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Karnataka Bypolls on October 21 Deferred till Supreme Court Passes Order on Plea of Disqualified MLAs: EC

The Election Commission (EC) on Thursday informed the Supreme Court it will defer the bypolls in 15 assembly seats in Karnataka as the hearing of the petitions challenging the disqualification of the rebel lawmakers remains pending in court. The bypolls were scheduled for October 21, with the results to be declared three days later. The EC's statement came after a three-judge bench headed by Justice NV Ramana said it would decide on the batch of petitions filed by 17 disqualified MLAs of Karnataka challenging the order of former Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar disqualifying them from the House. After the bench, also comprising Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Krishna Murari, said it would hear the matter completely and decide it, senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, appearing for the poll panel, said, "Then I will ask the Election Commission to defer it (by-polls for 15 Assembly seats in Karnataka) for sometime." When the bench asked Dwivedi as to whether his statement should be recorded in the order, the senior lawyer said, "We will do it." The lawyers appearing for the disqualified MLAs, Congress leader Siddaramaiah, and other respondents said that they have no objection if the by-polls are deferred. The top court said it would continue with the hearing in the case on October 22. ........Read more

The World Hails Messi as FIFA Player of the Year

Lionel Messi has won this year's Best FIFA Men's Player award, defeating Portuguese-born Cristiano Ronaldo from Italy’s FC Juventus as well as the Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk from England’s FC Liverpool. In the 2018-2019 season, Messi scored 51 goals in Barcelona’s 50 matches. This is a record sixth Best FIFA Men's Player award for Messi, who also received the prize in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015. Cristiano Ronaldo won this award five times.........Read more

Reliance-Microsoft alliance could pose threat to Google and Amazon in India

Reliance Industries Ltd on Monday announced a partnership with Microsoft's Azure cloud platform, in a move that deepens the offerings of its Jio telecoms unit while posing a direct challenge to rival cloud services providers such as Amazon.com and Alphabet's Google. As part of the 10-year alliance, Jio will build data centres across India that will be hosted on Microsoft's Azure cloud, Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani told shareholders at the company annual shareholders' meeting. "We now have the capability to develop truly India-native solutions, including speech recognition and natural language understanding for all major Indian languages and dialects," said Ambani, Asia's richest man with a net worth of $46.2 billion according to Forbes. //t.co/9EYYwPZvX2 — Satya Nadella (@satyanadella) August 12, 2019 Reliance's foray into the cloud services market - essentially selling computer services such as website hosting and data storage — could intensify competition in an Indian market dominated by Amazon Web Services (AWS), say analysts.........Read more

Spread in 121 districts in the country, 53000 manual scavengers call for dignity and justice

People across different walks of life call for a law to abolish any direct contact between human and faecal matter as the struggle of sewage workers continue. As India looks forward to becoming a USD 5 trillion economy, the condition of sewage workers is still down the drain. On June 27, a worker almost drowned in a naala (open drain) filled with excrement and sludge in Tilak Nagar. Fortunately, he was saved by another worker. This was recorded on a mobile phone, and an application was filled by Virender Singh Churiyana, President of Dilli Safai Karamchari Action Committee. This occurred a day after four workers died in Rohtak, Haryana, while attempting to clear a blocked pump in a storm-water disposal tank. Prior to this, on June 15, seven suffocated to death in a hotel sewer in Vadodara, Gujarat. Despite the enactment of The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013 (PEMSR 2013) in India, the inhuman practices of engaging workers as manual scavengers continue. The Socio-Economic Caste Census of India 2011 identified 1.82 lakh manual scavengers across the country. In 2018, an inter-ministerial task force found that over 53,000 people practiced manual scavenging in 121 out of over 600 districts in India.........Read more

Muslim Woman Activist Who Attempted to Enter Sabarimala Gets Expelled From Community

A Muslim woman activist who attempted to enter the Sabarimala temple has been expelled from the community for “hurting the sentiments of lakhs of Hindu devotees“. The Kerala Muslim Jama’ath Council has issued a press statement in this regard.........Read more

Asia Cup 2018: Rohit, Bhuvneshwar Star as India Thump Pakistan By 8 Wickets to Top Group A

Rohit Sharma's blazing half-century leads a comfortable chase after a dominant bowling performance saw Pakistan dismissed for just 162. India won the match by 8 wickets.........Read more

Choice of partner lies within individual’s zone of core privacy: SC in Hadiya case

The choice of partner lies within an individual's zone of core privacy, which is inviolable, independent of faith and cannot be dictated by the government or anyone, the Supreme Court said while detailing why it had upheld Hadiya’s marriage to Shafin Jahan. The court said that the right to marry a person of his or her choice is integral to right to life guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution. The order had overturned the Kerala High Court's order which had annulled the marriage.........Read more

Kim Jong Un Meets Xi Jinping in China, Assures Denuclearisation of Korean Peninsula

