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How MyJio App Has Quietly Transformed Itself into India's WeChat, One Update At A Time

Is MyJio a super app, perhaps? With the sort of wide options, mini apps and functionality that are available in one app, it can most certainly be classified as one. And speaking of super apps, the Chinese owned app WeChat is in trouble in the US. It is often classified as a super app, at least in China, for the variety of options it offers, including messaging and payments. US President Donald Trump has issued an executive order that says WeChat and TikTok will be banned in the US in 45 days, if they are not sold by their Chinese owners. WeChat is owned by Tencent while TikTok is owned by Bytedance. Both apps are already banned in India, because of significant concerns around user data privacy and security.........Read more

WATCH: Scary scenes in Jaipur as desert locust swarms take over

According to previous reports, the locust storms have already invaded as far inland as Madhya Pradesh, with about 16 districts of Rajasthan affection. The massive swarms have so far crossed over 50,000 hectares of land, as per the state agriculture department. Video clips on Monday started hitting the web where a scary number of locusts can be seen absolutely devouring the skies. According to the agriculture department, the locusts have been moving rapidly towards the south and eastern part of the state in search of food and due to the warm westerly wind.........Read more

WHO urges countries to investigate early COVID-19 cases

The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that a report that COVID-19 had emerged in December in France, sooner than previously thought, was “not surprising”, and urged countries to investigate any other early suspicious cases. The disease later identified as COVID-19 was first reported by Chinese authorities to the WHO on Dec. 31 and was not previously believed to have spread to Europe until January. “This gives a whole new picture on everything,” WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier told a U.N. briefing in Geneva, referring to the French report. ........Read more

India Rejects Pakistan's Attempts to 'Bring Material Changes' in PoK in J&K

India has lodged a strong protest against Pakistan Supreme Court’s order allowing the conduct of general elections in Gilgit-Baltistan. Rejecting Islamabad actions and continued attempts to ‘bring material changes in Pakistan occupied areas of the Indian territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) delivered a demarche to a senior Pakistan diplomat conveying that “the entire Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, including the areas of Gilgit and Baltistan, are an integral part of India” by virtue of its fully legal and irrevocable accession.........Read more

Top 10 Indian firms lose ₹4.22 trillion in m-cap, TCS and Reliance worst hit

The 10 most valued domestic companies lost a massive ₹4,22,393.44 crore in market capitalisation last week, with heavyweights TCS and RIL taking the biggest hit. In a nerve-wracking week for the markets, the BSE Sensex plummeted 3,473.14 points or 9.24%, largely in tandem with global equities which were hammered by panic selling amid the coronavirus pandemic. The market capitalisation (m-cap) of TCS dropped by ₹1,16,549.07 crore to reach ₹6,78,168.49 crore for the week ended on Friday.........Read more

Tamim Iqbal named Bangladesh's full-time ODI captain

Tamim Iqbal has been appointed captain of the Bangladesh ODI team, taking over from Mashrafe Mortaza whose last leadership assignment was the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe. As full-time ODI captain, Tamim's first assignment will be the one-off ODI against Pakistan on April 1. Tamim has led Bangladesh in ODIs earlier, captaining the team in the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka last July in Mortaza's absence. He had also led the team in the Christchurch Test against New Zealand in January 2017. ........Read more

SAI officials act on sexual harassment: Action has been taken in 9 of 14 cases

Neary two months after The Indian Express reported that 45 cases of sexual harassment were reported at 24 centres run by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) between 2010 and 2019, and that many cases have dragged on for years, the organisation said action has been taken in nine out of 14 unresolved complaints. The remaining five cases, SAI said, “are on the verge of being settled, and will be closed within the next two weeks”.........Read more

Cheers! MP to Open Women-Friendly Liquor Shops So That Ladies Can Buy Alcohol Without Inhibitions

Taking a note of the same, in a progressive move, Kamal Nath-led Madhya Pradesh government is set to introduce women-friendly liquor shops in some cities so that women can buy liquor without any inhibitions. As per reports, the state government will set two shops in Bhopal and Indore, and one each in Jabalpur and Gwalior which will be open specially for ‘women’ in the state. These ‘women-friendly’ liquor shops would be opened in malls or upmarket places.........Read more

Moto Razr is Impossible to Repair, And That's Bad News After The 27000 Folds Disaster

The good folks over at iFixit have done a teardown of the new Moto Razr and given it a repairability score of 1 out of 10. Yes, that is 1. One. “Motorola’s nostalgia-stoking Razr officially wins the award for most complicated phone-based contraption we’ve ever taken apart,” they say, before adding, “It won’t win any awards for serviceability, but just bringing this impossible gizmo into existence was such a tall order that we’re not surprised serviceability didn’t make it into v1.0.” Some of the takeaways from that rather complex teardown seem to include that there is a lot of glue holding the Razr together, the charging port is soldered on to the mainboard which means it cannot be simply replaced if it stops working and there are a whole bunch of cable booby-traps waiting for someone gutsy enough to attempt a repair of the Moto Razr.........Read more

Can people recover from coronavirus? And other questions

Yes. Many of those who contract coronavirus will experience only mild symptoms. These include fever, coughing and respiratory problems. Most people are expected to make a full recovery. But it can pose a particular risk for elderly people and those with pre-existing problems like diabetes or cancer, or weak immune systems. An expert at China's National Health Commission has said that it can take a week to recovery from mild coronavirus symptoms.........Read more

Google Launches Tangi App To Take On TikTok In The Short Video Game

Tangi will host 60-second DIY videos Google's Area 120 team started working on the Tangi app in 2019 Does focus on education give Tangi an edge over TikTok? Chinese short video TikTok has overtaken Instagram in various markets including India and global tech giant Google is looking to replicate the success of TikTok with its new social platform, Tangi. Tangi is an experimental social video sharing app that showcases quick do-it-yourself (DIY) videos that help people learn new things every day.........Read more

Maharashtra govt hits out at Centre for transferring Bhima-Koregaon probe to NIA

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday took over the investigation in the 2018 Bhima Koregaon violence case on the directions of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The development has already sparked a tussle between the BJP led government at the Centre and the Maha Vikas Aghadi in Maharashtra with the latter hitting out at the former for not consulting it before transferring the case.........Read more

500,000 runs by England in Test, a new feat

England now achieved another feat by making 500,000 run-mark in the longest format of the game. This has made England the first cricket team to score half-a-million Test runs and they did this in 1022 Test matches. In the fourth Test between England and South Africa at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth, the visitors recorded this feat and have also gone past one more milestone by playing 500 Tests on foreign soil.........Read more

Deepika Padukone becomes first Bollywood actor to star in a Louis Vuitton campaign

Actor Deepika Padukone in Louis Vuitton's pre fall 2020 campaign. Deepika Padukone has become the first-ever Bollywood star to be a part of a global Louis Vuitton 2020 campaign. The 'Chhapaak' star broke the news to her fans and followers through her Instagram account. Padukone uploaded a poster that featured hers decked up in a black and white check dress paired up with a grey trench coat along with turquoise boots. "Nicholas Ghesquiere's presents Don't turn around," is the text adorning the poster.........Read more

Mangaluru airport scare: Suspect, a MBA holder, planted bomb to take revenge for not getting security guard's job

The accused, identified as Aditya Rao of Manipal, was denied the job of a security guard at the Bengaluru International Airport which he had applied for due to lack of certain documents, sources said. Aditya planted the bomb to take revenge for being denied the job. Police said Aditya had been arrested in 2018 for making a hoax bomb call to Bengaluru airport and was jailed for six months.........Read more

Karan Johar: Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham Is The Single, Biggest Slap In My Face

Elaborating on his point about Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham being a "reality check" for him, Karan Johar said: "I made the same film as Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, that's what Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham was," and added: "I took the storyline of Kabhi Kabhie and the family values of Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! and made this mush of a film."........Read more

