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The moon is about 85 million years younger than we thought, new study finds

The moon is a constant in our lives. It causes Earth's ocean tides to ebb and flow, it stabilizes the planet's axial tilt and, until recently, it was assumed to have accompanied the Earth for over 4.5 billion years. A new study has posited that previous estimates of the moon's age were millions of years off. Scientists from the German Aerospace Center calculated how long it took the moon's magma ocean -- it's a widely held belief that the lunar surface was once molten -- to cool, and they estimated that the moon is actually almost 100 million years younger than previously thought -- about 85 million years younger, to be exact. So the moon, they say, was actually born at the tail-end of the Earth's formation........Read more

Karnataka IAS Officer Tweets On Tablighi Jamaat, Gets Show Cause Notice

Karnataka IAS officer Mohammed Mohsin, who was briefly suspended during Lok Sabha elections in April last year for ordering a check of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's helicopter, has been served a show cause notice for a social media post about the Tablighi Jamaat. In his post Mr Mohsin praised some members of the Islamic sect that has been linked to over 1,500 coronavirus cases across the country. He said Jamaat members who had recovered from the infection and donated plasma - to be used for an experimental coronavirus treatment - were "heroes" and their contribution to the fight against the COVID-19 virus were being ignored.........Read more

BJP Names Jyotiraditya Scindia For Rajya Sabha Shortly After He Joins Party

Jyotiraditya Scindia has been named by the BJP for one of the two Rajya Sabha seats from Madhya Pradesh due for elections later this month. The announcement came shortly after the 49-year-old four-time Lok Sabha MP joined the BJP. Mr Scindia left the Congress, his party of 18 years, on Tuesday. Before announcing his resignation from the Congress on Twitter, he met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. One of the reasons for his switch was said to be the promise of a Rajya Sabha nomination by the BJP, something that had proved to be a tough ask for him in the Congress. ........Read more

BJP MP Parvesh Verma Banned from Campaigning for 24 Hrs over 'Terrorist' Remark Aimed at Arvind Kejriwal

The Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday imposed a 24-hour campaign ban on BJP MP Parvesh Verma for his “terrorist” remark against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The ban on Verma, the second in the last week, came into force at 6pm on Wednesday. ........Read more

The revolution in Tamil Nadu women’s football

Women’s football is thriving in Tamil Nadu, with an academy churning out international players and an insurgent club that’s just won the IWL title. With such players and a little push, could the national side rise again?........Read more

IVF linked to lower birth weight and child growth

The University of Manchester led a study of 5,200 IVF children found that singleton babies conceived from fresh embryo transfers used in two-thirds of all IVF are associated with lower birth weights, head circumference and length.........Read more

Huawei to begin smartphone manufacturing in India from next year

Huawei, the Chinese tech giant is planning to begin manufacturing smartphone and other accessories in India. Along with manufacturing smartphones and accessories, the company has also announced that it intends to open over 1,000 retail stores in the country.........Read more

SC/ST Eligible For Quota in Govt Job Promotions: Centre to Supreme Court

The Centre has told the Supreme Court that SC/ST government employees were automatically qualified to receive quota in promotions and asked the apex court to reconsider a 12-year-old verdict on SC/ST quota in government jobs.........Read more

Flipkart Plus to launch on 15 August to take on Amazon Prime

Flipkart will launch Flipkart plus on 15 August, the service will be a no-fee, points-based programme for regular customers of Flipkart. It offers more discounts, free and faster product deliveries and other rewards to Flipkart Plus subscribers........Read more

Not a single incident of lynching in Tripura under 25-year-long Left rule: Manik Sarkar

Former Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar has said that no incident of lynching occurred in the 25-year rule of the Left Front in the state and the present BJP government is "trying to divide society on the basis of class and creed".........Read more

31 dead in ferry accident in Indonesia, rescue operations on

After a ferry carrying 164 people hit rough waters off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, at least 31 people have died in the accident, with three people missing.........Read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Russians Break Spanish Hearts in Moscow

Hosts Russia beat Spain 4-3 on penalties on Sunday to advance to the World Cup quarter-finals where they will face Croatia. The 2010 world champions controlled the game with their slick passing but did little more, failing to create another scoring chance in the first half.........Read more

India has decided to train space scientists of countries that lack satellite-building capability

India has taken the initiative to train scientists of countries like UAE and African nations that lack the technical knowhow and capability to build a satellite. India won’t charge for this capacity-building programme but will play a role in shortlisting scientists for the training programme.........Read more

Kashmir security operations to resume; govt ends Ramzan ceasefire, says Rajnath Singh

The government decided not to extend the suspension of operations against militants in Kashmir after a senior journalist and an Indian Army soldier were killed in a spike of violence.........Read more

Kaala Movie Review

Director Pa. Ranjith has once again stuck to his ideologies while making an attempt to offer mass entertainment to Rajani fans. He has certainly learnt a lesson with Kabali's result, but couldn't entirely keep his policies aside for the commercial benefits of the film. If Kabali was a Non-Rajani film, Kaala is half Rajani, half Ranjith film.........Read more

Three militants killed as army foils infiltration bid in J-K’s Machhil sector

The Army foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Macchil sector of Jammu and Kashmir, killing three militants. Troops noticed suspicious movement along the LoC in Macchil sector in Kupwara district and challenged the infiltrators.........Read more

ICC bans Smart Watches on the field

ICC Anti-corruption officials have told Pakistan's players not to wear smartwatches on the field after a couple of their players were seen with them on the first day at Lord's.........Read more

Congress-JD(S) coalition wins trust vote in Karnataka assembly

JD (S)-Congress coalition government winning the floor test in the Karnataka assembly, two days after their joint candidate, the JD (S)'s HD Kumaraswamy was sworn in as chief minister of the state.........Read more

