COVID-19 dead body disposal team: The guys we forgot to shower petals on

Stationed in the out-patient block of Hyderabad's Gandhi Hospital, these 15 young men get the jitters each time there is a COVID-19 death. They have been living their worst nightmare since the outbreak of the pandemic, spending hours alongside dead bodies while carrying out their high-risk job of transporting bodies from the morgue to wherever they are disposed of. For the bravehearts in the Covid Dead Body Disposal team, who have so far accomplished their task despite the odds, the fast approaching monsoon is another challenge coming their way, which could end up making their difficult job even worse.........Read more

100 years of evolution is being challenged in last 100 days

The last century saw us address needs of life, businesses, and society through newer inventions, technology shifts, industrialisation and automation, and in recent times digitalisation. There is incremental progress made over the years in every sphere of life, but the disruption has been gradual and seamless. However, with the COVID-19 situation, several businesses are struggling to stay viable, product lifespan is under question and the entire business lifecycle of marketing, sales and operations must be reimagined, redesigned, and calibrated to suit all scenarios. Businesses drive economy and future innovations. Most enterprises will need to heavily rely on data and digital technologies to carry out analysis and build models/scenarios to help them plan during such crises. A classic case of Darwinism is at play – we will see a continued “struggle for existence” and “survival of the fittest”.........Read more

Central teams find infection control practices not duly followed in high case load districts

Central teams, which were tasked to check preparedness of districts with a high load of coronavirus cases, found that infection prevention control practices were not properly followed in several hospitals raising concerns over safety of healthcare workers, official sources said. Six high-level multi-disciplinary teams were constituted by the Union Health Ministry to assist and review state health departments for proper implementation of cluster containment plans for large outbreaks and check hospital preparedness for COVID-19.........Read more

Tata Motors announces 2-month worldwide warranty extension on commercial vehicles

Tata Motors is ensuring they take great care of their customers not only in the passenger car section but also in commercial. Earlier this month, Tata Motors announced that they are going to extend the warranty of commercial vehicles in India by two months. Now, the company has extended this benevolence to its trucks and buses, worldwide. The warranty extension also comes with other benefits. For example, free services scheduled during the lockdown can be availed up to two months later. Tata Suraksha, the annual maintenance contract program, too has got a similar extension.........Read more

CBI Books Bharatanatyam Dancer and Padma Shree Awardee Leela Samson Over Alleged Irregularities

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has booked ace Bharatanatyam dancer and former Chairperson of Sangeet Natak Akademi, Leela Samson, for alleged "unfruitful expenditure" of Rs 7.02 crore on the renovation of Koothambalam auditorium of Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai, officials. Samson, a Padma Shree awardee and also a former chairperson of Central Board of Film Certification, has been booked along with the then officers of the Foundation: Chief Accounts Officer TS Murthi, Accounts Officer S Ramachandran, Engineering officer V Srinivasan and proprietor of CARD and Chennai Engineers, they said. ........Read more

Ayodhya verdict: We respect Supreme Court's verdict, says Congress

Randeep Surjewala, Congress' spokesperson said that there's no need to give credit to the BJP. "I think this matter is special to someone. No need to give credit to the party. The doors are closed forever for BJP's politics, Ram is a symbol of decorum. ........Read more

In Imran Khan’s visa waiver for Kartarpur, a plan to revive militancy: Officials

“We have enough inputs to suggest that Pakistan will rope in hardline, radicalised elements in the diaspora to win over the youths from India when they visit the Gurdwara to pray,” said a second official in the security establishment.........Read more

Shocking! Watching Half-Hour Video Online Produces 1.6 kg Carbon Dioxide Equivalent

Digital technologies now emit 4% of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), that is to say more than civil aviation. This share could double from now to 2025 to reach 8% of all GHG emissions, i.e. the current share of car emissions.........Read more

Centre seeks more time from SC to finalise rules to regulate fake news, hate speech on social media

A further period of three months would be required for finalising and notifying the final revised rules in accordance with law,” it said, adding that the process is likely to be completed by January 15. ........Read more

Spurious Drugs Flooding Indian Market, Consumers Suffering Due To Data Fraud: Katherine Eban

The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom is seen as a damning indictment of the Indian pharma industry and the Indian regulators. It is the reason that many in the pharma industry in India try to dismiss the book as a crime thriller and sensationalist, an attempt to undermine the Indian Pharma industry. In conversation with Outlook's Naseer Ganai, journalist and authorKatherine Eban says her book exposes how spurious drugs are flooding the Indian market and how consumers are suffering because of the data fraud. Why did write a book on Indian pharma industry in the first place? Well, the book is really about the generic drug industry. It is not that I specifically went out to report on Indian companies. But I had got a tip in 2008 that patients in the US were complaining about their generic drugs. Once I started following that tip-off, I began to investigate what some of the issues were and I learned about Ranbaxy. And I learned about what was an ongoing investigation about Ranbaxy in the US. So I had a big article that came about Ranbaxy in 2013 in Fortune Magazine.........Read more

