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Only 3 States Barely Listened to NITI Aayog’s Alarm Bells on Water Crisis, Rest Hit the Snooze Button

A Niti Aayog report in June last year revealed that 600 million people in India face high to extreme water stress in the country. About three-fourths of the households in the country do not have drinking water in their premises. With nearly 70% of water being contaminated, India is placed at 120th among 122 countries in the water quality index. In its Composite Water Management Index report, the government think-tank categorised all the states in three categories — high, medium and low — based on their respective performances in managing the water resources. The categorisation considered several factors of water management such as restoration of water bodies like rivers, ponds and tanks, augmentation of water sources such as groundwater recharging and boosting irrigation potential. After analysing some of these parameters that correlate with the water-related work carried out under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) to assess if the state governments have utilised the livelihood security programme to improve the water menace in their respective states. The results, however, show a bleak picture; and that the high performers are not any better.........Read more

Congress not to allow govt employees to attend RSS shakhas in MP

In its manifesto released on Saturday, the congress said it will ban holding of RSS shakhas in government premises and cancel the order that allowed officers and employees to participate in shakhas.........Read more

Trump says illegal immigrants should be deported immediately with 'no judges or court cases'

President Donald Trump said on Sunday that people who enter the United States illegally should be sent back immediately to where they came from without any judicial process, likening them to invaders who are trying to "break into" the country.........Read more

Facebook warns more data leaks

In its quarterly report shared with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), without mentioning Cambridge Analytica, Facebook said it expects to discover and announce more "instances of misuse of user data or other undesirable activity by third parties".........Read more

58 year old Woman saves 20 workers trapped in factory blaze in Delhi’s Sultanpuri

A woman named Jyoti Verma used a small bamboo ladder as a makeshift overbridge between the factory and the terrace of the two-storey building where she lives. Her timely action helped evacuate at least 20 workers trapped in Sultanpuri’s shoe factory.........Read more

Reddit begins rolling out first redesign in a decade

Reddit has redesigned its website and the changes begin rolling out today, marking the first time in a decade that the social media network has altered its interface. One percent of users will see the new design today, and over the course of the next few months, the design will come to all Reddit users and lurkers.........Read more

Blow to BJP: Shiv Sena to go alone in 2019 Assembly, Lok Sabha elections

In a major jolt to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), its alliance partner in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena, on Tuesday said that it will fight 2019 Assembly and Lok Sabha elections alone. The decision of Shiv Sena to go alone in 2019 was taken in party's national executive meet.........Read more

Aamir Khan’s record-breaking run in China continues with Secret Superstar

According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, Secret Superstar’s opening day numbers exceeded those of Dangal. The film, starring Zaira Wasim in the central role, made Rs 43 crore on Friday. ........Read more

Centre launches initiative to make 100 websites accessible to persons with disabilities

The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) initiated a ‘Website Accessibility Project’ for State Government/Union Territories under Accessible India Campaign through ERNET India, an autonomous scientific society under the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), to make total 917 websites accessible and providing funds for the same.........Read more

US says North Korea ‘directly responsible’ for WannaCry cyber attack across the world

The US government has assessed with a “very high level of confidence” that a hacking entity known as Lazarus Group, which works on behalf of the North Korean government, carried out the WannaCry attack. Lazarus Group is widely believed by security researchers and US officials to have been responsible for the 2014 hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment that destroyed files, leaked corporate communications online and led to the departure of several top studio executives.........Read more

Movie Review: Fukrey Returns Is Fun, but No Match to the First

What made the original work was how Vipul Vig's writing made the implausible seem believable and charming. That level of precision in the script, sadly, is never achieved here. Some jokes fall flat, major chunks have an exasperating lull, but Varun Sharma singlehandedly saves the day for us.........Read more

Muslim trio guards, dresses and lights up Ram idol

The three often meet over tea or take long walks with priests along the banks of the Saryu river. "We hope to see a continuation of the tradition of peace, worship and brotherhood at Ayodhya," said Bansi Lal Maurya, who oversees the Ram Janmabhoomi site on behalf of the Faizabad commissioner.........Read more

Diabetes, obesity behind 800,000 cancers worldwide: study

Cancers stemming from diabetes and obesity combined was almost twice as common among women than men, they found. And of the two cancer-causing agents, being overweight or obese—above 25 on the body-mass index, or BMI—was responsible for twice as many cancers as diabetes. The conditions, in reality, are often found together, as obesity is itself a leading risk factor for diabetes.........Read more

No one can contain China: Chinese envoy on US selling high-tech military equipments to India

The Chinese envoy to the US on Monday said that no one could "contain" China now, expressing his displeasure over the formation of an "exclusive club" in the Indo-Pacific region.........Read more

Karnataka ACB files FIR against BS Yeddyurappa, Ananth Kumar after forensic report confirms voice in leaked video

In what seems to be fresh trouble for the BJP in poll-bound Karnataka, and for its chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa, the Anti-Corruption Bureau has reportedly filed FIR against BJP's Karnataka chief and Union minister Ananth Kumar.........Read more

Spain braces for more protests in Catalonia crisis

Spain braced for more protests on Saturday despite tentative signs that the sides may be seeking to defuse the crisis after Madrid offered a first apology to Catalans injured by police during their outlawed independence vote.........Read more

