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Trump to declare national emergency to free billions for border wall, official says

President Donald Trump plans to sign a compromise border security measure and then announce that he is using executive action, including declaring a national emergency, to spend $8 billion for border barriers.........Read more

RBI to release Rs 350 coin to mark 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced that it will release limited edition Rs 350 coins to mark the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh. The face of the coin will have Ashoka Pillar, while the back will feature a picture of Takht Shri Harimandir Ji Patna Sahib. ........Read more

100 Left organisations to hold protest in state capitals against Modi govt on May 23

The 'Jan Ekta Jan Adhikar Andolan' (JEJAA), an umbrella organisation consisting of trade unions, peasant organisations, agricultural workers, state and central government employees, bank and insurance workers, college and university teachers, students, women, Dalits, Adivasis and environmentalists, would observe 'Protest Day' on May 23.........Read more

GM Mustard: Farm scientists from NAAS thrash the critic's arguments

The National Academy of Agriculture Sciences on Wednesday torpedoed the arguments of the anti-GM lobby on the indigenous genetically modified mustard and offered support for the commercial release of the GM oil seed, created by Delhi University scientists.........Read more

Pilotless planes to be ready by 2025, but people are not

We are yet to see commercial adoption of driverless cars because it is perceived as scary to be sitting in a vehicle that isn’t being controlled by a living, breathing human being. But you know what could be scarier? Pilotless planes! Autonomous planes are expected to become mainstream as early as 2025. However, people may not be ready to absorb the idea of passengers being air-borne with no human assistance.........Read more

Hundreds Attack Noida Complex, Throw Stones As Row Over Help Explodes

Hundreds of angry villagers threw stones outside a housing society in Noida near Delhi this morning alleging that a young woman employed as domestic help in one of the apartments was held captive overnight and beaten up by her employers because they suspected her of stealing money.........Read more

Nokia 6, Nokia 5 availability in India confirmed: It's sooner than you think

HMD Global is riding high on the success of its Nokia smartphones, even though the portfolio is currently limited to just three smartphones. As India presents itself as a key market for Nokia's success, HMD Global has confirmed that two of its budget premium smartphones – Nokia 6 and Nokia 5 – will be available for purchase as early as next month.........Read more

North Korea fires suspected land-to-ship missiles as South Korea delays THAAD

North Korea fired what appeared to be several land-to-ship missiles off its east coast on Thursday, South Korea's military said, a day after the South postponed full deployment of a controversial U.S. anti-missile system designed to deter a North Korean attack.........Read more

Carmakers to pay $553 million over Takata airbag issue

Under a proposed settlement in a class-action case, Toyota, BMW, Subaru and Mazda are set to pay a total of $553 million to current and former owners and lessees of 15.8 million vehicles. The money is meant to reimburse them for car rentals or other expenses - like lost wages, towing charges or child care - incurred while waiting for their cars to be repaired.........Read more

Rajnath Singh promises ‘unannounced action’ against Pakistani terror groups

Vowing to take action against Pakistan-based terrorist groups in the wake of increased attacks on Indian security forces, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said that Narendra Modi government would not let “countrymen hang their heads in shame” and “respond without announcing”.........Read more

Erectile dysfunction can be prevented by having a healthy heart

“This study showed that men who were less likely to have risk factors for heart disease and had healthier behaviors (non-smoking, physically active, healthier diet) were also less likely to have erectile dysfunction later in life,” Lane-Cordova said by email. “Men may avoid erectile dysfunction the same way they may avoid heart disease.”........Read more

Messi wins appeal as FIFA wipes ban

Argentina will have Lionel Messi available again with immediate effect after the remaining three matches of his four-game suspension were wiped by FIFA as his appeal against the sanction succeeded.........Read more

Soldiers mutilation: Indian army retaliating to Pakistani aggression, says Army chief Bipin Rawat

Amid an increasing demand for strong action against Pakistan for the mutilation of two Indian soldiers, Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat on Thursday said that security forces do not talk about future plans in advance.........Read more

China announces ‘standardised’ official names for 6 places in Arunachal Pradesh

The official names of the six places using the Roman alphabet are Wo’gyainling, Mila Ri, Qoidêngarbo Ri, Mainquka, Bümo La and Namkapub Ri. The India-China border dispute covers the 3,488 km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC). While China claims Arunachal Pradesh as South Tibet, India asserts that the dispute covers Aksai Chin area which was occupied by China during the 1962 war.........Read more

SC Dismisses Plea to Declare Indus Waters Treaty Between India, Pakistan Illegal

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition that sought to declare the Indus Waters Treaty between India and Pakistan as illegal and unconstitutional. "This treaty is of 1960 and this treaty has held good for more than half a century," a bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar said while dismissing the PIL filed by lawyer ML Sharma in his personal capacity.........Read more

Endless Mission One is a tiny desktop on a mission

Rather than Microsoft's Windows 10, Apple's MacOS or even Google's Chrome OS, the Endless Mission One runs its own custom operating system, the Linux-based Endless OS. For everyone who's asked us to include Linux PCs in our reviews, you finally have one, although it's a highly customized environment with a UI designed to be very user-friendly, with an almost Android-like look.........Read more