Rohingya militants massacred 53 Hindus in last year’s turmoil: Amnesty

Rohingya militants massacred Hindu villagers during last year’s uprising in Myanmar’s Rakhine, Amnesty International said Wednesday in a report that sheds fresh light on the complex ethnic rivalries in the state.........Read more

Rafael Nadal loses to Thiem, Roger Federer to claim the number 1 spot in Madrid Open 2018

Rafael Nadal, who had set the record of winning 50 consecutive sets on clay in the previous round, was defeated by Dominic Thiem and was knocked out in the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open. Nadal's early exit in Madrid means that Roger Federer will now replace him as the new World No 1.........Read more

Janasena Will Contest In All 175 Seats -Pawan Kalyan

Articulating on the number of seats he will contest, the Janasena Party president said, "I've not revealed to anyone that I will be contesting only in few numbers of seats. We'll be contesting in all the 175 seats. In the coming days, the strategies and plans will be decided, while 1200 members volunteers are working at root level already in all the constituencies".........Read more

In Madhya Pradesh, govt shakes off caste tags by renaming 80 schools

In an almost month-long exercise which concluded on Sunday, the Singrauli district changed the names of 80 government schools between 15 to 50 years old which were named after the dominant castes in that area. They have now been named after famous Indians to make them caste-neutral. ........Read more

SC bench dismisses petition asking for guidelines on the allocation of cases, says CJI cannot be distrusted

Dismissing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking the framing of guidelines for allocation of cases, the Supreme Court has declared that the Chief Justice of India (CJI) is an institution himself and cannot be distrusted. The petition asked the court to frame guidelines for rational and transparent allocation of cases and constitution of benches to hear them.........Read more

Maldives declines Indian Navy’s invite for 16-nation naval war games ‘Milan’

The Maldives declined Indian Navy’s invitation to attend ‘Milan’, an eight-day multilateral naval exercise, Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba said on Tuesday. Sharing details of the mega event that is set to take place at the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lanba said 16 countries will participate in the biennial naval exercise from March 6 to 13.........Read more

Railways to install sanitary napkin dispensers at 200 stations by March 8

The Railways wants to install sanitary napkin dispensers and incinerators at about 200 major railway stations across the country by International Women’s Day on March 8. Goyal said that such projects should be scaled up and the national transporter should be a leader in such social spheres.........Read more

Withdraw FIR against Army or your govt will be toppled, Swamy tells Mehbooba

what nonsense is this? Dismiss that government immediately. Tell Mehbooba to withdraw the FIR or else her government would be toppled. Why are we even running that government, I have not understood till date." BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has asked. He was reacting to the filing of the FIR against Army personnel following the stone pelting incident at Shopian on Saturday.........Read more

Ex-USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar sentenced to 175 years for sexual abuse

Disgraced long-time USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced on Wednesday to up to 175 years in prison for molesting young female gymnasts, following days of wrenching testimony from about 160 of his victims, including Olympic medalists.........Read more

Dutee Chand eyes Commonwealth Games berth as suspension of hyperandrogenism rules extended

Dutee Chand heaved a sigh of relief as CAS extended the suspension of the International Association of Athletics Federations’ rules on hyperandrogenism by another six months. The hyperandrogenism rules — which bar female athletes with high levels of naturally-occurring testosterone from competing — had been set aside since Chand had successfully challenged it in 2015. ........Read more

Powerlifting world champion Saksham Yadav, 4 others succumb to road accident injury

Powerlifting world champion Saksham Yadav on Sunday succumbed to the injuries he sustained in a road accident earlier in the day. Yadav (23) was initially taken to Raja Harish Chandra Hospital in Narela, from where he was shifted to Max Hospital, and later to AIIMS Trauma Centre, where he breathed his last. four other powerlifting players, identified as Tikamchand, Saurabh, Yogesh and Harish Roy, were brought dead at Raja Harish Chandra Hospital in Narela after the accident, while Yadav and one other Rohit were critically injured.........Read more

Jadhav not arrested, but abducted from Iran by Pak: Baloch leader

Baloch leader Hyrbyair Marri has stated that Kulbhushan Jadhav was "never arrested from Balochistan", in fact he was, "abducted from Iran by Pakistani state-sponsored religious proxies and handed over to Pakistani forces."........Read more

Blood pressure drug ups risk of skin cancer: Study

People who take a certain water pill prescribed to control fluid retention and treat high blood pressure may be more likely to get skin cancer than other individuals, a Danish study suggests.........Read more

2G scam case: In shock verdict, court acquits A Raja, Kanimozhi and other accused

In an extraordinary twist, a special CBI court on Thursday acquitted all accused, including former telecom minister A Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi, in the Rs 30,000 crore 2G spectrum allocation scam cases. Special CBI judge O P Saini cleared the accused of all charges in the infamous 2G scam which rocked the UPA-II regime.........Read more

Airlines to No Longer Charge Rs 3,000 Cancellation Fee For Flight Tickets

In what is believed to be a major relief to flyers, domestic airlines will no longer charge Rs 3000 flat cancellation of a flight ticket. As per reports, airlines will now charge “Rs 3,000 or base fare plus fuel surcharge per passenger, whichever is lower instead of that flat cancellation amount. ........Read more

Sports Ministry Will Provide Funding to Hockey India

fter India’s bronze medal win over Germany in the Hockey World League (HWL) Final, sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has announced that his ministry will provide “complete funding” to Hockey India as they prepare for a triple Major next year- Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and World Cup.........Read more

