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Canada's Trudeau to remain in power but with minority government

The Liberals had won or were leading in 156 out of 338 seats in Monday’s vote, according to Elections Canada. That put the Liberals far short of the 170 seats needed for a second straight majority government. ........Read more

Are airplane vending machines on the way?

The claustrophobia of being on a plane can be hard to manage when there are so many pain points along the way: You're hungry but there's no meal service on this flight. You're cold but can't flag down a flight attendant to bring you a blanket. You need to use the bathroom but there's a long line. Inspired by Amazon package pickup lockers and Japanese vending machines, Berger began to envision a redesigned galley where on-board lockers could hold everything from earbuds to meals.........Read more

After leak, CBSE proposes electronically coded papers

One option being discussed is to have electronically coded papers, the key to which will be given only one hour before the exam to the centres and they will print it in the presence of observers.........Read more

BrahMos achieves big ‘Make in India’ feat! Missile test-fired with indigenous seeker; it’s a breakthrough

BrahMos, said to be the world's fastest and most formidable anti-ship cruise missile, was today successfully test fired with an indigenous seeker at a Pokhran test range in Rajasthan. This marks a big achievement and breakthrough for the supersonic missile.........Read more

This Made-In-India Gun That Fires Upto 900 Rounds Per Minute Will Soon Be Given To Army Soldiers

Designed, developed and manufactured in India, the 5.56 mm MSMC has a 30-round magazine and can fire up to 900 rounds per minute. For accurate aiming up to the weapon’s 200-metre effective range, the weapon has an indigenously-made holographic sight with an inbuilt red-dot laser pointer. This makes it perfect for use in confined urban spaces.........Read more

Government Forms Panel on Indian Culture, Stresses Not an Attempt to ‘Rewrite’ History

The government set up a 17-member multi-disciplinary committee with a task to verify the facts that support the history and culture of India. “The committee met twice during its one-year tenure and has given various suggestions on important historic findings on Indian culture.........Read more

First-ever shipment of US crude oil to India arrives at Odisha's Paradip Port

India on Sunday received its first ever shipment of US crude oil with state-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC) importing a 1.6 million barrels parcel at Paradip in Odisha. IOC will process the crude at its refineries located at Paradip, Haldia (in West Bengal), Barauni (in Bihar) and Bongaigaon (in Assam).........Read more

Fancied India face Macau in 2019 Asian Cup Qualifier

The Indian football team will look to continue its unbeaten run and inch closer to the 2019 Asian Cup when it takes on Macau in a crucial third round qualifying phase game. India have won all four of their qualifying matches so far, the wins coming against Laos in the playoff round, and Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan in the group stage of the third round. ........Read more

Tesla is building the world’s biggest battery. Here’s how it will work.

It’s fun to imagine an enormous Duracell battery sticking out of the ground, but in reality, the massive installation will be a network of batteries housed in Tesla-made units called Powerpacks. Together, they will make up what the company calls the “largest lithium-ion battery storage project in the world.” Tesla isn’t saying how many Powerpacks will be required for the project, but it will pack 100 megawatts of power capable of energizing over 30,000 homes, according to the company.........Read more

People of Indian origin in Israel to get OCI card: Modi

Indian-Israelis are a “human bridge” between the two countries, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as he and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi addressed a gathering of about 5,000 Israelis of Indian origin at a convention centre in Tel Aviv on Wednesday night, where Mr. Modi promised a new Air India flight connecting both countries.........Read more

Mahābhārata: the critical edition and beyond

Given the bewildering variety and variation in the different recensions of the Mahābhārata, in the late 19th century a movement began to create a “critical edition” of the epic. This task was undertaken at the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune, in 1917 and was completed nearly 50 years later in 1966. Teams of Indian and Western Indologists, supported by traditionally trained śāstrīs and highly qualified university students, undertook this gargantuan task. ........Read more

