Coronavirus - India Moved Fast On Lockdowns, Can Restrict It To Hotspots: WHO Envoy

The United States and Italy are examples of what a delay in tackling the coronavirus crisis can do, the special COVID-19 envoy to the World Health Organisation told NDTV on Thursday, generously praising India's move to quickly implement a nationwide lockdown. "This is a disease in which the sooner we respond, the more we will be able to contain the spread," said Dr David Nabarro.........Read more

BCCI Targeting July-September Window For IPL 2020: Reports

A report in the Times of India suggests that the FTP programme between these three months is not as packed as others and that if all goes well, the BCCI would not shy away from staging the IPL anytime between July and September. “The 2009 IPL – in South Africa – was played inside 37 days. That’s five weeks and two days. If that kind of a window is made available, the IPL can be held partly in India and partly overseas, or the entire tournament can be shifted, depending on how the Covid-19 situation is globally."........Read more

'... Armed Outfit May Exploit': Assam To Remain 'Disturbed Area' Under AFSPA For Another 6 Months

The Assam government has extended the status of "disturbed area" for the state by another six months under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), saying the insurgent groups could take advantage of the law and order situation and lure the youth into following their footsteps over the displeasure due to the newly amended citizenship law. “…the armed outfits may attempt to exploit the law and order situation that may arouse due to Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 passed by Parliament of India on 11th December 2019 and attempt to lure misguided youths into its fold…” a statement from the state government said on March 17.........Read more

Chinmayanand, Sengar’s poster surfaces next to UP’s ‘name and shame’ CAA hoardings

According to the news agency, IP Singh had put up poster against Kuldeep Sengar and Chinmayanand near the hoardings by the government in Lucknow with names, addresses and photos of those accused of violence during the anti-citizenship Amendment Act protests last year. The poster has the photographs of Kuldeep Senger and Chinmayanand as well as the details of the cases against them. “These are the culprits of the state’s daughters, beware of them,” says the poster right next to one of the CAA hoardings. “Daughters must be aware for Hindustan to remain safe,” it added.........Read more

‘Father of India's Navy’: Who was Admiral Gorshkov and why is he revered in Asia today

Naval cadets around the world think of Sergey Gorshkov as the man who said ‘Better is the enemy of good’ and transformed the Red Fleet into the powerful Soviet Navy. Little known fact is that he ‘fathered’ the Indian Navy, too. India’s naval ties with the Soviet Union can be traced back to the mid-1960s. Following a humiliating defeat in the 1962 Indo-Chinese war, the government in New Delhi embarked on a plan of defense modernization. When New Delhi’s efforts to solicit interest from the United States and Britain went mostly without success, India turned to the Soviet Union for assistance — sparking the rapid development of Indo-Soviet naval ties in the late 1960s and early 1970s.........Read more

Akshay Kumar Donates Rs 1.5 Crore To Build A Home For Transgenders In Chennai

Akshay Kumar, who is currently busy with his forthcoming releases, took out time to support and uplift the transgender community in India. The actor recently donated Rs 1.5 crore to build a home for transgenders in Chennai. Raghava Lawrence, who is directing Akshay's upcoming film Laxmmi Bomb, shared the "good news" of the actor's new initiative with friends and fans along with some pictures on Facebook. ........Read more

Eminem Reveals Why He Finally Performed At The Oscars After 17 Years

In an interview with Variety, Eminem said at that time, he felt Academy Awards were not a right place for him to perform. "I kinda figured maybe since I didn't get a chance to do it at the time, maybe it would be cool. Back then, I never even thought that I had a chance to win, and we had just performed 'Lose yourself' on the Grammys... So we didn't think it was a good idea. And also, back at that time, the younger me didn't really feel like a show like that would understand me.........Read more

Digital surpasses print to become 2nd largest advertising medium after TV

Advertising spends on digital media overtook spends on print in 2019, becoming the second largest advertising medium in India after television. A GroupM report also found that 27% of all advertising spend went to digital media platforms in 2019, while 22% went to print publications. India, the report noted, is expected to be the fastest-growing advertising market in the world. GroupM forecasts India’s advertising investment to reach Rs 91,641 crore in 2020. Of this 30% or Rs 27,803 crore is expected to be earned by digital media companies, 42% or Rs 38,081 crore is estimated to be spent on television and 20% or Rs 18,140 crore is expected to be invested on the print medium.........Read more

