Why India’s Top 5 Carmakers Control 85% Of The Passenger Vehicle Market

India’s top five carmakers have tightened their stranglehold over the passenger vehicle (PV) market, expanding their footprint to cover 85 percent of the pie, leaving 22 other brands jostling for a slice of the remaining 15 percent. Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Tata Motors, Kia Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra dominate the PV segment despite the presence of large, recognised global brands such as Renault, Ford, Honda, Toyota and Volkswagen. Data shared by the Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA) show that the top five companies improved their share this year by 4.5 percentage points till November from the 81.56 percent clocked by them in November last year.........Read more

Covid-19 vaccine programme Covax: UNICEF to lead global procurement, supply of vaccines to ensure equitable access

Amidst the race amongst individual nations to get hold of a Covid-19 vaccine, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will undertake the responsibility of procuring and supplying an effective vaccine to about 92 low and middle-income countries of the world under the Covax Global Vaccines Facility, PTI reported. The development comes in view of the possibility of poor and less developed nations getting deprived of the vaccine due to the hoarding of all initial doses of the vaccine by rich countries. The effort to procure and supply vaccine will be led jointly by UNICEF in collaboration with the Revolving Fund of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore while announcing the development was quoted as saying that the programme will see collaboration among governments, drug manufacturers, along with a host of multilateral partners to give a concerted fight to the Coronavirus pandemic. She also said that UNICEF will leverage its unique strengths in vaccine supply to ensure that all parts of the world have safe, fast, and equitable access to the Covid-19 vaccine.........Read more

Google Pay is NOT Banned By RBI: Your Transactions Are As Safe As Any Other Payment App

GPay banned by RBI – the aforementioned is right now at the top of all trending topics on Twitter in India. However, it is important to note that the same is NOT true, and is yet again based on a misleading WhatsApp message that seems to be circulating social media. The trend has likely stemmed from a report from earlier this week, wherein a Press Trust of India report quoted the Reserve Bank of India as stating that Google Pay does not operate a payment system in India, and hence does not find a place in the list of authorised payment system operators published by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). RBI’s response came in light of a PIL to the Delhi High Court, filed by economist Abhijit Mishra. However, Google has since responded to RBI’s submissions, stating that it is a legal operator in India, and as a result, your money is as safe as it would be on another other payment service’s platform. ........Read more

Why do Indian-Americans dominate the Scripps National Spelling Bee in the US?

Spelling the Dream lays out the road map for the possible reasons that have contributed to this triumphant journey of Indian-American students. Balu Natarajan, the first Indian-American winner at the 1985 national competition, kickstarted the spelling bee tradition. It made headlines in local newspapers which read: “Son of immigrants wins Scripps National Spelling Bee”. The impetus for the winning streak, as shown in the film, can be traced back to 1965, when the 36th US President Lyndon B Johnson brought in a change in immigration laws, which caused a demographic change in the country. Many Indian doctors could migrate because of this, and were willing to work in rural areas. Rega says, “We were getting people who were educated. With those degrees, they came to the US and began to instil that in their children, generation after generation. It was something like, ‘It is what led to my personal success so I am going to impart that to my children’.”........Read more

Restaurants 2.0: The future of fine dining

Restaurants across the country have been told to close temporarily to avoid large gatherings during the covid-19 pandemic. But teams such as this one have channelled their energies into special delivery menus, which started soon after the nationwide lockdown, to maintain the connect with customers. They are sending out dishes on the menu as well as marinated meats, premixes, weighed ingredients for baked goods, and more.........Read more

Here's a Complete List of All 64 Air India Evacuation Flights to Bring Stranded Indians Back

Air India will begin its largest repatriation operation on May 7 with as many 64 flights that will fly to international destinations to evacuate stranded Indian in other countries. Here's a list of all the flights, their time and their destination. Air India will start the evacuation operation from the Delhi-Singapore flight on Thursday around 11 p.m. from IGI Airport. The flight will arrive back to Delhi at 7 a.m. on Friday morning. This, however, could be delayed as crew of the flight is awaiting mandatory Covid-19 test result. ........Read more

UK overtakes Italy with Europe's highest official coronavirus death toll

The United Kingdom has overtaken Italy to report the highest official death toll from the new coronavirus in Europe, figures released on Tuesday showed, increasing pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson over his response to the crisis. Weekly figures from Britain’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) added more than 7,000 deaths in England and Wales in the week to April 24, raising the total for the United Kingdom to 32,313. Only the United States, with a population nearly five times greater, has suffered more confirmed fatalities from the virus than Britain, according to the data so far. ........Read more

Corona India: 42,533 cases; 1,373 deaths

Yet again India has reported over 2,000 Corona positive cases in a single day and in the last 24 hours, 2,553 cases have been reported and 73 people have died. The total Corona cases in the country have touched 42,533 and death count is 1,373. Among the 42,000 odd positive cases, 29,453 are active cases while 11,707 people have recovered from the virus and discharged. The Union Health Ministry in its daily bulletin also revealed that the recovery rate in the country is 27.5 percent while the death rate is 3.25 percent.........Read more

Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande is constructing world's largest stadium for $1.7 billion

The construction of the Chinese Super League (CSL) sideGuangzhou Evergrande's brand new football stadium is well and truly underway. The new 100,000-capacity stadium will be a straight of the art modern venue, which will also be the largest stadium in the world, will cost a staggering$1.7 billion (12 billion yuan) to build. The new-look stadium will be designed like a lotus, an inspiration which comes from Guangzhou’s status as China’s ‘Flower City’.........Read more

Russia And Qatar Paid Bribes For FIFA World Cup Votes, New Indictment Alleges

An indictment brought by federal prosecutors in New York as part of the long-running investigation into corruption surrounding football's governing body claims several former members of FIFA's executive committee were offered or indeed received bribes relating to their votes. It is alleged that Ricardo Teixeira, the former president of the Brazilian Football Confederation, the now-deceased ex-COMNEBOL president Nicolas Leoz and a co-conspirator were offered and received bribes to ensure their votes for Qatar to stage the 2022 World Cup.........Read more

How MSM and Western leaders unleashed weapons of mass hypocrisy on India after CAA, Delhi riots

The MSM was up to its old tricks, denigrating the people of a nation with sweeping generalizations and one-sided reporting, and politicians were picking up the lies to sermonize in a context they know nothing about. As the riots were tapering off, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) wanted to file an intervention application in the Supreme Court of India over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). India promptly said the Act was an internal matter and it stemmed from a "longstanding national commitment in respect of human rights issues arising from the tragedy of partition."........Read more

2020 New York Auto Show postponed to August due to Coronavirus

The organizers of the 2020 New York Auto Show issued an official statement via social media channels informing the public that the annual event has been postponed and will now take place in August instead of April. According to the previous plan, the 2020 New York Auto Show was scheduled from 10 to 19 April. Now, the event will take place from 28 August to 6 September, while the press days will be held on 26 and 27 August. We are taking this extraordinary step to help protect our attendees, exhibitors and all participants from the Coronavirus. For 120 years, 'the show must go on' has been heavily embedded in our DNA, and while the decision to move the show dates didn't come easy, our top priority remains with the health and well-being of all those involved in this historic event. ........Read more

MP govt crisis: How the numbers stack up in Madhya Pradesh assembly; what's at stake

The current crisis was fueled when 19 Congress MLAs who are loyal to Jyotiraditya Scindia, including some sitting ministers in the Kamal Nath-led state cabinet, took a flight and landed in Bengaluru. Since then, speculation has been rife that these MLAs may join the BJP anytime. If this happens, the Kamal Nath government will have to face a floor test to prove its majority in the assembly-- an uphill task given the fact that the difference between BJP and Congress tally is very thin in the Madhya Pradesh assembly.........Read more

Ready To Play Any Role To Maintain Peace In Country: Rajinikanth After Delhi Violence

Days after condemning the communal violence in Delhi, Tamil film superstar Rajinikanth said on Sunday that he was willing to play any role in order to maintain peace in the country. The actor made the comments in a tweet after a few leaders from a Muslim outfit called on him at his residence. "I am willing to play any role in order to maintain peace in the country. I too agree with their (Muslim outfit leaders) comment that a country's prime objective should be love, unity and peace," he said in the tweet. Earlier in the day, members of the Muslim outfit 'Tamil Nadu Jama'athul Uama Sabai' met the 69-year-old actor at his Poes Garden residence.........Read more

Clashes In UP's Aligarh After Anti-CAA Protesters Denied Permission To Erect Tents

Clashes broke out between police and anti-CAA protesters in Uttar Pradesh's Aligarh district after they were denied permission to erect tents. The police lathicharged and fired tear gas shells to disperse the protesters, who also resorted to stonepleting and set fire to public property. Speaking to reporters,Aligarh District Magistrate Chandra Bhushan Singh said that the situation was brought under control. He also said that the role of Aligarh Muslim University students was also being investigated in the violence.........Read more

How Ashok Leyland became world’s third largest bus manufacturer

Hinduja Group's flagship brand Ashok Leyland said in a statement on Monday that it became the third-largest bus manufacturer globally for the year 2019. Ashok Leyland claims the third spot based on reports released by SIAM, OICA (Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles), and IHS Markit. The manufacturer stated in a release that it sold 23,100 buses in the year 2019.........Read more

Budget 2020 highlights: More Tejas, 100 airports, ₹2 trn for transport sector

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today presents the Union Budget 2020-21 in the Lok Sabha. This is the second budget after Narendra Modi led National Democratic Alliance returned to power for a second term. This year's Union Budget centres around three ideas — Aspirational India, Economic development, A Caring Society. ........Read more

