CCI May Launch Antitrust Probe Against WhatsApp Payments

The petitioner has raised concerns about WhatsApp Payments not having a standalone app They believe that WhatsApp its abusing its dominant position in India by bundling digital payments on the same app India is WhatsApp’s largest market, with over 400 Mn users The Competition Commission of India (CCI) is looking into the allegations that Facebook-owned instant messaging application WhatsApp is abusing its dominant position by offering digital payments to its users.........Read more

UN leader says 1 billion people with disabilities hard hit by coronavirus

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the pandemic is revealing the extent to which people are marginalized and is intensifying the inequalities that people with disabilities already face, such as poverty and higher rates of violence, neglect and abuse. His video message was released alongside a UN report that said people with disabilities are estimated to be 15 per cent of the world’s population and 46 per cent of the world’s people who are older than 60.........Read more

Will coronavirus go away when summer gets going?

Analysing the data of Covid-19 spread till March 22, the authors of the paper say, "Based on the current data on the spread of 2019-nCoV, we hypothesize that the lower number of cases in tropical countries might be due to warm humid conditions, under which the spread of the virus might be slower as has been observed for other viruses." "Our analysis shows that the chances of reduced spreading due to environmental factors would be limited across most of northern Europe and North America (USA and Canada) in summer," says the paper published under the aegis of J-Clinic, the epicentre of artificial intelligence and health care at the MIT.........Read more

‘My Daughter's Soul Will Rest in Peace,’ Says Nirbhaya’s Mother After Courts Dismiss Convicts’ Plea

Soon after the Patiala House Court and the Supreme Court dismissed all petitions filed by the death-row convicts in the 2012 gang-rape and murder case, Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi on Thursday said that her daughter’s soul will now rest in peace after seven years of long wait. She also said that she herself will get peace after the convicts will get hanged on Mrach 20 at 5:30 AM.........Read more

This tech ensures your premature ejaculation days are a thing of the past

Morari introduced a one-use smart band-aid for the taint. The taint band-aid consists of a battery connected to electrodes that send mild electrical impulses to the area it is attached to. It stimulates and confuses the nervous system to delay ejaculation during sexual intercourse. It is expected to be available in the market by mid-2021 at a price of around USD 25.........Read more

'Mehul Choksi will be extradited': Antigua PM says, 'country not interested in having him'

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne on Wednesday (local time) assured that fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi will be extradited after he exhausts all his appeals in the country. "I can assure you that he will be ultimately deported after exhausting all his appeals. He will be extradited back to India to face whatever charges against him. It is just a matter of time," Browne told ANI. The Prime Minister said that the country is not interested in having him as he adds no value to it. He said that the Indian authorities have the "right" to come to Antigua and Barbuda to interrogate him. "They can come and if they wish to interview Choksi based on his willingness to participate, it has nothing to do with my government," Browne added.........Read more

Resolve Tensions Bilaterally, Trump Tells Imran Khan as Pakistan Fails to Muster Global Support on Kashmir

US President Donald Trump on Friday conveyed the importance of India and Pakistan reducing tensions through bilateral dialogue on the Kashmir issue during a phone call with Prime Minister Imran Khan, the White House said. The phone conversation between Trump and Khan took place before the close-door-consultation of the 15 members of the UN Security Council in New York. The White House readout of the call was issued after the meeting concluded at the UN headquarters in New York. The President conveyed the importance of India and Pakistan reducing tensions through bilateral dialogue regarding the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement. The White House said Trump spoke with Khan to discuss regional developments and to follow up on latter's visit to Washington, DC, last month. The two leaders further discussed how they will continue to build on the growing relationship between the United States and Pakistan and the momentum created during their recent meeting at the White House, Gidley said. In Islamabad, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Khan took the US President "into confidence" regarding the UN Security Council meeting at the UN headquarters after the Indian government revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. ........Read more

ICC World Cup 2019: Why was MS Dhoni sent at No. 7 in semi-final? Ravi Shastri answers