'Some people are shocked on hearing Om and Cow', says Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday batted for Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath by calling him a crusader who brought dreaded disease like encephalitis prevalent in eastern Uttar Pradesh on the discussion table in Parliament. He called opposition attacks on Adityanath government as unfortunate and a false perception building not rooted in reality. Sharing the stage with Adityanath, who maintains a large contingent of cattle at his Gorakhpur home, PM Modi also took a jibe at a class of people who get agitated on hearing the word "Om" and "Gaaye". "Iss desh ka durbhagya hai ki kuchh logo ke kaan par agar 'om' aur 'gaaye' shabd padhta hai to unke baal khade ho jate hain, unko lagta hai desh 16th shatabdi mein chala gaya, aisa gyaan, desh barbaad karne walo ne desh barbaad karne mein kuchh nahi chhoda hai. (It is unfortunate that in India there are some people whose hair go up when they hear the words 'om' or 'cow'. They think country nation has gone back to the 16th Century. Because of such knowledge, people who want to destroy the country have not left anything that to destroy the country," PM said.........Read more

Maharashtra rains: Schools, junior colleges to remain closed in Mumbai, Thane

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday declared that schools under its jurisdiction will be used as shelters for housing people stranded due to rain. In view of the forecast of heavy rains, all schools and junior colleges in Mumbai, Thane and Konkan regions will remain closed on September 5, informed Maharashtra education minister Ashish Shelar. Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday declared that schools under its jurisdiction will be used as shelters for housing people stranded due to rain. On Wednesday, BMC Additional Municipal Commissioner, A Jarhad, visited Manohardas school near Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, to take stock of the situation and to ensure people stranded due to rains were being taken care of. As incessant rains lashed Mumbai and Maharashtra, life was thrown out of gear with delay in train and flight services causing great inconvenience to passengers. However, train services resumed on Kurla to Kalyan route and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) to Goregaon route after rains relented late on Wednesday evening. Private bus services also resumed after water receded in Dadar.........Read more

INX Media case: Now, CBI wants P Chidambaram to undergo a lie detector test

Facing major issues in extracting information from "highly intelligent" P Chidambaram, the CBI wants him to undergo a lie detection test in INX Media case, sources in the agency said. The agency can conduct a polygraph test only if the person on whom the test is being conducted has consented to it. The probe agency is, however, apprehensive if Chidambaram will give it the go-ahead. Currently, the agency is carrying out confrontations between Chidambaram and bureaucrats, who had served under him and were close to him. To that end, the agency has summoned two bureaucrats to join the INX case probe. Chidambaram was arrested in connection with the INX Media case on August 21 by the CBI from his residence in New Delhi's Jor Bagh and is currently in the agency's custody till August 30.........Read more

Over 100 killed, millions displaced from floods in India, Nepal and Bangladesh

Floods have forced more than four million people from their homes across India, Nepal and Bangladesh and killed more than 100 people as torrential rains in the initial days of monsoons wreaked havoc. The poor Indian states of Assam and Bihar have been among the worst hit. Some 4.3 million people have been displaced from their homes in Assam in the last 10 days due to rising waters across the mostly rural northeastern region, according to a government release on Monday. Television channels showed roads and railway lines in Bihar submerged, with people wading through chest-high, churning brown waters, carrying their belongings on their heads. Floods in South Asia cause mass displacement and deaths annually, and the death toll and damage from the current monsoon season, which has just begun, is likely to increase in coming weeks. Floods in Nepal, India and Bangladesh during the 2017 monsohere killed at least 800 people and destroyed food crops and homes. An impoverished agrarian province with rickety infrastructure and poor healthcare services, Bihar has a history of flooding in its northern areas bordering Nepal. ........Read more

1248 Ceasefire Violations by Pakistan in 6 Months: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, in a reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on Monday, stated that Pakistan violated the ceasefire 1248 times across the Line of Control (LoC) in the last six months. Responding to a question by BJP leader Vijay Pal Singh Tomar, Singh also informed that four Army jawans were killed in these ceasefire violations (CFVs) by Pakistan. Giving details of the ceasefire violations, the Union Minister said,”203 ceasefire violations took place in January, 215 in February, 267 in March, 234 in April, 221 in May and 108 in June.” He added,”All violations of ceasefire and infiltration are taken up with Pakistan authorities at the appropriate level through the established mechanism of hotlines, flag meeting, Directorate Generals of Military Operations talks as well as diplomatic channels between the two countries.”........Read more

NHRC questions frailty of health infrastructure

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday issued notices to the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry (MoHFW), and all States and Union Territories, over what it termed was the “deplorable public health infrastructure in the country.” The NHRC took suo motu cognisance of several media reports on recent deaths across the country due to “deficiencies and inadequacies in the healthcare system”.........Read more

SC allows deportation of 7 illegal Rohingya immigrants back to Myanmar

The Supreme Court Thursday allowed the deportation of seven Rohingyas to their country of origin Myanmar, who have illegally immigrated to Assam in India. Rohingya immigrants will be handed over to the Myanmar authorities in Moreh border post in Manipur on Thursday.........Read more

RS deputy chairman election: JD(U)'s Harivansh likely to be NDA candidate, SAD may abstain

A keen contest between the NDA and the Opposition for the post of Rajya Sabha deputy chairman appears on the cards with JD(U) MP Harivansh emerging as the candidate of the ruling alliance for the August 9 election.........Read more

Vedanta Ltd said a sulphuric acid leak from a tank at its copper smelter in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi was severe and inaction could lead to serious environmental consequences.

