'It's a Farce': India Says Kulbhushan Jadhav Coerced by Pakistan into Refusing to File Review Petition

India on Wednesday described as "farce" Pakistan's claim that Kulbhushan Jadhav, on a death row in an alleged espionage case in Islamabad, has refused to file an appeal against his sentence. The Centre said he has been coerced to refuse to file a review petition. Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said Jadhav has clearly been coerced to refuse to file a review in his case, terming it as a "brazen attempt" to scuttle even the inadequate remedy available to him. ........Read more

June jeopardy: How Covid-19 picture changed for India

The country recorded more than 4,00,000 new cases of Covid-19 in the 30 days of June. This number alone would have made India the fourth worst-affected country by coronavirus case count. India anyway is the fourth worst-affected country after the US, Brazil and Russia. In absolute terms, India reported the third highest number of new coronavirus cases in June after the US and Brazil. In fatality, India was fourth with Mexico recording more deaths to stand behind the US and Brazil. Through the month of April when a strict lockdown was in place, India recorded 33,248 fresh cases of Covid-19. The number surged to over 1.5 lakh in May. At the end of May, India was the eighth worst-affected country in the world.........Read more

Abdul Razzaq Joins Former Pakistan Players Alleging India Lost to England on Purpose at 2019 World Cup

The match became a hot topic after Ben Stokes’ latest book ‘On Fire’, touched on the game in some detail. The all-rounder wrote that “there was little or no intent from Dhoni” in the match, and described the partnership between Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli as “mystifying”. The matter boiled over when former Pakistan bowler Sikander Bakht took to Twitter claiming that Stokes wrote in his book that India lost intentionally to England to remove Pakistan from the World Cup. Stokes however denied the claims on social media, calling the suggestions as “click bait”.........Read more

ED chargesheet against Yes Bank founder Rana Kapoor to mention Rs 5,000 crore money laundering

The Enforcement Directorate is set to file its chargesheet in the Yes Bank case in the PMLA court in Mumbai against founder Rana Kapoor and his family members. ED has provisionally attached 168 bank accounts of Rana Kapoor and his family and their network companies with worth Rs 52 crore. The agency has also attached 59 paintings worth Rs 4 crore, including an MF Hussain painting of Rajiv Gandhi and mutual funds worth Rs 3 crore. The Rajiv Gandhi portrait bought by Kapoor from Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for Rs 2 crore has been shown as proceeds of crime by ED, sources said.........Read more

Oscars 2020 Winners: Joaquin 'Joker' Phoenix Best Actor, Parasite Bags Top Honours at 92nd Academy Awards

Best supporting actor: Brad Pitt, "Once Upon a Time ... Parasite emerged as the biggest winner at the 92nd Academy Awards. The Korean film won four Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best International Feature Film and Best Original Screenplay. Joaquin Phoenix took home the Best Actor award at Oscars 2020 for his performance in 'Joker'. Rennee Zellweger wins her second Oscar. Tonight she was honoured with Academy Award in Best Actress in a Leading Role.........Read more

No more SSC, RRB, IBPS Exams for Group B, Group C jobs? Modi govt proposes CET

The Union government has proposed to introduce a Common Eligibility Test (CET) to shortlist candidates for vacancies of Group ‘B’ Non-Gazetted posts, certain Group ‘B’ Gazetted posts, Group ‘C’ posts in the Government and equivalent posts in Government bodies through a computer-based online examination to be conducted exclusively by a specialized agency.........Read more

Infosys Fires Non-Performing Employees: Report

The country's second largest software services company - Infosys - has terminated the services of non-performing employees at multiple levels as part of its involuntary attrition.........Read more

Kartarpur row: India to sign agreement on Oct 23, urges Pakistan not to levy $20 fee on pilgrims

The government has been consistently urging Pakistan to not levy such a fee in deference to the wishes of the pilgrims. India said that it is a matter of "disappointment" when understanding has been reached on most of the elements for facilitating the visit of pilgrims from India.........Read more

Big business is using tech to learn about our behaviour

In 2017, behavioural economist Richard Thaler won the Nobel Prize in Economics for his groundbreaking work on how people make irrational choices and how their behaviour can be modified to help them make better decisions. Cass Sunstein and Thaler’s book, Nudge, opens with an illustrative example of a woman who experiments with the layout of food in cafeterias to help kids make healthy food choices — for example, placing carrots rather than French fries at eye level. Thaler’s work was instrumental in exploring how public policy can be leveraged to manipulate human behaviour for better outcomes. Governments around the world formed “nudge units” to prod their citizens towards making better decisions — from quitting cigarettes to reducing energy consumption. However, detractors, fearing the encroachment of the state into their personal lives, criticised the idea of nudges as a policy instrument for promoting government paternalism, infantilising people and diminishing autonomy. the nefarious and covert behaviour modification we are constantly subject to as we interact with digital technology.........Read more

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi's Murder 'Happened Under My Watch', Says Saudi Crown Prince

Saudi Arabia's crown prince appeared to accept responsibility for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, telling US television a few months later that it "happened under my watch," but denying any prior knowledge. "It happened under my watch," Prince Mohammed bin Salman told a reporter in December 2018, according to quotes released ahead of a new PBS documentary to be aired next week. "I get all the responsibility, because it happened under my watch," the heir to the Gulf kingdom's throne is quoted as saying, following the October 2 murder. Prince Mohammed, the kingdom's de facto ruler, has come under huge international pressure after the US-based writer was killed and dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Khashoggi's body was never found. ........Read more

Every Indian is a Hindu for RSS, Mohan Bhagwat tells foreign journalists

The move to effectively scrap Article 370 will help integrate Kashmir with the rest of the country and Kashmiris do not need to worry about losing their jobs or land, said Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday in an interaction with journalists from foreign media platforms. The meeting, which was restricted to 80 journalists from 50 organisations, is an attempt by the RSS to articulate its stance on various issues from their demand for the construction of the Ram Temple to a nationwide ban on cow slaughter. On the abrogation of the constitutional provision according special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Bhagwat said this had removed all barriers that had prevented Kashmir’s integration. Abrogation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir has been a long standing demand of the RSS. The Sangh has thrown its weight behind the union government’s decision to bifurcate the state into two union territories. The RSS chief is also learnt to have explained the Sangh’s version of Hindutva and underscored that Hinduism is diversity in unity and it is a concept. Every Indian is a Hindu for the RSS, he said. The RSS chief who was accompanied by the general secretary Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi also answered questions on issues of caste-based reservation, homosexuality and the ongoing NRC exercise in Assam. He is learnt to have said that NRC is not about expelling people, but about identifying those who are not citizens of the country.........Read more

