'Corona Fighter' Sonu Sood is Being Worshipped in Bhubaneswar, Twitter User Shares Video

Bollywood actor Sonu Sood emerged as a hero after he stepped in to help stranded migrant workers and students reach their homes amid coronavirus crisis. Of late, many people have taken to social media to express their gratitude towards the actor for his humanitarian act. In May, Sood had paid for flight tickets of 167 women migrant workers from Odisha stuck in an embroidery factory in Kerala's Ernakulam and were seeking to return home amid the lockdown. ........Read more

This psychologist-entrepreneur is on a mission to ensure mental healthcare is accessible to all

Nithya J Rao’s concern that there are very few psychologists in India led her to start Heart It Out, a startup focused on mental health, in 2017. Unfortunately, her concern is too real and grave to neglect – India needs at least 13,000 more psychiatrists to achieve an ideal psychologist to population ratio of 1: 8,000 to 10,000, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Ironically, there are more Indian psychiatrists in the UK and US than there are in India. “As someone who really understands and loves India for what it is, I wanted to create a space where people can come, express themselves, and be safe,” Nithya says. ........Read more

Who's Who of pop culture unites for 'One World' coronavirus special

Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Beyonce and Oprah Winfrey on Saturday headlined a special broadcast of music, comedy and personal stories celebrating those around the world on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. Together at Home” event, broadcast across multiple television channels in the United States and overseas, featured a Who’s Who of pop culture in the biggest celebrity gathering so far to mark the effects of the virus. ........Read more

Govt offers relief to MSME sector, stakeholders say take care of salary payments, provide 6 months interest waiver on loans

The government is considering providing payroll support and overheads for the MSME sector for 110 mn workers and staff which could cost up to around Rs 1-1.5 lakh crore. There are an estimated 6.33 crore unincorporated MSMEs employing 11 crore persons across the country. The sector contributes nearly 30 percent of India’s GDP and close to half of the country’s total exports. On 15 April, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari held talks with the representatives of the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) industry and assured them all possible help from the government to tide over the challenges created by the coronavirus-enforced lockdown.........Read more

Former J&K CM Farooq Abdullah to be Released from Detention After Over 7 Months

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah, who was detained post the abrogation of Article 370 under Public Safety Act, will be released from detention after over seven months. In December last year, the detention of Farooq Adullah, who is also a sitting Lok Sabha MP, was extended by three months. ........Read more

Assam starts exercise to issue NRC ‘rejection slips’ to over 19 lakh

The NRC authority has started exercise of issuing “rejection slip” to over 19 lakh people excluded from the National Register of Citizens in Assam. Informing that process of handing over the rejection slip is expected to start from March 20, parliamentary affairs minister Chandra Mohan Patowary in a written reply to a question in the Assam Assembly said that the rejection slip will mention the reasons for excluding a person’s name from the final NRC. It is significant that non-inclusion of a person’s name in the National Register of Citizens does not by itself amount to being declared a foreigner. Such individuals will be issued the rejection slip with which they can approach the Foreigners Tribunal within 120 days. If one loses the case in the tribunal, the person can move the high court and, then, the Supreme Court to prove his or her citizenship.........Read more

Isro's GSAT-30 satellite successfully launched aboard Ariane rocket

India's "high power" communication satellite GSAT-30, aimed at providing high-quality television, telecommunications and broadcasting services, was successfully launched onboard Ariane 5 rocket from French Guiana in the early hours of Friday, the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) said here. 35 am IST, European space consortium Arianespace's Ariane 5 vehicle injected GSAT-30 into the orbit in a flawless flight lasting about 38 minutes. ........Read more

16 predictions for social networks in 2020

And just like that, we’ve reached the final issue of the year — and also, somehow, the decade. As is tradition around here, let’s close out the year with some predictions from you about where platforms and democracy are headed in 2020 and beyond.........Read more

NASA is Now Considering a Pluto Orbiter Mission

NASA has given the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) funding to start developing the idea. SwRI is tasked with investigating “the important attributes, feasibility and cost of a possible future Pluto orbiter mission.”........Read more

Kerala, Chandigarh top NITI Aayog’s school education quality index

Kerala and Chandigarh emerged as the top performers in the school education quality index (SEQI) of all states and Union territories, government think tank NITI Aayog said on Monday. Performance was judged on the basis of several parameters, such as education outcome, governance, enrolment rate, language and mathematics skills, transition rate, and drop-out rate, among others. Among large states, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Punjab and Assam were the top performers. Jharkhand, Bihar, Telengana and Uttar Pradesh were the laggards. NITI Aayog considered 2016-17 as the reference year for the index. West Bengal did not participate in the survey. The data will be used for incentivizing states in budgetary allocations, said NITI Aayog chief executive Amitabh Kant. “The measurement of quality-related education outcomes is imperative for incentivizing states and Union territories to improve the performance of their school systems,” the report observes. The inclusive development hinges upon ensuring quality education and improving education outcome will augur well for India’s economy, Kant added. School education secretary Rina Ray said education performance will make states eligible for additional grants. NITI Aayog said the study had divided states into three categories—large states, small states and Union territories—for the ease of mapping and reducing uneven comparison among regions and states.........Read more

Are you an SBI customer? Here's all you need to know about the revised bank charges