Vedanta said it sought a limited reconnection of the electricity supply for maintenance to guard against a potential loss of life and damage to air and groundwater. The district administration had said on Sunday the leak was minor, and steps were being taken to empty the storage tanks as a safety precaution.........Read more

Over 10,000 answer sheets of class 10th students have reportedly been stolen in Bihar

Over 10,000 answer sheets of class 10th students have reportedly been stolen. This incident has been reported by Gopalganj's SS Balika Inter School Principal Pramod Kumar Srivastava.........Read more

Pathankot court frames charges against seven accused in Kathua rape and murder case

The district and sessions court framed charges against seven of the eight accused of raping and murdering an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district.........Read more

Nationwide rollout of inter-state e-Way Bill from April 1, says Jaitley

Intra-state e-Way Bill will be rolled out in a phased manner with four groups of states. Each group will come under it every week after April 1 and efforts will be made to implement it across the country by April end.........Read more

31 dead in South Korea hospital blaze

The five-storey structure housed a nursing home as well as the hospital, and the South's Yonhap news agency said 31 people had been killed. Two nurses said they had seen fire suddenly erupting in the emergency room, but the cause of the blaze was not immediately known.........Read more

New type of virus found in the ocean

A type of virus that dominates water samples taken from the world's oceans has long escaped analysis because it has characteristics that standardized tests can't detect. However, researchers at MIT and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine have now managed to isolate and study representatives of these elusive viruses, which provide a key missing link in virus evolution and play an important role in regulating bacterial populations.........Read more

Creation of synthetic horsepox virus could lead to more effective smallpox vaccine

UAlberta researchers created a new synthetic virus that could lead to the development of a more effective vaccine against smallpox. The discovery demonstrates how techniques based on the use of synthetic DNA can be used to advance public health measures.........Read more

Punjab, Haryana are heroin hubs, accounted for 60% of seizure: NCB report

The Narcotics Control Bureau’s annual report, 2016, which was released last week, shows that 999kg of the total heroin seizure of 1,675kg by all enforcement agencies and state police forces in the country was made in the two northern states. Of this, 657kg was seized in Haryana with 669 arrests in 441 cases, 342kg in Punjab with 1,970 arrests in 1,562 cases.........Read more

Team India Captain Virat Kohli Replaces Bollywood Star Shah Rukh Khan as Most Valuable Celebrity Brand: Reports

India’s Most Valuable Celebrity Brands’, Duff & Phelps said that Kohli topped the list with brand value of $144 million, followed by actors Shah Rukh ($106 million), Deepika Padukone ($93 million), Akshay Kumar ($47 million) and Ranveer Singh ($42 million).........Read more

TRAI recommends doing away with caps on spectrum holding by telecom firms in a bid to boost mergers

TRAI, in its recommendation to the government, said the current limit allowing an operator to hold up to 50 percent of the total spectrum available within a band in a zone should be removed. It has also suggested raising the limit for overall holding across all bands to 35 percent from 25 percent.........Read more

Indian IT jobs decline in first half of FY18

TCS, Infosys, Wipro, HCL Technologies, Tech Mahindra and Cognizant employed 1,243,777 people at the end of the September quarter, down from 1,247,934 people at the end of March, translating to a net reduction of 4,157 people........Read more

New Maruti Swift India Launch Details Revealed

The next-generation Swift hatchback will be based on the HEARTECT platform which also underpins the Dzire compact sedan. The new platform incorporates high strength steel which results in a low kerb weight. So, the new hatchback will weigh around 50kg lesser than the currently sold model.........Read more

Shanghai Masters: Roger Federer defeats Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-3

Roger Federer brushed aside world number one Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-3 to win the Shanghai Masters on Sunday and register his fourth victory of the year over his Spanish rival.........Read more

Be sensitive to plight of Rohingya Muslims, SC tells Centre

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre to be sensitive to the plight of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar who has come to India as refugees and have a multi pronged approach to tackle this humanitarian issue. The Centre must strike a balance between human rights and national security interests.........Read more

Yahoo says all 3 billion accounts hacked in 2013 data theft

Yahoo said on Tuesday that all three billion of its accounts were hacked in a 2013 data theft, tripling its earlier estimate of the size of the largest breach in history, in a disclosure that attorneys said sharply increased the legal exposure of its new owner, Verizon Communications Inc.........Read more

