Centre May Send 'Stop Walking Migrants' Reminder to States, New Rules Could Make Dist Collectors Responsible

In a fresh letter to states, the Union Home Secretary has asked states to use the portal for better inter-state coordination on the migrant movement issue. "The system will help in speedy communication between states without creating additional work for field officers. It has additional advantage like contact tracing, which may be useful in Covid response work," he said. The portal seeks Aadhaar and mobile details to help migrants travel in Shramik trains and keep a track on them. ........Read more

Antiviral Favipiravir Developed in Hyderabad to be Tried on Covid-19 Patients After Drug Controller Nod

The Drug Controller of India has allowed clinical trial of Favipiravir medicine, developed indigenously a CSIR laboratory, on coronavirus patients, Director-General Shekhar Mande said on Friday. He said the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Hyderabad has developed the technology to make the drug Favipiravir. The technology has been transferred to a private company, IICT Director S Chandrashekar said. The company will now tie up with hospitals for clinical trials so that the drug could be tested on patients suffering from COVID-19. Approval from patients will be necessary as per the protocols, he said. ........Read more

Telangana, Delhi and Punjab Pull Out From Phase-1 of Lockdown Relaxations as Covid-19 Cases Cross 16,000

Telangana, Punjab and Delhi – decided on Sunday not to ease the lockdown restrictions in line with the Centre’s guidelines to gradually reopen the country and reboot the economy starting Monday. While Delhi and Punjab governments said there will be no relaxations till the lockdown ends on May 3, the K Chandrasekhar Rao government in Telangana decided to extend the complete lockdown in the state till May 7. ........Read more

Over 4,00,000 People Travelled to US From China Before Trump Imposed Covid-19 Travel Ban: Report

In the days after China made the disclosure about its coronavirus outbreak, nearly 430,000 people arrived in the US on direct flights from the country, including thousands who travelled directly from Wuhan, the epicentre of the pandemic, a report in The New York Times said. Over 1,300 direct flights from China to 17 US cities brought back hundreds of thousands of people before President Donald Trump imposed travel restrictions.........Read more

Chinmayanad chargesheeted for rape, his 'victim' law student for extortion

A Special Investigation Team (SIT) of UP Police has filed a chargesheet against Chinmayanand who has been accused of rape by a 23-year-old law student. Another chargesheet has been filed against the student for allegedly blackmailing the BJP leader. ........Read more

China Open 2019: Yan Yan Cai stuns Saina Nehwal in first round

World Number 9 Saina lost to Cai in straight games to bow out in Round of 32 stage of tournament. The 22nd ranked Chinese defeat Nehwal 21-9, 21-12 to progress into the last 16.........Read more

Tamil Nadu rolling out red carpet for Modi-Xi meet in Mamallapuram

PM Modi will hold one-to-one and delegation level talks with the Chinese President. The meeting between them has no specific agenda but issues like terrorism, terror funding, support and sourcing are likely to come up during the meet.........Read more

Congress’ biggest mistake was its insistence on secularism: Mark Tully

Veteran journalist and writer Mark Tully said insisting upon ‘secularism’ while neglecting the country’s devotional religions was a ‘mistake’ made by the Congress and which helped the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Addressing a gathering during an event in Goa, Tully said on Thursday evening that Congress’ ‘mistake’ allowed the BJP to rise and impose its version of Hinduism in the country. “First of all ‘secularism’ is not the right word to use in this Indian context at all because secularism has a connotation of hostility towards all religions or indifference towards religion and Indians are not hostile to religion and Indians are not indifferent to religion,” Tully said. “The mistake the Congress party made was to continue with this word secularism... that left the BJP free to say we are the party of Hindus and this is Hinduism… The Congress should have found in its politics some place for the Hindu community just as it found for Muslims or others,” he said. Tully, who was the BBC’s India correspondent for more than two decades, also had some advice for the Congress party.........Read more

Tamil Nadu BJP chief Tamilisai among new governors appointed in 5 states

In a reshuffle on Sunday, five states got new governors. Tamil Nadu BJP chief Tamilisai Soundararajan was appointed as the governor of Telangana while former Uttarakhand chief minister Bhagat Singh Koshyari among five other new appointees. Kalraj Mishra has been transferred from Himachal Pradesh to Rajasthan, where he replaces Kalyan Singh as the new Governor. Former union minister Bandaru Dattatreya replaces Mishra in Himachal Pradesh. Koshyari replaces Vidyasagar Rao in Maharashtra while former Union minister Arif Mohammed Khan will take over in Kerala from P Sathasivam, the former chief justice of India whose five-year term came to an end. Maharashtra ,a crucial state for the BJP, goes to polls later this year. Khan said the appointment is another opportunity to serve the country. “Fortunate to be born in a country like India which is so vast and rich in diversity. It’s a great opportunity for me to know this part of India, which forms boundary of India and is called god’s own country,” Khan was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.........Read more