Bhutan ends free travel for Indian passport holders. Add Rs 1,200 per day to your trip

nding the provision of free entry for Indian tourists into the country, Bhutan recently announced that it will levy a daily fee of Rs 1,200 per person from July 2020. Other countries included in the scheme are Maldives and Bangladesh. As for children between the age of 6 and 12 years, a fee of Rs 600 needs to be paid. The fee, called a Sustainable Development Fee (SDF), is a provision recently introduced by the Bhutanese government to help regulate the heavy tourist traffic in the country.........Read more

Researchers find serious flaws in WordPress plugins used on 400k sites

The highest-impact flaw is an authentication bypass vulnerability in the InfiniteWP Client, a plugin installed on more than 300,000 websites. It allows administrators to manage multiple websites from a single server. The flaw lets anyone log in to an administrative account with no credentials at all. From there, attackers can delete contents, add new accounts, and carry out a wide range of other malicious tasks.........Read more

Indian Economy lost More Than $1 Bn due to frequent internet shutdowns in 2019

India was ranked the third worst-hit economies in the world due to internet shutdowns after crisis-hit countries Sudan and Iraq. The UK-based tech research firm Top10VPN, on Tuesday (January 7), revealed that around 4,196 hours of internet blackouts in India cost the Indian economy close to $1.3 Bn in 2019.........Read more

India Malaysia trade war: India may slap trade curbs on Malaysia for its J&K, CAA stand

Modi government is reviewing its economic engagement with Malaysia and may impose formal checks on shipment of palm oil and electronic goods in retaliation to Kuala Lumpur's stance on Kashmir and Islamic preacher Zakir Naik.........Read more

Malaysia Masters 2020: Saina Nehwal Enters Quarters, to Face Long-Time Rival Carolina Marin

Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal came out with a spectacular showing on Thursday as she defeated South Korea’s An Se Young in her second-round clash of the ongoing Malaysia Masters at Kuala Lumpur. Nehwal, a London Olympics bronze medallist defeated the World No. 8 Young 25-23, 21-12 in a match that lasted for 39 minutes to make it to the quarter-finals. ........Read more

PS5 Logo Revealed At CES 2020

Sony's Jim Ryan appeared on stage to reveal the PlayStation 5 logo. Ryan also spoke briefly about some of the features of the PlayStation 5, including 3D audio sound, adaptive triggers for the new controller, a faster SSD to improve loading times, as well as ray-tracing and an Ultra HD blu-ray drive. ........Read more

Citizenship Act protests: Army cautions against fake news on social media

The Indian Army on Saturday issued an advisory asking people to steer clear of fake news and false information being spread on social media by some people against Army's action in the wake of protests in the northeastern states over the Citizenship Act, 2019. "Avoid lies and propaganda. False news and propaganda is being spread on social media by some harmful elements. Avoid false rumors, do not listen to false news, nor pay attention to it.........Read more

'Gamosa' to 'Joi Aai Asom', the Signs of Pride that Shaped Assam Protests Against Citizenship Act

The Assamese 'gamosa' and the salutation 'Joi Aai Asom' along with the cry 'Ho!Ho!' has become the symbol of the protests raging the state against the amended Citizenship Act. The 'gamosa', a white and red patterned cotton handwoven fabric, is traditionally offered to elders and guests as mark of respect and honour by Assamese people. It is being used by the protestors to assert their identity, which they claim has been threatened by the Act.........Read more

Rs 225-Crore Bets Were Placed in Single TNPL Game, BCCI to Investigate: Report

In a detailed report submitted by ACU to the board mentioned that one Tamil Nadu Premier League 2019 match between Tuti Patriots and Madurai Panthers witnessed a staggering betting amount of Rs 225 crore (24 million pounds) on the international gambling site Betfair. Further, the unit also asked the board to consider pulling a plug on some of the leagues, where bookies and corruption were involved heavily.........Read more

SDMC launches policy for granting license for setting up mobile towers on wheels

Seeking to boost revenue and ensure better mobile connectivity, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on Wednesday launched the policy for granting license to service providers for setting up mobile towers on wheels, officials said. Under this policy, any new or existing telecom company or service provider having a valid license from the department of telecommunication in the Centre, can apply for a license for setting up of cell on wheels (COW) within the jurisdiction of SDMC on the basis of monthly rental charges.........Read more

Elon Musk explains why Tesla’s Cybertruck windows smashed during presentation

Right before the metal ball test, von Holzhausen smacked the door with a sledgehammer on stage to prove its durability (and unlike the glass, it was fine), and Musk says this impact “cracked base of glass,” which is why the windows subsequently smashed when hit by the ball.........Read more