Slaps, Hair Pulling - In Madhya Pradesh, Officials vs Pro-CAA Protesters

Violence broke out at a pro-citizenship law rally in Madhya Pradesh's Rajgarh district on Sunday after officials and local police clashed with Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) supporters who were trying to take out a march for which permission had been denied. In a widely-circulated video, District Collector Nidhi Nivedita is seen slapping a BJP worker after protesters manhandled two of her junior colleagues Priya Verma and Shruti Agrwal, and a few police officers. At least three people were injured as police resorted to a lathi-charge to control the situation.........Read more

'If not India, where will Hindus go?' Union Minister G Kishan Reddy on CAA protests

"Why are you protesting? Against whom you are protesting? If Hindus from Pakistan and Bangladesh will not come to India then where else they will go, Italy? If Hindus will not come to India, where will they go? Italy thodi lenge unko. It's India's responsibility to provide citizenship and protection to minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan," Minister of State (MoS) for Home Reddy said in Varanasi.........Read more

Mukesh Ambani’s e-commerce plan takes shape: RIL opens My Jio Mart to take on Amazon, Flipkart

The soft launch of the e-commerce platform was confirmed by a Reliance official. The platform will cater to select locations, for now, such as Navi Mumbai, Thane and Kalyan, the report added. “My Jio Mart aims to bring happy and prosperous life to millions of people by forming meaningful, long-lasting and mutually rewarding business association.........Read more

4 Earthquakes Hit Jammu And Kashmir In Two Hours

Four medium intensity tremors with magnitudes ranging between 4.7 and 5.5 hit Jammu and Kashmir in a span of less than two hours on Monday night, the National Centre for Seismology said. The first quake with a magnitude of 4.7 hit at 10:42 pm, followed by one measuring 5.5 six minutes later. The two occurred at a depth of 10 kilometres.........Read more

The 84 biggest flops, fails, and dead dreams of the decade in tech

This is the decade we learned that crowdfunded gadgets can be utter disasters, even if they don’t outright steal your hard-earned cash. It’s the decade of wearables, tablets, drones and burning batteries, and of ridiculous valuations for companies that were really good at hiding how little they actually had to offer. It’s the decade of Google filling up its product graveyard, Apple stubbornly denying obvious missteps, and Microsoft writing off billions of dollars. ........Read more

We wish air pollution didn’t kill people, but it does, says WHO in response to Javadekar: Report

The World Health Organization responded to Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar, days after he said there was no established link between air pollution and a shorter life span. The WHO said that the world body wished that air pollution “did not kill people but it unfortunately does”. Javadekar had made the remarks in the Parliament on Friday and criticised the Opposition for allegedly creating a “fear psychosis among people”.........Read more

India’s First Brain Atlas Created by IIIT-Hyd: A Big Step in Treating Alzheimer’s, Dementia

The study, led by Professor Jayanthi Sivaswamy, constructed the first ever Indian Brain Atlas in collaboration with Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology. With the Indian Brain Atlas, doctors in India will likely have more success in treating brain related conditions.........Read more

Odisha student gets ‘Nasa invite’ for drone project, turns out was a bluff

About a month and a half after a 14-year-old boy in Odisha was feted over the reported selection of his project in a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) contest, police registered a case of cybercrime against a juvenile for sending an email posing as the director of one of the US space agency’s divisions.........Read more

3 Indian-Origin Ex-Staff Of Health Start-Up Charged In $1 Billion Fraud

The co-founders of Outcome Health Rishi Shah, 33, and Shradha Aggarwal, 34, and former executive Ashik Desai, 26, are among six people accused of fraud "that targeted the company's clients, lenders and investors," the US Department of Justice said.........Read more

Hong Kong readies for more chaos as violence spreads citywide

Hong Kong prepared for more clashes on Wednesday as anti-government protesters paralysed parts of the Asian financial hub for a third day, with some transport links, schools and many businesses closing after an escalation of violence. ........Read more

Delhi-NCR Continues to Reel Under Heavy Smog, AQI Remains in 'Severe Category'

The national capital and its adjoining areas continue to reel under heavy smog with the air AQI hovering near 500-mark. The major pollutants PM 2.5 and PM 10 in Lodhi Road area, stood at 500 and 413 respectively, both in ‘severe’ category. ........Read more

If Anushka Sharma Felt Offended I Apologise to her: Farokh Engineer

I am not her detractor at all. If she has felt offended I apologise to her. I am so sorry if she felt bad. My ire was only against the selectors whom I found probably not doing their job. Nothing against Anushka or Virat, said Farokh.........Read more

'Just Nod and Ignore Those 2 Madrasis and Diva': Whistleblowers Reveal Dark Secrets of Infosys

The ‘Madrasis’ here are D Sundaram and DN Prahlad, two independent directors of Infosys. The ‘diva’, as revealed by the letter, refers to Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, the lead independent director of Infosys. The whistleblowers’ group has claimed that they have voice recording and other evidence of whatever they claimed in the letter.........Read more

INX Media Case: P Chidambaram Arrested by ED Officials After Interrogation in Tihar Jail

The Enforcement Directorate officials on Wednesday arrested Congress leader P Chidambaram after interrogating him at Tihar jail in New Delhi in connection with the INX media case. ........Read more

No clampdown in Kashmir, only communication line of terrorists stopped: Army chief Bipin Rawat

Army chief General Bipin Rawat has said the communication line between terrorists in Kashmir Valley and their handlers in Pakistan has been broken down but there are no such issues for people-to-people communication. Addressing the media in Chennai, General Rawat said, "There is a communication breakdown between terrorists in the Kashmir Valley and their handlers in Pakistan but there is no communication breakdown among people." Kashmir has been put under an unprecedented lock down since August 5, the day Rajya Sabha passed the resolution to scrap Article 370 and bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories. However, General Rawat said he doesn't think there is a clampdown in Kashmir. He said, "You are aware of the ground situation. Terrorists have been kept at bay. We will gradually start releasing pressure on the people. But I don't agree there is a clampdown. The brick kilns are active. Smoke is seen coming out of the chimneys. Sand is being collected from Jhelum river."........Read more

PV Sindhu Lose Pre-Quarters Against Pornpawee Chochuwong Match to Bow Out of China Open

Reigning world champion PV Sindhu made an early exit from the China Open after losing a three-game thriller against Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong in the women’s singles pre-quarterfinals here on Thursday. Sindhu, an Olympic silver medallist, squandered the first-game advantage to go down 12-21 21-13 21-19 to Pornpawee in a match that lasted 58 minutes here. Doubles specialist Satwiksairaj Rankireddy also had a dismal day as he suffered twin defeats, losing both the men’s doubles and mixed doubles pre-quarterfinals. In men’s doubles, Satwik and Chirag Shetty, ranked 15th in the world, ran out of steam after a decent start against fourth-seeded Japanese pair of Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda and went down 19-21 8-21 in the second-round match that lasted 33 minutes. This is the second time Satwik and Chirag have lost to the combination of Kamura and Sonoda this year. They had lost to the world no.4 pair at the Japan Open in July. Satwik then paired up with his mixed doubles partner Ashwini Ponanappa but the duo couldn’t get past Yuki Kaneko and Misaki Matsutomo, losing 11-21 21-16 12-21 to the Japanese pair.........Read more

Why There Was a Hue and Cry Over Centre's Decision to ​​Open up​ Mount Khangchendzonga for Expeditions

Along with being the third highest peak in the world, Mount Khangchendzonga, literally and figuratively plays an expansive role in the socio-cultural landscape of Sikkim. So intertwined it is with the lives of Sikkim’s people, that even a beautiful day is colloquially referred to as the day when one can catch a clear glimpse of the mountain. Thus the locals urge that the Home Ministry’s order to open up Khangchendzonga and 23 other peaks in Sikkim “to foreigners desirous of mountaineering and trekking” should be seen from the perspective of the special bond that they share with this peak. Although, the move would only stand to benefit Sikkim’s economy, here’s why it created such a hue and cry. Khangchendzonga is among 14 of Sikkim’s peaks which is revered as “guardian” deity and holds a special place in Sikkim’s cultural imagination. ........Read more

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 & GT650 Prices Hiked By Upto Rs. 6,400

The Royal Enfield Interceptor and Continental GT650 became the most affordable parallel-twin engine powered motorcycles in the Indian market when they were launched last year. The attractive price of both the bikes made them even more affordable than the KTM 390 Duke. However, Royal Enfield has now announced a hike of Rs 6,000 to Rs 6,400 hike in the price of both the bikes. The hike is uniform across the variants of the Interceptor and the Continental GT650. Now the Interceptor starts at Rs 2.56 lakh, which is Rs 6,000 more expensive than the previous price. The Ravishing Red colour and Baker Express variants of the Interceptor now cost Rs 2.64 lakh while the Glitter & Dust variant of the Interceptor gets a price tag of Rs 2.76 lakh. The Continental GT650 now starts at Rs 2.71 lakh while the selected colours like the Dr Mayhem and Ice Queen are priced at Rs 2.79 lakh. The Mister Clean version is the most expensive and is priced at Rs 2.92 lakh. The Mr Clean version gets the highest price hike of Rs 6,400. Mechanically, the Royal Enfield 650 twins remain the same. It should be noted that the manufacturer is working on the BS6 version of the bikes, which will be launched next year. The launch new emission compliant version will further result in an increase in the price of the bikes. The Royal Enfield Interceptor and Continental GT650 were extremely high in demand when it got launched in the market. There was a considerable waiting period on the bikes.........Read more

