Three Covid-19 vaccine developers seek emergency use approval in India: what are the rules?

Three vaccine developers have now made applications to the Central Drug Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), India’s drug regulator, seeking emergency use approval for their candidate covid-19 vaccines which are still under trials. None of these has yet generated data about the effectiveness of their vaccine from phase-III trials conducted in India, which is a mandatory requirement in the normal process of approval. And each of the three presents a slightly different case, which the CDSCO will have to evaluate and decide on. What are these vaccine candidates? Pune-based Serum Institute of India has sought approval for its version of the vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, which it has been testing in India for the last few months. The candidate is currently in phase-III trials in India. In its application, Serum has submitted the safety data from phase I and phase II trials, while the effectiveness data has been sourced from phase-III trials of the same vaccine in the UK and Brazil. Bharat Biotech, a Hyderabad-based company which is developing a vaccine, Covaxin, in collaboration with National Institute of Virology, an ICMR institute in Pune, has started phase-III trials only recently, and is yet to enrol all the participants as per its design. Its application is based mainly on the safety data from phase-I and phase-II trials.........Read more

‘Congratulations India’, Says Rhea’s Chakraborty's Father On Son Showik’s Arrest

After Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) arrested actor Rhea Chakraborty’s 24-year-old brother Showik Chakraborty in a drug case related to actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, her father Lt Col (Retd) Indrajit Chakraborty issued a statement condemning his son’s arrest. His statement read, “Congratulations India, you have arrested my son, I'm sure next on the line is my daughter and I don't know who is next thereafter. You have effectively demolished a middle class family. But of course, for the sake of justice everything is justified. Jai hind”. On Saturday, a court had remanded Showik Chakraborty and Sushant Singh’s house manager Sanuel Miranda to the custody of NCB till September 9. They were arrested on Friday night under various sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act after questioning of 10 hours. Showik had confessed during questioning by the NCB that he used to procure drugs for Sushant Singh. Subscribe to Outlook’s Newsletter........Read more

‘Catch and kill’: Scientists reveal air filter ALMOST 100% effective against coronavirus

Scientists have designed an air filter that can both catch and kill the coronavirus by trapping and neutralizing it instantly. The new invention could be used to reduce the spread of the virus in enclosed spaces. The study, which appeared in Materials Today Physics on Tuesday, states that 99.8 percent of Covid-19 is killed within a single pass through the filter. The device was also found to kill 99.9 percent of the spores of the deadly bacterium Bacillus anthracis, which causes the anthrax disease. What makes the device remarkable is that it is made by commercially available nickel foam heated to 200 degrees Centigrade.........Read more

How quantum computers could make future humans immortal

As best we can guess, life started on planet Earth about 3.5 billion years ago. Unfortunately, so did death. And the reaper remains undefeated. About 99 percent of all species that ever lived are now extinct. There’s almost no scientific reason to believe humans won’t join them in a relatively insignificant amount of time. I say almost because, if we try really hard, we can conceive of a theoretical, science-based intervention for death. Let’s call it a “quantum respawn.” We’re not the first generation to imagine immortality. But we are the first one to have access to this really cool research paper from physicists working at the University of Rochester in New York, and Purdue University in Indiana.........Read more

Google takes down Indian app that removed Chinese ones: spokesman

Alphabet Inc’s Google has taken down an Indian mobile application from its app store that allowed users to remove other Chinese apps from their phones as it violated certain company policies, a spokesman said on Wednesday. The app, “Remove China Apps”, had become top trending free app on Google’s mobile app store in India with more than five million downloads since late May. Its popularity rose amid calls for a boycott of Chinese mobile apps in India during a Himalayan border dispute between the two nations. ........Read more