Pay dues or will cut fuel supply by Oct 18: Oil companies warn Air India

The oil marketing companies had earlier said in August that the national carrier owed Rs 5,000 crore in unpaid fuel bills with payments being delayed by almost eight months. ........Read more

Face Recognition App leaks photos of Suspects from Madurai Police Database

Indian Startups, Entrepreneurship, News, Resources & More The Tamil Nadu police unit used CopsEye developed software to store images The issue was highlighted by security researchers The data and the app have been taken down from public view In a major privacy breach, Tamil Nadu police’s Madurai unit’s database of thousands of ‘suspected criminals’ was made public without its knowledge. The database included names and photographs of the people under the scanner. The leaked data also included OTP codes, administrator password and details of the police officers using the app. The database was found by security researchers Robert Baptiste, also known as Elliot Alderson, and Oliver Hough. The duo took to Twitter to report the data breach. The Tamil Nadu police used CopsEye, designed by Madurai-based startup Geomeo Informatics, to enable a facial recognition security system. The system was adopted by Madurai police in June this year. The app allowed the police to take photos of people suspected to be involved in criminal activities. Cops Eye would automatically scan the previous criminal records to make investigations of the suspects easy. South Korean Biometrics Security Platform Breached, Leaks ‘Millions’ Of Fingerprints........Read more

Obituary: RIP Khayyam, The Man of Melody, Soul, Indianness And Humanitarian Gestures

When living legend Lata Mangeshkar tweeted to describe music maestro Khayyam’s demise as the “end of an era”, she said it all. Khayyam’s music, soaked in the spirit of rich classical allure, represents the sort of melody unthinkable in Bollywood mainstream nowadays. He was one of the last bastions of an era of Hindi film music that has all but ended – one that was defined by inherently Indian melody that celebrated the sounds and culture of the soil. Come to think of it, even in the era when he created music in Bollywood, his adherence to classicism made Khayyam an exception. Through the sixties, seventies and eighties – his busy years – Bollywood was discovering the sound of music coming from the West. Ever the puritan, and never inclined to filch a note from western influences, Khayyam’s oeuvre had to be restricted to films that offered the scope for Indian notes. Not surprisingly, the first film that comes to mind when you talk Khayyam is Umrao Jaan, Muzaffar Ali’s lavish costume drama of 1981, which won the composer a National Award for Best Music Direction. The success of Ali’s arthouse gem has always been attributed to two factors primarily – the gorgeous Rekha’s career-defining performance as the eponymous courtesan and Khayyam’s songs, brought alive with haunting charm by Asha Bhosle.........Read more

Army jawans will be now trained for officer’s job

In a first, the army is setting up a dedicated facility in south India where jawans will be given training to a clear two-tier selection process to become officers in the force. To be called the Young Leaders’ Training Wing, it will be co-located at the Chennai-based Officers Training Academy.........Read more

Creators aren’t surprised that YouTube won’t enforce its own policies against harassment

YouTube’s cyberbullying and harassment policies state that content “deliberately posted in order to humiliate someone” and making “hurtful and negative personal comments/videos about another person” isn’t allowed. Creators like Hank Green, Lindsay Ellis, Riley Jennis, ProZD, and many others called out YouTube for its hypocrisy.........Read more

Congress may fail to secure leader of the opposition post again

The Congress is unlikely to get the post of the Leader of the Opposition (LoP) in Lok Sabha for a second time in a row as it has yet again failed to get 10% seats in Parliament’s lower House. To get the LoP post, a party should get 55 out of the 543 Lok Sabha seats. At the time of filing this report, the Congress had won or was leading on 52 seats.........Read more

Ashok Leyland Ready To Ride On Elon Musk's India Dream

Tesla CEO Elon Musk who has been moving back and forth on his India dream for a couple of years and unable to take the next big step now has an invitation from commercial vehicles major Ashok Leyland. Musk wants to make India his next big market but the question lingers: Will the electric car ever run on the bumpy 'desi' roads?........Read more

Rs 1,000-cr drugs seized in Greater Noida in country’s biggest raid

In the country’s biggest ever narcotics seizure, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Thursday recovered 1,818kg of pseudoephedrine from a house in Greater Noida and arrested two Nigerian nationals and one South African national. The approximate value of the seized drugs are estimated to be more than Rs1,000 crore.........Read more

NHA sets up unit to boost innovations

The National Health Authority (NHA), the implementing body for the Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (AB-PMJAY), has set up a unit to promote innovations that reduce dependence on imported technologies to make quality health care affordable.........Read more