Xiaomi to launch Mi Note 10 with 108MP penta camera in February

Xiaomi launched the Mi Note 10 in November of 2019 and it was the first smartphone to launch with Samsung's 108-megapixel sensor. The phone also debuted Xiaomi's first penta camera setup for the back. Earlier rumours suggested that Xiaomi could bring this phone to India by December but it now seems that it is launching in February.........Read more

Astronomers Have New Way to Spot Oxygen in Atmospheres of Exoplanets

Since exoplanets are so far away, astronomers cannot look for signs of extraterrestrial life by visiting these distant worlds. Instead, they must use a cutting-edge telescope to see what’s inside the atmospheres of exoplanets. One possible indication of life is the presence of atmospheric oxygen. Now, an international team of astronomers has developed a technique to detect a signal that oxygen molecules produce when they collide.........Read more

Top Upcoming Electric Vehicles to Launch in 2020: MG ZS Electric SUV, Tata Nexon EV and More

India, being one of the largest developing countries and automotive markets around the world narrates the same tale. As our country pushed even harder for the development of EVs in the country, here are a few cars that are expected to be launched this year. ........Read more

Genetically modifying mosquitoes to prevent disease carries unknown risks

In the absence of an effective vaccine for dengue fever, Zika fever, chikungunya and other mosquito-borne diseases, researchers have developed genetic strategies to reduce mosquito populations. One such strategy involves the release into the wild of genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes that express a lethal gene — a strategy believed to have little impact on the overall DNA of wild populations of mosquitoes.........Read more

Dadasaheb Phalke Honour to Amitabh Bachchan, Venkaiah Naidu to Give Away 2019 National Awards

The annual National Film Awards ceremony will be held at Vigyan Bhawan where megastar Amitabh Bachchan will also receive the Dadasaheb Phalke award. Traditionally, the National Awards are handed out to the winners by the President of India. According to sources, President Ram Nath Kovind will host high tea for the winners later. In 2018, President Kovind had presented only a handful few sets of awards during the ceremony which was divided into two phases. ........Read more

No Need to Submit Parents' Papers or Pre-1971 Documents For NRC, Centre Clarifies Amid Citizenship Stir

On a day, several protests against the amendment to the Citizenship law erupted across the nation, the Centre clarified that any document related to the date and place of birth will be accepted as a proof of Indian nationality, though it has always maintained that CAA and NRC are not related. There is no compulsion to submit any document of the parents, the clarification came amid citizenship concerns. ........Read more

India celebrates Isro’s PSLV golden spectacle

India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C48), on its golden jubilee milestone, successfully launched 626-kg RISAT-2BR1 apart from nine foreign customer satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, in Sriharikota on Wednesday. “Today we achieved an important milestone in the history of PSLV by successfully launching its 50th mission” Chairman, ISRO, Dr. K. Sivan declared.........Read more

South Asian Games: India Opens Medal Account With 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze in Triathlon

Adarsha M N Sinimol gave India the first gold by winning the men’s individual triathlon event while compatriot Bishworjit Srikhom took the silver in a 1-2 finish for the country. Thoudam Sorojini Devi and Mohan Pragnya added a silver and a bronze in the women’s individual event. The individual triathlon event consists of continuous three legs of 750m swim, 20km bike race and a 5km run. ........Read more

BCCI announces U-19 World Cup squad

With the U-19 cricket World Cup scheduled to start from January 17, 2020, the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI), on Monday, has announced the 15-member squad for the South Africa-based event. Priyam Garg will be leading the side. Garg’s side are in group A, where there are Japan, Sri Lanka and New Zealand. ........Read more

Government sacks 21 ‘corrupt’ tax officers

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on Tuesday ‘compulsorily retired’ 21 Group B employees of the rank of income tax officer (ITO) under Fundamental Rule 56 (J), in line with the policy to get rid of non-performers and the corrupt.........Read more

Swiggy to Hire 3 lakh People in 18 Months, Aims to Be the 3rd Largest Source of Employment in India

If some of our growth estimates continue, it will not be too many years before we can be the third-largest source of employment in the country, behind the Army and Indian Railways, said CEO of Swiggy.........Read more

Scam-Hit PMC Bank Depositor Dies of Heart Attack after 'Failing to Withdraw Money', 4th Such Death in Days

Muralidhar Dhara, a Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) Bank account holder, passed away today due to heart attack, Dharra, a senior citizen, was reportedly unable to withdraw money from the bank for his treatment.........Read more

Physicists have found quasiparticles that mimic hypothetical dark matter axions

Scientists have spotted a solid matter analog to hypothetical subatomic particles called axions. Within a crystal, a wave of varying density of electromagnetic charge forms. When that wave slides back and forth, it is mathematically equivalent to an axion.........Read more

Three years after sacking, Phil Simmons returns as Windies coach once again

CWI feels that it was unfortunate for Phil Simmons to be sacked back in 2016 after his coaching led the Windies to the T20 World Cup triumph. The board was keen on rectifying the mistake that had been made under the previous administration. ........Read more

Ranji cricket will be the focus: BCCI president candidate Sourav Ganguly

My first priority will be to look after first-class cricketers. I had requested to the CoA and they have not listened. Ranji Trophy cricket will be the focus. To take care of cricketers’ financial interest,” the former India skipper said.........Read more

Ex-finance minister P Chidambaram moves Supreme Court for bail in INX Media case, seeks urgent hearing

Former finance minister P Chidambaram, who has been in Tihar jail for four weeks, moved the Supreme Court on Thursday to seek bail in the CBI’s INX Media group case and requested the court to schedule an early hearing. Senior lawyer Kapil Sibal asked a bench led by Justice NV Ramana to see if the court could hold the hearing before the week-long Dussehra break that begins Monday. Chidambaram’s legal team was told by the top court that his request for an urgent hearing would be decided by the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. Chidambaram’s request for bail in the Supreme Court comes days after the Delhi High Court turned down his bail application on the ground that the 74-year-old Congress leader was an influential person who had been the country’s finance and home minister and could influence witnesses. The high court had, however, rejected the CBI concern that he could flee the country and felt that this was a risk that could be taken care of. In the Supreme Court, the senior Congress leader’s legal team is also expected to argue that the Enforcement Directorate - which had vehemently opposed his request for an arrest shield -- didn’t appear to be in a rush to question him any longer. Chidambaram’s lawyers allege that the Enforcement Directorate was waiting for the veteran Congress leader to be released on bail before coming down to arrest him again and then, send him to Tihar jail for the second time.........Read more

Launch of Facebook's Libra could be delayed over regulatory concerns: exec

The launch of Facebook’s Libra could be pushed back to tackle the regulatory concerns that have been raised around the world, the head of the organization set up to oversee the cryptocurrency told Reuters. Three months ago, Facebook announced plans to launch the digital currency in June 2020, in partnership with other members of the Libra Association set up by the U.S. tech giant to manage the project. However the attempt to drag cryptocurrencies into the mainstream has since met with regulatory and political skepticism globally, with France and Germany pledging to block Libra from operating in Europe. Bertrand Perez, managing director of the Geneva-based Libra Association, said discussions were continuing with regulators from Europe and elsewhere to assuage concerns. “When we (made) the announcement in June, that was our North Star,” Perez said of the June 2020 launch date, adding that a delay of one or two quarters would not be an issue. “What is important is that we need to comply with the regulators and we need to make sure that they are on board with us and fully comfortable with our solutions.” “We knew that we would have to answer lots of questions coming from regulators on both sides of the Atlantic, and from other parts of the world,” he added in an interview at the United Nations offices in Geneva. ........Read more

