NASA Curiosity Rover has Sent Us a Stunning 1.8-Gigapixel Panorama Photo of Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover has been instrumental in our understanding of the Red Planet. Now, it has gone beyond sending critical scientific observations home, and sent what can only be described as incredible — a massive panorama photograph comprising over 1,000 individual images, taken over four days and stitched together to create a single, sweeping photograph that is 1.8 gigapixels in size. With over 1.8 billion pixels in the final photograph, this is the highest resolution shot of its kind, ever, and gives a view of a desolate, dystopian surface that may have once held life at this very point where Curiosity stood still.........Read more

India To Get Military Commands In 3 Years, Biggest Restructuring Ever

In three years from now, India will begin operationalising Military Commands which integrate the operations of the Army, Air Force and Navy, in the biggest restructuring in India's military history. In a select briefing, his first since he took over as India's first Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat said it was his goal to "develop the services as an armed force," integrating capabilities, logistics and manpower within the new Military Commands. The goal is to bring down expenses, rationalise manpower and ensure that the armed forces fight as a cohesive unit.........Read more

In a First, Trinamool Congress to Join Opposition in Moving Amendments to Prez Kovind's Speech Hailing CAA

In a first, the Trinamool Congress will join opposition parties to move amendments against President Ram Nath Kovind’s speech where he listed the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act as an achievement of the Narendra Modi government. As Parliament gathers today for the Motion of Thanks to the President’s speech, the Mamata Banerjee-led party will join a host of other opposition parties to oppose the Citizenship Amendment Act. ........Read more

TESS Discovers New Warm Jupiter

“Warm giants, loosely defined as systems with periods over 10 days, are close enough to the star that they are likely to have undergone significant migration, but not as close that tidal effects can erase the potential imprints of that migration,” said Dr. Andres Jordan of the Universidad Adolfo Ibanez and Millennium Institute for Astrophysics and his colleagues.........Read more

Union minister Piyush Goyal calls Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee Left-leaning

"I congratulate Abhijit Banerjee for winning the Nobel prize. You all know that his thinking is totally Left-leaning," Goyal said. "Banerjee supported 'Nyay' (poverty alleviation scheme of Congress) and people of India rejected his ideology." ........Read more

Kashmir opens for tourists today, two months after travel ban

The decision to lift the curbs was announced by the governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday following a “situation-cum-security review” meeting with the advisers and the chief secretary. ........Read more

‘Not so easy’: Pak struggles to get support for Kashmir move at Geneva

Pakistan Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi has landed in Geneva to front his country’s shrill campaign against India at the ongoing session of the UN human rights council, or UNHRC. Pakistan wants the UN body to either agree to an “urgent debate” or pass a resolution on the human rights situation in Kashmir that mirrors its perception and agenda. But as the world body on human rights gets down to business, the Indian assessment is that Qureshi and Pakistan might have to lower the bar on what they can sell to its domestic audience as a victory. “Because it is not going to be easy to either get the 47-member UN body to agree to either a debate or a resolution on Jammu and Kashmir,” a person familiar with the development said. According to the procedure laid down by the top UN body on human rights, Pakistan will need a majority support in the 47-member body to even get the council to take up the debate or resolution. ........Read more

PM Modi to be Honoured by Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation For His Swachh Bharat Mission

To honour Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the US-based Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will confer him with an award to recognise his contribution to the clean India mission. PM Modi will be honoured with the award during his visit to the US later this month. He will go to the United States this month, to attend the annual session of the US General Assembly. Jitender Singh, minister of state in the PMO, said, “Another award, another moment of pride for every Indian as PM Modi’s diligent and innovative initiatives bring laurels from across the world. PM Modi to receive the award from Bill Melinda Gates Foundation for #SwachhBharatAbhiyaan during his visit to the United States.”........Read more

Huawei chip suppliers Qualcomm, Intel quietly lobby to ease US ban on the company

hip makers argue that Huawei units selling products such as smartphones and computer servers use commonly available parts and are unlikely to present the same security concerns as the Chinese technology firm’s 5G networking gear, according to three people. “This isn’t about helping Huawei. It’s about preventing harm to American companies.” ........Read more