From October 1, the bank will charge Rs 20 for transactions declineddue to insufficient balance. The State Bank of India (SBI) will revise its ATM withdrawal and other service charges starting October 1st.If you are an SBI customer, here are the changes you need to be aware of. For customers who have an average monthly balance (AMB) of up to Rs 25,000 in their savings account, the bank has decided to allow up to fivefree ATM transactions at its own ATMs and eightfree transactions at other ATMs per month. Those with AMB above Rs 25,000 and up to Rs 1,00,000 can enjoy unlimited transactions at its own ATMs and eightat other banks' ATMs. Customers who have over Rs 1,00,000 AMB in their current account, can enjoy unlimited transactions in both SBI and other banks' ATMs. If you carry outany transaction that exceeds the monthly limit at SBI ATMs, you will be charged Rs 10 plus GST. SBI will charge you Rs 20 plus GST if you cross the withdrawal limit at other banks' ATMs. If you do any non-financial transactionin SBI ATMs, such as checking your balance, changing the PINetc, the bank charges Rs 5 plus GST and for other banks' ATMs, you will be charged Rs 8 plus GST. A charge of Rs 20 plus GST will be levied on your account for transactions declineddue to insufficient balance.........Read more

Amid anger, RBI revises PMC Bank withdrawal limit to Rs 10,000

Amid outrage over the withdrawal limit of 1,000 per account for Mumbai-based Punjab and Maharashtra Co-Operative Bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday revised the limit saying that account holders can now withdraw Rs 10,000 over the next six months. The RBI had on September 23 placed restrictions over account holders of PMC Bank after allegations of financial irregularities. "The Directions were necessitated on account of major financial irregularities, failure of internal control and systems of the bank and wrong/under-reporting of its exposures under various Off-site Surveillance reports to RBI that came to the Reserve Bank’s notice recently," the RBI said in a statement. The RBI also restricted the bank to not grant or renew any loans and advances, make any investment or incur any liability, including borrower of funds and acceptance of fresh deposits for six months. The restrictions put Rs 11,600 crore of deposits under high risk.........Read more

Noose tightens: CBI Joint Director Sai Manohar arrives at Kolkata after Rajeev Kumar delays interrogation summon

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Joint Director Sai Manohar reportedly arrived at the CBI office in Kolkata's CGO Complex on Saturday, likely in connection with the investigation of former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar, who is suspected to have links with the Saradha financial scandal. After the Calcutta High Court withdrew his protection from CBI arrests on Friday, the noose continues to tighten steadily around Kumar who is being investigated by the intelligence agency in connection with the Saradha scandal, a multi-crore Ponzi scheme financial fiasco which left thousands of investors penniless in Bengal. Following the High Court ruling,the CBI reached the ex-top cop's doorstep on Friday and served him a notice, asking him to appear before the investigating agency at 10 AM on Saturday. However, according to the latest updates, the former top cop is yet to arrive. On Friday,the Officer-in-Charge (OC) of the Shakespeare Sarani Police Station and the Additional OC from the Park Street station had arrived at Kumar's residence in 34, Park Street to serve him the notice. Sources said that Kumar is currently on a ten-day leave. On Friday, aHigh Court Bench headed by Justice Madhumita Mitra while reading out the judgement had said that providing interim protection against CBI's arrests is equivalent to obstruction of justice by interrupting due procedure.........Read more

Not Averse to Inter-Religious and Inter-Caste Marriages, They are Good for Socialism: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that it is not averse to inter-faith and inter-caste marriages since such relationships will promote "socialism". "We aren't averse to interfaith marriages. Hindu-Muslim marriages are also acceptable. If they marry each other under the law, why should there be problems?" observed a bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and MR Shah. "It is also good if caste distinction is done away with. People in so-called high caste and low caste should marry each other. That is even better. They are good for socialism." The bench further said that live-in relationships have already been acknowledged by the court and hence, it doesn't need to examine the issue at all. "We only want to protect the interests of the couple and be sure about their bonafide. We do get concerned about the future of the women especially and that is why we want to make our efforts to secure her future," said the bench. The bench made the observations while hearing a man's petition against the inter-faith marriage of his daughter in Chhattisgarh. The case arose in Chhatisgarh wherein a Muslim man converted to Hinduism to marry the girl.........Read more

IRCTC Likely to Compensate Passengers if Tejas Runs Late by Over an Hour: Reports

State-run IRCTC, which would be running the two Tejas trains, may just compensation passengers if the country’s first ‘private’ train is late by over an hour, said reports on Monday. The first Tejas is planned to begin running between Delhi and Lucknow from this October. A leading daily reported that while the IRCTC plans to keep the fares comparable with the Shatabdi, it is mulling on throwing in some extras; a second meal and vending machines for free tea and coffee being two of those. “While Railways serves breakfast, people are hungry by the time they reach Lucknow at lunchtime. So, we want to offer some snacks, which can sustain them till they finish their meeting and go for lunch,” an IRCTC executive told the daily. The add-on services may attract senior citizens as well who are anyway entitled to a 40% discount on rail fares. The IRCTC hopes to be able to use the same model on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route as well where the other ‘private’ train is to run most likely by mid-November. Also, free travel insurance of Rs 50 lakh may be added in with the Tejas tickets apart from a burglary cover for home while one is travelling.”There are multiple offers from insurance companies. We are looking at them and the suggestions that are coming,” the PSU executive was quoted as saying by the daily.........Read more

Mass resignations divide Congress as Rahul Gandhi adamant on quitting as party boss

A mass resignation spree has shaken the Congress's rank and file after weeks of stunned silence as uncertainty looms over who will take over the party's top post. The flurry of resignations has come just a few days after Congress chief Rahul Gandhi had lamented how nobody in the party had come forward to take responsiblity for the party's shameful performance in the Lok Sabha elections. Rahul Gandhi had aired his complaints to Youth Congress leaders. Now, a letter has set in motion a campaign of voluntary resignations in 'honour and respect' of Rahul Gandhi. Almost 120 Congress leaders have already signed the letter including Telangana in-charge Poonam Prabhakar, Bihar in-charge Virendra Rathore, Youth Congress vice-president Srinivas, Delhi Congress Working President Rajesh Lilothia and Anil Chowdhary, Madhya Pradesh in-charge Deepak Babaria and Goa in-charge Girish Chowdhankar. 'OUR MORAL RESPONSIBILITY TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH RAHUL JI' "Rahul Gandhi ji has given opportunities to people from ordinary backgrounds, non-political backgrounds to grow in the party. Now, as he takes responsibility and steps down from his post it is also our moral responsibility to stand in solidarity with him and to take the onus," says an emotional Netta D'Souza, General Secretary All India Mahila Congress.........Read more

