAP later crusied to massive victory, leading in 63 of 70 seats -- a close prediction by exit polls. Though the BJP had said that the results would give everyone a "shock", party's Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari conceded defeat.........Read more

'Never Said a Word Against Mahatma Gandhi And Pandit Nehru', Clarifies Anantkumar Hegde

“I own my statement made on Feb 1, 2020. The speech is in public domain if anyone wants to see, it is available online and on my website. I never said a word against Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Nehru. I was just discussing about our freedom struggle”, the Uttara Kannada MP said defending himself. Yesterday, the BJP had served a show-cause notice to Hegde over his controversial remarks against Mahatma Gandhi. The notice served to Hegde reportedly sought to know why action should not be taken against the lawmaker. Besides, Prime Minister Narendra Modi too had expressed his deep displeasure to the BJP top brass over Hegde’s statement.........Read more

Hizbul terrorist killed by security forces in J&K's Awantipora

The slain militant Zahid Hassan Gadhanji of Anantnag had joined the terror ranks only a few days ago and refused to surrender as the Jammu and Kashmir Police, Army and CRPF were carrying out a joint operation in the Charsoo area. One pistol, a magazine, six live RDX and a grenade have been recovered from his possession, police said.........Read more

Centre to provide rehabilitation package of Rs 5.5 lakh for 5,300 displaced families from PoK

Centre has decided to provide compensation of Rs 5.5 lakh each to 5,300 displaced families from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK), who initially opted to move outside the state of Jammu and Kashmir but later on returned.........Read more

India to skip Kartarpur corridor opening

Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, after pondering over the pros and cons, has decided against going to Pakistan for Kartarpur corridor opening ceremony. While the Punjab chief minister has decided to lead the Punjab Jatha with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expected to join it, none of the leaders from the Indian side will attend the inauguration of the Kartarpur Corridor which is also likely to be held on the same day. The opening ceremony is expected to be only a low-key formal affair with only ministry officials joining it from the Indian side. However, Pakistan is expected to make it look like a big event to convey to the world that it is making all efforts to normalise relations with India. Besides, it also wants to win over pro-Khalistan Sikh sentiments. Clarifying his earlier statement, Punjab CM said that he does not believe Manmohan Singh is going either for the opening ceremony as he has only agreed to join the Punjab jathaa. He clarified that he would be only leading the first all-party jathaa to the Dera Baba Nanak Gurdwara in Kartarpur to pay obeisance.........Read more

UP CM Yogi Adityanath flags off India’s first ‘private’ train; new era of travel

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has flagged of India first ‘private’ train, the IRCTC Tejas Express between Lucknow and Delhi. The train is a swanky new luxury offering for business travellers and tourists and its launch during Navratras and the festive season is a gift for passengers. For the first time full operational and ticketing control of a train is with IRCTC. Train number 82501/82502 will ply between the New Delhi Railway station (NDLS)-Lucknow NE (LJN) route for six days a week. While Train number 82501 Lucknow-New Delhi Tejas Express will complete the journey in 6 hours and 15 minutes, Train number 82502 New Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express will take 6 hours and 30 minutes.........Read more

Lasith Malinga Claims 4 Wickets In 4 Balls In 3rd T20I Against New Zealand

Lasith Malinga, the Sri Lanka fast bowler, claimed four wickets in as many balls to dismantle New Zealand in the third and final Twenty20 International in Pallekele on Friday. In the third over of the match, Malinga removed Colin Munro, Hamish Rutherford, Colin de Grandhomme and Ross Taylor off consecutive deliveries to reduce the visitors to 15/4 in 3 overs. Moreover, the 36-year-old also became the first bowler in T20Is to claim 100 wickets. This is how he did it. #FourIn4 #Malinga The speedster, who surpassed Shahid Afridi's tally of 97 scalps to become the leading T20 wicket-taker on Sunday, bowled Colin Munro to get a century of wickets in his 76th match. Malinga then came back in the 5th over to remove Tim Seifert and completed his 2nd five-wicket haul in the shortest format of the game.  Malinga's efforts saw New Zealand being dismissed for 88, while chasing 126, in 16 overs. Malinga's career-best figures of 5/6 in his four overs gave Sri Lanka a consolation win by 37 runs. New Zealand won the series 2-1. Malinga, who once achieved a similar feat in the 2007 50-over World Cup in South Africa, took his T20I career tally to 104.........Read more

'Put him under house arrest but don't keep him behind bars' says Sibal

Senior counsel and former union minister Kapil Sibal has requested the apex court to grant protection to former finance minister P Chidambaram considering his health and put him under house arrest. "It is a case of 2007 and I am asking protection on whatever conditions. You can't humiliate people like this," Sibal said. Sibal further said, "He is a 74-year-old man, put him under house arrest, no prejudice will be caused to anyone." Supreme Court asked Sibal to mention this to the trial court. "House arrest is only for political cases... Why can't you request the CBI court?" the court asked. CBI, however, said that trial court has to decide and Chidambaram should not be given any protection. Supreme Court modified its order of asking trial court to send Congress leader P Chidambaram to CBI custody if it rejects his plea of interim bail and decides to take up the matter again on Tuesday after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said there would be jurisdictional issue. Earlier, the apex court asked Chidambaram to approach the concerned court for interim protection and also ordered that he would not be sent to Tihar jail. SC had added that if the trial court rejects his bail plea, his CBI custody will be extended till September 5.........Read more

Paytm Mall Says Cashback Fraud of up to Rs 10 Crore Detected

Paytm Mall on Tuesday said it has been hit by a cashback fraud which could be in the range of Rs 5-10 crore. The fraud was detected through a tool that the company developed in partnership with global professional services firm EY (formerly Ernst and Young).........Read more

