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Blood test may reveal if you're at risk of severe Covid-19 infection: Scientists

Scientists at a biotech company in Helsinki identified a particular molecular signature in the blood that increases the chances of hospitalisation by 5 to 10 times in people infected by Covid-19 The test can be used to identify people who'll need special precautions to avoid infection and prioritise those in most need of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the scientists at Nightingale Health, a biotechnology company in Helsinki, Finland. Identification of healthy people at high risk for severe COVID-19 is a global health priority, they said. The researchers investigated whether blood biomarkers measured by high-throughput metabolomics could be predictive of severe pneumonia and COVID-19 hospitalisation years after the blood sampling. The researchers analysed over 100,000 blood samples from the UK Biobank, and identified a particular molecular signature in the blood that is common among people who get severe symptoms if infected by the coronavirus. Those with this molecular signature are five to 10 times more likely to be hospitalised, they said. These findings are novel, as the blood biomarkers in the molecular signature have not been previously known as risk markers in healthy people for developing severe forms of COVID-19, according to the researchers. The company is launching a blood test that can predict if a person will develop mild symptoms or become severely ill due to COVID-19, the researchers noted in their yet-to-be published findings that appear on preprint server medRxiv.........Read more

Made In India To Play A Key Role in New Draft Policy For Shopping Websites Such as Amazon & Flipkart

The draft policy, which has been seen by Bloomberg, wants to eliminate the possibility of “digitally induced biases”. The report also suggests that the draft clearly refers to ascertaining whether e-commerce businesses have “explainable AI,” amidst the larger use of artificial intelligence. If implemented, this could help improve transparency on shopping websites including Amazon and Flipkart as to how products are listed and recommended to users. The addition of the country of origin tag will also make it easier for users to eliminate products from a particular country from their search results. ........Read more

Kangana Slams Bollywood For Tweeting #BlackLivesMatter: Tribal People Aren't Fancy Enough For Them

In an interview to Pinkvilla, Kangana said, “The Sadhu lynching happened a couple of weeks ago; still no one said a word. It happened in Maharashtra where most of these celebrities reside…Bollywood anyway is a derived name from Hollywood. It is a shame they [Bollywood celebrities] continue to live in a bubble and never fail to jump on the bandwagon, which can give them two minutes of fame, but ‘white people’ must drive the bandwagon. Perhaps, it is because of their pre-independence colonial slavery genes.”........Read more

Middle Seats Should Be Vacant In Repatriation Flights: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre and the national carrier Air India that middle seats should be left vacant on its scheduled flights as a safety measure. However, it allowed to fill the middle seats for the next ten days while observing that the government should be more worried about the health of citizens rather than the health of commercial airlines.........Read more

Breathtaking photos of Mt Everest seen from Kathmandu valley go viral

Although the Covid-19 lockdown has had adverse impact, the pollution level seems to have come down drastically. Now, for the first time in many years, Mt Everest was visible once again from Kathmandu Valley, even though it is 200km away. With reduction of vehicular emission and factories being closed due to the pandemic, it has significantly improved the air quality over northern India and also Nepal. After the northern mountain ranges were visible from many cities in India and photos went viral, now the images from Kathmandu has taken social media by storm. ........Read more

Vizag Gas Leak: NGT Issues Notice To Centre, Directs LG Polymers To Deposit Rs 50 Cr

The National Green Tribunal issued notices to the Centre, LG Polymers India Pvt, Central Pollution Control Board and others on Friday in the Visakhapatnam chemical factory gas leak incident in which 11 people were killed and 1,000 exposed to it. The NGT also directed LG Polymers India Pvt to submit Rs 50 crore an interim amount for damage to life. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel also formed a five-member Committee comprising Justice B Seshasayana Reddy to probe the incident and submit a report before May 18.........Read more

Trump threatens new tariffs on China in retaliation for coronavirus

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday his hard-fought trade deal with China was now of secondary importance to the coronavirus pandemic and he threatened new tariffs on Beijing, as his administration crafted retaliatory measures over the outbreak. Trump’s sharpened rhetoric against China reflected his growing frustration with Beijing over the pandemic, which has cost tens of thousands of lives in the United States alone, sparked an economic contraction and threatened his chances of re-election in November. ........Read more

PM Modi Speaks to Chief Ministers on Strategy to Exit Lockdown 2.0 as India Sees 27,892 Cases, 872 Deaths

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is interacting with chief ministers via video conference on the way ahead in the fight against the novel coronavirus amid indications that the discussions could also focus on a graded exit from the ongoing lockdown. This is the fourth video conference of the prime minister with the chief ministers after the spread of the Covid-19 in the country. Sources in the government indicated that besides discussing the way forward in dealing with the pandemic, the discussion could also focus on a "graded" exit from the lockdown which is in place till May 3. ........Read more

Delhi riots case: Suspended AAP councillor Tahir Hussain booked under UAPA

The Delhi Police has booked suspended Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor Tahir Hussain under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for his alleged role in the communal riots that broke out in Delhi in February. Nearly 50 people were killed and hundreds injured in the communal riots that broke out in North East Delhi. Following the Delhi riots, Tahir Hussain was arrested from Chand Bagh area. He was charged with the murder of Intelligence Bureau staffer Ankit Sharma, who was reportedly killed near Tahir Hussain's home.........Read more

BCCI officially suspends IPL 2020 indefinitely

With the Coronavirus pandemic not relenting, the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League has officially been suspended indefinitely by the BCCI. This comes just two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to the nation, announcing the extension of the lockdown period until May 3. "The health and safety of the nation and everyone involved in our great sport remains our top priority and as such, the BCCI along with the Franchise Owners, Broadcaster, Sponsors and all the Stakeholders acknowledge that the IPL 2020 season will only commence when it is safe and appropriate to do so," a BCCI release stated. ........Read more

Corona patients can spread infection two to three days before symptoms show: Study

Patients with COVID-19 shed, or excrete, infectious coronavirus two to three days before showing first symptoms, according to a modelling study which says control measures taken after symptoms appear may have a reduced effect in curbing the pandemic. The study, published in the journal Nature Medicine, noted that several factors can affect the efficacy of control measures designed to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. ........Read more

From Navratri pledge to calling doctors ‘God’: What PM told citizens of Varanasi in his coronavirus address

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday addressed the people in Varanasi, his Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh, and praised the healthcare professionals working day and night to treat the ones infected with Covid-19 virus even as the count keeps rising. Terming them as Gods’ working in white uniforms, PM Modi said, "Healthcare professionals working in white uniforms in hospitals are like God for us today, they are saving us from the disease. They are saving us by risking their own lives.........Read more

Islamic State Claims Attack on Sikh Worshippers in Kabul Gurdwara, Death Toll Rises to 11

Gunmen and suicide bombers stormed a Sikh gurdwara in the heart of Afghanistan's capital of Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least 11 worshippers and wounding as many, in one of the deadliest attacks on the minority community in the country, according to a media report. The Islamic State group claimed the attack, as 150 worshippers were inside the building. ........Read more

New Coronavirus Can Survive on Surfaces for 2-3 Days, But It Can be Cleaned: Study

The novel coronavirus can survive on surfaces or in the air for several hours, according to a US-government funded study. Scientists found that the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease had similar levels of viability outside the body to its predecessor that caused SARS. This means that factors like greater transmission between people with no symptoms might be why the current pandemic is far greater than the SARS outbreak of 2002-2003. The new coronavirus was detectable for up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel, and for up to 24 hours on cardboard. The team used a nebuliser to simulate a person coughing or sneezing, and found that the virus was detectable for three hours in the air.........Read more

All New Hyundai Creta Launched In India; Prices Start At Rs. 9.99 Lakh

The all new Hyundai Creta is finally launched in India and prices start from ₹ 9.99 lakh and go up to ₹ 17.20 lakh (ex-showroom, India). It is a brand new model ground up and along with a completely new design, the new Creta gets three new engine options along with a host of segment first features as well. The bookings for the 2020 Creta have already begun and in fact, crossed the 14,000 mark. It was first showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo and subsequently all details of the Creta SUV were revealed.........Read more

Madhya Pradesh Assembly: In big snub to Governor, House adjourned till March 26

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath now has plenty of time to try and save his government. The Speaker of the state assembly has adjourned proceedings till March 26 more than a week from now. It appears the Congress can breathe a little. Kamal Nath, 73, faces an uphill battle to protect his administration after the defection of Jyotiraditya Scindia to the BJP last week coincided with the resignations of 22 Congress lawmakers. Six of these have been accepted.........Read more

