U.S. ends agreements with Hong Kong which says it is a 'pawn'

The U.S. State Department said it notified Hong Kong on Wednesday that Washington has suspended or terminated three bilateral agreements with the semi-autonomous city following China’s imposition of a sweeping national security law. The ending of the agreements follows U.S. President Donald Trump’s order last month to end Hong Kong’s special status under U.S. law to punish China for what he called “oppressive actions” against the former British colony. The State Department said in a statement the agreements ended covered “the surrender of fugitive offenders, the transfer of sentenced persons, and reciprocal tax exemptions on income derived from the international operation of ships.” “These steps underscore our deep concern regarding Beijing’s decision to impose the National Security Law, which has crushed the freedoms of the people of Hong Kong,” State Department Spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said. The Hong Kong government said the U.S. decision to end the agreements showed “disrespect for bilateralism and multilateralism under the current administration and should be condemned by the international community”. “The HKSAR Government strongly objects to and deplores the US action, which is widely seen as a move to create troubles in the China-US relationship, using Hong Kong as a pawn,” it said, referring to the city by its formal designation as a Special Administrative Region of China. ........Read more

Sterlite Plant, Shut After Huge Protests, Can't Reopen: Madras High Court

Deaths during protests in May 2018 led Tamil Nadu to shut down the plant The Tamil Nadu government had argued in court that the deaths in police firing were not the only reason why the plant was shut down. It said the Sterlite plant was a big threat to the environment and ecology, and pollutants released by Sterlite were much higher than other companies in the area. The National Green Tribunal gave a favourable order to Sterlite in December 2018. However, the Supreme Court struck it down over jurisdiction issues and ordered Vedanta to approach the Madras High Court, after which the company filed multiple petitions in February last year. "The order to shut down the copper smelting plant was perfectly justified and was in line with the law of the land laid down by the Supreme Court," senior counsel CS Vaidyanathan, appearing for the Tamil Nadu government, had told the court. The closure of the "red category" smelter with a capacity of four lakh tonnes and employing 800 permanent and 3,500 contract workers in Tuticorin and other parts of India had led to 40 per cent fall in copper production in India. The smelter in Tuticorin accounted for over a third of India's refined copper output before it was shut. The country later imported 44,000 tonnes of copper against 3.3 lakh tonnes exported in 2017-18.........Read more

Concept of a ‘second wave’ of coronavirus is flawed and dangerous

Indeed, people are already talking about a “second wave” hitting China and Iran. But the concept of a second wave is flawed and creates dangerous misconceptions about the pandemic. The idea of a second wave stems from the flawed comparison with the seasonality of the flu virus. Early in the pandemic, many experts discussed the similarities between SARS-CoV-2 and influenza virus. They are both viruses that cause respiratory infections – mostly mild. Influenza is also the cause of most recent previous pandemics. From these similarities, it was tempting to assume that COVID-19 would behave similarly to a flu pandemic. Yet these are very different viruses with very different behaviour.........Read more

Delhi: Mandatory 7-day home quarantine for all rail, road and flight passengers

After issuing several guidelines for passengers for domestic air travel and inter-state bus travel and other, the Delhi Disaster Management reduced 14-day mandatory home quarantine to 7 days for asymptomatic travellers. "All asymptomatic passengers who enter/deboard in NCT of Delhi shall home quarantine themselves for 7 days (in place of 14 days of self monitoring of health...)," said the order.........Read more

India now manufactures 4.5 lakh PPE suits a day in the fight against Covid-19

Union Minister Smriti Irani announced on Twitter that India is now producing over 4.5 lakh Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suits daily and that now over 600 companies in the country are certified to manufacture PPEs. "PPE Update as on 18 th May — today we have crossed per day production of 4.5 lac PPE suits .. India now has over 600 companies who are lab certified to manufacture PPE."Smriti Irani had tweeted on Monday. So, this is some piece of good news as some hospitals had reported shortage of the most crucial gear for healthcare professionals, the PPE kits, since the outbreak of coronavirus. ........Read more

NRAI Ties-up With Dotpe To Offer Contactless Dining; Take On Zomato, Dineout

Zomato, Dineout and Paytm are set to launch their contactless dining option Dotpe will provide QR code-based digital ordering system to restaurants NRAI aims to reduce restaurants’ dependence on a few online platforms The National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI), in partnership with Dotpe, is set to launch ‘Contactless Dining’ setting for consumers to minimise human touchpoints. With this, Gurugram-based Dotpe is now competing against foodtech majors like Zomato and Dineout as well as fintech giant Paytm which has recently announced ‘Contactless Dining’ for the post-Covid world.........Read more

Rs 411 Cr Loan Defaulter Flees India, SBI Dials CBI After 4 Years

Three promoters of Ram Dev International, recently booked by the CBI for allegedly cheating a consortium of six banks to the tune of Rs 411 crore, have already fled the country before the State Bank of India reached the agency with the complaint, officials said on Saturday. The CBI had recently booked the company engaged in export of Basmati rice to the West Asian and European countries and its directors Naresh Kumar, Suresh Kumar and Sangita on the basis of complaint from the State Bank of India (SBI), which suffered the loss of more than Rs 173 crore, they said.........Read more

Lockdown cuts India's fuel demand 50% in first half of April

Indian state retailers sold 50% less refined fuel in the first two weeks of April than the same time a year ago as a nationwide lockdown to stem the spread of the new coronavirus hit transportation and industrial activity, industry sources said. State companies - Indian Oil Corp, Hindustan Petroleum Corp and Bharat Petroleum - own about 90% of India’s retail fuel outlets. India’s gasoil sales by state retailers in the first 15 days of April dropped by 61% from a year earlier while gasoline and jet fuel sales declined by 64% and 94%, provisional industry data provided by two sources........Read more

Modi to Drop Cash from Chopper? TV Channel Served Notice as 'K'taka Villagers Wait for Rain Money'

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has asked Kannada news channel Public TV why it should not be taken off air for telecasting a misleading bulletin which said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will rain money from helicopters, an official said on Thursday. "That programme said Modi will drop money from helicopter. It was totally misleading and so many people in the villages are waiting and sitting outside," Press Information Bureau Additional Director General Nagendra Swamy told IANS. Swamy said he has served a notice to the television channel as per the rules and questioned the channel why it should not be taken off air.........Read more

US Blames China, Russia And Iran For Spreading "Disinformation" On Coronavirus

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blamed Russia, China and Iran for spreading "disinformation" on COVID-19 and carrying out coordinated efforts to "disparage" American attempts towards containing the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic. Speaking at the White House on Friday, Mike Pompeo described the disinformation campaigns as being "pretty diffused" and urged Americans to ensure that they are getting their information from a reliable source and not a "bad actor" trying to create and flow information that they know is wrong.........Read more

Sex In Space: Could Technology Help In Meeting Astronauts' Intimate Needs During Space Travel?