Non-Hindu employees at Tirupati temple must quit: Jagan Mohan Reddy govt

The Jagan Mohan Reddy-led Andhra Pradesh government has ordered the non-Hindu employees of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) to quit. Chief Secretary LV Subrahmanyam, during his visit to the temple early this week, said if necessary, surprise checks would also be conducted at the houses of the employees to ensure that they are not practising other religions. "There are employees have converted to other religions. It's their choice. Nobody can stop them from doing so but they can't continue in their jobs in the TTD. Nobody should hurt the religious sentiments of others," he said. "They can practice their faith at home but they should leave the TTD. We will even conduct surprise inspections at the residences of those working in Tirumala if needed," he added. The officials have reportedly started working on identifying the non-Hindu employees. There are an estimated 48 non-Hindu employees in TTD, who came under scanner amid concerns being expressed in some quarters over increasing attempts of religious conversions in Tirumala. The move is inspiring the authorities of other temples in the state too. The Executive Officer at Srisailam's Mallikarjuna temple has also reportedly prepared a list of non-Hindus working with their trust board and sent it to the Endowments Commissioner demanding action.........Read more

Plant cells signal between each other to agree on what time it is

Anyone who has travelled across multiple time zones and suffered jet lag will understand just how powerful our biological clocks are. In fact, every cell in the human body has its own molecular clock, which is capable of generating a daily rise and fall in the number of many proteins the body produces over a 24-hour cycle. The brain contains a master clock that keeps the rest of the body in sync, using light signals from the eyes to keep in time with environment. Plants have similar circadian rhythms that help them tell the time of day, preparing plants for photosynthesis prior to dawn, turning on heat-protection mechanisms before the hottest part of the day, and producing nectar when pollinators are most likely to visit. And just like in humans, every cell in the plant appears to have its own clock. Join us in Amsterdam on October 15-17 But unlike humans, plants don’t have a brain to keep their clocks synchronized. So how do plants coordinate their cellular rhythms? Our new research shows that all the cells in the plant coordinate partly through something called local self-organization. This is effectively the plant cells communicating their timing with neighboring cells, in a similar way to how schools of fish and flocks of birds coordinate their movements by interacting with their neighbors.........Read more

FASTags Mandatory For Toll Payment On Highways Starting December 1

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) announced that starting December 1, 2019, all the lanes at toll plazas on national highways will be specifically FASTag lanes. Further in accordance with the National Highway Fee (Determination of Rates and Collection) Rules, 2008, in a case when non-FASTag users pass through these dedicated exclusive FASTag lanes, they will be charged double the toll amount. Through this measure, the ministry aims to reduce the problem of traffic and congestion on national highways. FASTags are government-issued smartcards for paying toll charges on highways. Rolled-out in the year 2014, these prepaid tags enable auto payment of toll, eliminating the need for vehicle owner to stop at toll plazas and make the toll payment in cash. In the process, using the RFID technology, toll amount is auto-deducted from the vehicle owner's account. So, these FASTags collecting toll charges through the digital mode allow seamless vehicle movement as the vehicles can pass through toll plaza lanes without stopping. It is worth mentioning here that once the FASTag gets activated, it is affixed on the vehicle's windscreen. If you travel by road frequently, you need to now have FASTag mandatorily and for securing it, you can buy it from toll plazas, FASTag issuing agencies such as banks and online market places that includes Amazon.........Read more

Lewis Hamilton clinches record sixth British Grand Prix win

Lewis Hamilton made the most of a favourable safety car intervention on Sunday to claim a record sixth British Grand Prix victory at a packed Silverstone. The defending five-time world champion clocking fastest lap on his final lap to finish 25 seconds clear of Mercedes team-mate and nearest title rival Valtteri Bottas after an action-packed contest. By beating Bottas by almost 25 seconds, Hamilton extended his championship lead over the Finn to 39 points. Reuters The Briton moved 39 points clear of the Finn behind in the title race, but Bottas was unlucky with the timing of the safety car which effectively gave Hamilton a free pit stop. Charles Leclerc of Ferrari was third. Pierre Gasly finished fourth ahead of his Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen, whose race was compromised by a late collision when Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari drove into him, and Carlos Sainz of McLaren. It was Hamilton's seventh win in 10 races this year and the 80th win of his career. He had shared the British Grand Prix record of wins, on five, with fellow-Briton Jim Clark and Frenchman Alain Prost. Daniel Ricciardo was seventh for Renault ahead of Kimi Raikkonen of Alfa Romeo, Daniil Kvyat and his Toro Rosso team-mate Alex Albon. "What a day," said Hamilton. "To all the crowd, thank-you so much for coming out."........Read more

Shikhar Dhawan Faces World Cup Exit Due to Suspected Hairline Fracture

Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan could be out of the World Cup due to a suspected hairline fracture of the thumb. Dhawan had injured his thumb while batting against Australia in India’s previous match. He went on to score a hundred but did not field. Reports stating that Dhawan could take up to a month to recover.........Read more

UP Police Forms SIT over Aligarh's Toddler Murder

Amid massive outrage over the brutal murder of two-year-old girl in Aligarh, the Uttar Pradesh Police on Friday formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the case. SIT formed under Superintendent of Police rural area (SPRA). Forensic science team, Special Operation Group (SOG) and a team of experts also in the SIT to conduct investigation on a fast track basis. ........Read more

Bulandshahr: Tiles With Mahatma Gandhi, Ashok Chakra Images Found in Toilets, Official Suspended

Tiles carrying images of Mahatma Gandhi and the Ashok Chakra symbol were found in toilets built under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr. Following which, an official from the administration was suspended. Almost 508 toilets were built under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in Icchawari village of Dibai tehsil. It was found that in 13 of those toilets had tiles with symbols of Mahatma Gandhi and Ashok Chakra.........Read more

Anil Ambani to drop Rs 5,000 cr defamation cases against Congress leaders

Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group has decided to withdraw Rs 5,000-crore civil defamation suits filed in an Ahmedabad court against Congress leaders and the National Herald newspaper over their statements and an article on the Rafale fighter jet deal. The suits are being heard in the court of city civil and sessions judge PJ Tamakuwala.........Read more

Advani-ji Was In Tears, Didn't Stop Me From Leaving: Shatrughan Sinha

Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha, who after 20 years of association with the BJP, moved to the Congress this year, told NDTV that he is going in the "right direction and a better direction" and he had party veteran LK Advani's blessing for it. ........Read more

US to eliminate Iran oil sanctions waiver for India, 7 others: Report

The United States is expected to announce that all buyers of Iranian oil will have to end their imports shortly or face sanctions, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters, triggering about a 3 percent rise in crude prices.........Read more

Amazon Employees Are Recording And Listening to Your Alexa Conversations

Amazon reportedly has a dedicated team of employees that are listening to voice recordings obtained from Amazon Echo owners. The recordings are used for improving the capabilities of the voice assistant where they are transcribed, annotated, and fed back into the software.........Read more

SC Bats for Press Freedom, Says No Law Gives Govt Power to Stop Publication of ‘Secret’ Rafale Papers

The Supreme Court emphasised on the freedom of press in strengthening the democracy in the country and also warned against the "disturbing trend of bias" by media in recent times.........Read more

Citroen C5 Aircross SUV Unveiled In India; Launch In 2020 - NDTV CarAndBike

The PSA Group company also unveiled its first product for India which will be the Citroen C5 Aircross SUV and is all set to arrive in the country in 2020. This model will compete in the compact SUV segment including the Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson and the upcoming Kia SP2i SUV. ........Read more

Pulwama Terror Attack: Pakistan Seeks Details of Gun Brandished by Attacker in Confession Video

The neighbouring country has reportedly denied finding any link between Islamabad and any individual or entity in its territory and the February 14 dastardly attack. Responding to a dossier sent by the former on February 27 over the matter.........Read more

Rahul Gandhi to contest from Wayanad apart from Amethi, announces Congress

Besides Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, Congress president Rahul Gandhi will contest from north Kerala’s Wayanad in the Lok Sabha elections after several Congress leaders from southern states have recently requested Gandhi to contest from their regions.........Read more

Dalai Lama snubs China, says his incarnation may come from India

The 14th Dalai Lama said that after his death his incarnation could be found in India and any successor named by China would not command any respect from the followers. He also spoke of his relations with Beijing and said China was a wonderful nation, but needs to give people a sense of freedom.........Read more

Manohar Parrikar, four-time Goa chief minister passes away

Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar passed away this evening after a long battle with cancer. Parrikar had been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, Delhi, and New York since February last year after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. ........Read more

Pak Journalist Compares Dalai Lama With Masood Azhar, Slammed On Twitter

A tweet by a senior Pakistani journalist in which he likened Tibetan leader Dalai Lama with terrorist Masood Azhar has triggered a storm on Twitter. Referring to China blocking India and other nations from listing Masood as a global terrorist, the journalist retweeted a decade old news article whose headline described the Tibetan leader as a "terrorist".........Read more

Balakot air strikes count revealed! 263 terrorists had assembled at JeM camp in Pak for training

The presence of 263 terrorists was confirmed at the Balakot JeM camp five days before the IAF carried out the pre-dawn air strikes on February 26, days after the February 14 Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir in which 40 personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force were killed.........Read more

No Age Bar For BJP Candidates; Advani, Joshi And Other Veterans Likely to Contest Lok Sabha Polls, Claim Reports