'Falling Apart': Turmoil as UK Ministers Quit Gov't Protesting May's Brexit Deal

A number of UK ministers has left the government amid disagreements over the controversial draft Brexit deal with Prime Minister Theresa May after she managed to secure the cabinet's support of the agreement.........Read more

Delhi air quality worsens to 'hazardous' level

Delhi and residents of NCR woke up to extremely poor air quality on Monday morning. The air quality was 'hazardous' in most parts of the capital with AQI breaching 600 in several parts of the city. ........Read more

2018 Datsun GO and GO+ Launched in India; Prices Start At Rs. 3.83 Lakh

Datsun India has finally launched the facelifted 2018 Datsun GO and GO+ models in India. The updated Datsun GO is priced at ₹ 3.29 lakh, while the bigger Datsun GO+ is priced at ₹ 3.83 lakh. Both the Datsun GO and GO+ have been launched in new colour option, "Amber Orange" and "Sunstone brown" respectively, with updated exteriors that add a more imposing stance. ........Read more

‘44% women, 25% men in India at risk of cancer, heart diseases’

Researchers from the WHO, stated that approximately 44% women and 25% men in India were insufficiently active in 2016 putting them at greater risk of NCDs like cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia, and some cancers.........Read more

Forced to jump off second floor, girl dies during mock drill in a Coimbatore college

A 19-year-old student died during a mock drill conducted by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in a Coimbatore college. Eyewitnesses allege the girl was not willing to jump. The trainer then pushed her and she fell hitting her head on the edge of the floor below.........Read more

I killed Gauri Lankesh to save my religion: Waghmore to SIT

The special investigation team probing the murder of Gauri Lankesh has said that Parashuram Waghmore, picked up from Vijayapura district in north Karnataka earlier this week, has confessed to killing the journalist-activist.........Read more

In four years, Modi govt spent over Rs 4,300 crore on publicity, RTI shows

The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has so far spent Rs 4,343.26 crore on advertisements and publicity through different media, according to a RTI. The replies provided by Financial Advisor, BOC, Tapan Sutradhar on the expenses incurred since June 2014, were a revelation on the massive expenditure, but owing to all-round criticism of the government, there was a small reduction -- almost Rs 308 crore -- in 2017.........Read more

Opposition parties to meet in Parliament Complex today to discuss impeachment

The opposition may move the impeachment motion against the Chief Justice of India on Friday after a meeting in the Parliament complex. The move would come in the wake of the Supreme Court judgment dismissing the demand for an investigation into the death of CBI judge B H Loya.........Read more

$5.6 billion Indian exports may be hit as US weighs tighter policy

The generalized system of preferences (GSP) programme allows duty-free entry of 3,500 products from India, which benefits exporters of textiles, engineering, gems and jewellery and chemical products. The total US imports under GSP in 2017 was $21.2 billion, of which India was the biggest beneficiary with $5.6 billion, followed by Thailand ($4.2 billion) and Brazil ($2.5 billion).........Read more

Arunachal Leaders Rebuff China's 'Transgression' Charge

Political leaders of Arunachal Pradesh, cutting across party lines, have told that they vehemently oppose China’s charge on the Indian Army that it had transgressed in the strategically sensitive Asaphila area in Upper Subansiri district.........Read more

Virat Kohli named Uber's brand ambassador in India

Virat Kohli, the captain of the Indian cricket team, has been named the first brand ambassador of Uber in India. The partnership will see Uber and Kohli pledging to serve the thousands of Uber users in the country.........Read more

Air pollutants linked to abnormal fetal growth

The researchers consistently identified positive associations between higher levels of exposure to a mixture of pollutants from car fumes, industrial emissions, or construction activities and fetal head circumference overgrowth.........Read more

Sooner rather than later, Pakistan will pay for Sunjuwan attack: Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat

The Indian army will give Pakistan a reply “sooner rather than later” for the February 10 terror attack on a military camp in Jammu, General Bipin Rawat said. Six soldiers and a civilian were killed in the fidayeen attack in Sunjuwan by Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists. ........Read more

2018 Winter Olympics: Japanese Yuzuru Hanyu Breaks 66-Year Old Record to Defend Men’s Figure Skating Title

Yuzuru Hanyu won Japan’s first gold medal at PyeongChang Games to became the first figure skater in 66 years to win back-to-back Winter Olympic gold medals in the men’s singles event. Hanyu won the title with 317.85 points, beating compatriot Shoma Uno and multiple world champion Javier Fernandez of Spain to the second and third on 306.90 and 305.24 respectively.........Read more

Odisha Government to Sponsor National Hockey Teams For 5 Years: CM Naveen Patnaik

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday announced that the state government will sponsor the Indian National Hockey teams for the next five years. The Odisha government will sponsor both the men’s and women’s teams.........Read more

India vs South Africa, 5th ODI: Virat Kohli's Team India first to win an ODI series in SA

After over 25 years of touring South Africa, an Indian cricket team has managed to beat South Africa in an ODI series. It is no surprise that the team to do so is currently ranked No 1 in ODIs, or that its captain is the talismanic Virat Kohli who has batted on a different level in the ongoing six-match series, which India wrapped up on Tuesday against a depleted and spin-weary home team.........Read more