4 Minors Among 20 Killed In Landslides In Assam's Barak Valley, Several Injured

Around 20 people were killed in landslides in Barak Valley in Assam's Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj districts on Tuesday morning. Among those killed are four minors. Several others have been injured and rescue operations are presently underway. The region has been witnessing heavy rains since Monday which triggered the landslides. The northeastern state is reeling under the onslaught of severe floods which have impacted around 3 lakh people. On May 27, one person lost his life as the flood situation in Assam worsened with nearly three lakh people suffering in the deluge across 11 districts, news agency PTI reported. ........Read more

Supercar group McLaren to cut 1,200 jobs across group amid pandemic

British supercar manufacturer McLaren Group, which includes the Formula One team, said on Tuesday it would cut 1,200 jobs under a proposed restructuring programme as it deals with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. The move is expected to impact jobs across the group’s applied technology, automotive and racing businesses, the company said in a statement. The cancellation of motorsport events, the suspension of manufacturing and retail activities around the world and reduced demand for technology solutions have hurt the group’s revenue generating activities, the company added. ........Read more

Cyclone kills at least 82 in India, Bangladesh, causes widespread flooding

The most powerful cyclone to strike eastern India and Bangladesh in over a decade killed at least 82 people, officials said, as rescue teams scoured devastated coastal villages, hampered by torn down power lines and flooding over large tracts of land. Mass evacuations organised by authorities before Cyclone Amphan made landfall undoubtedly saved countless lives, but the full extent of the casualties and damage to property would only be known once communications were restored, officials said. ........Read more

Six feet not far enough to stop virus transmission in light winds: study

Airborne transmission of viruses, like the virus causing COVID-19, is not well understood, but a good baseline for study is a deeper understanding of how particles travel through the air when people cough. In a paper published in Physics of Fluids, Talib Dbouk and Dimitris Drikakis discovered that with even a slight breeze of 4 kph, saliva travels 18 feet in 5 seconds. "The droplet cloud will affect both adults and children of different heights," Drikakis said. "Shorter adults and children could be at higher risk if they are located within the trajectory of the traveling saliva droplets."........Read more

Glenmark to conduct trials in India for potential COVID-19 drug

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd (GLEN.NS) said on Thursday it will start clinical trials in India of antiviral drug favipiravir, seen as a potential treatment for COVID-19, sending its shares up as much as 9%. The trials come after a Chinese official told reporters last month that an active ingredient of the drug had been effective, with no obvious side effects, in helping coronavirus patients recover. Favipiravir is manufactured under the brand name Avigan by a unit of Japan’s Fujifilm Holdings Corp (4901.T) and approved for use as an anti-flu drug in the country in 2014. ........Read more

Coronavirus lockdown: Shopping robots deliver free groceries to NHS workers in English town

A fleet of robots on wheels that deliver shopping in the English town of Milton Keynes have seen their popularity surge as residents are stuck indoors due to the coronavirus lockdown. The robots, which come up roughly to an adult's knee height and look like smooth white plastic boxes mounted on six black wheels, are a familiar sight in the town, where they have been delivering groceries for over two years. But since the government imposed strict social distancing measures on March 23, the devices have been busier than ever, delivering for free to National Health Service (NHS) staff and facing increased demand from the general public.........Read more

Coronavirus: Used Car Market May See A Boom Post Lockdown

In such a scenario the most likely solution to the rapidly changing mobility needs in the times of Coronavirus could be used cars. This is possibly the only viable alternative as it solves the dual purpose of maintaining social distancing without spending a fortune. The Indian used car market has many active players, some like Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai Motor India who re-sell just their own cars while others like Mahindra First Choice Wheels and Toyota U-trust deal in cars of all brands. Used cars sales in India could reach 2.5 times the number of new cars sold in the next 3-4 years.........Read more

China To Give WHO $30 Million More After US Freezes Funds

The US, which is the WHO's biggest contributor, accused the organisation last week of "mismanaging" the COVID-19 crisis, drawing ire from Beijing as both countries spar over the deadly virus. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the new donation would be in addition to a previous $20 million committed, and would help "strengthen developing countries' health systems". He added that China's contribution to the UN agency "reflects the support and trust of the Chinese government and people for the WHO".........Read more