Poet-lyricist Gopaldas Neeraj dies at 93

Noted Hindi poet and lyricist Gopaldas Neeraj breathed his last on Thursday (July 19). He was 93 years old. Neeraj was awarded the Padma Shri in 1991 and Padma Bhushan in 2007 for his contribution to the art.........Read more

Huge Fire at Rubber Factory in Patancheru, Nine Fire Tenders at Spot

A huge fire broke out at a rubber factory in Patancheru city of Telangana in the wee hours of Tuesday. At least nine fire tenders were at the spot to douse the raging fire. The cause of the fire is not clear. There were no reports of any casualties and the extent of the damage in the fire was unclear.........Read more

Royal Enfield Himalayan Sleet Now Available At Dealerships; Priced At Rs 1.71 Lakh

The Royal Enfield Sleet is priced at Rs 1.71 lakh ex-showroom. Previously, the Himalayan Sleet Edition was retailed with an Explorer Kit and the adventure motorcycle was priced at Rs 2.12 lakh ex-showroom. But now, the Sleet Edition comes as a regular model in the lineup. The Royal Enfield Himalayan Sleet Edition draws power from the existing 411cc single-cylinder, long-stroke, fuel injected, air/oil-cooled engine producing 24.5bhp and 32Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The adventure bike can reach a top speed of over 120km/h.........Read more

Nandita Das on her trip to Pakistan: Is it anti-national to want to build bridges?

The Indian contingent comprised 22 delegates including Baahubali director SS Rajamouli, the film’s producer Shobu Yarlagadda, Rekha and Vishal Bharadwaj, Vinay Pathak, and scriptwriter Anjum Rajabali. For many of them, it was their first time visiting Pakistan and they were surprised by the overwhelming warmth and hospitality we were received with. I have always felt that our perceived sense of animosity would dissipate if we made the effort, or rather if we were just allowed, to meet, in flesh and blood.........Read more

Weightlifter Pradeep Singh bagged Silver Medal at CWG 2018

Pradeep Singh bagged silver medal in Men’s 105 kg weightlifting final at Commonwealth Games 2018. Pardeep lifted 152 kg in snatch and 200 kg in clean and jerk to register a total of 352 kg. However, he failed to lift 211kg in his second clean and jerk attempt, missed gold and had to settle for silver.........Read more

5 Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists identified as Kashmir's new terror face

A group of five Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists is the new face of terror in the restive Kashmir valley. Operating in the Hajin belt of North Kashmir's Bandipora district, Abu Muslim, Hubaib, Khalid, Abu Hamza and Haider have replaced six top Pakistani commanders who were eliminated by the security forces in November last year. ........Read more

All 40 Indians travelled illegally to Iraq, govt had no record: VK Singh

Minister of state (MoS) for External Affairs General VK Singh, who brought back the mortal remains of 38 of the 39 Indians killed in war-torn Iraq, said that Indian embassy did not have any record of the 40 Indians captured by the terror group ISIS in Iraq in 2014 as they had gone there through illegal travel agents.........Read more

This Italian photographer is chronicling the traditions of the Parsi community of Mumbai

Italian documentary photographer Majlend Bramo’s coffee table book, Like Sugar in Milk, puts the spotlight on the Parsi community of Mumbai, their unique history and culture, and how they manage to thrive despite the challenge of dwindling numbers.........Read more

The FBI, CIA and NSA say American citizens shouldn't use Huawei phones

Top officials from the CIA, NSA, FBI and the Defense Intelligence Agency testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that the Chinese smartphone makers posed a security threat to American customers.........Read more

Stop being self-appointed conscience keepers of society: SC tells Khaps

The advocate appearing for the Khaps in Haryana said that the Khaps help keeps alive traditions that are centuries old. They are the conscience keepers of the society. He said that Khaps have evolved and only oppose sapinda and sagotra marriages.........Read more

LTCG tax impact: A day after budget, Sensex loses 840 points, Nifty almost 300

On Friday, the markets saw the sharpest fall since August 2017 as it gave a cold shoulder to Budget 2018 with benchmark indices plummeting. 30-share BSE Sensex closed 839.91 points below the previous closing point on 35,066.75 while the broader 50-share NSE Nifty tanked 256.30 points to finish at 10,760.60. Both the indices tanked 2.30 percent.........Read more