Hotels to hike room rates 4-15% starting October

Come October 1, 2019, most hotel companies across the country will increase room rates as business season sets in for the Indian hospitality industry. The hike in room rates is expected to be in the 4% to 15% range depending on location, category and brand. The price increase is part of the industry's annual exercise that comes into play starting October and reaches its peak by the year-end and begins to normalise in the first week of January. Speaking to DNA, Patu Keswani, chairman and managing director, Lemon Tree Hotels Ltd, a leading player in the mid-priced hotel accommodation segment, said, prices will go up and there is no doubt about it. "By how much will be a function of the market, individual hotels and their micro-markets," said Keswani. Lemon Tree currently owns, operates and manages 57 hotels across 34 cities. There are also concerns that certain markets may not be able to take up prices due to prevailing oversupply situation as a result of which demand hasn't picked up. Also, certain markets with a lot of demand for room nights come from the auto and pharma industry will not be able to hike prices. "I think hotel companies will approach the price hike very carefully. While metros may see price increase by 6% or so, in other markets it could be between 3% and 8%, depending on the prevalent market conditions," said a top executive from a leading hospitality firm.........Read more

Jasprit Bumrah out of South Africa Tests with stress fracture

Jasprit Bumrah, India's No. 1 fast bowler, has been ruled out of the Test series against South Africa, which begins in Visakhapatnam on October 2. Bumrah has suffered a "minor stress fracture in his lower back," according to a BCCI press release. The injury came to light "during a routine radiological screening." Umesh Yadav will replace Bumrah in India's Test squad. The emergence of Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami as India's first-choice fast-bowling combination has reduced Umesh's opportunities of late, limiting him to only five Tests since the start of 2018. In his second-to-last Test, however, he picked up a career-best match haul of 10 for 133 against West Indies in Hyderabad. Bumrah's injury is a significant blow to India. Since his Test debut in January 2018, he has quickly established himself as one of the world's most dangerous fast bowlers, picking up 62 wickets in 12 Test matches at an average of 19.24. He already has five-wicket hauls in each of the four tours he has been on - South Africa, England, Australia and the West Indies - and the series against South Africa was to be his first at home. This is the second time Bumrah has had to miss Tests due to injury. A thumb injury, picked up during a T20I against Ireland in Malahide, forced him to miss the first half of India's tour of England last year, including the first two Tests. The stress fracture, though, will worry India a little more since it was not sustained on the field of play.........Read more

Open defecation down by 47%: WHO report

As much as 43% of Indians have gained access to basic sanitation, while the practice of open defecation decreased by 47% in the country between 2000 and 2017, says a WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) report. "Since 2000, one-third of the population of Nepal and Lao People's Democratic Republic, over half of the population of Cambodia and Ethiopia, and nearly half of the population of India have stopped practicing open defecation," the report reads. The Indian government had taken conscious steps towards making the country open defection free (ODF) by launching the Swachh Bharat Mission in 2014. The aim of the Mission was to achieve a clean and open defecation free India by October 2, 2019. The objectives are generating demand for toilets leading to their construction and sustained use by all household members, promoting better hygiene behaviour amongst the population and improving cleanliness by initiating solid and liquid waste management projects. The financial allocations under the Swachh Bharat Mission increased from Rs.2850 crores in 2014-15 to Rs.6525 crores in 2015-16, to Rs.10,500 crores in 2016-17, to Rs. 14000 crores in 2017-18. In the last 3 years, under the Swachh Bharat Mission, 48,264,304 toilets were constructed. Open Defecation Free Villages reached 2,38,966.........Read more

India vs West Indies: Jason Holder rises to the occasion once again with masterful bowling effort on Day 1 at Sabina Park

The track at Sabina Park in Kingston, in times gone by, when West Indies ruled the cricket world, used to have a sheen that intimidated the visiting teams for the pace it held. As West Indies were looking to square the series at Jamaica after being thrashed at Antigua, a pitch that bore a very different look from its past welcomed the teams; green grass with a bit of moisture with cracks already visible. Jason Holder, on a more placid wicket in Antigua used a four-man seam attack but at Jamaica, decided that he along with Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel would be sufficient to take the seam bowling duties and handed debut to Antiguan Rahkeem Cornwall who would bowl 27 out of the 90 overs on his first day of Test cricket. be a capable third seamer that can switch between attack and defense; bat by taking his time or look to score fast lower down the order; marshal the troops as the captain. That is a lot to put on any one player’s plate but he keeps showing up, every game. Jason Holder removed KL Rahul in his very first over of the second Test. ........Read more

Kevin murder case: Kerala court awards double life sentence to all 10 convicts

Notably, the court once observed that the case belonged to the category of rarest of the rare while the arguments were progressing. Kevin P Joseph was abducted and murdered by a gang led by Syanu, to break the victim's relationship with Syanu's sister. The Principal Sessions Court Kottayam has sentenced all the 10 accused who were found guilty in the Kevin murder case, to double life imprisonment. The sentences shall run concurrently. Each of them should pay a fine of Rs 40,000. Of this Rs one lakh should be given to Aneesh Sebastian, the first accused, as compensation. The remaining amount should be equally divided between Kevin's father and fiancee, said the court. If the fine is not paid, their vehicles should be confiscated, the court said. Last week the court had convicted 10 persons in the Kevin murder case, including his fiancée's brother. On Saturday when the court met, there were dramatic scenes when the sessions judge C Jayachandran considered the case hearing the arguments of the prosecution and the accused's counsel with regard to the sentence as the all guilty persons broke down and sobbed in the court pleading the judge to consider their age and family situation while pronouncing sentence.........Read more

Phones of BJP MP Babul Supriyo and 11 others were stolen during Arun Jaitley's cremation: Patanjali spokesperson SK Tijarawala

At least 11 people, including BJP MP Babul Supriyo, had their phones were stolen during the cremation of former finance minister Arun Jaitley at the Nigambodh Ghat, Patanjali spokesperson SK Tijarawala said on Monday. Tijarawala took to Twitter to complain that he and 10 other people, including Supriyo, lost their mobile phones on Sunday evening. Though a senior officer said a complaint had been filed in the case, police personnel at the Kashmere Gate Police Station said they were yet to receive it. "When all were paying their last tribute to Arun Jaitley, the phone from which this photo was taken, also gave me a final goodbye," Tijarawala tweeted tagging Home Minister Amit Shah along with Delhi police on his post. ........Read more

US Open: Valiant Sumit Nagal goes down in four sets against Roger Federer

Roger Federer gave India's Sumit Nagal a harsh introduction to Grand Slam tennis as the five-time champion weathered an early storm for a 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-4 win on Monday to reach the second round of the U.S. Open. When the match began it was Federer who surprisingly looked intimidated under the Arthur Ashe Stadium lights as he sprayed errors all around the court but the Swiss great woke from his slumber in time to turn the match resoundingly in his favour. "I thought I played like my beard today, I was rusty," Federer, who was sporting a few days worth of stubble, said in his on-court interview."I'm going to clean it up for my next match." World number 190 Nagal, who has never earned a tour-level victory and only qualified for the year's final Grand Slam last week, came out swinging and even put a rare look of incredulity on the faces of those inside third seed Federer's box. The 22-year-old Indian used impressive court coverage and sent heavily-spinning shots over the net during his dream start but his legs started to look more wobbly as the match wore and Federer righted the ship.Still, the start to the match for former world number one Federer, who is chasing his first New York title since 2008, could not have been worse as he made 19 unforced errors in the first set.........Read more

Let Rohit Sharma settle in opener's slot in Test team, suggests Sourav Ganguly

India must get limited-overs opener Rohit Sharma to serve the role in Test cricket too, former captain Sourav Ganguly has said as the team ponder on their combination for Thursday's first Test against West Indies in Antigua. Rohit, 32, has cemented his place at the top of the batting order in the Twenty20 and 50-over formats and finished with most number of runs in the Cricket World Cup in England recently. The only player in the world with three double hundreds in one-day internationals, Rohit bats in the middle order in the longest format but has never really flourished as a Test batsman. He was dropped following a poor return in South Africa in early 2018 when he scored 78 runs in four innings. He played two Tests in Australia at the end of the year, missing one with injury and the other due to the birth of his child. India are without regular opener Prithvi Shaw, currently serving a doping ban, while Mayank Agarwal, who has played just two Tests, is the regular opening batsman in the squad alongside KL Rahul. Spin-bowling all-rounder Hanuma Vihari opened in the Melbourne Test against Australia last year while Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane as seen as Rohit's competition for a middle order berth.........Read more