Oil surges as producers trim output to respond to demand loss

Oil surged on Thursday amid signs that producers are cutting production to weather a collapse in demand as the coronavirus outbreak ravages world economies, while the U.S. state of Oklahoma also moved to help oil firms pump less. Analysts warned the rise could be temporary as storage tanks fill around the world, but prices recovered ground as investors reassessed the resiliance of the world’s economy amid the global health emergency. Brent crude was up 99 cents, or 15%, at $21.36 a barrel by 0506 GMT after rising more than 5% on Wednesday. ........Read more

Shah Urges IMA to Withdraw Symbolic Protest Against Attacks on Doctors, Says Will Provide Full Security

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday interacted with the Indian Medical Association (IMA) through video conference and appealed them to withdraw a symbolic protest against attacks on the healthcare workers. Shah also assured them full security and appreciated their work in this hour of crisis. Notably, the IMA was planning to stage protests against assaults on some doctors and healthcare workers engaged in COVID-19 duties. However, they called off their protest after today’s meeting with Amit Shah today.........Read more

A 192-megapixel Camera Phone May Launch Soon: What This Can Mean to Phone Photography

A new 'mystery' smartphone is seemingly set to launch next month, the highlight of which is a 192-megapixel rear camera. The information comes from a post made on Chinese platform Weibo by Digital Chat Station, which claims that more details about the smartphone in question will be revealed next month, and the device, of which absolutely nothing is known till date, will come with a 192-megapixel camera and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G gaming chipset inside. No further information, such as the maker of the device or any other technical details about the camera are as yet known.........Read more

Huawei's first OLED TV looks insane but I'm not sure I want one

According to Gizchina, the Huawei Smart TV X65 will have a new type of display technology. It will use a range of sensors to adjust the color, brightness, and refresh of its 65-inch screen depending on the environment. Effectively, it’s chock-full of ambient technology. There are some other cool features teased with Huawei‘s first OLED TV too. One is the 14 (yes, 14) speakers distributed around the TV‘s frame. The Smart TV X65 will emit sound waves to measure the space of the room and then adjust the audio depending on that. This is similar to what the Apple HomePod smart speaker does, and that helps it deliver a stellar experience. The other big features on the Smart TV X65 is a 24-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera that pops out of the TV. Richard Yu went on to suggest that you might be able to control Huawei‘s first OLED TV with gestures, rather than a remote or your voice.........Read more

Millions of chickens are used to make vaccines each year. But that won't work for coronavirus

Each day, hundreds of thousands of their eggs are trucked to facilities, where they are protected by guards and multimillion-dollar, government-funded security systems. But these eggs aren't for breakfast; they're the source of your common flu shot. For the past 80 years, much of the world has relied on chicken eggs for the production of influenza vaccines. About 174.5 million doses of the flu vaccine were distributed across the US this flu season through the end of February, of which an estimated 82% were egg-based, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). With each egg producing one vaccine, that means the US might have used 140 million eggs this flu season alone.........Read more

Dhinchak Pooja is Back With a Coronavirus Song And This is All We Need to Work From Home

Pooja Jain, ex-Bigg Boss contestant, who became an Internet sensation with pop hits such as 'Swag Wali Topi', 'Selfie Maine Leli Aaj', 'Dilon Ka Shooter' and 'Baapu Dede Thoda Cash,' is back in town with an all-new song titled 'Hoga Na Corona'. Of course, the song is about the new coronavirus (COVID-19) that has sent the world in a state of lockdown and claimed as many lives as 8980 worldwide. The song, released on March 19, begins with an important disclaimer which states that Dhinchak's new gem, the coronavirus awareness song, is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.........Read more

Islamic State attacks Kabul gathering, killing at least 32

Islamic State gunmen opened fire at a ceremony in Kabul on Friday, killing at least 32 people in the first major attack in the city since the United States reached an agreement with the Afghan Taliban on a phased withdrawal of U.S. troops. A top Afghan political leader, Abdullah Abdullah, was present along with other key political figures and escaped unharmed. Some 81 people were wounded, a government spokesman said, adding that the death toll could rise. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, the group’s Amaq news agency reported on its telegram channel. ........Read more