Cabinet may review FDI policy in certain sectors today, aims to provide investor-friendly climate - Firstpost

The Union Cabinet is likely to review foreign direct investment (FDI) policy in certain sectors today with a view to attracting more overseas funds. Last year, there was a proposal to permit 100 percent FDI through automatic route in single-brand retail trading. Currently, FDI up to 49 percent is permitted under the automatic route but beyond that limit, government nod is required. The relaxation of policy is aimed at providing an investor-friendly climate to foreign players and in turn, attract more FDI to boost economic growth and create jobs.........Read more

Kashmiri’s Rabia Riyaz And Aabroo Bashir Clinch Gold at National Kickboxing Championship, Qualify For World Event

Two girls, Rabia Riyaz and Aabroo Bashir, hailing from North Kashmir’s Bandipora district have qualified for the World Kickboxing Championship to be held in Argentina later this year. The duo was part of the team that won gold medals at the National Kickboxing Championship, which were held at Patliputra Sports Complex, Patna in Bihar from December 20 to 31st.........Read more

2018 Maruti Swift Price Details Revealed

The new Maruti Swift is said to be one of the biggest launches of 2018. The prices for the third-gen Swift is likely to start from Rs 4.99 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi), which is around Rs10,000 dearer as compared to the current model's starting price. The top-of-the-range ZDi diesel trim of the new 2018 Swift is expected to carry a price tag of Rs 7.99 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi). The report suggests that Maruti Suzuki is not expected to offer alternative fuel variants such as CNG or LPG.........Read more

New study visualizes motion of water molecules, promises new wave of electronic devices

A team of researchers used a high-resolution inelastic X-ray scattering technique to measure the strong bond involving a hydrogen atom sandwiched between two oxygen atoms. This hydrogen bond is a quantum-mechanical phenomenon responsible for various properties of water, including viscosity, which determines a liquid's resistance to flow or to change shape.........Read more

No impact on 122 junked 2G licenses: Ex-SC Judge

Former Supreme Court Judge GS Singhvi, who headed the apex court bench which in 2012 canceled 122 2G spectrum licenses, on Friday said yesterday's judgment of the CBI Special Court would have no impact on the status of the cancelled licenses. ........Read more

Aiyaary trailer: Sidharth Malhotra, Manoj Bajpayee bring a drama disguised as an action thriller

Starring Manoj Bajpayee, Sidharth Malhotra, Anupam Kher and Naseeruddin Shah in lead roles, Aiyaary is a real-life story based on ultimate trickery. The film shows Sidharth as an army officer sharing a mentor-protege bond with Manoj.........Read more

New York explosion: Cops respond to incident near Times Square

Police are responding to reports of a possible explosion on the A, C and E subway lines near 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue. The trains are being evacuated, New York Police Department Sgt. Brendan Ryan said.........Read more

12%, 18% GST rates to be merged; 28% on luxury, sin goods: FM Arun Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today hinted at merging 12 and 18 per cent tax rates under GST once revenue collections pick up and said the top 28 per cent slab would be for a "very thin" list of luxury and sin goods. ........Read more

Taxpayers Want Rs 65,000 Crore as Refund Out of Rs 95,000 crore GST Collected

The Union government had recently boasted that it collected Rs 95,000 crore as revenue a month after the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was implemented. To the government’s shock, taxpayers have filed for transitional credit claim to the tune of Rs 65,000 crore out of the total sum collected. The government has set up a probe in this regard.........Read more

Animal spirits

According to animist beliefs, nature is alive with spirits. That’s a problem when a mining boom is despoiling the landscape. The solution, as Alec Ash discovered in Mongolia, is to employ a shaman to intercede with the supernatural........Read more

Tour of Europe: India beat Austria 4-3 in a thriller

Ramandeep Singh and Chinglensana Singh scored a brace each to help Indian men's hockey team end its 'Tour of Europe' on a high. India registered a thrilling 4-3 victory against Austria in their fifth and final match of the tour.........Read more

