Cyclone Nisarga Strikes Alibaug Near Mumbai: 10 Points

Tropical storm Nisarga made landfall this afternoon near Alibaug, a popular getaway about 100 km from Mumbai, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) chief SN Pradhan, tweeted, along with some clips that show trees swaying amid strong winds and heavy rain. An important setting in colonial history, Alibaugreported wind speed of 93 km per hour this afternoon. The tropical storm - likely to weaken into a cyclone in the next six hours - crossed the coast withwind speeds of 100-110km per hour, gustingup to 120 km per hour, the weather office said.........Read more

Advantage JMM-Congress Alliance In Jharkhand, Predicts Poll Of Exit Polls

The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha's alliance with the Congress may just dethrone the BJP government headed by Raghubar Das in Jharkhand in the recently concluded Jharkhand elections, exit polls indicated on Friday. Two exit polls have predicted the JMM-Congress alliance may cross the majority mark at 41. A poll of three exit polls has predicted the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha-Congress will get 40 seats - the halfway mark - while the BJP will get 29 seats. ........Read more

17 hand grenades recovered near LoC in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district

A search operation was launched on specific information in Kharagali area of Loran border belt and a hideout was busted. Army and police personnel launched a joint search operation in border areas of Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district and recovered 17 hand grenades on Friday, a senior police officer said. A search operation was launched on specific information in Kharagali area of Loran border belt and a hideout was busted, he said. Seventeen hand grenades were recovered, he said adding it appears they were 3-4 months old. ........Read more

Decks cleared for Rahul Dravid to head cricket operations at NCA

Rahul Dravid is set to take charge as head of cricket operations at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, with an eye on converting the academy into a high-performance centre, the BCCI's target for a long time now. Although the tenure of the contract could not be ascertained, understands that it would be a long-term arrangement. With the NCA job, Dravid's role in Indian cricket has been expanded. He is also head coach of the India A and India Under-19 men's teams, positions he has held since 2015. It is believed that Dravid will continue in those roles, but will have the authority to delegate coaching duties to the assistant coaches in case he is unable to travel. Dravid was meant to take charge at the NCA in early July, but it was delayed because he is also a paid employee of India Cements, owned by former BCCI president and ICC chairman N Srinivasan. It would have led to a conflict of interest situation, but as reported by The Hindu, Dravid has taken a leave of absence from India Cements until such time he serves as the head of NCA. Keeping in mind the exponential growth of the game in India, especially after the advent of the IPL, the BCCI has wanted an experienced person at the helm at the NCA, someone who would chart a pathway and structure for young talent to flourish. It is understood that Saba Karim, BCCI's general manager of cricket, and Rahul Johri, the BCCI chief executive, were the key people involved in getting Dravid on board.........Read more

Jal Shakti Abhiyan to be Launched Today: All You Need to Know

Jal Shakti Abhiyan will be launched across the country from today by Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. The drive is aimed at accelerating water harvesting and conservation measures, said reports. In his Mann Ki Baat programme on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called upon people to start a mass movement for water conservation and resolve to save every drop of water amidst water scarcity in several parts of the country. He had said an awareness campaign should be started which should not only focus on water-related problems but also propagate ways to save water.........Read more

Hackers secretly ran cryptocurrency mining malware on Indian government sites

It has come to light that tons of Indian government sites have been infected with cryptocurrency mining malware, designed to steal visitors’ computing power to earn coins. Alongside the affected government domains, a further 119 Indian websites have been identified as running the notorious CoinHive script.........Read more

Everything you need to know about Europe’s new copyright directive

The European Parliament approved amendments to the controversial Copyright Directive, a piece of legislation intended to update copyright for the internet age. Critics said the vote heralded the death of the internet, while supporters congratulated themselves for saving the livelihoods of starving artists and giving US tech giants a poke in the eye.........Read more

India vs England, Live Cricket Score Updates, 3rd Test Day 2 at Trent Bridge: Hosts shot out for 161, India lead by 168

England bundled out for 161 as India lead by 168 runs and Pandya bagged 5 wickets. Earlier, Stuart Broad and James Anderson came back well after starting waywardly to clean up the Indian lower-order. The Indian innings folded up for 329 with the tail failing to wag.........Read more

Lunar meteorite suggests an abundance of water beneath Moon's surface

Moganite, the mineral in question was found in a lunar meteorite found in northwestern Africa, notes a report by A team of Japanese scientists have confirmed its presence. This could mean that the Moon could have reservoirs of water in the form of ice just below its surface. Moganite is a crystal of silicon dioxide and is similar to quartz. On Earth, it forms under specific circumstances in alkaline fluids, notes the report. This is the first time that moganite has been detected in lunar rocks.........Read more