India, Russia have a plan to skirt US sanctions on defence deals: Report

India and Russia have agreed on a new payment method through their national currencies for multi-billion-dollar defense deals, in a bid to avoid risks created by the U.S. threat of sanctions and banking restrictions. The arrangement would enable India to pay the first installment soon for two warships that Russia is building for its navy, two people familiar with the matter said in New Delhi, without elaborating. Defense contracts will be settled in rubles and rupees under a payment agreement reached by the central banks of Russia and India, said a person in Moscow with knowledge of the preparations. While the new mechanism potentially opens the way for releasing billions of dollars in contract payments to Russia, it may still be dependent on India winning agreement from U.S. President Donald Trump not to impose sanctions in retaliation. Russia has faced an uphill struggle to maintain sales by its strategic defense sector, which totaled $19 billion last year, partly because of U.S. sanctions that threaten anyone who buys Russian weapons. Even though the U.S. has applied those only once so far -- against China -- the fear has cast a pall over Russia’s export business. The world’s second largest arms exporter after the U.S., Russia suffered a 17% drop in foreign weapons deals from 2014-2018 amid declining purchases by India and Venezuela, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. ........Read more

Himachal Pradesh: 25 Dead, 35 Injured as Passenger Bus Falls in Kullu

At least 25 passengers died and 35 suffered injuries after the private bus they were travelling in fell into a deep gorge near Banjar area of Kullu district in Himachal Pradesh. The bus was going to Gadagushani area from Banjar when it met with an accident and fell into the drain. Some reports say that many passengers were sitting atop the bus, which contributed to the high death toll in the accident.........Read more

Yamaha Patent Images Reveal Electric Motorcycle

Yamaha has filed a series of patent applications hinting that the Japanaese motorcycle manufacturer is currently busy working on a range of different electric bike designs. The latest design patents do not point out what kind of electric motor or battery is going to be used, but rather where the charging socket is going to be placed.........Read more

Italy’s Mount Etna, Europe’s highest volcano, sparks into life

Mount Etna in southern Italy has burst into life, spitting molten lava high into the sky, though cloud cover Saturday ruined the view for those brave enough to venture up the flanks of Europe’s highest volcano. The volcano on the island of Sicily previously erupted in December. The latest lava show was not expected to pose any problems for nearby residential areas or for flights at the closest airport at Catania.........Read more

‘Nathuram Godse was a patriot,’ says BJP’s Pragya Thakur; sparks outrage

Nathuram Godse was a patriot, is a patriot and will remain a patriot. People calling him a terrorist should look within. Such people will be given a befitting reply in these elections, said Pragya Thakur. Nathuram Godse, a right-wing activist, had assassinated Mahatma Gandhi on January 30, 1948. ........Read more

Kashmir: 3-Year-Old Raped in School Bathroom While Village Had Iftar, Offered Prayers

The Kashmir valley was up in arms on Sunday following a child abuse case that surfaced on Saturday, where a three-year-old girl was allegedly raped in a school bathroom by a local youth from her village. Reportedly, the three-year-old was lured with sweets and gums by a 27-year-old, who has now been identified (name withheld) and under the custody of the police.........Read more

New Zealand mosque shootings kill 49

Forty-nine people have been killed and at least 20 wounded in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. A man in his late twenties was charged with murder and will appear in court. Two other men and one woman were detained nearby and firearms seized.........Read more

Protesters in northeast India claim victory as citizenship bill stalls

Protesters in northeast India claimed victory after a bill that the government says will help Hindus in neighbouring countries settle in India lapsed before it could be ratified by parliament.........Read more

Sabarimala row: Bombs hurled at houses of Left, BJP leaders in Kerala

Violence erupted across Kerala on Friday night with bombs hurled at the house of Thalassery MLA and CPI(M) leader AN Shamseer and BJP MP V Muraleedharan, among other places.........Read more

‘Not Satisfied With Steps Taken, It’s A Question Of Life And Death’: SC On Trapped Meghalaya Miners

The Supreme Court told the Meghalaya government that it was not satisfied with the steps taken so far for the rescue of 15 people who are trapped in an illegal coal mine in the state since December 13.........Read more

PCB to pay 60% of the BCCI’s legal expenses, directs ICC

International Cricket Council has directed the PCB to pay 60% of BCCI’s legal expenses to them. The Pakistani board had sued the Indian cricket board to claim compensation for backing out of the commitment to play bilateral series.........Read more

Eiffel Tower, Other Monuments And Shops to Close Amid Fears of Riot in Paris

Paris' Eiffel Tower will close on Saturday over fears of fresh violence during nationwide protests against President Emmanuel Macron, as police urged shops and restaurants on the Champs-Elysees to shut their doors too.........Read more

Atos supports Indian government in its National Supercomputing Mission - PCQuest

Atos announces a major 3-year contract with the C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing) to supply its BullSequana supercomputers for various academic and research institutions across India.........Read more

2020 Range Rover Evoque Unveiled; Gets New Design And Mild Hybrid Technology

The new Land Rover Evoque made its debut in Britain, it certainly looks like the baby brother of the Velar. The 1.5-litre Ingenium engine which churns out 197 bhp and develops a peak torque of 280 Nm.........Read more

Farming in 20% of districts in India threatened by climate change

A report by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) says Farming(Crops, plantations, livestock) in 151 districts, are susceptible to the impact of climate change. ........Read more

PM May Faces Vote of No Confidence as Tory MPs Submit Enough Letters

Forty-eight conservative lawmakers have sent letters saying that they no longer support Theresa May. This poses a threat to trigger a motion of no confidence in the besieged Prime Minister.........Read more

Union minister Ananth Kumar dies at 59, Karnataka declares 3-day mourning

BJP leader and Union minister Ananth Kumar passed away while undergoing treatment for cancer at a hospital in Bengaluru. He was 59 and survived by his wife and two daughters. Karnataka government declared a 3-day mourning period for Ananth Kumar.........Read more

India protests against proposed Pak-China bus service via PoK

India has lodged a protest with Pakistan and China over a bus service set to be launched today between Lahore and Kashghar a city in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China's far west -- through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).........Read more

Here's how cancer spreads so easily through body

A recent study by University College London on cancer spread says that tumours push through blood vessels with 200 times the force of ordinary cells and they have more receptors on their surfaces, which allow them to cluster together and act as one strong unit.........Read more

'Allegation Made up by Vested Interests,' Says CBI; Denies That Verma Had Crucial Rafale File

The CBI has rubbished media reports that several crucial files, including one on Rafale fighter jet deal, were with its Director Alok Verma when he was sent on leave by the Centre.........Read more

I-T raids on VV Minerals, its owner in Tamil Nadu, other miners in Andhra

The Income Tax officials on Thursday morning launched searches on nearly 100 locations belonging to Tirunelveli-based mining company VV Minerals and its owner S Vaikundarajan. VV Minerals is one of the largest garnet exporting companies in the country.........Read more

Scientists create artificial quantum life for first time using IBM supercomputer

With the use of the IBM QX4 quantum PC, the researchers coded units of quantum life made up of two qubits (the building squares of quantum material science: one to speak to the genotype (the hereditary code ) and one to speak to the phenotype (the outward manifestation or the "body").........Read more

India could soon have a law to compensate those who have been wrongfully prosecuted

The Law Commission of India in its 277th report, released last month, has now recommended that the right to liberty be recognised by the Indian state in the form of a law. It has urged the Union government to honour its commitments internationally and nationally (to its citizens) by acknowledging its accountability to law.........Read more