E3 2020 has reportedly been canceled

E3 is the latest major event to be canceled in the wake of the new coronavirus, according to reports. Ars Technica and Bloomberg say that the Entertainment Software Association, which puts on the annual video game trade show, will soon announce the cancelation. One source told Bloomberg that the ESA will make the announcement today. E3 is historically one of the biggest weeks of the year for video game announcements, and this year’s was primed to be particularly important with the upcoming launches of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.........Read more

Yes Bank withdrawal limited to ₹50,000, RBI says don't panic: 10 points

The government today restricted withdrawal from capital starved Yes Bank at ₹50,000 in the next one month. This restriction, which came into effect from 6 pm today, will remain in place April 3, 2020. Yes Bank cannot make in aggregate, payment to a depositor of a sum exceeding Rs. 50,000 lying to his credit, in any savings, current or any other deposit account till April 3rd, said a government notification. The RBI however said it may allow payment of over ₹50,000 to Yes Bank depositors an amount in excess of Rs. 50,000 like expenses for medical treatment, marriage and education.........Read more

MNS Puts Up Posters Offering Cash Reward of Rs 5000 For Information on Infiltrators From Pak, Bangladesh

After a pro-NRC, CAA rally, Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS) has put up posters in Aurangabad announcing cash reward of Rs 5000 to anyone providing information about alleged infiltrators from Pakistan and Bangladesh. The posters come days after MNS workers launched an operation to ‘throw out’ the illegal immigrants from Pune. The party had also claimed that they caught three illegal immigrants and handed them to the police.........Read more

Nirav Modi's Rolls Royce Ghost, diamond watch, among 112 assets to go under hammer

Rare paintings, exquisite wristwatches and luxury cars belonging to fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi will be auctioned from Thursday. The sale of 112 assets is being done by Saffronart on behalf of the Enforcement Directorate through a live auction, which will be followed by an online one for 72 items. Modi, who has allegedly defrauded state-run Punjab National Bank of over Rs 14,000 crore, is on the run and was last spotted in the UK.........Read more

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip review: temper your expectations

Samsung’s brand-new Galaxy Z Flip is the third folding screen phone that I’ve reviewed. It happens to also be the best folding screen phone I’ve reviewed — but don’t let that fool you. As with the Galaxy Fold and the Motorola Razr, the Z Flip is more of an expensive experiment than a real product anybody should buy. Although Samsung is touting that this phone has a glass screen, it turns out that glass in this context has fewer benefits than previously thought. Pardon the pun, but temper your expectations.........Read more

Shaheen Bagh blockade is troubling us, says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Monday said people have a right to protest but not block public places causing inconvenience to others, as it asked senior lawyers Sanjay Hegde and Sadhana Ramachandran to talk to the anti-CAA and anti-NRC protesters at Shaheen Bagh and persuade them to shift to an alternative place. Telling the protesters at Shaheen Bagh not to block public roads, a bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and K.M. Joseph asked solicitor-general Tus-har Mehta to suggest alternate places where the protesters could shift to.........Read more

One of Mark Zuckerberg’s notebooks detailed a plan to let you make Facebook profiles for your friends

Wired got its hands on one of Zuckerberg’s journals A 2006 journal from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had lots of ideas about potential concepts for the company, including one that would let users create profiles for people who weren’t actually on the social network yet. Details about the journal come from Wired editor at large Steven Levy, who is publishing a book about the history of Facebook and published an excerpt of that book in Wired today. The full excerpt has all sorts of juicy details about Facebook and Zuckerberg.........Read more

Arvind Kejriwal to take oath as Delhi CM at Ramlila Maidan on February 16

Arvind Kejriwal, who led the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to a stupendous victory yet again in Assembly poll, will take oath as the Delhi Chief Minister for the third straight time on February 16. The oath ceremony will be held at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan. According to the final figures released by the Election Commission, the AAP won in 62 of the 70 seats with a total vote share of 53.57 per cent. The BJP emerged victorious in the remaining eight seats, getting 38.51 per cent of the total votes. The Congress could not even manage a single seat and ended with 4.26 per cent vote share.........Read more

Four Days After Unruly Mob Gate-crashed Gargi College Fest & Molested Students, No FIR Yet; NCW Steps in

Four days after a group of men molested students of Delhi University’s Gargi College by gate-crashing their fest, police are yet to lodge an FIR. The February 6 incident came to light when several students took to social media to narrate their experiences and alleged that security personnel did nothing to control the unruly groups. The students have now planned a protest inside the college on Monday.........Read more

Survivors of sex-trafficking in Hyderabad, Delhi, Kolkata show how women sold off as slaves are helping others caught in same web

According to the statistics of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, 19,223 women and children were trafficked in 2016 alone. The average number of women and children trafficked in India every year is above 10,000. The highest number of survivors has been recorded in West Bengal. Sonagachi in Kolkata is Asia's largest red-light district, containing many hundreds of multi-storey brothels and around 11,000 sex workers.........Read more

Farrukhabad Hostage Taker's Wife Beaten up by Locals, Succumbs to Her Injuries

In a shocking development on Thursday, Subhash Batham, the murder accused, had taken 23 children hostage after taking them to his home on the pretext of his daughter’s birthday celebrations. He was shot dead by the Uttar Pradesh Police in an operation that lasted around nine hours. According to reports, the locals broke open the gates of the murder accused’s house using bricks and hammers, helping the police enter the house. In the exchange of fire that followed, while the hostage taker was killed, two policemen were also injured. After the firing ended, angry locals too entered the house and attacked his wife which led to her death earlier today.........Read more

Adnan Sami, Congress leader indulge in ugly Twitter spat; BJP justifies 'Padma honour'

The Supreme Court lawyer and Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Singh had earlier asked the BJP government why the Kargil War veteran Mohammad Sannuallah was declared a foreigner through the NRC for Assam, while the son of a Pakistan Air force Pilot has been conferred with Padma Shir, India's fourth-highest civilian award.........Read more

Malabar migration: is the dream coming to an end?

The pastures of Malabar are no longer as green or inviting as they used to be. Most of the agrarian patches in the hilly terrains are now more like abandoned ships in the making, in fact. For, the second and third generations of migrated settler farmers are in search of greener pastures elsewhere. ........Read more

CM Kamal Nath refuses to implement CAA in Madhya Pradesh

“Any law that is anti-people, anti-constitution, anti-society, anti-religion will not be implemented in Madhya Pradesh till Congress is in power,” said Nath after leading a march against the CAA. The senior Congress leader cleared his stand on the legislation. Last week, he called the legislation a move to divert attention from the real issues and said he would follow the Congress high command when it comes to implementing it. ........Read more

'Nutrition Is Everybody’s Business And Nobody’s Responsibility'

Out of this mess came the realisation that the global nutrition system had failed: nutrition was “everybody’s business and nobody’s responsibility.” A pioneer in food policy research, Lawrence Haddad worked on mobilising political will to make nutrition the focal point of development strategies. He used evidence-based arguments to convince governments, donors, civil society organisations, and research institutions across Europe. ........Read more

Maharashtra Portfolio Allocation: Sena Keeps Home Ministry, NCP Gets Finance, Congress Revenue

Notably, the Sena who is leading the new alliance will get Home and Urban Development ministries, while the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) will get Finance and Housing ministry, as decided in their arrangement. The Congress will be allocated the Revenue as well as Energy portfolios. Further, the portfolios on public health, co-operation ministries will go to the NCP, while the Congress will get Education, PWD, Textile, Women and Child Welfare ministries in the Maharashtra cabinet.........Read more

North Korea carries out "very important" test at once-dismantled launch site - KCNA

North Korea has carried out a “very important” test at its Sohae satellite launch site, state media KCNA reported on Sunday, a rocket testing ground that U.S. officials once said Pyongyang had promised to close. The reported test comes as a year-end deadline North Korea has imposed nears, warning it could take a “new path” amid stalled denuclearisation talks with the United States. The KCNA report called it a “successful test of great significance” on Saturday but did not specify what was tested. ........Read more

Maruti Suzuki Recalls 63,493 Cars With The Smart Hybrid System In India

Maruti Suzuki India has issued a recall for certain petrol Smart Hybrid (SHVS) variants of Ciaz, Ertiga and XL6 vehicles manufactured between January 1, 2019 to November 21, 2019. A total of 63,493 vehicles of petrol SHVS of Ciaz, Ertiga and XL6 will be inspected by the company for a possible issue with the Motor Generator Unit (MGU). A possible defect may have occurred in the MGU during manufacturing by an overseas global part supplier. The Maruti Suzuki XL6 is only available with the petrol engine Maruti Suzuki will inspect all the vehicles which come under this recall and vehicles requiring replacement of faulty part will be retained for part replacement free of cost. ........Read more