Last Jews of Kochi: This Colourful Town is Almost Lost to History

The whole of Jew Town is established around the mystical Paradesi Synagogue – and the small street leading up to it is flush with colours. The intermingling of blue, red and yellow in Jew Town, in fact, leaves you spellbound. The Paradesi Synagogue (thus named as it was built by those of European descent) is divided into an outer sanctuary and an inner prayer area.........Read more

Graphene-nanotube hybrid boosts lithium metal batteries

Rice University scientists have created a rechargeable lithium metal battery with three times the capacity of commercial lithium-ion batteries by resolving something that has long stumped researchers: the dendrite problem.........Read more

Pacemaker for brain may aid memory

Well-timed pulses from electrodes implanted in the brain can enhance memory in some people, scientists reported on Thursday, in the most rigorous demonstration to date of how a pacemaker-like approach might help reduce symptoms of dementia, head injuries and other conditions.........Read more

HDFC may sell realty, digital units to Quikr for 5% stake

The size of the deal is likely to be Rs350-400 crore and HDFC, India’s largest mortgage lender, will get a stake of around 5% stake in Quikr in return, said two of the people. The term sheet has been signed and the due diligence process is on.........Read more

Waiting for Mallya: Only 36% of India's extradition pleas have been successful

The government seeks custody of liquor baron Vijay Mallya from the UK, but India’s success rate at extradition has been no more than 36% over 15 years, according to this report by Factly.in, a data journalism portal. This means India managed one extradition of every three sought.........Read more

MBCN launches disabled-friendly App, E-commerce portal

Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan, one of the largest schools in India for differently-abled, on its 18th annual day undertakes two noble and path-breaking initiatives with the launch of Vaakya, a picture based app for speech impaired; and an e-commerce portal that sells hand-made products made by special children of MBCN under the …........Read more

This Insane T20 record by Mohit Ahlawat will make Rohit Sharma and Chris Gayle jealous

Ahlawat smashed an unbelievable triple century in a T20 game to become the first man in the world to achieve this unique feat. The 21-year-old wicket-keeper, playing for Maavi XI against Friends XI at Lalita Park in Delhi, remained not out on 300 off 72 balls, which included 39 sixes and 14 fours. He hit five consecutive sixes in the last over of the game and leapfrogged from a score of 270 to 300.........Read more

Border Security Force on alert after seizure of four Pakistani boats in Sir Creek area

Border Security Forces has tightened the security in Sir Creek area after it found four abandoned Pakistani boats in last two days in Koteshwar, Gujarat. The boats were later seized. Border Security Force has also beefed up patrolling in the area. The security agencies are on alert as the terrorists in Mumbai attack also had chosen sea route to infiltrate in Indian waters. Kuber trawler used by terrorists for the attack was similarly found unattended near Mumbai after the attendant of the boat was killed by Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists. Border Security Force officials also said that they seized 40 kilogrammes of crabs and cooking oil from the boats.........Read more

UP polls: Varun Gandhi, Joshi find place in 2nd list of top BJP campaigners

Some noted omissions, including Varun Gandhi, Murli Manohar Joshi and Vinay Katiyar, from the first list of BJP’s star campaigners for the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, figure in the second list of top campaigners submitted by the party with the Election Commission. The list, which includes top party leaders like Prime Minister Narendra Modi and its chief Amit Shah among 40 names, is meant for the third and fourth phases of the elections scheduled for February 19 and 23.........Read more

SC rejects stay on Jagdish Singh Khehar’s appointment as 44th Chief Justice of India

In a civil writ petition filed in the Supreme Court, the lawyers' organisation have stated that Justice J Chelameshwar, who is senior to Justice Khehar, be appointed as the 44th Chief Justice of India.........Read more

Will never represent India again at Olympics, we were treated like servants: SSP Chawrasia

Star golfers SSP Chawrasia Anirban Lahiri are yet to receive Rs 30 lakh earmarked as preparatory money for the Rio Olympics.........Read more

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince To Be Chief Guest On Republic Day 2017

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day parade next year. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mohamed bin Zayed expressed "thanks for the kind invitation to attend India's Republic Day celebrations". Our strong relations are deeply rooted in history. Our strategic cooperation has increased, driven by our mutual aspirations to develop it, the Crown Prince said.........Read more