Study opens new avenue in quest to develop tuberculosis vaccine

A team of scientists led by the University of Southampton has taken an important step forward in research efforts that could one day lead to an effective vaccine against the world's deadliest infectious disease.........Read more

YouTube says it will block predatory comment sections on videos of minors

YouTube also announced several other changes it was making in response to recent criticism over how kids create and view content. The company said it was using technology to flag problematic videos more quickly, and would remove ads from “inappropriate” videos targeting families. ........Read more

‘Bindi, kajal have no GST, why not sanitary napkins?’ Delhi HC asks Centre

If Bindi, sindoor and kajal are kept out of the ambit of the GST, why can't sanitary napkins, an essential item, be exempted, the Delhi High Court asked the Centre on Wednesday.........Read more

Parallel event by rebel directors threatens to take sheen off International Film Festival of Kerala

Kazhcha Film Forum, a film society from Thiruvnanthapuram, announced that it would organise the Kazcha Indie Film Festival to protest what it termed as the IFFK organisers’ reluctance to promote independent Indian cinema and its outmoded selection process.........Read more

People who are well educated may have longer life, says study

People who are well educated may have a longer lifespan, with almost a year added for each year spent studying beyond school, according to a major study.........Read more

Pranab was better qualified than me to be PM: Manmohan Singh

“In 2004, Mukherjee had all reason to feel the grievance that he was better qualified than me to be the PM but he knew that I had no choice,“ Singh said at a function to release the third instalment of Mukherjee's book 'Coalition Years'.........Read more

How hepatitis C hides in the body

The Hepatitis C (HCV) virus is a sly enemy to have in one's body. Not only does it manage to make itself invisible to the immune system by breaking down communication between the immune cells, it also builds secret virus "factories" that quickly go into mass production. It takes one to three months from infection to disease, which in the worst case scenario can lead to liver failure and death over time.........Read more

Bitcoin trades above $5,000 for first time ever

Bitcoin smashed through the $5,000 barrier for the first time ever today, jumping as much as 7% to chalk up its biggest daily rise in over two weeks........Read more

Las Vegas shooting: Over 50 dead, at least 200 injured in Mandalay Bay attack

At least 50 people died and over 200 were injured in the worst mass shooting in US history, at a music festival near the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas. The gunman rained fire from the 32nd floor of a hotel for several minutes before he was killed by police.........Read more

Shahid Kapoor’s Padmavati Look Out

The first look of Shahid, who plays the role of The King of Chittor and Rani Padmini’s husband, Mahrawal Ratan Singh in the film. And his look is just as royal as his name.........Read more

Fresh plea in SC favouring deportation of illegal Rohingyas

A fresh petition has been filed in the Supreme Court favouring the Centre’s stand to identify and deport to Mayanmar around 40,000 illegal Rohingya Muslims staying here. The plea may be heard along with the PIL filed by two Rohingya Muslim refugees challenging deportation, which is likely to come up for hearing on October 3.........Read more

New Jaguar Land Rover Vehicles To Go Electric From 2020

Jaguar Land Rover have revealed in its first ever Tech Fest event that it will be following the electric route from 2020 onwards across its new model range. According to the fabled British marque’s CEO, Dr. Ralf Speth, every new JLR model line will receive electric treatment from the end of this decade that enables buyers with increased options to choose from.........Read more

Twitter doesn't accurately reflect real life: Study

The “happy” or “sad” tweets may not accurately reflect a Twitter user’s actual emotional state offline, suggests new research. Rather, Twitter users have developed their own unique cultural behavior, conversations and identities, which shape the ways in which they present their views online, said the study published in the journal PLOS ONE.........Read more

Government claims Jan Dhan Yojana was a big success. Here’s a reality check

However, recent studies suggest that the percentage of households that have at least one bank account may be lower than what the government claims. Moreover, a large proportion of people who opened bank accounts under the programme already have a regular savings account, meaning that the scheme was not as much a boost to financial inclusion as it purported to be.........Read more

77 per cent of total income of BJP, Congress from unknown sources in FY16: ADR

The BJP and the Congress together saw more than 77 per cent, or Rs 646.82 crore, of their total income coming from "unknown sources" in 2015-16, says a report. Voluntary contributions and coupon sales were the key income sources for the ruling BJP and the Congress (INC) while the two parties' cumulative total income amounted to Rs 832.42 crore in fiscal 2016, according to the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). ........Read more

Jailed Dera chief Ram Rahim stares at more troubles as murder-plot trials near end

There are three more cases pending against the 50-year-old head of the quasi-religious sect. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is investigating the three cases. Two of the cases pertain to conspiring murders, while the third is over alleged castration of 400 Dera followers at the sect’s headquarters in Haryana’s Sirsa.........Read more

Gorakhpur tragedy: Lack of coordination, laxity led to children deaths says report

The probe was conducted by the district magistrate of Gorakhpur. The probe revealed that the lives of the children could have been saved had there been more care taken by the doctors. The report also blamed the doctors for the lack of coordination.........Read more

Ford working on Hyundai i20, Maruti Baleno rival

Ford is developing a new platform (codenamed: B563) which will underpin a hatchback in the future. It will be a modified version of current B562 platform which underpins the Figo. The upcoming model based on the new platform is said to rival the likes of the Hyundai i20 and Maruti Suzuki Baleno in the Indian market.........Read more

Mid-Engined Chevrolet Corvette Debut Details Revealed

The mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette will make its debut in January 2018. The report also states that Chevrolet will make an announcement on the new Corvette at the Detroit Auto Show in 2018.........Read more

Railways Biggest Govt Litigant With Over 66,000 Cases, Says Law Ministry

Citing data available on the Legal Information Management and Briefing System website, the document states that as of June 12 – 1,35,060 government cases and 369 contempt cases against government or its officials were pending in courts........Read more