18 BJP Leaders Call it Quits in Arunachal After Being Denied Tickets For LS Polls 2019, Join NPP

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) suffered a major setback in Arunachal Pradesh ahead of the Lok Sabha elections 2019, with 18 of its leaders calling it quits and joining Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma’s National Peoples Party (NPP).........Read more

Govt Will Soon Make Aadhaar-driving Licence Linking Mandatory: Ravi Shankar Prasad

This is to ensure that those involved in road accidents are barred from getting duplicate licenses and are not let go scot-free.........Read more

Mahindra Showcased Mojo Based Peugeot P2x Roadster and P2x Café Racer

Mahindra is planning to revive Peugeot Motorcycles after 70 years & revealed two new concepts named P2x Roadster and P2x Café Racer. The concepts are powered by 300 cc engine from Mojo but the Mahindra Racing team has worked on the engine and the production model might get higher outputs.........Read more

Mirabai Chanu Pulls Out of Asian Games

World Champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu today pulled out of the Asian Games after failing to recover from a lower back injury, which is yet to be fully diagnosed. The reigning CWG champion is struggling with an unidentified lower-back problem since May and is yet to begin full-fledged weight training.........Read more

Jasprit Bumrah, Washington Sundar out of India’s T20 cricket series vs England

A major blow to Indian cricket team’s preparations for the challenging tour of England, key pacer Jasprit Bumrah and off-spinner Washington ruled out of the T20 series, due to injuries.........Read more

2019 Audi A4 facelift revealed

Audi has unveiled the fifth-generation A4 facelift. The sedan does not get any mechanical changes and is expected to reach the Indian shores in 2019........Read more

Indian archer Deepika Kumari wins gold at World Cup stage event, qualifies for final at Turkey

Deepika, a four-time World Cup final silver medallist (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015), automatically qualified for the Archery World Cup Final in Samsun, Turkey, which will be her seventh appearance at the season-ending event.........Read more

G Parameshwara to be Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister, Congress Gets 22 Portfolios

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) chief G Parameshwara, who is from the Dalit community, will take oath as Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka........Read more

Pakistan Continues to Violate Ceasefire in J&K During Ramzan; Four Civilians, BSF Jawan Killed

Four civilians lost their lives in separate incidents of ceasefire violation in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. Two civilians were killed in the unprovoked firing by Pakistan Rangers in Arnia whereas, two others died in RS Pura Sector of the state during cross-border firing along the Line of Control (LoC) during wee hours today along with a Border Security Force (BSF) soldier, identified as Sitaram Upadhyay.........Read more

Karnataka next only to Gujarat among states with lowest unemployment rates

At 1.5%, Karnataka’s unemployment rate in 2015-16 was India’s second-lowest, behind only Gujarat, according to data from the ministry of labour and employment. The national average was 5%. The state’s per capita income in 2014-15–year for which latest state-wise data were available–was Rs 125,832, more than the national average of Rs 86,454 that year. Karnataka ranked fourth among the 10 states evaluated.........Read more

BMW iX3 Teased, The Brand's First All-Electric SUV

BMW iX3 teased ahead of its launch. The iX3 is BMW's first all-electric SUV and, as the name suggests, will be based on the mid-segment X3. The upcoming BMW iX3 will be the second product in BMW's electric portfolio; the first model being the i3 hatchback. BMW iX3 comes in the form of a 647cc two-cylinder petrol engine. This, in combination with the electric motor, gives a combined range of 330km.........Read more

2018 Triumph Tiger 800 Launched In India; Prices Start At Rs 11.76 Lakh

The newly launched 2018 Triumph Tiger 800 draws power from the existing 800cc inline three-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine producing 94bhp at 9,500rpm and 78.8Nm of peak torque at 8,050rpm. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox.........Read more

India's seas are gasping for oxygen causing marine life to shrink

In March 2017, an area in the western Arabian Sea off the coast of Oman – equivalent to the size of Mexico – was blanketed with green swirls extending down to India. It was a striking scene, visible from space. The slimy green mass in this outbreak was Noctiluca scintillans, a single-celled dinoflallegate, which “short-circuited” the marine food chain.........Read more

UIDAI assures safety of details after rumours surface of Aadhaar pdf being available on Google

Aadhaar authority, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Saturday assured citizens that their personal details are free from any breach and are purely safe. ........Read more

SC quashes 88 mining leases, bringing extraction of ore in Goa to a standstill

The apex court's order will bring the mining operations of iron and manganese ore to a complete standstill in the state. The court directed the companies to wind their operations by March 15. It asked the state government and Centre to take steps to grant fresh mining leases in accordance with the law and also recover amounts from companies for indulging in illegal mining.........Read more

Defence Ministry gives pointed rebuttal to Rahul Gandhi's Rafale jibe, claims UPA too didn't reveal prices in past

Unfounded allegations are being made regarding the 2016 Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) to procure 36 Rafale aircraft in fly-away condition from France. This would normally not have merited a response but for the serious damage being caused by the misleading statements, sought to be repeatedly perpetrated on a serious matter of national security, Defence Ministry said in a statement.........Read more

Centre not encouraging high-growth states, says K Chandrasekhar Rao

I appreciate Mr Modi for increasing the Centre’s tax devolution to states from 30 to 42 per cent and for setting up NITI Aayog. But his slogan of “cooperative federalism” is yet to be fully implemented. He has to devolve more funds and powers to the states. If the states are not powerful, the country cannot be powerful.........Read more