Auto Expo 2018: Uniti One Electric Vehicle Launched At Rs 7.14 Lakh

Uniti One launched at Rs 7.14 lakh ex-showroom (India) in India at Auto Expo 2018. The Uniti One is an electric vehicle built by a small team in Sweden, which the company plans to bring to India in 2020. At the Auto Expo 2018, the company displayed the 2-seater version while the 5-seater was showcased through a virtual reality demonstration. The deliveries of the former are expected to begin in 2019, while the 5-seater version will be available only in 2020.........Read more

Boat Capsizes Off Libya Coast, 90 Migrants Feared Dead

At least 90 migrants are reported to have drowned, when a boat capsized off the coast of Libya this morning, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said. It added that “10 bodies are reported to have washed up on Libyan shores.........Read more

HP launches 3D printing technology in India

With an aim to tap manufacturing, education and defence sector, Technology giant HP today launched 3D Printing solution in India. It is available in a price range starting from Rs 2.50 crores which includes pre and post-processing unit, which includes pre- and post-processing unit, the 3D printer, and initial consumables.........Read more

Only one Indian with over Rs 100 crore taxable income?

Reports released by the income tax department on Wednesday show 4.1 crore Indians filed income tax returns in 2014-15. But two crore tax filers declared zero taxable income. Another two crore Indians paid average annual income tax of Rs 42,456. Only one crore taxpayers paid income tax of more than Rs 1 lakh.........Read more

UN Security Council considers resolution to reject US recognition of Jerusalem amid worldwide protests

The draft resolution stresses that Jerusalem is an issue "to be resolved through negotiations" and expresses "deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem", without specifically mentioning Trump's move........Read more

Dubai World Superseries Finals 2017: Kidambi Srikanth bows out of tournament after loss to Chou Tien Chen

Kidambi Srikanth slumped to his second consecutive defeat after losing to Chinese Taipei's Chou Tien Chen in straight games, crashing out of the Dubai Super Series Final. ven though Srikanth still has a match left in Group B, he virtually has no chance of making the next stage.........Read more

INS Kalvari, Indian Navy’s First Indigenous Conventional Submarine in 17 Years, to be Commissioned by PM Narendra Modi

The Prime Minister will commission INS Kalvari at the Mumbai Naval Dockyard in the presence of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding of the Western Naval Command, and other top defence officials.........Read more

India's First Homegrown Aircraft Carrier Will Join the Navy by the End of 2020

At his annual press conference ahead of India’s Navy Day on December 4, navy chief Adm. Sunil Lanba revealed: “Work on Indigenous Aircraft Carrier, IAC 1, is progressing well and I am hopeful that the ship would join the Navy by 2020.”........Read more

Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra make it to Variety’s list of 500 influential people in entertainment

Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra are among the 12 Indian faces in Variety’s list of 500 ‘influential business leaders shaping the global $2 trillion entertainment industry.’ The list also includes directors Karan Johar, Aditya Chopra, producer Ekta Kapoor, and the Ambani brothers, Sidharth Roy Kapur, Punit Goenka, Kishore Lulla, Uday Shankar and Subhash Chandra.........Read more

Sathiyan wins gold in Spain, Manika-Mouma clinch silver

India's Sathiyan Gnanasekaran added another feather in his table tennis cap as he annexed the 2017 ITTF Challenge Spanish Open title here on Sunday night. The ninth seed beat eleventh seeded Kazuhiro Yoshimura of Japan 4-2 in an exhilarating final.........Read more

Tainted Officer Dominating Venkaiah Team!

An Indian Information Service officer, who had faced allegations in the sensational coal scam, is said to be ruling roost in the newly-formed team of Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu. This official, taking advantage of the caste equations, quietly entered Venkaiah’s team recently and started dictating terms to the other officials. ........Read more

Virender Sehwag Honoured by DDCA, Gets a Gate Named After Him at Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium

The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) has named a gate of the Feroz Shah Kotla ground after former India opener Virender Sehwag. The Gate No. 2 of the stadium, in Delhi, was named as the ‘Virender Sehwag Gate’, a day before the opening T20 International between India and New Zealand.........Read more

India Beats US In Smartphone Shipments

The impressive third quarter figures of shipments reveal that India has surpassed US to become second largest smartphone hub in the world. China holds the top position.........Read more

Lahore High Court orders release of Hafiz Saeed

A review board of the Lahore High Court on Thursday ordered the Punjab government to free Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed and four of his aides by the 26th of this month. Saeed and his aides had been under house arrest since January this year.........Read more

CBI faces shortage of field investigators, officers amid heavy workload

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is reeling from a shortage of supervisory officers and field investigators as latest data from the India’s premier investigating agency says over 20% of posts in all ranks are vacant. The agency has one additional director against four sanctioned posts and 11 joint directors, the third highest of rank in the hierarchy, when there should be 18. Most joint directors are holding one or two additional charges.........Read more

Mobile app for pensioners launched by government

The number of retired persons is increasing in the country and we should try and use their energies in a positive manner, said Union Minister Jitendra Singh as he inaugurated the first Pension Adalat and unveiled a mobile app for pensioners. “There should be a smooth transition from their active life to retired life. The pensioners should re-orient themselves to the new beginning,” said the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances, and Pensions.........Read more

Why we did not evolve to live forever: Unveiling the mystery of why we age

Researchers at the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) in Mainz, Germany, have made a breakthrough in understanding the origin of the ageing process. They have identified that genes belonging to a process called autophagy - one of the cells most critical survival processes - promote health and fitness in young worms but drive the process of ageing later in life. These findings may also have broader implications for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Huntington's disease where autophagy is implicated. The researchers show that by promoting longevity through shutting down autophagy in old worms there is a strong improvement in neuronal and subsequent whole body health.........Read more