IIT Kharagpur Technology to Increase Life of Coconut Water

Coconut water can be kept fresh for months without preservatives, thanks to a new technique developed by scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Untreated coconut water has a shelf life of only 24 hours. The team of Sankha Karmakar and professor Sirshendu De, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Kharagpur, used a membrane-based separation process through which all the bacterial content can be removed.........Read more

Railways to Discontinue Blankets in AC Coaches After CAG Red-Flags Filthy Bedrolls: Reports

After a report of Comptroller Accounts General (CAG) raised questions over the cleanliness and hygiene in the bedding of trains, the Indian Railways has decided to not provide blankets in the Air-Conditioned (AC) coaches. The temperature in the AC compartments until now was set at 19-degree Celsius but now Railways will maintain a temperature of 24 degrees.........Read more

If you love Indian graphic novels, don't forget the one that came at the beginning

The first Indian graphic narrative in English, published in 1994 by Orijit Sen, was probably The River of Stories, which told of the controversial construction of dams on the Narmada River. However, it was Corridor, published by Penguin India in 2004, which introduced the mainstream publishing industry in the country to graphic novels. Booksellers snatched up copies of the book in the first month.........Read more

Chennai IT raids: Rs 5-crore tax evasion by Raadhika Sarathkumar?

Popular actor Raadhika Sarathkumar, who was raided by officials of the Income Tax Department on Tuesday appeared for questioning on Wednesday. Sources from the IT Department reveal that the actor admitted to tax evasion to the tune of Rs 5 crore. Raadhika and her actor-turned-politician husband Sarathkumar appeared before the IT officials on Wednesday after raids were carried out on their media venture.........Read more

Vivo V5 Plus Limited Edition phone launched to celebrate 10 years of IPL

The Vivo V5 Plus Limited Edition comes with a 5.5-inch display with Full HD resolution and Gorilla Glass 5 on top, a 2.0 GHz Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor with 4 GB RAM along with 64 GB internal storage.........Read more

SC summons chief secys of 9 drought-affected states

The Supreme Court on Wednesday summoned the chief secretaries of nine drought-affected states, including Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat, for failing to implement the National Food Security Act.........Read more

Meat shops set on fire in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras

Three meat shops owned by members of the Muslim community in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh, were set ablaze, allegedly by a mob, late on Tuesday. This comes days after the Bharatiya Janata Party came to power in the state and promised action against illegal abattoirs. A number of establishments operating without licences have shut down or sealed by the government ever since.........Read more

Shorter work hours for better health

"Long work hours erode a person's mental and physical health, because it leaves less time to eat well and look after themselves properly," said Huong Dinh from the ANU Research School of Population Health. For women, Dinh said healthy work limit was 34 hours per week once their other commitments were considered. The healthy work limit for men was up to 47 hours a week generally because they spend much less time on care or domestic work than women.........Read more

India Today Investigation: How parties lure voters in Punjab with liquor coupons

Drugs became the central narrative of Punjabs election campaign after Udta Punjab brought the scourge to national spotlight. Leaders after leaders - from Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to his state party chief Amarinder Singh to AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal pledged to root out the contraband if voted to power in the state.........Read more

Runaway child from Udupi is now the owner of Sagar Ratna, the best sambar provider in North India

Jayaram Banan has come a long way. Highly abused as a child for the most trivial of things at home, Jayaram now owns a brand that has expanded to 30 outlets across North India, with branches also in North America, Canada, Bangkok and Singapore. Hailing from a small village called Karkala in Karnataka’s Udupi district, the story of Jayaram seems like something straight out of an inspirational movie. He is responsible for the immense liking people now have for dosas, idlis and sambar in North India. Single-handedly, he made those who typically adore rotis and butter chicken chase after dosas and sambar.........Read more

US offers $25 million for information on Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghadi

The United States on Friday raised the reward for information on Islamic State group chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi from $10 million (approximately Rs 68 crore) to $25 million (approximately Rs 169 crore). The country is looking for leads that might help them trace, arrest or convict the militant leader, Reuters reported. The award was first announced in 2011.........Read more

Zika virus can keep growing in infant brains even after birth

The findings confirm earlier observations that the mosquito-borne Zika virus can grow in fetal brains and women's placentas.........Read more