Naval officer dies fighting fire onboard INS Vikramaditya

A naval officer lost his life while endeavouring to bring down fire onboard the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya. The incident happended when the ship was entering the harbour in Karwar, Karnataka. The Navy said that the fire was brought under control by the crew without inflicting any severe damage to the carrier.........Read more

RCB sign Dale Steyn as replacement for injured Coulter-Nile

Royal Challengers Bangalore have roped in South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn as a replacement for Nathan Coulter-Nile, who has opted out of the remainder of the tournament with a back niggle. The team management has confirmed that Steyn will only be available from April 16. ........Read more

Andhra CM Naidu slams EC, says 30 per cent EVMs not working

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has said that about 30 per cent EVMs are not functioning in the state, which is voting for all assembly and Lok Sabha seats. Naidu said he is planning to file a review petition in the top court.........Read more

Wrestler Ritu Phogat excluded from Olympic TOPS programme

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) recently took the decision to drop wrestler Ritu Phogat from the TOPS scheme after she decided to abandon wrestling to try her luck at MMA in Singapore. SAI also selected five para-badminton players to be included in the TOPS scheme for the Paralympic Games.........Read more

Surat-based student Mehul Choksi submits doctoral thesis on PM Modi

A Surat-based student Mehul Choksi has successfully completed his PhD thesis on Narendra Modi as the Chief Minister of Gujarat and Prime Minister of India. He submitted his research thesis on the topic "Leadership under Government - Case Study of Narendra Modi."........Read more

Google removed 2.3B bad ads, banned ads on 1.5M apps + 28M pages, plans new Policy Manager this year

Using both manual reviews and machine learning, in 2018, Google said removed 2.3 billion “bad ads” that violated its policies, which at their most general forbid ads that mislead or exploit vulnerable people.........Read more

‘UP govt is afraid’: Akhilesh Yadav says stopped at Lucknow airport to prevent him from visiting Prayagraj

Alleging that he was stopped from boarding a plane from Lucknow to Allahabad, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav lashed out at the Yogi Adityanath government on Tuesday. He said this government believes in “roko, thoko neeti” (policy of stop and encounter).........Read more

'Will Break Ties With NDA if Citizenship Bill is Passed in RS,' Says Meghalaya CM

National Peoples Party(NPP) president and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma threatened that his party will quit the BJP-led NDA if the proposed legislation was passed in Rajya Sabha.........Read more

Amid Protests Over Citizenship Bill, PM Launches Projects In Northeast

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is leading the Bharatiya Janata Party's campaign blitzkrieg ahead of this year's Lok Sabha election, is visiting the northeast for a whirlwind tour of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura.........Read more

Congress says will scrap Triple Talaq Bill if it comes to power

Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev said that the party would abolish the Triple Talaq law if it was voted to power in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. ........Read more

Kohli Makes History With Clean Sweep of ICC Awards, Pant Named Emerging Cricketer

Virat Kohli has become the first player in history to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year, the ICC Men’s Test Player of the Year and the ICC ODI Player of the Year awards in the same year following an extraordinary 2018.........Read more

Chandrababu Naidu alleges Centre threatening to impose Prez rule in Andhra

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu alleged that the Centre was threatening to impose President’s Rule in the state but, he said, nobody would be cowed down by such threats.........Read more

BMW To Locally Assemble The X7 And X4 In India

BMW has confirmed that the new BMW X7 and BMW X4 will be assembled locally in India at its Chennai manufacturing facility along with other SUVs. ........Read more

High Court dismisses plea to stop eviction of National Herald publisher

The Delhi High Court dismissed the petition filed by Associated Journals Limited challenging the eviction order of October 30 by Land and Development Authority. The court has granted two weeks’ time to vacate Herald House.........Read more

Indian regulators took talc samples from plants, says J&J

The visits come as the regulators in India launch an investigation into the company’s Baby Powder after the firm knew for decades that cancer-causing asbestos lurked in the product.........Read more

At least 13 labourers feared dead in Meghalaya coal mine

At least 13 labourers were trapped in an illegal coal mine in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills district, located at a distance of 97 km from the State Capital, Shillong. Police officials suspect all the 13 trapped labourers might have died.........Read more

‘Army not job provider, do not feign disability or illness’: Gen Bipin Rawat

Indian Army should not be looked upon as a job provider organisation, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said in Pune and warned personnel who feign illness or disability in order to avoid duty or get benefits.........Read more

Maharashtra Assembly approves 16% quota for Marathas

The Maharashtra Assembly Thursday unanimously passed a legislation granting 16 per cent reservation to the Maratha community under the socially and educationally backward category. ........Read more