Assembly election results: Setback for Left, Congress, as BJP makes huge electoral gains in northeast - Times of India

A dash of anti-incumbency, a few strategic regional alliances and a huge outreach effort by parent organisation RSS have helped the BJP generate a saffron wave in the northeast, a region where it wasn't even a bit player five years ago.........Read more

RBI to introduce plastic Rs 10 notes soon

The government has asked the Reserve Bank of India to complete preparations for the field trial of Rs 10 notes soon. These notes are expected to first hit Mysuru, Kochi, Jaipur, Bhubaneshwar and Shimla. The RBI is also expected to inject enhanced security features into the new plastic notes which will make counterfeiting difficult. Sources close to the development said that the RBI has begun procuring plastic polymers for such currency notes, whose field trial should begin during in summer.........Read more

Yogi Adityanath sends this fiery message to criminals in Uttar Pradesh after number of encounters mounts

Amid criticism over growing number of encounters of alleged criminals in the state, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has made it clear that everyone should be guaranteed security, but those who want to disturb the peace of the society and believe in the gun should be given the answer in the language of the gun itself. I would tell the administration, that there is no need to worry about this.........Read more

No Proposal to Ban Junk Food Advertisements on Television, Says Govt

The government said on Thursday that there is no proposal at present to ban advertisements of junk food on television, while nine major food business operators have decided not to advertise products with high fat on children's channels.........Read more

Go to Pakistan if you are against Ram temple in Ayodhya, says Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf board chief, Waseem Rizvi

Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board Chairman Waseem Rizvi has suggested those who are opposing the Ram temple in Ayodhya and want to build the Babri Mosque there. People having such fundamentalist mentality should go to Pakistan and Bangladesh. Such Muslims do not have any place in India.........Read more

AI used to uncover mystery of ancient manuscript

Researchers at the University of Alberta in Canada used artificial intelligence to decode the ambiguities in human language using the 15th- century Voynich manuscript as a case study. Their first step was to address the language of origin, which is enciphered on hundreds of delicate vellum pages with accompanying illustrations.........Read more

'Padmaavat': SC refuses to reconsider lifting ban, slams MP, Rajasthan for asking for it

The Supreme Court (SC) today pulled up Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh while dismissing their plea asking the court to reconsider lifting the ban on 'Padmaavat' in their states citing. The SC then directed the two states to implement its order from last Thursday allowing screening of the film and asked them to take steps to maintain law and order.........Read more

Coming soon to Kerala: robots that clean sewers

The Kerala Water Innovation Zone, formed under KWA, and KSUM signed a memorandum of understanding in this connection at the office of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. The robot - named Bandicoot - developed by startup firm GenRobotics, is set to be operational during the annual Attukal Pongala festival in Thiruvananthapuram, in March.........Read more

China's new Silk Road hits political, financial hurdles

From Pakistan to Tanzania to Hungary, projects under President Xi Jinping's signature "Belt and Road Initiative" are being cancelled, renegotiated or delayed due to disputes about costs or complaints host countries get too little out of projects built by Chinese companies and financed by loans from Beijing that must be repaid.........Read more

Not in Favour of Making National Anthem Mandatory in Cinema Halls: Centre to Supreme Court

Changing its stand overplaying of the national anthem in cinema halls, the Centre on Monday asked the Supreme Court to modify its order making the playing of the national anthem before every show mandatory in movie halls across the country. In an affidavit submitted to the Supreme Court, the Centre said that it has formed an inter-ministerial committee to frame new guidelines. It added that any further action will be taken after the committee submits its recommendations.........Read more

Next-Gen Honda Amaze To Launch Soon In India

The next-gen Honda Amaze to be launched in the Indian market at the 2018 Auto Expo in February. On the mechanical front, the next-gen Amaze is likely to carry forward the existing 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engine producing 88bhp and 100bhp respectively. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual and a CVT gearbox.........Read more

Bhopal Gangrape Case: All 4 Accused Get Lifetime Imprisonment

All four accused who gang-raped a 19-year-old UPSC aspirant in Bhopal on October 31 have been sentenced to life imprisonment by a fast-track court on Saturday. The accused identified as Golu alias Bihari Chadhar (25), Amar alias Ghuntu (24), Rajesh Chetram alias Raju (26) and Ramesh Mehra alias Raju (45) stood silently as additional district and sessions judge Savita Dube delivered the verdict.........Read more

Hockey World League Final 2017: India Beat Germany to Win Bronze Medal

India beat Germany 2-1 in the bronze medal match of Hockey World League (HWL) Final 2017 at the Kalinga Stadium on Sunday. Out of the title race after a heart-breaking loss to Argentina, a demoralised India put up a solid show to win their last match of the tournament and finish third, hence reclaiming their bronze medal.........Read more