Railways plans to manufacture 640 coaches of Train 18 in three years, Lok Sabha told

Production Programmes for 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 include manufacture of 160, 240 and 240 coaches respectively for train sets at Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Piyush Goyal told the Lok Sabha. ........Read more

Children in Delhi smoke 10 cigarettes a day just by breathing

On an average, every Delhi resident smoked about 340 cigarettes between 20 October to 21 November because of the high pollution in the city's air. This is calculated on the basis of the high level of Particulate Matter 2.5 (PM 2.5) which is harming the lungs of every person in the city.........Read more

Revealed! Just how much Taj Mahal earns and how many tourists visit the famed mausoleum

Badruddin Ajmal, Minister Of State (Independent Charge) for Culture and Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel said that in the year 2018-19, the number of tourists visiting the Taj Mahal was 70,90,207 and the amount earned was Rs 86 crore 48 lakhs 93 thousand one hundred.........Read more

Eyeing Guinness world record, Yogi govt to light 5.51 lakh diyas on 'Deepotsav' in Ayodhya

As part of the Diwali celebrations, a tableau procession of Lord Rama will be carried out. The procession will witness the participation of artists from various countries.........Read more

Deaths reported as 6.3 magnitude quake hits southern Philippines

The death toll has risen to five with dozens more reported injured on Thursday after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake shook the southern Philippines, causing landslides and a fire at a shopping mall, authorities said.........Read more

Zimbabwe And Nepal Readmitted As ICC Members

Zimbabwe and Nepal have been readmitted as ICC Members following the conclusion of the ICC Board meetings in Dubai today, said ICC in a media release on Monday.........Read more

J&K: Postpaid Mobile Services to be Restored From Monday Noon

All postpaid mobile phones stand functional from Monday 12 noon in the remaining areas of J&K. This will happen across the state, in all 10 districts of Kashmir.” The residents of the Valley will, however, have to wait for some more time for the internet services to be resumed.........Read more

IRCTC enjoys bumper IPO subscription in slowing economy

State-run Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corp’s (IRCTC) initial public offering (IPO) to raise 6.45 billion rupees ($90.89 million) was subscribed nearly 112 times by the end of the book-running process, stock exchange data showed. Investors bid for 2.25 billion shares of the company, compared with 20.2 million shares on offer, according to data from the National Stock Exchange, as of 1230 GMT on Thursday. The overwhelming response comes amid slowing growth in Asia’s third-largest economy, which has hit sales of everything from cars to cookies, prompting the government to step in with deep cuts in corporate taxes and a raft of other measures to revive growth. IRCTC could see better valuation and a jump in EPS from second half of FY20 due to restoration of service charges which were halted after demonetization and the recently announced corporate tax rate-cut, said Deepak Jasani, head of retail research at HDFC Securities. It is also partly in the internet space and such companies are witnessing heightened investor interest. The company is authorized by the railway ministry to offer Indian railway tickets online, offer catering service and exclusively manufacture and supply packaged drinking water at railway stations and on trains in India. IRCTC operates in four business segments and also offers e-catering services to passengers via a mobile phone application.........Read more

‘Big gift’ for J&K’s development: Shah flags off Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday flagged off the Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express from the New Delhi Railway Station and said it was a "big gift" for Jammu and Kashmir's development. Shah also said that Article 370 was the "biggest roadblock" in the state's development and within 10 years, it will be one of the most developed regions of the country. "Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express is a big gift for Jammu and Kashmir's development and for promoting religious tourism," said Shah, who was accompanied by Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, Union Ministers Dr Jitendra Singh and Dr Harsh Vardhan. Train number 22439 New Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express will depart from the New Delhi Railway Station at 6 am to reach Katra at 2 pm.........Read more

India thwarts meeting of 'PoK president' in France

India has once again successfully thwarted Pakistani attempts to spread malicious propaganda over Kashmir on the international stage. Pakistan wanted to hold a special event in the French lower house of parliament called the National Assembly for the president of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), Sardar Masood Khan. However, after stern objections from India, the permission for the event was denied. The Pakistani Embassy in Paris wanted to conduct the event where Khan was invited as the Chief Guest and was supposed to address French legislators. The obvious aim was to influence lawmakers in anti-India narrative and garner support from them on the Kashmir issue. Their plans were derailed when the Indian embassy issued a demarche to the French Foreign Ministry stating that such an invitation would be a violation of India's sovereignty because the entire region of Jammu and Kashmir including PoK is an integral part of India. The French government took note and debarred Khan from taking part in the event, which was then attended by Pakistani envoy Moin-ul-Haq. Those gathered were mostly their own embassy staff with no significant turnout of French lawmakers.........Read more

Now, EC says bypolls for 15 Karnataka assembly seats will be held on Dec 5

The Election Commission (EC) has announced that the bypolls to 15 assembly seats in Karnataka will be held on December 5. This comes a day after the EC told the Supreme Court that it will announce dates for bypolls after the court delivers its verdict in response to the plea of 17 MLAs who were disqualified by the Speaker. According to the EC's latest notification on Friday, counting of votes for these 15 Karnataka assembly seats will take place on December 9. Citing proceedings in the Supreme Court on Thursday regarding the pleas filed by the 17 disqualified MLAs of the state challenging their disqualification, the EC said that after deliberations, it has decided that the nomination process for the 15 seats will restart on November 11 as per the new schedule. The Supreme Court will hear the matter next on October 22 and has expressed its inclination to decide the issue.Under the new schedule, November 21 will be the last date of withdrawing from electoral battle. Earlier, the EC had announced an election schedule on September 21 for these 15 seats. Under that notification, the nomination process had started on September 23 (Monday). As per the previous schedule, the bypoll was to be held on October 21 and counting was to take place on October 24.........Read more

Saudi Arabia To Offer Tourist Visas For First Time, Abolish Abaya Rule

Saudi Arabia said Friday it will offer tourist visas for the first time, opening up the ultra-conservative kingdom to holidaymakers as part of a push to diversify its economy away from oil. Kickstarting tourism is one of the centrepieces of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's Vision 2030 reform programme to prepare the biggest Arab economy for a post-oil era. The announcement comes just two weeks after devastating attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure -- blamed by Washington on Iran -- which roiled global energy markets and raised fears of a wider regional conflict. "Opening Saudi Arabia to international tourists is a historic moment for our country," tourism chief Ahmed al-Khateeb said in a statement. "Visitors will be surprised... by the treasures we have to share -- five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a vibrant local culture and breathtaking natural beauty." Saudi Arabia will open applications for online tourist visas to citizens of 49 countries on Saturday, Bloomberg News quoted Khateeb as saying. Khateeb said the kingdom will also ease its strict dress code for foreign women, allowing them to go without the body-shrouding abaya robe that is still mandatory public wear for Saudi women. Foreign women, however, will be required to wear "modest clothing", he added, without elaborating.........Read more

Maharashtra, Haryana polls on 21st October, results three days later: EC

Assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana will be held on October 21, the Election Commission announced on Saturday. Counting of votes in both the states will be held on October 24, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora said at a press conference here. The CEC also appealed to the political parties to avoid use of plastic in campaigns. "There will be a Rs 28 lakh-cap on poll expense on each candidate. We appeal to the candidates to use environment-friendly materials. We reassure all the stakeholders about the quality of electronic voting machines," he said. Arora on Saturday also said that schedule for the Jharkhand assembly will be announced later. With the announcement of polls dates, the Model Code of Conduct has come into force in the two states. While the term of 288-member Maharashtra assembly ends on November 9, that of the 90-member Haryana assembly expires on November 2. Around 18,000 security personnel on duty While Maharashtra has 8.94 crore registered voters and Haryana has 1.82 crore registered voters.........Read more

As Lunar night falls, hope of contacting Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander fades, say experts