As of now, NASA and other space agencies have denied that any sexual activity has ever occurred during a space mission. Either sex in space hasn't happened, or no one is talking about it. Nonetheless, imminent prolonged human missions to the moon and Mars raise concerns regarding the future of intimacy and sexuality in space. One important concern is that space exploration and colonization will limit people's opportunities for relationships, intimacy and sexuality for long periods of time. In the very near future, human missions will only include small crews and settlements. Fewer people mean fewer opportunities for intimacy - making it difficult to find partners to connect with and potentially increasing tension between crew members.........Read more

Is time broken? Physicists filmed a quantum measurement but the 'moment' was blurry

They captured an instant in time, but the moment was blurry. That may sound like the lyrics to a sweet but ultimately nihilistic song from the grunge era, but in fact it appears to be one possible take away from an exotic new quantum physics experiment. The team set out to discover if the “ideal quantum measurement” exists in nature. One of the fundamental principals of quantum mechanics involves a wacky concept called “superposition.” This idea basically says that things in the quantum world can be in more than one place at the same time.........Read more

Nirbhaya rape convict Pawan Gupta files mercy plea after rejection of curative petition

Nirbhaya rape and murder convict Pawan Gupta on Monday filed a fresh mercy plea before the President of India, hours after the Supreme Court (SC) dismissed his curative petition. Earlier in the day, a five-judge bench of SC rejected the curative petition filed by Pawan Kumar Gupta, one of the four death row convicts in the December 2012 gangrape and murder case. He has filed the fresh mercy petition just a day before he was scheduled to be hanged along with the other convicts. A five-judge bench headed by Justice N V Ramana said no case is made out for re-examining the conviction and the punishment of the convict.........Read more

Bangladeshi Student at Visva Bharati University Asked to Leave India Over ‘Anti-govt’ Activities

A Bangladeshi student, studying Bachelor in Design (B.Des) at Visva Bharati University in West Bengal’s Santiniketan, has been asked to leave the country allegedly for engaging in “anti-government activities”. The notice is known to have been served by the Ministry of Home Affairs. According to a report, she received the ‘Leave India Notice’– dated February 14– on Wednesday. She then approached Foreign Regional Registration Registration Office (FRRO) officer Karma Tshering Bhutia for the review request.........Read more

Not anti-India or pro-Pakistan, just want to visit Jammu & Kashmir: British MP Debbie Abrahams in Islamabad

British MP Debbie Abrahams, who was denied entry into India after the government revoked her visa, visited Pakistan on Wednesday and said that she was not anti-India or pro-Pakistan but just wanted to see the ground situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Abrahams, who is chairs a British parliamentary group on Kashmir, attempted entering India earlier this week. However, she was refused entry at the Delhi airport and deported since her visa had been revoked. Government sources later said her visa was revoked because she indulged in "anti-India" activities.........Read more

Google Maps Marks Kashmir As 'Disputed' Territory When Seen From Outside India

Google Maps has redrawn the world’s borders which look different depending upon where the user is viewing them from, with the popular search engine showing Kashmir’s outlines as a dotted line acknowledging “dispute” when it is seen from outside India, a leading American daily has reported. According to the Washington Post, "the borders on Google’s online maps display Kashmir as fully under Indian control. Elsewhere, users see the region’s snaking outlines as a dotted line, acknowledging the dispute”.........Read more

BCCI ends hibernation, ICC braces for sleepless nights over scheduling

Sourav Ganguly has roused India’s mighty cricket board from a three-year slumber and its push for an exclusive new tournament to be included on the international calendar is set to give the game’s governing body and other stakeholders sleepless nights. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which has been revitalised under Ganguly’s leadership, says it generates 75% of the game’s total revenue and wants commensurate clout when it comes to deciding how it is run. ........Read more

Familiar faces return in the first trailer for Fast 9

The team prepares for their biggest threat yet — with rockets Considering how large the Fast and Furious universe has become, it’s fitting that the first trailer for F9, the ninth installment in the mainstream series, debuted on Super Bowl weekend after an hourslong music festival dedicated to the movie. It was worth the wait, though. F9’s first trailer brings back some familiar faces including Dominic Toretto’s (Vin Diesel) sister, Mia and friend Han. Introduced in the first movie, Mia became a main character in the franchise as it developed, and entered a long term relationship with Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker). ........Read more

Priyanka at WEF: Want my kids to grow up in a world where leaders have listened to Greta’s generation

After Deepika Padukone, it was Priyanka Chopra's turn to speak at the ongoing World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The actress took part in a fireside chat with many renowned personalities from across the world. She talked about the need to create the kind of progress one wants to see to eradicate poverty. Priyanka Chopra also talked about how India successfully eradicated polio with the help of 200 million volunteers. ........Read more

84% foreign-educated doctors flunk screening test required to practice in India

Clearing FMGE test is mandatory for all doctors who have earned their MBBS degree from a foreign country. Only those who earn their MBBS and post-graduate degrees from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US are exempted from this test. Besides earning their degrees from these five countries, these students (in case they want to practice in India) also have to be recognised for enrollment as medical practioners in the respective countries.........Read more

Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case: 'Investigation Complete, No Girl Killed,' CBI Tells SC

