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Finally, BSNL 4G! State-run telecom company starts countrywide 4G rollout

State-run BSNL has started the process to roll out 4G services across the country with an outlay of around Rs 11,000 crore. The company has come out with a tender for installing 50,000 new 4G sites in north, east, west and south zones and around 7,000 new sites for Delhi and Mumbai zones (for MTNL) entailing an investment of Rs 8,697 crore. The last date for vendors to apply for contracts is May 8 and bids will be opened on May 9. Apart from that, around 43,000 2G and 3G sites of the company will be upgraded to 4G, costing another Rs 3,500-Rs 4,000 crore.........Read more

Organisation of Islamic Cooperation hasn't decided on Kashmir/CAA meet yet

No call has been taken by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) regarding the decision to hold any Foreign Ministers' meet or not on Kashmir and India's Citizenship Amendment Act. OIC member countries have confirmed that the organisation has not taken a call on this yet.........Read more

These will be the most sought after jobs in India in 2020, according to LinkedIn

Despite the gloomy employment scenario that prevails in India, jobs in automation will be in demand in 2020. Blockchain developer, artificial intelligence (AI) specialist and Javascript developer will be the most sought-after roles by employers next year, according to professional networking platform LinkedIn’s “Emerging Jobs 2020”. The findings are based on LinkedIn’s analysis of users with a public profile and a full-time position within India for the last five years.........Read more

I Won't be Surprised If Someday Somebody Pressures Me to Make 'Pro-Hindu' Content, Says Kabir Khan

A media report that surfaced a week ago suggested that some officials of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) had held meetings with streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon Prime to restrict “anti-Hindu” content on the platforms.........Read more

India's August gold imports hit three-year low as prices jump to record

India’s gold imports in August plunged 73% from a year ago to the lowest level in three years as a rally in local prices to a record high and a hike in import duty curtailed retail purchases of the precious metal, a government source said on Wednesday. Lower imports by the world’s second biggest consumer could cap gains in global prices that are trading near their highest level in over six years, but help the south Asian country in bringing down the trade deficit and supporting rupee. India imported 30 tonnes of gold in August, down from 111.47 tonnes a year ago, the source said, who was not allowed to speak to the media. In value terms, the country’s imports in the month fell 62% to $1.37 billion, he said. ........Read more

Change of guard at TV9, CEO Ravi Prakash shown door

The ongoing ownership controversy brewing at news channel TV9 approached its season finale on Friday with the new owners Alanda Media & Entertainment removing its CEO V Ravi Prakash and CFO KVN Murthy with immediate effect. The new board made Mahendra Mishra as interim CEO and Singa Rao as chief operating officer.........Read more

Deadline for linking PAN with Aadhaar extended till September 30

The government extended the deadline for linking PAN with biometric ID Aadhaar by 6 months till September 30. This is the sixth time the government has extended the deadline for individuals to link their Permanent Account Number (PAN) with Aadhaar.........Read more

In message to cadre, Jaish chief Masood Azhar’s brother confirms Balakot camp strike

An audio message issued by a senior leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed appears to confirm that Indian jets hit the militant training camp run by the Pakistan-based outfit in Balakot and inflicted significant damage, one of the clearest contradictions yet to Islamabad’s version that the Indian operation hit only a patch of trees.........Read more

CBI Registers FIR in Loan Case Related to ex-ICICI CEO's Husband, Raids Videocon HQs in Mumbai, Aurangabad

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered an FIR in connection with alleged irregularities in the Rs 3,250 crore ICICI Bank-Videocon loan case and raided the Videocon headquarters in Mumbai and Aurangabad.........Read more

Priya Prakash Varrier, Priyanka Chopra, Sapna Choudhary among 2018’s most Googled personalities

Malayalam actor Priya Prakash Varrier, actor Priyanka Chopra and her spouse Nick Jonas were among the most searched personalities featured in Google India’s ‘Year in Search’ results.........Read more