India vs West Indies: Chris Gayle Opts Out Of ODI Series Against India | Cricket News

"As soon as I don't perform for two or three games, then Chris Gayle is the burden for the team. "I am not talking for this team only. This is something I have analysed over the years playing franchise cricket.........Read more

'Get These 3 Runs And Your 100 Would be Completed': Gambhir Reveals Reason Behind Missing Out on 2011 WC Final Ton

Gambhir, who retired from all forms of cricket in December 2018, has now revealed that it was Dhoni who reminded him of being so close to the personal landmark, which in turn led to him playing a rash shot and get out.........Read more

Those trying to conceive should stay away from alcohol for six months

If you're planning to have a baby, researchers recommend quitting alcohol six months before conception. Drinking alcohol three months before pregnancy or during the first trimester was associated with a 44% raised risk of congenital heart disease for fathers and 16% for mothers, compared to not drinking. Binge drinking, defined as five or more drinks per sitting, was related to a 52% higher likelihood of these birth defects for men and 16% for women. "Binge drinking by would-be parents is high risk and dangerous behaviour that not only may increase the chance of their baby being born with a heart defect but also greatly damages their own health," said study author Dr Jiabi Qin, of Xiangya School of Public Health, Central South University, Changsha, China. Dr Qin said the results suggest that when couples are trying for a baby, men should not consume alcohol for at least six months before fertilisation while women should stop alcohol one year before and avoid it while pregnant.........Read more

Detention centre to be as big as 7 soccer fields

Construction of India’s first-of-its-kind detention centre at Matia in Goalpara district of Western Assam is being expedited to house those declared foreigners by the Foreigners Tribunal. Admitting that news in a section of the media that the detention centre is for those left out from the National Register of Citizens has triggered panic among people, sources in the home department of Assam told Deccan Chronicle that the idea for setting up well-planned detention centre came after media reported the “inhuman” living conditions in the existing centres. The issue had figured in the Supreme Court as well. Sources said the Rs 46 crore Matia centre, being built over an area of 2.5 hectares about the size of seven soccer fields, can house 3,000 people. The complex, whose construction started in 2018, will have 15 four-storey buildings to keep the detainees. The ongoing construction is expected to be completed by December, though rains had caused some delay. The centre will also have a hospital, an auditorium, a common kitchen, apart from 180 toilets and washrooms. There will be a primary school just outside the detention centre.........Read more

Voices from the Global Climate Strike

Students and activists explain why they’re taking to the streets today Around the world, millions of people are walking out of work and school as part of the Global Climate Strike. The demonstrations in the streets taking place to demand that global leaders take action to combat the climate crisis and its catastrophic effects. These mass protests are timed to show support for drastic steps ahead of a climate summit at the United Nations on Monday, September 23rd. The Verge spoke with several students and activists from across the United States about why they’re walking out today and how they’re already experiencing climate change in their own lives. These interviews have been lightly edited for length and clarity. Felíquan Charlemagne, 17 West Port High School — Ocala, Florida How is climate change affecting your home and daily life? Climate change is actually the very reason I live here in the US. I was born on a small island in the Caribbean called St. Thomas. Throughout my entire life, my island and its economy have been further destabilized by climate change and disasters caused by it. This is what we mean when we say climate change isn’t just a singular issue but an existential threat that is at the intersection of nearly every issue.........Read more