China said Kim Jong Un gave a pledge to President Xi Jinping to denuclearize the Korean peninsula and in return, Beijing would uphold its friendship with its isolated neighbour.........Read more

China to pull the plug on cryptocurrency, will block all websites related to virtual currency trading

he move was apparently triggered by Beijing's previous failed attempts to eradicate cryptocurrencies by shutting down domestic exchanges. The Chinese government, therefore, decided to "step up measures" targeting both onshore and offshore virtual currency trading platforms or ICOs to prevent financial risks.........Read more

India Wins Wanderers Test by 63 Runs

After witnessing a humiliating defeat in three-match series, India finally won the third Wanderers test in South Africa. Even though the proteas appeared strong enough to win the match on fourth, Mohd Shami’s stunning performance helped India in winning the test. India also kept its record by remaining unbeaten in Johannesburg.........Read more

Disturbing trend: ILO warns 77% of Indian workers will face employment vulnerability by 2019, higher than world level

A large part of the jobs created in the region remains of poor quality: vulnerable employment affects almost half of all workers in Asia-Pacific, or more than 900 million men and women. Projections indicate that 72% of workers in Southern Asia, 46% in South-Eastern Asia and the Pacific, and 31% in Eastern Asia will have vulnerable employment by 2019, showing very little change from 2017........Read more

Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin lashes out at Hyderabad Cricket Association

Azhar said, "They made me wait outside for an hour. It was very embarrassing. I am a player from Hyderabad and had been the Indian team captain for ten years. These people, who are running the organisation know nothing about cricket. They had never held a bat and a ball in their life. If you all support my membership, I promise I will solve your problems."........Read more

North Korea prepares to launch satellite; observers warn Pyongyang's space programme is fig leaf for weapons tests

North Korea is preparing to launch a satellite, a Seoul newspaper said on Tuesday, as outside observers warn that the nuclear-armed regime's space programme is a fig leaf for weapons tests. The plan is to put a satellite equipped with cameras and telecommunication devices into orbit.........Read more

Shiv Sena lauds Rahul Gandhi for fighting Gujarat election ‘battle’

The Uddhav Thackeray-led party said the 47-year-old Amethi MP has taken over the reins of the grand old party at a crucial stage. “Rahul Gandhi has accepted the responsibility as Congress president at a crucial stage. There should be no objection in wishing him all the best,” said an editorial in the Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.........Read more

Note ban: Taxman picked 20,572 I-T returns for detailed probe

The Income Tax Department has picked 20,572 tax returns for "detailed scrutiny" suspecting discrepancies in incomes before and after demonetisation, official sources said. The department has identified one lakh "high risk" cases of alleged tax evasion for detailed investigation.........Read more

PM Narendra Modi hints at crackdown on benami properties

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hinted at a crackdown on 'benami' properties, and said the Congress is worried as such assets of its leaders will not be spared in his government's action.........Read more

BCCI reforms overzealous, may destroy cricket: Sharad Pawar

Veteran politician, sports administrator and ex-president of ICC and BCCI, Sharad Pawar, has told the Supreme Court that 'overzealousness' in reforming cricket could destroy the game itself and alleged that the Committee of Administrator's draft BCCI constitution had gone much beyond the Lodha panel's recommendations.........Read more

Donald Trump refuses to certify Iran deal, threatens new sanctions

The nuclear deal with Tehran is the worst in the history of the U.S. and he would no longer be certifying for its continuation, President Donald Trump announced on Friday, unveiling a new American strategy on Iran that could heighten tensions in West Asia.........Read more

Pakistan Appoints Former Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani as Ad-hoc Judge For Kulbhushan Jadhav Case at ICJ

The Pakistan government has appointed former chief justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani as ad-hoc judge to head the team at International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, reported ANI. He is a cousin of former foreign secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani. The team of lawyers to defend Pakistan's side was led by Justice Khawar Qureshi before.........Read more

North Korea seen moving missiles from development centre - South Korean broadcaster

Several North Korean missiles were recently spotted moved from a rocket facility in the capital Pyongyang, South Korea's Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) reported late Friday amid speculation that the North was preparing to take more provocative actions.........Read more

China opposes foreign funding in ‘disputed’ North Eastern borders

China said it was opposed to any foreign investment, including from Japan, in the “disputed areas” in India’s Northeast, adding that it was against any third party’s involvement in Sino-Indian border disputes. A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson was reacting to Japan’s plans to step up investment in the Northeastern states.........Read more

Audi Aicon Concept Unveiled In Frankfurt; Previews Futuristic Autonomous Sedan

German premium luxury car manufacturer Audi has unveiled its Aicon concept at Frankfort Motor Show. The concept car previews a futuristic autonomous luxury sedan with exciting design and loads of high-end technology. This concept not only previews an upcoming self-driving sedan, it also demonstrates new drivetrain and suspension technology, digitalization and a refined luxurious interior mimicking first-class airline cabin.........Read more