Banks collect Rs 3,000 crore as fine for no minimum balance

In the last four years (2014-15 to 2017-18), 21 PSBs and three private sector banks (ICICI Bank, Axis Bank and HDFC Bank ) collected over Rs 11,500 crore from customers who did not maintain a minimum balance in their savings accounts. The largest lender in India, State Bank of India (SBI), alone collected almost Rs 2,500 crore in 2017-18. ........Read more

Aston Martin Vantage Officially Launched In India At Rs. 2.95 Crore

Aston Martin has officially launched the new Vantage in India at Rs. 2.95 Crore (Ex-Showroom). The Vantage made its global debut last year and the company has allocated just 20 units for India this year. The bookings have officially opened and the deliveries are expected to begin in early 2019 only, depending on demand more units will be allocated.........Read more

The world's best-connected airports for 2018

London Heathrow is once again the world's best-connected mega hub. With a third runway approved earlier this year, it could get even busier. On 2018's busiest day for global aviation, there were 66,000 possible international connections between flights arriving and departing at Heathrow within a six-hour window.........Read more

India readies for sexual offenders' registry; 9th country to roll out list

India is all set to unveil its National Registry of Sexual Offenders, a record of all those convicted and accused of sexual misconduct. Once rolled out, India will become the ninth country to be able to maintain such a thorough database. The registry will be managed by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), a wing of the Ministry of Home Affairs.........Read more

Gutka Scam: CBI Raids Chennai Residences of TN Health Minister, Police Chief

CBI raided Tamil Nadu police chief TK Rajendran and Health Minister Vijayabhaskar in connection with the multi-crore Gutka scam.........Read more

Sachin Rathi, Deepak Puniya win gold on concluding day at Junior Asian Wrestling

Sachin Rathi, Deepak Puniya won gold medals, while Suraj Rajkumar Kokate (61kg) and Mohit (125kg) won bronze medals in the freestyle competition on the concluding day of the Junior Asian Wrestling Championship, in New Delhi.........Read more

Anti-conversion law must stay: tribal groups

Followers of indigenous faiths in Arunachal Pradesh have resented Chief Minister Pema Khandu’s move to repeal an anti-conversion law that they say is necessary to save traditional belief systems and local cultures.........Read more

Cricket Australia confirms Adelaide Test vs India would be day match

We can confirm that we have received advice from the Board of Control for Cricket in India that it is not prepared to participate in a proposed Day-Night test in Adelaide this summer. “As a result, we can now confirm the test match will be a day format.”........Read more

Over 4 lakh beggars in India, West Bengal tops the list,

The country in total has over four lakh beggars, with the highest 81,000 beggars in West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh stood at second and third positions, with 65,835 and 30,218 beggars respectively. while Lakshadweep merely has two vagrants. At least 4,13,670 beggars reside in India, which consists of 2,21,673 males and 1,91,997 females.........Read more

All England Open: PV Sindhu enters maiden semis, HS Prannoy out

Ace India shuttler PV Sindhu overcame a stiff challenge from the seventh seed Nozomi Okuhara of Japan to book her spot in the women's singles semi-finals of the 2018 All England Open Championships in Birmingham. In the men’s quarter-finals, the unseeded HS Prannoy was beaten by the World No 42 Huang Yuxiang 22-20, 16-21, 21-23. ........Read more

Passenger vehicle exports likely to drop this year, first time since FY11

Passenger vehicle (PV) exports are likely to witness a fall this financial year, for the first time since 2010-11, as leading exporters like Hyundai Motor India and Nissan Motor India have seen a significant drop in exports. So far, during this fiscal (April -February period), passenger vehicle exports have declined by 1.8 percent, thanks to dropping of 3.48 percent in passenger car exports and 27.4 percent in van exports.........Read more

Why Nasa is going two million kilometres to mine an asteroid

Asteroids are known to be treasure troves of precious minerals. A Nasa mission is underway to test the feasibility of a nearby asteroid, and a niche group of companies is ramping up to claim a piece of the pie.........Read more

Kohli, Dhoni the brains behind new player contracts

Recognising the best performers in Indian cricket and rewarding them for maintaining those high standards. This was the idea behind the BCCI's new A+ category contract worth INR 7 crore (USD 1 million approx.) and it came to be on the suggestion of the current Indian captain Virat Kohli and the former captain MS Dhoni.........Read more

Want to file RTI? Head to this Kanpur tea stall

Krishna Murari Yadav may not flex his muscles like Munna Bhai, but earned the title of K.M. Bhai from the residents of villages around Kanpur for addressing their grievances. Mr. Yadav, a contract employee with a public sector organisation, has made the RTI a powerful weapon to provide solutions to several issues faced by the people.........Read more

Scientists explain what memories are made of

A protein called AKT, which is ubiquitous in brain tissue and instrumental, enables the brain to adapt to new experiences and lay down new memories. AKT comes in three distinct varieties residing in different kinds of brain cells and affecting brain health in very distinct ways. The discovery could lead to new, more targetted treatments for everything from the brain cancer to Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia.........Read more

Metro's Aqua line connecting Noida and Greater Noida to be operational soon

Passenger operations on the 21-station corridor, according to the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC), are "three to four months" away, if there are no glitches along the way. Full-fledged trials along the whole corridor are likely to start by March. However, even if commercial operations begin in April, commuters will have to wait till at least September to be able to access the Delhi Metro trains without having to exit the Metro corridor. ........Read more

Maruti Suzuki To Launch Three New Cars In 2018

The year 2018 will begin with the launch of new Swift in February, and it will be followed by the all-new WagonR and Ertiga MPV. All the three models have been the best-sellers in their respective segment, and the new iterations will give the required boost to the company.........Read more

Govt seeks Parliament nod for additional expenditure of Rs66,113.44 crore in 2017-18

Finance minister Arun Jaitley on Monday sought parliamentary approval for gross additional expenditure of Rs66,113 crore, which includes funds for payment of urea subsidies and meeting additional demands for the national job guarantee scheme, through a second supplementary demand for grants.........Read more

Arab League Forms Ministerial Delegation Against US Move on Jerusalem

The delegation will respond on the diplomatic and media levels to “the dangerous US decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” The delegation includes the foreign ministers of Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as well as AL Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit.........Read more

Scientists create molecule of love with less complications

A new and improved version of the 'love hormone' oxytocin has been developed by University of Queensland researchers. It is said that the hormone regulates labour and fundamental social behaviours such as maternal care, partnership bonding, social interactions and stress and anxiety responses.........Read more

Swachh Bharat? 732 million Indians don't have access to toilet, says report

What has a toilet got to do with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet project, the Swachh Bharat Andolan (Clean India Mission)? Actually, a lot, especially when a report ahead of the World Toilet Day 2017, to be observed on Sunday (November 19), says that 732 million Indians have no access to toilets or clean toilets and are thus forced to defecate in the open.........Read more

‘2017 will be among top 3 hottest years on record’

This year will be among the three hottest on record in a new sign of man-made climate change that is aggravating “extraordinary weather” such as hurricanes, droughts and floods, the United Nations said.........Read more

Tomato, Onion Prices on Rise in Mumbai, Kolkata, Chandigarh

In the national capital, retail onion prices are ruling as high as Rs. 51 per kg and those of tomato at Rs. 80. At Mother Dairy outlets, onion is being sold at Rs. 47 per kg and tomato Rs. 70, according to the trade data. However, all India average retail price of onion is Rs. 33 and tomato Rs. 45, showed the official data.........Read more

Skoda Rapid Edition X Revealed; Replaces Monte Carlo Edition

Apart from the change in name, the Skoda Rapid Edition X is expected to be specced the same way as the Monte Carlo edition. The Rapid Monte Carlo or the Edition X is likely to retain the black painted front grille, 16-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, a black tailgate spoiler and a faux diffuser.........Read more

SIT releases the sketches of three suspects in Gauri Lankesh murder case

A special investigation team (SIT) on Saturday released the sketches of three suspects in Journalist Gauri Lankesh murder case. Gauri was shot dead in her residence at Raja Rajeshwari Nagar on September 5, 2017.........Read more