The beginning of lunar night between Friday and Saturday at the landing site of Vikram lander marked the end of Indian Space Research Organization’s (Isro’s) hope of re-establishing communication with it. Vikram is not designed to withstand temperatures of -180 degrees C and the electronics onboard will become unviable after the lunar night, equivalent to fourteen days on Earth. It will also run out of charge if the solar panels were not deployed after the ‘hard-landing’. The temperature is about 130 degrees C during the day. Isro scientists have been trying to communicate with the lander since September 7, when the last phase of the 15-minute powered descent did not go as planned. Scientists lost communication with the lander when it was just 2.1 km above the lunar surface. “We can now say that there is no hope of Isro communicating with the lander, the mission life of the lander-rover is over. The mission was designed to conduct experiments during the lunar day and does not have the kind of shielding that can keep the electronics warm and functioning,” said Nirupam Roy, assistant professor of Physics at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.........Read more

Mega Lutyens' Delhi revamp plan: New Parliament building, common secretariat and more

The union government in a mega makeover move is planning to redevelop Delhi's Lutyens' area cover over the next five years. The union government in a mega makeover move is planning to redevelop Delhi's Lutyens' area cover over the next five years. The plan will have different phases on how to develop new and redevelop the existing infrastructure. The government is planning to restructure, re-construct or renovate the existing central government buildings situated in Lutyen's Delhi. According to sources, the government has issued a request for proposal inviting companies, bidders to send their proposals for the same. 1. Govt plans new Parliament building by 75th Indepedence Day in 2022 Building a new or redevelop the existing Parliament building is going to be one of the moves by the central govenrment in its mega Lutyen's Delhi makeover plan. However, it is yet to decide whether a new Parliament building is required to construct or changes and redevelopment work of the existing one be suitable. The government aims to hold its August 2022 monsoon session in the new or redeveloped parliament, therefore, it has issued RFP (Request for proposal) for companies to suggest for the same. 2. Common secretariat for all central govt employees in Delhi The discussions are also being held to decide whether a common secretariat has to be built to house all central government employees in Delhi. ........Read more

Almost 300 law and order incidents in last 3 weeks in J&K: Police report

A police report by the Jammu and Kashmir police stated that 280 law and order incidents took place in Jammu and Kashmir over the last three weeks, with Srinagar topping the list with over 160 such incidents reported from the area. The incidents occurred between August 5 and August 7 after the abrogation of the provisions in Article 370 and the bifurcation. Around 22 such incidents took place in Pulwama and 18 in Baramulla, reported the Indian Express. On August 17, the Valley recorded 24 such incidents, the highest number of incident in a single day. One officer, as quoted by the national daily, said even though such incidents have been heavily reported in Srinagar, their intensity is usually low. "These are groups of not more than 10-15 people who are taking the law into their hands, he said. Areas of Safakadal, Soura and Nigeen in Srinagar have witnessed maximum protests since the clampdown in the Valley, ahead of the August 5 announcement.........Read more

United States: Jammu & Kashmir status change India's internal matter

In what will come as a blow to Pakistan in its ongoing vitriolic campaign against India, and ahead of the crucial one-on-one meeting between US President Donald Trump and PM Modi on Monday on the sidelines of the G7 summit in France, Washington has made it clear that removing the special status for the erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir is India's internal decision. Meanwhile, the US has yet again called on Pakistan to rein in its terror groups. In a backgrounder press briefing ahead of Trump's France visit, a senior administration official said, "India's decision to rescind Article 370 in Kashmir is an internal decision, but certainly with regional implications." The official added that while "the President is likely to stress the need for dialogue among all sides of the conflict", he has also been "calling on Pakistan to prevent the infiltration of militants across the Line of Control that divides Jammu & Kashmir and to crack down on groups on its territory that have attacked India in the past." The President is also expected to urge the PM to "uphold respect for human rights in Kashmir." The one-on-one at the 45th G7 Summit in Biarritz in France comes almost two months after both leaders met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan.........Read more

Iran displays domestically built mobile missile defence system

Iran displayed what it described as a domestically built long-range, mobile surface-to-air missile system on Thursday, Iranian state media reported. The announcement comes at a time of rising tension between Iran and United States. Iran shot down a U.S. military surveillance drone in the Gulf with a surface-to-air missile in June. It says the drone was over its territory, but the United States says it was in international airspace. State television showed President Hassan Rouhani attending an unveiling ceremony for the Bavar-373 system, which Iranian media have described as a competitor to the Russian S-300 missile system. The system’s unveiling came on Iran’s National Defence Industry Day. Iran has developed a large domestic arms industry in the face of international sanctions and embargoes that have barred it from importing many weapons. ........Read more

‘It’s a clear mistake’ - Simon Taufel on Ben Stokes’ overthrow episode

Simon Taufel, former elite panel umpire, has said that England should have been awarded 5 runs and not 6 in the final match at Lord’s. The action took place in the final over of the 50th over of England’s chase when Ben Stokes pushed a ball towards mid-wicket and sprinted off to complete a brace. Martin Guptill swooped on the ball, picked it up and hurled a throw towards the striker’s end. Stokes, in a desperate attempt to make his ground, dived full stretch, but the ball hit the edge of the bat and raced away past short fine leg for a boundary which reduced the equation to 3 off the final 2 deliveries. Should England have got five, not six for overthrows? What rules say A day after the match Taufel claimed that the umpires made ‘an error of judgment’ in applying an obscure clause in the MCC’s laws — which both awarded England an extra run and kept Stokes on strike. “It’s a clear mistake … it’s an error of judgment,” Taufel told foxsports.com.au on Monday. Overthrow or wilful act of fielder If the boundary results from an overthrow or from the wilful act of a fielder, the runs scored shall be — any runs for penalties awarded to either side — and the allowance for the boundary — and the runs completed by the batsmen, together with the run in progress if they had already crossed at the instant of the throw or act.........Read more

Satellite images show how severely reservoirs supplying water to Indian cities dried up this year

Last week, a time-lapse video showing Chennai’s Puzhal lake shrinking dramatically over the course of seven months earned wide attention. The reservoir is one of the primary sources of water for India’s fourth-largest city, where the water crisis is so severe this year that hospitals have been postponing non-essential surgeries for lack of water in their bathrooms. Reservoirs like Puzhal Lake are rainfed, which means that they rely upon timely precipitation to be recharged. But over the past few years, the monsoons have been growing unreliable. This year, though the India Meteorological Department predicted that the monsoon would be normal, its onset has been delayed. Pre-monsoon showers have been at theirsecond-lowest level in 65 years and the monsoon is currently running a deficit of 35%. As a result, 44% of the country is facing drought conditions. The Central Water Commission, which releases weekly reports on the 91 most important rainfed reservoirs around the country, has dutifully documented this crisis. It has noted that the western and southern states are especially hard hit this year. The water storage in most of the reservoirs is considerably lower than the 10-year average. Two of the reservoirs that supply India’s most populous city with water have seen stocks plummet. The Upper Vaitarna reservoir is at 8% of its capacity. At this time last year, it was at 27%. The water level is 70% lower than the 10-year average.........Read more

US Not Planning to Send Troops to Fight Iran: Trump

US President Donald Trump dismissed a New York Times report about US top security officials reviewing a plan to send as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East to counter Iran. I think it’s fake news, okay? Now, would I do that? Absolutely. But we have not planned for that.........Read more

DRDO Conducts Successful Flight Test of ABHYAS

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has conducted a successful flight test of ABHYAS – High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) from Interim Test Range, Chandipur in Odisha. The flight test was tracked by various RADARS and Electro Optic Systems and proved its performance in a fully autonomous waypoint navigation mode.........Read more

Jet Airways To Get Rs 1,500 Crore Funding As Founder Naresh Goyal Steps Down From Board

Jet Airways Founder and Chairman Naresh Goyal and his wife Anita Goyal will step down from the board of the ailing airline, which will also receive immediate funding of Rs 1,500 crore under a resolution plan piloted by its lenders.........Read more

No alliance with Congress anywhere for 2019 Lok Sabha elections: Mayawati

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will not join hands with the Congress in any state for the coming 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Mayawati's comments are in line with its decision to tie up with archrival Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh.........Read more

Israeli Spacecraft Snaps Ultimate Selfie on Maiden Mission to Moon

An Israeli spacecraft on its maiden mission to the moon has sent its first selfie back to Earth. The image showing part of the Beresheet spacecraft with Earth in the background was beamed to mission control in Yehud, Israel -- 37,600 kilometres (23,360 miles) away.........Read more

10% EWS Reservation- On DMK's Plea, Madras HC Issues Notice To Modi Govt.