Google plans to upgrade two-factor authentication tool after high-profile hacks

Google plans on upgrading its two-factor authentication tool with an improved, physical security measure aimed at protecting high-profile users from politically motivated cyberattacks. The new service, to be called Advanced Protection Program and potentially slated to launch next month, will trade out the standard authentication process for services like Gmail and Google Drive with physical USB security keys. The service would also restrict the types of third-party apps and services that could connect to a user’s Google account.........Read more

Boko Haram Insurgency Left Three Million Children Out of School in Nigeria

Boko Haram's ongoing insurgency in northern Nigeria has forced the closure of more than 57 per cent of schools in Borno state, leaving about 3 million children without an education as the school year begins, the United Nations Children's Fund said.........Read more

EU repeal bill wins first Commons vote

The government's bid to extract the UK from EU law in time for Brexit has passed its first parliamentary test. MPs backed the EU Withdrawal Bill by 326 votes to 290 despite critics warning that it represented a "power grab" by ministers. The bill, which will end the supremacy of EU law in the UK, now moves onto its next parliamentary stage.........Read more

Taxmen to snoop social networking sites to trace black money

A photo of your shiny new luxury car on Instagram or a costly watch on Facebook may lead the taxman to your door as the tax department from next month will begin amassing virtual information to trace black money.........Read more

The rise, fall and redemption of Mumbai’s encounter cop Pradeep Sharma who took on the underworld

Sharma is credited with killing over 112 gangsters in a span of 17 years between 1989 to 2006. He was suspended and subsequently dismissed three years after the controversial Lakhan Bhaiyya encounter in November 2006. Ram Narayan Gupta alias Lakhan Bhaiyya (considered to be mafia don Chhota Rajan’s close aide) was killed in 2006 in a fake encounter by 13 policemen of DN Nagar police station. Pradeep Sharma was in jail for almost four years between 2009 to 2013 until the trial court acquitted him of all charges in the case (though 13 other cops were convicted and given life imprisonment).........Read more

Now 544 robots will take on terrorists in Kashmir

Around 544 robots will fight terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. The indigenously built robots will be capable of delivering ammunition at intended locations and this would come in handy for the Indian Army to fight terror in the trouble torn state. Terrorists have used the dense jungles as hideouts and in such a scenario the robots would come in handy to fight terrorists in the Valley.........Read more

India’s Kynan Chenai, Shreyasi Singh bags bronze in mixed team trap event of 7th Asian Championship Shotgun

India’s Trap shooter and Olympian Kynan Chenai along with his partner Shreyasi Singh bagged bronze medal in mixed team trap event in Asian Shotgun Shooting Championship being held in Astana, Kazakhstan. This is Kynan Chenai’s second international medal at the senior level.........Read more

Congress expels 14 Gujarat MLAs who voted against Ahmed Patel in Rajya Sabha elections

The Gujarat Congress today suspended 7 Gujarat MLAs for cross-voting in favour of BJP in Rajya Sabha elections on Tuesday. The MLAs - Mahendra Vaghela, Raghavji Patel, Amit Choudhary, Bholabhai Gohil, CK Raulji, Kamsi Makwana, Hakubha Jadeja - were supposed to be close to Shanhkersinh Vaghela, who revolted against the party recently.........Read more

Bentley Flying Spur V8 S Black Edition Unveiled

The new model's extremely sporty appearance is further enhanced by a contrast body kit that has the front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser finished in the buyer's choice from four accent colors of Beluga, St James' Red, Hallmark or Cyber Yellow.........Read more

Centre to SC: Right to privacy can’t transcend right to life and personal liberty

Holding that the right could not be homogenous in nature and transcend the right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution, Attorney General K.K. Venugopal said, “The right to privacy is not an absolute right, it could be traced to the right of life and would have to be scrutinized under that provision of law.”........Read more

Flipkart outpaces Amazon India in June sales

Flipkart reported gross sales of Rs2,600 crore in June as compared to Amazon India whose gross sales stood at more than Rs2,400 crore for the month.........Read more

Kerala News Channel Mathrubhumi Announces ‘First Day of Period Leave’ For Women Staff

After Mumbai-based digital media company Culture Machine, Kerala-based Malayalam news channel Mathrubhumi has announced ‘First Day of Period Leave’ for its employees. The channel employs around 75 women as part of its 300-member team and is offering 12 days of ‘First Day of Period Leave’ each year.........Read more

Telangana: Power bought, farms not ready for 24x7 trial

While the TSTransco has purchased an additional 425 MW power on a short term basis to supply it 24x7 to the agriculture sector in three districts on trial basis, it faces a rather unique problem in the form of auto starters. Farmers had got these auto starters fixed spending between Rs 2,000 and Rs 3,000 so that they need not worry about switching on their pumpsets when the power is supplied.........Read more

Porsche May Ditch Diesel Engines - CEO

Porsche will decide at the end of the decade whether its latest generation of diesel engines will be its last, Chief Executive Oliver Blume told Reuters, the first time a German carmaker has said in public it could discontinue diesel.........Read more