Mamata Banerjee composes theme song for a popular Kolkata Durga Puja

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has composed the theme song for a popular city puja since theme music has become a new trend among community pujas in the metropolis. The song - "Boichitrer muktoy gantha ekotar monihar" (the jewel of unity is stitched with a string of pearls of diversity) - is being played at the 'Suruchi Sangha' puja, winner of multiple awards.........Read more

Rajnath Singh to visit India-China border areas in Uttarakhand

Home Minister Rajnath Singh will this week visit a China-India border area in Uttarakhand which has witnessed transgression by Chinese army in the recent past, officials said. This is the first visit by a senior minister to China border after the resolution of the standoff in Doklam.........Read more

Enough is enough! Ladies, just ‘Kick’ with this ‘Electroshoe’

17-year-old Siddharth Mandala has designed ‘ElectroShoe’ that will help women protect themselves from rapists and sexual predators. Disturbed due to Nirbhaya’s rape incident, Siddharth Mandala designed this ‘Electroshoe’, when the shoe makes contact with an attacker’s body, the attacker will be electrocuted. Siddharth Mandala said that I was 12 years old when the Delhi rape incident took place. I remember my mom joining the march for the Nirbhaya. He also said that on average the ElectroShoe can produce 0.1 amp electricity which helps in electrocuting the perpetrators of crime, whenever someone tries to attack a woman she just need to kick him and it gives him strong electric shock and sends an alert message to nearby police station and family members. ........Read more

Asian Games gold medallist Priyanka Panwar fails dope test, banned for 8 years

India's top quarter-miler Priyanka Panwar was on Monday (September 11) suspended for eight years after she tested positive for a banned performance enhancing drug, virtually putting an end to her career. The 29-year-old Asian Games gold medallist was handed the suspension by National Anti Doping Agency's (NADA) disciplinary panel.........Read more

Toyota set to launch 2018 Innova & Fortuner in India this month

Toyota Kirloskar Motor is set to roll-out the facelifted version of its top-selling premium MPV and SUV – Innova and Fortuner, which are expected to be launched in the country by the end of this month. As to the leaked reports, both the models will be getting some feature updates along with equipment changes.........Read more

BJP big plan: To defeat Owaisi at any cost!

The Bharatiya Janata Party, which is aiming at expanding its wings in the south, particularly in Telangana and wining maximum number of Lok Sabha seats, is silently working out a strategy to defeat MIM president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi.........Read more

RBI identifies 40 more large loan defaulter accounts for clean-up

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has identified 40 large defaulters as the next lot of firms where banks will push for an early resolution. Along with the 12 cases where bankruptcy proceedings have already started, these would account for 60-65% of the bad loans clogging the banking system.........Read more

India regulator wants medical devices added to price control list, document shows

India's drug-pricing regulator has asked the health ministry to add four more medical devices to a list of products eligible for price controls to reduce costs to patients, which if agreed could be another blow to the country's $5 billion-a-year medical-technology industry.........Read more

All Medical Shops Bandh on May 30

The retail and wholesale pharmacies in Hyderabad will also joined nationwide one day bandh called on May 30 against the union government's e-portal proposal which mandated every vendor and stockiest should upload the details of each sale on the portal of the government in a stipulated time regularly. ........Read more

North Korea Link Emerges In Global Cyberattacks

Security researchers on Monday reported signs of a potential North Korea link to the massive cyberattack campaign that sparked havoc in computer systems worldwide and opened fresh political rifts between Russia and the United States.........Read more

Srinivasan joins BCCI SGM from London

It will be interesting to see as to what will be the Committee of Administrators’ (CoA) stand after knowing about Srinivasan’s attendance.........Read more

MCC's new umpiring signals to send off cricketers

The Marylebone Cricket Club has finally released the updated version of the game's Code of Laws. The biggest change in the new set of rules is that the umpires will now have the power to send off misbehaving players, temporarily or permanently, and can also award the opposition with penalty runs.........Read more

New UK visa curbs to hit Indians, non-EU nations from April 6

A series of new visa restrictions that will affect Indian and other non-EU countries come into effect from April 6, including an ‘immigration skills charge’ of £1000 per year, higher salary thresholds and a health surcharge.........Read more

Apps, social media pushing back sleep time over 1.5 hours

Is WhatsApp keeping you up way past your bedtime? You're not the only one, say doctors at Bengaluru-based National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (Nimhans). A study has revealed that the use of internet for Facebook and WhatsApp is making people put off sleep by more than one and a half hours (100 minutes) every day.........Read more

IAF to get hack-proof laptops to prevent online espionage

Amid relentless attacks by Chinese and Pakistani hackers to break into military personnel's computers, the Indian Air Force is planning to provide hack-proof laptops to its personnel which would help them prevent cases of cyber espionage. The IAF is taking this step after it was observed that personal computers or laptops used for surfing internet and official assignments, are getting hacked by outsiders as it is relatively very easy to break into such systems.........Read more