World Bank says India has huge potential, projects 7.3% growth in 2018

With an "ambitious government undertaking comprehensive reforms", India has "enormous growth potential" compared to other emerging economies, the World Bank said on Wednesday, as it projected country's growth rate to 7.3 per cent in 2018 and 7.5 for the next two years.........Read more

Dietary sugar linked to increasing bacterial epidemics

The increasing frequency and severity of healthcare-associated outbreaks caused by bacterium Clostridium difficile have been linked to the widely used food additive trehalose. A team of researchers discovered that in laboratory tests and animal models, trehalose enhances the virulence of epidemic C. difficile lineages that predominate in patient infections. The study appears in the journal Nature.........Read more

Govt wants separate regulator for CAs; ICAI differs

The government, however, is of the view that, in addition to the self-regulation mechanism existing within the ICAI framework, there is a need for an independent regulator to inter alia oversee compliance with accounting and auditing standards and for oversight of audit professionals, minister of state for corporate affairs P.P. Chaudhary said ........Read more

Rahul Copying BJP's Temple Politics, Why Wasn't He Seen With Muslims in Gujarat? Asks Owaisi

AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi has hit out at both Congress and BJP for their regular temple visits during their campaign for Gujarat elections and accused them of playing vote bank politics. Owaisi asked why Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not visit any Masjid or Dargah and stuck to only temples.........Read more

TRAI to bring down mobile number portability charges to Rs 4

Telecom regulator TRAI on Monday started consultation process to bring down mobile number portability charges to Rs. 4 from Rs. 19 levied at present. The Authority has, therefore, decided that the upper ceiling for per port transaction charge may be reduced as the costs of operations of MNPSPs have substantially gone down.........Read more

Indrani's charges baseless, a desperate attempt to 'wriggle out': Peter Mukerjea

Former media baron Peter Mukerjea on Thursday told a trial court here that his wife and co-accused Indrani Mukerjea's allegation that he may have played a role in Sheena Bora's disappearance appeared to be a "desperate attempt by her to wriggle out of the situation".........Read more

Loads of mobile phones, batteries and SIM cards found at Gurugram jail, authorities clueless

As many as 50 mobile phones, 41 batteries and 11 SIM cards were found during a raid at Gurugram's Bhondsi Jail. An FIR has been lodged and a probe has been ordered to find out how these electronic equipments reached the jails. Reports quoted a jail official as saying that such the seized items could not have reached the inmates without the assistance of jail staff.........Read more

Mohammad Hafeez suspended again for illegal action

Mohammad Hafeez, the Pakistan allrounder, has been suspended from bowling in international cricket by the ICC after an independent assessment found his action to be illegal. Hafeez was reported for a suspect action after the third ODI against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi last month and underwent an assessment on November 1 at Loughborough University in England.........Read more

5.4-magnitude quake hits southern South Korea

A rare 5.4-magnitude earthquake hit South Korea's southeast Wednesday (Nov 15) afternoon, the second most powerful quake on record in a country that seldom experiences significant tremors. The quake, felt across much of the country including in the capital Seoul, struck at the shallow depth of nine kilometres (six miles) near the industrial city of Pohang.........Read more

Kerala: RSS activist, accused in CPI(M) worker murder case, hacked to death

The victim, Anandan, 23, was riding a motorcycle when he was attacked allegedly by the CPI(M) workers, who were in a car. Though he was rushed to hospital, his life could not be saved.........Read more

Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 and GLA 45 facelift launched

Mercedes-Benz has launched the facelift versions of the AMG CLA 45 and GLA 45 in India. The Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 4MATIC is priced at Rs. 75.20 lakh, while the GLA 45 4MATIC starts at Rs. 77.85 lakh. The respective ‘Aero Editions’ are priced at Rs. 77.69 lakh and Rs. 80.67 lakh (ex-showroom, India).........Read more

Nitish Kumar demands 50 per cent reservation in private sector jobs, says ready for national debate on it

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said that he wants a 50 per cent reservation for backward classes in the private sector jobs and even called for a debate on the issue. “It’s my opinion that there must be reservation in private sector too. ........Read more

Conduct test to validate KSOU degrees, govt urged

Forum of Former Vice-chancellors of Karnataka State Universities (FVCK) has advised the state government to conduct a proficiency test to solve the problems of over three lakh students who lack validity to their degrees awarded by KSOU.........Read more

In coalition govts, it's difficult to reconcile regional with national interests: Pranab Mukherjee

I could not qualify myself to be the PM because I have no means of communication with the vast masses of the people because of my deficiency in Hindi. Nobody who cannot communicate in the language of the masses, can be the PM, apart from other political reasons.........Read more

Instant international money transfers soon

Do you feel that sending and receiving money across international borders takes too much time? That is set to change in the coming years. In the last few months, large commercial banks, remittance companies and remittance-focused fintech firms have started creating products that can facilitate faster transactions at cheaper rates. And every product in the remittance arena will have a direct impact on India because India is the largest remittance recipient in the world.........Read more

Income tax dept imposes Rs7,900 crore penalty on CK Hutchison unit for tax dues

I-T department slaps Rs7,900 crore penalty on Hutchison Telecom for tax dues of the same amount over its decade-old sale of mobile phone business in India to Vodafone........Read more

Jharkhand Government Is Misusing Gandhi, Public Funds to Fuel Anti-Christian Hate

The government of Jharkhand – and the BJP – crossed yet another rubicon when it published a full page advertisement in all the newspapers with a quote from Gandhi denouncing Christian missionaries for their act of conversion and proselytising among Adivasis and Dalits. The quotation, with a smiling Gandhi walking with a stick in his hand, is misleading and mischievous. It is erroneous and puts words in Gandhi’s mouth that are not his.........Read more