Aadhaar card privacy issue: SC refers matter to nine-judge bench

The Supreme Court on Tuesday set up a nine-judge bench to examine whether right to privacy is a fundamental right under Constitution. The bench will examine a plethora of issues arising out of the Centre's 12-digit biometric identification number.........Read more

To save discoms, southern states are blocking the sun

Recently, the Tamil Nadu government proposed restrictions on solar rooftop units. Tamil Nadu used to top the country in solar power generation but is now down at the third spot with 1,692 MW, behind Andhra Pradesh (1,867 MW) and Rajasthan (1,812 MW). They are followed by Telangana state (1,287 MW) and Gujarat (1,157 MW).........Read more

Rohan Bopanna Advances to Wimbledon Quarter-Finals

Bopanna and his Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowski defeated the Croatian pair of Nikola Mektic and Ana Konjuh 7-6, 6-2 in 63 minutes. The 10th seeded Indo-Canadian pair will meet the unseeded duo of Heather Watson of Britain and Henri Kontinen of Finland in the quarter-finals.........Read more

India and Israel’s Cyber Security Partnership Could be a Potential Game Changer

A cyber partnership can be critical for India to meet its immediate goals in securing its cyber infrastructure and expanding opportunities for the country’s tech sector.........Read more

Burhan anniversary: Curfew in Tral,restrictions across Kashmir

Authorities clamped curfew in three towns including Tral in Kashmir and imposed restrictions on the movement of people in the rest of the valley to foil the separatists' plan to hold a rally today to mark the first anniversary of the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani.........Read more

How 'Operation Pigeon' prevented Kerala Muslims from joining ISIS

Under Operation Pigeon, the first step was to gain control over the social media. The officers scanned thousands of accounts of those persons who were showing interest in joining the ISIS or any other terrorist group. The team focused largely in and around Kasargod.........Read more

China builds new military facilities on South China Sea islands - think tank

China has built new military facilities on islands in the South China Sea, a U.S. think tank reported on Thursday, a move that could raise tensions with Washington, which has accused Beijing of militarising the vital waterway.........Read more

Fourth-gen Honda City crosses 2.5 lakh unit sales milestone

Honda has sold over 2.5 lakh units of the fourth-generation City in India. The car was launched in the country in January 2014. Having achieved this sales milestone, the current-gen has become the best-selling ...........Read more

GST spawns 20,000 crore biz for tax, tech consultants

GST is spawning a $2 billion-3 billion (Rs 13,000 crore-20,000 crore) industry comprising software service providers, ASPs and GSPs, chartered accountants and consulting firms as the entire industry is undergoing business process re-engineering.........Read more

Yesteryear Actor Amrit Pal Passes Away

Veteran actor Amrit Pal passed away last evening at his residence here after a prolonged illness. He was 76. The actor mostly played villainous roles in films and shared screen space with top yesteryear stars such as Vinod Khanna, Dharmendra, Mithun Chakraborty, Anil Kapoor among others.........Read more

India doesn't need lesson on freedom of press from NYT

The CBI seems to have taken offence to a NYT editorial on raids on NDTV raids titled India’s Battered Free Press which had termed a ‘vendetta’, calling the raids ‘mark an alarming new level of intimidation of India’s new media under Narendra Modi’.........Read more

OMG! Porn Video Played In BSF Meeting!

In a major embarrassment, a porn video was played at a meeting conducted by BSF (Border Security Force) at its 77th battalion headquarters in Ferozpur in Punjab.........Read more

All boards to move towards common curriculum, papers

The HRD ministry has set up an inter-board working group (IBWG), comprising eight boards, to work out the details for stopping of mode ration and upward revision, or spiking, of marks. IBWG will deliberate regularly and work out a model for all boards to follow.........Read more

Facebook launches disaster maps to help aid workers save lives

"When there's a flood, earthquake, fire or other natural disaster, response organisations need accurate information quickly about where people are in order to save lives," founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Facebook.........Read more

IOS 11 allows you to delete rarely-used apps but retain their settings and data

If your device is tight on storage, deleting rarely-used apps is one way to free up space. But up until now it’s come at a price: you lose your settings and data for the app, meaning you have to start again if you re-download it in future. A nice feature in iOS 11 means that’s no longer the case …........Read more

IT cos may cold-shoulder BTech-only techies in future: Pai

Jobs would be hard to come by in the IT sector in future for youngsters who have only B Tech degree, and companies would prefer to hire post-graduates with specialised expertise, says an industry veteran.........Read more

RBI seen holding rates, expected to sound less hawkish

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will likely strike a less hawkish tone while leaving interest rates unchanged at a policy meeting on Wednesday, according to analysts, as inflation is running well below forecasts, and the economy has slowed more than expected.........Read more

Fresh trouble for Kejriwal, ACB orders probe in 'medical scam' after allegations by Kapil Mishra

In a fresh trouble for Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has ordered a probe in alleged medical scam after allegations were levelled by the sacked minister Kapil Mishra.........Read more

2G spectrum: Swamy asks for more time to submit proof against Ratan Tata

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday sought more time to produce evidence in support of his complaint against industrialist Ratan Tata and others in connection with the 2G spectrum case, following which the matter has been adjourned sine die.........Read more

Rtel Retailers Are Unethically Opening Airtel Payment Banks Account In The Garb Of Mobile’s Aadhaar e-KYC!