Doctors seek strict punishment for attackers as CM Mamata pledges new security measures

The representatives demanded that punishment against the attackers should be such that a message is sent out to all. They said that they were working in an atmosphere of fear and that they wanted to resume work as soon as possible. They also sought a strong legal policy for assault against the medical fraternity. The Chief Minister asked the doctors to make a plan, incorporating the measures they want to be taken to step up security across all government hospitals.........Read more

Cross-check more votes on VVPATs, Supreme Court tells Election Commission

The Supreme Court told the Election Commission to file an affidavit listing its stand on increasing the proportion of EVM votes to be verified with the paper trail. The Apex Court also told the Election Commission that no institution including the judiciary should insulate itself from suggestions and improvements.........Read more

PM Modi Reaches Out to Farmers Ahead of Polls, Launches Rs 75,000 Cr Kisan Scheme From Gorakhpur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi formally kicked off the implementation of Rs 75,000-crore Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme and distributed the first instalment of Rs 2,000 to over one crore farmers during his visit to Gorakhpur and Prayagraj.........Read more

Boost to food processing sector! Government to relax FDI regulations

The government will relax foreign direct investment (FDI) regulations to give a boost to the food processing sector, which has attracted USD 8.7 billion of investment. MNCs and investors were facing some hurdles, which has now been removed in terms of modifications, harmonisation.........Read more

Karunanidhi groomed me to take over DMK, MK Stalin tells cadre

Mk Stalin said "I was groomed by Kalaignar. I won't be cowed down by intimidation. I will face challenges posed from within the party and outside. I stand as one among you and swear to take forward our party leader's principles".........Read more

Rajasthan: 7-year-old raped, strangled to death in Jhalawar

A seven-year-old girl was raped and strangled to death in Rajasthan's Jhalawar area, police said. The incident took place on Friday when the girl was returning home from a Guru Purnima event. ........Read more

Compensation for live-ins if a man refuses to marry?

A bench of Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and Abdul Nazeer said provisions for fixing liability have to be considered to ensure that a woman does not remain remedyless after criminal offence of rape is not made out because of a consensual relationship.........Read more

Andhra mulls issuing bonds for ₹42,000 crore to fund construction of Amaravati

Andhra Pradesh government is examining the possibility of issuing bonds worth ₹42,000 crore for the construction of its capital city Amaravati, realising that the chances of securing assistance from the Centre are remote........Read more

Italian Banker Raped by Tour Guide on Pretext of Showing Amitabh Bachchan's House in Juhu

In a shocking incident, a 37-year-old Italian banker was allegedly raped in Mumbai’s Juhu area by a man, who claimed to be a tour guide........Read more

XL Cinema App to start with ‘Naa Peru Surya’

Kunal Prasad, the app founder, said, “I can proudly say that the app XL Cinemas will give a fresh experience to audience. When a film is running in theatre, irrespective of the language being played in theatre, one can select the audio in required language and can hear the dubbed version using this app. We are experimenting the app through Allu Arjun starrer ‘Naa Peru Surya’........Read more

In terror funding probe over 200 Jan Dhan accounts come under scanner

Several Jan Dhan accounts have come under the scanner with investigators finding transfer of funds relating to terrorism. The revelation comes after the Anti Terror Squad had nabbed 10 persons from Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh on charges of terror funding.........Read more

Kamal Haasan floats political party 'Makkal Needhi Maiam'

“This is a party for you, for the people. I am your instrument, you are the leaders, this is a crowd full of leaders,” said Kamal, at the official launch of his party. Kamal also unfurled his party flag – a white flag with six red and white arms linked and a star in the middle. The flag had both Dravidian colours – red and black. HIs party name loosely translates to 'Centre for People's Justice'. He was joined by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, AAP leader Somnath Bharti and farmer's leader PR Pandian.........Read more

Bitcoin prices are back up 30 percent over the last week

Bitcoin prices are back up to more than $11,600 today after South Korea’s finance regulator said the country would support “normal” cryptocurrency trading. That’s the highest it’s been since the country’s regulators said they would ban cryptocurrency traders from using anonymous bank accounts last month.........Read more

Massive Fire at Madurai’s Meenakshi Temple Guts Over 30 Shops

A massive fire broke out at Tamil Nadu’s Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple complex on Friday. Fire officials said that the blaze started at around 10 PM last night at a toy shop inside the thousand pillar hall near the east tower of the temple. More than 30 shops were gutted to fire. However, no injuries or casualties have been reported so far.........Read more

Four-Nations Invitational Tournament | India lose to Belgium in shootout

India’s brilliant second leg run in the Four-Nations Invitational Tournament ended in heartbreak as the side went down to Belgium in penalties after ending 4-4 in regulation time. In the other game of the day, Japan defeated New Zealand 4-1 in the shootout to clinch the bronze medal.........Read more

South Africa’s quota system in selection making team stronger

Till not so long ago, black people were considered good to play only football. Now they are making forays into cricket and rugby, still considered ‘white heavy’ sports. While there are divergent views about the policy, former South Africa pacer Allan Donald believes it’s a reality that needs to be embraced. “We all understand the history of South African cricket, where we are now in terms of transformation, and that will not go away anytime soon,” Donald had said some time back about the quota system.........Read more

2008 Gujarat blasts mastermind arrested after decade-long manhunt

Delhi Police has arrested SIMI-IM operative Abdul Subhan Qureshi, one of the most wanted terrorists in the country for masterminding the 2008 Gujarat blasts. The Special Cell of Delhi Police nabbed Qureshi after a brief exchange of fire. Qureshi, alias Tauqeer, is also wanted in connection to terror attacks in Delhi, Bengaluru and the 2006 Mumbai local train bombings.........Read more

SC strikes down states’ ban against 'Padmaavat', grants green signal for release

The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the notification issued by six state governments ‘banning’ the release of ‘Padmaavat,’ granting the green signal to the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial to hit the theatres across the country on 25 January. The Court also restrained any other state from issuing similar notifications and orders prohibiting screening of 'Padmaavat'.........Read more

Pawan Kalyan at Agnyaathavaasi audio launch: 'My heart always beats for my fans'