Ahead of forthcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2019, Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) parliamentary board has decided that there would be no bar of 75 years for party leaders willing to contest the polls. However, the age bar of 75 would continue to hold for party and government positions.........Read more

Sleep deprived, choked, beaten up: How IAF pilot Abhinandan held off Pak grilling

The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) questioned him, but he was largely in custody of the Pakistan Army. “There was no medical treatment in the initial hours after ejection. On the contrary, he was made to stand, they played loud music to confuse and increase the discomfort". ........Read more

No Question of Deal, India Wants Captured IAF Pilot's 'Immediate' Return

India has not asked for consular access to Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, the IAF pilot captured by Pakistan, and is insisting on his unconditional and immediate return. They also asserted that there was no question of any deal on the officer’s return. ........Read more

Egypt passes presidential term bill, Sisi likely to be in power until 2034

Egyptian lawmakers overwhelmingly voted to pass a series of controversial constitutional amendments, including an extension to presidential terms which could see President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi staying in power until 2034.........Read more

Railways to recruit 2.3 lakh people over next two years

The Railways will recruit 2.3 lakh people in various posts over the next two years, to fill up effectively all existing vacancies. This recruitment will have the new provision of 10 per cent about 23,000 posts reservation for the EWS.........Read more

Nearly half of the cheques, DDs sent to Kerala CM's Distress Relief Fund dishonoured

Nearly half of the cheques and demand drafts (DD), in terms of value, sent to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF) following the mid-August floods were dishonoured by the banks, said chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.........Read more

Malaysia Masters 2019 semi-final Highlights: Carolina Marin downs Saina Nehwal 21-16, 21-13

Marin dominated the second game to finish the semi-final(21-16, 21-13) in 40 minutes. The first game was a see-saw affair with Saina managing to keep a check on the Spaniard’s attacking game for the most part.........Read more

Alien shockproof? UFO researcher discovers mammoth 'ET base' using Google Sky

Popular UFO researcher Scott C Waring has claimed to have discovered an extraterrestrial base built by aliens. The bizarre object which is much bigger than the earth was spotted at the 03 57 08.63,-07 11 26.2 coordinates using Google Sky.........Read more

Exit Poll Results LIVE: Pollsters Give Congress Edge in Rajasthan; Close Call in Chhattisgarh, MP; KCR's Gamble May Pay Off

Majority of the exit polls have predicted a Congress win in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh and forecast a tight finish in Madhya Pradesh. In Telangana, caretaker CM KCR decision to call for snap polls may help the TRS clinch victory.........Read more

Make in Odisha 2018: Flurry of investors cement state’s brand positioning

The second edition of Make in Odisha drew investments of the tune of Rs 4.19 lakh crores which is more than double the figure of Rs 2.03 lakh crores that the state pocketed during the maiden edition.........Read more

Demonetisation Had No Effect on Black Money in Polls, Says Former Election Commission Chief OP Rawat

Two days after demitting the office of Chief Election Commissioner, OP Rawat has said that demonetisation didn’t help in checking misuse of black money in polls as it was expected to do. ........Read more

Infosys to create 1,200 jobs in Australia by 2020

Software major Infosys said it will be creating 1,200 new skilled jobs for graduates and professionals and opening three innovation hubs by 2020 to accelerate digital leadership for our clients in Australia.........Read more

3 IEDs detected near polling booth in Sukma, 10.7% voter turnout recorded till 10 am | Latest News & Updates at

Three IEDs have been detected near a polling booth in Konta's Banda and CRPF Bomb disposal squad is in the process of defusing. Polling is underway at a makeshift booth under a tree. ........Read more

Slammed For Avni's Killing, Mungantiwar Seeks Maneka's Resignation Over Malnutrition Deaths

Maharashtra Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar demanded the latter’s resignation on “moral grounds” over the death of children due to malnutrition. Maneka Gandhi had earlier sought Mungantiwar’s resignation over Avni’s killing.........Read more

World’s Richest Man Jeff Bezos Sets New Record, Loses $19.2 billion in Two Days

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the world's richest person, lost USD 19.2 billion over the past two trading days. Shares of Amazon tumbled 6.3 percent, on top of Friday’s 7.8 percent drop, leaving Bezos with USD 128.1 billion, down from a peak of USD 167.7 billion early last month.........Read more

India asks UN to impose sanctions against terrorists for sexual violence

India asked the UN Security Council to sanction individuals and terrorist organisations involved in Sexual violence, abductions and human trafficking.........Read more

Centre Asks Internet Providers to Block 827 Porn Websites

The government has directed Internet Service Providers to block 827 websites that host pornographic content following an order by the Uttarakhand High Court. All the internet service licensees are instructed to take immediate necessary action for blocking of 827 websites........Read more

China spying on Apple, Amazon and over 20 other companies through chips inserted in Made in China computers

n explosive report in US publication claims that China is spying on companies like Apple, Amazon and even US organisations such as FBI through the computers and servers that were made in China.A........Read more

Google reportedly pays Apple $9 billion/year to remain the iPhone’s default search engine

Goldman Sachs analyst Rod Hall now claims that Google may be paying Apple as much as $9 billion in 2018 to keep its search engine front and centre for iOS users. Google pays out to Apple is on the rise due to an increase in the number of Google searches that originate via Siri. ........Read more

Telangana CM From MIM, Owaisi's Sensational Comments

In a rude shock to TRS and KCR, MIM's floor leader and Chandrayangutta MLA Akbaruddin have stated that MIM's leader can become the Chief Minister of Telangana. He expressed MIM's wish to rule the Telangana. He questioned that why can't MIM's leader can become Telangana CM.........Read more

RSS to start countrywide environmental movement

The RSS and its allied organisations will start a mass movement for environmental awareness and water conservation in the country. The top brass of the RSS also complimented the relief work carried out by its cadres in flood-affected Kerala.........Read more

Vijay Chavan Passes Away at The Age of 63 After Prolonged Illness

Marathi actor Vijay Chawan passes away at the age of 63. The renowned stage artist was a versatile actor and a notable figure in the Marathi Industry. He was known for his comic roles in the Marathi films.........Read more

Tamil Nadu: Woman SP accuses IG of sexual harassment, displaying pornographic material

A woman superintendent of police has filed a sexual harassment complaint against an Inspector General rank officer in Tamil Nadu and also accused him of displaying pornographic material in her presence.........Read more

Imran Khan takes oath as 22nd Pakistan PM

Imran Khan, Pakistan's cricket legend, has taken oath as the country's 22nd prime minister today, a day after he won the backing from the newly-elected Parliament.........Read more

Technological breakthrough: China successfully tests first hypersonic aircraft

China announced that it has successfully tested its first cutting-edge hypersonic aircraft which could carry nuclear warheads and penetrate any current generation anti-missile defence systems. The Xingkong-2 or Starry Sky-2, was launched in a target range located in Northwest China.........Read more

10 nightclubs on Gurugram’s MG Road face closure over ‘sex trade’ allegations

Police in Haryana’s Gurugram on Sunday withdrew the no objection certificates (NOCs) issued to 10 out of 15 nightclubs in MG Road to ensure law and order after residents complained of “sex trade”.........Read more

Prakash Raj Denies Signing Memorandum Against Mohanlal, Says He Isn't Aware of It

Actor Prakash Raj clarified that he has not signed any memorandum against Mohanlal being invited as a chief guest other than the chief minister at the upcoming Kerala State Film Awards.........Read more

Bajaj to launch Husqvarna brand in 2019

Bajaj Auto has announced that the company will launch the Husqvarna brand in India next year. The Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 were spotted testing in India. These are expected to be Husqvarna's first offerings for the Indian market and will be built at Bajaj Auto's Chakan facility.........Read more

Scientists discover structure within the Sun's atmosphere

Scientists detected structures within the Sun's corona using advanced image processing techniques and algorithms. They also discovered that the Alfvén zone is less of a clean boundary than scientists thought it's more of a "no man's land" zone than a clear surface.........Read more

4-Year-Old Raped, Stabbed, Dumped In Container In Haryana's Faridabad

A four-year-old girl in Haryana's Faridabad district was raped, brutally stabbed to death, and then stuffed inside a container, allegedly by a man who used to work at her father's sweet shop.........Read more

Why South India states are objecting to Finance Commission’s mandate

Several chief ministers and opposition leaders of southern states have expressed vehement opposition to one particular mandate of the present Fifteenth Finance Commission: to use 2011 census population figures instead of 1971 for the purpose of tax devolution.........Read more

Russia accuses US of 'expulsion blackmail'

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the US of "colossal blackmail" and said there were "few independent countries" left in modern Europe. The expulsion of 140 Russians by 25 nations is thought to be the largest in history.........Read more

2018 Honda CB Hornet 160R launched at Rs. 84,675

The 2018 CB Hornet 160R is powered by a 162.71 cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that delivers 14.9 BHP @ 8,500 rpm and 14.5 Nm of torque @ 6,500 rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed transmission. The bike now comes with redesigned graphics, new 17-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels and the exhaust muffler is finished in matte black with a grey heat shield.........Read more

Ilayaraaja’s comment sparks ire

Ilayaraaja reportedly quoted a documentary on YouTube as saying that Christ’s resurrection did not take place. “Then he went on to claim that true resurrection took place for Ramana Maharshi at the age of 16 and also explained how it happened.........Read more

‘Why are you spreading lies’: Chandrababu Naidu responds to Amit Shah’s letter

Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday said Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah’s letter to him was “full of false information” and termed it an insult to the people of the state.........Read more