New Hyundai Santro Sold Out For Next 3 Months; Waiting Period Increases

Hyundai’s vast Sriperumbudur facility is already running at its full capacity and since the new santro has been sold out for the next three months, the waiting period subsequently goes up further by upto. ........Read more

Income Tax Return Filings Double to 3 Crore, Refund up by 81 per cent

The income tax return filed for the last year has more than doubled to 3 crores, according to the data collected up to the last week shows the number of refund cases has also increased by more than 81 per cent to 65 lakh. ........Read more

Maruti Suzuki Swift And Dzire Recalled In India Over Faulty Airbag Controller

Maruti Suzuki has issued a voluntary recall for the new generation Swift and Dzire models in the country to inspect a possible fault in the airbag controller unit. 566 Swift and 713 Dzire models that were manufactured between May 7 and July 5, 2018, as part of the recall exercise.........Read more

NEET: CBSE moves SC against Madras HC order

The CBSE on Monday approached the Supreme Court, challenging a recent Madras High Court judgement that directed allocation of grace marks to students who wrote the NEET in Tamil.........Read more

Congress Android App Puts User Data at Risk in Singapore, Claims French Hacker

Elliot Alderson, a self-proclaimed French hacker, who alleged misuse of personal data by the Narendra Modi (NaMo) app, Alderson on Monday alleged that the Congress’s app was transferring user data to the party’s website, whose server, according to the hacker, is located in Singapore.........Read more

Indigo and GoAir ops hit: PW1100 engines can only be used when we consider it safe, says Jayant Sinha

Jayant Sinha said, " Safety is a priority. 43 such engines(PW1100) are there worldwide out of which 19 are in India & are being used by Indigo & GoAir. We don't consider this safe, technical analysis is underway & these engines can only be used when we consider it safe." ........Read more

New Lotus 3-Eleven 430 Revealed

The Lotus 3-Eleven 430 comes fitted with a 3.5-litre supercharged and charge-cooled V6 engine that produces 430 bhp of max power and 440 Nm of peak torque. Lotus 3-Eleven 430 is also the fastest Lotus road car to lap the Hethel circuit, 0.8 seconds quicker than the second place Exige Cup 430, and two seconds quicker than the previous 3-Eleven, setting the record at 1 minute 24 seconds.........Read more

Intel is planning to come out with smart glasses this year; looking to sell majority stake in its AR glasses unit

The smart glasses codenamed 'Superlite' are expected to be made by Taiwanese manufacturer Quanta Computer, the same company that also helps make Apple Watch. They should pair with your smartphone using Bluetooth and a laser projector will display the information in the wearer's field of view.........Read more

ISIS releases message from Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi asking militants to 'have patience'

he Islamic state (ISIS) group released an audio on Thursday urging its followers to target "media centres of the infidels" and burn their enemies everywhere. The militant group also claimed that the audio message was of their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.........Read more

From heart disease to asthma, natural selection 'weeding out' a range of diseases

Genetic variants linked Alzheimer's disease and heavy smoking is not so frequent in people who have longer life spans. This suggests, researchers say could be natural selection's way of weeding out these undesirable variants in the population.........Read more

Forces seek Rs 27 lakh crore over next 5 years for defence projects

The armed forces have sought an allocation of Rs 26.84 lakh crore ($416 billion) over the next five years to ensure requisite military modernisation and maintenance to take on the collusive threat from Pakistan and China as well as to safeguard India’s expanding geostrategic interests.........Read more

100 terrorists killed in Jammu and Kashmir this year as forces go on relentless offensive

Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir - including the Indian Army, J&K police and paramilitary troops - have eliminated 100 terrorists in the first half of this year in one of the biggest successes in recent years.........Read more

Being genius: Indian-origin boy beats IQ score of Einstein, Hawking with zero preparation

The India-origin teenager Arnav from UK has successfully secured the top possible score of 162 on a Mensa IQ test, two points higher than Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking. Hailing from Reading town in southern England, passed the Mensa IQ test without any preparation and had never seen the pattern of the paper before appearing for it.........Read more

RBI directs bank branches to comply with PPO order

Reserve Bank has asked bank branches to record pension payment order number in the passbooks of pensioners to avoid any hassle in case the PPO is lost.........Read more

You don't see what I see? Visual perception may depend on birthplace and environment

Scientists have long recognized that the mental processes behind thinking and reasoning differ between people raised in Western and Eastern cultures. Those in the West tend to use 'analytical' processing—analyzing objects independently of context—while those in the East see situations and objects as a whole, which is known as 'holistic' processing.........Read more