Alibaba, SAIF to invest $200 million in Paytm

Chinese e-commerce major Alibaba, along with investment firm SAIF Partners, will pump in $200 million in Paytm's online marketplace unit making the Indian e-commerce industry a tri-corner fight. As per a filing with the Registrar of Companies (RoC), Alibaba Singapore E-Commerce will have a shareholding of 36.31%, while SAIF Partners India will own 4.66% in Paytm E-Commerce.........Read more

PepsiCo announces Maharashtra plans as Indra Nooyi begins India tour

PepsiCo and the Maharashtra government entered a letter of intent for mutual collaboration in skill development of workers in food processing plants, besides mordernising Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), as the head of the global food and beverage giant, Indra Nooyi, began her weeklong tour to India.........Read more

Kenneth Arrow, Possibly the Most Important Economist of the 20th Century

He made original contributions to social choice theory, general equilibrium, growth theory, the analysis of discrimination against groups and healthcare, and remains the youngest economist to win the Nobel Prize.........Read more

When screening for disease, risk is as important to consider as benefits, study indicates

An analysis of cancer screenings by a University of Virginia statistician and a researcher at the National Cancer Institute indicates that early diagnosis of a cancer does not necessarily result in a longer life than without an early diagnosis. And screenings - such as mammograms for breast cancer and prostate-specific antigen tests for prostate cancer - come with built-in risks, such as results mistakenly indicating the presence of cancer (false positives), as well as missed diagnoses (false negatives). Patients may undergo harsh treatments that diminish quality of life while not necessarily extending it.........Read more

To Identify fake notes, BSF approached RBI to train Jawans

"The amount of counterfeit notes that has been recovered by security agencies is a matter of concern. The security features have been expertly replicated, half of the security features of the new Rs 2,000 notes is there in the fake notes. We are in talks with RBI for a training program for our soldiers and officers on ground duty for identifying fake Rs 2000 notes. Hope we will would be able to do it very soon," a senior BSF official said on condition of anonymity.........Read more

PoK land on rent by Indian Army? CBI smells a rat

The Central Bureau of Investigation is probing a scam in which officials have drawn money out of the exchequer to pay rent to land located in Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Rent was being drawn out from the exchequer and through forged documents it is being shown as rent was paid by army personnel.........Read more

In Nagaland, govt. wings pay ‘extortion money’

A probe by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has revealed that at least 12 government departments in Nagaland regularly paid “extortion money” to members of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K), a banned terrorist organisation that was allegedly behind the 2015 ambush in Manipur in which 18 soldiers were killed.........Read more

Assembly elections: Record turnout in Goa, 75% voting in Punjab

poradic incidents of violence and widespread snags in voting machines marred a brisk day of polling across Punjab and Goa as a month-long assembly election cycle in five states kicked off on Saturday. In Punjab, 75% of nearly 20 million voters cast their vote by 5pm with heavy polling in the Malwa region that elects 69 of Punjab’s 117 legislators. The poll percentage might rise further.........Read more

Sena breaks electoral alliance with BJP, to go alone in polls

Slamming the BJP, Mr Thackeray said that it was the time to take a decision. “How can I watch silently when you are intruding my home? I need all the strength from shiv sainiks. In future, Sena alone will ensure saffron flag flies high in the state. I will not to anyone asking and begging for an alliance. I will not survive on someone’s leftover. From now on, Sena will contest the upcoming municipal corporation and zilla parishad polls on its own. The battle is on and Sena activists is my strength who stand with me in unity,” said Mr Thackeray, addressing party function at Mumbai’s Goregaon area.........Read more

Rohith Vemula not a Dalit, belonged to other backward class: Andhra govt

State government preparing to send the report to the Centre before January 17, the student’s death anniversary when university groups have announced programmes to commemorate...........Read more

Internal report confirms sexual harassment charges against Chhattisgarh IG, but no action taken yet

It examined close to 30 persons and had over 40 sittings. When it finally submitted its report on December 2, the four-member committee investigating the sexual harassment charges made by Vishakha*, a woman constable from Mungeli district in Chhattisgarh, against an Inspector General of Police in the state named Pavan Dev, it corroborated most of them.........Read more

Aircel-Maxis deal: SC stays transfer, sale of spectrum

Showing zero tolerance to those who exploit precious natural resources and then try to outmaneuvre the country's judicial process, the Supreme Court on Friday stayed all transfer and sale by Malaysia-based Maxis group of companies of 2G spectrum originally allocated to Aircel in November 2006.........Read more

Parental obesity linked to delays in child development, study suggests

Children of obese parents may be at risk for developmental delays, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. The investigators found that children of obese mothers were more likely to fail tests of fine motor skill—the ability to control movement of small muscles, such as those in the fingers and hands. Children of obese fathers were more likely to fail measures of social competence, and those born to extremely obese couples also were more likely to fail tests of problem solving ability.........Read more