Missing law student who accused BJP leader Chinmayanand of sexual harassment found in Rajasthan with friend

The law student who disappeared last Saturday after she alleged BJP leader Swami Hinamayanand of sexual harassment, has been found in Rajasthan with a friend, a boy named Sanjay. File image of Swami Chinmayanand. News18 The police has said that she was not kidnapped, and has been recovered in Rajasthan. The exact location, of where she was found in Rajasthan, is still unclear. "In Shahjahanpur episode the girl has been located by Shahjahanpur police in Rajasthan along with her friend. Necessary legal action is being taken," the Uttar Pradesh police posted on its official Twitter handle. DGP OP Singh has said that she's safe and that she will be brought back to Shahjahanpur. This update comes in just before SC was to hear the case. The issue, which was mentioned before the apex court on Wednesday by a group of lawyers, was up for hearing on Friday before a bench of Justices R Banumathi and AS Bopanna. The group of lawyers, in a letter addressed to Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, had requested the court to take suo motu action based on media reports that the student had gone missing on 24 August. UP police claimed the student was last known to be spotted at a Delhi hotel on Wednesday but had left the place before officials reached there. A search was underway to trace her.........Read more

Agent Smith Malware Has Affected Over 15 Million Android Phones in India

Cyber security solutions provider Check Point on Wednesday revealed that 'Agent Smith," a new variant of mobile malware, has quietly infected around 25 million Android devices globally, including 15 million mobile devices in India. Disguised as a Google-related app, the malware exploits known Android vulnerabilities and automatically replaces installed apps with malicious versions without the users' knowledge or interaction, said Check Point Research, the threat intelligence arm of Israel-based Check Point. The malware currently uses its broad access to the devices' resources to show fraudulent ads for financial gain, but could easily be used for far more intrusive and harmful purposes such as banking credential theft and eavesdropping. This activity resembles previous malware campaigns such as "Gooligan", "Hummingbad" and "CopyCat". ........Read more

52 Flights Cancelled, 55 Diverted as Mumbai Airport's Main Runway Shut, May Take 48 Hours to Restore Ops

Mumbai airport's main runway was closed last Monday night after a SpiceJet flight, flying in from Jaipur, overshot its mark because of the heavy rainfall. A second runway has been made operational for flights, as the plane continues to be stuck at the end of the runway. The incident led to the diversion of as many as 55 flights to nearby airports of Ahmedabad and Bengaluru. "Spicejet SG 6237 Jaipur-Mumbai flight overshoots runway while landing at Mumbai Airport. All passengers are safe, no injuries reported," a spokesperson for the airline said in a statement. Air Vistara was among several other airlines, which posted notices of delay on social media. ........Read more

500-yr-old gurdwara in Pak's Punjab province opens doors for Indian Sikh pilgrims

A 500-year-old gurdwara in Sialkot in Pakistan's Punjab province has now opened its doors for Indian Sikh pilgrims, a media report said Monday. Earlier, Indians were not allowed to visit the Babe-de-Ber gurdwara which is situated in Sialkot city, about 140 kms from here. Several religious sites in Punjab are frequented by Sikhs from several countries including India. Every year, thousands of Indian Sikh devotees visit Pakistan on the birth and death anniversaries of Guru Nanak -- the founder of Sikhism and the first of the 10 Sikh Gurus -- the martyrdom of Guruwar Jin Devji and the Besakhi festival and the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. According to the Sikh tradition, when Guru Nanak arrived in Sialkot from Kashmir in the 16th century, he stayed under the tree of Beri. Sardar Natha Singh then built a gurdwara in his remembrance at the site.........Read more

11 students out on picnic dead after bus plunges into gorge in J-K’s Poonch

Eleven students, that included nine girls, of a private computer training institute were killed while seven others were injured on Thursday in a road accident on Mughal Road in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district. The students were on an excursion trip from Surankote tehsil in Poonch district to Mughal road. Poonch deputy commissioner Rahul Yadav said, “Since accident occurred on Shopian side, FIR has been registered there and it is being investigated by the Shopian administration. However, the children hailed from Poonch district. We have not received their dead bodies as yet nor have they been identified as yet. Reports say that 11 of them died in the tragic accident.” Yadav further said, “Most probably it was a case of over-speeding because the ill-fated vehicle had first crashed into a road divider before plunging into the gorge”. The children were studying in a private computer institute in Surankote and they hailed from adjoining villages in the area, he added. He informed that seven of the injured students were referred to Soura medical institute in Srinagar.........Read more