Within the Airtel app, there is an option to select if the user wants to open a new Airtel Payments bank account. It seems that either that option is selected to be yes by default, or that retailer deliberately selected that option, which opened a new Airtel Payment Bank, then and there.........Read more

Pro Kabaddi 2017 Season 5: Full List of players bought by all the teams with price

The auction for the Pro Kabaddi Season 5 has come to an end after two days of exciting action. The action on the mat will begin in July but till then, we can take a look at the 12 teams who will be a part of what will be India’s biggest sporting league. Here how the teams line up!........Read more

Pro Kabaddi 2017 Season 5 auction: Full player list and categories revealed!

The players' list of the Vivo Pro Kabaddi League Season 5 is out! With four new teams joining the existing eight teams for the upcoming season, the league is now spread across 11 states and 12 franchises. More than 130 matches will be played over 13 weeks during the fifth season........Read more

Karnataka: Chlorine leakage in Hassan lands 25 people in hospital

Leakage of chlorine gas from a plant in the Hassan district of Karnataka landed 25 people in hospital on Tuesday. The leak is believed to have happened at a water treatment facility in Belur — also called Bellur — in the district in the early hours of Tuesday.........Read more

India to procure anti-chemical, anti-nuclear suits from US for Rs 480 crore

The United States on Thursday, May 11, approved the sale of anti-chemical and anti-nuclear suits to India for a cost of $75 million — approximately Rs 480 crore. The purchase is sure to boost India's capacity to handle, contain and even foil possible chemical, biological or nuclear-based attacks.........Read more

Another embarrassment for Bihar government, cheque to Sukma attack martyr's kin bounces

The Bihar government, which has already been under the scanner for not paying martyrs due respect, had another cringeworthy moment on Wednesday. The kin of constable Ranjit Kumar, a Sukma martyr, claimed that the Rs 5 lakh compensation cheque given to them by the district administration had bounced.........Read more

25 dead after a wedding hall collapses in Rajasthan's Bharatpur district

The building collapsed due to duststorm and people were stuck in debris. Rescue operations are underway. The relief work was hindered due to power cut following uprooting of electric poles in the duststorm.........Read more

Tendulkar reveals name of person behind 'Sachin Sachin' chant

"My mother started it actually. I used to go play downstairs and to call me back home, mother would call 'Sachin Sachin'," Tendulkar said when asked when did he first hear the chant. There is an iconic picture of a young Tendulkar holding a bat.........Read more

NCRB data shows 95% rape victims in India known to offenders; Madhya Pradesh tops the list

The 2015 National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) data on the proximity of offenders to victims (the most recent data available) shows that in 95 percent of all rape cases, the offender knew the victim. For example, 27 percent of rapes are committed by neighbours, 22 percent involves the promise of marriage and 9 percent are committed by immediate family members and relatives. ........Read more

Djokovic splits with coaching team

Novak Djokovic said on Friday that he had parted ways with his entire training team, including long-time coach Marian Vajda, as he attempts to arrest an alarming slide in form in the past year. The former World No. 1 believes that this “shock therapy” will help him return to the top of the game,........Read more

Election Commission cancels Anantnag Lok Sabha bypoll

The PDP, the ruling coalition partner in Jammu and Kashmir, had urged the EC to defer indefinitely the bypoll to the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency in the wake of the "volatile situation" prevailing there.........Read more

Justice Karnan threatens action against 'forceful' medical checkup

In response to the Supreme Court ordering an examination of his 'mental health', Calcutta High Court judge Justice CS Karnan on Monday asserted that he will issue a suo moto suspension order against West Bengal Director General of Police (DGP) if he forcefully conducts a medical checkup.........Read more

PCB to send legal notice to BCCI for compensation

Under the MoU, India and Pakistan were scheduled to play six series — three of them home events for Pakistan. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is set to legally notify the BCCI by next week about compensation for India’s refusal to play bilateral series.........Read more

What is the 12,000 member 'jan militia' that backs Maoists

Breaking the jan-militia of the naxalites would be crucial in solving the problem. The centre with the help of intelligence has found that the jan-militia has around 12,000 members in it. This group is responsible for intelligence gathering, spreading ideology and also brainwashing people into joining the group.........Read more

Google Play Awards: Here are the 60 app and game nominees for the second edition of Play Awards

Google is all geared up for its annual I/O event. While the developer event is still three weeks away, Google has decided on starting the festivities a bit early by throwing up a list of nominees or finalists that stand a chance to win the Google Play Awards, by category.........Read more

Security beefed up at Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai airports following bomb threat

Security has been beefed up at airports in Chennai, Mumbai and Hyderabad after the Mumbai airport received a bomb threat. CISF jawans are patrolling the airport premises with loaded weapons, and Central Intel has also received a tip that terrorist organizations might attempt to hijack an airplane.........Read more

Meghalaya government opposes observing Digital India Day on Good Friday

Meghalaya government has expressed its strong opposition against the Centre's decision to observe Digital India Day on April 14, which is Good Friday and widely observed by the Christians here. Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said the state government has said it will not participate in such programmes which aim at diluting the secular fabric of the nation.........Read more