The audio launch of Pawan Kalyan’s Agnyaathavaasi was the cynosure of all eyes in Hyderabad on Tuesday evening as thousands of the star’s fans thronged to the venue to catch a glimpse of their matinee idol. Pawan Kalyan thanked his fans for always standing by him. “I need to thank my nation for giving me this kind of love and affection through cinema. ........Read more

Facebook re-invents poke: You can now send high-five, hugs and winks

Facebook will soon allow users to send variety of ‘greetings’ to friends. You will now be able to send a wink, a high-five, a hug and a wave as well apart from the faithful ‘poke’ option. The feature appears to be rolling out to some users in Britain, Thailand, Australia, Canada, Columbia and France.........Read more

Vizag Emerges 9th Richest City in India

Yahoo India has recently conducted a survey to identify the top 10 richest cities in India (GDP (Gross Domestic Product) was taken as a measure) for year 2016, and according to the survey, Visakhapatnam is ranked 9th richest city in India. The city was placed 10th in the country in earlier survey. Vizag has outrun Surat in Gujarat to get the 9th rank in the list of Top 10 richest cities in India.........Read more

CM describes demonetisation as DeMoDisaster

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee described demonetisation as "DeMoDisaster" and turned her Twitter display picture black, on the first anniversary of the event today.........Read more

ISSF Shooting World Cup: Amanpreet Singh Wins Bronze in Men’s 50m Pistol Finals Event

India ‘s shooter Amanpreet Singh wins a bronze medal in Men’s 50m pistol finals event of ISSF World Cup. He shot a score of 202.2 in the final to finish behind Serbia’s Damir Mikec (229.3) and Ukraine’s Oleh Omelchuk (228.0).........Read more

Kerala's Kavanur village adopts e-governance project, first in the country to get ISO 9001 certification

Malappuram district, with one of the lowest literacy rates in the Kerala state, proved the sceptics wrong and achieved the rare distinction of being India's first e-literate district 16 months later, with more than 90 percent of families connected through a network of about 600 e-centres called Akshaya.........Read more

2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T Revealed

The new Porsche 911 Carrera T features a host of performance upgrades and a stripped out interior. However, the engine remains the same compared to the regular Carrera, with the 3.0-litre twin-turbo flat-six engine that produces 365bhp at 6,500rpm and 450Nm of torque between 1,750 and 5,000rpm.........Read more

Modi Government May Crack Down on Shell Companies Unexplained Funds During Demonetisation

The section enables the authorities to send a person involved in such fraud to be sent to jail for three to 10 years and can also impose a fine equal to the value of the fraud committed.........Read more

‘This takes us back 100 years’: Students protest gender segregation at Kolkata film school hostels

Student protests have engulfed the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute in Kolkata since the administration on Monday expelled 14 female students for failing to move out of what was previously a co-educational hostel and into one that is for women alone. ........Read more

PM Narendra Modi in Kedarnath: Pledge to Devote Myself in Realising The Dream of Developed India by 2022

Addressing a public gathering after participating in special prayers a day before the portals of the Himalayan shrine closes for the winters, PM Modi said he is visiting Kedarnath with a pledge to realise the dream of a developed India by 2022.........Read more

Competing in India as big as it gets for me: WWE Champion Jinder Mahal

This is historic that for the first time ever that an Indian champion has brought the WWE championship on Indian soil and I look forward to defending this. We are bringing in two huge blockbuster events and I am looking forward to making many more memories here in India and defend my championship. ........Read more

Cricket South Africa postpones Global T20 league

The inaugural season of Cricket South Africa's T20 Global League, which was scheduled to begin on November 3, has been postponed to November 2018 instead. The franchises understood that the delay in securing a stable television broadcast deal and central rights sponsorship for the tournament were the main reasons for postponing the GLT20.........Read more

Unqualified teachers, high fees: University of Rajasthan faces court case over self-financed courses

Former Teacher and a Student filed a public interest litigation in the Jaipur bench of the Rajasthan High Court against the state university, the vice-chancellor, the state of Rajasthan and three university centres that run self-financed courses........Read more

Vijay Mallya Arrested in London in Money Laundering Case

Liquor baron Vijay Mallya was arrested here on Tuesday in connection to money laundering case, reports claimed. Mallya had earlier been arrested in September by the Scotland Yard, following the extradition request by India. Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO), in coordination with the Indian agencies Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED), is probing the money laundering case against Mallya.........Read more

Fears growing as Facebook and Twitter admit that Russia used their network to spread discord

The latest revelations from Facebook and Twitter, which acknowledged that Russian-backed entities used their network to spread disinformation and sow political discord, have heightened concerns about the impact of social networks on democracy. "Both services are ripe for abuse and manipulation by all sorts of problematic people, including hostile intelligence services," says Andrew Weisburd, a non-resident fellow with the Alliance for Securing Democracy.........Read more

Booking train ticket on IRCTC? Railways restricts card payment to these six banks

A squabble between banks and Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) over fees has resulted in the latter disallowing a number of lenders from using its payment gateway for debit cards. Bankers FE spoke to explained that IRCTC had stopped them from operating on the website because they were unwilling to share a portion of the convenience fees earned on customer transactions.........Read more

Cigarette Butts To Eliminate Mosquitoes?

Cigarette butts (CBs) thrown into garbage as trash can be turned into a valuable resource for killing mosquitoes that cause malaria, a new study by an international team, including from India, has revealed. Besides nicotine a known poison, CBs contain a mixture of toxic substances including heavy metals.........Read more

Hyundai Xcent Prime CNG launched at Rs. 5.93 lakh

Hyundai has launched the Xcent Prime with a factory-fitted CNG kit. The Xcent Prime CNG is available in two trim options - T and T+ priced at Rs. 5.93 lakh and Rs. 6.13 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) respectively.........Read more

At Least 400 Dead, Crores Affected in Bihar, West Bengal, Assam Floods

With more than 400 deaths and crores affected across the states of Bihar, Assam and West Bengal due to massive floods, the situation in these states remained grim on Sunday. The number of casualty in Bihar rose to 202 on Sunday and a report on Saturday stated that at least 153 had died in Assam. West Bengal recorded 52 deaths as on August 19.........Read more

Ferrari said to plan 'utility vehicle' to double profit

The model is internally dubbed the "Ferrari utility vehicle," following Marchionne's previous objections to developing a crossover or SUV. The big Ferrari would be targeted at Asian customers, particularly in China, and may alone contribute 2,000 vehicles to annual deliveries.........Read more