The investigative agency added that no girl was killed in Muzaffarpur shelter home, and skeletons found were not of inmate minors. “The CBI looked into the charges and found everyone alive. Nobody has been killed,” Attorney General KK Venugopal, representing the CBI, said before a bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde.........Read more

Iran Supreme Leader Weeps Inconsolably over Remains of Soleimani, Vows to 'Get Rid of America'

Weeping amid wails from a crowd of hundreds of thousands of mourners, Iran's supreme leader on Monday prayed over the remains of a top Iranian general killed in a US airstrike in Baghdad, an attack that's drastically raised tensions between Tehran and Washington. Soleimani's daughter, Zeinab, directly threatened, "The families of U.S. soldiers in the Middle East will spend their days waiting for death of their children," she said to cheers. ........Read more

Amid pan-India protests against CAA, Pranab Mukherjee warns against 'majoritarian rule'

As protests against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) spread across the country, former President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday cautioned against a "majoritarian government", and said that a numerical majority in the elections only gives a political party the right to form a "stable" government. Mukherjee also praised former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for "seeking to taking along everyone" at a time when the present government is being accused of dividing the country. "A numerical majority in elections gives you the right to make a stable government. The lack of popular majority forbids you from (becoming) a majoritarian government.........Read more

GST rates set to increase as council eyes major revamp

Almost two and a half years since its launch, the GST council is expected to discuss major restructuring to raise the base slab from 5% to 9-10%, while doing away with the 12% rate and moving 243 items in this segment to the 18% band — moves that will increase the tax burden on consumers but may generate close to Rs 1 lakh crore of additional revenue. In addition to the proposed recalibration of rates, several items currently exempted from tax — from treatment in “expensive” private hospitals to hotel accommodation under Rs 1,000 and high-value company home leases — may be brought under the ambit of the tax, sources familiar with deliberations between the Centre and states said.........Read more

Lenovo expands smart devices portfolio in India

Lenovo on Wednesday introduced smarter technology for a more connected home experience with an expanded range of smart devices powered by Google Assistant. These devices include the all-new 7-inch Lenovo Smart Display, Lenovo Smart Bulb and Lenovo Smart Camera. Earlier this year, Lenovo introduced the 10-inch Smart Display.........Read more

Tata Steel locks horns with union over 3,000 job cuts

Indian-owned Tata Steel, which announced restructuring plans on Nov. 18 in a bid to boost profitability, added the further detail on Wednesday that up to 1,600 cuts were expected in the Netherlands, 1,000 in Britain and 350 elsewhere. ........Read more

Scientists Find a Spot Where No Life Can Survive. That's Bad News for Alien Hunters.

Unearthly greens and yellows color the scorching-hot landscape surrounding the Dallol volcano in northern Ethiopia. This alien-like world is filled with hydrothermal pools that are some of the most extreme environments on the planet — and some of them seem to be completely devoid of life, according to a new study.........Read more

Here’s what a NASA Moon lander might look like

Before astronauts make the trip, NASA wants to send multiple unmanned missions to the Moon to return scientific data. NASA hopes that one of those missions will include a lander and a rover, and it’s been hashing out the details of what that might look like. ........Read more

More than 500 hotels across 100 cities check-out of Oyo Rooms; here's why

The tussle between the private hotels and Ritesh Aggarwal led Oyo Rooms seem to have reached a tipping point as the hotels have accused Oyo of contract breaches, arbitrary commission rate changes, stoppage of minimum guarantee amounts and threatening legal notices among other things. ........Read more

Shiv Sena-NCP likely to share CM's post for 2.5 years each, Cong to get deputy CM post

As per sources, Shiv Sena and NCP will share chief minister's post for 2.5 years each while deputy CM will be from the Congress party for full 5-year term. However, clarity on certain issues (mainly secularism & common minimum programme) needs to be discussed & agreed between the parties.........Read more

2019 Hyundai Elantra Facelift Launched In India; Priced From Rs. 15.89 Lakh

Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) has launched the facelifted version of the Elantra in the domestic market. Unlike the facelifts you would regularly see, this is not a mid-cycle update to extend the lifespan of a sedan but a more comprehensive one to make a lasting impact in the segment. The D-segment executive sedans have seen a drastic drop in popularity in recent years but the arrival of the tenth generation Honda Civic in March 2019 did spur things up in its initial stages. The updated Elantra will also rival Skoda Octavia and Toyota Corolla Altis with a thoroughly revised exterior. The front fascia of the 2019 Hyundai Elantra has become sharper and dynamic with the presence of sportier cascading grille, slimmer headlamps, new bumper with fog lamps in a triangular pattern, wider air intake, brand new set of wheels, sleeker horizontal LED tail lamps in wraparound fashion, new rear bumper among other changes. The existing overall silhouette remains untouched though and we would not blame for that. Claimed to be the country’s ‘first fully connected’ sedan, it features Blue Link connectivity that debuted in the Venue compact SUV enabling a number of connective technologies not found in its competitors.........Read more

Microsoft Surface Neo first look: the future of Windows 10X is dual-screen

The Courier dream is alive Microsoft is creating a new version of Windows 10, designed exclusively for dual-screen and foldable devices. Windows 10X, also known by codename “Santorini,” is an ambitious effort from Microsoft to redesign Windows 10 for devices that don’t even exist yet — like flexible tablets that morph into being capable of laptop-like tasks — devices like the Surface Neo. Microsoft created the original Surface tablet and laptop hybrid more than seven years ago. In the intervening years, it changed from something that was weird and poorly executed into the flagship Windows device. Now, Microsoft is ready to try something bold and new again. “We see people using laptops. We see people using tablets. We saw an opportunity both at Microsoft and with our partners to fill in some of the gaps in those experiences and offer something new,” explains Joe Belfiore, head of Windows experiences, in an interview with The Verge. The Surface Neo is Microsoft’s own vision of where Windows 10X will shine. It looks like a big, metal Moleskine journal when it’s closed. But inside, there are two separate 9-inch displays that fold out to a full 13-inch workspace. The Surface Neo really feels like Microsoft’s original Courier concept from 10 years ago is coming to life. ........Read more