Facebook security loophole allows users to get millions of fake 'likes'

A security loophole on Facebook has allowed about a million accounts - real and fake - to generate at least 100 million "likes" and comments to manipulate online social reputation.........Read more

Actor Dileep's bail plea rejected by Kerala High Court, again

The Kerala High Court on Tuesday rejected the bail petition of Malayalam actor Dileep accused in an abduction and molestation case. This is the third time that the court has rejected Dileep's bail plea.........Read more

Government Planning to Give 2% Relief on GST For Digital Payments

To give a major push to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s digitalisation initiative, the government is now planning to offer 2% incentive over the applicable GST tax rate in case of digital payments on bills up to Rs 2,000. This means an individual will have to shell out less if the payment is digitally done. As per reports by TOI, the proposal is being discussed between the finance ministry, RBI, cabinet secretariat and ministry of electronics and Information Technology.........Read more

Adani firm moves Singapore court in attempt to block information to DRI

The website of the Singapore court shows that a case filed by Adani Global against the Attorney General and others was listed for hearing on August 21. Emails and phone calls to the Adani Group for comments did not elicit any response.........Read more

Nandyal bypoll: Election Commission asks state poll panel to warn Jagan Mohan Reddy over code violation

During campaigning for Nandyal by-poll Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy had said "there is nothing wrong if Chandrababu Naidu is shot dead on the road for not fulfilling election promises." The EC has asked the State Election Commission to give a serious warning to Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy that such comments will not be tolerated.........Read more

Gurmeet Ram Rahim rape trial: 50,000 Dera Sacha Sauda followers gather, stockpile weapons

The Panchkula police are on their toes as Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda followers started reaching the sect’s Sector-23 based Naam Charcha Ghar three days ahead of the verdict in rape case against the chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim, at the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court here on August 25. ........Read more

PM Narendra Modi meets 200 young CEOs, seeks their participation in development to create a New India

Modi met 200 young CEOs to share ideas on policies across sectors with a view to promote private investment and create jobs. Prime Minister interacted with the CEOs to seek their feedback on how to boost government-to-business partnership to create a new India by 2022, the 75th year of Independence.........Read more

Defaulters owe 27% of total amount to SBI alone, PNB next

Country’s largest lender SBI accounts for over 27% of the total amount owed to public sector banks by wilful defaulters. As many as 1,762 wilful defaulters owed Rs25,104 crore to State Bank of India as on 31 March, putting pressure on its balance sheet.........Read more

CERN Physicists Find Direct Evidence of High Energy Light-By-Light Scattering

Physicists from the ATLAS experiment, one of the four major experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland, have found the first direct evidence of high energy light-by-light scattering, a quantum-mechanical process that is forbidden in the classical theory of electrodynamics.........Read more

Bihar floods: 56 dead; 69.81 lakh people in 13 districts affected

The death toll in Bihar flood has risen to 56 as 69.81 lakh people have been hit by inundation in 13 districts of the state. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday made second aerial survey of the flood-hit areas.........Read more

Soon Linking Of Aadhaar And Voter Id Too Shall Be Made Compulsory

The MoS for Electronics and Information Technology P P Chaudhar in Lok Sabha yesterday that iindividuals Aadhaar details may require seeding with Voter Identification of a person for several electoral purposes. For it, ECI made an appeal for the details of Aadhaar of the voters to the Supreme Court such that these can be linked to the voter Id.........Read more

Sensex slips below 32,000-mark on weak global cues

The benchmark BSE Sensex dipped below the 32,000-mark by plunging over 158 points in early trade today due to sustained selling pressure from investors amid weak global cues.........Read more

DriveSpark - Mercedes Set To Unleash The 'Beast Of The Green Hell' In India This Month

German luxury carmaker Mercedes Benz is set to unleash its fastest sports car in India. The Mercedes-AMG GT R along with the AMG GT Roadster will be launched in India on August 21. 2017. The Mercedes AMG GT R is known as the 'Beast of the Green Hell' and is the most powerful car in AMG GT sports car lineup.........Read more

Aspirin safe for heart failure patients, study finds

Some research has raised concerns about the safety of aspirin for heart failure patients. But a new study appears to offer some reassurance. The study, of over 2,300 patients, found that those on daily aspirin were not at heightened risk of being hospitalized for, or dying from, heart failure.........Read more

Single molecular layer and thin silicon beam enable nanolaser operation at room temperature

For the first time, researchers have built a nanolaser that uses only a single molecular layer, placed on a thin silicon beam, which operates at room temperature. The new device, developed by a team of researchers from Arizona State University and Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, could potentially be used to send information between different points on a single computer chip. The lasers also may be useful for other sensing applications in a compact, integrated format.........Read more