Qatar refuses to 'outsource foreign policy' to resolve Gulf crisis

What's behind this crisis of course is Qatari sovereignty and independence to put it very simply. It is about... outsourcing our foreign policy so that decisions are not made in Qatar, and that is something that will never be acceptable.........Read more

10 year old rape survivor denied permission to abort by SC

The Supreme Court has turned down an abortion plea filed by a 10 year old rape survivor. The survivor who is 32 weeks pregnant had moved the SC seeking permission to terminate her pregnancy. The court observed that the medical report that it had sought for says that it would endanger the life of both her and the child.........Read more

Couldn’t become President due to Karat’s objection, says Somnath

It was because of the former general secretary of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Prakash Karat’s objection to his candidature, he could not become the President, said Somnath Chatterjee, former Lok Sabha speaker.........Read more

PM Modi praises BRICS momentum under China; Xi lauds India's resolve against terrorism

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday "appreciated" momentum in the BRICS bloc under the Chinese chairmanship and extended full cooperation for the group's upcoming summit to be hosted by Beijing.........Read more

Indian Medical Association Wants Member Doctors Not To Drink With Non-Doctors

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has advised all the doctors who are members of the body to be “brand ambassadors of health” for the society and avoid drinking alcohol with non-doctors.........Read more

S. Korean President calls for N. Korean Olympic participation

South Korea President Moon Jae-in said on Saturday he hopes to see North Korean athletes at next year’s Winter Olympics in South Korea to ease tensions over the North’s nuclear program.........Read more

Atomic imperfections move quantum communication network closer to reality

An international team led by the University of Chicago's Institute for Molecular Engineering has discovered how to manipulate a weird quantum interface between light and matter in silicon carbide along wavelengths used in telecommunications.........Read more

E-commerce cos to levy 1% TCS on sellers

E-commerce consumers are likely to remain unaffected once GST sets in from July 1, even as players like Amazon and Flipkart prepare to deduct 1% of the payment they make to sellers under the new tax regime.........Read more

Manohar to remain ICC chairman until June 2018

The uncertainty over whether ICC will have a new chairman in June has been brought to an end by the man who started it in the first place. Shashank Manohar has decided to complete his elected term as ICC chairman, which is due to end in June 2018, the ICC confirmed.........Read more

No Indian language training for North Korean soldiers

The Modi government’s recent gazette notification — following a UN resolution — prohibiting any training to North Korean military personnel in India reflects the position of the current regime which stopped training officers from the Far East Asian country since 2016. ........Read more

Private schools must offer good education, charge reasonable fees: Prakash Javadekar

It has come to light that once they (private CBSE schools) get affiliation, there are no restrictions on these schools. Even state officials cannot go to CBSE schools. I will put an end to this as all these schools must offer good education and charge reasonable fees,” Prakash Javadekar said.........Read more

Aadhaar can be hacked, data leaked, Modi government finally admits

A letter written by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, which the Express claims to have accessed, confirms that data, which the government has been cautiously guarding, has been leaked online. “There have been instances wherein personal identity or information of residents, including Aadhaar number and demographic information and other sensitive personal data such as bank account details etc. collected by various Ministries/Departments. has been reportedly published online and is accessible through an easy online search,” Archana Dureja, a scientist in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, wrote on March 25.........Read more

Subramanian Swamy bill seeks death penalty for cow slaughter

BJP member Subramanian Swamy introduced in Rajya Sabha Friday a private member’s bill proposing “deterrent punishment”, including the death penalty, for cow slaughter and related issues. The Cow Protection Bill, 2017, seeks “to create an authority to ensure stabilisation of population of cows and to suggest such measures to comply with Article 37 and 48 of the Constitution, to ban the slaughter of cow and to provide deterrent punishment including death penalty for slaughter of cow and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto”.........Read more

Twitter briefly suspends ABVP accounts; reinstates with reset follower list

Twitter India briefly suspended various accounts of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and certain spokespersons of the ABVP on Friday. BJP Delhi spokesperson Tajinder Pal Bagga alleged that Twitter suspended @ABVPvoice, @bahugunasaket, @irahulshrmaa, @dikshaaverma, @saurabhjnu, and @ABVPdelhi. ........Read more

Arvind Subramanian to get 2 more years as CEA

The government has decided to extend Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian’s tenure by two more years, till October 2019. He was appointed as the CEA in October 2014 for a three-year tenure. Subramanian has served as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s sounding board and has, over the last three years, brought new ideas in public discourse. ........Read more

What Do Muslims in UP Want? This Exit Poll Has the Answers

An in-depth study and survey of 10 cities and towns of Uttar Pradesh reveals that the Muslim voter was anything but strategic in the three-way contest between the BJP, BSP and the SP-Congress alliance. 55% of the respondents voted for the alliance, 36% voted for the BSP and the remaining for smaller parties including AIMIM. The BJP bagged just 2% of the Muslim vote.........Read more

Facebook may bring the dislike button to Messenger

"We're always testing ways to make Messenger more fun and engaging. This is a small test where we enable people to share an emoji that best represents their feelings on a message," the company was quoted as saying.........Read more

Indian doctor rescued from Libya says, ISIS wants to take on India

The ISIS is well informed about India, he pointed out. As per Kosanam, the terrorist organisation is very impressed by the development in India’s education and healthcare system and is keen on taking it into its own hands.........Read more

Saudi King Salman to sell a stake in world's biggest IPO Aramco

Saudi Arabia's King Salman starts a month-long Asian tour on Sunday to build ties with the world's fastest growing importers of Saudi oil and promote investment opportunities, including the sale of a stake in its giant state firm Saudi Aramco. ........Read more

Kim Jong Uns half-brother was killed by VX nerve agent: Malaysia

The estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was killed with a highly toxic chemical weapon known as VX nerve agent, Malaysian police said on Friday, citing a preliminary report.........Read more

Security stamp on hand baggage scrapped at 7 airports

Civil aviation security regulator BCAS said the system of putting security stamp on hand baggage tags would be immediately done away with at seven airports -- Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Cochin.........Read more

Sports Minister announced 10 lakh cash reward for the Indian blind cricket team

Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Monday felicitated the Indian blind cricket team for winning the Blind T20 Cricket World Cup. Goel also announced a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh the team. Goel also stated that the Ministry would think about giving recognition to the Blind Cricket Federation.........Read more