Flipkart, Amazon to collect tax at source from sellers from October 1

From October 1, e-commerce majors such as Flipkart, Amazon, and Myntra will have to deduct a portion of the amount payable to sellers on their platform as tax collected at source (TCS) under the goods and services tax (GST). ........Read more

Transport unions begin nation-wide strike, supply of essential commodities likely to be hit

Transport unions across the country have announced an indefinite strike from Friday over a slew of demands, including slashing diesel prices and highway tolls. The nation-wide strike by truckers is likely to affect supplies of essential items - vegetables, milk.........Read more

Videocon group blames PM Narendra Modi's policy for its Rs 39,000 crore debt

For Rs 39,000 crore debt, Videocon group blames PM Narendra Modi's policy - The group has also said that its telecommunications unit witnessed losses after the country's apex Court canceled licenses.........Read more

Govt will soon find solution to surging fuel prices: Dharmendra Pradhan

Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan has said the increase in fuel prices was due to reduced production of oil in Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and hike in crude oil price in the international market.........Read more

The Naxal hypocrisy: Top LWE leaders amass personal wealth while cadres are told to shun the life of comfort

Top Maoist leaders are aware that Naxalism is just a clarion call, just a brand name they are extorting large amounts by taxing iron and coal mining contractors in order to increase personal wealth, whose children get the best of education, and whose families lead a life of comfort. This while the misled cadre toil away in the jungles in the cause of a twisted ideology. According to a research paper by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA), the Maoists have been collecting not less than Rs 140 crore annually from a variety of sources. It said the Maoists have conceived ingenious ways of storing money to ensure its safety, have issued guidelines for the collection of funds, and have also circulated guidelines on expenditure and fiscal discipline.........Read more

If Politicians Can Seek Votes From Public, Why Can't People Protest Outside Their Homes: SC

If politicians can approach the public seeking votes, why can’t people come near their offices after elections to protest, the Supreme Court said on Thursday. The top court’s remarks came on a plea challenging the Centre’s decision to permanently impose prohibitory orders in central Delhi banning protests by people.........Read more

How RTI Act is dying a slow death in India

The right to information law meant to empower Indians and bring transparency in governance appeared to be losing steam with the number of queries going down mainly because of stone-walling of information by officials and slow disposal of appeals, studies based on government data show. A 6% fall between 2015-16 and 2016-17 was reported in RTI applications filed with the 1,950 public authorities of the Central government, which receives maximum information applications followed by Maharashtra and Karnataka.........Read more

Plea to exclude SC/ST creamy layer from quota

A Bench, led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, will hear the petition which argues that the rich among the SCs/STs are “snatching away” the benefits, while the deserving and impoverished continue to “bite the dust.” It is this lack of percolation of benefits to the poor and really backward among these communities that have led to social unrest, Naxalite movements and perennial poverty, it says.........Read more

Jayawardene, Sangakkara to assist in Sri Lanka's revamp

Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Aravinda de Silva and Anura Tennakoon have been appointed to a five-member committee to rehabilitate cricket in Sri Lanka. Brought together by the country's sports ministry, the committee will make recommendations to the sports ministry and to Sri Lanka Cricket. Former SLC president Hemaka Amarasuriya heads the committee.........Read more

Elon Musk proposes city-to-city travel by rocket, right here on Earth

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveiled revised plans to travel to the Moon and Mars at a space industry conference today, but he ended his talk with a pretty incredible promise: using that same interplanetary rocket system for long-distance travel on Earth. Musk showed a demonstration of the idea onstage, claiming that it will allow passengers to take “most long-distance trips” in just 30 minutes, and go “anywhere on Earth in under an hour” for around the same price as an economy airline ticket.........Read more

Diarrhoea, heart and lung problems: What ultra endurance sports can do to your body

Ultra endurance events truly test the limits of physical and mental endurance. However, research suggests that long-term participation might cause adaptations in the body that are more commonly linked to cardiovascular disease. These include structural and functional changes in the heart and blood vessels, as well as electrical changes in the cardiac nerves and possible damage to the heart tissue.........Read more