ITC crosses Rs4 trillion in market cap, shares rise 9%

Cigarette maker ITC Ltd has become the fourth Indian company to cross market capitalization of Rs4 trillion as investors continued to buy the stock after the government notified that cigarettes will be exempted of additional excise duty under the goods and services tax (GST) regime.........Read more

Kailash Mansarovar yatra through Nathu La cancelled, pilgrims can take Uttarakhand route

The government on Friday called off the Kailash Mansarovar yatra through Nathu La in Sikkim in view of rising tensions between India and China, stopping the third batch of pilgrims which had gathered in Delhi for the holy trek from moving any further. Though the yatra through Nathu La will not take place this year, pilgrims travelling through the Lipulekh Pass in Uttarakhand will continue as scheduled.........Read more

Landslide buries mountain village in SW China, fears for 141 people

Fears grew for 141 people missing in China after a landslide buried their mountain village in southwestern Sichuan province on Saturday, with reports that only three survivors had been pulled out of the mud and rock hours after the calamity struck.........Read more

30 new Smart Cities announced

Thirty new cities were added to the Centre's Smart Cities Mission and total investment of Rs. 57,393 crore was announced by Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Friday, taking the total number of smart cities to 90.........Read more

Nagaland's ACAUT diplays immense courage against a corrupt state machinery

The group is now a force, whether the rebels, Nagaland’s government, or those not from Nagaland who dip freely into that state’s well of wealth like it or not.........Read more

Darjeeling unrest: Policeman, 2 protesters killed in fresh clashes; Mamata suspects conspiracy

A police officer was allegedly stabbed to death by protesters during fresh clashes that erupted in Darjeeling. Two Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supporter were also allegedly killed in firing in Darjeeling as violence rocked the hill town on Saturday morning.........Read more

Russian Cyber Hacks on U.S. Electoral System Far Wider Than Previously Known

The hackers accessed software designed to be used by poll workers on Election Day, and in at least one state accessed a campaign finance database. Details of the wave of attacks, in the summer and fall of 2016, were provided by three people with direct knowledge of the U.S. investigation into the matter. In all, the Russian hackers hit systems in a total of 39 states, one of them said.........Read more

Qatar crisis: India favours constructive dialogue

Asserting that it has "vital stakes" in peace and stability in the Gulf, India on Saturday asked countries in the region to resolve the Qatar crisis through constructive dialogue and well-established international principles of mutual respect.........Read more

PM Modi meets Xi Jinping ahead of SCO summit in Astana

Amid tense diplomatic relations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met China’s President Xi Jinping ahead of the start of the SCO summit at Astana in Kazakhstan.........Read more

ISIS claims Iran attacks

ISIS issued a swift claim of responsibility. Its media wing, Amaq, claimed "fighters with the Islamic State" carried out the attack, but did not offer evidence.........Read more

Mahindra evaluating an all-electric XUV Aero

Mahindra is reportedly evaluating the viability of launching an all-electric XUV Aero in the Indian market. This information was revealed by Mr. Pawan Goenka, Chairman of the company's electric arm - Mahindra Electric, while revealing the company's future plans in the field of electric mobility. The XUV Aero concept, which was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo, is essentially a coupe-like iteration of the regular model.........Read more

Earthquake of magnitude 4.4 felt in parts of Jammu

Mild tremors were on Monday felt in parts of Jammu and Kashmir as an earthquake hit parts of Jammu and Kashmir. Though no reports of any life-loss or injuries are reported as yet, the mild quake shook Srinagar and Poonch sector of the valley. ........Read more

India's Infosys touts plan to hire Americans in face of visa pressures

Infosys Ltd, the India-based computer services giant, on Wednesday touted its new strategy to hire and train 10,000 American workers over the next two years at the company's annual leadership meeting in San Francisco.........Read more

After Rawal attacked Roy, BJP’s Swamy says stone pelters would love to hit the author

After actor-turned-politician Paresh Rawal on Monday in a tweet suggested that the author should be tied to an army jeep because of her "anti-establishment" views on Kashmir, veteran leader Subramanian Swamy supported his BJP colleague on the entire matter.........Read more

Remembering Gama Pehelwan: A Great Wrestler With a Golden Heart

While this may seem like an absurd and mammoth task, that’s what “The Great Gama” did at the age of 24 – but instead of two baby elephants, he lifted a rock weighing 1,200 kg. When the rock was shifted much later to a museum, it took nearly 25 men to do what the Gama could do alone.........Read more

GST Council’s next step: Ensuring tax benefits are passed on to consumers

After having fixed the rates of the goods and services tax (GST) on almost all commodities and services, the powerful federal tax body GST Council is trying to ensure that businesses pass on any tax reduction benefit to consumers when the new indirect tax regime comes into force on 1 July.........Read more

Donald Trump acknowledges India as ‘victim of terrorism’, makes veiled attack on Pakistan for harbouring terrorists

Addressing the leaders of 50 Muslim-majority countries on Sunday, Donald Trump said India was among countries that are victims of terrorism. “The nations of Europe have also endured unspeakable horror, so too have nations of Africa and South America, India, Russia, China, Australia have all been victim of terrorism and have suffered repeated barbaric attacks,” said Donald Trump.........Read more

VIP squatters can now be evicted in 3 days, may seek relief only from HC

Life just became more difficult for former ministers, MPs and bureaucrats who have overstayed their welcome in government accommodation. The Cabinet on Wednesday approved squeezing the time period for completing their eviction process to only three days against the present 60 days.........Read more

Not just INX, ED sends summons to many firms that dealt with Karti Chidambaram-tied companies