Driving for more than two hours a day makes you less intelligent, study finds

Driving for more than two hours a day steadily reduces intelligence, a new study suggests.  Researchers investigating how sedentary behaviour affects brainpower found IQ scores fell faster in middle-aged people who drove long distances every day. “This research suggests it is bad for your brain, too, perhaps because your mind is less active in those hours.”........Read more

North Korea may have more nuclear bomb material than estimated: US think tank

Thermal images of North Koreas main nuclear site show Pyongyang may have reprocessed more plutonium than previously thought that can be used to enlarge its nuclear weapons stockpile, a US think tank said.........Read more

The SpiceJet turnaround story and how it became world’s best aviation stock

Chandigarh-based Varun Checker, 28, a former Larsen and Toubro Ltd engineer, bought SpiceJet Ltd shares at Rs15 apiece when the airline was close to shutting down because of a cash crunch in late 2014.........Read more

Pawan Negi: From Indian Premier League riches to Delhi University admission denial

While applying for Delhi University, Negi submitted a certificate which stated that he played for Vijay Hazare Trophy, instead of submitting a document proving that he has played for India.........Read more

Najeeb Ahmed missing case: CBI team reaches JNU for investigation

A team of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday reached the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus to carry out investigations into the missing student Najeeb Ahmed’s case, reported news agency ANI. The investigative agency had registered an FIR in the case on June 2.........Read more

GTA election may happen anytime, says Mamata

Claiming that peace has been restored in the hills after Thursday's violence, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday announced that the election of Gorkha Territorial Administration - the development body in the north Bengal hills - may take place anytime soon.........Read more

Bosch plans to use radar sensors in millions of cars to make better maps

Maps of the future may get an accuracy boost, thanks to a new partnership between Bosch and mapping company TomTom; they are collaborating on a technology they call a “radar road signature.” The idea, announced on Wednesday, is that cars driven by humans (and possibly autonomous ones as well) will use onboard radar sensors to map the roads in a highly-detailed way. ........Read more

'Your turn will come': Islamic State threatens attacks in Saudi Arabia

Islamic State (IS) threatened attacks in Saudi Arabia after the militant group claimed responsibility for assaults in Tehran that killed at least 17 people, Site Intelligence monitoring group reported on Friday.........Read more

Prophet Muhammad never consumed meat, called it a disease, milk a cure: RSS leader Indresh Kumar

The RSS leader made remarks while speaking at the event, even though the students of Jamia Millia Islamia staged a protest against the university for inviting Kumar for an Iftar party organised by RSS- affiliated Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM).........Read more

Baahubali 2 Hindi Officially Crosses 500 Cr Mark

The movie has started a new club in Bollywood - Rs 500 Cr club. The Hindi version of the movie collected Rs 1.25 on May 31st and its total now stands at Rs 500.15 cr. No other Hindi film has collected more than Rs 390 Cr in India. This is the first Hindi (dubbed) movie to have achieved this rare feat.........Read more

Exclusive: this is the Essential Phone

Essential is launching the phone in the US to start, and it’s filled the phone with radios that should make it work on all major carriers, alongside usual Android flagship internals like a Qualcomm 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. And because Essential seems to be hanging its hat on the idea of shipping phones without extraneous junk (the designers don’t even put a logo on the exterior), chances seem good that there won’t be a ton of extraneous software laded on to slow the phone down.........Read more

BSNL plans satellite phone service for all in 2 years

State-run BSNL is planning to extend satellite phone services for all citizens in two years that can work at any corner of the country and remain immune to breakdown of mobile services during natural........Read more

EC invites all recognised parties for EVM challenge

The Election Commission has invited all the seven national and 49 state parties to participate in the challenge to prove that its EVMs can be tampered with.........Read more

Wi-Fi internet connectivity in flights across India maybe a reality soon

Lalit Gupta, the Joint director general of Civil Aviation has hinted that Wi-Fi connectivity in flights in India may soon be a reality. He went on to add, “We’re awaiting clearance from the Department of Telecommunications, which is changing a few of its rules, after which the Union cabinet’s clearance will be needed,”........Read more

'I'll Be Back': Researchers May Be Close to Creating a Real-Life Terminator

Current technology is able to see across greater distances than the human eye, and electronic circuits can shoot faster than human reflexes and muscles can pull a trigger, however knowing what target to select is still the province of humans. The Cognition and Neuroegonomics Collaborative Technology Alliance plans to shrink that gap.........Read more

‘Sangam-era site at Keezhadi is as complex as Indus Valley, proof of a glorious Tamil civilisation’

In 2015, the Archaeological Survey of India team carrying out excavations in Keezhadi, near Madurai struck gold – they found the first concrete proof of the existence of a complex and sophisticated urban settlement in ancient Tamil Nadu. Several artefacts found at the site linked it to the Sangam era, a period from 4th Century BCE to 2th century CE widely regarded as a golden era for Tamil culture.........Read more

Nintendo PlayStation Prototype Now Functional

Initially, the "Nintendo Play Station" was to be a CD-ROM-enhanced version of the SNES. The system was even publicly unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in 1991, but Nintendo backed out of the arrangement and, at that very same event, announced it would be entering into a partnership with Philips.........Read more

PCB seeks Rs. 447 Cr compensation from BCCI

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has demanded a compensation close to Rs 450 crore from the BCCI for not honouring the MOU to play six bilateral series between 2014 and 2023. The PCB had recently sent a notice to the Indian cricket Board. In the notice, PCB has complained that it suffered loses to the tune of USD 69576405 since Indian team missed the Novemver 2014 and December 2015 series.........Read more