Goldman units to sell up to $110 million stake in Max Financial

Two Goldman units are offering to sell 4.42% stake in Max Financial, the share sale’s floor price has been set at Rs595, which is 0.8% discount to the stock’s today closing price........Read more

In 2015, India Lost 2 Children Under Age 5 Every Minute

Nearly 1.08 million Indian children under the age of five years died in 2015–that’s 2,959 deaths every day, or two deaths per minute–most of them from causes that were preventable and treatable.........Read more

Triumph Street Scrambler India Launch Details Revealed

British motorcycle maker will launch the Street Scrambler in India on August 24, 2017. The Street Scrambler will expand Triumph's modern classic range in India. The scrambler-styled motorcycle is based on the Street Twin, the entry-level offering in the modern classic series.........Read more

MCX to launch gold options in September

India's Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) will launch the country's first gold options contract in September allowing even smaller players in the bullion industry an instrument to hedge their risk, a senior company official told.........Read more

Pervez Musharraf mulled nuclear strike against India in 2002

Musharraf said he mulled use of nuclear weapons against India amid tensions following the 2001 terror attack on the Indian Parliament, but feared retaliation. Musharraf also said, however, that at the time, neither India nor Pakistan had nuclear warheads on their missiles in launch-ready positions.........Read more

First Editing of Human Embryos Carried Out in United States

Technology that allows alteration of genes in a human embryo has been used for the first time in the United States, according to Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland, which carried out the research.........Read more

How the Arctic Ocean became salty

Tens of millions of years ago, the Arctic Ocean was a huge freshwater lake. A land bridge separated it from the salty Atlantic Ocean. Then, around 35 million years ago, that bridge began sinking. Eventually, it fell enough that the Atlantic’s salty seawater could seep into the lake. But it hadn’t been clear precisely how and when that top-of-the-world lake became an ocean.........Read more

Drug Case: Akun Receives Threat Calls!

Telangana Excise and Prohibition Enforcement Director Akun Sabharwal, who busted the drug racket in Hyderabad, has been receiving threat calls from smugglers from across the world. Akun received a call from Africa from an unidentified phone number and was threatened if the IPS official did not stop probing into the racket. The official was also threatened that his children will be abducted. ........Read more

Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington commits suicide: Report

Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park, was found dead on Thursday of apparent suicide a week before the California alt-rock band was due to embark on a US tour.........Read more

‘NATO is mastering potential military theater in Eastern Europe’ – Russian envoy

“Scares and speculations” surrounding Russian military drills are a smokescreen for NATO’s military buildup in Eastern Europe, where the alliance is effectively mastering a potential new battlefield, the Russian permanent representative to NATO says.........Read more

Gopalkrishna Gandhi is opposition's nominee for vice president: Report

Former West Bengal governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi will be the joint opposition's nominee for the post of vice president in the elections for the post on August 5, sources told the Press Trust of India on Tuesday.........Read more

New mobile app to help colour blind students detect colour changes in lab experiments

Indian scientists have developed a smartphone app that helps colour blind and visually impaired students detect colour changes in a routine lab experiment, thereby ensuring their active participation and independence.........Read more

NASA plans to test asteroid defense technique

"DART would be NASA's first mission to demonstrate what's known as the kinetic impactor technique -- striking the asteroid to shift its orbit -- to defend against a potential future asteroid impact," said Lindley Johnson, NASA's planetary defense officer in Washington.........Read more

Twitter suspends Al-Jazeera Arabic amid Qatar dispute

Twitter offered no explanation for the sudden suspension Saturday, though it comes after Arab nations have blocked websites and broadcasts by Doha-based Al-Jazeera.........Read more

Blow to Mamata as Many TMC Members Quit to Join Gorkhaland Protest

In a major setback to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, around 30 Trinamool Congress functionaries have left the party to join Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) and Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) amid protests for a separate state of Gorkhaland. ........Read more

CMU researchers develop synthetic sensor that turns your room into a smart environment

Researchers from the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have developed a platform that does just that. Gierad Laput, a Ph.D. student in CMU says “The idea is you can plug this in and immediately turn a room into a smart environment. You don’t have to go out and buy expensive smart appliances, which probably can’t talk to each other anyway, or attach sensors to everything you want to monitor, which can be hard to maintain as well as ugly. You just plug it into an outlet.”........Read more

7th Pay Commission Latest News: Hike in higher allowances unlikely, Empowered Committee may stick to 7CPC recommendations

Central government employees, who have been waiting for higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission since July last year, may not receive any good when the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) table its report before the Cabinet. The E-CoS, which is currently screening the report submitted by the Committee on Allowances on higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission, is unlikely to suggest hike in allowances. ........Read more

MHA asks AAP for details of foreign funding

The Home Ministry has asked the Aam Admi Party to provide complete information on funds received from overseas sources.........Read more

NIMS told to share super speciality seats with Andhra Pradesh

The Hyderabad High Court ordered the Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences (Nims) to distribute the super specialty medical seats of 85 per cent quota reserved for local candidates of Andhra, Osmania and Sri Venkateswara University areas in the ratio of 3:2:2. The court also held that as per the Presidential Order the Nims is a state wide university.........Read more

Beyond Bhadrak: Political Ground Beneath Naveen's Feet is Shifting

Even as Bhadrak was burning with communal fire, the chief minister, who also happens to be the home minister of the state, quietly left for Delhi on Friday afternoon, leaving the riot-hit town in the hands of his officials, even though his first official engagement in the national capital included the standing committee meeting of the Inter State Council on Sunday.........Read more