India head coach Ravi Shastri revealed the reason behind sending MS Dhoni to bat at No. 7 in the first semi-final of ICC World Cup 2019 against New Zealand at Manchester, which Virat Kohli’s men lost by 18 runs and were knocked out of the tournament. Many former cricketers including Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly believed sending Dhoni at his designated No. 5 position may have stemmed the flow of wickets and could even have altered the result in India’s favour. “It was a team decision. Everyone was in with it -- and it was a simple decision, too. Last thing you wanted was Dhoni coming out to bat early and getting out -- that would have killed the chase.” “We needed his experience later. He is the greatest finisher of all times -- and it would have been criminal to not make use of him in that way. The whole team was clear on it,” Shastri reasoned.........Read more

India vs England: Ashwin Takes Four as Visitors Counterpunch on Roller Coaster First Day at Edgbaston

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin produced one of his impactful performance outside the sub-continent as India reduced England to 285 for nine on the opening day of the first Test at Edgbaston.........Read more

Tax department receives 15-25 lakh PAN applications per week

The Income-Tax Department (ITD) receives 15-25 lakh Permanent Account Number (PAN) applications per week and takes a few hours to two weeks to allot the 10-digit alphanumeric identifier.........Read more

Not love! Your heart fluttering could lead to cardiac arrest

When a heart is not functioning properly for a prolonged period of time, it gives rise to a situation that may lead to a sudden cardiac arrest, which is different from a heart attack. Sudden cardiac arrest means that heart has suddenly stopped functioning due to irregularity of electric impulses, while a person's heart continues to function when suffering heart attack, which caused by the inability for the heart muscles to pump blood........Read more

66% of women's work unpaid in India: WEF

The proportion of "unpaid work" per day is far higher for women than men globally, while in case of India on average 66 percent of women's work is unpaid, says a World Economic Forum report.........Read more

BJP MP Nepal Singh insults martyrdom, says Jawans bound to die

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament Nepal Singh while responding to a question on the recent attack by terrorists on a CRPF camp, said that those deputed in Army are bound to die. He further said that there's no country where army men don't die.........Read more

Allahabad varsity on brink of becoming unviable: UGC Audit

The University of Allahabad is in a “deplorable” state, a government-backed audit of the central institution has said, highlighting funds crunch, internal politics and excessive litigation as some of the reasons why the varsity is on the brink of becoming “unviable” and “unworkable”.........Read more

IPL 2018: MS Dhoni cleared for Chennai Super Kings return

The Indian Premier League's (IPL) governing council has cleared up to three players from the two franchise suspended for two seasons, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, to be retained for next year's edition of the lucrative T20 tournament, which means that Indian cricket superstar MS Dhoni could be in line to represent the franchise whom he led to two IPL titles.........Read more

Germany: India’s Winter Olympian Shiva Keshavan Bags Gold Medal at Asian Luge Championships

Shiva Keshavan, India’s veteran Winter Olympian won a gold medal at the Asian Luge Championships at Altenberg, Germany and retained his title with a time of 55.60 seconds.........Read more

Excited to visit India, we can do a lot together: Ivanka Trump

On the eve of her visit to India, US President Donald Trump's daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump has told that "as the world's largest democracies... there is much we can and should do together. We share common priorities, including promoting economic growth and reform, fighting terrorism, and expanding security cooperation."........Read more

Evidence of substantial increase in employment: Niti Aayog VC

On criticism that the government has failed to create enough jobs, Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar said there are a large number of areas which have seen substantial increase in employment opportunities, though they may not be in organised and formal sector.........Read more

Shashi Tharoor Tweet on Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar: Apologise ‘Properly’, Says NCW Chief Rekha Sharma

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor is facing the wrath of not just the social media, but also the National Commission for Women over his tweet on Miss India Manushi Chhillar, who won the Miss World 2017 pageant on Saturday.........Read more

Pro Kabaddi League 2017: Patna Pirates make a hat-trick of titles, beat Gujarat in final

Patna Pirates romped to its third straight triumph in the Pro Kabbadi League Season Five, outclassing debutants Gujarat FortuneGiants 55-38 in the final at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium here on Saturday night.........Read more