DDCA officially rename Feroz Shah Kotla as Arun Jaitley stadium

The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) on Thursday officially renamed the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium as Arun Jaitley stadium in honour and memory of the late former BCCI vice-president. DDCA also unveiled a new pavilion stand in the stadium in the name of India's skipper Virat Kohli. Days after the unfortunate demise of Mr. Arun Jaitley, the DDCA had informed that they would be renaming the Feroz Shah Kotla as a tribute to the late minister. On Thursday, the DDCA officially renamed the stadium as "Arun Jaitley Stadium" in presence of the family members of the late Mr. Jaitley.  The proceedings were carried forward by Home Minister Amit Shah, who also paid respects to the former BCCI vice-president Jaitley.  Meanwhile, DDCA also unveiled a new pavilion stadium named after Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who arguably is now the most successful player from Delhi to have represented the nation. A short montage of Kohli's journey from a U19 player to becoming the Indian captain was also shown. ........Read more

Mumbai ONGC plant fire: 4 killed, gas being diverted to Gujarat

Four people were killed in a major fire that broke out at a gas processing unit owned by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) at Uran in Navi Mumbai on Tuesday morning. News agency PTI quoted a police official saying that four people were killed in the fire and three othere were injured. According to the police, the fire broke around 6.45 am when a few employees were working inside it. Within a few minutes, the fire engulfed a huge part of the unit. “Three employees who were working inside, reportedly suffered injuries in the accident and they were rushed to a nearby private hospital,” said a police officer. ONGC tweeted that the fire broke out in storm water drainage early morning in the Uran plant, around 50 km from Mumbai. It added that gas is being diverted from Uran to ONGC’s plant in Hazira in Gujarat. A fire broke out in storm water drainage early morning 2day in Uran oil & gas processing plant.ONGC fire services & crisis managemnt team immediately pressed in2 action. Fire is being contained. No impact on Oil processing.Gas diverted to Hazira Plant. Situation is being assessed Fire tenders from Uran, Panvel, Nerul and JNPT were rushed to the spot and the firefighting operation is still going on. “The exact reason behind the fire is not known yet. As a preventive measure, we have cordoned off the area and are now allowing anyone to enter the unit at a distance of 1.5 kilometer,” the officer said. ........Read more

P Chidambaram’s CBI custody extended till Sept 2 in INX Media case

Former finance minister P Chidambaram, who was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation in the INX Media case, will continue to remain in the custody of the federal investigating agency till Monday, September 2, a Delhi court ordered on Friday. The judge, who initially remarked that the CBI’s request for more time to question Chidambaram appeared to be “vague”, later noted that the CBI required more time to question the Congress leader and confront him with other accused in the case. The CBI had asked for Chidambaram’s custody for five days, till Wednesday. All there is to know about the INX media case Chidambaram, who has challenged his custodial interrogation in the CBI case in the Supreme Court, had told the top court yesterday that he was willing to stay put in the agency’s custody till Monday. His legal team stood by this offer in the CBI court too. SC seeks Chidambaram evidence, order on Sep 5 But the CBI insisted on custody for five days on merits of its case. Chidambaram told the judge that his lawyers and the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had mutually agreed to the remand being extended till Monday. “If they seek to extend remand by 5 days on merit, my instruction was to oppose it,” he said.........Read more

‘People had false impression Article 370 empowered them’: J-K Governor

I said what was right. I cannot be revealing official secrets. I have sworn secrecy under the Constitution. The people should have known. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and [home minister] Amit Shah made the revocation of Article 370 an election issue and it was also listed in their manifesto. The government took the democratic route and it had the mandate to do it. It is not as if Modiji took a piece of paper out of his pocket. It was brought to Parliament and passed by both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. My concern was the law-and-order situation.........Read more

First look at Google’s Pixel 3 and 3 XL

Google just got done announcing its Pixel 3 and 3 XL smartphones. The phones feel significantly more premium than last year’s Pixel 2. Moving to a glass front and back gives them a much higher-quality look and feel overall. Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch FHD+ screen, whereas Pixel 3 XL moves up to a 6.3-inch QHD+ screen.........Read more

Asian Games 2018: Squash player Dipika Pallikal settles for bronze after losing Women's Singles semi-final

India's Dipika Pallikal Karthik today settled for a bronze in squash women's singles after losing to defending champion Nicol David of Malaysia in the semifinals of the 18th Asian Games.........Read more