BJP’s Chinmayanand, accused of rape by law student, arrested by UP Police

Swami Chinmayanand, the 72-year-old BJP leader accused of rape by a 23-year-old law student, has been arrested by a special team of Uttar Pradesh police and taken to a Lucknow hospital for medical examination. “Swami Chinmayanand was arrested around 9 am and taken for a medical examination at the district hospital. He will then be presented before a magistrate,” a senior UP police officer said on condition of anonymity. The arrest comes three days ahead of the Allahabad High Court hearing in the case. The law student and her family had alleged the police were going soft on the BJP leader. Chinmayamam was the junior home minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. The Bharatiya Janata Party leader hasn’t been charged with rape but extortion and threats. On 27 August, Chinmayanand was booked by the police for kidnapping or abducting in order to murder and criminal intimidation of the IPC based on the complaint of the woman’s father. The special team set up by Uttar Pradesh police to probe the case has indicated that they haven’t come across any evidence to back up the rape charge yet. The law student had gone missing on August 24 after posting a video on social media that alleged a “senior leader of the seer community” was harassing and threatening to kill her.........Read more

Google reveals major iPhone security flaws that let websites hack phones

Malicious websites could access files, messages, and location data Security researchers working in Google’s Project Zero team say they have discovered a number of hacked websites which used previously undisclosed security flaws to indiscriminately attack any iPhone that visited them. Motherboard reports that the attack could be one of the largest ever conducted against iPhone users. If a user visited one of the malicious websites using a vulnerable device, then their personal files, messages, and real time location data could be compromised. After reporting their findings to Apple, the iPhone manufacturer patched the vulnerabilities earlier this year. Motherboard notes that the attack could have allowed the sites to install an implant with access to an iPhone’s keychain. This would have given the attackers access to any credentials or certificates contained within it, and could also allow them to access the databases of seemingly secure messaging apps like WhatsApp and iMessage. Despite these apps using end-to-end encryption for the transfer of messages, if an end device was compromised by this attack, then an attacker could access previously encrypted messages in plain text.........Read more

Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya, India’s first woman DGP, passes away

Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya, India’s first woman Director General of Police (DGP), passed away following an illness in Mumbai late Monday night. Bhattacharya, a 1973 batch officer, made history in 2004 when she was appointed as the DGP of Uttarakhand, thus becoming the first woman in the country to hold such position. Bhattacharya was also the second woman IPS officer in the country, the first being Kiran Bedi. She relinquished her duties on October 31, 2007. She was presented a ceremonial guard of honour by the Uttarakhand police at her farewell parade. “I think I have impacted the way the police see the public and vice-versa. I have always stood by the weak.”........Read more

DGCA directs Air India to take strict action against pilot who failed pre-flight alcohol test twice

Aviation regulator DGCA asked Air India to take strict action, which may include termination from service, against a pilot who failed pre-flight alcohol test twice, the latest being on Saturday when he was off duty but was scheduled to travel in the cockpit of a plane as an additional crew member. Previously, Captain Ajit Singh failed a pre-flight alcohol test on 21 October, 2015, when he was scheduled to operate AI-660 from the Goa airport. The DGCA had then suspended his licence for three months, as per the rule. Representational image. Reuters On Saturday, Singh was not on duty but was scheduled to travel in the cockpit of flight AI-502 from Delhi to Bengaluru as an Additional Crew Member (ACM). However, the DGCA stated in the order Monday that he "was tested positive in pre-flight breath-analyzer (BA) test". According to sources, the national carrier has already suspended Singh for three months over Saturday's incident. "Though in the instant manner, he was neither designated as Crew nor as Other Crew Member but being ACM (Additional Crew Member), he should have maintained the highest standards, which are required to be maintained as per the Operations Manual of the company," the DGCA said Monday in its order.........Read more

Soon, Blind People Will Be Able to Identify Currency Notes as RBI Gears Up to Launch Special App

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is all set to launch an application to help blind people identify currency notes. RBI's counsel senior advocate Shyam Mehta had earlier told a bench of Bombay High Court that RBI had constituted a four-member expert committee in February to develop such software. The RBI informed the court that the new currency notes in India of the denomination of Rs 100 and above, already had "tactile markers and embossments" to help the visually challenged ascertain the denominations of such notes. However, since such marks often fade with use, the new software, which will be available on most mobile devices free of charge, will be of much help for the visually impaired, the RBI counsel said.........Read more

The forgotten Indian inventor who dazzled London

His countrymen hailed him as the "Indian Edison" after the famed American inventor. International investors believed that his inventions could revolutionise the global printing industry; and he won the support and admiration of leading Indian nationalists. And yet Shankar Abaji Bhisey, a pioneering Indian inventor of the 19th Century, is all but forgotten today. How has this come to pass? Bhisey shot to fame when India, now a hub of innovation and scientific talent, possessed hardly any institutions for nurturing scientists, inventors, and engineers. He was entirely self-trained, emerging from obscurity and - unfortunately - sinking back into it after his death. Bhisey grew up in colonial Bombay's (now Mumbai) crowded side streets, where he spent his days poring over Scientific American magazines. "I owe everything to the mechanical education I received from that American magazine," he told a Brooklyn newspaper many decades later. tamper-proof bottles, electrical bicycle contraptions, a station indicator for Bombay's suburban railway system. His break came in the late 1890s when he heard about a competition, organised by a British inventors' journal, to design a machine for weighing groceries.........Read more

AB de Villiers wanted to come out of retirement for World Cup, offer rejected by South Africa management

AB de Villiers made a last-ditch offer be a part of South Africa’s World Cup squad and come out of retirement, but this proposal was rejected by the South African team management on the eve of the announcement of their final World Cup squad.........Read more

Google Chrome extensions will be required to minimize access to user data

Google is putting a new pair of restrictions on Chrome extensions meant to make the browser add-ons more considerate of users’ privacy. The major change is that all extensions will now be required to use the “minimum set of permissions necessary” when asking for access to data. ........Read more