Indian passengers can soon browse internet on board aircraft

Indian passengers could soon be allowed to access the internet while flying, as Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited and the International Mobile Satellite Organisation plan to bring in-flight connectivity. The internet will be made available through a WiFi router which will be connected to the nearest satellite.........Read more

Indians get most spam calls in the world

A study of 20 countries has revealed that Indians received the most number of spam calls in 2017. The research by Truecaller showed that an Indian smartphone user received over 22 spam calls a month, or almost a call a day. The US and Brazil came second with over 20 calls per user each month.........Read more

Advance furthers stem cells for use in drug discovery, cell therapy

Since highly versatile human stem cells were discovered at the University of Wisconsin-Madison nearly 20 years ago, their path to the market and clinic has been slowed by a range of complications.........Read more

2018 Honda Accord Unveiled In The US

The 2018 Honda Accord has been officially unveiled in its all-new tenth generation avatar. The Japanese automaker's extremely popular model made its debut at an event in the US and gets a bulk of changes including a more provocative design, improved dimensions as well as new and more efficient engine options.........Read more

Anurag Thakur Tenders Unconditional Apology in Supreme Court

Former BCCI president Anurag Thakur on Thursday tendered a fresh "unconditional" and "unequivocal" apology in the Supreme Court, saying it was never his intention to undermine the majesty of the apex court.........Read more

Having a 4G phone will pay off in 2020, here's why

If you do not own a 4G smartphone already, the time is ideal to make the switch. If the budget of the 4G smartphones concerns you, then it's best to wait as Reliance Jio is expected to launch a 4G VoLTE-enabled feature phone costing less than Rs. 1,000. The report added that 80 percent of India's population will be able to afford a 4G phone by 2020, thanks to Reliance Jio.........Read more

India coach saga: Ravi Shastri wins, Sourav Ganguly does not lose

Even as Shastri was appointed chief coach of Team India, there was a lot of hectic lobbying for the appointment of support staff. Though Ganguly lost on the first count, he managed to get his close confidant and former speedster Zaheer Khan as team's bowling consultant. What took many by surprise is the last-minute addition of another former skipper and current coach of Under-19 national team, Rahul Dravid, as batting consultant for Test matches on overseas tours.........Read more

Drinking alcohol while pregnant could have transgenerational effects

Many women drink during pregnancy, a choice that scientists have known for years could hurt these mothers' children. Today, there is a new reason why an expectant mother should put down that glass of wine – drinking alcohol during pregnancy will not only affect her unborn child, but may also impact brain development and lead to adverse outcomes in her future grand- and even great-grandchildren.........Read more

This map shows how severe India’s swine flu outbreak is this year

One out of every 25 Indians who contracted H1N1 infections this year has died, according to data from the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme. India is witnessing a surge in swine flu cases this year with 11,752 people testing positive for H1N1 infections. Doctors have said that the burden of the disease might be even higher than the surveillance programme estimates since not all patients with symptoms of H1N1 submit to being tested.........Read more

Ajay Singh paid Maran Rs 2 to acquire SpiceJet in 2015

After taking over SpiceJet, Ajay Singh is credited with turning around the airline by posting profits and placing huge orders for aircraft with Boeing - something mentioned by US President Trump during PM Modi's recent visit to Washington.........Read more

Ankush Dahiya claims gold, Devendro Singh gets silver at Mongolia boxing tournament

The fast-rising Ankush Dahiya (60kg) clinched a gold while the experienced L Devendro Singh (52kg) settled for a silver medal in Ulaanbaatar Cup.........Read more

Punjab govt bypasses SC order, amends law to allow serving liquor near highways

The Punjab government on Friday bypassed the Supreme court order by amending the Excise Act to allow serving of liquor in hotels, restaurants and clubs on the highway.........Read more

China's Plan for the Middle East

Beijing’s demand for oil is growing every year and home production is not enough to cover it. In 2014, over 50% of oil consumed by China was imported and more than a half of imports came from the Middle East. Saudi Arabia alone accounted for 16% of China’s oil imports in 2014. Moreover, the region is an integral part of China’s One Belt, One Road strategy unveiled in 2013. Therefore, there hardly is another country in the modern world that is more interested in the destiny of the Middle East than China.........Read more

What happens if Champions Trophy semi finals are washed out?

The ICC rules state that the team that topped their respective group will go through in case of a rain wash-out. This means that England will go through to the final, if their semi final against Pakistan gets washed out as they topped Group A. Meanwhile, India will hold the same advantage over Bangladesh in the second semi final, if that match gets washed out as well.........Read more

Majority of the drugs found in India are either fake or ineffective

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 35 percent of the fake drugs sold all over the world comes from India and it occupies the counterfeit drug market of nearly Rs 4,000 crore. 20 percent of the drugs sold in India are fake. Drugs prescribed for cold and cough or a headache are mostly either fake or of poor quality.........Read more

Vasundhara Raje inaugurates ABHAY, Hi-Tech Central Police Command Centre in Jaipur: Five things to know; check pics!

Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje on Thursday inaugurated ABHAY, a high-tech, modern central police command Centre. This will help in surveillance, vehicle tracking and mob control. “Launched the first Abhay Command & Control Center in #Jaipur–yet another step towards a safer & happier Rajasthan. ........Read more

India to Host 2019 Combined World Cup for Shooting

India will be hosting the Combined World Cup for shooting in 2019, a qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which will further boost the country's profile as a global shooting destination.........Read more

Changed face of Jat quota protest: Women turn out to shield their men

Thousands of women are being mobilised across Haryana ahead of dharnas in all districts to mark Balidan Divas or the ‘day of sacrifice’ on Sunday in protest against the deaths of 21 Jats who were among 30 killed in last year’s protests. Jassia had no casualties in last year’s protests, though a youth from these parts was injured in police firing.........Read more

GST: No respite for Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal on tax collection at source

The draft GST law proposes that the e-commerce company, at the time of payment to a supplier for the goods supplied, collect up to 2% tax on the total payment made and deposit it with the government on behalf of the supplier. “The provision will stay. E-commerce companies have flagged their concerns saying how these provisions are difficult to implement. But they also concede that it is doable,” added the officer.........Read more

Ousted Anurag Thakur seeks apology in Supreme Court

Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur has tendered an unconditional apology in the Supreme Court which had held him guilty of perjury and contempt of court.........Read more

These Kolkata companies exist only to turn black money into white

This is the location that heads the list — 9/12, Lal Bazar Street, with 315 companies. It just happens to be the address of the city’s police headquarters as well. Registered Companies, an analytics firm specialising in corporate due diligence, crunched through data from the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and found that 1,410 companies are registered in different blocks of the 9/12 Lal Bazar Street area with 84 of them based in Room No. 10 in one block. The area is a warren of chartered accountants’ offices with most of the companies being private limited ones engaged in wholesale trading and real estate. ........Read more

Kiren Rijiju's 'Hindus don't covert' comment have not gone well

Rijiju hails from Arunachal Pradesh and is a practising Buddhist. Reacting to his statement, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi said he should remember that he is a "minister of India for all Indians not for Hindus only". "Remember your oath as minister," the Hyderabad MP said.........Read more

One-third of Indian students feel schools are unsafe, corporal punishment and bullying feared, says global survey

Indian students want good infrastructure, but more importantly safe and secure schools where they can learn without fear. As reported by the survey in Mathrubhumi, children in India defined safety at school as having a clean and safe building (58 per cent), having proper preventive security measures in place (46 per cent), marking "out of bound" areas, protection from strangers and supervision by teachers. Apart from inadequate first aid and toilet facilities, the children emphasised that corporal punishment and bullying as grave reasons for feeling unsafe in schools. Around 23 per cent of children described feeling safe as not being the target of physical, emotional abuse or violence, and corporal punishment and bullying.........Read more

This is how the army has done the surgical strike across LoC

The Army gave an account of the combat operation and the raw courage displayed by them in the citations of the gallantry award on the Republic Day. It started planning to execute the surgical strike on the terror infrastructure in PoK soon after the Uri terror attack in J&K........Read more

16 US attorney generals challenge Trump travel ban

Attorney generals (AGs) from 15 states and Washington, D.C, filed a brief on Monday in support of the lawsuit against President Trump's travel ban. President (Donald) Trumps executive order is unconstitutional, unlawful, and fundamentally un-American, and we wont stand by while it undermines our states families, economies and institutions, said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat. ........Read more

Demonetisation pain returns: One-fourth ATMs across India running dry again

An estimated one-fourth of the ATMs across the country are running dry again with people withdrawing large amounts for sundry payments and purchases at the start of the month, bank officials said on Tuesday. Around Rs 12,000 crore per day is being provided to the ATMs but the figure is still lower than around Rs 13,000 crore provided daily before the note ban.........Read more

Mahindra XUV500 Sportz Limited Edition Launched In India At Rs. 16.5 Lakh

The Mahindra XUV500 Sportz Limited Edition has been launched in India with cosmetic additions for a sporty new look. Prices for the XUV500 Sportz Edition start at Rs. 16.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai) for the range-topping W10 manual variant and at a premium of just Rs. 1000.........Read more

Hidden toxins in fast food packaging increases cancer risk: Study

Do you love pizza or can’t live without French fries? Then, it is highly advisable to keep control or give up on such food items completely as the hidden toxins in fast food packaging may lead to developmental problems in children, decreased fertility and an increased risk of cancer, researchers warned.........Read more

Ahead of polls, Centre close to cracking deal between Nagas, Manipur govt to end economic blockade