CBSE class 12 accountancy paper leaked on WhatsApp

The Class XII accountancy paper of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has allegedly been leaked. Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia confirmed that the question paper, which has been exchanged on social media since last evening, matches with the set -II of the CBSE paper.........Read more

Periyar statue vandalised in TN after H. Raja's Facebook post

A statue of Dravidar Kazhagam founder and social reformer Periyar E.V. Ramasamy near a taluk office in Tiruppattur was vandalized on Tuesday evening. The vandalism followed BJP national secretary H. Raja’s post on Facebook, advocating the removal of Periyar’s statues.........Read more

Zeliang, Rio given time to prove majority in Nagaland

Nagaland Governor P.B. Acharya gave time to the Naga People’s Front (NPF) and the Bharatiya Janata Party-Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party formations to prove their majority as both staked claim to form the government. T.R. Zeliang refused to resign as Chief Minister even as the BJP and its regional ally NDPP staked claim ........Read more

The Maharaja's jewels: How much are Air India's businesses worth? | Forbes India

It has one of the world's youngest and best fleet size. For any buyer, this means ready access to a large fleet; it allows operations from day 1. Air India's scale of operation is unmatched in the Indian Aviation sector. it already has ready-made market share that it built over time. There is no competition for that.........Read more

Eating fatty fish once a week linked to lower MS risks

Eating fish once a week may help to lower risks of developing multiple sclerosis, new research suggests. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially debilitating disease of the nervous system and neither a cause or a cure have been identified. In MS, the body attacks the fatty protective sheaths around nerves, damaging them and impairing the brain's communication with the rest of the body so that sufferers have spurts of time when they cannot walk or control their bodies- a state that becomes permanent for some.........Read more

International Olympic Committee reinstates its membership: Russia

The International Olympic Committee has lifted a doping ban against Russia, restoring the country's rights in full. Russia was banned in December from taking part in the 2018 Olympics following revelations of widespread doping, though 168 athletes were deemed "clean" and were cleared to go to Pyeongchang to compete under the Olympic flag.........Read more

Policy to scrap 15 yrs old vehicles almost finalised

India will soon come out with a policy to scrap vehicles that are more than 15 years old, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said. The policy aims at curbing rising vehicular pollution in the country. Gadkari said India is bound to become the hub for the automobile industry and the prices were bound to be cheaper as scrap could be used for the production of auto parts among other things. ........Read more

There's an Orchestrated Campaign of Malign Aadhaar: Former UIDAI Chief Nilekani

Former Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) chairman Nandan Nilekani has said that there was an "orchestrated campaign" to malign Aadhaar. He said the issue has been blown out of proportion as Aadhaar has far too many security layers and it is not possible to randomly breach them.........Read more

3 Indian, 7 Nepalese girls held captive in Kenya rescued: Sushma Swaraj

The government has rescued from Kenya three Indian and seven Nepalese girls, who were victims of an organised crime syndicate that indulged in human trafficking, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Thursday. The girls have been flown back.........Read more

Licences of 4,842 NGOs Cancelled in 2017 For Violating FCRA Laws

The licences of 4,842 NGOs were cancelled by the government in 2017 for violation of various provisions of the law, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said in his reply to a written question. It had also said foreign funding to Indian NGOs has come down drastically from Rs 17,773 crore in 2015-16 to Rs 6,499 crore in 2016-17.........Read more

20% posts at National Library to be abolished

Nearly 20% of the sanctioned posts at the National Library (NL) there are going to be abolished as the Union Ministry of Culture (MoC) has stated that posts remaining vacant for five years or more have to be abolished before recruitment for other vacant posts. The NL authorities have confirmed that the process to fill vacant posts as per MoC’s instructions has been initiated.........Read more

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Lal Bahadur Shashtri, Amitabh Bachchan Likely Descendants of Same Lineage

A recent study indicated that Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Lal Bahadur Shashtri and Amitabh Bachchan are likely descendants of same lineage. According to the study, these three men may have descended from the same family hundreds of years ago.........Read more

Kaspersky Lab launches its Global Transparency Initiative

Kaspersky Lab announces the launch of its Global Transparency Initiative as part of its ongoing commitment to protecting customers from cyber threats, regardless of their origin or purpose.........Read more

Exporters to get GST refund in bank account filed with customs dept

The government has decided to give GST refund to exporters in the bank accounts they have filed with the customs department and not in those they have mentioned in the GST registration forms.........Read more

7th Pay Commission : Government gives signal for basic pay hike

The government has given the green signal to hike the minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission. This news would come as a major relief to all Central Government employees who have been waiting for good news and latest updates on pay hike.........Read more

General Motors has just signed the death warrant for your petrol car

The largest US automaker, which generates most of its profit with large sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks, plans to have a lineup of both battery-powered autos and hydrogen fuel-cell cars, which also run on electricity. Two new EVs will debut in the next 18 months to follow the Chevrolet Bolt that has started selling early this year. ........Read more

Apple TV 4K to start selling from Rs 15,900 onwards; Live sports and news to arrive soon

Apple on Tuesday introduced "Apple TV 4K" that is designed to deliver a stunning cinematic experience at home with the support for both 4K and High Dynamic Range (HDR). With prices of Rs 15,900 for 32GB and Rs 17,900 for 64GB, Apple TV 4K would deliver sharp, crisp images, richer, more true-to-life colour and greater detail in both dark and bright scenes.........Read more

BAI Raises Prize Money to INR 1 Crore For National Championship

In a bid to attract country’s top shuttlers, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) has increased the prize money of Senior National Badminton Championships. BAI president Himanta Biswa Sarma announced that the winner will take home Rs 1 crore.........Read more

Ravi Shastri sets a major condition for Team India to be picked for World Cup 2019

The 55-year-old former India captain has stressed that only the fittest players will earn a ticket to the 50-over world cup, scheduled to be held in England, two years from now.........Read more

Kerala teen hangs himself to complete Blue Whale Challenge; mother reveals chilling details

A 16-year-old boy from Kerala hanged himself on July 26. His mother informed police yesterday that she now suspects her son took his own life to complete the infamous Blue Whale Challenge.........Read more

Mahindra Confirms to Launch Premium Yezdi, BSA Bikes in India

Mahindra Two-Wheelers has an exclusive licensing deal through its subsidiary Classic Legends Private Limited with JAWA Moto and BSA to manufacture and launch these bikes in India. Mahindra Confirms to Launch Premium Yezdi, BSA Bikes in India;........Read more

Director of two Dubai firms held in VVIP chopper deal probe

The ED claimed that the companies were allegedly involved in movement of bribe money paid to government officials through middleman Christian Michel. In January 2014, India scrapped the contract with AgustaWestland for supply of AW-101 choppers following allegations of kickbacks and involvement of middlemen.........Read more

JEE Advanced 2017: Supreme Court lifts stay; IIT, NIT admission given green signal

The Supreme Court vacated the stay today and has given go ahead for conducting counseling for admission in IITs and NITs. The Court has also directed the High Courts not to interfere in petitions regarding counselling and admission to IITs to avoid any confusion. The Bench asked the IITs to give an undertaking that such mistakes will not recur and no situation to award bonus marks will arise. Attorney General K K Venugopal, representing IITs, says such situation will not arise in future.........Read more

Disinvestment of Air India at this time will be a suicide: Aviation expert Subhash Goel

Aviation expert Subhash Goel on Thursday said disinvestment of Air India at this time would be a suicide. “Air India is always used for tourism and for evacuation in crisis times.It is a weapon which should be sharpened. A lot of improvements can be done with the Air India and its assets. Till the Air India is put of debt trap there is no use in disinvesting,” ........Read more

Bloody censorship: Film about menstrual taboos Phullu gets A rating from CBFC

Isn't it time we got used to talking menstruation in society? Apparently not. Because if anyone makes progressive moves in this regard, the power-drunk Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) will make sure that it comes undone. This is exactly what has happened with Abhishek Saxena's film Phullu. ........Read more

3 big reasons VR failed to revolutionize PC gaming

It's been more than one year since the Vive and Oculus Rift went on sale, and you can still count the number of A-list games from A-list game publishers on one hand. Ubisoft has led the way, with the just-released Star Trek: Bridge Crew, WB has a short Batman game called Arkham VR, and there a couple of VR-ready games from the long-running cult-favorite Serious Sam PC game series. Bethesda has VR versions of two existing games, Doom and Fallout 4, coming soon. Other than that, the biggest game publishers and franchises have been largely absent from the party.........Read more

Investigational vaccine protected monkeys from HIV-like virus

Building on insights from an HIV vaccine regimen in humans that had partial success during a phase 3 clinical trial in Thailand, a Duke-led research team used a more-is-better approach in monkeys that appeared to improve vaccine protection from an HIV-like virus.........Read more

Rajnath Singh on Kashmir: Will eliminate Pakistan-sponsored terrorism soon

In the wake of ongoing turmoil in Kashmir Valley and terror funding by Pakistan, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said that cross-border terrorism would be brought to an end soon.........Read more

Privacy is culture specific, MNCs hit by Aadhaar, says TRAI chief

Questioning the anti-Aadhaar campaigns by non-governmental organisations and civil society groups, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) Chairman R S Sharma, who is also the former Director General of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), said that various multinational companies were being affected by Aadhaar as it was in conflict with their attempts to create their own database of users.........Read more

Ban on cattle trading for slaughter: Kerala government to challenge notification in Supreme Court

Calling the notification of Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate banning the sale of cattle for slaughter “surprising and unsuitable for democracy”, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan criticised the move of the centre. Accusing centre of disregarding people’s right to eat.........Read more