After Demonetisation, cash to GDP ratio has come down to 9 percent: Modi

While addressing a gathering, Modi said that after demonetisation, cash to GDP ratio has come down to nine per cent. He said that before November 8 last year it was 12 per cent. Modi also said,''During previous government's rule, in 6 years 8 times such an opportunity came when the growth rate fell below 5.7 percent.'' ........Read more

Abdul Qayoom Najar's encounter exposes leadership vacuum and disarray in Hizbul Mujahideen

While security grid celebrated the killing of Abdul Qayoom Najar, one of the longest serving militant in nearly three decade old turmoil, his death also exposed the leadership vacuum faced by the Hizbul-Mujahideen in Kashmir where foreign militants are slowly outnumbering their local counterparts. ........Read more

Skoda India to enter volume segment with low-cost products

Skoda is planning to enter the volume segment in India with new, low-cost products. The company hopes to attract new customers to the brand and thus increase their market share. ........Read more

New Maruti Suzuki S-Cross officially unveiled

The country's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) is looking to bolster its position in the premium crossover segment with the introduction of an upgraded version of S-Cross model.........Read more

Gautam Gambhir's Brutally Honest Take On Yuvraj Singh's India Future

"I don't think 'rest' is the right word because he (Yuvraj) hasn't played any cricket for quite a while and he would be wanting to play. If you want to see him at the World Cup, he should be given the maximum opportunity. Because, someone like Yuvraj, you want him in that flow, you want him in that rhythm. You can't have someone like him playing in one series and resting thereafter," Gambhir told.........Read more

First half of this year second hottest on record, behind 2016

The first half of this year was the second hottest - just behind 2016 - in 137 years of modern record-keeping on Earth, scientists said. The average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 0.91 degrees Celsius above the 20th century average of 13.5 degrees Celsius.........Read more

Grow Pesticide-Free Veggies Indoors, Without Soil. Here's How!

Employing the method of hydroponics, where plants are grown using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent, instead of soil, the folks behind Pindfresh believe in scaling down large structures and making small fungible, Lego-like structures that can be installed in a modular fashion as per need.........Read more

Champions Trophy 2017: MS Dhoni & I Decided to Bring on Kedar Jadhav, Reveals Virat Kohli

India skipper Virat Kohli revealed that the plan to bring on Kedar Jadhav in the middle overs was devised by him after consulting with former captain MS Dhoni. India scripted a thumping nine-wicket victory over Bangladesh to seal in place in the final where they will meet arch-rival Pakistan on Sunday. ........Read more

Kerala On Its Way To Becoming The Coolest State As A Temple Hosts Iftar Party

Lakshmi Narasimha Murthy Vishnu Temple in Malappuram had 500 families over for an Iftar party out of which 100 people belonged to different communities and 400 were Muslim families.........Read more

Unmasking rogue cells in the immune system

The immune system is a formidable defense against microbial intruders, identifying and eliminating threats through an extremely intricate and adaptable network of specialized cells. However, a system of such deep complexity is also prone to misfire. Due to genetic mutations, for example, some of these specialized immune cells can turn rogue, no longer differentiating between invaders and the body's own cells, and thus start attacking healthy tissues. For serious cases, this issue leads to autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, type 1 diabetes and many more, which are widespread in the population.........Read more

India's foreign exchange reserves hit historic high at $379 billion

India's foreign exchange reserves scaled yet another lifetime high at $379.3 billion as of May 19, 2017, riding on the back of sustained dollar inflows from foreign portfolio investors (FPIs).........Read more

AAP crisis: Kapil Mishra exposes Arvind Kejriwal’s ‘Hawala’ link, says Delhi CM tweeted fake video

Keeping his promise to provide more evidence against chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, sacked cabinet minister Kapil Mishra today addressed yet another media conference and made some new allegations.........Read more

Large cache of grenades found in Tripura

Police recovered 127 grenades buried underground in northern Tripura, an official said here on Monday. Students while playing near a central school at Gaurnagar late on Sunday found the grenades. They informed their elders, who immediately alerted the police.........Read more

India cuts oil import plans from Iran by a quarter over gas field row

India plans to order about a quarter less Iranian crude oil than it bought last year, people familiar with the matter said, as state refiners cut term purchase deals over a row between New Delhi and Tehran on development of a natural gas field.........Read more

Digi-Dhan mela: President Mukherjee to pick lucky winners today; here's how to check if you've won

President Pranab Mukherjee is slated to announce the winners of the government's Digi-Dhan mela which was launched on December 25, 2016, to promote and reward the use of digital payments.........Read more

Virat Kohli, Team India cricketers want more money despite hike in BCCI contracts?

Kohli is not happy with the restructured retainer fee and has demanded to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) for a minimum fee of Rs 5 crore retainer for Grade A, Rs 3 crore for Grade B and Rs 1.5 crore for grade C cricketers.........Read more

Porsche family feud draws to a close as Ferdinand Piech looks to sell stake

Porsche Automobil Holding SE, the family investment vehicle, said Piech is in talks to sell “the major part” of his stake—valued at roughly €1.1 billion ($1.2 billion)—to other family members. Piech owns about 15% of the common stock of Porsche Holding, which in turn holds 52% of Volkswagen’s voting shares.........Read more

Why some of our most engaging writers are from the Indian Foreign Service

Unlike the Indian Administrative Service or the Indian Police Service, our Foreign Service is relatively small and, despite several sharp differences of temperament among its members, it is somewhat akin to a priesthood with the ministry resembling an abbey. “A monastery?” readers may exclaim. “Are you telling me that diplomats are monks?”........Read more

Women in India Inc earn 25% less than their male counterparts: Monster India survey

A survey by Monster India has found that women in the country earn 25% less than men. The “Women of India Inc” survey said a majority of its female respondents were of the opinion that their male colleagues were given a higher number of career promotion opportunities as well.........Read more

Bentley Bentayga Gets Pampered By Mulliner For Exclusive Luxury

Behold! The uber exclusive and very, very expensive Bentayga Mulliner that sets the benchmark for SUV luxury further. The luxury SUV has been further spruced up by Bentley's in-house custom division in Crewe, UK and adds the best of all worlds to further pamper its uber luxurious owners. The Bentayga Mulliner will be offciially showcased at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show later this month.........Read more

BMW plans to bring the electric Mini to market in 2019

Luxury carmaker BMW is considering moving planned production of an electric version of its Mini compact car to Germany from Britain in response to plans by London to leave the EU single market. BMW plans to start talks with the British government next week, Handelsblatt said, adding a decision would have to be made during the second half of the year.........Read more

Flipkart-owned Myntra wins rights to be sole distributor for Mango in India

Flipkart-owned fashion retailer Myntra has won the rights to manage Spanish fashion brand Mango’s offline stores in India, as well as sell the brand exclusively on its online marketplace. As part of the deal, Myntra will manage and curate 25-30 of Mango’s stores in India. Myntra will also list and sell the brand on Jabong, which it bought last year for $70 million.........Read more

How Long is a Year on Mercury?