The Star That Probably Doesn't Have an Alien Megastructure (But Maybe it Does) is Dimming Again - Universe Today

The first indications that the star was dimming again were reported late last month by the Fairborn Observatory in Arizona. The robotic telescope spotted what might be a dip in brightness on April 24th, 2017. Within a week, the brightness returned to normal levels, but the event (known as “Event 1” in the star’s light curve, shown below) caught the interest of astronomers around the world.........Read more

Lamborghini Urus: New details surface ahead of global unveil

It has also been revealed that Lamborghini is working on a plug-in hybrid version of the aforementioned engine, which will likely be launched a year after the standard model's debut. Lamborghini will likely be unveiling the Urus globally by the end of this year, with deliveries starting in select markets from the second quarter of 2018.........Read more

Researchers identify 6,500 genes that are expressed differently in men and women

Men and women differ in obvious and less obvious ways—for example, in the prevalence of certain diseases or reactions to drugs. How are these connected to one's sex? Weizmann Institute of Science researchers recently uncovered thousands of human genes that are expressed—copied out to make proteins—differently in the two sexes. ........Read more

Electromagnetic Fields Linked With Nerve Disease: Study

Pilots, welders and other workers who are persistently exposed to high levels of electromagnetic fields may be at higher risk of developing deadly motor neurone disease, according to a study published.........Read more

Anju Bobby George Might Soon Get An Olympic Medal, To Appeal Against Russians For Doping

One of India’s most celebrated long jumper Anju Bobby George might soon get an Olympic Silver medal as she is planning to make an appeal to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) with regards to the illegal means that the Russian’s used to monopolize the 2004 Olympic event.........Read more

Centre made Rs 1.99 lakh crore from levies on petrol, diesel in 2015-16

The massive jump in excise duty on petrol and high speed diesel helped the government mop up nearly 40% of its indirect tax kitty from the two auto fuels in 2015-16, compared to 34% in the previous financial year. Union excise duty collection shot up almost 70% from Rs 1.69 lakh crore during 2013-14 to Rs 2.87 lakh crore in 2015-16, with a majority of the contribution being from petrol, diesel, cigarettes and gutka. ........Read more

A Black Hole's Record Breaking Lunch - Universe Today

The black hole, named XJ1500+0154, appears to be the real-life equivalent of the Pit of Carkoon, the nesting place of the all-powerful Sarlacc in Star Wars, which slowly digested its victims. Over ten years ago, this giant black hole ripped apart a star and has since continued a very long lunch, feasting on the stars’ remains. Astronomers have been carefully monitoring this slow ‘digestion,’ because it is so unusual for what are called tidal disruption events (TDEs), where tidal forces from black holes tear stars apart.........Read more

All Income Tax returns must be filed by March end of assessment year

With a view to expedite tax assessments, the revenue department proposes to make it mandatory for tax payers to file I-T returns as well as revised returns by March end of the assessment year (AY). The department, in the memorandum to Finance Bill 2017, has also proposed a fee for delayed filing of income tax returns. In case of people whose total income does not exceed Rs 5 lakh, Rs 1,000 fee would be charged.........Read more

Every Third Victim Of A Road Accident Is A Youth, 42% Of Accidents Caused By Overspeeding

In 2015, at least 48,420 people in the age group of 15-24 years were killed in road crashes. The number was bigger at 79,000 for people killed in road crashes in the age group of 15 to 34 years. This was 54% of all road deaths that India recorded in 2015. The data also show how nearly 42% of people dying on roads was due to speeding beyond the permitted limit.........Read more

US Intelligence Finds No Evidence of Trump's Administration Ties to Russia

The US intelligence investigation into alleged ties of US President Donald Trump's administration to Russia has not found evidence of any wrongdoing so far, local media reported.........Read more

Fingerprint transactions through Aadhaar Pay to be a reality soon as Centre pushes for digital economy

Aadhar Pay, the business version of Aadhaar-enabled payment system (AEPS), which ensures financial transactions by just using fingerprint, is set to become an alternative for all online and card transactions which require password and PIN.........Read more

Jerusalem cancels vote on settlement construction

The city of Jerusalem canceled a vote Wednesday to approve the construction of 492 units -- such as homes, synagogues and other public buildings -- in East Jerusalem, a city council member said. The decision follows a request from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said council member Hanan Rubin, who's also a member of the city's zoning committee.........Read more