21 Oppn parties to meet poll panel in Delhi today to demand ‘EVM tracking’

Representatives of 21 opposition parties may meet Election Commission (EC) officials on Tuesday two days before counting begins for the 2019 national polls, to make a host of demands including “tracking” of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and extensive use of voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT).........Read more

3 kids die, 24 fall sick after eating stale meat in Telangana’s Adilabad

At least three children aged one to three died and 24 others were hospitalised in a case of suspected food poisoning in Telangana’s Adilabad district. According to the reports, a tribal family had arranged a feast on the occasion of a wedding.Some of the guests, including children, ate the left-over mutton curry.........Read more

Mehbooba Mufti appeals to Centre to declare ceasefire during Ramadan, stop 'crackdown and search operations'

Mehbooba Mufti said Ramadan is approaching. People pray day and night and go to mosques. I would like to appeal to the government of India that just like a ceasefire was put in place during Ramadan last year, crackdowns and search ops should be stopped, so that people of Jammu and Kashmir spend at least this one month in relief.........Read more

PepsiCo to withdraw cases against potato farmers in Gujarat

US-based food and beverages giant PepsiCo said that it will withdraw lawsuits against farmers in Arvalli and Sabarkantha district of Gujarat. Earlier during the day, farmers' welfare organisations had demanded unconditional withdrawal of cases. These organisations have claimed a moral victory, but said that they are awaiting a formal communication from the company.........Read more

China will build a space base on the moon in 'about ten years'

Zhang Kejian from the China National Space Administration (CSNA) told state media service Xinhua that in ‘about 10 years’ the country will have a research station on the moon’s south pole. He also mentioned in his speech that China plans to launch its first probe to explore Mars in 2020. So far, neither the United States, Russia or the European Union have any involvement in this plan. China is going it alone.........Read more

'I'll get scared, leave Rampur?': Jaya Prada on 'khaki underpants' remark

Reacting to “khakhi underpants” remark made by Samajwadi Party’s Azam Khan, BJP’s Jaya Prada said, “Because if this man wins, what will happen to democracy? There'll be no place for women in society. Where will we go? Should I die, then you'll be satisfied? You think that I'll get scared and leave Rampur? But I won't leave.”........Read more

Twitter, Facebook Remove 500 Posts After Election Commission of India Flags Them

Social media sites, including Twitter and Facebook, pulled down a total of 503 posts from their platforms after the Election Commission flagged them for violating the model code of conduct (MCC) during the "silence period", the 48-hour period before the conclusion of voting.........Read more

Diamonds or Cash, Mayawati Charges Rs 15 Cr Per Ticket: Maneka in Sultanpur

Union Minister Maneka Gandhi is touring her Lok Sabha constituency of Sultanpur for days now. During a rally there, she spoke openly about how the Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati has earned the notoriety of doling out party tickets in exchange for money.........Read more

EC Asks Niti Aayog Vice-chairman to Explain Comments on Congress's Minimum Income Scheme

The Election Commission has issued a notice to Niti Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar, asking him to explain his comments attacking the Congress over minimum income guarantee promise........Read more

Hafiz Saeed's Appeal For Removal From List of Banned Terrorists Rejected by UN

The United Nations has rejected the 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s appeal to remove his name from its list of banned terrorists.........Read more

NGT Slaps Rs 500 Crore Penalty on Volkswagen for Cheating Emission Tests

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has slammed a Rs 500 Crore penalty on Volkswagen for installing ‘Cheat Devices’ in their cars which helped the company cheat through emission tests. NGT has directed Volkswagen to pay the penalty in a matter of two months time. ........Read more

Day After Launch, Vande Bharat Express Runs Over Cattle, Stops on Tracks For Over an Hour

A day after it was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vande Bharat Express was left standing 18km from Tundla. The train stood there from 6.30 AM because of a possible cattle run-over.........Read more

Third Supreme Court Judge Recuses Himself From Hearing Plea on Interim CBI Director

Supreme Court judge Justice N V Ramana on Thursday recused himself from hearing a plea challenging the Centre’s decision to appoint M Nageswara Rao as interim CBI director.........Read more

First Look! Vivek Oberoi Looks Unrecognisable in And as PM Narendra Modi

The poster of PM Narendra Modi, a biopic on current Indian Prime Minister, starring Vivek Oberoi, is out. The actor released the posters of the film in 23 languages.........Read more

Manipur journalist jailed for 12 months under NSA for criticising State, Central governments

An Imphal-based journalist, Kishorechandra Wangkhemcha was detained last month under the stringent National Security Act, will remain in custody for 12 months after he criticised the BJP-led Manipur and Central governments.........Read more

GST collection drops to ₹ 97,637 crore in November from ₹ 1 lakh crore in Oct.

The Goods and Services (GST) collection in November dropped to ₹ 97,637 crore from ₹ 1 lakh crore collected the previous month. The total number of GSTR 3B returns filed for October up to November 30, 2018, is 69.6 lakh.........Read more

Jet Airways independent director Ranjan Mathai resigns

Debt-laden carrier Jet Airways (India) Ltd's independent director Ranjan Mathai resigned late on Thursday, citing rising pressure from other commitments. The departure comes as the airline struggles to keep itself afloat, with rising debt levels. ........Read more

Modi Govt to Break With Tradition, Present Full Budget Instead of Vote-on-Account in 2019: Report

The Narendra Modi government’s knack of doing things differently is likely to continue in the election year as the Centre prepares for a full budget on February 1, doing away with the standard practice of a vote-on-account. ........Read more

Tamil Rockers Members And Admin Arrested But Will This Stop Piracy?