ICC Introduces New Rules: DRS in T20Is, Player Send-Offs, Bat Gauge for Umpires and More

Restrictions on bat sizes, player send-offs and changes in Decision Review System (DRS) form the highlights of new playing conditions announced by the ICC on Tuesday, which will be in effect starting September 28.........Read more

Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh moves HC against rape conviction

Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has moved the Punjab and Haryana high court against a special CBI court's verdict in two rape cases. Singh, who was convicted last month, is currently lodged in Rohtak District Jail.........Read more

CVC to probe govt employees deposits post demonetisation

Deposits of scrap currency notes made by central government employees post demonetization will be probed by anti-corruption watchdog Central Vigilance Commission. CVC chief Chowdary said he had discussions with tax authorities on how to conduct the exercise as the number of transactions involving cash deposits in the country as a whole is very huge. "So how do we see that whether the amount deposited by them (the employees) commensurate with their income or not. Because the CBDT is already doing this exercise for everybody, irrespective of (whether) somebody is an employee or nonemployee. We have taken the help of the CBDT.........Read more

120 children died in Gorakhpur hospital in 10 days

Deaths of children, mostly newborn, continued at the infamous BRD Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur town of Uttar Pradesh (UP). Nearly 120 fatalities were recorded in the last 10 days. According to hospital records, 14 babies died within a span of 24 hours on Thursday and Friday. Notwithstanding the nationwide outrage over the death of 30 kids owing to alleged shortage of oxygen and the assurances from the government to improve conditions at the hospital, the fresh deaths have occurred.........Read more

Rohingya insurgents declare temporary ceasefire amid humanitarian crisis

Rohingya insurgents declared a month-long unilateral ceasefire, starting on Sunday, to enable aid groups to help ease a humanitarian crisis in northwest Myanmar.........Read more

Intel and Microsoft doing great business in Indian villages!

Indian villages were now turning digital and the demand for laptops is on peaks. It seems that few banks were offering zero percentage interest and loan facility for this commodity and people were buying it like crazy. As Intel processors were on high demand in India and people specifically look for Intel Inside logo on the laptops, this company is said to be having good profits for these regions.........Read more

Lamborghini launches luxury smartphone ‘Alpha One’ for Rs 1.5 lakh

Italian automobile brand Lamborghini on Tuesday launched a luxury smartphone in the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates for $2,450 (approximately Rs 1.57 lakh). Available online and at a few stores in London and the UAE, it comes with a 20-MP camera, fingerprint sensor and Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor.........Read more

India Behaving Like Mature Power in Doklam Standoff: US Expert

Praising India's behaviour over the matter, James R Holmes, professor of strategy at the prestigious US Naval War College, said, "New Delhi has done things right thus far, neither backing away from the dispute nor replying in kind to Beijing's over-the-top rhetoric." "It is behaving as the mature power and making China look like the adolescent throwing a temper tantrum," Holmes said.........Read more

Intel Goes Autonomous: Set to Bring 100 Self-Driving Cars

Intel, which has been expanding beyond its core of computer chip-making, is keen for its technology to be an engine powering self-driving systems across the spectrum of vehicle makers. In a recent update on this, the company has claimed that it is set to roll out fully autonomous vehicles later this year.........Read more

Is This 42-Year-Old Bangalorean India's Greatest Lego Collector?

It's like a treasure hunt in my house, John Seemon says, welcoming me into his spacious apartment on Begur Road, far from the madding crowd of Bengaluru city. As I walk into the living room, I discover I've already trespassed on the trail of 'gems' that make his home so special.........Read more

Brock Lesnar retires from UFC, informs MMA promotion of the decision

Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar has informed the mixed martial arts promotion that he is retired from competition. Lesnar returned from a 4-year MMA absence last July to beat Mark Hunt at UFC 200, but the result was overturned after Lesnar failed two doping tests. He was subsequently suspended from competition for a year by the US Anti-Doping Agency, which administers the UFC’s doping policy.........Read more