In a tripartite dialogue with rebel Naga group United Naga Council (UNC) and Manipur government brass in New Delhi on Friday, the Ministry of Home Affairs has successfully brokered a truce to end the nearly three-month-old economic blockade of NH-2 in Manipur.........Read more

Despite roll back, BCCI will still earn around Rs 2,500 crore

The major agenda in the ICC meet is about abolishing what has come to be known as the Big Three model. In 2014, the then BCCI president N Srinivasan proposed that three countries – India, England and Australia – should get the major share of ICC’s revenue as they bring in the most money into the organisation. He suggested that revenue be divided as per their contribution to ICC’s kitty. As per that, India would get 20.3%, England 4.4% and Australia 2.7% – thus taking 27.4 % cumulatively of the total revenue from 2015-2023 cycle.........Read more

Pakistan asks India to come up with concrete evidence against Hafiz Saeed

Pakistan on Wednesday asked India to come up with "concrete evidence" against JuD chief Hafiz Saeed if it was serious about its allegations against him, a day after New Delhi said that only a credible crackdown on the Mumbai attack mastermind would be proof of Islamabad's sincerity.........Read more

7 workers die inhaling poisonous gas in Maharashtra's Latur

Seven workers died after inhaling poisonous gas while cleaning a tank at a factory in Maharashtra's Latur district, fire department officials said tonight. Some workers fell unconscious while cleaning a tank at Kirti Oil Mills at Latur MIDC (Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation) ........Read more

The Doomsday Clock Just Advanced Again: It's Now Two-And-A-Half Minutes Closer To 'Midnight.'

The group behind the famed Doomsday Clock announced at a news conference that it was adjusting the countdown to the End of it All by moving the hands 30 seconds closer to midnight - the closest the clock has been to Doomsday since 1953, after the United States tested its first thermonuclear device, followed months later by the Soviet Union's hydrogen bomb test.........Read more

Narayan Dutt Tiwari, 91, Is The BJP's Latest Import From Congress; Package Deal Includes Son

Congress veteran Narayan Dutt Tiwari will join the BJP today at party chief Amit Shah's residence in Delhi on Wednesday morning. The BJP's latest import from the Congress is 91 years old, has been the chief minister of two states, a union minister and a governor, though that stint was cut short when he resigned after a sex scandal.........Read more

Indian Olympic Association annuls Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Chautala's appointment as life presidents

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Tuesday annulled Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala's appointment as life presidents. IOA President N Ramachandran said there was no such resolution passed in the Chennai AGM.........Read more

Madhya Pradesh aims to raise pulse output by 60%

Madhya Pradesh aims to raise production of pulses by 60 per cent in the next three years to help Prime Minister Narendra Modi achieve his goal of making the country self-sufficient in the staple, the state’s chief minister said. India, the world’s biggest consumer of pulses, faces an acute shortage of the protein-rich food, forcing the country to fork out about $2.65 billion a year to import the scarce commodity from Canada, Austria, and Ethiopia among others.........Read more

Trump accepts US intelligence conclusion on Russia hacking, says top aide Priebus

Reince Priebus said Trump believes Russia was behind the intrusions into the Democratic Party organizations, though he did not clarify whether the president-elect agreed that the hacks were directed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. "He accepts the fact that this particular case was entities in Russia so that's not the issue".........Read more

Bitcoin starts 2017 by crossing $1,000 for the first time since 2013

Digital currency bitcoin kicked off the new year by jumping above $1,000 for the first time in three years late on Sunday, having outperformed all central-bank-issued currencies with a 125 percent climb in 2016.........Read more

Amar Singh asks party members to support Mulayam

Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh on Saturday termed the crisis in the party as “unfortunate” and asked party members to support Mulayam Singh Yadav in the family feud which has seen chief minister Akhilesh Yadav being expelled.........Read more

M-Wallet set to touch Rs 275 lakh crore in terms of market value by 2022

According to a recent study 'm-wallet: Scenario post-demonetisation' conducted by 'ASSOCHAM' and consulting from 'RNCOS', increased m-wallet transactions and the people using the technology with help the market grow about 211 percent........Read more

Bought a car after November 8? You may get income tax notice

The Income Tax Department has issued notices to top car dealers across India asking them to provide details of all those who booked a vehicle after November 8, the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced withdrawal of Rs 500, 1000 notes.........Read more

Image of another Nokia phone, E1, leaked online; key display panel features revealed

Just a few days after a Nokia device got leaked in live images, a photo of another phone understood to be the rumoured Android-powered Nokia E1 has surfaced online, revealing design elements of the handset's front panel. In the images (courtesy, The Android Soul), the snow-hued Nokia E1 sports a rectangular brick-shaped body with minute curved corners.........Read more

Women's labour in India is not recorded as work, says founder of one of the world's largest trade unions