Google Assistant now available for integration into third party hardware

Google Assistant, the intelligent software agent by Google is now available for integration into third party hardware. Google has announced that it is making the developer preview of the Google Assistant SDK available to those who want to start building hardware prototypes with integrated Google Assistant. The SDK is ideal for prototyping on Raspberry Pi based devices, but contains support for many other platforms. Some use cases indicated by Google include robots and smart mirrors.........Read more

If EVMs were fixed then I wouldn't be sitting here: Amarinder Singh

Congress leader and Chief Minister of Punjab Amarinder Singh, who said: "If EVMs were fixed then I wouldn't be sitting here. The Akalis would be." The Punjab was the only state won by Congress in the recent round of assembly elections.........Read more

RSS converts 53 families in drive to make block in Jharkhand ‘Christianity-free’

At least 53 families in five tribal-dominated villages “returned to Hindu fold” in the last one month as part of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s “Christianity-free” block campaign in Jharkhand’s Arki, RSS workers have said.........Read more

Aadhaar cannot be made mandatory for welfare schemes: Supreme Court

The court's oral observations came during a mentioning for an early date for hearing a batch of pending petitions questioning the Aadhaar scheme and privacy issues emanating from the fact that biological, personal and bank details of citizens are shared at a large scale.........Read more

BCCI's annual contract list: Jadeja, Pujara and Vijay make Grade A; Raina excluded

Ravindra Jadeja, Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay are the latest names to join the Grade A category of annual contracts announced by the BCCI today. The trio joined Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, R Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane in the prime category. The retainership for the A grade of the contract is currently Rs 2 crore, double of what was given to the A-Grade contract holders when the list was released previously in November 2015.........Read more

Shashi Tharoor bats for presidential form of government

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor seems to be courting a fresh controversy by suggesting that India takes a re-look at its parliamentary style of democracy, inherited from the British and which, according to him, is rife with inefficiencies, and instead look at a presidential form of government.........Read more

Tamil Nadu atheist killing: Police suspect group linked to blast accused

A secret group reportedly run by an accused in a Bengaluru bomb blast case is a suspect in the murder of a Tamil Nadu atheist and Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam activist, H Farook. The 31-year-old, who made his living as a daily wage labourer, was hacked to death in Coimbatore on Thursday midnight, 15 days after he posted a photo of one of his children holding a placard with the handwritten slogan “Kadavul illai, Kadavul illai, Kadavul illai (No God, No God, No God)”........Read more

Not just Narada sting: Four more controversies that rocked Mamata govt

The handing over of investigation into the Narada sting operation scandal to the Central Bureau of Investigation is a big blow to Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. The 62-year-old leader has been embarrassed by a string of scams where several of her top lieutenants have been embroiled.........Read more

Jayasudha's Husband Found Dead

In a shocking incident, actress Jayasudha's husband Nitin Kapoor was found dead in Mumbai. He was found dead at around 6 PM. Knowing upon this, Jayasudha rushed to Mumbai. Nitin also produced many films. He was brother of Bollywood actor Jeetendra.........Read more

Around 9-15% of active Twitter accounts are bots, says research

Between nine and 15 per cent of active Twitter accounts are autonomous entities known as social bots, new research has found. The micro-blogging site has a little over 300 million monthly active users and that would mean nearly 27 million to 45 million accounts are actually not controlled by humans, according to the study.........Read more

Cashless transactions: State-backed rivals force India's e-payment firms to step up

Paytm's parent company has raised $675 million from Alibaba and more from others, and says its current valuation is about $5 billion, but it has lost about $230 million over the last financial year. MobiKwik, part-owned by American Express and Sequoia Capital, has raised about $80 million and is eyeing a $1 billion valuation as it holds talks with investors for more funding. Both have waived fees to enable free money transfers from wallets to bank accounts. Paytm says transfers within its wallets and accounts will be free forever.And they have been using cash discounts and freebies to lure customers.........Read more

SBI minimum Rs 5,000 balance rule: No, it does not apply to Jan Dhan accounts

State Bank of India's decision to reintroduce minimum balance requirement for the saving accounts will not be applicable to the Prime Minister's Jan-Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) accounts or to the 'Basic Savings Bank' accounts, according to reports.........Read more

Bharti Airtel as India's 'Fastest Mobile Network for 2016'

India’s largest telecommunications services provider Bharti Airtel has been rated the ‘Fastest Mobile Network for 2016′, leading broadband testing and network diagnostic application Ookla said on Thursday. The findings were based on analysis of millions of internet speed tests logged on ‘modern devices’ by mobile customers across the country using Ookla’s popular Speedtest app.........Read more

Misuse of top antibiotics gives rise to superbugs

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published its first ever list of antibiotic-resistant ‘priority pathogens’ — a catalogue of 12 families of bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health. Most of these 12 superbugs have presence in India.........Read more

Naval war room leak: Dismissal of two officers upheld by SC

The decision to sack two naval officers in connection with the Naval war room leak case was upheld by the Supreme Court of India. A board of inquiry had found Commander Vijendra Rana and Commander V K Jha guilty of giving out information regarding defence forces to outside agencies.........Read more

George Clooney slams Donald Trump as 'Hollywood elitist'

Hollywood star George Clooney has criticised US President Donald Trump and his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, calling them "Hollywood elitists". During an interview on the French program "Rencontres de Cinema," the Oscar-winning actor mentioned Meryl Streep's speech during the Golden Globes in January when she blasted the president as a bully and said it's wrong for conservatives to dismiss Streep's speech just because she is a wealthy actress.........Read more

Private hospitals reuse disposables, make you pay for them

Disposables like catheters, guide wires and balloons used in every angioplasty are reused and billed repeatedly in many private hospitals. Adding to the risk of infection, you could be paying for something that has already been paid for. And the hospital may be making a profit of Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 on every procedure with simple reuse and rebilling, say industry sources.........Read more