The Madras High Court issued a notice to the Narendra Modi-led government over the 10% reservation for the economically weaker section in general category. The High Court has asked for a reply by February 18.........Read more

Virat Kohli's India no different to what the West Indies were in the 80s: Dean Jones

Dean Jones said the current Indian team have the "fear factor" that the great West Indies teams had in the past. He insists on the importance of the top-ranked Test team working even harder to main their newly-earned reputation of world beaters.........Read more

Karnataka Crisis: BSY Calls Back All BJP MLAs Camping in Gurugram, Says Will Not Destabilise Congress-JD(S) Govt

BJP Karnataka State President and former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa on Saturday called back all BJP MLAs camping in Gurugram and asked ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition to not worry as they won’t destabilise the Karnataka government.........Read more

India vs Australia: India Lower Order Crumbles to Give Australia Series-Levelling Win

It was always only a matter of time. Australia didn't take much time to wrap up a series-leveling win on the final day of the second Test in Perth, as they took the remaining five wickets for just 28 runs to finish with a 146-run victory.........Read more

BCCI CEO Rahul Johri Cleared In Sexual Harassment Case, Free To Resume Office

The Committee of Administrators (CoA) three-member probe panel cleared of sexual allegations against BCCI CEO Rahul Johri. The panel dismissed the charges levelled by two women as "mischievous and fabricated".........Read more

J&K police orders withdrawal of SPOs from security of protected persons

The JK Police’s security wing has ordered the withdrawal of all Special Police Officers (SPO) who are performing duties of Personnel Security Officers (PSOs) with protected persons in the state. The direction has come days after an SPO of J&K Police posted with South Kashmir MLA fled with seven weapons belonging to the PSO’s of the legislator.........Read more

NASA backs designs for 3D-printed homes on Mars

NASA backs the AI Space Factory designed 3D-printed house for the surface of Mars and they look like a beehive. Each 'hive' can accommodate four astronauts and can be 3D-printed in situ using a static construction rover and materials gathered from the surface of the Red Planet, including basalt and renewable bioplastic.........Read more

Sensex crosses 38,000-mark for first time

Indian benchmark indices BSE Sensex and NSE’s Nifty 50 surged to their fresh record highs. BSE Sensex rose 162.56 points to a new all-time high of 38,050.12 and the Nifty 50 rose 45.2 points to a fresh record high of 11,495.20.........Read more

Mathematician Akshay Venkatesh gets the Fields medal, the ‘Nobel Prize’ for maths

Akshay Venkatesh, an Australian mathematician of Indian origin, was one of four winners of the Fields medal announced. The Fields Medal, often regarded as the Nobel Prize for mathematics, is given every four years to mathematicians under the age of 40.........Read more

Another sex scandal hits BJP in Gujarat

A rape case by a 21-year-old woman from Surat against former BJP lawmaker Jayanti Bhanushali is escalating as a major sex scandal involving two former lawmakers trading charges and allegations against each other.........Read more

Study links breast cancer to the body's internal clock

The findings, published in the scientific journal Development, add to a growing list that ties disruptions to our circadian rhythm—that is, the "central clock" mechanism in our brains—to a higher risk of cancer progression, obesity, some neuromuscular diseases, and other impairments, including jetlag. Circadian rhythm is controlled by the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) in the brain's anterior hypothalamus. In addition to coordinating our sleep patterns, the SCN coordinates the other peripheral clocks in our body, which run on a 24-hour cycle that corresponds with each day.........Read more

Opposition makes renewed efforts to ‘remove’ CJI Dipak Misra

Several Opposition leaders intensified their efforts to arrive at a common position to give a notice for a motion for the removal of the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, leaders of several political parties said on Tuesday........Read more

Xi Jinping Re-elected China’s President With no Term Limits

Xi Jinping was today re-elected as President for a second five-year tenure by China’s rubber-stamp parliament, days after it scrapped the two-term rule for the Presidency and allowed him to have a life-long tenure.........Read more

What is IPF? Dentists are dying of this rare, incurable lung disease

Dentists around the world are dying of a rare, incurable lung disease Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). Dentists and other dental personnel have unique exposures at work. These exposures include bacteria, viruses, dust, gases, radiation, and other respiratory hazards. Symptoms of IPF include shortness of breath, a dry, chronic cough, weight loss, joint and muscle pain and clubbed fingers or toes.........Read more

Voice and video calling are coming to Instagram

Instagram code reveals that voice and video calling support might be in the works for the popular photo-sharing app, and a release might be imminent. Facebook does have plenty of expertise with voice and video calling for chat apps. After all, Messenger and WhatsApp both support it, so it makes sense to see the company add them to the Instagram Direct standalone chat app.........Read more

Andhra Pradesh: Left parties call for shutdown to protest against Union Budget

Autorickshaws and public buses remained off roads in several parts of Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday as Left parties called for a state-wide bandh to protest against an “anti-people” Union Budget, The Communist Party of India (Marxist) called for the shutdown, which is being backed by the YSR Congress, the Congress and several other local parties.........Read more

SC refuses to stay trial against Lt Col Shrikant Purohit in Malegaon blast case

A bench of Justices R.K. Agrawal and A.M. Sapre, issued notice on Col. Purohit’s special leave petition challenging an order of the Bombay High Court refusing to quash the cognisance taken by the trial court in the Malegaon bomb blast case. The bench issued notice on the main appeal returnable in four weeks.........Read more

Gang of forgers sold 50,000 school and univ degrees, set up fake websites

Police have busted a pan-India fake degree racket operating through a city "education society", with regional offices and over 40 agents in other parts of the country, which had allegedly sold more than 50,000 forged marksheets and certificates of universities and school boards.........Read more

Better than holograms: A new 3-D projection into thin air

Scientists have figured out how to manipulate nearly unseen specks in the air and use them to create 3D images that are more realistic and clearer than holograms. Going from holograms to this type of technology — technically called volumetric display — is like shifting from a two-dimensional printer to a three-dimensional printer.........Read more

Michael Douglas Accused Of Sexual Harassment By Former Employee

Writer Susan Braudy has publicly accused Michael Douglas of sexual harassment, just days after the actor pre-emptively spoke in his own defense. "He thought he was the king of the world, and that he could humiliate me without any repercussions," Braudy told Kate Snow of NBC News in an interview.........Read more

Vast, Thick Ice Sheets Have Been Found Buried All Over Mars

Planetary scientists located eight of these geological features, called scarps, on the Red Planet. An analysis of the scarps revealed that thick ice hides just below the surface. This ice, the researchers say, could be a tempting target for future exploration - as well as a valuable resource for Earthlings camped out on Mars. The slope rises as high as London's Big Ben tower. Beneath its ruddy layer of dirt is a sheet of ice 300 feet (90 metres) thick that gives the landscape a blue-black hue.........Read more

Narayana Murthy's Son-In-Law Inducted Into Theresa May's Top Team

British Prime Minister Theresa May has inducted Indian-origin lawmaker Rishi Sunak into her government in the reshuffle of her top team of ministers and secretaries on Monday. Mr Sunak is the son-in-law of Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy. The 36-year-old has been appointed as an undersecretary of state in Britain's Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. ........Read more

India to Get First Runway on ‘Sea Bridge’ Soon; Extension of Lakshadweep’s Agatti Airport Approved

India is all set to get its first runway on a ‘sea bridge’ soon, as the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has been given a nod to extend Lakshadweep’s Agatti Airport. The task will be carried out by building an RCC platform on the beach and shallow area which will allow bigger ATRs to operate to the island.........Read more

Anti-stress compound reduces obesity and diabetes

For some time, researchers have known that the protein FKBP51 is associated with depression and anxiety disorders. It is involved in the regulation of the stress system – when the system does not function properly; mental disorders may develop. Now, researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry have discovered a new, surprising role for this protein: It acts as a molecular link between the stress regulatory system and metabolic processes in the body.........Read more

Renault Captur launched at Rs. 10.00 lakh

The Renault Captur has been launched in India at prices starting from Rs. 9,99,999 (ex-showroom, Delhi). The crossover is available in three petrol and 4 diesel variants. The top-end Platine trim level is only available with a diesel engine.........Read more

Artificial Intelligence Boy Shibuya Mirai Gets Residential Certificate in Tokyo, Japan

In a world where sometimes proving your nationality and finding a country that would be willing to take in refugees, an Artificial Intelligence character has been made an official resident of a bust central Tokyo district. ........Read more

Farmers in Telanagana to get 24 hour power from March

The authorities will supply uninterrupted power from Monday on an experimental basis across the state. This will continue for five to six days and based on the feedback, the Telangana State Transmission Corporation (TS Transco) will take follow up action.........Read more