Aadhaar mandatory to download up to 3,000 maps, on govt approved Nakshe mapping portal

The government on Monday launched a dedicated website allowing the public the access to download 3,000 maps prepared by the Survey General of India (SGI) but made Aadhaar mandatory for the purpose. Using Aadhaar number, a person can download three maps every day from the portal. ........Read more

EC cancels RK Nagar bypoll, cites voter bribery, corruption

In its elaborate order, the commission said that considering its duty “to conduct free and fair elections and to uphold the purity of election and after taking into account all the facts and circumstances,“ it is satisfied that R K Nagar poll process has been “seriously vitiated“.........Read more

AAP government 'grossly abused power': Shunglu panel

Just ahead of the municipal corporation election, the release of the Shunglu committee report on Wednesday has exposed several cases of the Delhi Aam Admi Party (AAP) government's "grossly abused power."........Read more

Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai - 25 best engineering colleges in India for the year 2017

Indian Institute of Technology Madras tops the list with a score of 87.96. The No. of faculty members with PhD qualification is 598. The average salary of under-graduate students according to the report in the year 2015-16 was Rs 10,00,000........Read more

India to grow at 7.7% in 2018 in face of newer global challenges: Jaitley

“Indian economy is expected to grow at 7.2% in 2017 and at the rate of 7.7% in 2018.” Jaitley said emerging market economies (EMEs) face newer challenges in the form of inward looking policies of protectionism of some economies, global financial condition, policies of the United States and increased geopolitical tension.........Read more

Mumbai: TVF CEO Arunabh Kumar summoned by police, 2nd case of sexual harassment registered

The Viral Fever (TVF) CEO Arunabh Kumar who was booked for molestation, has been summoned by the Mumbai Police for his statement in the case. Following the molestation case filed against Kumar, investigating inspector Padmakar Devre from Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) Police Station on Thursday said that the case has been registered under Sections 354 A and 509 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).........Read more

We can spot Romeos by the look in their eyes: UP cops

Sitting in an “anti-Romeo” police jeep, a TOI team joins two women and two male constables whose sole task through the day is to be on the lookout for “miscreants” and to prevent crimes against women.........Read more

London attacker was British-born, known to intelligence services: Theresa May

The man who launched Wednesday's attack at parliament was born in Britain and known to the intelligence services, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday. May said terrorism would not prevail as she rallied the country to carry on with its everyday business and stick to British values.........Read more

Missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed 'Googled' ways to join Islamic State: Report

In a new twist to the missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed’s case, a report has said that he had looked up for information related to the Islamic State (IS) on the Internet, months before his disappearance.........Read more

Sufi clerics back in Delhi, accuse Pakistan daily of calling them RAW agents

After landing in Delhi, the clerics blamed a Pakistani newspaper for the whole chaos. On the basis of this report, the clerics said they were detained for the purpose of questioning. Notably, Pakistani newspaper Ummat had reported that the clerics worked for Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) movement.........Read more

60% of engineering graduates unemployed

More than 60% of the eight lakh engineers graduating from technical institutions across the country every year remain unemployed, according to the All India Council for Technical Education.........Read more

US Varsities Stand In Support of Foreign Students

In what can be called as an anti-Trump move, American educational institutions are striving to protest the traction for their international student enrollment in danger of being hit by fresh visa policies by president Donald Trump. ........Read more

Supreme Court refuses to stay Manohar Parrikar's oath taking, orders floor test on Thursday

In the midst of a heated tussle between the Congress and the BJP over government formation in Goa, the Supreme Court today refused to stay the oath-taking of BJP's chief minister candidate Manohar Parrikar and ordered a floor test to be held in the Goa Legislative Assembly on Thursday.........Read more

‘Indians have no reason to fear under Trump presidency’

There is anxiety and uncertainty among Indian Americans following violence against the community in different parts of the country, but President Donald Trump is committed to building good relations with them, said Shalabh Shalli Kumar, founder of the Republican Hindu Coalition (RHC) and a mega donor to the President’s election campaign.........Read more

British raj caused deaths of 35 million Indians: Shashi Tharoor

In a wide-ranging opinion piece for Al Jazeera, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has claimed that the British — during their rule — were responsible for the deaths of at least 35 million Indians.........Read more

Over 100 military personnel commit suicide every year

The armed forces continue to lose around 100 personnel to suicides every year despite successive governments holding that several measures have been taken to reduce the stress among soldiers. As many as 125 military personnel took the extreme step to end their lives in 2016.........Read more

Don’t fuss with DRS: ICC sweeps India’s complaint on Australia for a six

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday has decided not to levy any charges against India captain Virat Kohli and Australia skipper Steve Smith after a major DRS controversy erupted, following the latter’s dismissal during the thrilling second Test in Bangalore on Tuesday.........Read more

HTC takes on Google with AI-powered U Ultra

The U Ultra is a big-screen phone with a screen size of 5.7 inches and a resolution of 2,560x1,440p. On paper, this puts it on par with a majority of big-screen Android flagship phones, including the Google Pixel XL. It has a slightly smaller 5.5-inch display but a resolution of 2,560x1,440p. The U Ultra uses Corning’s most advanced scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 5, which is more durable than the Gorilla Glass 4 used in the Pixel XL and can withstand drops from a height of 1.6 metres on a rough surface 80% of the times.........Read more