Sir Roger Moore, James Bond actor, dies aged 89

The actor, best known for is suave portrayal of James Bond, has died aged 89, his family announces. The actor took the character of James Bond in a more humorous direction than his predecessor Sean Connery. He eventually became the longest-serving actor in the role, his seven Bond films becoming the most commercially successful of the franchise.........Read more

Maintenance to husbands in divorce cases makes them lazy, says Kerala HC

The Kerala High court on Thursday observed that husbands claiming maintenance from their divorced wives should not be entertained as it would make them lazy. The court was deciding on a petition filed by VM Divya, challenging the ruling of Kasaragod family court’s order to give a maintenance of Rs 6000 per month to her estranged husband Sivaprasad.........Read more

Baahubali Trilogy's Prequel Book Released In Tamil, Hindi and Malayalam

The Rise of Sivagami, the first book of a trilogy, by Anand Neelakantan tells the tale of the kingdom of Mahishmathi, revealing the childhood and history of Sivagami, the queen of Mahishmathi, and introduces readers to the royal slave Kattappa. The book is not an adaptation to the movie but in fact, lays the foundation for the epic that the "Baahubali" movie series is.........Read more

EC has no favourites, we maintain equidistance from all parties: CEC Nasim Zaidi at all-party meet

At the all-party meeting convened by the Election Commission on Friday to look into the EVM tampering controversy, Chief Election Commissioner said the poll watchdog has no favourites. In his opening remarks at the meeting, Zaidi said, “Election Commission to offer political parties chance to prove that EVMs used in recent polls were tampered with,” adding that EC maintains equidistance from all parties.........Read more

Report: U.S. to expand carry-on laptop & tablet ban to include all flights from Europe

Back in March, the United States government enacted a new policy that prohibited tablets and laptops from being carried in cabin baggage on flights to the United States from eight countries. Now, it appears that the policy may be expanded to include all flights from Europe to the United States.........Read more

Ceasefire violation by Pakistan occurs almost daily, 23 people killed in 2015, 2016, reveals RTI

The Home Ministry said Pakistan breached the truce along the Line of Control 449 times in 2016 as compared to 405 violations in 2015. Compared to 220 terror incidents in Jammu and Kashmir in 2012, there were 322 incidents in 2016 in which 82 security personnel and 15 civilians were killed.........Read more

Toyota shows fastest SUV in the form of one-off Land Cruiser

Toyota shows fastest SUV in the form of one-off Land Cruiser. The one-off 5.7-litre V8 Toyota Land Cruiser attained a top speed of 230 mph (368 kmph) against the initial set target speed of 220 mph.........Read more

Champions Trophy 2017: Will decide about India’s participation at Special General Meeting, says BCCI CEO Rahul Johri

“There’s an SGM scheduled on May 7. Wait for it. You’ll know everything after it,“ said Johri even the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators told BCCI to announce the ‘immediately’.........Read more

Kannada filmmaker blames 'Baahubali' for his film losing out: Is the accusation fair?

I have been reading statuses on social media that say the people of Karnataka should not support Baahubali because it has taken up a lot of screens and, this, in turn, has made a recently released Kannada film Raaga, lose its power at the box office.........Read more

Why the mega-success of Baahubali 2 will be difficult for other directors to replicate

The movies have raised the bar for visual effects and big-screen spectacle so high that Baahubali is unlikely to inspire me-toos. The filmmaker who is planning a period epic can only be pitied. When filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma tweeted that Indian cinema will now be classified as pre- and post-Baahubali, he was only half exaggerating.........Read more

Predicting people's 'brain age' could help to spot who is at risk of early death

A method for predicting someone's 'brain age' based on MRI scans could help to spot who might be at increased risk of poor health and even dying at a younger age. By combining MRI scans with machine learning algorithms, a team of neuroscientists led by researchers at Imperial College London, has trained computers to provide a predicted 'brain age' for people based on their volume of brain tissue.........Read more

Ford Aspire Sports coming soon; here is what to expect from the new edition

The Figo hatchback is not the only offering from Ford that's getting a Sports variant, its elder sibling, the Aspire, is also said to be getting a new variant in India. And what we hear is that the launch of the new Sport variant of the Aspire compact sedan is not too far off. The Aspire Sports variant is rumoured to be launched in April.l.........Read more

Re-monetisation: Cash in use 26% less than November 8 levels

The pace of growth in the currency in circulation had moderated for four weeks in March, when some cities had witnessed difficulty in cash withdrawals at ATMs. Currency in circulation for the week ended March 31, 2017, rose by 1.7 per cent to Rs 13,35,270 crore over the previous week. According to Reserve Bank of India (RBI) data the currency in circulation on November 4, 2016, was Rs 17,97,460 crore. The pace of incremental growth of currency in circulation per week showed moderation in March. It rose by four per cent in the week ended March 10 over the previous week. But the pace dipped to 2.8 per cent for the next week (March 17) and slowed further to 2.5 per cent for the week ended March 24.........Read more

A Man's Guide to Wearing Rings

The reality is that rings send a message. For thousands of years, men have worn them to signal status, wealth, commitment, and association. They can send the message that you’re not available, that you attended the Naval Academy (yes, I see your ring Annapolis man), that you’re part of a fraternal brotherhood, or that you’re from a culture not afraid to display wealth on the hands.........Read more

New YouTube Monetization Policy: Video creators will need 10,000 lifetime views to mint money

Before creators could mint more money from YouTube videos, the company on Thursday has decided to make sure that all its video creators are legit. Earlier, YouTube let people create a channel and immediately start making money but the company on Thursday made a surprise announcement saying that the creators will no longer be able to monetize their channels until they receive 10,000-lifetime views.........Read more

Will apologise to Parliament, not to Air India staffer: Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad in Lok Sabha

Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, accused of beating up an Air India employee, on Thursday claimed innocence in the Parliament, saying the national carrier staffer misbehaved first. Presenting his side of the story in Lok Sabha, Gaikwad said AI official's rude behaviour was responsible for the unruly incident.........Read more

After 55 Complaints in April-Sept 2016: SECL puts a new ‘quality regime’, signs tripartite pacts with various firms

As the number of complaints from power utilities are quite high, the SECL has been taking various steps for coal quality improvement. On December 29 last year, the SECL told the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Steel and Coal that it has put a “quality regime” in all areas under its supervision. It has suspended the production from the “mine where thin seam workings deteriorated the quality of coal produced”.........Read more

MP CM Shivraj Chouhan on Yogi Adityanath's path; wants to launch anti-Romeo squads in state

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is following in the footsteps of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to start 'anti-Romeo' campaigns in the state to stop harassment of women on the streets. Adityanath's move, however, has been facing backlash for targeting couples in public spaces.........Read more

YouTube app is testing another revamp that makes comments both more and less prominent

Out of all the Google apps that receive server-side changes, YouTube is one of the most prominent examples. It seems like YouTube is always experimenting with some sort of revamp, whether the changes be large or small. In this case, the changes are rather large; the comments section, which has been made a pop-up instead of a permanent part of the UI, now has an icon alongside the 'like' and 'dislike' functions.........Read more

MCD Elections: In Another Big Poll Promise, Arvind Kejriwal Says Will Abolish Residential House Tax

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will abolish the residential house tax and waive-off arrears if voted to power in the capital's civic bodies. His words resonated promises of cutting electricity and water bills ahead of Delhi assembly elections which AAP swept last year.........Read more

London attacker Khalid Masood taught English in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabian embassy said he taught English in Saudi Arabia from November 2005 to November 2006 and again from April 2008 to April 2009, with a legitimate work visa both times. He then returned for six days in March 2015 on a trip booked through an approved travel agent and made on an “Umra” visa, usually granted to those on a religious pilgrimage to the country’s Islamic holy sites.........Read more

Jammu and Kashmir may become India’s first state to roll out universal basic income plan; Haseeb Drabu makes presentation to FM Arun Jaitley

Jammu and Kashmir may become India’s first state to implement the universal basic income (UBI) plan that chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian outlined in this year’s Economic Survey. Confirming this, J&K finance minister Haseeb Drabu said, “We had spoken about it in our budget and I have made a presentation on UBI for the state’s poor people to Union finance minister Arun Jaitley.”........Read more

CIA hacked Apple devices in ways users can’t fix: WikiLeaks

Security experts say the exploits are plausible, but suggest they pose little threat to typical users. They say that many of the tricks are older the iPhone hack involves the 3G model from 2008, for instance. The techniques also typically require physical access to devices, something the CIA would use only for targeted individuals, not a broader population.........Read more

Time ripe to reform medical education

The National Medical Commission Bill 2016, proposes to revamp the Medical Council of India by replacing the Indian Medical Council Act 1956. Based on the recommendations of Niti Aayog and an expert committee appointed by the Prime Minister last year, the bill proposes to establish National Medical Commission in place of MCI as the premier regulator of medical education. ........Read more

Tensions show as Donald Trump, Angela Merkel meet for first time

Stark differences between US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on everything from trade to immigration were in full view during an icy first meeting at the White House on Friday. In a frequently awkward joint press conference, Mr Trump and Ms Merkel showed little common ground as they addressed a host of thorny issues including NATO, defense spending and free trade deals.........Read more

Somali pirates attack Sri Lankan-flagged oil tanker in a first commercial hijack since 2012

Pirates have hijacked a Sri Lankan-flagged oil tanker, a Somali official said on Tuesday, the first time they have successfully taken a commercial ship since 2012. The Aris 13 sent a distress call on Monday, turned off its tracking system and altered course for the Somali port town of Alula, said John Steed of the aid group Oceans Beyond Piracy.........Read more

