Medical devices you ingest and forget

Medical devices can be inserted into the human gastrointestinal tract to treat, diagnose or monitor a range of disorders. The problem is you usually have to get them out again, which involves endoscopic surgery. US engineers may have a neat alternative, however. A team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology says it has come up with a way to make devices break down inside the body when exposed to light from an ingestible LED – and has tested it successfully in pigs.........Read more

No risk of losing 2021 World Cup over tax exemption: BCCI

India is not at risk of losing hosting rights for next year’s Twenty20 World Cup despite its cricket board’s failure to secure a tax exemption for the event, a key BCCI official has told Reuters. Tax exemptions for International Cricket Council (ICC) events are listed as a requirement in host agreements and the BCCI was supposed to confirm they had secured one by May 18. ESPNcricinfo, citing correspondence between the two bodies, has reported that the ICC has threatened to shift the tournament away from India over the issue. ........Read more

Netflix is going to start automatically canceling inactive accounts

If you’re one of the tens of millions of people who pay for a Netflix account, you better use it if you don’t want to lose it. That’s the message the streaming giant basically delivered Thursday, with its heads-up that anyone with an inactive Netflix subscription is going to start seeing emails or in-app notifications soon along these lines. “We’re asking everyone who has not watched anything on Netflix for a year since they joined to confirm they want to keep their membership,” Netflix director of product innovation Eddy Wu explained in a company blog post. “And we’ll do the same for anyone who has stopped watching for more than two years.”........Read more

WHO Should Be Ashamed Of Itself. It Acts Like China's PR Agency: Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has said the World Health Organisation should be "ashamed" of itself, as he likened it to a public relations agency for China amidst the coronavirus pandemic after it originated in Wuhan. The Trump administration has launched a probe into the role of the WHO on coronavirus, and has temporarily suspended the US' financial assistance to it. "I think that the World Health Organisation should be ashamed of themselves because they are like the public relations agency for China," Trump told reporters in the East Room of the White House on Thursday.........Read more

China plans to build world's first airport for self-flying vehicles

Autonomous vehicle-maker Ehang will build the terminal A Chinese company claims it’s building the world’s first airport for autonomous flying vehicles. The project is the brainchild of flying carmaker Ehang, which plans to build the tourism-focused terminal in Hezhou, a city of 2 million people in southern China. The company aims to open the e-port by the end of 2020, and will use 20 of its two-seater autonomous planes for aerial sightseeing around the city.........Read more

Covid-19: People of Indian Origin Emerge As the Worst-Affected Ethnic Group in UK

Figures released this week by the National Health Service (NHS) England show that of the 13,918 patients who died in hospitals till April 17 after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, 16.2 per cent were of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background and those identifying with Indian ethnicity made up 3 per cent of that. This was followed by Caribbeans as the second-largest ethnic group affected in the COVID-19 death toll at 2.9 per cent, followed by Pakistanis at 2.1 per cent.........Read more

Coronavirus Scare: Euro 2020, Copa America Postponed Until 2021

The novel coronavirus, which has claimed more than 7,000 lives globally so far, has forced to the UEFA to postpone the European Championship (EURO 2020) and the Copa America until 2021. The European Championship was due to take place across the continent in June and July this year. The decision was taken after crisis meetings on Tuesday, European football's governing body announced. The move comes with global sport having largely ground to a halt due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic which has led to lockdowns in several countries and border closures.........Read more

Bag with suspected RDX contents found at Delhi airport, security tightened

A bag with suspected RDX contents was found at the Delhi airport, leading to restrictions in the movement of passengers for a few hours. The black-coloured bag, detected by CISF personnel in the arrival area of Terminal-3, has now been kept in a cooling pit. ........Read more

Afghan Taliban Says it Released 3 Indian Hostages in Exchange for 11 of its Members: Report

The officials refused to say who the militant group exchanged the prisoners with and whether the freed Taliban members were being held by Afghan authorities or US forces in Afghanistan. ........Read more