Humans are getting bigger, and that means more strain on the world’s food supply

A new study conducted by researchers reveals that the nutritional demands for the human race are steadily climbing, and not just because there’s more of us. Humans are getting larger and larger, that’s going to put additional strain on food supplies. ........Read more

If Cong. joined JD(S), result would be different: Mamata

Had the Congress formed an alliance with the JD (S) before the Karnataka Assembly election, the poll outcome would have been "very different", said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.........Read more

PNB decides to honour Rs 6,500 cr worth LoUs to 7 lenders

The decision was taken by the board for the payment related to Letters of Undertaking (LoUs) and Foreign Letters of Credit (FLCs) issued by the bank which mature on or before March 31, 2018.........Read more

Allahabad Bank discloses Rs 2,000 cr exposure in PNB fraud

Allahabad Bank has an exposure of around Rs 2,000 crore by way of Letter of Undertakings issued by Punjab National Bank to Nirav Modi, the billionaire diamond merchant in the centre of a Rs 11,400-crore fraud. The source said that money had been credited to the Nostro account of PNB from the Hong Kong branch of Allahabad Bank.........Read more

India moves closer to activate satellite tracking station in Vietnam, inks pact despite objection by China

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc in New Delhi was followed by exchange of two pacts, including one on Indian Space Research Organisation's Data Reception and Tracking and Telemetry Station at Ho Chi Minh City.........Read more

Tripura votes on Feb 18, Meghalaya, Nagaland on Feb 27, results on March 3

Election to states to happen in two rounds. Tripura will vote on February 18. 2017 (Sunday), while Meghalaya will vote on February 27 (Tuesday). Counting for all three states will be conducted on March 3, 2018. The results will be declared on the same day. VVPATs and EVMs will be used in the three states. While EVMs have been used for the last 20 years in these three states, VVPATs will be deployed for the first time in the Assembly polls, The limit of election expenditure in the three states shall be Rs. 20 lakh per candidate.........Read more

Mahindra High-Performance Electric Cars Coming Soon

Mahesh Babu CEO (chief executive officer) of Mahindra Electric Mobility has confirmed that they will have three new products in the EV segment and they'll be high-performance vehicles. The most interesting fact is that the three new cars will have top speeds of 186, 150 and 190km/h and can sprint from 0-100km/h in 9, 11 and 8 seconds respectively.........Read more

Apologise for ‘neech aadmi’ remark on PM Modi: Rahul Gandhi tells Mani Shankar Aiyar

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday asked party leader Mani Shankar Aiyar to apologise to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his ‘neech aadmi’ remark saying it was not the culture of the Congress Party.........Read more

Pfizer to release new generic Viagra, slashes price by half

The little blue pill that’s helped millions of men in the bedroom is turning white. Drugmaker Pfizer is launching its own cheaper generic version of Viagra rather than lose most sales when the impotence pill gets its first generic competition next week.........Read more

Jeff Bezos is worth over $100 billion after Amazon's Black Friday rally

Bezos's net worth surpassed $100 billion on Friday, Bloomberg reported. Amazon shares hit a record on Black Friday — one of the year's busiest shopping days— joining a broader stock market rally.........Read more

Dibang Valley in Arunachal Pradesh tops Beti Bachao plan

With an increase of 416 points, the Dibang Valley district in Arunachal Pradesh has seen the highest improvement under the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao programme, followed by Lakshadweep, Hamirpur (Himachal Pradesh) and Pulwama (Jammu and Kashmir), according to officials of the Ministry of Women and Child Development.........Read more

Spyder trailer looks top notch, Mahesh Babu’s Tamil floors fans.

A new Tamil/Telugu trailer of Mahesh Babu starrer Spyder is out. Released early on September 15, the trailer’s look and feel matches the genre. AR Murugadoss’ film is a spy thriller and we are shown all that would typically go in an Indian spy thriller -- a glass and steel Intelligence Bureau office, a super fit and sharp cop, a bubbly love interest, some touching family moments prominently featuring a worried mother, a glimpse of an antagonist who is more psychotic than overtly villainous, some song and dance sequences, stylishly choreographed punches and fights and a high thrill quotient.........Read more

Norwegian Nobel Institute says it cannot revoke Aung Sang Suu Kyi’s Peace Prize

The Norwegian Nobel Institute, which selects the recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize, said on Friday that Myanmar’s Aung Sang Suu Kyi cannot be stripped of the award she was given in 1991. Suu Kyi has been criticised for failing to stand up for more than 10 lakh stateless Rohingyas in Rakhine.........Read more

Ayodhya case: Supreme Court to hear appeals from December 5

The Supreme Court on Friday decided to start hearing on a bunch of petitions relating to the dispute over ownership of 2.73 acres of Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi land from December 5.........Read more