Virat Kohlis brand value USD 92 million

This year Kohli not only succeeded Dhoni as India captain in the limited-overs formats but also leaped ahead of his former captain to be valued at a whopping $92 million, according to an October 2016 report on India's most valued celebrity brands published by Duff & Phelps, a global valuation and corporate finance advisory firm.........Read more

Nagaland CM Zeliang to step down amid protests against womens reservation in local body polls

Ruling Naga Peoples Front (NPF) president Shurhozelie Liezietsu will take over charge from current Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang. A decision to this effect was taken on Thursday when Liezietsu was chosen as the new leader of the legislature party.........Read more

Malegaon blast case: Army appointed me to bust terror modules, says Col Purohit

Colonel SP Purohit on Wednesday claimed in the Bombay High Court, that he was appointed in the Indian Army to bust the modules of ‘underground’ Jihadi groups like ISI, SIMI etc and that he obtained information pertaining to the plans of these groups.........Read more

In a spot over Russian intel contacts

Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former US officials.........Read more

PM Narendra Modi should show some 'decency': Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray

Days after Prime Minister's 'rain coat' remark directed at his predecessor Manmohan Singh, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Monday asked Modi to show some 'decency' in Parliament.........Read more

Joe Root named England Test captain, succeeding Alastair Cook

"It is a huge honour to be given the Test captaincy," said Root, who will be the 80th man to lead the country in the longest form of the game. "I feel privileged, humbled and very excited." Root steps up from vice-captain, with Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes, 25, filling the role as his deputy.........Read more

Airport Authority of India is planning to set up its own telecommunication infrastructure

The authority has issued tender inviting companies for the project which is expected to be executed at around 93 locations across the country and would be undertaken on build, own, operate (BOO) model. As per the present estimate, the entire project is expected to cost around Rs 1,000 crore. This development is part of the 17,500 crore investment which the AAI is planning in the next five years for upgrading infrastructure,........Read more

Food poisoning the real reason for the deaths at Asha Kiran Home

Post-mortem reports of four people who died at Delhi’s Asha Kiran home for the mentally challenged suggest that they died of “food poisoning” caused by “spurious food material”, hirty-nine inmates have died at the home in the last 13 months, including six in January alone. The reports reveal the presence of “froth” mixed with “semi-digested food material” present over the tracheal lumen or the windpipe. ........Read more

For Modi's "raincoat in bathroom" comment, Rahul said PM was more interested in "peeping into bathrooms of people".

"Modi likes to read janampatri (horoscope), search Google and peep into the bathrooms of people...but he is a failure as a Prime Minister," he said at a joint press conference with Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav where the SP-Congress alliance released a 10-point Common Minimum Programme (CMP). "He (Modi) can do this (peeping into bathrooms) in his free time," Rahul said.........Read more

Armed men loot 25kg gold from Manappuram Finance Gurgaon in daylight heist

In a daring armed heist in Gurgaon, armed men looted about 25 to 30 kg gold from Manappuram Finance company on the busy New Railway road on Thursday. The robbers, who are believed to be 7 to 8 in number, also took away mobiles phones of the firm’s employees, who offer loans in lieu of gold deposits.........Read more

National Commission For Women Says Mamata Banerjee Removed Evidence Of Dhulagarh Riot

The team, led by NCW member Sushma Sahu, spoke to people for three hours and took stock of the situation. Later they also met the commissioner of police of the Howrah Commissionerate. Colonel Diptangshu Choudhury who had filed a petition at the NCW against the riots, also visited the place.........Read more

Earthquake of magnitude 6.3 hits off Pakistan coast

A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Pakistan early Wednesday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, but there were no immediate reports of injuries. The shallow quake struck at 3:03 am (2203 GMT Tuesday), with the epicentre 23 kilometres (14 miles) southwest of the coastal town of Pasni, the USGS said.........Read more

Finance ministry warns employees of action for critising govt policies

The directive assumes significance as associations representing employees of Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) are protesting against certain decisions taken by the GST Council led by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Goods and Services Tax.........Read more

‘All-weather ally’: China eyeing businesses and land in Pakistan, claims report

China’s relationship with its “all-weather ally” Pakistan seems to be getting deeper as several companies from Beijing are in talks to acquire more businesses and land in Pakistan after sealing two major deals in recent months.........Read more

Cruciferous vegetables help the immune system to fight intestinal pathogens

A study in mice shows that eating cruciferous vegetables—including broccoli, kale and cauliflower - helps the immune system to fight intestinal pathogens. The research might have implications for people with inflammatory bowel diseases.........Read more

This Banker Quit His Job to Practice Zero-Budget Natural Farming. And He's Loving It!

“My ancestors were farmers and my family has been into agriculture for a long time now. I grew up watching them work in our fields and that was one of the primary reasons why I chose farming as the first option after quitting,” he says. From a large piece of land in Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh, on which his family practices traditional farming, Sankalp took a 10-acre area and began work with his father in July 2015, right after he quit. Today, he is a full-time farmer.........Read more

We’ve altered Motor Vehicle Act – drivers will now have to take computer tests: Nitin Gadkari

Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday said “Over 30 per cent of driving licences in nation are bogus; We’ve altered Motor Vehicle Act- drivers will now have to take computer tests.” The Transport Minister had introduced a Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill in 2016 in in the Lok Sabha but it has been with a parliamentary standing committee since then. During the Road Safety Walk held at India Gate on January 10, he said that he was hopeful that the bill to address road safety issues would be passed in the budget session.........Read more

Supreme Court appoints former CAG Vinod Rai to head BCCI

The Supreme Court of India on Monday appointed former CAG Vinod Rai to head Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) along with noted historian Ramachandra Guha, former cricketer Diana Edulji and Vikram Limaye.........Read more

Election Commission unhappy after RBI refuses to raise cash withdrawal limit for candidates

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has rejected the request of the Election Commission to enhance the weekly cash-withdrawal limit, imposed after demonetisation, for those contesting Assembly elections in five states, prompting an angry reaction from the poll panel.........Read more

Pakistan could be included in immigration ban list in future, says White House

"Now, you can point to other countries that have similar problems, like Pakistan and others. Perhaps we need to take it further. But for now, immediate steps, pulling the Band-Aid off, is to do further vetting for people traveling in and out of those countries," White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said.........Read more