Alpha Design Technologies signs contract to make navigation satellites for ISRO

Leading defence electronics and aerospace firm Alpha Design Technologies Ltd. announced on Monday signing a contract to make navigation satellites for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). “The contract envisages assembling, integrating, testing and supplying two satellites for the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) to ISRO,” Alpha Chairman Colonel (Retd) H.S. Shankar told.........Read more

India can save $6 bn through ethanol-blended fuel by 2021-22: Report

India can save precious foreign exchange to the tune of $6.12 billion from its oil import bill by 2021-22 if it achieves the targeted 20 per cent ethanol mix in transportation fuel according to the scheduled timeline, a report said on Friday. The study on 'Fuel Blending in India - Learnings and Way Forward' has also projected that a reduction in carbon dioxide emission by up to 10.41 million tonne can be achieved by 2021-22, if the proposed Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) Programme target can be successfully met.........Read more

South Korea will slap Volkswagen with $31.87 million fine for vehicle emissions

South Korea said it will file criminal complaints against five former and current executives at Volkswagen AG's South Korean unit and fine the company a record 37.3 billion won ($31.87 million) for false advertising on vehicle emissions.........Read more

Narendra Modi, 21 VVIP leaders on hit list of arrested Al-Qaeda suspects

A joint team of National Investigation Agency (NIA), Counter Intelligence Cell sleuths of Telangana and CID special investigation division on Monday nabbed three suspected Al-Qaeda terrorists from Chennai and Madurai. According to initial investigation, the terror suspects were planning to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi and target 21 VVIP leaders in the country. The investigative officers also seized explosive materials from their hideouts in Chennai and Madurai.........Read more

Inoperative PF Accounts To Earn Interest, 9.7 Crore Employees To Benefit

Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said officials have identified that about Rs 42,000 crore is now lying in "inoperative accounts" across the country.........Read more

By opposing uniform civil code Mamata may turn a champion of minority rights

After the supreme court verdict to return the Nano plot land to farmers in Singur, she is already seen as a fighter for farmer rights.........Read more

India's target is to qualify for 2019 Asian Cup: Kushal Das

AIFF secretary Kushal Das on Monday said the Indian national football team's "prime target" now is to qualify for the 2019 Asian Cup. Masterminded superbly by ace striker Sunil Chhetri, a dominant India scripted a sensational 4-1 win over higher-ranked Puerto Rico in an international football friendly in Mumbai on September 4.........Read more

PlayStation Neo release date, news and rumors: all the latest on Sony's PS4.5

PS4.5 NEO: What we know about PS4KPlayStation Neo will be unveiled on September 7. That's our best guess at least, according to the dozens of reports we've........Read more

Slapped with NCW notice, AAP leader Ashutosh asks Should I be hanged?

Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Ashutoshs article defending former party member Sandeep Kumar has put him in the line of fire. The National Commission for Women (NCW) sent him a notice for his blog saying that consensual sex is a private matter and what Sandeep Kumar did behind closed doors is something that he should not be pulled up for.........Read more

J.K. Rowling has an inspirational piece of advice for budding writers

In the same way that the Harry Potter books have the ability to flit seamlessly between comedy and drama, J.K. Rowling is just as adept as switching between jokes and brilliant advice on her Twitter account.........Read more

Narsingh Yadav ousted from Olympics, banned for 4 years

Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav has been ousted from Olympics as the CAS slapped him with a four-year ban, while hearing into the World Anti-Doping Agency's appeal against the clean chit given to him........Read more

This Video Of An Old Man Out-Lifting Professional Bodybuilders Is Incredibly Hilarious

This is not your run-of-the-mill prank video. This is some expert level stuff. A 28-year-old iron pumping fitness geek gets into the shoes of an 84-year-old grandpa and decides to show-off his power moves in Venice. ........Read more

Is Google racist? Is it altering searches? It might just be an overworked middle-aged white man

A series of videos imagines what the world would be like if Google was a man.........Read more

Meet Indus OS, the Made in India Android for Smartphones

The India-based company is primarily focused on making Android simpler for entry-level users.........Read more