33 Telangana, AP citizens rescued from ISIS-held Iraq city return to India

33 Indians who were stuck in ISIS captured Erbil in Iraq, arrived in India on Monday after being rescued by the Indian government. The rescued claimed that they were duped by their agent with the promise of employment in Iraq, and further said that many people like them are still stranded there.........Read more

Delhi municipal polls on April 22, EVMs to be used

The state Election Commissioner SK Srivastava said that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) would be used in the upcoming municipal corporation elections in Delhi after chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had written to the Election Commission not to use EVMs and rather conduct the polling through ballot system.........Read more

Kansas Bar Shooting: Indian Engineer's Body Reaches Hyderabad

The mortal remains of the Indian engineer, who was shot dead in the United States in an apparent hate crime incident, arrived at the international airport in Hyderabad on Monday night. The body was taken to his residence in Bachupally area of the city after it arrived in a flight at Shamsabad.........Read more

Malayalam star Prithviraj said he will never disrespect women in his movies

Malayalam actor Prithviraj on Saturday said he would never let disrespect for women be celebrated in his movies and apologised to his fans for being part of films that celebrated misogyny during the early stage of his career.........Read more

Pak cancels licenses of weapons issued to Saeed and his aides

Pakistan has cancelled the licenses of 44 weapons issued to JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and other members of his organisations, citing security reasons. Saeed and 37 members of JuD and FIF have also been placed on the Exit Control List, barring them from leaving the country.........Read more

A drug for depression causes people to binge on sex and gambling

Several people have reported that one of the most profitable drugs in the US for depression has led them to binge on sex, gambling and shopping instead of solving their issues. The antipsychotic drug is now facing hundreds of lawsuits from people alleging how the side effects have ruined their lives.........Read more

Using 'Scotch tape' and laser beams, researchers craft new material that could improve LED screens

A cover story appearing in the peer-reviewed journal Nanoscale Horizons reports a new bilayer material, with each layer measuring less than one nanometer in thickness, that someday could lead to more efficient and versatile light emission.........Read more

After Arvind Subramanian slammed S&P in Economic Survey, Modi government asks Fitch to explain rating criteria

Subramanian questions the ‘poor standards’ of ratings agencies, slamming them for not considering India for a ratings upgrade. “In the case of India, Standard & Poor’s in November 2016 ruled out the scope for a ratings upgrade for some considerable period, mainly on the grounds of its low per capita GDP and relatively high fiscal deficit.........Read more

India entered the final of T20 World cup for blind by thrashing Srilanka

J Prakash's unbeaten 115 in 52 balls and his unbroken opening partnership of 175 runs with Ajay Kumar Reddy (51 not out) helped defending champions India thrash Sri Lanka by 10 wickets and enter the final of T20 World Cup for the Blind at Lal Bahadur Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday.........Read more

AIADMK removes Madusudhanan from post of presidium chairman, Sengottayan to takeover

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: In a major turn of events, E. Madusudhanan on Friday was removed from his post as presidium chairman and from primary membership of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).........Read more

Honda To Launch New Scooter With BSIV Engine

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India is planning to introduce a new scooter in the country that will meet the upcoming BSIV emission norms and will also come equipped with auto headlamp on function as standard that essentially makes for an always-on headlight.........Read more

Katrina Kaif, Mahira Khan likely to star opposite Sanjay Dutt in Rameez Raja's debut film

Former Pakistan cricket captain on Thursday announced that he will cast Bollywood superstar Sanjay Dutt in a film he is producing, the movie would focus on the power of cricket, and it can be used to eliminate terrorism.........Read more

School Students In Bengal Beaten By Police For Protesting Closure Of School On Saraswati Puja

The sorry state of affairs for Hindus in West Bengal is rising to pathetic levels under the draconian rule of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. School students peacefully protesting against the closure of schools on the occasion of Saraswati Puja were lathi-charged by the police. Many students were badly injured.........Read more

Tata Steel Workers Begin Voting on UK Plant Rescue

Steelworkers' unions and officials have agreed to endorse Tata Steel's proposal involving a 1-billion-pound investment plan over 10 years in an effort to save thousands of jobs across the company's UK operations, which includes the Britain's largest steelworks at Port Talbot in Wales.........Read more

10 foreign trips in 18 months, CAG questions AAP what purpose did it serve?

The central auditing body has sent a missive to the Delhi finance, general administrative and urban development departments, seeking details of the foreign trips of babus and ministers. The auditing body also asked the "purpose of the visit" and "cost to the government exchequer". It has also sought explanations on how the trip was fruitful in terms of the "development" and "governance" in the city.........Read more

AIADMK MPs meet President Mukherjee; says ordinance on Jallikattu likely to come into effect today

A day after the Centre cleared the jallikattu ordinance,​ All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam​ (AIADMK) MP met President Pranab Mukherjee over Jallikattu issue and expressed confidance that by Saturday evening the ordinance will come into effect.........Read more

Efforts to restrict H-1B visa gather pace as Trump enters White House

US senators Chuck Grassley and Dick Durbin, who have time and again tried to bring in legislation on H-1B, have now said they will introduce new legislation that would ensure that the best and brightest students educated in the US receive preference for an H-1B visa.........Read more

New app for soldiers to post their grievances

The ministry for Home Affairs is coming up with an app for the soldiers on which they could post their grievances. The National Informatics Centre has been tasked with the job and have been told to come up with the app within the next three months.........Read more

Fans on their feet as MSD fires in last game as India captain

A packed Brabourne stadium reverberated with chants of Dhoni! Dhoni! as the skipper led team India for one last time. Dhoni bludgeoned his way to an unbeaten 68. He was leading the India A side in t........Read more

Yadav vs Yadav: Election Commission may freeze Samajwadi Party's poll symbol

The bitter battle between father and son reached the Election Commission on Monday with Mulayam Singh Yadav staking claim on the Samajwadi Party and its election symbol — bicycle —that has high recall value. A possible freeze on it may make campaigning difficult for Akhilesh Yadav.........Read more

It was never a personal battle, always fought for the autonomy of BCCI: Anurag Thakur

“BCCI is the best managed sports organisation in the country. India has the best cricket infrastructure in the world built and maintained by the state associations with the help of the BCCI,” he said, “India has more quality players that anywhere in the world.” “For me it was not a personal battle but for the autonomy of the sports body. I respect SC like any citizen should,” he said.........Read more

Six more radio signals from deep space deepen mystery: Are we being hailed by intelligent beings?