It May be Dangerous to Send GIFs on WhatsApp From Your Android Phone

WhatsApp is in the news for all the wrong reasons, after a security researcher has found a bug that lets hackers take get access to your phone. Android phones, to be specific. The vulnerability is specific to how WhatsApp handles GIF image files, which WhatsApp users send with aplomb. This vulnerability can be used by a hacker by simply pushing a GIF file with the malicious code to a victim’s Android phone, either via a message or email or even a third-part app. When the WhatsApp user downloads the GIF on their Android phone and then opens it again within the gallery on WhatsApp, the code also allows a ‘remote code execution’ attack runs on the phone allowing the hacker to gain access to the WhatsApp user’s Android phone. This has been discovered by a security researcher called Awakened, a self-described technologist and an information security enthusiast. ........Read more

Tension prevails as police enter Kerala church to implement SC order

Tension prevails at Piravom St Mary’s church in Kerala’s Ernakulam districts after police entered the premises to implement an order of the Supreme Court granting control to the Orthodox faction in their showdown with Jacobites. Jacobites and Orthodox factions of the Syrian church in Ernakulam have been fighting for the control of 1000 odd churches and their rich coffers. In 2017, the Supreme Court had upheld the 1934 constitution of Malankara church and gave Orthodox group control over 1100 parishes and churches in Kerala but Jacobites, who were controlling majority of the churches, are not ready to give up. The situation at Piravom church came to a head on Thursday when the Orthodox faction tried to take control and Jacobites refused to budge. Scores of Jacobites stood inside the church compound, guarding the gate. Amid suicide threats, District Collector S. Suhas rushed to the spot and tried to reason with the protesters, telling them that the police was there to implement the top court’s orders. The police finally entered the church and started arresting protesters. The court has sought a report by 1.45 pm Thursday of the action taken on their order.........Read more

Donald Trump confirms death of Hamza bin Laden, the son of Osama who was seen as the next heir to al-Qaeda

US President Donald Trump on Saturday confirmed that Hamza bin Laden, the son and designated heir of Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, was killed in a counter-terrorism operation along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. “The loss of Hamza bin Laden not only deprives Al-Qaeda of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father, but undermines important operational activities of the group,” Trump said in a statement issued by the White House. US media reported in early August, citing intelligence officials, that the younger Bin Laden had been killed sometime in the last two years in an operation that involved the United States. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper confirmed the death later last month, saying it was “his understanding” that Bin Laden was dead, but Trump and other senior officials had not publicly confirmed the news. The 15th of Osama bin Laden’s 20 children and a son of his third wife, Hamza, thought to be about 30 years old, was “emerging as a leader in the Al-Qaeda franchise,” the State Department said in announcing a $1 million bounty on his head in February 2019 -- perhaps after his actual demise.........Read more

Marvel just announced more exciting new projects, including 'She Hulk' and it's something you cannot miss seeing!

Marvel Cinematic Universe had announced its Phase 4 movies. If you thought that was the end of it, then you are up for some big surprise. The makers have now announced four new shows for their online platform Disney Plus. Marvel has now revealed four projects which are sure to make you excited about the details. Their new projects include - Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, She Hulk and Spidey and his amazing friends.Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed the same at the annual expo. Hence, Marvel has now announced eight shows in total, with more probably up their sleeve, which they would announce as the year comes to an end.The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Hawkeye, Loki, and the animated What If...? were their previous announcements for Disney.........Read more

Users Have Already Spent $40 Billion on Apps This Year; Tinder is The Highest Earning App Globally

As it turns out, smartphone users globally have already clocked $40 billion in spending on apps for their phones this year, and we are just halfway through it. This is according to the latest numbers by app analytics platform SensorTower. And this is 15.4 percent more than the $34.4 billion consumers spent on apps in the first half of 2018. As things stand, the App App Store and the Google Play Store have both seen increased traction. The iPhone and iPad users have clocked as much as $25.5 billion in app spends globally on the Apple App Store, which is a 13.2 percent increase from the $22.6 billion in the same period in 2018. Android users spent $14.2 billion on apps at the same time, and this is a 19.6 percent increase from the $11.8 billion spent in the same period last year. Yet, the sales generated by Apple’s platform are still around 80 percent more than the Google Play Store. ........Read more