Dhulagarh riot: Pressure mounts on Bengal govt as Governor summons DGP

A week after clashes erupted in Howrah district’s Dhulagarh, the Bengal governor Keshari Nath Tripathi summoned Bengal Director General of Police (DGP), Surajit Kar Purkayastha on Thursday. This comes a day after BJP Rajya Sabha MP Roopa Ganguly led a delegation and met the victims of Dhulagarh incident.........Read more

US Embassy of India warns citizens of increased threat from Islamic State

In a grimly worded message the US Embassy in India warned its citizens after media reports indicated Islamic State’s desire to carry out terrorist attacks in India. They have been asked to be aware of an ‘increased threat to places in India frequented by Westerners........Read more

Rs 100 crore seized in new notes to be back in circulation

The ED has issued a directive to zonal units to deposit new currency notes along with all other currency seizures into bank accounts opened by the agency in different cities so that new notes are immediately brought into circulation.........Read more

​PayPal opposes registration of Paytm’s trademark

Global payments major PayPal has filed a complaint opposing the registration of Paytm's trademark in a notice with the local trademark office, which falls under the ministry of commerce. The notice reviewed by TOI, says that PayPal has pointed out that Paytm's trademark is "deceptively and confusingly similar to PayPal" ........Read more

'DigiShala', new 24-hour government TV channel for cashless lessons

In another step to push digital transactions, the ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY) launched a TV channel named 'DigiShala'.It is supposed to be a 24-hour channel, 365 days a year. However, as of now, it has only three to........Read more

Tracking breast cancer cell genetics reveals longer potential treatment window

Breast cancer cells break away and spread to other parts of the body relatively late on in breast tumour development, an international team of scientists has shown. The research, jointly led by Dr Peter Van Loo at the Francis Crick Institute, could help refine cancer therapy and is published in the journal Genome Biology.........Read more

3.4% of all notes back in system are fake - The Economic Times

In the first half of 2016, the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) had pegged the face value of fake notes in circulation at Rs 400 crore -Rs 1,000 notes accounted for 50% of the sum, while the old Rs 500 accounted for at least 25%.According to the ISI's estimates, together, the fake notes of the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominations had a face value of Rs 300 crore. ........Read more

Day after Rahul's Twitter account hacked, Congress party's account also hacked

Less than a day after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's Twitter account was hacked, it was hacked again, this time along with the Twitter account of his Congress party.........Read more

After joint meeting on demonetisation, opposition parties decide they won't meet govt until Nov 28

The decision was taken during a meeting of opposition parties held in the Parliament this morning. They have been highly critical of the manner in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on November 8, decided to scrap RS 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.........Read more

Parsi or Non-Parsi? The Billion Dollar Question Before Ratan Tata

This has been the question being debated since Monday, when the murky details of one of the biggest boardroom battles in the country began to seep out of the Bombay House. However, the question is a little more complex — it is not just about whether the new chairman will be an outsider, it is also, more critically, about whether he or she will be a Parsi.........Read more

Russia voted off UN Human Rights Council

Russia on Friday was voted off the United Nations Human Rights Council in a secret ballot. The two Eastern European countries on the council are now Hungary and Croatia. This is the first time one of the UN Security Council’s permanent members has not been on the UNHRC in a decade, The Guardian reported.........Read more

Pakistani troops resume heavy mortar shelling at various places along LoC

Pakistan resumed shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) on Friday morning targetting Pallanwala, Sunderbani and Nowshera sectors with even heavy caliber weapons like 120 mm mortars.........Read more

How Volkswagen plans on putting a million electric cars on the road by 2025

The company isn’t giving up on the internal combustion engine, but it’s putting an unprecedented focus on electric mobility. That means developing an array of electric cars, while also investing in the infrastructure required to make battery-powered transportation plausible, desirable, and convenient for motorists.........Read more

Sex education should be without word ‘sex’, recommends HRD Ministry of India

Sex education should be without word ‘sex’, recommends HRD Ministry of India - As per the Modi government, the word ‘sex’ in the newly formed policy on sex education for school students, may offend people.........Read more

Exclusive: Triumph To Launch All-New Street Triple

Triumph India will be launching a new Street Triple, early next year, a source has disclosed to The new Street Triple is likely to be unveiled at the EICMA motor show in Italy next month, before it's launched globally. There's been no official confirmation from Triumph India, but according to a source in the know, the bike will be an all-new version of the Triumph Street Triple which will be launched in India early next year.........Read more

How Saudi Arabia's Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is shaking up the kingdom

Salman’s rise has shattered decades of tradition in the royal family, where respect for seniority and power-sharing among branches are time-honored traditions. Never before in Saudi history has so much power been wielded by the deputy crown prince, who is second in line to the throne. That centralization of authority has angered many of his relatives.........Read more

Burning of municipal waste discolouring Taj Mahal

Burning of municipal solid waste in the vicinity of the iconic Taj Mahal is significantly contributing to the discolouring of the world heritage monument, an Indo-American research team has found.........Read more