Tamil Rockers, an Indian piracy site’s members including the admin have been arrested in Coimbatore. Shockingly, the site also has a connection with an international piracy racket which contributes more to their crime. ........Read more

Queen director Vikas Bahl, author Chetan Bhagat named in India’s own #MeToo firestorm

The director of celebrated film Queen, Vikas Bahl, best-selling author Chetan Bhagat, and former executive editor of The Times of India and ex-DNA editor-in-chief Gautam Adhikari were among those accused of sexual harassment, as allegations against names from the film, media and entertainment industries swept social media.........Read more

Malaysia enters race to become first in Asia to legalise medical marijuana

Malaysia has a reputation for its zero-tolerance on drug-trafficking, but now the nation is entering the race to become the first in Asia to legalise marijuana for medical purposes. Public debate on the drug came in wake of the death sentence handed to a 29-year-old father of one, Muhammad Lukman, who was caught distributing cannabis oil, mostly for cancer patients.........Read more

Shaved moustache, trimmed hair, changed locations: How Kasauli hotel owner evaded arrest

The accused was arrested from Mathura in a joint operation by the Himachal and the Delhi Police. He would be brought to Himachal after obtaining transit remand. The police would interrogate him and recover the weapon used for shooting the officer. Police said after shooting the official, Vijay called up his friends for help. He asked one of his acquaintances to arrange a vehicle for him. Anticipating that police might track his location, he switched off his phone, said police. However, he later made a call that allowed his location to be traced.........Read more

Bharat Bandh: Dalit protests singe north India, at least 9 dead

They went on the rampage to enforce a "Bharat Bandh" and burnt vehicles and police pickets and blocked road and rail traffic across Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Odisha, Bihar and Jharkhand. More than 100 trains were affected across states. Hundreds of protesters were rounded up by the police.........Read more

India is Big Brother in Region, Not China, Asserts Maldives

Mohammed Shainee, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture told the press that Maldives has an India first policy and we believe that India is the big brother in the region, not China.........Read more

Gurugram-based AI startup launches smart glass with speech and image recognition

Staqu's AI-powered 'Smart Glass' is capable of a hybrid of speech and image recognition and can warn the law-abiding citizens against any potential threat around them.........Read more

Paralympic Committee of India Suspends Para Swimmer Prasanta Karmakar For Three Years

Paralympic Committee of India has suspended para-swimmer Prasanta Karmakar for a period of three years over charges of recording videos of female swimmers. The renowned swimmer is famous for bringing many laurels to the nation with his performance in the pool. He was the 2016 Rio Paralympic games swimming team coach.........Read more

SBI lowers base rate by 30 basis points, to benefit 80 lakh customers

The nation’s largest lender revised the base rate to 8.65 percent for existing customers from 8.95 percent, while the BPLR is down from 13.70 percent to 13.40 percent. With this reduction, SBI’s base rate has become the lowest among commercial banks, coming as a relief to its many retail borrowers, particularly of home and student loans.........Read more

Bitcoin technology faces split, may create clone virtual currency

Bitcoin’s underlying software code could be split on Tuesday to create a clone called “Bitcoin Cash,” potentially providing a windfall for holders of the digital currency. The initiative is being led by a small group of mostly China-based bitcoin miners—who get paid in the currency for contributing computing power to the bitcoin network who are not happy with proposed improvements to the currency’s technology.........Read more

Protesters burn Nitish Kumar's effigy after only 30% pass Bihar Board's Class XII in science stream

A day after the results of Bihar's plus two examination were announced in which 64 per cent of students failed, agitated examinees today protested outside the Council office here against poor pass percentage. A large number of students gathered outside the Inter Council office to protest unsatisfactory results. A few of them also tried to climb the main gate but were prevented by police.........Read more

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis' chopper crash lands, no casualties

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had a close shave when a VVIP helicopter carrying him developed a technical snag immediately after take off - its rotor snapped electric cables and crash-landed at Nilanga in Latur district, nearly 530 kms way from Mumbai.........Read more

More than 30,000 Indians overstayed in United States last year

More than 30,000 Indians overstayed in the United States last year, a new report has stated. The report also said that a total of 1.4 million people from India travelled to America in 2016 on various visas.........Read more

Risk of kidney damage, stroke in later life higher due to hypertension

A study has found that people aged between 18 to 49, with high systolic blood pressure over 140, are at greater risk of stroke, damage of kidneys and brain.........Read more

These 6 Predictions By Bill Gates Paint An Unexpected Picture Of The Humanity’s Future

The computing genius has used his calculations before and successfully predicted our obsession with the smartphones. Therefore, we are less surprised and more excited about the new predictions made by the prolific philanthropist and author. ........Read more

Mahindra Stops Sales Of e2o Electric Car In UK

The decision to exit from the UK comes less than a year after Mahindra introduced the e2o electric car in the country - a market it deemed a launch-pad for selling electric cars in Europe, especially to countries such as Norway, Sweden, and the Netherlands.........Read more

We Didn't Know What We Were Getting Into: Baahubali Producer

Unlike the film, we are not budgeting the television series. All we know is that it would be India’s answer to Game Of Thrones with the highest production values possible. We wouldn’t compromise on the budget just because it’s television. We’ll treat the series with the same respect as the two feature films.........Read more

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup: Missing PR Sreejesh, India lose 1-3 to Australia

The Indian men's hockey team, ranked No 6 in the world, have suffered their first loss at the 2017 Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey tournament, losing 1-3 to world champions Australia in Ipoh.........Read more

Tejas Express: Know All About This Premier Train

Indian Railways is expected to launch a new premier train, called the Tejas Express, between Mumbai and Goa in June. Aiming to provide comfort to passengers in the inter-city journeys, the train will have executive class and chair cars.........Read more

India 9th Most Corrupt Nation in The World: 25% Of Indian Youths Ok With Corruption In Business!