Almost half of stroke survivors suffer fatigue, study reveals

Almost half of people who experience a stroke suffer from fatigue in the early days of their recovery, a landmark new study has found. Although stroke survivors have reported fatigue as a problem, previous estimates of the numbers of people affected have varied greatly – from one-quarter to almost three-quarters of stroke survivors.........Read more

Banks to levy transaction charges from March 1

Most banks are expected to begin levying transaction charges on customers. Even as the country marches past the demonetisation era, banks will begin charging for transactions above a certain limit on a monthly basis. Banks like HDFC have started notifying customers on the charges while ICICI and Axis are in the process of deciding transaction limit.........Read more

A major setback to Atul Garg SP candidate from Agra North

The Samajwadi Party's (SP) already weak stake on the nine Agra assembly seats has suffered a major setback on the Agra (North) seat, where a TV sting has revealed alleged electoral malpractices by the SP candidate Atul Garg. The Agra police has filed an FIR against Garg and is now investigating the matter.........Read more

Virat Kohli blames batsmen for the worst ever defeat

Virat Kohli hardly minced words in criticising India's shambolic show against Australia, saying it was the side's worst batting performance in last 2 years. We've had two really bad sessions and to pull it back against a quality side is very difficult. But there are no excuses. Sometimes, you have to take your hat off and tell the opposition well done, he said.........Read more

Is Whatsapp trying to kill Snapchat?

WhatsApp now has a new feature called Status, launched on February 20, which will allow users to update their statuses with time-limited photos, videos, scribbles and GIFs. Sounds familiar? Facebook, which acquired WhatsApp two years ago for a whopping $19 billion, has always been known to share a rivalry with Snapchat, another dynamic messaging platform, regularly ringing in changes in step with its competitor.........Read more

Palestinian 'Spider Boy' Sets Guinness World Record

This Palestinian teenager just set a twisted new world record. 13-year-old Mohammed Alsheikh aka 'spider-boy' broke the record for 'most full body revolutions maintaining a chest stand in one minute'. The teen twisted his extremely flexible body 38 times in his attempt in Jordan, beating the previous record of 29.........Read more

FBI starts three probes in suspected Russian hacking of U.S presidential elections

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is pursuing at least three separate probes relating to alleged Russian hacking of the U.S. presidential elections, according to five current and former government officials with direct knowledge of the situation.........Read more

Tamil Nadu political crisis: Governor invites Sasikala nominee E Palanisamy to prove majority

In a bid to end the ongoing stalemate over government formation in Tamil Nadu, Governor C Vidyasagar Rao reportedly invited AIADMK supremo VK Sasikala’s nominee Edappadi Palanisamy to prove his majority. Palanisamy has been asked to submit the signatures of 118 AIADMK MLAs. If Palanisamy succeeds in illustrating the support of majority, he would be allowed to takeover as the chief minister.........Read more

2017 Honda City Facelift Launch: Highlights

The 2017 Honda City facelift has been launched in India at Rs. 8.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new generation Honda City first arrived in 2014 and was the segment leader till Maruti Suzuki Ciaz reclaimed the spot in 2016. However, the sedan, with its sight on taking back the lead, has received an extensively refurbished front along with other cosmetic changes. As far as rivals go, the Honda City 2017 will continue to face competition from the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Hyundai Verna.........Read more

Honda and Hitachi joined hands to develop electric car motors

The companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the Japan-based venture and are set to finalise a definitive deal next month pledging to invest a combined total of around Rs 260 crore.........Read more

ISIS preparing children as their new weapons

The threat presented by the Islamic State is taking on a new form: child terrorists either directly in contact with or inspired by the militant group. Even as it suffers setbacks on the battlefield in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State is cultivating adolescents in the West, who are being asked to stay in their home countries and strike targets with whatever weapons are available, such as knives and crude bombs. A 16-year-old girl was among four people arrested in the south of France on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack, French authorities said Friday.........Read more

Facebook India has no control over content posted here

Facebook India says it does not operate or control the online platform in any form. Facebook is accessed by users from computers, tablets and mobile phones. Its role is confined to carrying out business in India and providing online and technical support, Facebook India told the court.........Read more

Registration for Kailash Manasarovar Yatra begins

The registration for Kailash Manasarovar Yatra has started. External Affairs Ministry has said, this year the Yatra will take place between 12 June to 8th of September through two routes. Applicants for this Yatra must be at least 18 years and not more than 70 years. The last date for registration …........Read more

New-Generation Suzuki WagonR And Stingray Unveiled In Japan

The new-gen Suzuki WagonR and Stingray have been officially unveiled in Japan. Both the new WagonR and Stingray come with an all-new design language and bolder styling that sets them apart from all previous generation models.........Read more

Shocking! Ileana D'Cruz reveals she was eve-teased and harassed

Bollywood actress Ileana D'Cruz admits to have been eve-teased and harassed, and described the experience as 'traumatic'. "I've been a victim of eve-teasing and harassment and it's traumatic. I'm lucky I have beautiful parents who gave me strength when I needed it."........Read more

Mobile wallets may soon have to insure customers' cash

To make a rapid move towards using digital cash, the government is planning to bring in changes in the way money is handled on mobile wallets.The government is mulling over bringing insurance in the segment, on the lines of debit and credit cards.........Read more

Now, a BSF man claims liquor for force is being sold to outsiders in Gujarat

A BSF clerk has posted a video on Facebook in which he has alleged that liquor meant for its personnel was being sold to outsiders and claimed that despite his complaint in this regard no action has been taken.........Read more

Feed a cold, starve a fever? Not so fast, according to research

The last time you had a stomach bug, you probably didn't feel much like eating. This loss of appetite is part of your body's normal response to an illness but is not well understood. Sometimes eating less during illness promotes a faster recovery, but other times—such as when cancer patients experience wasting—the loss of appetite can be deadly.........Read more

NASA spacecraft to explore ancient object beyond Pluto

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is on its way to explore a small, ancient object located about 1.6 billion kilometres beyond Pluto, nearly two years after its historic encounter with the icy dwarf planet.........Read more

Cabinet grants complete autonomy to IIMs, can give degree now

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bill, 2017, under which the IIMs would be declared as Institutions of National Importance which will enable them to grant degrees to their students.........Read more

Yamaha FZ 25 Launched for Rs 1.19 Lakh: Here's All You Need to Know

It was Yamaha that paved way for the budget-friendly street-naked motorcycles in India with the FZ 150 a few years ago and now, they are set to launch a more powerful version street-naked offering in the market. The bike is called the FZ 250 and is expected to be priced around the Rs 1.5 lakh price bracket.........Read more

CBI arrests ex-IDBI Bank boss for Rs 900cr loan to Vijay Mallyas Kingfisher Airlines

In connection with Vijay Mallyas Rs 900 crore Kingfisher Airlines (KFA) loan case, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested nine individuals on charges pertaining to criminal breach of trust, criminal conspiracy and criminal misconduct. Former bank officials and executives of KFA and IDBI Bank who have been arrested and would be presented before the CBI court in Mumbai are: Yogesh Aggarwal (former chairman of IDBI Bank), BK Batra, OV Bundellu, SKV Srinivasan and RS Sridhar (all IDBI Bank officials). From Kingfisher Airlines - A Raghunathan (former chief finance officer), Shailesh Borkar, AC Shah and Amit Nadkar. BK Batra was the ninth person to be arrested.........Read more

Ford India Launches The EcoSport 'Platinum' Edition At Rs. 10.39 Lakh

In a bid to infuse freshness in the EcoSport, Ford India has launched the 'Platinum' Edition of its popular compact SUV. The EcoSport Platinum Edition will be available on the 1.5-litre diesel variant priced at Rs. 10.69 Lakh and the 1.0-litre EcoBoost variant priced at Rs 10.39 Lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi).........Read more

SC seeks legal provisions, material in support of plea to put off Budget

The Supreme Court on Friday deferred hearing a plea seeking intervention for postponing the Union Budget presentation after March once the assembly elections in five states are over to January 20, saying at present it doesn't find any provision in support of plea. The Supreme Court added that it required material and legal provisions in support of plea seeking postponement of budget presentation. ........Read more

6,430 turtles rescued, kingpin of reptile smuggling racket arrested

The Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force has rescued 6,430 flapshell turtles from Amethi and arrested Raj Bahadur Singh, the leader of the reptile smuggling racket, AFP reported. A spokesperson on Wednesday said the turtles were found stuffed in sacks in the accused’s compound in Gauriganj. Singh told the investigators that the turtles would have been sent to Kolkata, and then shipped off to China, Hong Kong, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Bangladesh. US-based Turtle Survival Alliance’s Rachana Tiwari told AFP that the smaller turtles are sold for an average of Rs 1,000, while the larger ones are sold for Rs 8,000 for their meat.........Read more

University of Kashmir exams postponed yet again due to snowfall

All Kashmir University examinations scheduled to be held on January 9 and 10 are postponed in view of the concerns expressed by students following snowfall in the Valley. The fresh dates for the deferred examinations shall be notified separately. Kashmir is currently going through its 40-day period of harshest winter, 'Chillai Kalan'. Temperatures dip to sub-zero levels during this time and the blanket of thick snow covers the state. The chill was intensified by a prolonged post-monsoon dry spell in the province - longest in 40 years.........Read more

Hacker Leaks Data After Breaching FBI Site, Slams '€œLazy' Security

A hacker known as CyberZeist, or Le4ky, has reportedly hacked into the FBI website and leaked some of the information to an open source site. The hacker, who tweets as @CyberZeist, exploited a zero-day vulnerability in the highly-secured Plone Content Management System (CMS) of the FBI's website and leaked some of the information to Pastebin, an open source site that is often used by hackers to post stolen information and bits of code........Read more

Bengaluru: 10 suspects arrested in Kammanahalli molestation case

Police on Wednesday rounded up 10 suspects in the Bengaluru molestation case, in which a woman was assaulted by 2 men on a scooter at 2:30 am on New Year’s Day in Kammanahalli area. In the video footage caught on the CCTV of a residential building, one of the two men was first seen approaching the woman and forcing himself on her and dragging her to the scooter while the other person is seated on it, before pinning her down.........Read more

Twitter’s China chief Kathy Chen quits after eight months

Twitter Inc executive Kathy Chen, brought in to run Greater China just over eight months ago, has quit, according to a tweet sent by her over the weekend. Twitter has been blocked in China since 2009 but is still used through virtual private networks (VPN).........Read more

Dutch scientists use color-changing graphene bubbles to create ‘mechanical pixels’

Researchers from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have discovered what could one day be a new type of display technology: bubbles of graphene that change color as they expand and...........Read more

Cars, gold coins, gold jewellery for BCCI members: Will the Lodha Panel investigate?