Scientists have discovered six more bursts of radio signals coming from a place in deep space outside our galaxy from where similar signals were detected earlier this year and in 2012. A total of 17 such radio signals have been received from this location in space, and given their nature, speculation has already begun on whether we are being hailed by extra-terrestrial life forms.........Read more

Vadodara: Liquor party busted, ex-IPL chairman Chirayu Amin among 250 arrested

In a raid conducted by Vadodara police on Friday, over 250 persons were arrested from a wedding party where liquor was being served despite strict prohibition laws.  After receiving information of it the police raided the place & arrested 200 people which included several women. One of them was former IPL Commissioner Chirayu Amin.........Read more

Antonio Guterres, former Prime Minister of Portugal, sworn in as 9th UN Secretary-General

Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres was sworn in as the ninth United Nations Secretary-General on Monday. He pledged to personally help broker peace in various conflicts and reform the world body so that it becomes more effective. Guterres, 67, will replace South Korea's Ban Ki-moon on January 1 2017 after Ban steps down at the end of this year. He served as secretary-general of the UN for 10 years. Guterres served as the prime minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002 and as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees from 2005 to 2015.........Read more

Janardhana Reddy's associate Bheema Naik arrested following driver's suicide note

On Sunday, Bheema Naik, an officer of the Karnataka Administrative Services was arrested days after his driver committed suicide, reported NDTV. In a suicide note, the driver had accussed Naik of laundering black money of mining giant and ex-BJP leader Janardhana Reddy.........Read more

Parliament logjam: Neither Speaker, nor Parl Affairs Minister running house, says upset Advani

Parliament logjam: Neither Speaker, nor Parl Affairs Minister running house, says upset Advani - Lok Sabha proceedings continued to be disrupted leading to adjournment of the House, as the Opposition and the Treasury benches raised slogans and exchanged barbs over the demonetisation issue.........Read more

Vanguard Roadster Revealed Ahead of Debut

American motorcycle manufacturer Vanguard has unveiled their first bike - the Vanguard Roadster. The New York City based motorcycle company will debut its first motorcycle at the New York Motorcycle Show from 9-11 December 2016.........Read more

191 cases of attacks involving 299 Indians abroad in 3 years: Govt

Apart from Philippines (63), attacks have been reported from Iraq (41), Yemen (26), the US (23), Afghanistan (14) among other countries. As many as 191 incidents of attacks, involving 299 Indian nationals, have been reported in 33 countries in last three years with the maximum of 63 such assaults occurring in Philippines, Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.........Read more

Study reveals how our solar system was born

A low-mass supernova triggered the formation of our solar system about 4.6 billion years ago, researchers including one of Indian origin have found. About 4.6 billion years ago, a cloud of gas and dust that eventually formed our solar system was disturbed. The ensuing gravitational collapse formed the proto-Sun with a surrounding disc where the planets were born, researchers said.........Read more

Half Of PSU Banks Won’t Survive Next Decade; Demonetisation Will Accelerate Failure

There will be only 10-12 public sector banks that can survive the coming disruption, where technology is facilitating the creation of new, lean banks like payments banks at a time when PSU banks are overladen with bad debts and encumbered with excess overheads in terms of brick-and-mortar branches and manpower.........Read more

By Blocking Every Christian Channel, Pakistan Proves Why It Is The Worst Country For Minorities

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) stopped the airing of the 11 channels that had Christian religious content. In a follow up action, six cable television broadcasters were arrested for defying the order.........Read more

Bypolls: AIADMK leads in all 3 TN seats; Puducherry CM wins electoral battle

Congress nominee and Chief Minister V Narayanasamy proved his mettle on Tuesday morning, as he won the Puducherry by-election in Nellithoppe, which witnessed a fierce electoral battle between him and and AIADMK's Om Sakthi Sekar.........Read more

Scientists confounded by a hot North Pole and colder-than-usual Siberia

Scientists are having a hard time reconciling two unusual weather phenomena in the Northern Hemisphere: A really hot North Pole and a colder-than-usual Siberia. The hot North Pole has reportedly resulted in the death of thousands of reindeer, while schools are now closed in parts of Russia following the Siberian chill.........Read more

British Spy Chief Warns Of Threats From 'Aggressive' Russia

The head of British intelligence agency MI5, Andrew Parker, on Monday warned of Russia acting in "increasingly aggressive ways" and utilising new technologies in its opposition to the west.........Read more

Union Cabinet approvs NITI Aayog's proposal for strategic sale of state-owned firms & entrusted DIPAM

The Cabinet meeting, decided that the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) would work out the broad methodology and valuation, thereafter fixing the base price for each of the PSU being put up for strategic sale. Briefing reporters after the meeting, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the names of PSUs that are up for strategic stake sale would be made public on a case-to-case basis once the Cabinet decide to put them up for the auction.........Read more

Akshay Kumar donates Rs 9 lakh to family of martyred BSF jawan Gurnam Singh

While filmmaker Karan Johar is in news for paying a ‘penance’ to the Army welfare fund for casting a Pakistani actor in his upcoming movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar has also made a generous donation to the family of martyred BSF jawan Gurnam Singh. The latter succumbed to his injuries after he was attacked by Pakistani snipers on Friday.........Read more