After banning alcohol, Bihar Government says it is now land of milk & honey

If the Nitish Kumar government is to be believed, prohibition has turned Bihar into the land of law-abiding people and industrious milk drinkers. Its ‘Gross Domestic Happiness’ has increased, which will translate into enhanced human resource potential, the state government has informed the Supreme Court.........Read more

Vijay, Kohli hundreds headline India's dominance

M Vijay, who was reprieved on 35, and his captain Virat Kohli punished Bangladesh with contrasting centuries, which led India to 356 for 3 on the first day in in Hyderabad. Vijay combined with Cheteshwar Pujara, who has handed a life on 11, in a 178-run partnership, before Kohli seamlessly took charge of the innings.........Read more

Karnataka HC orders winding up of United Breweries

In a major blow to liquor baron Vijay Mallya, the Karnataka High Court on Tuesday ordered the winding of the United Breweries (Holdings) Limited, the parent company of UB Group, for recovering dues payable by UBHL-promoted Kingfisher Airlines Ltd. (KAL).........Read more

LED lighting could have major impact on wildlife

LED street lighting can be tailored to reduce its impacts on the environment, according to new research by the University of Exeter. The UK-based study found predatory spiders and beetles were drawn to grassland patches lit by LED lighting at night, but the number of species affected was markedly reduced when the lights were dimmed by 50% and switched off between midnight and 4am. This has led to concerns about their effects on plants and animals, and the Exeter scientists say research is urgently needed to understand how best to prevent unforeseen ecological effects.........Read more

Jodhpur varsity files complaint against JNU professor for making 'anti-national' remarks

Jai Narain Vyas University on Friday lodged a complaint with police against Jawaharlal Nehru University professor Nivedita Menon for allegedly making "anti-national" remarks during a seminar. The Jodhpur-based varsity has also ordered an internal inquiry into the matter.........Read more

UP polls: Pratyashi Sandarshika booklet to help BJP, allies in campaign

Assisting candidates of the BJP and its alliance partners, the Apna Dal and Suheldeo Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP), are booklets containing survey results of the last two years in each constituency. The around 150-page booklet, Pratyashi Sandarshika, made for each of the 403 seats, has information under 22 heads, including details like number of villages, population in every constituency, number of voters at every polling booth and sensitive polling booths. BJP has categorised polling booths into three sections — difficult, challenging and easy.........Read more

Cutting down on protein intake during pregnancy gives child stronger bones

Suffering from the woes of having frail bones? Unfortunately there are chances that your kid may inherit the 'brittle bone disease' from you, but thanks to science, you can protect your child by consuming less protein while you are pregnant.........Read more

BSF strictly enforces no-mobile phone rule while on duty; Centre plans to develop app for forces to air grievances

The BSF has ordered all company commanders on field to make sure that constables on duty do not use or carry mobile phones. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has said that the decision was taken following BSF constable Tej Bahadur Yadav's video alleging low food quality in camps. However, the BSF has said that the no-mobile phone rule for constables on duty always existed, but was never strictly enforced.........Read more

Akhilesh takes control, unseats father Mulayam as SP chief

I will take every step to save my father (from conspirators) and strengthen the party. I am ready to make sacrifices,” Akhilesh said. “Mulayam Singh is my father and continues to hold the highest position for the party and me.........Read more

RBI relaxes cash withdrawal limits to spur deposits

“It has been decided, on careful consideration, to allow withdrawals of deposits made in current legal tender notes on or after November 29, 2016 beyond the current limits,” the RBI said in a statement. The move will encourage small businesses such as shopkeepers to deposit cash in legal tender which they can fully withdraw.........Read more

400-cr corpus to help CSIR fund own research

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) labs would finance their own research projects as a way to infuse self- discipline and ensure accountability. A corpus of Rs 400 crore has been allotted to kick-start the initiative in a couple of weeks, according to Dr Girish Sahni, Director-General CSIR & Secretary, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR). ........Read more

Earthquake measuring 6.6 magnitude strikes central Italy - Times of India

An earthquake measuring 6.6 magnitude struck in central Italy on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The USGS said the quake was centred 68 km (42 miles) east southeast of Perugia.........Read more

Asian Champions trophy | India win thrilling shootout against Korea to enter final