Death Toll Rises as Myanmar Battles Border Attackers

Myanmar‘s security forces have now killed at least 26 people in response to attacks on police that have sparked a dramatic escalation in violence in a Muslim-majority region along its border with Bangladesh, according to reports in state media. Armed men believed to be from the long-oppressed Rohingya Muslim minority launched a coordinated assault on three border police posts in the early hours Sunday, killing nine police, injuring five and making off with dozens of weapons and more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition.........Read more

Honda and Kabuku unveil 3D printed micro commuter vehicle, designed for short-range trips

Honda has developed a short range ‘Micro Commuter’ electric vehicle for use by Japanese confectionary maker, Toshimaya. The car is a joint development with Kabuku Inc., and is based on an open innovation model which incorporates the idea of variable design platform. The car was unveiled at CEATEC Japan 2016.........Read more

NTT DoCoMo sues Tatas in US court

Opening yet another battle front against the Tatas, Japanese telecom major NTT DoCoMo has sued Tata Sons, the group holding firm, in an American court, seeking $1.2 billion in damages that it had won in the London Court of Arbitration in June this year for exiting the loss-making joint venture — Tata Teleservices.........Read more

Huge Income Disparity Will Have Political Consequences for Modi

Six years after the onset of the Great Recession in 2008, Narendra Modi swept to power in India, winning a full majority for his party – the BJP. It was the first time in three decades that one political party had enough Lok Sabha seats to form a government in New Delhi.........Read more

Apple iPhone 8 reportedly being worked upon in Israel

Although no further details have been mentioned, it was reported that the next iPhone will be ‘different’ from the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 7, both of which feature almost a similar design profile.........Read more

Uri attack: Were porters near LoC the moles who helped terrorists with precise information?

The National Investigation Agency which is now probing the Uri attacks has learnt that there was a mole who would have helped the terrorists. While digging out details regarding the moles, it has also been found that the terrorists had infiltrated into India through a forest which falls in between a village and the Line of Control. OneIndia had earlier reported that the terrorists had help from a mole.........Read more

Will this new material define our age?

If the 19th century belonged to iron and steel and the 20th century belonged to concrete, could timber be the building material of our age? That is the question posed by architect Alison Brooks' "The Smile," currently on display at the Chelsea College of Art and Design as part of this year's London Design Festival.........Read more

Tibetan families urge UN to intervene over alleged rights violations by China

Five Tibetan families living in Switzerland have urged the United Nations, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the government of various countries to support them against the alleged ongoing political repression, cultural assimilation, social discrimination, economic marginalisation and environment destruction imposed by the Chinese government and Communist Party. The Tibet Solidarity Movement in a press statement said that five families since January 13, this year have been protesting on every second Wednesday of each month in front of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), housed at the Palais des Nations calling on the UN, especially to the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the international community to take immediate actions on the Tibet issue as the number of self-immolations in Tibet dramatically escalated to 144. "124 of the 144 Tibetans who self-immolated are known to have died following their protest. Even eight Tibetan-in-exile have offered their lives as an expression of complete solidarity with their people inside Tibet," the statement said. The five families also placed their demands and urged the UN to support the cause. The demands include, "The United Nations must review the issue of Tibet based on the resolutions passed in 1959, 1961 and 1965. The return of his holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet should be facilitated. Freedom and peace in Tibet must be restored." The statement also added that the UN must intervene towards the release of all Tibetan prisoners starting with the 11th Panchen Lama, Gedun Chorkyi Nyima, held incommunicado by the Chinese Government since 1995. Highlighting that on July 12th, 2015 the former political prisoner, Tulku Tenzin Delek Rimpoche, passed away in a Chinese prison of unclear death after being imprisoned for 13 years, serving a life sentence for a crime he did not commit, the statement said that the UN must urge the Chinese Authorities to investigate and make public the circumstances surrounding the death. "The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein should lead a fact-finding mission with unfettered access to Tibet immediately. The UN must intervene and ask the Chinese Government to hold a constructive and meaningful dialogue to settle the Tibet issue with the representatives of the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala, India," the statement said. It also pointed out that the UN should also protect the Human Rights in China, Mongolia and Xinjiang. The statement added that the UN also demand from the Chinese government the release all Chinese and Uyghur political prisoners like Xiabo and Ilham Tohti. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -........Read more

Delhi high court stops Britannia from selling its digestive biscuits

Delhi high court grants Britannia four weeks to phase out existing stocks of NutriChoice Zero and maintain accounts........Read more

'Japanese govt report on Netaji says he died in plane crash'

A classified 60-year-old Japanese government document on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's death made public today clearly concludes that the legendary...........Read more

ATTENTION! Childhood head injury increases chances of mental illness

Childhood brain injuries could lead to mental illness, unemployment and premature death, new research has claimed. The findings of a study carried out by researchers at the Oxford University showed that people who had experienced a single mild, moderate or........Read more