INX Media is one of at least 20 firms which are under the scanner for transactions with Advantage Strategic Consulting Private Limited (ASCPL) and Chess Management Services, two firms linked to Karti Chidambaram.........Read more

Asian Wrestling: Silver for Sumit as India finish with 10 medals

India thus finished with 10 medals — a gold, five silver and four bronze — bettering their tally of nine medals in the tournament’s last edition at Bangkok. In the gold medal bout, Sumit lost 2-6 to Iran’s Yadollah Mohammadkazem Mohebi on the final day of the competition here.........Read more

No mass layoffs by Indian IT companies, says Nasscom

The apex Indian IT industry body Nasscom on Friday dismissed reports appearing in a section of the media about mass layoffs by software firms. “Recent media reports of mass layoffs by IT companies in India are incorrect,” said the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom).........Read more

Hoax message of Baba Ramdev's accident goes viral on Whatsapp

A hoax message of a car accident involving Baba Ramdev on the Mumbai-Pune highway on Tuesday had gone viral on Whatsapp. The messages doing the rounds suggested that the yoga guru along with four others had been injured in a car accident while he was going from Pune to Mumbai. One of the photos show Ramdev on a stretcher.........Read more

Singapore Open | Srikanth and Praneeth set up historic all

Kidambi Srikanth and Sai Praneeth created history by setting up the first ever All-Indian final in the Singapore Open. While Praneeth dished out a superb 21-6, 21-8 victory over Lee Dong-Keun, Srikanth defeated Anthony Sinisuka Ginting 21-13, 21-14 to book a place in the historic event on Sunday.........Read more

Isro will allow companies to obtain lithium-ion battery tech

Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari had sought Isro’s help to develop indigenous technology for lithium-ion batteries so that their prices are within the reach of Indian customers. Isro had earlier developed similar batteries for satellite and the launch vehicle applications.........Read more

Demonetised notes sent abroad by courier for conversion: Customs dept

Customs officials have registered a few cases, where demonetised banknotes were sent abroad by courier, and seized over Rs 1 lakh in such notes, a senior official said. The aim could be to take help of their relatives or friends abroad to get the old notes exchanged with the new ones.........Read more

Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad refuses to apologise, says ‘Air India employee is mad’

The Air India staff had started the conflict. It was his fault, why would I apologise. I will apologies to the Parliament if my action damaged its dignity. It was just a small conflict. The staff is mad and around eight such cases of indulging into brawl have been registered against him........Read more

L&T names Subrahmanyan as CEO; Naik as non-executive chairman

Engineering conglomerate Larsen& Toubro Ltd's longawaited succession plan is now official and approved with the company's boardgiving its go-ahead to appoint SN Subrahmanyan as the new chief executiveofficer and managing director from July 2017.........Read more

Ratan Tata's venture capital fund makes maiden Rs 400-cr investment in Ola

RNT Capital Advisors, the venture capital firm floated by Tata Group Chairman emeritus Ratan Tata, has made its maiden investment of Rs 400 crore in India’s largest taxi aggregator Ola. The investment will also see the University of California (UC) becoming a backer of Ola, after RNT Capital Advisors onboard it as a Limited Partner (LP) last year. This would also be the first investment for the Rs 65,000 crore fund of UC fund in India........Read more

Scientists have discovered a way to self-destruct cancer cells

Researchers at Tel Aviv University have discovered a way to make cancer cells self-destruct.  In a study published last month in medical journal Oncotarget, researchers discuss the role of three proteins in killing fast-duplicating cancer cells. These proteins can be modified during the division process (or mitosis for those of you that remember GCSE biology). They subsequently unleash a so-called "death mechanism" that stops cancer cells from duplicating. ........Read more

The untold story of the Royal Indian Navy's 1946 mutiny traced through an art installation

It is February 1946. Two young boys arrive at the office of the Free Press Journal, then located at Horniman Circle in Bombay, to meet the editor, S Natarajan. They had seemingly jumped the wall separating the Castle Barracks and the Mint nearby; a close shave from a brutal exchange between the ratings and the Naval police. The boys first went to the office of the Bombay Sentinel but were turned away. ........Read more

Swatch to challenge Apple Watch with custom OS smartwatch

The world's biggest watchmaker has been skeptical about smartwatches, which use systems like Google's Android Wear, Samsung's Tizen OS and Apple's WatchOS to connect to the internet, and has so far launched watches with limited connected features under its Tissot and Swatch brands.........Read more

Timbuktu's manuscripts to be on display in India

The unique heritage of the proverbial end-of-the-world city is now set to come alive in India. The Government will host an exhibition of Timbuktu's ancient manuscripts. This will be the largest exhibition of manuscripts dated between late 13th and early 20th centuries of Timbuktu, anywhere outside the ancient spiritual capital of Sub-Saharan Africa.........Read more

United Nations expert claims that the world needs an international treaty to protect people's privacy

The world needs an international treaty to protect people's privacy from unfettered cyber surveillance, which is being pushed by populist politicians preying on fear of terrorism, according to a U.N. report debated on Wednesday.........Read more

'Ordinary' Rolls-Royce isn't glossy enough? Meet Ghost Elegance with paint created from diamonds

Rolls-Royce customers are usually wealthy individuals. They are not ready to settle for limited colour options that companies offer for cars. Rolls-Royce knew it and the company gives freedom to its customers to choose colour for each part of their car. One such connoisseur of luxury has chosen to finish his Rolls-Royce Ghost with a paint created from diamonds.........Read more

DU row: Nationalism a bad word only in India, says Arun Jaitley

The political slugfest over Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur continued on Thursday, with several leaders taking sides in the nationalism vs free speech debate. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said nationalism is a good word and it is considered a bad word only in India.........Read more