‘Strategic suspension,’ says Jaitley after Congress acts against Aiyar for ‘neech’ remark on PM Modi

Finance minister Arun Jaitley has termed Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s ‘neech’ remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a “deliberate casteist statement”, adding that his suspension from the party was “strategic” and urged people to see through “this game”.........Read more

Salman Khan's Tiger Zinda Hai Trailer released

Salman Khan’s fans had been eagerly awaiting the trailer release of the much-anticipated film, Tiger Zinda Hai. Helmed by Ali Abbas Zafar. The entire film, though fictional, is based on a real-life premise which has a group called ISC (ISIS) holding 25 Indian nurses as hostage in Iraq.........Read more

NASA Just Completed The First Test of a Tracking System For Hazardous Asteroids

NASA scientists have led a multi-national team of astronomers in the first international exercise testing our ability to track dangerous asteroids. Their goal? To "recover, track, and characterise a real asteroid as a potential impactor,"........Read more

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani Calls Rahul Gandhi ‘Gappidas’, Rejects His Claims About Unemployment

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Sunday called Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi ‘Gappidas’ for making claims about rampant unemployment across the state. Rupani emphasised that he is ready to debate with Gandhi about the figures of unemployment in the state. ........Read more

Tottenham Hotspur stuns Real Madrid 3-1 to reach knockout phase

Tottenham Hotspur stunned Champions League holder Real Madrid 3-1 on Wednesday to qualify for the knockout phase for only the second time and increase the pressure on coach Zinedine Zidane.........Read more

US to Prepare New Draft Sanctions on North Korea: Treasury Chief

"I'm going to draft a sanctions package and send it to the president for his strong consideration so anybody (who) wants to do trade or business with them will be prevented from doing trade or business with us," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.........Read more

UN Chief Concerned About India's Plans to Deport Rohingyas

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is concerned about India's plans to deport Rohingya refugees to Myanmar. “Obviously we have our concern about the treatment of refugees. Once refugees are registered, they are not to be returned back to the countries where they fear persecution,” Haq said while responding to a question about reports that India was going to send back Rohingyas.........Read more

Arnab Goswami vs Shashi Tharoor defamation case: Delhi HC raps Republic TV anchor, says bring down your rhetoric

The Delhi High Court on Monday rapped anchor and managing director of Republic TV Arnab Goswami while hearing a defamation case filed by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor.........Read more

How Aadhaar compares to other biometric national identification systems around the world

The Aadhaar program is one of the technology success stories of India, and is an initiative unparalleled in scope anywhere else in the world. India is leading the way in the implementation of a national identification program linked to biometric data. As of March 2017, 113 crore residents in India have an Aadhaar card, which is roughly 88.6 percent of the projected population.........Read more

Former engineer says Uber is a nightmare of sexism

A former Uber engineer has published an explosive account of sexism and power struggles in the workplace, with allegations beginning from her very first official day with the company. The engineer, Susan Fowler (who left Uber in December and now works for Stripe), posted the account to her blog on Sunday, calling it a “strange, fascinating, and slightly horrifying story.” It is indeed horrifying.........Read more

Flipkart sells small stake to ‘Times of India’ publisher for Rs260 crore

India’s largest e-commerce firm Flipkart Internet Pvt. Ltd has sold a small stake to media firm Bennett, Coleman and Co. Ltd (BCCL) for cash and advertising space in the latter’s media properties, according to regulatory documents and one person familiar with the matter.........Read more

I-T refunds rise by a whopping 41.5%, government issues 1.62 cr refunds worth Rs 1.42 lakh cr

The income tax department has issued refunds to the tune of Rs 1.42 lakh crore so far this fiscal till February 10, 41.5 per cent higher than last year’s. The Centralised Processing Centre (CPC) of the tax department has already processed over 4.19 crore income tax returns (ITRs) and issued over 1.62 crore refunds during the current financial year up to February 10, 2017.........Read more

NASA has serious plans to look for alien life on Jupiter's moon Europa

If we want to find alien life in our solar system, Jupiter's icy moon Europa is one of the best places to look for it. And scientists may get a chance to do just that in the coming decades. A new NASA report outlines the goals for a mission that could land on the icy moon as soon as the 2031.........Read more

Governor have dashed Sasikala’s immediate hopes of being sworn-in as chief minister.

Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao is of the view that it would not be prudent to call V.K. Sasikala to form a government now in view of the impending Supreme Court judgement in the corruption case in which she is an accused, sources said.........Read more

Reimperialisation: How Russia is trying to establish control over the erstwhile Soviet republics

Since 2000, Russia has shown increasing tendency towards “reimperialisation” of the post-Soviet space, especially in regards to the territories inhabited by ethnic Russians, as I argue in my book Beyond Crimea: The New Russian Empire. Moscow counts some 35 million Russians and Russian speakers abroad as compatriots concentrated in states such as Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Latvia and Estonia and has repeatedly demonstrated commitment to engage and protect these populations.........Read more

India Inc raises Rs 1,424 crore in rupee bonds in November

The highest borrower firms include Power Finance Corporation Limited, which borrowed Rs 676 crore for the purpose of lending or sub-lending for a period of five years. Similarly, TRL Riceland Pvt Ltd borrowed Rs 400 crore due to some other reasons for a period of 10 years through the RDB route, according to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) data.........Read more

Indo-Bangla border to be completely sealed by mid 2018: Rajnath Singh

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said the security of the more than 200-kilometre-long Indo-Bangladesh border was a priority for the BJP government and it will be completely sealed in next one and a half years.........Read more

Use of Central forces in I-T raids not unusual: Officials

Deployment of Central forces to provide security to Income Tax officials during search operations and raids is not a new phenomenon, but is used sparingly, officials said, responding to criticism from........Read more

Use Mobikwik for tatkal bookings: IRCTC and leading mobile wallet join hands for Digital India

 The MobiKwik option shall now appear on the payments page of IRCTC's tatkal bookings section. The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC),........Read more

India ranks above US with 275mn smartphone connections; second only to China

According to GSMA, India with its 275 million smartphone connections in Q2 2016, is now second only to China which has 910 million smartphone connections. India is ahead of the US which ranks at third spot with 259mn connections.........Read more

Kolkata: MTech student in trouble for criticising ‘immersion carnival’

On Sunday allegedly she received a call from her neighbour about the 5 feet-7-inch hoarding coming up near her house. The same day, a group of women reportedly assembled near her house and asked her to apologise in public. “These women, who are supporters of the ruling party in my locality, gathered near my house and repeatedly asked me to apologise for my post. I did not. My neighbours came to my rescue and they were forced to leave. I support SFI, may be that was why they couldn’t digest my post,” said Rajashree.........Read more

‘We can’t even step out to buy medicines’: AMU girls battle sexist rules in hostels

Across several states, girls in hostels are battling patriarchal rules that prevent them from being out late in the evening and force them to adhere to a dress code, among other oppressive rules. In Bhopal’s Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT), girls staged a demonstration against a ban on wearing miniskirts, nightgowns and shorts in the campus, dining room and hostel office area.........Read more

Cloud based communications supplier Twilio acquires Kurento WebRTC technology

Twilio Inc. isn't a name many consumers will recognise, even though it has recently led a modest revival in the U.S. market for technology initial public offerings by nearly quadrupling in value since its stock market debut in June.........Read more

No Gold for Yogeshwar Dutt as wrestling body clears 2012 London Olympics champion of doping

Yogeshwar Dutts chances of 2012 London Olympics medal upgrade to Gold are over as United World Wrestling clears Togrul Asgarov of Azerbaijan of doping.........Read more

Curfew In Kashmir To Be Lifted Except In Pulwama And Parts Of Srinagar

A 52-day long curfew in Kashmir, which has witnessed violent protests since the killing of Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani on July 8, will be lifted, except in Pulwama district and some parts of Srinagar.........Read more

[Bootstrap Heroes] How these IITians are bridging the gap between manufacturers and retailers in $108B garment industry

Wholdus is a manufacturer to business e-distribution platform that connects manufacturers to retailers........Read more

Mother's high-fat, high-sugar diet affects future generations

Pregnant women who eat high-fat,high-sugar diets may lead to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease in multiple generations, even if their kids consume healthy diets, a new study has warned.........Read more

PM Modi, Lankan President Sirisena inaugurate India-aided stadium in Jaffna; hail it as centre for reconcillation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lankan President Maithripala on Saturday jointly inaugurated a state-of-the-art stadium that was recently renovated with India's help in Jaffna today. PM Modi participated in the event through video conferencing.........Read more

39 Indians, ISIS and Harjit Masih's Great Escape 

40 Indians were abducted by ISIS from Mosul, Iraq in June 2014. Only one returned to India Harjit Masih.........Read more

Caste on Your Plate: A Tale of Food Snobbery in India 

Does food play a role in reinstating the caste practices in India? What does history say about €˜caste-restaurants€™.........Read more

Six Congress MLAs cross over to Trinamool in Tripura

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) threw a political challenge to ruling CPI(M) in Tripura after six Congress MLAs joined the party on Tuesday. The Congress, which........Read more