Vaccine hope for Zika

A mid concerns that the zika virus may be transmitted through infected semen, new findings suggest that a potential vaccine, which works by ring-fencing the virus and appears to protect the testes from infection, in mice, may be on the anvil.........Read more

How a Tea Taster Became One of the Biggest Names in Indian Advertising

His advertising career began at a time when the popularity of television changed the way campaigns were made, and Hindi gained popularity as a medium of advertising communication. Elitism was giving way to messages for the masses. Piyush didn’t just participate in the change — he shaped it.........Read more

Man-animal conflicts claimed over 400 lives this year: Government

This year, the toll has already reached 430, as reported by the government in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, wherein 419 people were killed by elephants and the remaining 11 became victimized by tigers.........Read more

Balayya to play NTR in biopic on father

Nandamuri Balakrishna, who is basking in the glory of ‘Gautamiputra Satakarni’, has announced his intention of making a biopic on his father NT Rama Rao. “I will be making a film on Rama Rao garu and I will be playing his part,” Balayya declared, clearly hinting that it might be his 101st film as his long-in-the-planning film with Krishna Vamsi, ‘Rythu’, might take some more time to roll.........Read more

NSE selects Vikram Limaye as new CEO and MD

Vikram Limaye will be the new managing director and chief executive officer (MD and CEO) of National Stock Exchange of India Ltd, said two people with direct knowledge of the matter. Limaye was chosen by a selection panel and his appointment approved by the board of India’s largest stock exchange on Friday.........Read more

BJP promises Ram temple, 1GB free data in U.P. poll manifesto

Stressing that if voted to power, his party will take one step ahead of the Samajwadi Party’s laptop distribution scheme by providing 1 GB free data for one year besides free wi-fi in universities. To ensure the safety of college girls, “anti-Romeo squads” will be set up near colleges to check eve- teasing. Besides, three women battalions will be raised for security of women.........Read more

In Maharashtra, 25 percent of Class VIII students can't read Class II books

Twenty-five percent of class eight students in Maharashtra cannot read text meant for a class two student, according to a report in The Indian Express. The survey, entitled the Annual Status of Education Report 2016, was published by the NGO Pratham.........Read more

Researchers zero-in on cholesterol's role in cells

Scientists have long puzzled over cholesterol. It's biologically necessary; it's observably harmful - and nobody knows what it's doing where it's most abundant in cells: in the cell membrane.........Read more

Demonetization may take India's growth rate to 'still robust' 7%: World Bank

The World Bank decelerated India's growth for 2016-17 fiscal to a "still robust" 7% from its previous estimate of 7.6% due to demonetization, but asserted that the country would regain momentum in the following years with 7.6 and 7.8% growth. "The immediate withdrawal of a large volume of currency in circulation and subsequent replacement with new notes announced by the government in November contributed to slowing growth in 2016," the World Bank said in its latest report.........Read more

BJP emerges largest party in civic bodies in Maharashtra

Despite the demonetisation move brought by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November, people have voted in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the civic polls that are being held in four phases in Maharashtra. The party now holds 78 out of 191 posts of Municipal Council Chairmen and has returned 1,190 councillors on its own symbol.........Read more

On Nov 7, it was Govt which ‘advised’ RBI to ‘consider’ note ban, got RBI nod the next day

“Government, on 7th November, 2016, advised the Reserve Bank that to mitigate the triple problems of counterfeiting, terrorist financing and black money, the Central Board of the Reserve Bank may consider withdrawal of the legal tender status of the notes in high denominations of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000,” said the RBI in a seven-page note submitted on December 22 to the Parliament’s Department Related Committee of Finance headed by Congress leader M Veerappa Moily.........Read more

IIT-Kharagpur alumnus wins 'Tech Oscar'

An IIT Kharagpur alumnus has won the prestigious Technical Achievement Award (the Scientific & Technical Awards prize), popularly called the 'Technical Oscar', awarded by the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences.........Read more

Telangana to grant Rs 1,000 monthly wages to ‘lonely women’ prone to poverty

“As women are more prone to poverty, we took a decision to provide living security by supporting them by extending Rs 1000 every month to distressed lonely women. Immediately, orders are issued. We will allocate funds for this purpose in the budget, that will be introduced in March 2017,” Rao told the assembly.........Read more

Manipur CM responsible for blockade, says Ram Madhav

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) general secretary in charge of north eastern States, Ram Madhav, has accused Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh of causing the economic blockade of the State by the United Naga Council by announcing the formation of seven new districts for purely political reasons.........Read more

BSNL offers unlimited local and STD calls for Rs144

Following the launch of unlimited-calling plans by several telecom operators, including Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd and Bharti Airtel Ltd, state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) on Saturday joined the bandwagon with a new Rs144 plan for its customers offering similar features. The plan offers unlimited local and STD calls to any network for a period of one month comes with 300MB of free data usage, BSNL chairman and managing director Anupam Srivastava told reporters in Chennai. The new plan would be available for both prepaid and postpaid customers, he said.........Read more