Radhanagar beach featured among top 10 beaches of the world

As per the latest rankings of TripAdvisor's World's Travellers Choice Award Winning Beaches, Radhanagar on the Havelock Island in the Andamanshas been ranked 8th Best in the World. Two Indian Beaches featured in Asia's Top 10 list. While Radhanagar is being ranked No.1, Agonda Beach in Goa stood at 5th Position.........Read more

Apex maritime security body still missing, nine years after 26/11 terror strikes

The government is yet to get cracking on a national maritime authority (NMA), which was strongly recommended after the 26/11 terror strikes in 2008 and promised by the NDA government soon after it came to power in 2014, even as Phase-II of the coastal surveillance network (CSN) was finally approved on Tuesday. ........Read more

No more lavish wedding? Bill in Lok Sabha seeks cap on guests

A Bill in the Lok Sabha seeks to put a limit on the number of guests to be invited and dishes to be served in weddings to check “show of wealth” and wants those spending above Rs 5 lakh to contribute towards marriages of poor girls.........Read more

Vishal Sikka and R Seshasayee are likely to hold a press conference

Infosys Ltd appears to be headed for an all-out war between two warring factions, one jointly led by chief executive officer Vishal Sikka and chairman R. Seshasayee, and the other led by founder N.R. Narayana Murthy as the board holds a press conference in Mumbai on Monday.........Read more

Why India failed to control Tuberculosis

Why India accounts for 2.8 million of the 10.4 million new tuberculosis cases globally, according to the World Health Organisation Global TB Report 2016 which revised and raised its global estimates in 2016 after improved surveillance data from India registered a 34% spike in new cases.........Read more

India may allow apple to set up units for refurbishing Iphones with a condition

India might allow Apple, the world's largest smartphone maker, to set up units for refurbishing its iPhones in this country, with a caveat that it exports these, not sell in the local market. "As long as they (Apple) are exporting, we don’t have a problem. They have asked for exports. Demands around packaging are very minor," said information technology secretary Aruna Sundararajan.........Read more

'Wasn't kidding,' says Donald Trump as US-Mexico border wall design underway

"The wall is getting designed right now. A lot of people say, 'Oh, oh, Trump was only kidding with the wall.' I wasn't kidding. I don't kid. I don't kid," Trump told the conference of County Sheriffs at the White House.........Read more

Can’t issue guidelines on how people should react to jokes, says SC on plea against stereotyping of Sikhs

This is the question the Supreme Court asked on Tuesday while hearing a writ petition filed by advocate Harvinder Chowdhary on stereotyping of the Sikh community and them being made the butt of jokes on social media.........Read more

Drama again, BCCI official Amitabh Chaudhary barred from selection meet

“Amitabh Chaudhary had called a senior selection committee meeting in Delhi today to select the squad against Bangladesh. Vinod Rai and Co have immediately swung in and barred him from doing anything. The CEO is directly convening the meeting via video conference from Mumbai,”........Read more

Anti-Nationals Painted The Tricolour On A Road In Srinagar And People Mindlessly Walked Over It

In what appears to be an intentional act to humiliate the Indian Army and the nationalists, some anti-nationals painted the Indian national flag on a Friday market road in Srinagar.........Read more

Mortar shell found in Delhi’s Vasant Kunj; NSG, bomb disposal squad rushed to the spot

The mortar shell has been recovered from a bag inside a dustbin in the area. Meanwhile, the Delhi police along with the NIA team, NSG team and bomb disposal squad has reached the spot and the efforts to dispose the bomb are on.........Read more

US Warns China, Says Will Defend 'Interests' In South China Sea

The White House warned China it will "defend" US and international "interests" in the South China Sea and that trade must be a "two-way street." "If those islands are, in fact, in international waters and not part of China proper, yeah, we'll make sure we defend international interests from being taken over by one country."........Read more

Coal scam: Ex-CBI director Ranjit Sinha to be probed as per SC orders

The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation to probe the allegation of misuse of power by former CBI director Ranjit Sinha in the coal block allocation scam. A report of a Supreme Court-appointed panel had held that prima facie there was an attempt to influence investigation in the coal scam cases by Sinha.........Read more

Bajaj Auto drives into Indonesia again, this time pillion-riding KTM

Bajaj Auto that markets and manufactures the premium bike brand KTM, is making a second attempt to enter Indonesia, this time pillion-riding on the number one European bike brand. Bajaj owns 49 per cent stake in the Vienna Stock Exchange-listed KTM since 2013. The Pune-based company had started investing in the Austrian bikemaker since 2007 when it was struggling with cash flow issues and since then has been manufacturing the KTM bikes at its Chakan, Pune plant and also meeting all its export demand except for the European markets.........Read more

Coffee With D movie review: A disaster riding on Dawood Ibrahim, Arnab Goswami’s coat-tails

If you make a lousy film and call it Coffee With D, you do not deserve better than a lazy review playing on “D” and other letters of the alphabet. Director Vishal Mishra’s tale of an Arnab Goswami clone trying to land a television interview with India’s most wanted underworld don is not B-, C- or D-grade. Z is too high a rating for it.........Read more

No compensation provided to Burhan Wani's family: Mehbooba

No compensation has been paid to the next of kin of slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani or his brother Khalid Muzaffar Wani, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said today while revealing that such exgratia has been given to the next of kin of 77 soldiers killed in the state since January 2015.........Read more

Britain to leave EU’s single market: Theresa May

British Prime Minister Theresa May has made it clear- the U.K. will make a clean break from the European Union and leave its single market of some 500 million people. “We do not seek membership of the single market,” she said in a highly anticipated speech. “Instead, we seek the greatest possible access to it through a new, comprehensive, bold and ambitious Free Trade Agreement.”........Read more