Sher Singh Rana gets bail in Phoolan Devi murder case

The Delhi High Court has granted bail to Sher Singh Rana, the lone convict in the sensational murder of bandit-turned-Lok Sabha member Phoolan Devi in Delhi in 2001. A division bench of Justice Gita Mittal and Justice PS Teji granted bail to Rana on Friday, who was awarded life imprisonment, on a personal bond of Rs. 50,000 and two sureties of same amount........Read more

After 12-year hiatus, government to revive strategic stake sale in PSUs

After 12-year hiatus, government is set to revive strategic sale of state-owned companies with the Cabinet likely to consider shortly the outright sale of stake in over a dozen PSUs including the profit making ones.........Read more

Centre proposes 26% peak rate for GST

The Centre is likely to propose a four-tier tax structure under the goods and services tax (GST), with a peak slab of 26 per cent. Almost 20-25 per cent of all taxable goods, including those consumed by the middle class, could come under the peak rate. The idea is to arrive at a common ground with the states that are concerned over revenue loss.........Read more

Images of Google’s first self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans surface

Last May, Google and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) signed a deal to make a fleet of self-driving Pacifica minivans — the first phase in a broader autonomous car deal between the two companies. On...........Read more

India-Pakistan Border To Be Sealed By December 2018: Home Minister Rajnath Singh

"Chief Ministers have given their suggestions, will move towards completely sealing the India-Pakistan border by 2018," Mr Singh said after the meeting in Rajasthan's Jaisalmer. The Home Minister is on a two-day visit to review security on India's western border amid tension with Pakistan. He is expected to visit outposts on the 1,048 km border with Pakistan in Rajasthan.........Read more

2017 Suzuki S-Cross Facelift Revealed; Will Come To India Next Year

The 2017 Suzuki S-Cross now gets a new face, and an even fresher set of engine options to go along with it. The droopy look of the car has been done away with it and that's good, because the all new look makes the S-Cross looks bolder.........Read more

5 Surprising Signs That Indicate You Could Have a Heart Problem

A whopping three million Indians die every year due to heart diseases and it’s not just people of your father or grandfather’s age. According to ASSOCHAM, in the last five years, the number of people getting heart attacks in their 20s and 30s has shot up five times in the country.........Read more

How To Save Mankind From The New Breed Of Killer Robots

Forget about drones, forget about dystopian sci-fi — a terrifying new generation of autonomous mass weapons is already here. Meet the small band of dedicated optimists battling tedium and indiffere...........Read more

Intel buys computer vision startup Movidius as it looks to build up its RealSense platform

Intel's RealSense platform was the star of its Intel Developer's Forum conference in San Francisco last month and it seems the company is only looking to grow..........Read more

F1: Felipe Massa Announces Retirement; To Bid Adieu At The End Of This Season

Williams Racing driver Felipe Massa has announced that he will be retiring from Formula 1 at the end of this season.........Read more

Chinese scholars 'deeply disturbed' by PM Modi's reference to Balochistan

Chinese scholars are "deeply disturbed" by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent reference to Balochistan, a senior expert on Sunday said as he warned of joint steps by China and Pakistan if an "Indian factor" disrupts the $46 billion CPEC, with the region as its hub.........Read more

BrahMos: India's Supersonic Mega Missile That China Should Fear

“India deploying supersonic missiles on the border has exceeded its own needs for self-defense and poses a serious threat to China’s Tibet and Yunnan provinces,” complained the People’s Liberation Army Daily. “The deployment of BrahMos missile is bound to increase the competition and antagonism in the China–India relations and will have a negative impact on the stability of the region.”........Read more

Digital classrooms to impart performing arts education

Art lessons will no longer be a monotonous interaction between teachers and students in classrooms, thanks to the exclusive online platform "Virsa", which was launched recently with an aim to give free digital learning on Indian culture and music to ........Read more

Sudhir Mungantiwar rules out blanket ban on liquor in Maharashtra

Days after social activist Anna Hazare demanded liquor prohibition in Maharashtra, the state government ruled out a blanket ban but said it may adopt the Tamil Nadu pattern of disallowing sale of country liquor........Read more

Salman Khan says offenders of piracy must be jailed

"It's disgusting that films are getting leaked online before release. These people are nothing less than thieves as they make money in the name of other person's hard work. It (piracy) is the worst profession, Salman said in an interview.........Read more

'Superbug' gene detected in second US patient

Bacteria carrying the MCR-1 "superbug" gene was found in a second US patient, researchers said on Monday.........Read more

Astronomers discover a giant inflated exoplanet orbiting a distant star

(—An international team of astronomers has discovered a giant extrasolar planet that appears to be larger than it should be. According to a new research paper published on June 19 on, the newly detected alien world, designated EPIC 211351816.01, is an inflated planet, orbiting a distant red giant star. Moreover, the researchers suggest, that this exoplanet could be the first example of a new class of "re-inflated" planets.........Read more

Cities at crossroads: There’s no such thing as free water

To deliver potable water for all, urban local bodies must modernise processes, harness technology. They must also recover costs through user charges.........Read more

Less than 8% Indian engineers fit for core engg roles

Significant efforts need to be made to improve employability in the engineering sector as less than 8 per cent of Indian engineers are employable in core engineering roles, reveals an Aspiring Minds' report.........Read more

LG helps India fight malaria with mosquito repelling TVs

Mosquito-spread diseases such as malaria and dengue continue to affect hundreds of thousands of Indians each year.........Read more

Venkaiah Naidu, Naqvi, Goyal feature in BJP's Rjya Sabha nomination list

Biennial polls are being held for 57 seats and 14 BJP members are retiring.........Read more