Serena Williams wins Australian Open for 23rd Grand Slam crown

Serena Williams pushed sentiments aside in an emotion-charged 6-4, 6-4 defeat of sister Venus Williams to win the Australian Open on Saturday and a record 23rd Grand Slam title in the professional era.........Read more

Mitsubishi Motors fined USD 4.2 million for cheating on fuel efficiency data

Japan has imposed a fine of 480 million yen (about USD 4.2 million) on automaker Mitsubishi Motors Corp (MMC) for conducting improper fuel efficiency tests to show better fuel consumption rates in over 600,000 vehicles.........Read more

Rocket Internet opens its first engineering hub in Asia

Rocket Internet is increasing its focus on Asia after it opened its first engineering hub in the region. Bangkok, Thailand, is the location of the center, which will house a tech team that carries out work for Rocket Internet’s portfolio of startups. The firm currently has 20 people at the base in Thailand, and it said it plans to more than double that headcount before the end of this year.........Read more

Study shows how HIV breaches macrophage defenses, could be step towards cure

A team led by UCL researchers has identified how HIV is able to infect macrophages, a type of white blood cell integral to the immune system, despite the presence of a protective protein. They discovered a treatment that can maintain macrophage defences which could be a key part of the puzzle of reaching a complete cure for HIV/AIDS.........Read more

Investor Fidelity slashes Flipkart valuation by a third to $5.58 bn

US-based mutual fund Fidelity has marked down the value of e-commerce firm Flipkart to $5.58 billion in the quarter ended November, despite the company’s strong performance against rival Amazon in the recent festive season. Fidelity’s markdown of 36 per cent follows the one by peer Morgan Stanley, which trimmed the value of its shares in Flipkart by 38 per cent. The consecutive quarter-on-quarter markdowns in Flipkart’s value come when it is looking to raise fresh funds.........Read more

Breaking New Ground: Meet Atri Kar, First Transgender from WB to Appear for the Civil Services Exam

Overcoming a host of legal hurdles, 27-year-old Atri Kar has become the first transgender from West Bengal to appear for the civil services examinations in India. Atri’s achievement comes after two long years of legal struggles. Though a Supreme Court decision in 2014 made it possible for transgenders to apply for education and employment under the ‘other’ category, the policy has not been implemented everywhere. Atri found herself unable to apply as an ‘other’ for the West Bengal Public Service Commission exam last year.........Read more

Amended I-T law harsh, prone to misuse by taxmen: Experts

Money borrowed from a friend, jewellery inherited from great grandmother, gifts, capital received by a small businessman, amount spent in daughter's wedding or in regular household expenditure can be questioned and taxed at a far higher rate if someone fails to offer a "satisfactory explanation" to the tax officer. Indeed, a person may have to cough up as high as 83% -- as against 35% in the past -- if the I-T department doubts such 'income' or 'expenses'. ........Read more

Thrissur: BJP leader in custody for unnatural sex

A BJP state-level functionary and secretary of the Kanji Kamakodi Yajur Veda Padasala in Irinjalakuda has been booked and lodged in Irinjalakuda sub-jail on a complaint that he subjected a teenage male student of the Padasala to unnatural sex. The accused in the case A T Narayanan Namboothiri,57, was picked up by the Irinjalakuda police on Saturday and was presented at the Irinjalakuda Magistrate Court the same day. He was remanded to judicial custody for 14 days.........Read more

Bin Laden documents: worry over IS tactics, 'aging' Al-Qaeda

Months before his death, Osama bin Laden fretted about the Islamic State group's impatient, violent tactics and the fading of Al-Qaeda, documents released by the CIA today showed. The latest release from the trove of documents found when Navy Seals stormed the Al-Qaeda chief's secret Pakistan compound and killed him in 2011 show bin Laden trying to keep his jihadist followers around the world aligned in his war against the United States.........Read more

Court discharges AAP MLA Jarnail Singh in assault case

The court said it was clear that the magistrate cannot take cognisance of the police report for the offence under section 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) of the IPC and the case should have proceeded as a complaint case.........Read more

UP Assembly election: This is BJPs new mantra to counter Akhilesh Yadav

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is all set to dial into the Uttar Pradesh elections with a 4G plan. The new mantra is 'Gaon, Gau, Ganga and Gita (village, cow, river Ganga and Hindu scripture Gita)' while farmers are at the heart of the agenda. In an exclusive interview with Mail Today, BJP Kisan Morcha's newly appointed head Virendra Singh "Mast" outlined the move with the party aiming for a repeat of its 2014 Lok Sabha election performance when it swept the state.........Read more

Mushfiqur rushed to hospital after head injury

Mushfiqur Rahim was hit by a bouncer behind the left ear on the fifth day of the first Test against New Zealand at Wellington, and had to be taken to the hospital for treatment. Tamim Iqbal confirmed that the batsman was out of any immediate danger.........Read more

DMK's MK Stalin leads protest; Peta says will leave no stone unturned in opposing

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's (DMK) working President MK Stalin on Friday lead the protests over the ban on the bull-taming sport. Meanwhile, people for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have asserted that they will leave no stone unturned in opposing the practice of Jallikattu.........Read more

New technology enables 5-D imaging in live animals and humans

A new image analysis technique makes finding important biological molecules—including tell-tale signs of disease—and learning how they interact in living organisms much faster and far less expensive. Called Hyper-Spectral Phasor analysis, or HySP, it could even be useful for diagnosing and monitoring diseases using cell phone images.........Read more

Four wives, 40 children, 3 divorces are unacceptable, says BJP leader Sakshi Maharaj

In attempting to explain away his offensive comments from yesterday, BJP leader Sakshi Maharaj today ended up being equally if not more offensive against Muslims. The so-called religious leader said today that what he meant by yesterday's comments is that a woman is not a (child-bearing) machine.........Read more

Prabhas from the sets of Baahubali on the final day of shooting

Prabhas from the sets of Baahubali on the final day of shooting. ........Read more

Congress leader Raju Mishra shot dead in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh

Congress leader Raju Mishra and one other person were shot dead by six to seven unidentified gunmen near Parijat Building at Cherital in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, at around 10:15 pm on Wednesday. The other person shot dead was identified as Mishra's history-sheeter Cuckoo Punjabi.........Read more

Sahara gets immunity, tax panel accepts its claim that seized papers not evidence