India’s female labour force participation rate is just 27%, one of the lowest in the world. The dismal number is the result of persistent gender inequality, as well as a lack of technical skills and jobs for women. And that’s why, 83-year-old Ela Bhatt has dedicated her life to fighting for change.........Read more

The IT engineer who bombed courts in South India

Investigations by the National Investigation Agency show that a systems engineer employed with a major IT firm in Chennai allegedly built the bombs which were planted in the court premises at Mysuru, Chitoor, Kollam and Nellore. Identified as Dawood Sulaiman, this systems engineer built the pressure cooker bomb for Base Movement.........Read more

Dwarf planet Ceres is covered in water-ice: NASA

The dwarf planet Ceres, an enigmatic rocky body inhabiting the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, is rich with ice just beneath its dark surface, scientists said in research that may shed light on the early history of the solar system. The discovery, reported in a pair of studies published in the journals Science and Nature Astronomy, could bolster fledgling commercial endeavors to mine asteroids for water and other resources for robotic and eventual human expeditions beyond the moon.........Read more

Petrol Prices Could Touch Rs 80/Litre On Rising Global Oil Rates: Report

Apart from global oil prices, the value of the rupee as well as the margins of oil marketing companies and the various government levies determine the final price of petrol and diesel price in India.........Read more

National-level shooter alleges rape by 'coach'; FIR filed against accused

A national-level shooter alleged rape against a fellow sportsperson, who doubled up as her coach of spiking her drink and raping her, with the police filing an FIR against the accused in New Delhi on Sunday.........Read more

Kehkashan Basu, UAE-based Indian teen, wins Children's Peace Prize

Do not stop what you're doing. No matter what happens, we have to continue to save the planet, the 16-year-old said. Award-winning teen environmental activist Kehkashan Basu said on Friday ecologists should "not lose hope" in their battle to fight climate change, despite scepticism from world leaders including U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.........Read more

Bharat Bandh: Opposition calls for 'Aakrosh Diwas' on Nov 28 to protest against note ban

Mamata Banerjee also held a protest at Jantar Mantar that was also joined by actress and Samajwadi Party member Jaya Bachchan.........Read more

No plan to reintroduce Rs 1,000 note, Arun Jaitley says

"The government's decision to limit the exchange of banned Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes to Rs 2,000, from the existing cap of Rs 4,500, would stop misuse of funds," finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday. Jaitley also ruled the possibility of reintroduction of Rs 1,000 note in immediate future.........Read more

Project Cheetah: India to now have combat drones to carry out surgical strikes in future

Under Project Cheetah, the Indian Air Force is planning to upgrade and equip its Israeli-made UAVs with missiles which will be able to carry out surgical strikes without risking the lives of soldiers.........Read more

India-Russia agree to double the range of BrahMos Cruise Missile

India and Russia have approved the proposal to double the range of the BrahMos, world’s first supersonic cruise missile at the 16th Russia-India intergovernmental commission on military cooperation meeting. Sources told Sputnik that during the annual summit in Goa, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached an agreement to develop different range of the BrahMos. ........Read more

Flipkart CFO Sanjay Baweja resigns, replacement unclear

Flipkart chief financial officer Sanjay Baweja has resigned from the company after a period in which the online marketplace ceded ground to Amazon India and struggled to raise fresh funds, two people familiar with the matter said.........Read more

Watch: Vidya's Kahaani 2 trailer's absolutely riveting, thrilling

There have been a lot of hopes riding on Sujoy Ghosh's highly anticipated 'Kahaani 2' and the man doesn't seem to be in the mood to disappoint. The trailer of the Vidya Balan and Arjun Rampal starrer is absolutely riveting from the word go.........Read more

India slams China for objecting to US envoy's Arunachal visit

Rebuffing China for objecting to US Ambassador Richard Verma's recent visit to Arunachal Pradesh, India on Monday said there was "nothing unusual" about his trip to a state which is an integral part of the country.........Read more

‘Your CM is a liar’: Chaos at SP meet as Mulayam, Akhilesh argue heatedly

Chaos broke out at the Samajwadi Party meet on Monday at the party's headquarters in Lucknow as Mulayam Yadav and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav broke into a heated argument. The leaders engaged in a verbal spat during Mulayam's address when he said "Your chief minister is a liar (Aapka mukhyamantri jhooth bolta hai)".........Read more

MEA rejects criticism, says BRICS declaration 'strongest ever' language against terrorism

Rejecting criticism, Spokesperson for the External Affairs Ministry Vikas Swarup said terrorism was accorded the "centrality" at the Goa summit in more substantive manner than even the Antalaya G20 Summit which was held in the shadows of the Paris terror attack. "The Goa Declaration contains the strongest-ever language against terrorism among all past BRICS summits. The word terrorism/terror features some 37 times in the declaration," he said at a media briefing.........Read more

Release 2,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu till further orders, SC tells Karnataka