MNS chief Raj Thackeray slams Salman Khan for supporting Pakistani artistes

"What we need to understand is that the soldiers who die defending our borders, it's not that they have some personal enmity with Pakistan. And the bullets that hit them aren't 'filmi' bullets. They're real, unlike the ones Salman faces in his movies."........Read more

D-Day: BlackBerry could announce exit from smartphone business on 28 Sep

It’s been a long and bumpy ride for BlackBerry ever since Steve Jobs showed up on stage with his Apple iPhone. About nine months ago, BlackBerry CEO John Chen, decided to move to Android as an alternative operating system for the company’s smartphones and enterprise solutions. While it may been the best move that BlackBerry made since a decade, it came a bit too late. Still then, the Priv stood as a shining example of what a BlackBerry smartphone powered by Android should be. But it came with plenty of flaws, software and hardware while the design was distinctly BlackBerry it had its flaws too as I pointed out in my review of the Priv.........Read more

Amazon says Indian govt must create right policy for e-commerce industry

E-commerce players are increasingly asking for government's intervention to correct the anomaly. A panel has already been formed under Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant to review the current proposal.........Read more

BCCI files review plea in SC against Lodha report implementation

The BCCI has filed a review petition in the Supreme Court against the verdict directing implementation of the Lodha panel report.........Read more

The first trailer for Amy Adams’ Arrival has arrived, and it’s amazing

The first trailer for director Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival, the new science fiction film starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner has arrived, and it looks incredible.........Read more

Courier service Pigeon Express in talks to acquire GoJavas

Courier service provider Pigeon Express Pvt. Ltd is in advanced talks to acquire e-commerce focused logistics service provider GoJavas (Quickdel Logistics Pvt. Ltd), which suspended operations last week amid an organisational overhaul, in a cash and ........Read more

You won't believe what Facebook is planning. It's killing clickbait stories

In an effort to eliminate clickbait from the site, Facebook created a system that identifies and classifies such headlines. It can then determine which pages or web domains post large amounts of clickbait and rank them lower in News Feed.........Read more

Lockheed Martin offers to shift F16-Block70 production line to India

American defence major Lockheed Martin today said it has offered to move its lone production line of the latest version of fighter aircraft F 16-Block 70 to India from Texas to meet Indian and global requirement.........Read more

Prachanda all set to become Nepal PM; signs pact with Madhesis

Nepal Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda is all set to become the Prime Minister for the second time as he filed his nomination today after receiving crucial backing from the agitating Madhesis by signing a three-point pact.........Read more

NIA chargesheet refers to 14 globally known Islamic preachers

Even as a probe is on against controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, the National Investigation Agency’s (NIA) latest chargesheet against Islamic State refers to 14 globally recognized preachers, based in the US, the UK, Canada, Australia and Zimbabwe, whose lectures/sermons directly or indirectly influenced suspects.........Read more

China contradicts NPT consensus by supplying nuclear reactors to Pakistan: Report

While China continues to hail the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) as the cornerstone of the global non-proliferation regime, Beijing itself has violated the consensus arrived at the 2010 NPT review conference on supply of nuclear technology, by transferring nuclear reactors to Pakistan.........Read more

NDA Minister Ramdas Athawale: If you do gau raksha, who will do manav raksha?

Athawale asked the government to ensure that incidents, such as the recent flogging of youths from his community by gau rakshaks in Gujarat’s Una, are not repeated.........Read more

Yes, a Sequel to Rajinikanth’s ‘Kabali’ Is Happening

As the open ended climax to Rajinikanth’s latest release Kabali suggested, a sequel to the film is definitely on cards. According to reports, the success of the gangster drama has firmed up the filmmaker’s intention of bringing out a part two.........Read more

Kashmir violence: Stun grenades join pellet guns to contain protests

Kashmiri separatists’ Anantnag march foiled; Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq detained.........Read more