Will win people's support: OPS

MLAs were confined in resorts. Since the Governor had granted 15 days to prove majority, we said the MLAs should be allowed to go to their constituencies and talk to the people before they exercised their vote. We also sought secret ballot but the Speaker refused.........Read more

Can’t advance Rafale deliveries: Dassault

We are discussing the issue with the IAF. There is a schedule in the contract. It is difficult to speed up production of a new aircraft. If it is matter of weeks, yes we can, Eric Trappier, CEO of Dassault Aviation, told a select group of journalists at Aero India. India has ordered 36 jets, and the deliveries are scheduled between 2019 and 2022.........Read more

Whistleblower’s letter a slanderous attack, Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka says

Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka on Monday described a whistleblower's letter as "a direct, reckless, malicious, slanderous and personal attack on me by diabolical minds. I will not tolerate it. It is unacceptable. If somebody attacks me personally, we will follow whatever legal recourse we have to."........Read more

Islamophobia in parts of the world is fuelling terrorism, UN Secretary

One of the things that fuel terrorism is the expression in some parts of the world of Islamophobic feelings and Islamophobic policies and Islamophobic hate speeches. This is sometimes the best support that Daesh can have to make its own propaganda.........Read more

AIADMK MPs B Senguttuvan and J Jeyasingh extend support to Panneerselvam

After O Pannneerselvam garners considerable support, it's time for the Sasikala camp to hit back. Her supporters shout anti-OPS slogans outside Poes Gardens, the residence of late chief minister J Jayalalithaa.........Read more

A big jolt to Sasikala, 4 MPs came out to support Panneerselvam

In a dramatic turn to the ongoing political turmoil in Tamil Nadu, two prominent members from AIADMK interim general secretary V.K. Sasikala’s camp — Education Minister K. Pandiarajan and party spokesperson C. Ponnaiyan — switched sides on Saturday to join Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, citing a groundswell of support for the latter.........Read more

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS launch in March

Maruti Suzuki is all set to launch the much-awaited Baleno RS in the first week of March, following which deliveries should commence soon. The Baleno RS has been spotted numerous times undergoing the last phase of testing without any camouflage. The car will be the first from Maruti Suzuki in the 100 + hp hatchback segment and also its most powerful one till date. Although, Maruti Suzuki has been on a roll with its recent products, Ignis being the latest ones, the road may not be that smooth after all for the Baleno RS. Here's all that the Baleno RS will offer and why it needs to undercut the key competition.........Read more

The Modi Government's New Policy Narrative is Tilted Against the Informal Sector

The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh(BMS) , an important trade union arm of the RSS, has severely criticised the Union Budget, saying it has done nothing for the millions of informal sector workers who have lost their jobs post-demonetisation, especially in the construction sector, the largest provider of employment. The RSS was probably hoping that the Budget would do a lot for those hit by demonetisation. It had remained somewhat muted in its criticism in the weeks following November 8, 2016.........Read more

Scamster or Visionary? Decoding Noida'€™s â€Cash for Clicks Scam

On 2 February 2017, Anubhav Mittal, the 26-year-old owner of Social Trade, a 'digital marketing' web portal, was arrested by the Noida police for a virtual Ponzi scam, with Facebook likes being traded for quick money. Thousands of people have subsequently protested at Jantar Mantar against the 'wrongful arrest' of Mittal, who they believe to be a visionary.........Read more

Saif Ali Khan in Nikkhil Advani's next titled 'Bazaar'? .

First Hrithik Roshan was approached for this project and then when he opted out, director Nikkhil Advani approached Akshay Kumar (he turned it down too) for Bazaar. The film revolves around the Indian stock market and said to be inspired from The Wolf Of Wall Street. Bazaar was supposed to be shelved, but now we hear that Saif Ali Khan has heard the script and given his nod to it.........Read more

Chennai oil spill: Over 90% of clean-up work over, says Centre

With the oil spill off the coast here raising concerns, the Centre today said a total of 65 tonnes of sludge has been removed so far and over 90 per cent of the work completed. It also expressed confidence that the cleaning operation will be finished in a couple of days. Among others, the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) was providing special bio-remediation material for treatment of the collected oil sludge for safe disposal.........Read more

Draft bills on GST to be introduced in second part of budget: FM

''My target is to finalise those drafts and take them in the second part of budget session of Parliament,'' Jaitley said. Jaitley further said that setting up a "bad bank", or a kind of asset reconstruction company set up to buy non-performing assets of banks at market price, could be a solution to deal with the festering problem of NPAs.........Read more

Trupti Desai to fight now for making Maharashtra liquor-free

After the Bhumata Brigade successfully protested against the restricted entry of women into religious places, gender rights’ activist and brigade chief Trupti Desai has declared that she will launch an agitation to make Maharashtra liquor free.........Read more

To negate Reliance Jio's threat, Vodafone may join hands with Idea

Vodafone Group Plc doesn't have much of a choice but to accelerate consolidation moves in India — likely with Idea Cellular with whom it is in talks — as the UK telecom major tries to counter Reliance Jio Infocomm in a key market where it has been struggling to ward off value erosion, add customers and grow revenue market share (RMS). ........Read more

'Good decision' by MS Dhoni to quit captaincy, hope he plays 'fearless' cricket now: Yuvraj Singh

Stating that Mahendra Singh Dhoni took a "very good decision" to step down from India's limited overs captaincy, Yuvraj Singh hoped his former skipper would play "fearless" cricket now.........Read more