BCCI's decision to oust Ashish Kapoor from junior selection panel raises eyebrows

The BCCI's decision to remove former India Test player Ashish Kapoor from the junior selection panel and retain former first-class cricketer Rakesh Parikh has raised eyebrows. It was learnt that the retained member Rakesh Parikh was already a disqualified office-bearer having completed 11 years in various capacities in Baroda Cricket Association.........Read more

I am a born Congressman, this is ghar wapsi, says Navjot Singh Sidhu

Addressing to the media, Sidhu said, "I am a born Congressman, this is my 'ghar wapsi'." Congress leader Ajay Maken welcomed Sidhu at Congress party headquarters. "Log kehte hain Sidhu party ko Maa kehta tha. Lekin Maa to Kaikayi bhi thi. Sabko pata hai Manthara kaun hai Punjab mein," said Siddhu.........Read more

Haraamkhor movie review: Shweta Tripathi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui deliver; the narrative does not

In Haraamkhor, 15-year-old Sandhya (Shweta Tripathi), new to a village, is besotted with her teacher Shyam (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). While the characters' motives often remain hazy, there is no doubt about Shyam’s motivations — he’s a sleazy, immoral small man who enjoys the adoration of his students and exploits his (limited) position of power........Read more

Tata Sons moves NCLT seeking cancellation of case filed by Cyrus Mistry c& says

Ahead of the February 6 shareholders’ meeting to remove Cyrus P Mistry as director on Tata Sons, the salt to software conglomerate has moved the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) seeking cancellation of the case filed against its outset chairman’s family in........Read more

Have expelled Ram Gopal from party, change his seat, Mulayam Singh writes to Rajya Sabha Chairman

Mulayam informed Rajya Sabha chairman that Ram Gopal has been expelled from the party and urged Hamid Ansari to shift his seat to the back benches. As of now, he has been occupying one of the front benches near BSP supremo Mayawati's seat.........Read more

Vikram Pawah Steps Down As Harley-Davidson India MD

Vikram Pawah, Managing Director, Harley-Davidson India has quit the company, effective from 31st of December, 2016. He was appointed the MD for the Harley-Davidson India operations in September, 2015, replacing Anoop Prakash, who took charge as the MD, Harley-Davidson Canada.........Read more

Vladimir Putin ordered ‘hidden campaign’ to help Trump in polls, says intelligence report

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a hidden campaign to influence America’s presidential election in favour of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, U.S. intelligence agencies declared on Friday in the government’s first formal allegation supporting sensational claims that Mr. Trump and his supporters have staunchly resisted.........Read more

Samajwadi Party's 'cycle' comes to Delhi: Party symbol is mine, Mulayam says

Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav is on his way to Delhi to meet Election Commission (EC) officials following Sunday's split in the party ahead of crucial state polls later this year.The SP's election symbol, the cycle, is the issue Mulayam will discuss with the EC.........Read more

First look: Twinkle’s first production Padman brings together Akshay, Balki

After impressing readers with her writing skills in her weekly columns and in her two books, Twinkle Khanna is turning a full-fledged producer with her own banner, Mrs Funnybones Movies. Akshay took to Twitter to share the first look of the film, titled ‘Padman' which has the tagline, ‘based on an extraordinary true story’ along with an image of a santiray pad and details like 'cotton 100 %' and 'fresh'.........Read more

Gionee plans to manufacture smartphones in India despite demonetisation

Handset maker Gionee said it is firm on its plans manufacturing mobile phones in India despite disruptions due to demonetisation. "Yes of course, we are committed to Make in India and planning to set up a manufacturing unit spread across 50 acres in Faridabad at a cost of Rs 500 crore," Gionee India CEO and Country Head Arvind Vohra told PTI when asked about plans of manufacturing handsets in India post demonetisation.........Read more

Police Clueless About Maoists Tracking Naidu

The Andhra Pradesh police have no information about Maoists keeping an eye on the movements of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu during his visits to Delhi, the state police chief said on Saturday.........Read more

Anil Baijal takes oath as Lieutenant Governor of Delhi

Former IAS officer Anil Baijal on Saturday took oath as the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi. The oath taking ceremony of Anil Baijal was held at Raj Niwas. The oath was administered by Delhi High Court’s Chief Justice G. Rohini. The post of Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor was vacant since December 22 when Najeeb Jung, in a sudden move, resigned from the post.........Read more

Mamata Banerjee extends support to Akhilesh Yadav, asks him to stay strong

Extending her support to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee has wished him well and asked him to stay strong. Sources said, Mamata spoke to Akhilesh last evening for about three minutes.........Read more

PM Narendra Modi launches BHIM app for mobile payments; here's how it works

Today, PM Narendra Modi has launched a rebranded version of Unified Payments Interface (UPI) app at the Digi Dhan Mela camp in Delhi. Called ‘BHIM’ which stands for Bharat Interface for Money, the app is developed by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and is available for Android smartphones via Google Play Store.........Read more

Dial '14444' for all queries on digital payments

Nasscom, telecom operators, and NITI Aayog have come together in creating a dedicated helpline – 14444 – for addressing all queries on digitial payments, as government takes strides to push for more digital transactions post demonetisation. Related Post India could become a digital colony, warns Mohandas Pai “Smartphones may improve emergency heartstroke care” Rajkummar Rao …........Read more

90% of scrapped notes back in system, big dividend unlikely

The value of scrapped currency exceeded the government's expectation that as much as Rs 3 lakh crore will not be returned as this would be part of black money hoards. It also sees gains from small savings being deposited in bank accounts that make these funds productive and safe.........Read more