India won a thrilling 5-4 shootout today against Korea, thanks to skipper Sreejesh's effort, to enter the final of the Asian Champions trophy. Earlier, Rupinder Pal Singh had equalized to 2-2 for India with 5 minutes left after Korea had taken the lead despite Talwinder Singh's early goal........Read more

Curtains To Go Up At Mumbai's Iconic Royal Opera House After 2 Decades

Royal Opera House, an iconic landmark in Mumbai that was structurally unsafe a few decades ago is just a few days away from welcoming people once again in all its magnificence.........Read more

How is Vo Trong Nghia transforming Vietnam's skylines?

Award-winning architect Vo Trong Nghia has set out to inject nature into Vietnam's major cities with garden-clad skyscrapers, schools, hotels and homes........Read more

How Sweden became an exporter of jihad - BBC News

Sweden is a peaceful democratic state that has long been a safe haven for those fleeing conflict. Yet many young people whose families took refuge there are now turning their back on the country. More than 300 people have gone to fight in Syria and Iraq, making Sweden per capita one of the biggest exporters of jihadists in Europe.........Read more

Supreme Court bars BCCI from releasing funds to state cricket associations

The Supreme Court barred the Indian cricket board on Friday from releasing funds to state associations, adding that the bodies that have already received money cannot use it until they file affidavits guaranteeing to abide by Lodha panel recommendations on reforms.........Read more

14 Secret Facebook features you didn't know existed

Believe it or not, Facebook's no longer just that friendly little blue website you post drunken photos to. Squillions of development hours have been put into this thing, filling it with all manner of features you might not be aware of, including this lot.........Read more

A desperate Pakistan may strike at Indian cities, Intelligence Bureau warns

Isolating Pakistan is bound to make them desperate and the country is likely to sponsor a series of attacks on India, intelligence bureau officials have warned. While there is already heightened alert along the border areas, officials warn that Pakistan may try and engineer a strike in a major city as well..........Read more

Remix OS is now available as a simple-to-use Android emulator for Windows

Remix OS is basically a desktop version of Android, with floating windows and a start menu-style app drawer. So, it makes sense that creators Jide would make it as easy to use on a desktop. Enter R...........Read more

PoK would have been ours if we opted for military solution: Air Force chief

In unusually candid remarks, the Air Force chief termed Pakistani-occupied Kashmir as a 'thorn in our flesh.'........Read more

Why is the ISI really worried in PoK

New Delhi, July 29: Last year, a group of around 100 people had gathered at Kotli in Pakistan occupied Kashmir and demanded for a referendum stating that they would vote to be part of India. The protesters said that they liked the new government under Narendra Modi and hence would like the accession to India …........Read more

Follow Religion, Abandon Religious Laws

Narendra Modi's menu card for May 2014 -- the election manifesto -- had a gamut of items on it, some of them rather piquant. One among them was "to legi........Read more

Infosys techie murder: 11 hackings in a month and TN’s apathy to the killings

The recent murder of an female Infosys employee in broad daylight is just the latest example of how common murders have become in Tamil Nadu.........Read more

Istanbul airport blasts caught on camera -

Watch Istanbul airport blasts caught on camera video online at Times of India. View free Istanbul airport blasts caught on camera video clips online, most viewed Istanbul airport blasts caught on camera videos at Times of India Videos.........Read more

Review: The Many Reasons Why India and Pakistan 'Just Can't be Friends'

In his new book, Husain Haqqani broadly diagnoses the bilateral distrust between India and Pakistan and maps out how both sides have played with a number of levers over the last two decades.........Read more

Amazon slashes seller commissions to undercut Flipkart, Snapdeal

Amazon, which has adopted an open cheque policy to capture the Indian e-commerce market, has reduced the commission it charges from sellers on electronic goods and computer software as it looks to expand its base of sellers and undercut competition........Read more

It May Not Be ‘Worth’ Starting Up In India!

Though a lot has changed in India over last 10 years, the truth is that we are still a failure-hating country. The decades of conservative growth post-independence still loom large in the minds o...........Read more