A recent survey by EY, for understanding the penetration of corruption and fraud across the world has revealed some interesting numbers. Termed as Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) Fraud Survey, the results throw back at us deeply disturbing trend, when it comes to the very psychology of corruption in India.........Read more

Why did we see 'the dress' differently? The answer lies in the shadows, new research finds

When "the dress" went viral in 2015, millions were divided on its true colors: gold and white or black and blue? In a new study, New York University neuroscientist Pascal Wallisch concludes that these differences in perception are due to our assumptions about how the dress was illuminated.........Read more

First directive of CM Adityanath: All ministers to reveal details of assets in 15 days

Soon after taking oath, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed all his ministers to declare details of their sources of income, movable and immovable assets to the Secretary to CM and to the party within 15 days. After the meeting with his ministers at Lok Bhawan, Adityanath told reporters that the eradication of corruption would be a priority for his government.........Read more

BS IV Compliant 2017 Suzuki Gixxer, SF And Access 125 Launched In India

The BS IV compliant Suzuki Gixxer, Gixxer SF and Suzuki Access 125 have been launched in the country to comply with the upcoming government norms. The new models get automatic headlamp on feature and new colours and graphics as part of the update and are priced at a premium of Rs. 1000 over the older version.........Read more

Chakka Jam Across Maharashtra called by Maratha Groups

Chakka Jam (road blockade) has been called by several Maratha groups on Tuesday to protest against the state government over non-implementation of their demands. The statewide protests have been planned on (January 31) to demand immediate justice in the Kopardi rape-murder case.........Read more

Ola Launches Postpaid Service; Offers Credits For 7 Days

With an aim to tackle the ongoing cash crunch in the country, online cab hailing platform, Ola has launched a credit service called, Ola Credit. It is a postpaid service that will allow users ...........Read more

Google, Facebook team up to build first direct submarine cable system connection to Asia

Two internet giants Google and Facebook have teamed up with the Pacific Light Data Communications company and TE ​SubCom to build the first direct submarine cable system between Los Angeles and Hong Kong in efforts to speed up connections in Asia’s most........Read more

‘Greatest living poet’ Bob Dylan wins Nobel prize for Literature

The Swedish Academy cited the American musician for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”........Read more

Reviving Mafia Part 1: The Rebirth of a Franchise

In the first episode of Reviving Mafia, GameSpot explores the creation of Hangar 13, the rebirth of the Mafia franchise, and the issues the developers encountered along the way. First of three in a series. 2K Games provided travel to New Orleans for broll.........Read more

As Sept 30 approaches, govt sends ‘last chance’ mails urging assets disclosure

Even as the last date of the income disclosure scheme (IDS) — a government-provided opportunity for those holding unaccounted money to come out clean — draws closer, the tax department has sent out mails exhorting people to use it and avoid penal action.........Read more

Regret not fulfilling promises I made as a politician:Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan contested from Allahabad Lok Sabha constituency during 1984 general elections and defeated the formidable Lok Dal candidate Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna by a huge margin. His political career, however, was short-lived as he resigned just after three years.........Read more

This PhD Holder Who Taught Raghuram Rajan Has Served Remote Indian Villages For The Past 32 Years

After one earns an engineering degree at IIT Delhi, and a Masters and PhD from Houston University in Texas, USA, the trajectory one's life usually takes may be pretty predictable. A cushy job and a comfortable living working with the best of the best, right? Well, according to Your Story, Alok Sagar is certainly a glorious exception to this rule.........Read more

Freedom for Shahabuddin is my death sentence, says Chanda Babu

Just five km from Pratappur, the village of Mohd. Shahabuddin, Chanda Babu rues that the bail order “is nothing less than my death sentence.” Three young sons of 70-year old Babu were allegedly mu........Read more

Layoffs in startups: What's the other side of India's entrepreneurship story?

As funding dries up and ventures either flame out or slowly grind their way to an inevitable death, it is the workforce thats proving to be collateral damage.........Read more

Rafale fighter jet: France offering 16 critical technologies and lower prices as part of deal?

After prolonged negotiations, the Indo-French deal over 36 Rafale fighter jets has reached its last leg, with a high probability of it being cleared in the next Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) meeting.........Read more

Jackie Chan to get lifetime achievement Oscar

New York, Seot 2: Action movie star, writer, director and martial artist Jackie Chan is to be given an honorary Oscar for his extraordinary achievements in the movies. The US film academy also voted to give the awards to editor Anne Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentary maker Frederick Wiseman. Academy President Cheryl Boone …........Read more

Aamir Khan to team up with A R Murugadoss again?

Actor Aamir Khan may team up with with director A R Murgadoss's again after their last outing Ghajini.........Read more

Lucknow-Agra Expressway: Akhilesh Yadav bets on development as state poll approaches

Built in a record two years, the Rs 13,200 crore, 302-km, access-controlled project of the Yadav government has six lanes that can be expanded to eight.........Read more

Paternity leave will just be another holiday for men, says Maneka Gandhi

In a conversation with The Indian Express, Maneka said that men in India do not utilise their existing leaves in order to take care of their child.........Read more

First poster out! Hrithik Roshan ups interest with green eyes in ‘Kaabil’

The first poster look of Hrithik Roshan-starrer “Kaabil” is out, shared director Sanjay Gupta on online social media.........Read more

Rio Olympics 2016: Gopichand single-handedly created the system that we lack

Pullela Gopichand's biggest contributing is that he has almost single-handedly replicated that entire system........Read more

Meet the 9 richest Indian tech billionaires

Earlier this year, Forbes released its annual list of World's Billionaires,........Read more

Bhuvneshwar swings through West Indies to give India shot at win

Despite a rained-out day and the slow rate of scoring through the match, India entertained thoughts of winning the St Lucia thanks to a masterful spell of swing bowling from Bhuvneshwar Kumar........Read more

The real India isn't reported: Josy Joseph

osy Joseph has been an investigative journalist for over 20 years, known for stories on Adarsh Scam and Naval War room leaks among others. His first book, A Feast of Vultures, lays bare the corruption across all levels,........Read more

Sikkim’s ancient capital: The gateway to India’s newest World Heritage Site

The Khangchendzonga National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List at the 40th session of the World Heritage Committee in July. With its diverse landscapes and rituals unique to ethnic groups, the high altitude park in Sikkim meets the cri........Read more

This Padma Shri Awardee is the First Woman in the World to Sky-Dive From the North & South Poles

Shital Mahajan, the first woman in the world to have executed a sky-dive from the North and South Poles, has 5 World Records and 14 National Records to her name.........Read more

TBI Blogs: Ever Met a Craftsman Who Makes the Headgear & Ornaments Worn by Kathakali Artistes?