This is Samsung’s strangest smartphone design yet, and it’s kind of awesome

A new phone design the company has just patented that completely ignores the failure of Samsung’s piece-of-garbage first foldable phone, pressing right ahead regardless to give us a kind of first cousin of that Samsung Galaxy Fold. Color renders of the newly patented design, showcase a smartphone with a display that can be pulled from either side to stretch out into a device the size of a tablet. Almost as if it begs to be named the Galaxy Unfoldable. As far as this new design goes, Samsung’s patent for the concept — which shows a handset with a display that rolls up as well as out — was published on June 11 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. As depicted in the patent, which you can view here, a rolling mechanism is used to roll up and unroll the device which can result in a display that’s almost three times as large, unfolded, as what you see when the handset is in its most compact form.........Read more

Foreigners among 35 held in simultaneous raids at spa centres running ‘sex trade’ in Noida

Thirty-five people, including 25 women, were arrested here on Sunday night during simultaneous police raids at over a dozen spa centres allegedly running sex rackets, officials said. There were foreign nationals among those arrested, including those from Thailand, the police officials said, but did not give their exact count. “On the directions of Senior Superintendent of Police Vaibhav Krishna, the raids were conducted late in the evening at 14 spa centres in the commercial hub of Sector 18. The raids continued till almost midnight,” Gautam Buddh Nagar (Rural) Superintendent of Police (SP) Vineet Jaiswal said. He said 14 police teams involving seven circle officers, eight station house officers, 30 sub-inspectors and both male and female constables carried out the action. “Altogether 35 people -- 10 men and 25 women -- were arrested from these spas, including multiple foreign nationals. Around Rs one lakh in cash, beer, used and unused condoms, along with other objectionable articles, were seized from these spa centres,” Jaiswal said. The 14 spa centres were sealed. Three of those were found involved in sex trade, while the others showed serious irregularities, the SP said. A case was lodged against the spa centres and their owners would be booked under the stringent Uttar Pradesh Gangsters Act, he added.........Read more

Facebook’s next money-maker: Messenger Broadcasts

Facebook is now testing a self-serve sponsored messaging tool for small businesses that aren’t sophisticated enough to build bots. Facebook is starting to test the Messenger Broadcast Composer externally, beginning with a small percentage of Pages in the U.S., Mexico and Thailand. Currently, the tool is free to use, but a Messenger spokesperson tells me that’s for a limited time only, and that eventually, this will probably become a paid product that charges businesses.........Read more

US Congress irks China by nominating Hong Kong activists for Nobel Peace Prize

In nominating Joshua Wong, 21, and his colleagues Nathan Law, 24, and Alex Chow, 27, who led tens of thousands in the former British colony’s largest pro-democracy protest in 2014, the lawmakers wanted to recognise “their peaceful efforts to bring political reform and self-determination to Hong Kong”.........Read more

This farmer went debt-free by saying no to banks, reaps Rs 20 lakhs each year

Whatever a farmer needs to run his household— be it oil, vegetables, pulses and cereals, wood, water— should be homegrown. After he has sustained his family, the remaining produce should be taken to the market. This way, a farmer will not get stuck between the demand and supply chain of the market........Read more

Violent video games make players aggressive in real life?

Researchers tried to find whether violent games affect the behaviour of players. After going through a series of experiments, they concluded that there's no evidence to claim video games make their players more violent. The theory was built on the idea that exposing players to concepts like violence in a game can make them use those concepts in real life — in a phenomenon called "priming".........Read more

76th Maharana of Mewar slams CBFC for clearing 'Padmavati' without his consent

Maharajkumar Vishvaraj Singh, son of Mahendra Singh Mewar -- the 76th Maharana of the Mewar dynasty and a former Lok Sabha member was supposed to be a part of the examining committee but was unable to attend the meeting. It is very clear that the movie is about my family. Cosmetic changes like the proposed change in name will not change the fact that the movie refers to real places, my ancestors and other persons in history with their names continuing to remain the same. Your stating one thing and doing another renders the CBFC to be just as ignoble as those distorting and seeking to profit from the history of this country and my family, he said.........Read more

Uber agrees to settle US lawsuit filed by Delhi rape victim

The settlement comes as new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who took the top job in August, is seeking to put several scandals behind the company following eight years of CEO Travis Kalanick’s pugnacious leadership, which led to rule-breaking around the world.........Read more

The History of Water on Mars Might Be Very Different to What We Imagined

A new study suggests we may need to rewrite what we think we know about the history of water on Mars – as the Red Planet may hold more of it than we ever suspected, just not in the places we've been looking. One of the pieces of evidence we have for a hotter, wetter Mars billions of years ago comes in the form of ancient phyllosilicates, or clays, which are found in rock formations scattered across the surface of the planet.........Read more