Union Cabinet approves ordinance to impose penalty for holding old notes

The Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi also approved an ordinance to amend the RBI Act to extinguish the liability of the government and the central bank on the demonetised high-denomination notes to prevent future litigations.........Read more

Snapchat picks up Israeli AR startup Cimagine Media for an estimated $30mn

Messaging app Snapchat is buying Israeli augmented reality startup Cimagine Media for an estimated $30-$40 million, marking Snapchat's first acquisition in Israel, the Calcalist financial daily reported on Sunday.........Read more

New DNA markers to identify Indian population

The new genetic markers would help forensic experts involved in crime investigations and identification of disaster victims to successfully obtain DNA profiles from challenging forensic samples like those of exhumed bodies, aircrash bodies and highly degraded bodies in disasters.........Read more

U.S. rights group: 600 custodial deaths in India from 2009-15

Nearly 600 people died in Indian police custody from 2009-2015, many after being tortured, a human rights group said on Monday, urging India to implement a string of oft-ignored regulations and prosecute officers involved in the mistreatment of prisoners.........Read more

The inside story of Apple's $14-bn tax bill

Maxforce concluded that Ireland allowed Apple to create stateless entities that effectively let it decide how much tax it pays........Read more

I-T department nets Rs 2,900 crore in 586 searches

In a little over a month after the announcement of demonetisation on November 8, the income tax department carried out a record 586 searches across the country which yielded more than Rs 300 crore in cash seizures and unaccounted income of Rs 2,600 crore.........Read more

Hotstar selected as App of the Year for India in 2016 on Apple TV

Apple has selected Hotstar as the 'App of the Year for India 2016' for Apple TV. Hotstar is popular Over The Top (OTT) and video streaming app used to watch content like television shows, live events like cricket matches.........Read more

Severe cyclones increasing over A.P., Tamil Nadu: Study

According to a 2014 study in the Journal of Earth Science and Climatic Change, “in the Bay of Bengal region more cyclonic disturbances are now intensifying into tropical cyclones during November (1-3) and the frequency of severe cyclones has increased at a faster rate compared to the total frequency of cyclones”, said the study’s lead author, Ashutosh Mishra, of the University of Allahabad. For his study, Mr. Mishra considered data of 122 years (1891 to 2013) of tropical cyclone frequency over the north Indian Ocean and he cited a trend of “enhanced cyclo-genesis during four months — May, October, November and December”, especially over Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.........Read more

RSS-backed NGO's science fair grant jumps 300%

A science fair, organised by a RSS-backed NGO, saw a 300% jump in funding from the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), and that too within a year after launching the programme.........Read more

Apple Overtakes Mircomax, Becomes Second Biggest Smartphone Seller In India By Sales Revenues

Indian smartphone maker Micromax is no longer the second highest seller in the Indian phone market in terms of overall sales revenues. The electronics giant Apple has overtaken Micromax, earning more in smartphone sales in India in the financial year ending in March 2016. Lenovo has already overtaken Micromax to become the second biggest phone seller in terms of number of units sold in India, after combining the sales figures of both Lenovo and its subsidiary brand, Motorola.........Read more

Walnut app: The app that lets you find an active ATM nearby

Walnut, which is primarily a personal finance tracking app, has seen a tremendous response after it launched the ATM tracking feature.........Read more

Trump meets TV executives, journos, calls them deceitful liars

US President-elect Donald Trump has lashed out at top electronic media executives and journalists, terming them........Read more

Supreme Court allows BCCI to release funds for first India-England Test

Supreme Court allows BCCI to release funds for first India-England Test - BCCI had moved the Supreme Court for the release of funds, saying non-disbursal would result in the cancellation of the Rajkot test.........Read more

Meet India’s First Lady Truck Mechanic. Her Technical Skills Will Blow Your Mind

More than 20 years ago, Shanti Devi along with her husband came to Delhi from Madhya Pradesh in search of a livelihood. They had a dream of getting settled and have work of their own. After doing some odd jobs they started a tea stall at Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar. It’s a place that witnesses thousands of trucks passing daily.........Read more

Lebanon’s Michel Aoun elected President, ending 29-month vacuum

Aoun, who is in his 80s, secured the presidency by winning the support of 83 MPs, well above the absolute majority of 65 needed to win, according to a tally of votes read out in a televised broadcast from parliament.........Read more

Why India’s venture capitalists need Flipkart

Flipkart, the country’s largest home-grown e-commerce company, is slated to hit the road this quarter to raise a fresh round of capital, Mint reported this week. It hopes to raise at least $500 million and up to $1 billion, the report said citing unnamed sources. The report follows an earlier one in the Economic Times that said, also citing unnamed sources, that Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, is in talks to buy a stake in the Bengaluru-based company.........Read more

India's Law Commission Is Asking Citizens How They Feel About Ending Anti-Women Practices In Religion

The Law Commission has sought public opinion on whether to ban or regulate polygamy, ending the practice of Maitri-Karar which is practiced in Gujarat despite being outlawed, whether to abolish triple talaq or retain in it custom with legal sanctity or retain it with amendments, and whether the two-year waiting period for finalisation of divorce among Christians is a problem for women.........Read more