Intercourse Is OK: Jab Harry Met Sejal GetsUA With No Cuts

After all the hue and cry over the trailer where ‘Sejal’ Anushka Sharma was seen haggling over the terms and conditions of ‘intercourse’ with ‘Harry’ Shah Rukh Khan, the film Jab Harry Met Sejal directed by Imtiaz Ali, finally went through the CBFC on Thursday afternoon. The CBFC viewed Jab Harry Met Sejal and certified the film ‘UA’ without a single verbal or visual cut.........Read more

Robots are fighting cancer, but you'll still want a doctor too

Medical robots that improve breast cancer diagnosis should be celebrated, but their rise shouldn’t be at the expense of the patient's experience.........Read more

Made-in-India Jeep Compass launch date revealed

Jeep India has finally announced that the Made-in-India Compass SUV will finally make it to the Indian roads on July 31. The company had already commenced with the bookings for the new Jeep Compass in India. Fiat is making the Jeep Compass at the company's assembly line in Ranjangaon near Pune. ........Read more

SBI Savings Account: Pay more for ATM withdrawal, cheque books, Buddy app

Customers will have to pay more for banking services such as debit card, home loan processing fee, locker rentals, issuing of cheque books, cash handling charges and SMS alerts would attract higher tax rates under GST. ........Read more

$13 billion Rosneft-Essar deal gets crucial LIC nod

Life Insurance Corp. of India (LIC) approved the $12.9 billion acquisition of Essar Oil by Russia’s Rosneft PJSC after the Essar group, controlled by the billionaire Ruia brothers, agreed to pay some of the money it owes the state-owned insurer before closing the transaction.........Read more

Bajaj-KTM reveal plans to launch Husqvarna brand globally

Bajaj Auto and KTM have released a joint statement announcing their plans to launch the Husqvarna brand of motorcycles globally in 2018. This announcement has been made on the 10th anniversary of Bajaj and KTM's strategic partnership.........Read more

Meet the actress who plays Indira Gandhi in Madhur Bhandarkar's Indu Sarkar

Vinod has portrayed the former prime minister in the Jabbar Patel biopic Yashwantrao Chavan in 2014 and her father Ratnakar Matkari’s stage production Indira – The Play in 2015, which is set between the Emergency and her death in 1984. Vinod repeats the feat in Madhur Bhandarkar’s movie, which takes place during the Emergency and follows the journey of an idealistic poet (Kirti Kulhari).........Read more

What If Fear Is The One And Only Force Holding You Back?

I think fear is the most powerful — and most devastating — force in our lives. It prevents massive change, massive action and massive decision making, and it causes complete inertia.........Read more

Intel CEO admits to industry-wide conspiracy to slow CPU advances, kill frequency boosts

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich met with top investors and stockholders this week, on the same day that Intel held its Technology and Manufacturing Day (which we reported on here). ExtremeTech has received a tape-recording of that meeting and the contents will shock you: According to Krzanich, there’s an industry-wide conspiracy to slow CPU clock speeds and architectural advances to a crawl, while IBM, Intel, Qualcomm, ARM, Samsung, and a dozen other companies all rake in enormous profits.........Read more

Study into who is least afraid of death

A new study examines all robust, available data on how fearful we are of what happens once we shuffle off this mortal coil. They find that atheists are among those least afraid of dying... and, perhaps not surprisingly, the very religious.........Read more

Union Cabinet approves draft GST Bills

The four supporting legislations — the Compensation Law, the Central-GST (C-GST), Integrated-GST (I-GST) and Union Territory-GST (UT-GST) — would be introduced as Money Bill, “The GST legislations have been cleared by the Cabinet. These would be introduced in Parliament this week, could be even today,” a source said.........Read more