Emergency a black spot on the golden history of nation: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed the Congress on the 43rd anniversary of the imposition of Emergency, saying India was “turned into a jail for the selfish personal interests” of the Gandhi family. Emergency is a black spot on the golden history of the nation.........Read more

Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay agree on 2030 World Cup bid

The Argentine Football Association said on Monday the plan would grant eight cities to Argentina and two each for Paraguay and Uruguay. The names of the cities were not disclosed. The South American nations are expected to face tough competition for the hosting rights of a tournament that will likely feature 48 teams.........Read more

8 militants killed, one captured in three separate encounters in Kashmir

The encounters, which began late on Saturday, ended in Peth Dialgam area of Anantnag on Sunday morning but were continuing in Draggad and Kachdoora villages of Shopian district. Eight militants, including some self-styled commanders, were killed and one caught.........Read more

Shakib Al Hasan smashed dressing room glass during Nidahas Trophy

Match referee Chris Broad spoke to the caterers after the Nidahas Trophy game between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in Colombo to find the person responsible for the dressing room incident, and reports suggest that Shakib Al Hasan forcefully pushed the door causing the damage.........Read more

Arunachal invites ideas for people’s budget, promises prizes

Give ideas for preparing a people’s budget and win prizes, the Arunachal Pradesh government has announced. The best three ideas will earn rewards of ₹50,000, ₹30,000 and ₹20,000, officials said. The budget session of the State’s 60-member Assembly is scheduled from March 9-16.........Read more

One in five people wear the same underwear more than once without washing: Are you guilty of it too?

Banana Moon Clothing's survey revealed that around 31 percent of men and 10 percent of women confessed to wearing their underwear more than once without washing.........Read more

Full list of 27 fake websites of universities busted

Delhi Police recently released a list of 27 such fake websites that were created and it includes universities as well as state education boards. These include universities from states like Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Haryana among others. Here’s the complete list of the fake university websites that had found space on the Internet.........Read more

Honda HR-V Facelift Leaked

The leaked image of the HR-V facelift reveals the updated styling of the crossover. In the Japanese market, the crossover will be sold under the Vezel moniker, but it will be renamed when it is launched in India. The facelifted HR-V features Honda's latest design language which is seen on the City facelift.........Read more

Datsun Redi-GO 1.0-litre AMT launched in India at Rs 3.8 lakhs

The Datsun Redi-GO AMT is powered by the same 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol mill that churns out 67bhp of power and 91Nm of torque. This mill now comes mated to an AMT gearbox with manual overdrive and creep mode. This means a driver can drive the car in an automatic mode or manually change gears too whenever needed.........Read more

PM Modi on Davos: World wants to communicate directly with India

World Economic Forum is world’s biggest financial forum. Davos has become the biggest congregation of the economic world and I feel proud to present them the success story of 125 crore Indians, adding that the world economy was focused on India, its big market and demographic dividend.........Read more

Padmaavat Producers Move Supreme Court Against Ban on Film in Haryana, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh And Rajasthan

The four states where moviegoers would not get to watch Padmaavat are – Haryana, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. States have banned Padmaavat citing ‘law and order’ issues with Rajput Karni Sena threatening stir if the film is released.........Read more

Dark is Divine: A photographer uses his camera to challenge India's obsession with fairness

Most Indians show apparent ignorance about the practice of exclusion and discrimination based on the skin tone of a person although it is a deep-rooted problematic practice embraced by both the oppressor and the victim. This single practice has become so widespread in India, more so in the past four decades, that it has taken shape along the same lines as “colourism” of the Western world. However, the manifestation of the color discrimination in India differs as it hides behind various other variables…. Caste, class, religion, region, gender and economics are a few of these variables.........Read more

South Korea plans to ban cryptocurrency trading, rattles market

The South Korean government on Thursday said it plans to ban cryptocurrency trading, sending bitcoin prices plummeting and throwing the virtual coin market into turmoil as the nation's police and tax authorities raided local exchanges on alleged tax evasion.........Read more