When Gods and Goddesses are brought to life by artistes, it is while wearing the headgear and ornaments made by Kothavil.........Read more

New way to purify drinking water using sunlight

The new approach combines bacteria-produced cellulose and graphene oxide - hailed as a wonder material - to form a bi-layered biofoam.........Read more

Kohli's first double takes India past 400

Virat Kohli continued his efficient and energetic accumulation of runs to bring up his maiden first-class double hundred, which took India past 400 in the first session of the second day........Read more

One dead, 10 injured after multiple shots fired at Munich Mall

At least one person has been killed and 10 wounded in a shooting at a shopping centre in Munich on Friday, German police said.........Read more

Exclusive: In Kargil War, India Was Minutes Away From Bombing Pak Bases

In the early hours of June 13, 1999, at the height of the Kargil War, Indian Air Force fighter pilots were minutes away from launching a full-fledged air attack deep inside Pakistan. Targets had been assigned, route maps finalised; personal revolvers to be carried by pilots had been loaded with ammunition and Pakistani currency collected, for use if pilots had to eject on the other side of the Line of Control and orchestrate an escape.........Read more

Who is Pankhuri Pathak?

Pankhuri Pathak is part of the new narrative being spun by Akhilesh Yadav ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly election due next year........Read more

Amazon Web Services to train 25,000 people on cloud technologies

The company has announced to forge a partnership with state-owned National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology........Read more

Robots could assemble extremely large telescopes in space

Robots could assemble extremely large telescopes in space - The RAMST designed by Nicolas Lee and colleagues at the California Institute of Technology and the NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the US focuses primarily on a robotic system to perform tasks in which astronaut fatigue would be a problem.........Read more

Amazing 11,000 x 11,000 image reveals Earth's true colour from space

An image taken by a Japanese satellite launch on 7 October 2014 has snapped the true colour of planet Earth (shown). The image from the Himawari-8 weather satellite shows Earth's natural colour.........Read more

New policy for surrendering old vehicles may offer 8-12% cut in cost of new cars

The benefits will come in three forms -- scrap value from the old vehicle, a special discount by the automobile manufacturer and a partial excise duty exemption.........Read more

Patanjali ads misleading, ‘denigrate’ rivals’ products: Advertising watchdog

The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) said that Patanjali Ayurved “unfairly denigrates” products of its rivals in the advertisements.........Read more

Amarnath yatra begins amid tight security

Amid tight security, the 48-day long annual Amarnath yatra began on Friday in the shadow of the recent terror attacks in the state, with Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh flagging off the first batc........Read more

Taiwan ‘mistakenly’ fires supersonic missile towards China, kills 1 fisherman

Asked if the incident risked a misunderstanding with China, Vice-Admiral of Taiwanese Navy said the island's defense ministry would handle the case accordingly.........Read more

Sack Arvind Subramanian, says Subramanian Swamy, days after Raghuram Rajan announces exit

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has called for the sacking of yet another of the country's top economic functionaries. After targeting RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, who announced on Saturday that he would not be serving a second term, Swamy has now attacked Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian, a PM Modi-appointee.........Read more

India sets new record in space mission; PSLV C34 successfully injects 20 satellites into orbit

India took a big leap in space technology on Wednesday when Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) used its workhorse PSLV-C34 to inject 20 satellites including 17 foreign satellites into orbit in a single mission and set a new record on Wednesday.........Read more

Subramanian Swamy announces 'project' to expose bureaucrats loyal to Sonia Gandhi

My next project is to expose 27 bureaucrats who are in various Ministries , said the BJP leader.........Read more

HelpAge India launches security app for elders

HelpAge India launches security app for elders - The new app released by HelpAge India on 14 June, 2016 provides security for elderly citizens across the country.........Read more

Panasonic launches P75 with 5000mAh battery for Rs 5,990

Panasonic launches P75 with 5000mAh battery for Rs 5,990 - The smartphone is designed for those who are always on-the-go thanks to the massive 5000 mAH battery.........Read more

Our entire country has become Censor Board: Irrfan Khan on Udta Punjab censor row

In a show of solidarity with the makers of 'Udta Punjab', Hrithik Roshan too tweeted his support.........Read more

Film review: ‘Do Lafzon Ki Kahani’ doesn’t really have much to say

The sparks fail to fly in the romance between a martial arts fighter and a blind woman.........Read more

Centre works overtime to launch flagship mobile app by December

To be launched in December this year, the app would have almost all sorts of government services in one app. Some of the services to be available on the app would include national scholarship, women safety, health care applications, E-District,........Read more

Gulf remittances fall 2.2%, offset by slide in oil imports

“Falling oil prices have had a sweeping impact on the oil producing economies of GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council), severely denting their oil revenues and spending by both governments and households,” a........Read more

20 Odd inventions made on the 20th century

People want to be famous, however you will be famous just when your invention has created something that someelse can benefit from and help the comunity.........Read more

'Art of living or intimidation?': Twitter backs Twinkle Khanna for 'joke' on Sri Sri - Firstpost

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder of Art of Living, is in the news again. This time it is courtesy Twinkle Khanna.........Read more

India Ranks Ninth In Crony Capitalism Index: Report - NDTV

India is ranked at the ninth position in crony-capitalism with crony sector wealth accounting for 3.4 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP), according to a study by The Economist.........Read more

Scientists Make Sea Water Drinkable, Produce 6.3 Million Litres A Day

As 13 states struggle with drought, scientists in a corner of India have devised a way to make potable water - 6.3 million litre of it every day - from sea water. They have also developed certain filtration methods that ensure groundwater containing arsenic and uranium are safe to drink.........Read more

Take Immediate Steps to Put Larger Pictoral Warnings on Products: SC Tells Tobacco Companies

A Bench of Justices Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Amitav Roy passed this order on a batch of petitions challenging the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Packing and Labelling) Amendment Rules, 2014, notified in January this year to come into effect from April 1, 2016.........Read more

Review: Chronicling the Birth of India after the Second World War

In his book India’s War, The Making of Modern South Asia 1939-45 Raghavan touches on the human and environmental impact of the war.........Read more