In what could be one of the quickest orders passed by the Income Tax Settlement Commission (ITSC), Sahara India has been granted immunity from prosecution and penalty following raids conducted on November 2014 during which “diaries” listing alleged pay-offs to politicians were recovered. Significantly, the ITSC has concurred with Sahara’s claim that the “evidentiary value” of the “loose sheets” recovered during the raids “could not be proved” by the Income Tax Department.........Read more

PM Narendra Modi should be arrested, will seek justice in court: Mamata Banerjee on Sudip Bandyopadhyay’s arrest

“I just can’t think that Sudip Bandopadhyay, who is our party’s leader in the Lok Sabha will be arrested. I also have information that Modi wants to arrest many other TMC leaders like Abhishek Banerjee, Sovan Chatterjee (city mayor) and Firhad Hakim (minister),” she told reporters immediately after Sudip’s arrest by the CBI in connection with the alleged Rose Valley chit fund scam.........Read more

Islamic State claims responsibility for Istanbul attack that killed 39 people

“In continuation of the blessed operations that Islamic State is conducting against the protector of the cross, Turkey, a heroic soldier of the caliphate struck one of the most famous nightclubs where the Christians celebrate their apostate holiday,” the statement said.........Read more

Entrance Tests Not Enough, MBBS Students Will Now Also Have To Take An Exit Exam To Become Doctors

The test called the National Exit Test (NEXT) "will substitute three tests, including NEET for postgraduate admissions, recruitment for central health services and the foreign graduate medical examination." So this test will also serve as a substitute for an entrance test for those who want to pursue postgraduate studies.........Read more

HC rejects furlough plea of 1993 blasts convict Rubina Memon

The Bombay High Court has rejected the plea of 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blast terror convict Rubina Suleman Memon, seeking her release on furlough. A bench of Justice V K Tahilramani and A M Badar in a recent judgment denied to release Rubina Memon as she had been convicted by a TADA …........Read more

Mistry’s family-controlled firm files petition against Tata Sons, NCLT to hear matter on Dec 22

Ousted chairman of Tata Sons Cyrus Mistry’s family-controlled investment firm has moved the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) against Tata Sons on Tuesday. The company filed a petition against oppression and mismanagement of Tata Sons under Section 241 of Companies Act. NCLT will hear the petition on December 22.........Read more

Samsung Galaxy S8 leak shows the smartphone is going to bring amazing new technology

Samsung Galaxy S8: Amid all the negative hype Samsung recently found itself in, it does not appear to let it come in between developing some great new technology and that might jut bring us an amazing new flagship device in 2017.........Read more

Demonetisation: Didi, Left now fight over bandh

In a desperate attempt to outsmart Mamata Banerjee's efforts to mobilise protests against the Narendra Modi government's demonetisation decision, the Left Front on Friday called a 12-hour bandh in West Bengal on November 28.........Read more

Nepal bans new Indian Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes, waits for RBI notification

At a time when Nepalese citizens are facing problems in exchanging withdrawn Indian notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination, the country’s central bank on Thursday banned the exchange of India’s new Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 currency notes.........Read more

A Baloch Activist Offered His Kidney To Sushma Swaraj And Won Everyone’s Heart

Baloch activist and senior journalist based in Washington, United States, Ahmar Mustikhan has offered to donate his kidney to Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.........Read more

Govt extends toll exemption on NHs till Nov 24 mid-night

The government today extended the date for toll fee exemption on National Highways till the mid-night of November 24 to ensure smooth flow of traffic.........Read more

CCTV, coffee machine, GPS info system in new AC-III Tier coaches of trains

The new coaches will initially be deployed on the all-AC-III tier Humsafar service, which is tentatively scheduled to start operating between Delhi and Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.........Read more

Now, woman guards not teachers in school buses, directs CBSE

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) directed its schools for mandatory deployment of at least one woman attendant or guard in the buses made available to students for daily transportation. This would essentially amend rules that required school teachers to take up this responsibility for the safety of children.........Read more

This Is How The UN Wished The World On Diwali For The First Time Ever

For the first time ever, the United Nations building in Manhattan, New York celebrated the Hindu festival of light, Diwali. The UN headquarters was bathed in a sea of blue light. The outline of a diya (lamp) with the words ‘Happy Diwali’ prominently displayed.........Read more

Xbox One Adding Dolby Atmos Audio in Future Update

Microsoft also announced some good news for audiophiles. Bitstream audio pass-through, including Dolby Atmos, will be available on Xbox One consoles through the Blu-ray player in a future update.........Read more

Supreme Court rejects interim bail plea of Asaram Bapu

Supreme Court today rejected the interim bail plea of self-styled religious figure Asaram Bapu, who is facing trial in rape cases, on health grounds and asked him to get his treatment done in Rajasthan in judicial custody itself.........Read more

Reliance Jio free service offer jolt: Trai orders scheme to be closed by Dec 3

Reliance Jio Infocomm’s welcome offer under which it is offering free connection and services to its subscribers will now end on December 3 against the earlier promised date of December 31.........Read more

10-Point Guide To Triple Talaq And New Row Over Seeking Public Feedback

The top decision-making body for Muslims says the freedom of religious minorities is being violated by a public questionnaire that asks for feedback on ending the practice of triple talaq.........Read more

In Jammu prison, LeT man from Pakistan turns contrite

A Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist, caught last year in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir after he and his accomplice attacked a convoy of the BSF, has been longing to hear from his mother. Predictably........Read more

Water Mismanagement In India: Why Demand Is A Bigger Problem Than Supply

By Prof. Asit K. Biswas* India's water management has been on an unsustainable path for centuries. The Mughal Emperor Akbar decided to build a new capital at Fatehpur Sikri (City of Victory). An Eng...........Read more

US researchers develop world’s smallest transistor ever

In a landmark achievement that could go a long way in the advancement of computing technology, a research team led by US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have created the world’s smallest transistor that has a working one-nanometre........Read more

10 years since emergency contraceptives disappeared from TN, voices rise against the ban

For over a decade since the Tamil Nadu government imposed a moral ban on Emergency Contraceptive Pills (ECPs), many have voiced out their protest asking the government to revoke its decision. Recently, an online petition was started by, a Bengaluru based organization, asking the Tamil Nadu Director of Drugs Control, S Abdul Khader, to lift the ban on ECPs stating that the ban was not based on any legal grounds. The petition has got over 1,500 signatures.........Read more

Pakistan army caught by surprise, lost 5 men: PoK cop reveals in sting operation

A senior Pakistani police official, recorded under the impression that he was speaking with a superior, admitted that there were casualties in the Indian surgical strike across the Line of Control, a TV report has said.........Read more