'YouTuber' is a real word now because the Oxford English Dictionary says so

The Oxford English Dictionary has given YouTubers some career validation. "YouTuber" is among the 500 or so new words — including "Brexit" and "hackathon" — added to the OED this month. The dictionary defines the term as "A frequent user of the video-sharing website YouTube, especially someone who produces and appears in videos on the site."........Read more

MEA says efforts are on to secure safe release of Father Tom Uzhunnalil

After a video of Father Tom Uzhunnalil, who was abducted by the ISIS, surfaced, the MEA has said that they are in regular touch with local authorities.........Read more

In Fresh Edition Of Yadav Wars, Akhilesh And Uncle Shivpal Have Separate Candidate Lists for UP

The ruling Samajwadi Party has two sets of candidates for assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh, as a bitter power struggle between Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal Yadav spills over into electioneering ahead of crucial state polls.........Read more

No need for employees to declare assets till new rules framed

Central government employees, who had a December 31 deadline to declare their assets and liabilities under Lokpal Act, do not need to make the disclosure for now as government is finalising a fresh set of rules. Without specifying any date, an office memorandum has said rules will be notified in due course to prescribe the form, manner and timelines for filing declaration of assets and liabilities under the revised provision of the Lokpal Act.........Read more

Russian ambassador killing: Vladimir Putin vows 'robust response' after ambassador shot dead in Ankara

After the attack, Putin said that the attack in Ankara was a "provocation," which was aimed at spoiling the Russia-Turkey bilateral ties and postponing Moscow's attempt to find solutions (along with Iran) for the Syrian crisis........Read more

Will Cost 20 Lakhs To Fly World's Heaviest Person To Mumbai For Surgery

The world's heaviest person, Iman Ahmad Abdulati, has suffered all her life because of her weight. Now, she will have to pay a heavier price if she wants to turn her life around with a life-saving surgery in Mumbai. The Egyptian tips the scale at 500 kg, and is too big to fit inside an air ambulance. This means that her family will have to cough up Rs. 20 lakh to pay for a commercial flight from Egypt to Mumbai, where Dr Muffazal Lakdawala has agreed to take on her case.........Read more

Isro successfully places remote sensing satellite Resourcesat-2A in orbit

A Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle -- PSLV-C36 -carrying 1.2-tonne Resourcesat-2A lifted off from the first launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, situated around 100km from Chennai, at 10.25am. Isro used an XL version of the rocket in PSLV's 38th flight. In 18 years from 1994 to 2016, PSLV has seen 36 successful launches, placing 121 satellites including 79 from abroad.........Read more

Apple deploys drones to collect data and beat Google Maps

Apple plans to use drones along with some new indoor features to help improve its Maps service, Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Apple has also acquired a startup for interior mapping project. Needless to say, Google has been working on indoor mapping for sometime now.........Read more

RBI’s problem of plenty: 15,000 million notes may have to be destroyed

The RBI will take over a year to destroy the recently demonetised Rs 500 and 1000 notes. The sorting, verification and shredding of the notes is already underway at three centres in the state - Mumbai, Belapur and Nagpur. The RBI has around 40 verifying and shredding machines across the country.........Read more

This Varanasi-based startup ensures people get breakfast essentials delivered at home

At a time when questions are being raised on foodtech and delivery startups in metros, many in Tier II cities are boldly venturing into the space. One such startup, Morning Varanasi, ensures that everyone in their city get their breakfast essentials delivered at home.........Read more

Large number of dwarf galaxies discovered in the early universe

A team of researchers, led by University of California, Riverside astronomers, found for the first time a large population of distant dwarf galaxies that could reveal important details about a productive period of star formation in the universe billions of years ago.........Read more

Qualcomm offers up to $15,000 in bug bounties for Snapdragon chipsets

If you want to find weaknesses in your vault or safe, it couldn't hurt to hire a thief to try and break into it. If you want to do the same thing for your... by Michael Crider in News........Read more

Previous Indian governments disappointed us, thank PM Modi for support: Baloch leader Naela Quadri

Previous Indian governments disappointed us, thank PM Modi for support: Baloch leader Naela Quadri - PM Modi in his Independence Day speech this year had hit back at Pakistan when he talked about human rights violations in Balochistan.........Read more

Diwali sales of Chinese goods dip 60 per cent: CAIT

Traders' body CAIT today said that Chinese goods saw a 60 per cent decline in sales on Diwali this year as people preferred to buy Indian products after the boycott call on social media platforms went viral.........Read more

300 million children breathing toxic air globally: UNICEF report

Two-hundred and twenty million children in South Asia region including India, among nearly 300 million globally, currently live in areas where outdoor air pollution exceeds international guidelines by at least six times, according to a new report released by UNICEF today.........Read more

Subramanian Swamy joins Tata-Mistry war, wants PM Modi to form SIT to probe Ratan Tata

Senior BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy has joined the Tata-Mistry boardroom war with his letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking for a SIT to probe the allegations levelled by Cyrus Mistry against Ratan N Tata.........Read more

Education in Kashmir faces another challenge: Burning of schools

Officials of the directorate of school education said that 17 government middle, high and higher secondary schools have been burnt mysteriously during the unrest. Of these seven were reduced to ashes while 10 were damaged partially in the fire.........Read more

10 Days After Najeeb Went Missing, Cops Raise Reward to Rs 1 Lakh

With no trace of the missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed for over 10 days, Delhi Police on Monday announced an increase in reward – from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh – for any information leading to him, even as agitating students knocked at the doors of Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung over the issue.........Read more

UP ATS arrests six suspected Naxalites in Noida, weapons recovered

ATS of the Uttar Pradesh Police on Saturday arrested six suspected naxals in Noida and recovered weapons from their possession.........Read more

Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association of India stalls the release of ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ in four states

Karan Johar's ambitious film 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil', in all likelihood, will not be able to keep its date with cinema screens this Diwali. The Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association of India (COEAI) has decided that no films starring any Pakistani actors will be released in theatres.........Read more

World Court Rejects Marshall Islands Case on Nuclear Disarmament Against India, Pakistan, UK

The existence of a legal dispute between two states is a precondition for the court to take up a case involving them; India's advocacy of disarmament showed there was none, the Indian side had argued.........Read more

MS Dhoni-The Untold Story movie review: Sushant Singh Rajput’s masterstroke is a must watch!