Zojila tunnel project worth Rs 10,000 crore to be built using govt funds

After four failed attempts of awarding and cancelling contracts to private firms, the Narendra Modi government on Monday decided to build the 14.08-km stretch of Zojila tunnel project in Jammu and Kashmir using its own funds. The proposed tunnel connecting Srinagar and Ladakh region is estimated to be worth Rs 10,000 crore.........Read more

This Dynamic Marathoner is Training Indian Runners to Bring Home Olympic Gold Some Day

Roshni discovered a love for running while in the middle of a heartbreak in 2003. Now she trains other runners and facilitates their entry into marathons. Her dream is for one of her team members to win an Olympic medal for India.........Read more

Ujjwala scheme: OMCs hope to reach out to 50 million users within 3 years

Under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala scheme, which was launched in May, the govt provides LPG connections to poor women along with aid over a period of three years........Read more

This Land Is Your Land

If the figures are fed into a regular calculator, it will throw up an ­error message. The acres and acres of land lying idle and locked up for decades in industrial units, mostly public sector and, at times, ­private, add up to the size of a small country. So far no attempt has been made to evaluate its real worth. Now, the central government has finally ­embarked on a mammoth exercise........Read more

The Last Days of Death

IN THE TWENTY-FIRST century humans are likely to make a serious bid for immortality. Struggling against old age and death will merely carry on the time-honoured fight against famine and disease, and manifest the supreme value of contemporary culture: the worth of human life.........Read more

Alert! Do not share your sensitive details on FB Messenger Chatbots

If people want to get the tracking information of their orders online, chatbots are a perfect solution for a successful communication, but the story is not same when it comes to sensitive data like bank account information or insurance company details.........Read more

China reveals first images of Mars rover, aims for 2020 mission

China's latest manned space mission is due in October and is aiming for a manned moon landing by 2036........Read more

All you need to know about Govt's e-marketplace

The government today launched a training programme for procurement officers of Central government departments who will be using its newly launched e-market........Read more

With Indian Army as its biggest client, Axio Biosolutions is transforming trauma care

Axio Biosolutions is a trauma care and device company. It's product Axiostat is a single-use, non-absorbable haemostatic dressing that can control bleeding in wounds, accidents, combat situations, capillary cuts, and stab wounds, venous and arterial ruptures.........Read more

'Tiranga yatra' will end when tricolour hoisted in PoK, says Jitendra Singh as Baloch activists thank PM Modi

Balochistan activists have urged Narendra Modi to raise the issue in the next session of U.N., and speak out on Pak atrocities.........Read more

Microsoft to kill Skype: App won't work on Windows Phone 8, 8.1, Android 4.0.2, iOS 7, Mac OS X 10.6

Skype support for Windows RT, Mac OS X 10.6, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 8.1, Android 4.0.2, and iOS 7 will be stopped.........Read more

Lodha panel impact: BCCI likely to wait and watch, no headway at SGM

The BCCI has six months to ensure that reforms are carried out while another 12 months will be given to state units to toe the line.........Read more

Amid Sharp India-Pak Tension, Rajnath Singh To Visit Islamabad Next Week

Amid searing tension with Pakistan, Home Minister Rajnath Singh will fly on Wednesday to Islamabad to attend a summit of SAARC, which has eight South Asian countries as members.........Read more

250 Dalit families denied entry into TN temple, want to convert to Islam

According to reports, several Dalit families have also returned their Voter IDs and Aadhaar cards in protest.........Read more

Haridwar ardh kumbh attack plotters were lured by slain Indian ISIS recruits

Suspected ISIS operatives were allegedly conspiring to carry out terror activities in national Capital and adjoining regions and during Ardh Kumbh in Haridwar.........Read more

John compares 'Dishoom' to 'Bad Boys', 'Lethal Weapon'

Actor John Abraham has compared his upcoming film "Dishoom", where he will be seen with Varun Dhawan and Jacqueline Fernandez, to the American 'cop-buddy' films.........Read more

India for peaceful means to resolve South China Sea row, Pak backs Beijing

India urged China on Tuesday not to reject a United Nations-backed tribunal’s ruling that Beijing had no legal basis to claim historic rights to resources within much of the South China Sea, which has been subject to territorial disputes by several countries.........Read more

Vijay Mallya denies United Spirits Limited’s allegation that he diverted funds worth Rs 1,225 crore

The former liquor baron said the claims were ‘unfounded’, and all transactions made were ‘legal, above board and approved’.........Read more

Too much or too little sleep puts men at diabetes risk: study

The prevalence of diabetes has doubled in the same time period.........Read more

Land acquisition: Telangana offers to pay compensation as per Central Act

KCR gave the choice to farmers to opt for either the Central law or the state government’s land acquisition policy.........Read more