If sources within the BCCI are to be believed, the BCCI is now worried that the Lodha committee will ask for the Deloitte audit reports on the functioning of each state association till March 31, 2015.........Read more

Why We Need To Free Hindu Temples From Government Control

Article 26 of the Indian Constitution provides people of all religions with the freedom to manage their religious institutions. However, Hindus do not enjoy this freedom enshrined in the country’s founding document. Various state governments through their respective Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR & CE) Acts have assumed financial and management control of over a hundred thousand Hindu temples.........Read more

WikiLeaks Emails Demonstrate US Media Bias Favoring Crooked Hillary: Trump

The trove of emails from WikiLeaks in recent days proves that the New York Times and other major US mainstream media are conspiring to elect Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Trump stated.........Read more

Reliance Communications’ CEO Vinod Sawhny steps down

Reliance Communications Ltd’s chief executive Vinod Sawhny has stepped down, the company informed the Bombay Stock Exchange on Saturday. The announcement comes two weeks after RCom announced the merger of its wireless business with Aircel Ltd.........Read more

Watch: What Lies Behind The Recent Conflict in Manipur

A team from The Wire visited Manipur for the first anniversary of the August 31 incident in order to report on the tribal movement in the hill areas of the state and the parallel but separate protest of the Meiteis in the valley.........Read more

BrahMos Missile: Why China is nervous

Last month, the Government of India decided to deploy 4th regiment of BrahMos Missile in our North-Eastern state – Arunachal Pradesh. CCS (Cabinet Committee on Security) approved the request of raising a new regiment of an advanced version of BrahMos missiles to be deployed in Arunachal Pradesh at a cost of Rs. 4300 crore. The regiment will be equipped with five autonomous missile launchers with command post. It would include 100 BrahMos missiles.........Read more

Our friendship with Pakistan is unbreakable: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

References to Kashmir and tensions arising out of Uri terror attack were conspicuously absent in Chinese official media coverage of the meeting between China Premier Li Keqiang and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.........Read more

We did discuss about removing MS Dhoni from captaincy: Sandeep Patil

Former chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil on Wednesday said that during his tenure there has been discussions on removing Mahendra Singh Dhoni from captaincy but his retirement from Test cricket was a "shocker" for them.........Read more

MSK Prasad to head India's selection panel

Former wicketkeeper MSK Prasad has been chosen to succeed Sandeep Patil as the chairman of India's selection panel. The decision was taken at the BCCI's 87th annual general meeting in Mumbai, after the board had invited applicants for the selection job for the first time. Prasad had been part of the previous selection panel headed by Patil since November last year. Former offspinner Sarandeep Singh, and former batsmen Gagan Khoda, Devang Gandhi and Jatin Paranjpe were the other four selectors named in the five-member panel.........Read more

Sanjay Purohit, Infosys Executive Vice President, quits;

Amidst attempts to retain talent at the IT major, Sanjay Purohit, an Executive Vice-President at Infosys, has resigned, reported ET Now. Sanjay Purohit was in-charge of the strategic initiatives with Pravin Rao, the Chief Operating Officer of Infosys. Reports suggest that Purohit is the seventh Executive Vice President to quit Infosys in the last couple of years. No replacement for the senior executive has been found yet.........Read more

Meet The Mumbai Businesswoman Who Makes Narendra Modi Soft Toys For A Living

It was more than two years ago, when Narendra Modi was addressing rallies across the country during his prime ministerial campaign, that Amita Gupta remembers being struck by his charisma. The Mumbai businesswoman, who runs a toy manufacturing unit from home, decided she wanted to create a toy that would look like Modi.........Read more

NASA is about to launch a spacecraft to an asteroid to learn more about life on Earth

On Thursday, a NASA spacecraft will launch on a seven-year round-trip journey to an asteroid with one simple mission: scoop up pieces of the space rock and bring them back to Earth. It’s the space...........Read more

15 crore workers will be on strike: unions

Ten central trade unions said here on Wednesday that over 15 crore workers in several States would take part in the strike called by them for Friday demanding higher minimum wages and provision of so........Read more

Urjit Patel has a PhD in economics, Raghuram Rajan did management: Subramanian Swamy on RBI governor

The BJP leader said Rajan did not have the 'general equilibrium regarding economics', and that he had 'high hopes' for the new central bank chief.........Read more

Instagram is currently testing a ‘Save Draft feature

nstagram is currently testing a new feature called ‘Save Draft’ which will allow users to save your edit, when you click the ‘Back’ button. Additionally, it will let you prepare a post and publish it later too.........Read more

Just writing letters won't whitewash cross-border terrorism: India to Pakistan

Just writing letters won't whitewash cross-border terrorism: India to Pakistan - Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif had written a letter to UN Secretary general and UNHRC urging for efforst to end the 'persistent and egregious violation of the basic human rights'.........Read more

Daily chocolate intake linked to lower risk of diabetes, heart disease

There is some welcome news for chocolate lovers; new research suggests eating chocolate every day may lower the likelihood of diabetes and heart disease.........Read more

Maruti plans separate servicing network under Nexa chain

MSI is looking at ramping up the production of its premium hatchback Baleno to 12,000 units a month to cut long waiting period on the model.........Read more

Emerging superpower? Current status of Indian aircraft carriers

Aircraft carriers, with their fighter jets, aircraft & missiles, are the most potent symbols of military power projection around the globe.........Read more

Balasaheb had told me not to discuss the will with Uddhav: Jaidev Thackeray

Bal Thackeray’s estranged son Jaidev claimed the Sena supremo had promised to include him in the will just a year before his death, while levelling several allegations against his brother Uddhav........Read more

Just 8.5 per cent disabled population graduate: Census

According to the census data of 2011, released by the Registrar General of India (RGI), of the total disabled population of 2.68 crores in 2011, 1.46 crores are literates.........Read more

Film review: Lechery gets a fitting response in ‘Great Grand Masti’

A malevolent ghost gives the three needy men from Indra Kumar’s hit franchise lessons in fidelity and good behaviour.........Read more

SsangYong Tivoli Compact SUV Spotted Testing in India

Though rumours of the Tivoli's India launch have been doing the rounds for a while now, Mahindra is yet to confirm if the SUV will arrive here.........Read more

The enduring enigma of female sexual desire

Why have scientists been so slow to understand women’s sexuality, asks Rachel Nuwer.........Read more

Facebook Live attacks Twitch with game streaming

If people spend a lot of time doing something on the Internet, you can bet Facebook wants a piece. Its latest conquest attempt is the video game streaming..........Read more

As a public figure, you are bound to face things that are derogatory: Amitabh Bachchan

Speaking to, Amitabh Bachchan said, "There are times when many things written are derogatory but that is the challenge that all creative people face."........Read more

500 Indians attracted to IS, being tracked in real time - Times of India

The government has claimed that IS has had limited sway on Indian Muslims and it is not likely to make much of an impact.........Read more

Lenovo's Motorola acquisition isn't going as planned

Lenovo admitted that it's Motorola acquisition "didn't meet expectation." What now?........Read more

French Open Sania, Bopanna, Paes book second round berths | The Asian Age

Sania and Martina were tested by Russian girls Daria Kasatkina and Alexandra Panova before ...........Read more

Supreme Court wants national policy for rape victims | The Asian Age

Observing that setting up of the Nirbhaya Fund is not enough, the Supreme Court on Thursday ...........Read more

VIDEO: 'Double' role jab for grandma Kasturi

Thiruvarur: First, she was seen praising Amma for feeding her when even her children didn't. Then she was seen panning Amma for heading a government that does not care. Meet Kasturi paati (grandmot........Read more

Britain's Prince Charles uses homeopathic medicine for his cattle!

The prince's strong faith in homeopathic medicine has been a longstanding factor, which has often clashed with medical experts in the UK.........Read more

Space scientist Rao to be conferred ‘IAF Hall of Fame’ Award

Prof Rao will receive the 'IAF Hall of Fame' Award and a certificate, during the closing ceremony on September 30.........Read more

Mahindra XUV500 W6 Automatic Launched at Rs 14.29 lakh

The XUV500 automatic, now available in the more affordable W6 grade!........Read more