Rio 2016: India lose 1-2 to Germany in men's hockey

With just three seconds left on the clock, Germany's Christopher Ruhr breached PR Sreejesh's defense to hand India their first loss in the 2016 Olympics at the Olympic Hockey Centre on Monday.........Read more

Rio Olympics: Abhinav Bindra misses bronze by 0.1 point

The 2008 Beijing Games gold medalist exited the world stage by ending fourth in the final of the men's 10m air rifle qualification event on Monday.........Read more

How to worship caste in India and get away with it

My mother's best friend is a "Brahmin". They met when my mother, a newly-wed 19-year-old, came to Delhi from Katwa, a municipality in Burdwan district of West Bengal. She could speak neither Hindi nor English. She was the first friend my mother made.........Read more

Another man arrested from Parbhani for suspected ISIS links

Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad today arrested one more person for his alleged links with the terror outfit ISIS from Parbhani district of the state. This is the third such arrest in the district in the last one month. Shaikh Iqbal Shaikh Kabeer Ahmed (24) was arrested early this morning from Madina Nagar locality here, ATS sources said. On July 14, Naser bin Yafai Chaus (31), a suspected ISIS operative, was arrested in the city. He was allegedly in touch with another wanted accused, Farooque, based in Syria, and was trying to influence the youth through social networking sites using different handles and profiles. It led to the arrest of 24-year-old Shahid Khan from the district on July 24 on the charge of having links with the ISIS. Sourced from PTI, Featured image courtesy: more

Meet the women bodybuilders of Mumbai

Meet the women bodybuilders of Mumbai - Shraddha Shirodkar talks to Mumbai's women bodybuilders about entering a male-only bastion and the challenges they face........Read more

Rio 2016: At 13 years, Nepal's earthquake survivor Gaurika Singh is the youngest Olympian

Rio 2016: At 13 years, Nepal's earthquake survivor Gaurika Singh is the youngest Olympian - At 13 years and 255 days, the swimmer will be the youngest to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics when she takes to the pool for the women's 100 metres backstroke heats on Sunday.........Read more

Scientists develop new self-movable humanoid robot

The makers of the robot want have put it up for display and are figuring out new ways to make it better.........Read more

NRIs/PIOs can now send funds online for flagship schemes

Swaraj said this while chairing a meeting of the India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians (IDF-OI), a not-for-profit trust established by government of India with an aim to supplement country's social development efforts.........Read more

Rumour: Is Apple Considering to Acquire Formula One?

Formula One could soon find itself a new buyer, which surprisingly just might be the technology giant - Apple Inc.........Read more

Interview: Philosopher Bruno Latour on Challenges of Identity Politics in India

Discussing Gaia-politics, the BJP's myth about identity and the transformation of Indian local politics with one of the most prominent thinkers of our time.........Read more

One Kingdom, Divisible and Decayed

Divide and rule did not only (try to) hold together an empire on which the sun never set – it remains the basis of national politics in Britain’s class divided society........Read more

Risks to banking sector’s stability up sharply: RBI report

RBI’s financial stability report says gross non-performing assets of banks jumped to 7.6% in March from 5.1% in September........Read more

Hearts and mines

The police in Gadchiroli, Maharashtras Naxal heartland 850 kilometres east of Mumbai, are touting the success of their efforts in balancing the hunt for rebel guerrilla fighters with winning cooperation from the villagers caught in the crossfire.........Read more

Salman Khan-Arijit Controversy: Why Get So Upset and Hurt? Says Actor

"In every film, there are lot of singers who sing. It's the director and producer who make the choice of who is going to be the best voice for the film. One voice was mine but that was also rejected. So why get so upset and hurt? This is life. Then smart you come to know the intentions," Salman Khan said........Read more

45 bills pending in Rajya Sabha, some introduced 30 years ago

The Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015, was moved in December last year but the discussion on it remained inconclusive.........Read more

Virtually All States Have Backed The Idea of GST, says Arun Jaitely

Reportedly, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalaithaa is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday evening.........Read more

Three Years on, Muzaffarnagar Riots Survivors Await Rehabilitation, Justice

The misery of the survivors can be gauged from the fact that almost half of them are still living in tents without water and electricity for close to three years.........Read more

Here’s what makes Sri Lanka such a charming tourist destination

The once-shattered island nation of twenty-two million is fast repairing and regaining its charm and natural sheen.........Read more

One lakh women in Bengal to be digitally empowered by 'Internet Saathi'

'Internet Saathi', joint digital literacy programme of Google and Tata Trust, is set to roll across 400 villages reaching one lakh women in West Bengal in the next few months.........Read more

Man accused of designing IS flags did engineering in Chennai - Times of India

Using his father as the main witness, NIA on Friday chargesheeted Islamic State operative Mohammad Naser, who designed flags and logos for the 'caliphate' and had managed to reach Sudan en route to Syria before he was caught and deported last Dec........Read more