Royal Enfield Electra not discontinued; renamed as Bullet 350 ES

About a week ago, reports suggested that Eicher Motors owned subsidiary Royal Enfield had stopped production of the Bullet Electra 350. Now, in a recent development, the motorcycle maker has clarifi........Read more

Balochistan Adds Spice to Indian Refrain on Pakistan and Terror at the UN

'We have attempted a new paradigm of friendship in the last two years which is without precedent and what did we get in return? Pathankot, Bahadur Ali, and Uri,' said India's external affairs minister about Pakistan.........Read more

7 lakh trees, 90 sqkm of Panna Tiger Reserve may submerge in Ken-Betwa project

About 7.2 lakh trees and a huge 90 square kilometres area of Panna Tiger Reserve (PTR) may be submerged in water due to the Ken-Betwa river linking project, according to an official report. There will be also be an "irreversible" loss of breeding sites for wild animals after submergence of critical and specialised habitats under the proposed project which is likely to cost over Rs 9,000 crore.........Read more

J&K youths defy Geelani call, line up for police jobs

SRINAGAR: In a clear defiance of Hurriyat hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani' s call to Kashmiris against joining police service in the valley, thousands of youths have opted for the job of special police officer after Union home minister Rajnath Singh 's announcement of an employment package for 10,000 youths in the J&K police.........Read more

Apple iPhone 7 Plus dual rear camera is more trouble for camera industry

It’s too early to say if Apple’s iPhone 7 series is really innovative, has the design excellence we have come to take for granted and is the overall the benchmark phone it is expected to be. However, I have no doubt this is the best camera in a smartphone. There are two things smartphone cameras struggle with, despite all the advancements in technology. First, they are not really good with zoom — optical or digital; and second, they lack the subtle photography elements like background defocus and bokeh which you exploit on a DSLR. Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus gives you both.........Read more

UP police adopts Twitter service to address public issues

Uttar Pradesh Police, the world's largest police organisation serving almost 200 million people in India's most populous state, deployed Twitter's live customer service resolution solution 'Twitter Seva' in the whole police department, an official release issued here said ........Read more

It is about individual freedom and equality vs coercion and subordination

The offensive and reactionary position taken by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board against reform of triple talaq is a reminder of the institutional cul de sac we have driven ourselves into on issues of personal law reform and common civil code. ........Read more

Reliance Jio Could Hit Largest-Ever Spectrum Auction Hard: Foreign Media

Aggressive price wars that pushed some calls below a penny per minute in India may be catching up with wireless carriers. Mountains of debt could hinder their bidding for airwaves in next month's auction, potentially blowing a $74 billion hole in the government's plans. One operator already said it will sit out the sale starting Sept. 29, and some competitors likely won't spend on certain wavelengths.........Read more

Disney may pull out of UTV partnership citing losses; could Mohenjo Daro be the reason? - Firstpost

Has the failure of a big film like Mohenjo Daro made an impact on Disney allegedly pulling out of UTV?........Read more

IT ‘start-up’ dupes 600 of Rs 1.5cr in Mumbai

At least 600 people in the city and probably thousands more in seven cities across the country, were conned in a job scam by an ‘IT startup’, which asked them to pay Rs 25,000 each in exchange for a three-month training, a partial refund of the money and assured recruitment.........Read more

Why Tilak's Pact with Jinnah Is Relevant for Indo-Pakistan Peace

Lokmanya Tilak was the greatest leader of Indias freedom struggle before Mahatma Gandhi took the mantle in 1920.........Read more

Turkish military coup fails as Erdogan retains control

President Erdogan has flown into Istanbul after the Turkish military coup to overthrow him had failed. Erdogan landed in Ataturk airport in the city to be greeted by thousands of jubilant fans.........Read more

Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan: Worst States for Women, J&K Catching Up

Haryana has India’s worst child sex ratio, the number of females per thousand males in the age group 0-6, followed by Punjab (846) and Jammu & Kashmir (862).........Read more

‘Mumbai is in worst shape’: Architect IM Kadri speaks of his love and recent hate for the city

The man who designed some of Mumbai’s most iconic post-Independence architecture explains what led to the city’s disastrous growth.........Read more

Backed by N Srinivasan, Tamil Nadu gets its own Premier League

Tamil Nadu Premier League will have eight teams playing 27 matches played across three centres in the state........Read more

India denies Google's Street View

It explores places around the world through 360-degree, panoramic and street-level 3D imagery........Read more

Scientists offer first look at how our cells can 'swallow up and quarantine' Zika

Eight weeks after receiving their first samples of Zika virus, scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) have shown that a very small protein we all have in our bodies, interferon-induced protein 3 (IFITM3), can dramatically reduce the ability of Zika virus to infect human and mouse cells. In some cases, IFITM3 can also prevent Zika virus from killing our cells. The findings, by senior author Abraham Brass, MD, PhD, assistant professor of microbiology ........Read more

NGT to hold hearing on extending diesel car ban to 11 more cities: Report

The 11 cities likely to see such a ban include Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad........Read more

‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ way towards women empowerment: Amitabh Bachchan

Bachchan, 73, said the real motive of the new slogan 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' is that there should be no discrimination between a son and a daughter........Read more

A dangerous task on Mount Everest: Bringing down the dead

In one of the most unforgiving places on Earth, where low oxygen, frigid temperatures and strong winds mean any effort can seem impossible, taking down the dead is no simple thing.........Read more

ISRO to launch record 22 satellites in single mission in June

ISRO today said it will launch a record 22 satellites in a single mission next month. “After the current reusable launch vehicle, the next experiment what we have to do we have to worry about that.........Read more

V Narayanasamy to be new Puducherry Chief Minister - Times of India

V Narayanansamy has been named the Congress's pick to be the new Chief Minister of Puducherry. A heated contest had broken out within the party's local unit over who will occupy the Chief Minister's seat and this has delayed the government formation in the Union Territory.........Read more

Karnataka: 50000 cops apply for ‘harrassment leave’; may go on strike

The police personnel are protesting against harassment by senior officers in the name of discipline.........Read more

Ensure NEET is not forced on TN even in future: Jaya to Modi

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has asked the Centre to ensure that the common entrance exam NEET for MBBS and dental courses is 'not forced' on it even in the future as its implementation would 'nullify' certain policy initiatives and socio-economic objective of the state.........Read more