Apple's newest feature is something you've probably never thought about before

When Tim Cook took to the stage for Apple's last keynote – meant among other things to address a growing and worrying disquiet about the future of the company – he introduced a video. But it didn't feature Apple's usual white rooms, grand claims and swooping shots of its products.........Read more

WHO says 100% effective ebola vaccine may be available by 2018

A prototype vaccine for Ebola may be "up to 100 per cent effective" in protecting against the deadly virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today. If all goes well, the vaccine could become available in 2018 under a fast-track approval process, it said. In a major clinical trial, nearly 6,000 people in Guinea were given the test vaccine last year, at the tail end of a lethal epidemic of Ebola.........Read more

Spectrum of Antimatter Observed for First Time

A new study by CERN researchers has led to the first spectral information of antimatter ever, giving further confirmation to the Standard Model of particle physics.........Read more

Autocannibalism is when you eat bits of your own body

"I don't think any animal would deliberately try to consume itself for sustenance.... kind of defeats the self-preservation part [of] desperate eating," says Selina Tick Konkin. "Lots of animals will however chew through their own legs or tail to free themselves from a trap."........Read more

When a drunk Sanjay Dutt called Ranbir Kapoor Un-Macho and criticised his career decisions

An inebriated Sanjay Dutt lectured Ranbir Kapoor about doing macho films and connecting with the masses and expressed astonishment that Rajkumar Hirani cast Ranbir to play him in the to-be-produced biopic.........Read more

Saliva tests can help diagnose kidney disease

Simple and inexpensive tools for the diagnosis of kidney disease are lacking. Viviane Calice-Silva, MD, PhD (Pro-Kidney Foundation, Brazil) and her colleagues evaluated the diagnostic performance of a salivary urea nitrogen (SUN) dipstick, in Malawi, a low resource country in Africa.........Read more

GMR wins $270 million arbitration award in Maldives airport dispute

A subsidiary of GMR had signed an agreement with Maldives government and Maldives Airport Company Limited (MACL) for modernisation and operation of the airport in Male, the capital city, in 2010. The GMR company had won the right to build and operate the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport for 25 years, extendable by another 10 years. GMR had planned to invest a little over $500 million in the project, which included a debt component of $358 million, arranged by Axis Bank.........Read more

No matches at Maharashtra’s drought-hit places, BCCI told

The Bombay High Court on Friday said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should see to it that it does not hold matches in places in Maharashtra where facilities like water are not avail........Read more

Teen succumbs to pellet injuries in Srinagar, curfew extended

Curfew remained in force in seven police station areas of Srinagar on Saturday following death of a minor boy, who was injured during clashes between protesters and security forces in Safakadal area........Read more

Two encounters on in Kashmir, army kills eight infiltrators near Uri

Eight infiltrators were shot dead and a securityman was wounded in two separate encounters in northern Kashmir on Tuesday, police sources said, two days after heavily armed militants attacked an Indian Army base in Uri.........Read more

Newest Indian-origin peer brings Rig Veda to UK parliament

London, Sept 14: Britain’s newest Indian-origin peer marked his entry to the House of Lords by swearing his oath of allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II on the ‘Rig Veda’. Jitesh Gadhia took along his own later edition of the ancient collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns dating back to around 1200 BC and had now gifted …........Read more

Russia may rise to super power status again following Syria deal

The US and Russia have agreed to launch what amounts to a joint air campaign against the two main extreme Islamist groups in Syria. Military partnership with the US could help Russia recover the superpower status it lost when the USSR broke up.........Read more

Injured Rohan Bopanna removed from Davis Cup squad

Indian tennis star Rohan Bopanna has withdrawn from the Davis Cup due to a knee injury. The 36-year-old, who had earlier crashed out of the men's doubles and the mixed doubles of the US Open, has been replaced by 19-year-old Sumit Nagal in the Indian squad which is set to face Spain next week.........Read more

An old letter shows how the East India Company reacted to the Great Fire of London

'A most fearefull and dreadfull fire,' said a letter written by the company's directors to those posted in India.........Read more

India's collapsing ambulance fleet is failing the country's poor

An India Today investigation has revealed how government-run ambulance services are teetering on the edge of collapse in most parts of the country.........Read more

The Anthropocene epoch: scientists declare dawn of human-influenced age

Experts say human impact on Earth so profound that Holocene must give way to epoch defined by nuclear tests, plastic pollution and domesticated chicken........Read more

US postal service to issue ‘forever’ stamp for Diwali

The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony will take place at the Indian Consulate in New York City on October 5.........Read more

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Learn about Artificial intelligence on CNET. Read the most important product reviews and follow the tech news and more.........Read more

Drastic climate change thanks to soot from meteorite impact may have wiped out dinosaurs

Drastic climate change thanks to soot from meteorite impact may have wiped out dinosaurs - Scientists believe that the meteorite impact blamed for the extinction of most life on Earth at the time, may have actually kicked off a literal "Dark Age" that became the ultimate factor.........Read more

Harappa-like structure, 3,000 ancient artefacts found in Tamil Nadu

Like in Harappan civilisation, the sewage drains had been laid with baked clay pipe lines.........Read more

Journalist kidnapped on Live TV while reporting that there is no Jungleraj in Bihar

A leading English language news editor was kidnapped on live TV while he was doing a story on the fake allegations of Jungleraj in Bihar........Read more

Champions League Final: Real Madrid v/s Atletico Madrid - tactical analysis | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

Champions League Final: Real Madrid v/s Atletico Madrid - tactical analysis - Here's how the two finalist match up.........Read more

Foursquare's new bot means less squabbling, more supper

Ever spend more time debating what to eat than actually eating? Foursquare, the company behind the restaurant check-in app, made a bot that recommends places........Read more