Chennai port under DRI radar to check counterfeit currency smuggling

Raids have been conducted here since Friday evening after a tip-off that counterfeit currency — including Rs. 500 and Rs. 2,000 notes — has reached the country’s shores. Due to this the movement of containers have been restricted. Container cargo here is being screened. ........Read more

Sweden: Gangrape streamed live on Facebook, 3 suspects detained

Three young men suspected of gang raping a woman in Sweden and livestreaming the attack on Facebook have been detained, police said, urging social media users on Monday to turn over the footage.........Read more

Mixing energy drinks, alcohol may affect adolescent brains like cocaine

Drinking highly caffeinated alcoholic beverages triggers changes in the adolescent brain similar to taking cocaine, and the consequences last into adulthood as an altered ability to deal with rewarding substances, according to a study.........Read more

Common sets of genes disrupted in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression

Studying brain tissue from deceased donors, Johns Hopkins scientists have found common groups of genes disrupted among people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression. The commonly affected genes sets, identified with RNA sequencing methods, engage in making proteins, controlling brain cell communications and mounting an immune system response, the researchers say.........Read more

Just In: Pakistani actors have been banned in India

Just In: Pakistani actors have been banned in India - The Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) has passed a resolution banning Pakistani actors and artists in India...........Read more

For first time, researchers see individual atoms keep away from each other or bunch up as pairs

If you bottle up a gas and try to image its atoms using today's most powerful microscopes, you will see little more than a shadowy blur. Atoms zip around at lightning speeds and are difficult to pin down at ambient temperatures.........Read more

Curfew lifted from parts of Srinagar

Curfew was on Tuesday lifted from most areas of Srinagar in view of the improving situation. Life in the Valley, however, remained affected for the 46th day due to restrictions and strike in the wake........Read more

Maharashtra to give land for mandis

Realising from Delhi’s dismal experience that mere removal of fruits and vegetables (F&V) from the purview of the law governing marketing of agriculture produce won’t automatically destroy...........Read more

This space entrepreneur from a small town in Rajasthan is taking on the Elon Musks of the world

At 4 feet, 11 inches, Neha Satak from Beawar in Rajasthan stands tall in the crowd of young entrepreneurs today. Giving up promising prospects in the US, s........Read more

Bobby Deol is now a DJ: It's worse than his acting

"Deol family mein tragedy ho gayi hai, please side," a gigantic bouncer announced to no one in particular, swatting an imaginary swarm of people away. I went to his show. I want my money back!........Read more

Audi Plans to Launch 3 Electric Vehicles By 2020

Electric cars are the future and there's no doubt in our mind that many mainstream manufacturers are now getting serious about it. We've already seen luxury car manufacturers like BMW, set up a strategy for electric vehicles. Yes, it already has the ........Read more

$5 Trillion Meltdown: What If China Shuts Down the South China Sea?

China has fired off a music video, editorials and plenty of other propaganda, along with a few volleys from PLA Navy ships, in response to the international court ruling on the South China Sea, which it denounced as “null and void.” But after threatening to set up an air defense identification zone, what might the economic impact be if Beijing went one step further and closed off the entire area inside its so-called “nine-dash line”? Based on a 1947 map by the then Kuomintang government, the vaguely defined nine-dash line encompasses around 90 percent of the South China Sea. It spans an area the size of Mexico extending more than one thousand kilometers from China, and which encompasses territory claimed by Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. While China is the major beneficiary of freedom of movement in the region, a number of other countries rely upon shipping routes through the disputed area, namely Japan, South Korea and Australia. An estimated $5 trillion worth of goods are transported through South China Sea shipping lanes each year, including more than half the world’s annual merchant fleet tonnage and a third of all maritime traffic worldwide. Oil transported through the Malacca Strait from the Indian Ocean, en route to East Asia via the South China Sea, is triple the amount that passes through the Suez Canal and fifteen times the volume that transits the Panama Canal. According to Robert D. Kaplan, some two-thirds of South Korea’s energy supplies, nearly 60 percent of Japan’s and Taiwan’s, and 80 percent of China’s crude oil imports flow through the South China Sea. Analysts estimate the cost of rerouting oil tankers via the Lombok Strait and east of the Philippines at $600 million per annum for Japan, and $270 million per annum for South Korea. The majority of Australian cargo travelling through the South China Sea is destined for China; however, were China to obstruct shipping routes in the South China Sea between Australia and its other trading partners, it could force a costly reroute of some $20 billion worth of cargo per annum. Oil and Gas Wealth :: Another reason for China’s interest in the South China Sea is its massive potential for oil and gas—what Kaplan has described as a “second Persian Gulf.” The U.S. Energy Information Agency estimates the South China Sea holds eleven billion barrels of oil—similar to Mexico’s total oil reserves and 190 trillion cubic feet of natural gas—enough to meet twenty-eight years of Chinese gas demand. The China National Offshore Oil Corporation has invested some $20 billion in attempting to prove its more optimistic estimate of 125 billion barrels of oil and five hundred trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Should these estimates prove accurate—and there is some debate over the actual recoverable reserves—then the South China Sea could contain more oil than anywhere else on Earth, apart from Saudi Arabia. The caveat is that much of these reserves are located in deepwater fields, which are more technologically difficult and extremely costly to extract. For China’s energy needs, cheaper alternatives are readily available, particularly given low current oil prices. But for the Philippines and Vietnam, losing access to the South China Sea’s potential oil and gas wealth would be far more economically significant. Fishing Rights :: As marine populations decline in China’s coastal waters, overfishing has forced Chinese vessels further from home, advancing as far south as Indonesian territorial waters and causing growing conflict. While China has sought to shut out other nations’ fishing vessels from the South China Sea since 2012, a total closure of the region would be extremely damaging to Southeast Asia. Commercial fishing accounts for an estimated 3 percent of Indonesia’s GDP and almost 2 percent in Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand. China has a powerful bargaining chip in its position as the largest trading partner for nearly all Southeast Asian economies. According to ASEAN data, in 2014, China accounted for more than one of every five dollars of imports from Southeast Asia, with the European Union accounting for one of every eight, and Japan one in ten. While analysts such as Malcolm Cook suggest that China “doesn’t have the clout” to exert hegemony in the region apart from the states of Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, shutting the South China Sea would damage Southeast Asia as well as curtailing the flow of goods to larger economies, such as Japan, South Korea and Australia. Yet should the crisis escalate, the most damaging economic fallout would likely be a breakdown of trade in one of the world’s last remaining regions of economic dynamism. Even for China, the world’s second-biggest economy, the cost of such a shutdown would vastly surpass the benefits from keeping the South China Sea all to itself.........Read more