Blade Runner 2049 movie review: Like The Dark Knight, one of the best sequels ever made

Blade Runner 2049 - for better or for worse - is a lot like the original film, and depending on your stance on that touchstone sci-fi classic, this could either be the best news you could’ve hoped for, or the worst. It shares the original’s bleak vision of the future, its pessimism, and its cool, path-breaking aesthetic - but also its frustrating narrative shortcomings, its irritating pacing, and its stubborn ambivalence.........Read more

Kangana Ranaut sent me sexually-explicit mails, alleges Hrithik Roshan. Sister Rangoli calls him ‘stalker uncle’

Hrithik Roshan is alleging that he was stalked and hounded by Kangana Rananut, according to a 29-page complaint filed by the actor and his legal counsel.........Read more

Star India plans to launch IPL on Hotstar in international markets

Star India has plans to launch Hotstar in international markets and the popular T20 tournament could potentially be a lucrative launch property. After the IPL deal with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Star India can stream IPL in seven international regions outside India—Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, South Africa, the UK, the US and the rest of the world.........Read more

Google Play Protect appears on Google Play store, brings all Android security features together

Google announced the Play Protect feature back in May during Google I/O 2017 but it is only now that users are finally getting to see the update on the Play Store. Play Protect scans all apps in Google Play to ensure that the apps are safe to be downloaded. Additionally, the new feature also scans apps that are downloaded and in use on your Android smartphone, alerting you if there is any discrepancy in the security settings and if the permissions of the app have changed.........Read more

Singer Glen Campbell dies aged 81

Glen Campbell, the affable superstar singer of “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Wichita Lineman” whose appeal spanned country, pop, television and movies, died on Tuesday, his family said. He was 81. The American won five Grammys and sold more than 45 million records........Read more

CRPF Soldiers Booked For Allegedly Molesting Schoolgirls at Raksha Bandhan Event in Chhattisgarh

Police have registered a case against unidentified members of CRPF under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) after allegations that some school students were inappropriately touched during a cultural programme held at a residential school ahead of Raksha Bandhan in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district. A case was registered under Section 354 IPC and POCSO after the district administration constituted a five-member committee to look into the allegations. The police too have launched a probe.........Read more

Scientists encode movie into DNA in first step to ‘molecular recorders’

“We encoded images and a movie into DNA in a living cell which is fun, but it’s not really the point of the system,” said Seth Shipman, a geneticist at Harvard Medical School. “What we’re trying to develop is a molecular recorder that can sit inside living cells and collect data over time.”........Read more

Rolls-Royce Club Brings 1000 Classic Cars Together

To mark its Diamond Jubilee year, the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club has managed to bring together a collection of over 1000 contemporary and classic rollers.........Read more

Bullion bank coming up:Comprehensive gold policy on cards

The government, in principle, has decided to set up a gold spot exchange, improve measures for compliance by the jewellery industry, increase value addition in the gold business, implement mandatory hallmarking for jewellery, set up a bullion bank, and prepare good delivery norms and gold standards, among many things it seeks to do.........Read more

In Goa, Hundreds Are Gathering To Build A Roadmap For A 'Hindu Rashtra'

The four-day long conclave will see discussions on the following topics — 'Need For A Countrywide Beef Ban,' 'Failed policies of government in rehabilitation of Kashmiri Hindus,' 'Future of India: Islamic State or Hindu Rashtra,' and 'Road Map to the Establishment Of The Hindu Rashtra'. The discussions will be streamed live on Facebook.........Read more

193 nations urge action to protect oceans, with US protest

The 193 UN member nations have issued an urgent call for action to reverse the decline in the health and productivity of the world's oceans, with the United States backing the action plan but rejecting its support for the Paris agreement to tackle climate change.........Read more

70 killed, women beheaded in al-Shabab attack on Somalia military base

Nearly 70 people were killed as al-Shabab fighters stormed a military base at Puntland in Somalia, shooting soldiers at close range and beheading civilians.........Read more

IITs to give 11 extra marks for attempting 'ambiguous' questions in JEE Advanced

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) has decided to give 11 extra marks to students who attempted three "ambiguous" questions that were a part of the JEE Advanced examination. The JEE (A) was held on May 21.........Read more

Zika cases in Ahmedabad: Gujarat cites WHO ‘mistake’, says no campaign needed

At a press meet, state chief secretary J N Singh said the first positive case was reported in November 2016 and not in February 2016, as stated by WHO.........Read more

Mind-controlled device helps stroke patients retrain brains to move paralyzed hands

Stroke patients who learned to use their minds to open and close a device fitted over their paralyzed hands gained some control over their hands, according to a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.........Read more

Another cyber attack, much bigger than the WannaCry Ransomware

While the world was busy calling WannaCry Ransomware the biggest cyber attack of all time after over 150,000 cyber attacks were reported across 75 nations, there was another cyber attack, much bigger than WannaCry Ransomware, luring in the corners. The security company Proofpoint recently observed that a “very large-scale” attack was being carried out and instead of encrypting users’ data and asking for ransom, the attacker silently installs a cryptocurrency miner on the victims’ computers.........Read more

Vijay Mallya held guilty of contempt; SC asks him to appear in person

The Supreme Court on Tuesday invoked contempt on the beleaguered businessman Vijay Mallya, in response to a plea by a consortium of banks to start contempt proceedings against him. Vijay Mallya has been ordered to appear before the court on July 10.........Read more

Google will soon start Android O Beta program; announces the end of Android Nougat Beta program

Just days ahead of the its annual developer conference “Google I/O”, the company Google has announced to end the Android “Nougat” Beta and will soon launch Android “O” Beta. “Thank you for your interest in the Android Beta Programme. The beta for Android Nougat has concluded, and all devices that were opted in have been updated to the current public version,” Google said in an update to the Android beta website.........Read more

CBSE planning to make Hindi compulsory till class 12th in schools, sources suggest policy likely in two years

Sources be believed, the CBSE is planning to make Hindi compulsory till class 12th in schools. A recent workshop conducted by CBSE for teachers hinted at the policy being under consideration at the Central Board of Secondary Education. Maintaining anonymity, the source shared that the officials from CBSE hinted that making Hindi compulsory is very likely and we might see the policy in two years time.........Read more

Datsun India Launches Special Anniversary Editions of Go and Go+

Celebrating three years of the Go and Go+ in India, Datsun launched a special anniversary limited editions of both cars. The special edition of the Datsun Go is priced at ₹ 4.19 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) while the Go+ costs ₹ 4.9 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).The anniversary editions of the Go and Go+ come with some additional features but are similar in terms of price to the T(O) variant. What both cars get is a first-in-segment Ambient Lighting app for mobile phones with which a customer can choose the mood lighting of the car's cabin to suit his/her taste.........Read more

Yogi Adityanath’s education overhaul: English starts at nursery level in UP

Uttar Pradesh plans to introduce English in government schools from nursery instead of Class 6 as part of a broader overhaul of the state’s education system that will blend nationalist and modern curricula, chief minister Yogi Adityanath has said.........Read more

Foreign students at IIT- Madras grow 60% in five years

The number of exchange students at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras has risen from 90 in 2011 to 145 in 2016, a jump of 61% and an indication that the institute is improving its international relations and gaining global impetus.........Read more

BCCI vs Ravi Shastri: Mumbai’s expulsion a joke, says former Test cricket star

Former India cricketer Ravi Shastri has slammed the move of Mumbai being stripped of its full member status according to the new constitution unveiled by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, terming it as a ‘joke’ given the glorious history of the association. ........Read more

World's best airports for 2017 revealed

"Winning the Skytrax World's Best Airport Award for the fifth consecutive year is immense encouragement to our 50,000-strong airport community at Changi Airport, every one of whom is passionate about delivering the most memorable airport experience to our passengers," said Lee Seow Hiang, CEO of Changi Airport Group.........Read more

Yogi Adityanath and Keshav Prasad Maurya’s supporters stage demonstration demanding them to be CM

Another front runner for the CM post in UP was Yogi Adityanath but has fallen behind in the race in last few days. However, his supporters are demanding him to be the new Chief Minister in Lucknow........Read more

Amazon top recruiter at IIM-A, offers 18 jobs to graduates

A little more than 100 firms took part in the final round of placements at IIM-A. Sector-wise, consulting firms, such as Accenture Strategy, Bain & Company, McKinsey & Company and The Boston Consulting Group, made the highest number of offers. Following Amazon was McKinsey & Company; it made 15 offers.........Read more