Facebook to stop charging for accidental ad clicks

Facebook will stop charging advertisers when users accidentally click on ads which they view for less than two seconds. This new policy may discourage pestering ads and pop-ups from appearing on the screens.........Read more

BJP Names N Biren Singh As Chief Minister-Designate Of Manipur

N Biren Singh, who left the Congress last year after a falling out with Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh, is set to be his successor. The BJP today named the 56-year-old as its chief ministerial candidate. But the political uncertainty seemed far from over as Okram Ibobi Singh, who maintains the Congress too has numbers to form a government following an inconclusive election verdict on Saturday, is yet to resign from his post. Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla said she can only invite a party to form the government once he does.........Read more

Sasikala Pushpa’s husband, supporters assaulted outside AIADMK headquarters

Sasikala is an expelled member of the AIADMK. She was expelled from the AIADMK after her outbursts in Parliament against the party leadership on August 1. Sasikala Pushpa’s husband, lawyers and supporters suffered injuries as party cadre beat them badly on Wednesday afternoon.........Read more

Islamic State launches 'Agony Uncle' radio show for jihadists

Al-Bayan, which broadcasts in Iraqi territories controlled by the militant organisation, recently launched the programme that translates as 'Fatwas Over the Airwaves' programme in which clerics provide answers to questions presented to them on a variety of topics concerning Islamic law, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).........Read more

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani gives Pakistan a $500 mn snub on terror

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani gives Pakistan a $500 mn snub on terror - The bonhomie between Kabul and New Delhi extended to the bilateral talks between Ghani and Modi on the margins of the conference........Read more

We need GST in place by Sept 2017 or else India won't function: Jaitley

Demonetisation is the new normal confronting black money which was a norm in India for seven decades, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday. "Black money has been a norm in India for seven decades, we want to confront it and create a new normal," Jaitley said at the Hindustan Times Leadership summit in New Delhi. Stressing the importance of passing the Good and Services Tax Bill, he said if GST is not in place by September 2017, the country won't be able to function. ........Read more

Colombia plane crash: Jet ran out of fuel, reveals leaked tape

The pilot of the chartered plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team told air traffic controllers he had run out of fuel and desperately pleaded for permission to land before crashing into the Andes, according to a leaked recording of the final minutes of the........Read more

New Resident Evil 7 Demo Announced With Terrifying Trailer

An update for the Resident Evil 7's Beginning Hour demo will has been released on PS4. The "Twilight" demo, as Capcom is calling it, will allow players to explore "more of the mysterious, derelict mansion" featured in the original.........Read more

The September which split Dravidians: Periyar weds Maniyammai, DMK is born

On May 14, 1949, a dramatic development took place at Tiruvannamalai. Rajaji, the then Governor General of India was on a visit to the temple town. The founder of the Dravidar Kazhagam, Periyar (EV Ramasamy Naicker), accompanied by Maniyammai, his personal assistant, met him and had discussions for over an hour. ........Read more

After’s Acquisition, Turakhia Brothers To Invest $110 Mn In Four Ventures

Turakhia brothers-led technology company Directi, is reportedly planning to invest $110 Mn in four new ventures. It is also planning to buy a 1 lakh sq. ft. building in Bengaluru to accommodate t...........Read more

Deciphering history, one coin at a time

Pankaj Tandon, a Harvard-trained economist, is a numismatist by calling. Poring over inscriptions and icons on old Indian coins, the academic has gathered enough evidence to put one forgotten dynasty on the Silk Route—the ancient trade route between the East and West—back on the map. And he is working on finding details about well-known dynasties as well—all from coins.........Read more

ZEE says in advanced stage of discussion for sale of sports business

Sources had informed ET that the deal was almost done and an official announcement could be made by end of the month.........Read more

RSS Trains 300 Opinion Makers to Take on The Liberal Left

BJP President Amit Shah will be giving the key note inaugural address at the seminar on Saturday being organised by Dr Shyama Prasad Mukjerjee Research foundation, a trust closely associated with the RSS.........Read more

Centre non-committal on special status for AP despite TDP’s demand

Jaitley assured the House that government will fulfil all its responsibilities as far as hand holding Andhra Pradesh was concerned.........Read more

MCI de-recognises 51 medical colleges for academic year 2016-17

Eight medical colleges each in Kerala and UP have been denied permission to start admission for 2016-17 for failing to meet the conditions of minimum standard.........Read more

Rare Roman mosaic 'depicting Hercules' unearthed during sewerage work

A rare Roman mosaic is uncovered in Cyprus during sewerage work on the eastern Mediterranean island.........Read more

Can coffee cause cancer? Only if it’s very hot, say WHO scientists

There is no conclusive evidence that drinking coffee causes cancer, the WHO’s cancer agency will say as it downgrades its warning........Read more