Like all the planets, Mercury moves fastest when it is at its closest point to the Sun, and slowest when it is at its farthest. However, it’s proximity to the Sun means that its average orbital velocity is a speedy 47.362 kilometers a second or 29.429 miles per second – approximately 170,500 km/h; 105,945 mph. At this rate, it takes Mercury 87.969 days, or the equivalent of 0.24 Earth years, to complete a single orbit of the Sun. Thus, it can be said that a year on Mercury lasts almost as long as 3 months here on Earth.........Read more

Panneerselvam tells "Justice will prevail" after meeting with Governor Vidyasagar Rao

"Justice will prevail," said Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam who met with Governor Vidyasagar Rao in Chennai on Thursday evening. Panneerselvam, who addressed the media for a short while, did not give out details of what exactly transpired between him and Rao. He thanked the people for their support and ended the presser by saying, "Dharma will win." He said that the governor had assured that justice would be done.........Read more

2 IIT-Guwahati students allegedly raped 3 girls during college fest

The Assam Police on Wednesday arrested two students of the Indian Institute of Technology-Guwahati (IIT-G), for allegedly raping three girls in the campus during the annual festival of the college on February 4. The incident allegedly took place during the institute’s annual cultural extravaganza ‘Alcheringa’, which saw the attendance of more than 20000 people. ........Read more

Neymar technically 'way better' than Cristiano Ronaldo : Pele

Brazil football great Pele has claimed that Barcelona star striker Neymar is `technically way better` that Real Madrid talisman and four-time Ballon d`or winner Cristiano Ronaldo. "The only problem that Neymar has is heading. Cristiano Ronaldo is not better than him. Technically, Neymar is way better, but [Ronaldo] is better when using the head. You don`t see Neymar scoring with the head, and that counts," goal.com quoted Pele as saying.........Read more

No Cash Transactions Above 3 Lakhs From April, Says Government

In a major step to check corruption and tax evasion, transactions above Rs 3 lakh will not be allowed in cash, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today while announcing the union budget 2017.........Read more

Union Budget 2017 Announces Rs 10,000 Crore For Recapitalisation of Public Sector Banks

The Economic Survey presented on tuesday had also proposed a centralized Public Sector Asset Rehabilitation Agency (PARA) that could take charge of the largest, most difficult cases, of non performing assets in the banking system.........Read more

Pesticide Use Can Cause Diabetes: Scientists Sound Warning

A team of scientists have found links between use of pesticides and the high prevalence of diabetes in India. They have suggested that view of the high occurrence of diabetes in India, the use of OP (organophosphate) pesticides should be reconsidered.........Read more

Sec. 144 imposed in the Marina till Feb 12

The Commissioner said in the interests of preservation of peace and tranquillity in Chennai and to spoil the designs of anti-socials and anti-nations attempting to disrupt public peace and order, a prohibitory order under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code has been promulgated in Marina and Foreshore areas that fall within the jurisdiction of five police stations — Marina, Mylapore, Ice House, Foreshore Estate, Triplicane and Anna Square. This order will be in force from January 29 to February 12.........Read more

Akshay Kumar joins hands with Modi government, to set up funding app for kin of martyrs

Bollywood super-star Akshay Kumar is all set to tie up with the Narendra Modi government to guide citizens in financing aid to kin of martyrs. Many people wish to extend financial help but are unaware of whom to contact and how to go about the procedure. The government has come up with a plan to help these willing citizens and have chosen Akshay Kumar to bridge this gap. The financial aid received from citizens of India will be given to kin of martyred jawans who sacrificed their lives for the nation.........Read more

Padma Awards: MS Dhoni, Sakshi Malik & PV Sindhu among front runners

Sports sensations — Sakshi Malik, who won India her first medal in women wrestling at Rio Olympics, Badminton star PV Sindhu, who won a silver at Rio and cricket wizard former Indian captain MS Dhoni are among the front runners for 120 Padma Awards for the year 2016 that will be conferred on this Republic Day.........Read more

Suriya's Singam 3 has been Postponed again

Suriya starrer "S3" aka "Singam 3" has landed in trouble again. The film has been postponed one more time due to the tensions in Chennai. The movie will not be releasing this Republic day either in Tamilnadu or Telugu states. New release date will be announced soon.........Read more

Demonetisation will widen tax base: Finance Ministry to Parliament panel

Demonetisation will lead to a wider tax base and lower interest rates, thus paving the way for “sustainable faster economic growth”, the Finance Ministry has said. In a written response to the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the Revenue Department said that due to withdrawal of old high-value notes, the idle/hidden cash has come into the formal system which will be utilised for productive purposes.........Read more

R Madhavan, Pawan Kalyan to address Indian Conference at Harvard University

Indian actors R Madhavan and Pawan Kalyan have been invited to address India Conference that will be held in the month of February at Harvard University, Boston. The India Conference is one of the world’s largest student-run conferences which focus on India in the United States of America.........Read more

Dimple Yadav €“ the Queen Behind the Scenes in the Samajwadi Crisis

Not only did Dimple take care of the household and help in reducing the rift in the family, she also handled the social media activities for the Yadav family. Through Facebook and Twitter, Dimple helped revamp the party’s image and evoke sympathy for Akhilesh. While the Yadav family fought, Dimple was involved in an aggressive social media campaign where she successfully changed the image of Akhilesh Yadav and helped increase his popularity.........Read more

UP Election 2017: Akhilesh corners Mulayam by freezing party bank accounts as SP family feud gets brutal

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav seems to have cornered his father and Samajwadi Party (SP) co-founder Mulayam Singh Yadav by not only relegating his father to the position of "marg darshak" [meaning mentor or guide] and assuming the post of SP national president, but also getting banks to freeze all accounts of the party.........Read more

65-year wait ends: Jasprit Bumrah shines as Gujarat enter Ranji Trophy final

Thanks to Bumrah's 6 wickets for 29 runs from 14 overs, Gujarat defeated Jharkhand by 123 runs in the 2nd semi-final on Wednesday and booked a spot in the title clash for the first time since 1950-51 season. Today's entry into Ranji Trophy final was only the 2nd time for Gujarat.........Read more

India will be among top 3 countries in S&T by 2030: Modi

The Government remains committed to provide the best support to our scientists and scientific institutions. Niti Aayog is also evolving a holistic science and technology vision for the country. Technology Vison 2035, released in last year’s Science Congress, is now being developed into a detailed roadmap for 12 key technological sectors.........Read more

Just how far away are the exoplanets we've found?

The galaxy brims with billions of planets, but whoa—they’re so far away! Unfortunately for would-be star trekkers, even the closest would take hundreds of lifetimes to reach with current technology. Until someone invents the warp drive, we’ll have to do our exploring with telescopes. But good news: Those visual expeditions are about to get better. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite and the James Webb Space Telescope, launching in 2017 and 2018, will analyze what these distant worlds are made of, and whether alien life might be there........Read more

Indians Will Now Find It Easier To Get A US Green Card, Here's How.

US authorities have liberalised the tests used to grant a National Interest Waiver (NIW) to EB-2 category of green card applicants. Those having an advanced degree or exceptional ability fall in the EB-2 category. Indian entrepreneurs and qualified individuals will now have a fairer chance of obtaining an NIW, which in turn will speed up the process of obtaining a green card.........Read more

How China built 'iPhone City' for Apple's partner

A vast, boxy customs centre acts as a busy island of commerce deep in central China. Government officers race around wooden pallets piled high with boxes - counting, weighing, scanning and approving shipments. Unmarked trucks stretch for more than a mile awaiting the next load headed for Beijing, New York, London and other destinations.........Read more

MoD scraps Rs 1,000 crore Indian Army gun deal after Italian Beretta failure leaves Israeli vendor the only option

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has scrapped a controversial Army deal worth around Rs 1,000 crore to procure 45,000 rifles amid allegations of corruption in the acquisition process. The potential deal fell under scrutiny over the possibility of favours being given to Israeli firm, Israeli Weapons Industry, over its other rivals in the deal. ........Read more

Make in India: Ashok Leyland launches first indigenous zero-emission electric bus

Commercial vehicle major Ashok Leyland on Monday launched ‘Circuit’ Series – first Electric Bus Made in India. Designed and engineered in India, for India, by Indians – the 100 per cent electric bus is a zero-emission, non-polluting vehicle, created specifically for Indian roads and passenger conditions, the company said in a statement. ........Read more

Nokia D1C full specs leaked, comes with 3GB RAM, Android 7.0 and 16MP camera

Report stops being a rumour once there are visual proofs, if a Geekbench result is anything to go for, there are proofs to substantiate the Nokia D1C reports. A latest Geekbench leak says that Nokia D1C phone is real and comes with some decent budget specifications. The new leak sits in line with earlier Geekbench scorecard for Nokia D1C phone. ........Read more