20,000 students get yet another chance with Neet-2

Less than a week is left for Neet-2, scheduled for July 24. While both Telugu states have held their respective Eamcets for admission to the convener’s quota in medical and dental colleges, students wishing to join the management quota in private........Read more

India’s first social network in regional languages, ShareChat raises funding led by SAIF Partners

Bengaluru-based ShareChat today announced it has raised $1.25 million as a part of their Series A funding. This round was led by SAIF Partners, contributing $1 million, and existing investor India Quotient, contributing as much as $25,000.........Read more

More Delay in OROP, Govt Gives 6-Month Extension to Panel

The government had announced implementation of OROP on November 7, 2015 to benefit over 25 lakh ex-servicemen and war widows.........Read more

Factbox: Smashed bangles and no red sarees, India's widows face colourless life

By Rina ChandranMUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India has the greatest number of widows in the world, but many face abuse, violence, property t........Read more

What'€™s the Secret Behind Tommy Hilfiger'€™s Success?

The fashion mogul started to fund his business by running his first shop from the boot of his car.........Read more

Technology is the great luxury destroyer

In the wake of this week's launch of the preposterous Solarin phone, I got to thinking about the strained relationship between luxury and personal electronics. When was the last time a piece of...........Read more

Imparting 'core values' through Gita, Mahabharata is no saffronisation of education - Firstpost

If through the Gita and Mahabharata we can teach values of truth, peace and righteous conduct, is it still an 'attempt' at the saffronisation of education?........Read more

Unfortunate If Indians Dilute Their Friendship With Africans: Pranab

He said no impression which is not in line with our ethos or core values of our ancient civilization should be created.........Read more

Sunrisers choke RCB chase for first title

Sunrisers Hyderabad clinched their maiden IPL title by choking Royal Challengers Bangalore's chase of 209 with an eight-run win in the final at the Chinnaswamy Stadium........Read more

Indus era 8,000 years old, not 5,500; ended because of weaker monsoon - Times of India

Scientists from IIT-Kharagpur and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) have uncovered evidence that the Indus Valley Civilization is at least 8,000 years old, and not 5,500 years old, taking root well before the Egyptian (7000BC to 3000BC) and Mesopotamian (6500BC to 3100BC) civilizations.........Read more

China will 'behave' under my presidency: Donald Trump - Times of India

"Let me tell you something. China will behave and China will be our friend. We'll do better under China with me and we're also going to do better economically with me. They are going to respect our country again," Trump said.........Read more

26/11 Mumbai attack case: Lakhvi, others to be charged for abetment to murder - Times of India

"The seven suspects will be charged individually for the abetment to murder of each victim of Mumbai attack case," a senior court official said, quoting the verdict of the trial court. The official told PTI that the court, however, did not allow cross examination of the suspects in this regard.........Read more

RBI governor Raghuram Rajan says 'helicopter money' no panacea - Times of India

Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan said on Tuesday that he had doubts "helicopter money", or free cash given directly to citizens to stimulate growth, would be successful if adopted by developed world policymakers.........Read more

India to push for Mallya's extradition: Why this is tougher for Modi govt

If Mallya is a lost case for the Indian government, the ones to be blamed are the banks and investigating agencies for acting too late in this case........Read more