Nissan sues India over outstanding dues, seeks over $770 million

In a legal notice sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year, Nissan sought payment of incentives due from the Tamil Nadu government as part of a 2008 agreement to set up a car manufacturing plant in the southern state.........Read more

CBFC chairman Prasoon Joshi expresses disappointment over private screening of Padmavati

It is being said that the filmmaker held a special screening of the period drama for certain members of the Rajput groups and some other people. However, the special screening of the movie which is yet to be certified by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has irked the top officials of the board.........Read more

First Indo-China meet since Doklam standoff held

In an important development India and China on Friday held their first meeting on the border consultation and coordination mechanism here after the Doklam standoff and reviewed the situation in all the sectors of their border and exchanged views on enhancing CBMs and military contacts.........Read more

US Restarts Premium Processing Of H-1B Work Visas

The US has resumed fast processing of H-1B work visas in all categories subject to Congress-mandated limit, five months after it was suspended temporarily to handle the huge rush of applications for the work visas popular among Indian IT professionals.........Read more

Of ‘standard’ languages and ‘impure’ dialects

In popular telling, a dialect is viewed as something of a “lesser” language. When we speak of a dialect, we sometimes mean a mere spoken language (without a script) and sometimes, a variant of a standard language which, while resembling the standard, also has independent elements of its own that make it different from the standard language. In reality, language and dialect are ambiguous terms, terms that scholars have difficulty applying to specific situations. The ambiguity stems from the fact that why a certain variant of the language came to be regarded as the “standard” and why its variants were demoted to “dialect” status is a product of history and politics. It has little to do with any special features of the so-called “standard” language. ........Read more

Rohingya crisis: Myanmar laying landmines near Bangladesh border, say govt sources in Dhaka

Myanmar has been laying landmines across a section of its border with Bangladesh for the past three days, said two government sources in Dhaka, adding that the purpose may have been to prevent the return of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence.........Read more

Next-gen 2018 Porsche Cayenne images leaked before unveil

Pictures of the soon to be unveiled 2018 Porsche Cayenne have surfaced the internet. The new Cayenne sits on a MLB Evo platform that also underpins the Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga.Up front, the car gets a revised grill, beefier air intakes and slimmer LED daytime running lamps. The familiar headlamps are retained but the hood design has been changed. The wheelbase appears to have increased and the roofline is sloping rather than the flat one on the previous version. ........Read more

North Korea's Kim to Trump: It's your move

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un has finished reviewing a plan to fire four missiles off Guam, and has opted to wait to see what the "foolish Yankees" do next. The comments, published in state media, came hours after US Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned that if North Korea fired on US territory it would be "game on."........Read more

Do not sing national song on I-Day: Cleric asks madrasas defying Yogi govt order

Contrary to the Yogi Adityanath’s government order, a prominent Bareilly cleric on Saturday asked the UP madarsas to not to sing national anthem and the national song on the Independence Day.........Read more

RBI revises rules for regulatory action on banks

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday tweaked rules that trigger regulatory action against lenders who overshoot the limit on bad loans or fail to comply with capital ratios. The changes are under the so-called Prompt Corrective Action framework unveiled in 2002, which sets thresholds that when breached trigger supervisory action from the RBI, including a restriction on dividend distribution.........Read more

20 Million Muslims From Across The Globe Gather To Tell ISIS: Go To Hell!

While there is misunderstanding about Islam, due to the actions by terrorist groups, particularly the ISIS, the majority of Muslims want the world to see the real face of the religion, which, they say is peaceful and inclusive. There may be division within the Muslim community on many political and theological issues, but most of them speak in one voice when it comes to ISIS. They just want the end of this monstrous outfit.........Read more

Punjab: How a taxi driver got Rs 9,806 crore in his Jan Dhan account

Taxi driver Balwinder Singh was shocked beyond words when he woke up on the morning of November 4 to discover that a sum of Rs 9,806 crore had been credited into his State Bank of...........Read more

Global cost of India-Pakistan nuclear war: 21 million dead, ozone layer destroyed and more