Net neutrality at risk again, this time in the US

Net neutrality is the principle that all Internet traffic should be treated equally. Net neutrality allows for an “open Internet”, much like the “equal service” and “common carrier” restrictions placed by the FCC on the local telephone common carriers in 1996, which mandate that these common carriers may not discriminate against long-distance providers or against other competing local carriers and must allow full and equal connectivity for all providers to their networks. ........Read more

Eurpean Space Agency to work with ISRO for future space missions

European Space Agency (ESA) senior scientific advisor Mark McCaughrean has revealed that the ESA is planning for further collaboration with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for space missions. Post ISRO’s record breaking launch of 104 satellites in just one go, McCaughrean said it’s the precision in placing satellites and cost reduction.........Read more

Samsung cashes in on demonetisation; could open digital payments service in India soon

Korean electronics giant Samsung is reportedly planning to make full use of the cashless economy narrative of the Modi government's demonetisation move and could launch its own electronic payment scheme called the Samsung Pay.........Read more

About 75% of targeted 60,000 officers trained for Goods and Services Tax

Uncertainty over the rollout date of GST notwithstanding, the NACEN has already trained about three-fourth of the targeted 60,000 field officials who would be instrumental in implementing the new indirect tax regime.........Read more

Old Rs.500 and Rs.1000 notes converted into gold, 2 bank managers held

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has busted a network of jewellers which was converting old Rs.500 and Rs.1000 notes into gold in connivance with bank officials. The money was being laundered using the banking channel through entry operators, including a chartered accountant, and shell companies.........Read more

Will ‘The Conclusion’ spell ‘The End’?

The first look of Baahubali 2 has been unveiled and now begins the actual struggle to live up to the hysterical expectations generated by the first film. The reports look encouraging — at least for the producers, who have apparently hiked the film’s price by nearly double, sending distributors and promoters — even such as the likes of Karan Johar — reeling.........Read more

Flipkart converts part of variable pay for executives to ESOPs

Flipkart has modified its variable pay structure for middle and senior managers to cut costs and tie their pay to the online marketplace’s performance and valuation, said two people familiar with the matter. Flipkart has cut the cash component of variable pay by up to 40%, depending on the seniority of executives, and replaced it with stocks, the two people said on condition of anonymity.........Read more

Emily Blunt’s The Girl on the Train to release in India on October 7

The Girl On The Train, based on the bestselling thriller novel, will hit theatres in India on October 7. The film is helmed by Tate Taylor (The Help), is co-produced by Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Pictures with Reliance Entertainment.........Read more

10 of the world's best cable car rides

Higher, longer, faster … these cable cars often break world records as they take passengers soaring over remote wilderness and iconic city settings........Read more

RJD’s Shahabuddin walks out on bail after a decade behind bars

Former Rashtriya Janata Dal MP, Mohammad Shahabuddin walked out of Bhagalpur prison early on Saturday to a grand welcome from scores of supporters.........Read more

Two years’ bonus for central government employees, says Jaitley

Some 33 lakh employees of the central government had reason to cheer on Tuesday with the government announcing their annual bonus that has been pending for two years.........Read more

Unity & Love are basic mantras to address Kashmir problem: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said "Ekta" (unity) and "Mamata" (love) are the basic mantras for addressing the Kashmir problem even as he slammed those pushing children to create unrest, saying they will have to give answers to those "innocent" kids some day. He emphasised that if any life is lost in Kashmir, whether of any youth or any securityman, "that loss is ours, of our own country".........Read more

Outstanding! Akshay Kumar's 'Rustom' is unstoppable at the Box Office

'Rustom' is produced by Zee Studios and Kriarj Entertainment in association with Cape of Good Films and Plan C Studios production.........Read more

FBI discovers 15,000 more documents in Hillary Clinton email probe

The FBI has discovered almost 15,000 unrevealed documents linked to the email scandal surrounding Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, US media reports said on Monday.........Read more

CBI, CVC, CAG not stumbling blocks, says BBB chief Vinod Rai

The CBI, CVC and CAG are not stumbling blocks that are causing any kind of policy paralysis and it is a total bogey, Banks Board Bureau chief Vinod Rai said on Tuesday. He said there are a kind of people, who are minority in the government, making maximum amount of noise saying there is a........Read more

SC refuses to answer grey areas in anti-defection law

After about six years of pendency, the Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to answer politicans' Amar Singh and Jaya Prada's queries whether a lawmaker expelled by a political party can be tried for a........Read more

Ghulam Nabi Azad: Pellet guns not used during Haryana riots, why only in Kashmir?