Its official: Sidhu to join AAP, but wont be partys CM face in Punjab

According to the sources, the former cricketer is not haggling for any post in party. He has agreed to be the star campaigner in Punjab and wont be the CM face as speculated by many. Top sources also confirmed that Sidhu is also not going to fight the upcoming Assembly election in Punjab.........Read more

A reminder: Panini didn't destroy lingual diversities with his Sanskrit grammar, he unified them

The first text on linguistics available to us is the Sanskrit grammar of Panini. As irony would have it, this book, perhaps the first scientific work in western history, remains without equal in its field even today.........Read more

Failed in history, still like telling untold stories: Ashutosh Gowariker

'Mohenjo Daro', is set in the Indus Valley civilisation and his second collaboration with actor Hrithik post 'Jodha Akbar'.........Read more

Woman kisses Karnataka Chief Minister in public

A woman placed a peck on Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's cheek at a public meeting here today, leaving him visibly embarrassed.........Read more

If Pakistan fires, we won't keep account of our bullets: Rajnath Singh

The Home Minister was referring to the Pampore attacks that killed 8 CRPF jawans on Saturday.........Read more

Jitu Rai leaves 50m disappointment behind, wins 10m silver in World Cup

A 10th place finish in 50m pistol qualification on Friday was compensated by a silver in the 10m air pistol by star shooter Jitu Rai as the Indian secured a podium finish at the ISSF World Cup in Baku on Saturday.........Read more

VVIP chopper scam: ED conducts raids in Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai

The Enforcement Directorate on Monday conducted searches at multiple locations in New Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad in connection with the VVIP chopper scam.........Read more

Deemed varsities can't collect tuition fee during counselling

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) approved a revised regulation of the University Grants Commission (UGC) which restricts deemed universities from collecting full tuition fee at the time of counselling.........Read more

BCCI Shortlists 21 Applicants for Coach Job; Tendulkar, Ganguly, Laxman in Advisory Committee

The former India batting stalwarts, along with Sanjay Jagdale who will act as chief coordinator of the committee that picks the chief coach, will be handed over the 21 eligible applications.........Read more

Curing Homosexuality, Baba Ramdev Way: The Quint's Sting Operation

Are Patanjali Ayurved Centres misleading people by claiming to cure homosexuality? The Quint finds out.........Read more

Robots work more safely if controlled by another technology

Robots carry out their tasks more safely if controlled by another technology, making them more suitable for use in the care sector than the existing form of robotics which perform repetitive tasks, a study has found.........Read more

| Video | Exclusive: Visuals of clash between cops and land grabbers in Mathura | Top Takes Videos

At least 19 people, including an SP and an SHO, have been killed in clashes between police and encroachers during a drive to evict illegal occupants of a land in Mathura district.........Read more

Flipkart in talks to sell small stake to Times group

Under the proposed deal, Flipkart will issue shares to BCCL in return for cash and ads over several years in its media properties........Read more

African Rulers in India; The Part of History We Choose to Ignore

Ancient India was never racist, allowing Africans, who primarily arrived in this country as slaves, upward mobility.........Read more

Maharashtra CM Fadnavis summons Eknath Khadse while Congress steps up offensive - Firstpost

While Khadse and his family members are firefighting allegations of misuse of power in a land deal, reports on Monday said that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had summoned the senior BJP minister.........Read more

PM to visit 5 nations; to discuss black money issue with Swiss

Modi will begin his trip with Afghanistan to inaugurate India-funded Salma Dam which has been constructed at a cost of about Rs 1400 crore........Read more

Drought to cost economy Rs 650,000 crore: Study - Times of India

Due to two consecutive years of poor monsoon, water shortage in reservoirs as well as lowering of ground water table has created a serious challenge for the drought-affected areas, Assocham said. The impact of drought is likely to remain for at least six months, it added.........Read more

Act East: Centre to send Parrikar at Shangri-La - Times of India

The Centre has decided to send defence minister Manohar Parrikar to Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD), the most significant forum for exchange of ideas between the defence ministers of the Asia-Pacific, which has remained ignored so far. The Dialogue is scheduled to be held in first week of June.........Read more