War of the Planet of the Apes Video Game Coming to Consoles

At a New York Comic-Con panel today, actor Andy Serkis mentioned that War of the Planet of the Apes will be accompanied by a video game, for which he's performing motion capture. The game is coming to consoles and releases around the same time as the movie.........Read more

GoDaddy Launches Social Networking App Flare: A Tinder For Business Ideas

Cloud-based internet domain name enterprise GoDaddy has launched a community-based app called Flare that aims to materialise business ideas into reality. Flare offers a platform for its users ...........Read more

Voice of Reliance in mobile industry

Reliance Industries unleashes a full-scale war in the mobile business by blurring the divide between voice and data. But its entry as a harbinger of radical change is sullied by grave questions of regulatory negligence that has stifled competition. By V. SRIDHAR........Read more

Unknown and Unsung, They Saved Hundreds of Lives During Partition but Were Never Celebrated

From a Hindu policeman who guarded a mosque to a Sikh who sheltered hundreds of Muslims, these heroes never lost their humanity!........Read more

Raghuram Rajan: I was willing to stay as RBI governor provided we could reach agreement with govt; we didn’t

"Because of these unfinished tasks, I was willing to stay, provided we could reach the right kind of agreement," said Rajan.........Read more

Microsoft testing blue light reduction feature for Windows 10

Microsoft is slowly revealing new features in its next major update to Windows 10, and it appears blue light reduction feature might be a future addition. The software giant released a new build of...........Read more

Donald Trump: 'I'm not flip-flopping' on immigration

It's still undecided whether Donald Trump will continue to support forced deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants living in the US, his campaign manager said Sunday. But Trump himself insisted Monday, "I'm not flip-flopping."........Read more

Terrorists getting edge in J&K; state police not getting proper intel inputs

The radicalization of Kashmiri youths is not the only reason behind the rise of militancy in the valley. The disbanding of the three-tier security grid by the PDP-BJP government has proved a force-multiplier for militancy, an intelligence officer said. Now, there is no interface between the Army and police.........Read more

Virtual reality can help prevent falls in older adults: study

Falls in adults aged 65 and over account for 1-2 per cent of all health-care expenditure in high-income countries.........Read more

Up to India to decide its position: China on South China Sea dispute

According to China's state-owned media, Yi may also use his visit to assess Narendra Modi's prior visits to Vietnam and Laos.........Read more

Snapdeal-Backed GoJavas Suspends Operations

Snapdeal-backed logistics provider GoJavas, which serves e-commerce companies including online fashion portal Jabong, recently acquired by rival Flipkart, has suspended services because of technical issues and operational changes, the Mint reported.........Read more

In Defence Of Nehruvian Socialism

The mixed economy of pre-1991 India has been much maligned in the past decade -- and not without reason. Colloquially labeled as the 'License Raj', that regime was tainted by the twin evil........Read more

Gurgaon woman who owns Rs. 3cr house, SUVs sells chole-kulche on road

After her husband met with an accident, she feared a bleak future for her family and took it upon herself to support it financially........Read more

Remember this date in 1911: when Mohun Bagan beat a British football team to become national icons

July 29 is a special date. It is one of the perhaps few dates that possibly has the power to bring together fans of the eternally warring football rivals from Kolkata, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan. For, of course, it was on this day, that one of India........Read more

Emotional Intelligence: The Social Skills You Weren't Taught in School

You’re taught about history, science, and math when you’re growing up. Most of us, however, aren’t taught how to identify or deal with our own emotions, or the emotions of others. These skills can be valuable, but you’ll never get them in a classroom.........Read more

Google search results list PM Modi in “top 10 criminals”; company gets court notice

Google finds itself in a legal soup in India with a court sending notice to the global search engine for allegedly listing PM Narendra Modi among top 10 criminals in the world.........Read more

In a first, drug trafficking reported in India through Darknet, Bitcoin

Anti-narcotics agencies have detected drug-trafficking perpetrated through the cryptic ‘darknet’ and the clandestine and unregulated currency Bitcoin.........Read more

Live: Pema Khandu to be sworn in as Arunchal Pradesh Chief Minister today

The Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly at Naharlagun has been put under tight security cover ahead of the floor test by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on Saturday.........Read more

Lionel Messi announces he's quitting the Argentine national team

Lionel Messi has shocked the footballing world by announcing that he's ready to quit the Argentinian national football team after their loss to Chile in the Copa America Centenario final. The 29-year-old has led his team to three successive losses on........Read more

Amazon is betting on offline to get more users online in India

Amazon, which has an open cheque to capture India, has begun a pilot in Bengaluru to display smartphones sold exclusively on its platform at Vodafone stores for customers to touch and feel, then order for these devices on its website or the........Read more

UP cancels license of Agra doctor accused of sex-determination

Tthe PCPNDT monitoring cell in Lucknow has cancelled the license of Dr. Amit Ultrasound center and now a drive will be conducted across Uttar Pradesh to nab such ultrasound centers that are engaging in this illegal practice.he PCPNDT monitoring cell in Lucknow has cancelled the license of Dr. Amit Ultrasound center and now a drive will be conducted across Uttar Pradesh to nab such ultrasound centers that are engaging in this illegal practice.........Read more