NASA plans to send its first robotic spacecraft to the Sun

This is going to be our first mission to fly to the Sun, said Eric Christian, a NASA research scientist at Goddard Space Flight Centre. The mission will hopefully unveil why the surface of the Sun, called the photosphere, is not as hot as its atmosphere, called the corona.........Read more

'Uppar se orders hain': Rangsharda auditorium demands playing of National Anthem before staging play

On February 11, theatre producer and director Atul Kumar claimed that Rangsharda Auditorium, a venue for live performances, demanded that the National Anthem be played before staging the play. Kumar claimed that he was informed of this just 45 minutes before the performance of his play Piya Behrupiya, which was scheduled for 7.30 pm.........Read more

54 years of wait in India, veteran returns to his mother land

In January 1963, he apparently lost his way and entered Indian territory on the back of a Red Cross vehicle. Trapped for 54 years in India without any official documents, Wang Qi flew to China on Saturday to an emotional welcome amid intense media attention.........Read more

Neither Panneerselvam nor ‘any person from Jayalalithaa’s household’ has the mandate: Stalin

Tamil Nadu did not vote for anyone from Jayalalithaa’s ‘household’ to be the Chief Minister, DMK working president M.K. Stalin said on Sunday. He added that any decision taken by the DMK would be ‘within the framework of democracy’ and reflect the aspirations of the people.........Read more

This NGO Is Trying to Promote Scientific Curiosity among Govt School Students across Rural India

Janyaa, which translates to ‘life’, focuses on developing creative problem solving skills among rural children. The organisation’s aim is to educate government school students through hands-on learning.........Read more

Indians accept lower paying jobs if they have to travel more for work, says research

A new research reveals that 43 per cent of business travellers in India would accept a lower paying job if it meant they could travel more for work as compared to 30 per cent globally.........Read more

What is the Weather like on Mars?

Mars has a very thin atmosphere which is composed of 96% carbon dioxide, 1.93% argon and 1.89% nitrogen, along with traces of oxygen and water. The atmosphere is quite dusty, containing particulates that measure 1.5 micrometers in diameter, which is what gives the Martian sky its tawny color when seen from the surface. Mars’ atmospheric pressure ranges from 0.4 to 0.87 kPa, which is the equivalent of about 1% of Earth’s at sea level.........Read more

Microsoft Teams for enterprise messaging coming to India soon

Microsoft Teams, the company’s rival to Slack’s enterprise messaging, will be coming to India by the end of March. The preview of Teams, which brings chat-based conversations for enterprises, has gone live for select organisations in India, who are using the commercial version of Office 365 suite. Microsoft won’t be charging extra for turning on Teams for enterprises; the messaging app will be offered as part of the Office 365 suite. Teams was first announced in November, last year.........Read more

Abhinav Mukund picked in India's Test squad

Tamil Nadu opener Abhinav Mukund has been recalled to India's squad for the one-off Test against Bangladesh beginning on February 9 in Hyderabad.........Read more

AP CM compromising State’s interests

CM says Special Package more beneficial to the State than the SCS. He says it is not good in state’s interests to confront the Centre. He doesn't acknowledge how Tamilians brought Centre to its knees over Jallikattu. Jallikattu is just a cultural issue, whereas SCS concerns economy of State.CBN using all his energies to subdue the emerging people’s movement.He ignores that SCS is a question of survival of the truncated state, Both Naidus vowed to get SCS for AP during the elections.........Read more

Yogi Adityanath Applauds Donald Trump's Immigration Order, Says India Needs To Take Similar Action

BJP leader Yogi Adityanath on Monday applauded US President Donald Trump's controversial immigration order that bans travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries and stressed the need for such action in India to contain terrorism.........Read more

Showdown begins: Hundreds gather spontaneously outside New York's JFK airport to protest Donald Trump's Muslim ban

Hundreds of people gathered spontaneously at the John F Kennedy International Airport in New York late on Saturday to protest US President Donald Trump's ban on refugees, international media is reporting.........Read more

Animal Board will not go against Tamil Nadu Jallikattu law: Union Minister

Union Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday said the statutory advisory body Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) will not challenge the law passed by Tamil Nadu to allow the bull taming sport of Jallikattu.........Read more

US thought India will capture PoK after Bangladesh war: CIA

The US government had thought that the then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi might order an attack on West Pakistan to capture Pakistan-Occupied- Kashmir after India's operation to create Bangladesh got over, recently declassified CIA documents say.........Read more

SC to hear all pleas concerning jallikattu law on January 31

The Supreme Court on Friday said all applications challenging Tamil Nadu's amendment of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960, allowing the conduct of jallikattu, will be heard on January 31. A Bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Rohinton Nariman will have a scheduled hearing of the challenges.........Read more

‘It’s time to leave Afghanistan’: Taliban tell US President Trump

The letter, emailed to journalists on Wednesday, was written on behalf of the so-called Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban’s spokesman, warns Trump that peace will be elusive as long as foreign troops are on Afghan soil.........Read more

Cashless transactions in Assam hamlet for over five centuries

Cashless transactions may be the latest buzzword in the country's economic arena, but in a small hamlet about 32 km from Guwahati, members of Assam's Tiwa tribe meet every year to carry out an unique trade fair where the dealings are totally cashless.........Read more

Sudip Bandyopadhyay, TMC MP arrested for alleged graft charges, hospitalised in Cuttack

Arrested Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay has been admitted to a hospital in Cuttack after he complained of chest pain. The TMC MP, who was arrested in connection with the Rose Valley chit fund scam, was admitted at hospital of Jharpara special jail in Bhubaneswar since 12 January.........Read more

Indian Railways to pay Rs 68 lakh to man for permanent disability

The apex consumer commission has directed the Western Railway to pay a compensation of over Rs 68 lakh to a man, who suffered 100 per cent disability in a freak accident at a railway station in Maharashtra, apart from bearing his entire medical expenses.........Read more

Varanasi gears up for World Bhojpuri Conference

A 'World Bhojpuri Conference' will be held here from tomorrow to January 1, in which participants from over 18 countries are likely to be present. High Commissioner of Mauritius to India, Jagdishwar Goburdhun has said that the conference will deliberate over culture, religion, language and business among other issues. A large number of Bhojpuri speakers residing in different parts of the world will take part in the 'World Bhojpuri Conference', being organised at a private school in Bada Lalpur.........Read more

Govt cancels FCRA licences of 20,000 NGOs for violation of laws

The government has cancelled the FCRA licences of 20,000 NGOs out of 33,000 such organisations for violation of laws. Now, only 13,000 NGOs are now legally valid. On November 11, a Home Ministry official had said that as many as 1,736 NGOs, including Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Mata Amritnandmayi Math and Church of South India Diocese of Madras, would no longer be able to receive foreign funds as they hade failed to renew their FCRA registration.........Read more

Nissan GT-R Launched In India At Rs. 1.99 Crore

Nissan GT-R, the legendary sports car from the Japanese auto giant today finally went on sale in India priced Rs. 1.99 Crore (ex-showroom, Delhi). Ever since the new Nissan GT-R was first showcased in India at the 2016 Auto Expo, auto enthusiasts has been eagerly waiting for the car to arrive. And the Godzilla is finally here!........Read more

Predatory bacteria may wipe out 'superbugs': study

A naturally occurring predatory bacterium is able to work with the immune system to clear multi-drug resistant Shigella infections in zebrafish, researchers from Imperial College London and Nottingham University in the UK said. It is the first time the predatory bacterium Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus has been successfully used as an injected anti-bacterial therapy and represents an important step in the fight against drug-resistant infections, or 'superbugs'.........Read more

Hitman PS4 Pro Enhancements Detailed

In a statement, the developer explained that Hitman for PS4 Pro will have a "whole new layer of detail added to it." Its overall resolution will be increased, while "reflective surfaces" should be improved, alongside "more detailed lighting effects." Additionally, the game's aliasing will be reduced.........Read more

Cholesterol test for 1-year-olds could be helpful: study

What if a blood test could reveal that your child is at high risk for early heart disease years in the future, giving you a chance to prevent it now? A big study in England did that - screening thousands of babies for inherited risk - and found it was twice as common as has been thought.........Read more

SC issues notices to Shahabuddin, Bihar govt, Centre over plea seeking his shifting from Siwan to Tihar

During the last hearing in the case on October 17, the court had directed the CBI to complete the Rajdeo Ranjan murder probe within three months.........Read more