If India and Pakistan fought a war detonating 100 nuclear warheads (around half of their combined arsenal), each equivalent to a 15-kiloton Hiroshima bomb, more than 21 million people will be directly killed, about half the world’s protective ozone layer would be destroyed, and a “nuclear winter” would cripple the monsoons and agriculture worldwide.........Read more

Nitin Gadkari wants Elon Musk to run SpaceX's Hyperloop train between Pune and Mumbai

Nitin Gadkari wants Elon Musk to run SpaceX's Hyperloop train between Pune and Mumbai - Devendra Fadnavis also confirmed that there indeed have been some discussions between the governments on such a proposal but was quick to add that Maharashtra has asked the company to develop the product first.........Read more

A couple of Notable Changes in Mumbai

​South Asian Humor: Bhishma Kukreti Bombay had been changing slowly in past, Mumbai is changing fast and Mumbai will change faster. I...........Read more

Kashmir conflict on verge of merging with IS war: Baig

Former Jammu & Kashmir deputy chief minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig has cautioned that the six-decade-long conflict in Kashmir is on the verge of joining the global religious war. Its resolution requires a defter strategy.........Read more

Meizu Mix smartwatch announced in China; although it comes with an analog watch face

Chinese handset maker Meizu has finally taken the wraps of its long speculated smartwatch - Meizu Mix. The round-shaped smartwatch has been listed on Chinese site Taobao.........Read more

Rio Olympics bus carrying scribes attacked, bullets suspected

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 10: A bus carrying Rio Olympics journalists came under attack this morning but it was not immediately clear whether two shattered windows were caused by bullets or stones, a reporter on the vehicle said. The incident came after a bullet hit a media centre and landed near a New Zealand team …........Read more

A look at Satyajit Ray's films that were influenced by Rabindranath Tagore and his works

Rabindranath Tagore, whose 75th death anniversary was observed on August 7, is among the most celebrated Indian men of letters. Yet, despite the Nobel he won for the translated version of his origina........Read more

India welcomes Pak Hindu pilgrims for Char Dham Yatra

While Pakistan is attempting to cash in on the unrest in the Kashmir valley following the elimination of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani, India, on the other hand is welcoming Pakistani Hindu pilgrims for the Char Dham Yatra.........Read more

Eamcet 2 paper leak reveals Rs30 lakh rate for topping exam in Telangana

Parents of some students smelt a rat when students securing five digit ranks in the Eamcet I secured two-digit ranks in Telangana’s Eamcet 2........Read more

47-yr-old Pune woman runs into Guinness book

​Pune’s Michelle Kakade has made her way into the Guinness Book of World Records as the first person to complete the Indian Golden Quadrilateral on foot. Michelle, a 47-year-old mother of two children and wife of businessman Anil Kakade, received the acknowledgement and her certificate from Guinness after strict verification of her run, a media release said on Thursday.........Read more

Illegitimate Child, Alleged Fraud: Thackeray Sons Battle Over Will

Uddhav Thackeray’s older brother Jaidev Thackeray recently made a jaw-dropping claim – that Aishwarya, the son from his former wife Smita, is not his child!........Read more

This actor auditioned for Sanjay Bhansali's 'Padmavati' starring Deepika Padukone!

This actor auditioned for Sanjay Bhansali's 'Padmavati' starring Deepika Padukone! - Padmavati is all set to roll this September with Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh playing the titular roles. But here's one actor who has also auditioned for another role.........Read more

As pulses become expensive again, farm experts say Make in India is the only option

Given limited global trade in pulses, there’s only that much India can import. Variations in taste may also see Indians avoiding, say, arhar from Mozambique.........Read more

UK backs India's NSG bid; offers 'firm support'

China maintains opposition to India's entry, arguing that it has not signed Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).........Read more

Microsoft acquires messaging start-up founded by Indian

Technology giant Microsoft has acquired a messaging-app developer founded by an Indian as the US-based software firm aims to strengthen its position in the emerging era of combining the power of human language with advanced machine intelligence.........Read more

Blending the borders of music: Anil Srinivasan on piano, U Rajesh on mandolin

Anil Srinivasan on the piano and U. Rajesh on the mandolin recently showcased the language of music in Hyderabad.........Read more

India beat Zimbabwe by 10 wickets, complete 3-0 cleansweep

India beat Zimbabwe by 10 wickets in the third and final cricket one-dayer to clinch the series 3-0 here today.........Read more