Kudos to director Neeraj Pandey, who in the past, has given cinematic treats in the form of A Wednesday, Special 26 and Baby. Pandey braved the risk of crafting a biopic on the legendary cricketer who is still active in the field. Pandey is walking on a tightrope here with MS Dhoni: ........Read more

LeEco Pro 3 could also arrive in an 8GB RAM and 256GB storage variant – Tech2

According to the new leak, the LeEco Pro 3 will also come in a second variant. While we have already got some scoop on the first variant the second variant will be a higher-end version of the smartphone.........Read more

Bookie in 2000 match-fixing scandal arrested in London following India's request

Sanjeev Chawla, the key accused in the 2000 match-fixing scandal, has been arrested in London following India's request, the Indian Express reported on Wednesday (September 14). The United Kingdom's Crown Protection Services have now asked the Delhi Police about the facilities, including security arrangements in Tihar jail in the Indian capital where Chawla will be kept in.........Read more

Days after launching Awaaz-E-Punjab, Navjot Singh Sidhu formally quits BJP

Days after announcing the new front, cricketer-turned-politician​ Navjot Singh Sidhu on Wednesday formally quit BJP. Last week, playing the cards close to his chest, Sidhu launched 'Awaaz-E-Punjab', attacking the Akali- BJP combine, Congress and the AAP but gave no indication about who he will align with in the Assembly elections.........Read more

'It is an unfortunate misunderstanding,' COAI director on tiff with Trai on telco meeting

Terming its recent confrontation with regulator TRAI in the wake of Rel Jio controversy as "unfortunate misunderstanding", the cellular operators body has said it has no intention to disparage anyone and is keen to move forward and resolve issues.........Read more

Dy RBI Guv Gandhi to look after monetary policy dept

The senior most Deputy Governor in the Reserve Bank, R Gandhi, was today given the charge of monetary policy department, including forecasting and modeling unit, which was earlier under new Governor Urjit Patel........Read more

For more proof that men, not skirts, are the reason women are raped, look to Hong Kong

Some studies even suggest that more revealing clothing might signal a confidence that scares off potential rapists looking for submissive victims.........Read more

Mahindra & Mahindra gears up for the world’s most affordable electric SUV

The move is seen as a fresh attempt to boost Mahindra Electric, which is focussing on overseas markets and fleet operators to build scale and become viable.........Read more

Prakash Javadekar interacts with students from Naxal-affected areas

"I will appeal to the lecturers at prominent institutions of higher education like IIT, IIM and NIT to come to Prayas and deliver lectures on various technical subjects," said the Union HRD Minister.........Read more

KM Mani-led Kerala Congress quits UDF, says Congress has ‘attitude problem’

Kerala Congress-M, led by K M Mani, on Sunday decided to quit the opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) in Kerala. He blamed the attitude of the Congress leaders over the past few months for his decision to quit the UDF.........Read more

Rohit Khandelwal Becomes The First Indian To Win Mr World Title

The grand ceremony was held at Southport Theatre, The Promenade, Southport in England.........Read more

Pakistan observes ‘black day’ today against Indian ‘atrocities’ in Kashmir

Pakistan was observing Wednesday as “black day” to “express solidarity” with the people of Kashmir, 44 of whom have died in almost two weeks of violence that has followed the killing of a militant.........Read more

Watch: Class 10 Girls Share What Education Means To Them, And It's Super Inspiring

This video, made by girls from class 10, gathers accounts of students, speaking on the importance of education through their own experiences.........Read more

Game Developer Selling His Own Blood on eBay

Richard Garriott's blood is no longer available on eBay, possibly due to site's "Human remains and body parts policy"; but you can buy it elsewhere.........Read more

50 Years of Shiv Sena: Different Strokes of Bal Thackeray

With Shiv Sena turning 50, a look at Bal Thackeray’s life, not as the politician, but as the cartoonist.Â........Read more

Hyderabad University suspend two professors on death of Rohit

Hyderabad University professors Dr K.Y. Ratnam and Dr Tathagata Sengupta, who were arrested and suspended along with 25 students from the campus and t........Read more

Telanganas tourism records healthy growth; receives 1.2 crore tourists in a single year

Telangana has been a favourite among travellers in the last couple of years, thanks to a fine job done by the state's official tourism board in drawing the regular tourist's attention towards some of the most lesser-known place in the country. Right........Read more

Throwing Things Away Just Became Uncool! The Repair Café Is Reviving the Virtue of Repair and Reuse

About 15 kg of old clothes, electronics, electrical items, jewellery, and wooden equipment were fixed in the last Repair Cafe workshop in Bengaluru.........Read more

Will Bring Back Kashmiri Pandits at The Right Time: Mehbooba

Hitting out at the NC on the issue of Sainik Colonies, Mehbooba said it was NC founder Sheikh Abdullah who had laid the foundation of the project.........Read more

India all set to request UK to extradite Lalit Modi | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

India all set to request UK to extradite Lalit Modi - The agency had moved the Interpol to get a red corner notice issued against Lalit Modi.........Read more