Ghulam Nabi Azad, who served as chief minister in Jammu-Kashmir, said the Congress stands with the Centre in ending militancy in Kashmir, but they do not endorse the way civilians are being treated.........Read more

When Ramachandra Guha Wrote On Nehru's Plans for Kashmir

Present-day Kashmir is perhaps far from the image Jawaharlal Nehru had in mind for the Valley. The recent violence in Kashmir, triggered by the encounter of Hizbul chief Burhan Wani, has not only rattled the nation, but has also further accentuated ........Read more

Terrapin 3 Acquisition to buy Yatra Online in $218 million deal

The first $100 million of cash will be allocated entirely to the combined company’s balance sheet and to pay transaction expenses........Read more

Ford Mustang debuts in India priced at Rs 65 lakh

Ford Mustang debuts in India priced at Rs 65 lakh - Ford has sold more than 90 lakh units Mustang globally.........Read more

Manipur woman alleges racial harassment at Delhi airport, social media outraged

A woman from Manipur has accused an immigration officer at Delhi airport of saying she -didnt look Indian-, the latest incident underscoring racial prejudice and ignorance about people from the Northeast.........Read more

Member who blocked India's entry into NSG must be held accountable, says US

Member who blocked India's entry into NSG must be held accountable, says US - US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Tom Shannon asserted that in a consensus-based organisation, one country can break consensus. But in order to do so it must be (held) accountable.........Read more

Gunman who opened fire at cinema complex in Germany shot dead, many injured in incident: Reports

Several people have been injured after a masked man opened fire at a cinema complex in German town of Viernheim, according to local media reports.........Read more

As Tamil Nadu begins shutting down liquor stores, customers aren’t shaken or stirred just yet

Near a busy, congested junction in South Chennai's Velachery is a shuttered shop without a signboard. But two empty liquor bottles balanced on the edge of a wall are a giveaway, as are the scores of metal bottle caps strewn across the shop front.........Read more

The Legend of Zelda is the biggest game at E3 because it finally changed

It’s not really accurate to describe Nintendo’s E3 2016 show floor presence as a booth — it’s more of a shrine. And that shrine is dedicated almost entirely to one thing: the upcoming Legend of...........Read more

Banks may get to rework debt of stressed firms

RBI may allow banks to restructure capital of debt-laden companies, but could insist on higher provisioning........Read more

4 in 5 women in India experienced some harassment: Survey

Nearly four out of five women (79 per cent) in India have experienced some form of harassment or violence in public, according to latest research by ActionAid UK released today to mark the International Safe Cities for Women Day.........Read more

4 of most polluted cities in India

Four of the world's top 5 polluted cities are in India, says the World Health Organisation's (WHO) latest urban air pollution database, with Delhi being divested of the 'world's most polluted city' tag.........Read more

In pics: Inside IRNSS-1G, India’s 7th navigation satellite

India completed its landmark mission for a regional navigational system on par with US-based GPS with the successful launch of IRNSS-1G, the seventh and last in the constellation of satellites that make up the system on Thursday.........Read more

India seeks Vijay Mallya’s deportation from UK

The ministry of external affairs has written to the UK high commission requesting liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya’s deportation for “investigations under the prevention of money laundering act”, the government said on Thursday.........Read more

Massive fire at Delhi’s FICCI auditorium, 35 fire tenders rushed to spot

Two fire officials were seriously injured while trying to contain the blaze which broke out around 1.45 AM, and were rushed to hospital where they are in a critical state, an official said.........Read more