Anil Kumble appointed India head coach

Former India captain Anil Kumble has been appointed coach of the national side for one year, the BCCI announced on Thursday. His first assignment will be India's four-Test tour of West Indies........Read more

Kairana row: Sangeet Soms yatra stopped in Meerut, SP rakes up post-Gujarat riots migration

Defying prohibitory orders, and even instructions from the BJP senior leadership, controversial lawmaker Sangeet Som today held a Nirbhay Yatra in Uttar Pradeshs Meerut city over the partys allegations of mass Hindu exodus from Kairana in neighbouring Shamli district.........Read more

Medical Council of India grants 45-day reprieve for over 200 medical colleges

The panel on Tuesday decided to give extra time of 45 days for reconsideration of the cases disapproved this year.........Read more

India's NSG entry will trigger N-race, says China

China on Tuesday said that India's entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group would........Read more

Benelli TNT 600i ABS Launched in India; Priced at Rs. 5.73 Lakh

DSK-Benelli has officially launched the 2016 TNT 600i with switchable ABS in India priced at Rs. 5.73 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The naked street-fighter first equipped with ABS first made its public appearance at the 2016 Auto Expo earlier this year and the upgrade comes in-line with the company's announcement.........Read more

Saina Nehwal Enters Finals of Australian Open, Kidambi Srikanth Knocked Out

Saina Nehwal defeated second seed Wang Yihan to enter the final of the Australian Open Badminton Championships while Kidambi Srikanth lost in the semi-final.. latest Badminton news........Read more

Modi's five-nation tour - Geneva visit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here today on the third leg of his five-nation tour during which he will hold talks with Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann to deepen bilateral and multilate........Read more

Thakur sees opportunity in Lodha recommendations' challenge

Newly-elected President Anurag Thakur today vowed to carry on the reforms process in the BCCI, insisting that the Board would not run away from implementing the........Read more

Public Accounts Committee of Parliament to take up AgustaWestland issue

Public Accounts Committee of Parliament headed by senior Congress leader K V Thomas, which was reconstituted this week, is likely to take up the contentious AgustaWestland case, an issue which has created a political firestorm both within and outside Parliament.........Read more

Agusta Scam Reflects Same Hierarchy As Bofors: Defence Minister To NDTV

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has come out all guns blazing against the Congress party's top leadership in the AgustaWestland scam. In an exclusive interview to NDTV, Mr Parrikar said his predecessor AK Antony's hands were tied and he "assisted in wrongdoing." Here are the highlights of the interview: A deal of this nature could not have been swung by Former Air Force chief Tyagi alone. Bofors is 30 years old but the hierarchical set up is the same. The Congress is morally and criminally responsible for the AgustaWestland scam. Former Defence Minister AK Antony's hands were tied and he was not allowed to function. The price of helicopters was padded by at least 70 per cent. There must be a strong hand and strong man behind the deal. Who do you think can influence a deal like that? There are few people in this country. Field evaluations of the helicopter shouldn't have been done outside India. I will see to it that there is no witch hunt and future acquisitions aren't affected. We took two years to take action and there is nothing wrong. We have saved democracy from the Congress. Congress dismissed my government twice. It has no moral right to talk about 'save democracy.' The price of the helicopter should not have been more than Rs. 180 crore. We bought the helicopter at Rs. 308 crore. I keep my options to name the strong man who guided the process and benefited from it. The Congress is so scared that they walked away and didn't even dare to stop the proceedings of the House. I know who got the money but I don't want to influence investigations. We are getting same defence equipment purchased earlier cheaper rates. We want to make Augusta an example. A K Antony wasn't involved personally but assisted in wrong doing. He was made to change his mind by a strong hand. Neither the CBI nor ED investigated the case properly in the last government. Italian middlemen couldn't have taken the names that they did unless influence exerted to swing the deal.........Read more

Intake for medical, para-medical courses only in Sept - Times of India

Admissions to medical and para-medical courses are likely to start by the first week of September. The results of the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) will be declared only in the last week of August — that accounts for the delay in the intake process.........Read more

Flipkart stake marked down 20% further by 2 investors - The Economic Times

Valic marked the value of their Flipkart shares at $98.19 per unit for February quarter, down 20.2% from $123.11 assigned at the end of November 2015.........Read more

The 25 most ruthless leaders of all time

WikimediaAttila the Hun.One man's hero is another man's tyrant, a popular aphorism goes.But while we can argue the validity and virtue of certain political........Read more