Shahid Afridi to Drag Javed Miandad to Court Over Match-Fixing Allegations

Miandad, who is known to speak his mind on matters related to cricket, had accused Afridi of match-fixing. "I challenge Afridi to swear upon his daughter and say that he didn't sell Pakistan's matches," Miandad had said. Speaking at a book launch function on Sunday, Afridi hit back at Miandad. "Money has always been an issue for Javed Miandad. It doesn't suit a legendary cricketer like him to pass such irresponsible comments," the 36-year-old told reporters.........Read more

Moto Z, Moto Z Play launched in India at Rs 39,999 and Rs 24,999 respectively

Moto Z was launched earlier this year at IFA. Later in June, Motorola also unveiled the Moto Z Force and Moto Z Play, variants of Moto Z. Today, Motorola launched the Moto Z and Moto Z Play in India.........Read more

Baramulla attack: Ajit Doval briefs PM Modi; SSP says terrorists used civilians as shield to escape

Baramulla attack: Ajit Doval briefs PM Modi; SSP says terrorists used civilians as shield to escape - District Senior Superintendent of Police Imtiaz Hussain said, "There were around three-four terrorists. They attacked a BSF sentry post and then both the army and the BSF responded in kind, which is why the terrorists were not able to enter the army camp next."........Read more

Obama to Terminate National Emergency Against Myanmar

Encouraged by Myanmar's progress towards democracy and installation of a civilian government, US President Barack Obama today decided to terminate national emergency imposed on the country and said he will "soon" lift the sanctions against it.........Read more

Chess Olympiad Round 9: Ukraine narrowly edge India; Women’s team trounce Netherlands

The Indian men’s team in the Open section went down to the table-toppers Ukraine, in the Round 9. The Indians looked positive entering the crucial round after they had defeated England in their previous round, but lost the match 2.5-1.5 to the Ukrainians.........Read more

We spoke to an Isis fighter, and he had a chilling message for the West

Isis will flourish and survive even if it is defeated in the present battle for Syria and Iraq an Isis militant has told The Independent.  In an exclusive interview, Faraj, a 30-year-old veteran fighter from north east Syria, says that “when we say that the Islamic State [Isis] is everlasting and expanding, it is not a mere poetic or propaganda phrase”. He says the group intends to rebuild its strength in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, adding that “Isis has sleeper agents all over the world and their numbers are increasing”.........Read more

Karnataka Govt Bows to SC, Decides to Release Cauvery Water to Tamil Nadu

He has also appealed to farmers to drop the agitation. He made this announcement after chairing an all party meeting in Bengaluru even as the Opposition JDS leaders walked out of the meeting protesting the government's decision to release water to TN........Read more

‘I could hear a deep roaring in the sky’: A film relives Japan’s failed WWII invasion of India

Utpal Borpujari’s new documentary is part-oral history and part-archival tour of Japan’s failed offensive into India during World War II. Memories of a Forgotten War turns the clock back to 1944, when Japanese troops advanced on British India from Burma, but were pushed back by Allied forces in the Battle of Kohima and the Battle of Imphal. An estimated 168,000 people died during the violence, with disease felling more Japanese troops than warfare. The defeat was a turning point for the Axis powers in World War II.........Read more

DataWind PocketSurfer GZ with Linux OS, 1 year free browsing launched for Rs 1,499

DataWind launched the PocketSurfer GZ in India for Rs 1,499. DataWind has partnered with Reliance Communication to offer free internet on the device for a year. The device ships with the Linux Operating System. There are no details on specifications ........Read more

Communal violence over molestation: Hindu families in Aligarh want to sell their properties, leave area

A molestation incident in Aligarh's Babri Mandi area has triggered a communal unrest between the two communities.........Read more

Over 14,000 NGOs barred from receiving foreign funds: Govt

Home Affairs MInister Kiren Rijiju, in a written reply to the Lok Sabha, gave data on the number of NGOs barred from receiving foreign funds due to violation of the Foreign Contribution Regulaltion Act (FCRA), 2010.........Read more

Ssumier S. Pasricha has taken the internet by storm for his uncanny resemblance to Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan. All pics/Ssumier S. Pasricha's Instagram account @ssumier.official

Ssumier S. Pasricha has taken the internet by storm for his uncanny resemblance to Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan. All pics/Ssumier S. Pasricha's Instagram account @ssumier.official : After Priyanka Chopra, SRK's look-alike 'Pammi Aunty' breaks the internet!........Read more

Volvo XC90 T8 Coming In 4-Seater Excellence Variant

Volvo is bringing its much touted Excellence Trim available on the XC90 to India. The Excellence option is only on offer in select markets and India gets to be one of them. The regular XC90 Inscription trim cabin is already pretty upscale,........Read more

Nice attack couldn't be prevented: Why West's anti-terror strategy is failing

The Nice terror attack is evidence of our collective failure to understand the true dimensions of terrorism, and how to combat it.........Read more

Astronomers Have Detected Clouds Of Water Outside Our Solar System

The remarkable find was located 7.2 light years from Earth on a brown dwarf ― a type of low-mass star ― called WISE 0855. It’s described as the coldest known object outside of our solar system and “strikingly similar to Jupiter.”........Read more

Congress accuses BJP of bribing Vadra panel judge, seeks dismissal -

Former Haryana minister and six-time Congress MLA Captain Ajay Yadav on Thursday accused BJP of ‘bribing’ Justice S N Dhingra to indict party chief Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra in the Gurgaon land deal case.........Read more

Army comes out against road work on China border

An ambitious road project planned along the McMahon Line in Arunachal Pradesh has hit the Indian Army hurdle. The Army is opposed to constructing any road close to the disputed border with China, sai........Read more

Ex-BSP MLA lives by the roadside, literally

As pre-monsoon showers hit Garhshankar town in Punjab’s Hoshiarpur district, Shingara Ram Shahunggra and his family start looking for tarpaulin sheets to cover their belongings lying by the side of the road. As the family settles down under the sheets on iron cots put on wet earth, it is difficult to imagine that Shahunggra had been a BSP MLA from Punjab, not one but twice!........Read more

Mere ko ye poochna hai ki aapne ye paper dekha? Aapko kehna hai ki maine ye paper nahi dekha…seedhi si baat hai

I will have to ask you, ‘Did you see the (Ishrat) paper.’ You have to say, ‘I didn’t see the paper’... it’s as simple as that: Additional Secretary, Home, B K Prasad to Ashok Kumar, former Director in Home Ministry.........Read more

Mathura violence: Judicial probe ordered

Bowing to Opposition demand, Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday ordered a judicial probe into last week’s Mathura violence in which 29 people, including two police officers, were killed. The prob........Read more

25 Indian students asked to leave US university

At least 25 Indian students in their first semester of computer sciences programme at Western Kentucky University have been asked to return to India or find placement in other schools, because they did not meet the admission standards of the varsity.........Read more

'Sultan' Trailer: Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma Stand Undaunted as Wrestlers

After much anticipation the trailer of 'Sultan' is out and it looks fantastic! Salman Khan as a wrestler looks rugged and the Haryanavi accent suits him perfectly........Read more

‘Aided by ISI & IM, Jaish planning a Pathankot-II’ - Times of India

Terrorist sleeper cells have started a recce of north Indian cities to replicate Pathankot and Gurdaspur-style fidayeen attacks for Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). For this, the terror outfit is getting help from Pakistani spy agency ISI and members of the I........Read more

Microsoft’s Counter to PS4 Neo – The Xbox Two

Sony is developing a 4K capable console, the PS4 Neo. Which is going to be possibly releasing in 2016. So, to keep up with Sony, Microsoft is possibly making the Xbox Two, which is also a 4K/VR cap…........Read more

Isro's big leap, embarks on launching Indian space shuttle - Times of India

For the very first time in its history, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to undertake the maiden launch of its very own indigenous version of a 'space shuttle', a fully made-in-India effort.........Read more