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Karnataka government to keep releasing 2,000 cusecs of water per day to Tamil Nadu till further orders. The top court directed both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to maintain peace and harmony in their states.........Read more

Talks on cross-border terror, India-China rift to be in focus at BRICS Summit

A summit of the world’s top five emerging economies begins in Goa on Saturday, but a fresh rift between the bloc’s leaders, China and India, could hamper New Delhi’s plans to highlight cross-border terrorism and isolate Pakistan.........Read more

Pampore attack: Gunbattle with terrorists enters second day

The operation to flush-out terrorists holed up inside a government building in Pampore area on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway entered the second day on Tuesday, even as security forces launched a fresh offensive against the ultras.........Read more

SC extends stay on Bombay HC order on women entry in Haji Ali

SC extends stay on Bombay HC order on women entry in Haji Ali - SC extends till October 17 stay on implementation of Bombay HC order lifting ban on women's entry in Haji Ali Dargah.........Read more

Supreme Court stays Patna high court order quashing liquor ban in Bihar

In a releif for the Nitish government, the Supreme Court on Friday stayed the Patna high court order quashing the notification banning consumption and sale of liquor in the state. "Ban on liquor and fundamental rights do not go together," the SC bench said.........Read more

Hindu son can divorce wife if she tries to separate him from aged parents

A Hindu son can divorce his wife for cruelty if she tries to pry him away from his “pious obligation” to live with his aged parents and provide shelter for them, the Supreme Court held. A woman bec........Read more

Infosys reshapes, to split into 12-15 smaller business units

In a massive reorganization, Infosys is splitting itself into 12-15 smaller business units, each with revenue of $500-$700 million, its own sales heads and P&L (profit & loss) responsibilities.........Read more

Samsung announces exchange offer for Galaxy Note 7 with Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge

Samsung announces exchange offer for Galaxy Note 7 with Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge - Reported cases of exploding Samsung Note 7 batteries comes just days before Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 7.........Read more

Youva Smartbooks bring augmented reality gaming to the classroom

Navneet Education has launched its latest product: The Youva Smartbook. This new product is trying to encapsulate the needs of the tech-savvy student generation while attempting to create a fine balance between work and play.........Read more

Assam becomes first state to ratify GST Bill; CM Sonowal calls it 'historic'

The BJP-led alliance government in Assam under CM Sarbananda Sonowal became the first state to pass the GST Amendment Bill.........Read more

U.S. closing in on milestone 1,000th Olympics gold medal

It is expected that on Sunday or Monday a still unknown American will claim a milestone 1,000th gold to bookend 120 years of Olympic domination.........Read more

Oberoi Realty in talks with Morgan Stanley, GIC for Rs 1,000 cr venture

Mumbai-based Oberoi Realty is in separate talks with US-based investor Morgan Stanley and Singapore's sovereign fund, GIC, to set up a joint venture (JV) for developing malls, said an executive.The venture would have a corpus of Rs 1,000 crore and........Read more

Arvind Kejriwal, For Whom Dharnas Were Normcore, In Row Over Curbing Them

An order banning protests and demonstrations outside chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's house is invalid, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung has said.........Read more

Gurgaon waterlogging blocks NH8, Gurgaon Police issue advisory to avoid travel

The Haryana government on Friday declared a two-day holiday to schools while the Gurgaon Police has issued an advisory to avoid travelling as thousands of commuters remained stuck on National Highway........Read more

Film review: ‘Dishoom’ plays mostly on mute

The buddy cop movie stars Varun Dhawan, John Abraham and Jacqueline Fernandez on the trail of a missing cricketer.........Read more

CriticaLog mulls raising Rs 100 cr for expansion

Bengaluru-based critical logistics provider CriticaLog has plans to raise Rs 100 crore to aggressively pursue its expansion strategy for transportation of sensitive and critical goods, upgrade technology offerings and foray into new geographies, including international shores.........Read more

Rare Noah's Ark Mosaic Uncovered in Ancient Synagogue in Israel

Ancient mosaics depict Noah's ark and animals, as well as the parting of the Red Sea.Mosaics depicting prominent Bible scenes were uncovered during annual excavations of an ancient synagogue in Israel's Lower Galilee.........Read more

Telangana judges to go on mass protest leave

Telangana state judges on Sunday decided to submit resignations to Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan in protest against the decision of options being given to judges of Andhra Pradesh origin.........Read more

'Buy 1 get 1 free' deals to come under GST

Free samples and gifts offered with purchases as well as popular 'buy-one-get-one-free' deals may attract the proposed Goods and Services Tax (GST) levy which government plans to roll out from April next year.........Read more

The Discovery of 1,750,000 Year Old Man Made Bridge (DOCUMENTARY)

The Discovery of 1,750,000 Year Old Man Made Bridge (DOCUMENTARY) This short Documentary looks at the recently discovered bridge, currently named as Adam's B...........Read more