If Ministers Can Go Abroad For Treatment, Why Can’t Army Men, Asks Family Of Slain BSF Soldier

There is only one government hospital here in Bakshinagar. That is why we demand that there should be separate health care system for BSF soldiers. Had it been installed he could have been given proper treatment........Read more

After Six Long Years, Finally Wrestler And Gold Medallist Geeta Phogat Gets Appointed As DSP In Haryana Police

Wrestler Geeta Phogat had won India’s first gold medal in women’s wrestling in 55-kg category in Commonwealth Games back in the year 2010. What should have come the same year, has come after a long wait of six years. Finally, Geeta has received the appointment letter for the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) from the Haryana cabinet.........Read more

Neural signature for fibromyalgia may aid diagnosis, treatment

University of Colorado Boulder researchers have discovered a brain signature that identifies fibromyalgia sufferers with 93 percent accuracy, a potential breakthrough for future clinical diagnosis and treatment of the highly prevalent condition.........Read more

India Today-Axis Poll: Congress Leads in Punjab, AAP Close Second

If Punjab goes to polls today, the Congress will emerge as the largest party but will fall short of a majority, an opinion poll showed on Thursday. The opinion poll by Axis-My-India for India Today group said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will be in second place, and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) alliance will trail at third position. The opinion poll gave the Congress 49 to 55 seats, while the AAP got 42 to 46 seats. The BJP-SAD combine got 17 to 21 seats as per the opinion poll.........Read more

Navjot Singh Sidhu may merge his Awaz-e-Punjab with Congress

Navjot Singh Sidhu may merge his Awaz-e-Punjab with Congress - Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu is likely to join Congress party ahead of the Punjab Assembly elections 2017.........Read more

Single migration from Africa populated world

The question, one of the biggest in studies of human evolution, has intrigued scientists for decades. In a series of extraordinary genetic analyses published recently, researchers believe they have found an answer. In the journal Nature, three separate teams of geneticists surveyed DNA collected from cultures around the globe, many for the first time, and concluded that all non-Africans today trace their ancestry to a single population emerging from Africa between 50,000 and 80,000 years ago. ........Read more

Remembering the Sivaji Ganesan In All Of Us

You could split Tamil cinema into two eras; Before Sivaji and After Sivaji. And all of the actors After Sivaji Ganesan – male and female – who stood under the spotlight, even for the briefest of moments, have displayed some part of his mannerisms, or diction, or body language.........Read more

Pubs and clubs in Delhi's famous Connaught Place to be capped

The city’s party animals who gather at Connaught Place are likely to see a drastic change to Delhi's famous and foremost nightspot as the MCD considers request to 'cap' number of pubs and clubs.........Read more

Bangladesh and Bhutan follow India, pull out of Saarc summit

A day after India said that it will boycott the Saarc Summit that was to be held in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan too decided not to attend the annual gathering of the South Asian leaders.........Read more

The Natural Gas War Burning Under Syria

In 2009, Qatar, a leading natural gas producer, approached Syria about routing its planned 1,500 mile pipeline to the gas markets of Europe through Syria’s Aleppo province. Qatar wanted a pipeline straight to Europe as its current gas transport modes were limited to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tanker, mostly to Asia with limited spot shipments to Europe or the Dolphin pipeline to the United Arab Emirates and Oman. ........Read more

Karnataka defies Supreme Court order, not to release water to Tamil Nadu

After a day of political drama and meetings, the Karnataka government has decided not to release water to the Tamil Nadu against the Supreme Court verdict that directed the state to release 6,000 cusecs of water per day till September 27. The decision came after a series of state cabinet meetings and an all-party meet on Wednesday.........Read more

SC favours harsher punishment for talking on mobile phones while driving

Noting that “uncontrolled propensity for adventure” and “competition to pick up the speed” has been dealt with iron hands, the Supreme Court Wednesday urged the government to enhance punishment for those who talk on their mobile phones while driving, and provide for exemplary penalty for driving dangerously.........Read more

Uri attack: Keep military option open, former Army generals tell government

Former Army generals on Sunday sought urgent action against Pakistan, including keeping the "military option open" to deal with terror from its soil. "The reason is that till the time it does not hurt Pakistan physically, they would not respect our decency," Lt Gen BS Jaswal (Retd) said. Bring pickets, which have launch pad to the ground, raze them to the ground. The reason is that till the time it does not hurt Pakistan physically, they would not respect our decency, said Jaswal, who was GOC-in-C of the Northern Command.........Read more

Reliance Jio may cut rates further to ramp up customer base

Experts said the telecom unit of Reliance Industries may look to slash or even extend its free offer on data after January 1, to boost customer volumes.........Read more

This is how Zack Snyder contributed in shooting one scene of 'Suicide Squad'

This is how Zack Snyder contributed in shooting one scene of 'Suicide Squad' - Spoiler alert for those who have not watched the movie yet!........Read more

Barred from crooning 'jana gana mana', principal, teachers quit school

Barred from crooning 'jana gana mana', principal, teachers quit school - For his part, the manager has justified his objections citing religious reasons. He, in fact, told reporters that the national anthem had never been sung on the school campus, and could not be allowed as it was "un-Islamic".........Read more

Hyderabad tragedy: 21 patients lose their lives in a govt hospital

In a tragic incident, 21 patients lost their lives at a government hospital in Hyderabad on Friday, July 22.........Read more

India Denies Visa Extension To Three Chinese Scribes

Three Chinese journalists based in India representing the state-run Xinhua news agency have been denied permission for extended stay in India, news reports said. This move can possibly strain the Indo-China relations further.........Read more

She’s Finally Back! Here’s The First Look Of Diana Penty From Her New Film

Diana Penty made her Bollywood debut back in 2012 with Cocktail, and garnered a lot of attention. The young actress managed to hold her own even alongside seasoned actors like Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone, and all eyes were on her to see what ........Read more

Congress veteran Margaret Alva attacks Sonia Gandhi grip, says Manmohan Singh wanted to make her minister but couldnt

Former Congress veteran Margaret Alva today accused Sonia Gandhi of running the party arbitrarily and claimed she was often told by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that he wanted her in his Cabinet, but Sonia did not allow it.........Read more

Makers Of Freedom 251 Launches A Freedom LED TV For Rs 9900

Makers of the world's cheapest phone Freedom 251 has made another cheap gadget for the Indian consumer. Ringing Bells today launched an LED TV which is named Freedom 9900. The TV has been priced at........Read more

Who isnt afraid of Swamy?

He warned those who would think of themselves as "bigger than the party" to show restraint. The kerfuffle that has consumed the media has, of course, been Swamy's relentless baiting of Raghuram Rajan, the departing governor of the Reserve Bank of........Read more

TRAI seeks stakeholders' views on cloud service issues

Telecom regulator TRAI has sought stakeholders' views on cloud computing-related issues such as data security, service quality and legal and regulatory frameworks.........Read more

Telcos may soon offer calls over Internet like Whatsapp, Skype - The Economic Times

Internet-based calls offered by the likes of Skype and Whatsapp at sharply lower costs than telcos was the trigger for the net neutrality debate in India.........Read more

Maruti recalls over 77k Balenos, DZires to fix airbag, filter

Maruti Suzuki India is recalling 75,419 units of its premium hatchback Baleno to fix faulty airbag component and fuel filter. It is also calling back 1,961 units if its compact sedan DZire with auto gear shift technology to replace fuel filter.........Read more

BCCI promises Rs 5 crore for deaf cricketers

Newly-elected BCCI President Anurag Thakur has promised help of Rs five crore to the deaf and dumb cricketers, according to Deaf Cricket Society (DCS)........Read more

Scientists Discover New Earth-Like Planets That Could Sustain Life

The size and temperatures of these three 'red worlds' were comparable to the Earth and other planets from our solar system.........Read more

Space mission first to observe key interaction between magnetic fields of Earth and Sun

Like sending sensors up into a hurricane, NASA has flown four spacecraft through an invisible maelstrom in space, called magnetic reconnection. Magnetic reconnection is one of the prime drivers of space radiation and so it is a key factor in the quest to learn more about our space environment and protect our spacecraft and astronauts as we explore farther and farther from our home planet.........Read more

Indian start-ups look to Chinese investors

“Most of the Indian start-ups have the same pattern as Chinese firms,” said Jianbiao Xiang, Founder, Incapital in an interview. The fund focuses on early-stage firms and has nine funds under managemen........Read more