PBL 2018 | Chennai Smashers face defeat against Delhi Dashers

Delhi Dashers emerged victorious over Chennai Smashers after Gabriella Adcock couldn't continue in her mixed doubles match suffering an injury as the match got called off. Delhi Dashers registered a 3-0 win over Chennai based team at Babu Banarasi Das UP Badminton Academy in Lucknow on Wednesday.........Read more

BCCI to raise Yo-Yo's benchmark ahead of 2019 World Cup

India’s team management is apparently looking to raise players’ fitness standards even more ahead of the 2019 World Cup by increasing the Yo-Yo test benchmark. The mandatory test for Indian team players has also kept the first-class cricketers, who are under the selectors’ radar, on their toes.........Read more

Jean Todt re-elected as FIA President

Jean Todt has been re-elected for the third consecutive term as the President of the Formula One's governing body - FIA. The Frenchman was first elected in 2009 as a replacement of Max Mosley. He was voted unanimously at the General Assembly in Paris, unopposed. Todt will continue to head the organization till the end of 2021.........Read more

How we discovered gravitational waves from 'neutron stars' – and why it's such a huge deal

It is hugely important, not least because it helps solve some big mysteries in astrophysics – including the cause of bright flashes of light known as “gamma ray bursts” and perhaps even the origins of heavy elements such as gold.........Read more

India vs New Zealand: Dinesh Karthik recalled for ODI series

Dinesh Karthik has returned to the Indian cricket team for the three-match ODI series against New Zealand. R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have again been left out. Batsman KL Rahul, who was in the T20 squad against Australia, also does not figure in the Indian ODI side.........Read more

The state of 4K gaming: What you need to know, from pricing to performance needs

4K gaming started life as a hobby for the wealthy one percent and, well, you still need a beast of a PC to push all the pixels on a 4K monitor. Fortunately, in the fast-paced world of technology, today’s elite options trickle down to tomorrow’s mainstream hardware in the blink of an eye. Current Nvidia GeForce GTX 10-series and AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics cards represent a two-generation technological jump over prior options, making 4K gaming more viable than ever.........Read more

Karnataka school teachers win 16 national awards

School teachers from Karnataka won as many as 16 national awards for their outstanding contribution to the field of teaching in the State. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu presented the wards to these teachers at a function organised to mark the Teachers' Day here on Tuesday. The award carried a Silver Medal, Certificate and a cheque of Rs 50, 000. ........Read more

Australia: Hindus upset over Ganesha in lamb ad 'making the world a better place'

The Hindu community in Australia has demanded the withdrawal of an advertisement, which features Lord Ganesha and other divinities promoting consumption of lamb meat.........Read more

Online mobile wallet industry to reach Rs 32 billion by 2021; to be valued at about Rs 32 trillion

The mobile wallet industry is expected to maintain the pace of its current expansion with transaction volume expected to touch 32 billion by 2022 and the value of the same will be Rs 32 trillion, said a report.........Read more

2017 Triumph Street Scrambler launched in India at Rs 8.10 lakh

Triumph Motorcycles India has launched the new Street Scrambler at Rs 8.10lakh ex-showroom pan-India. Essentially a Bonneville Street Twin with a more purposeful Scrambler styling, the Triumph Street Scrambler is assembled in India and is aimed at those who like to ride their bike, both on and off road.........Read more

Going offline: Air India stops online sale of discounted tickets for armed forces

In a move that has irked Army personnel, national carrier Air India has discontinued provision of giving them online concession, forcing them to physically visit the booking office. The reason shown behind withdrawing the services is fraud allegedly committed by some travel agents to book cheaper tickets.........Read more

Honda launches Pro Care maintenance packages in India

Honda has launched maintenance and service packages for its range of cars in India. The said packages have been introduced for all models in Honda cars India's portfolio, except the CR-V crossover. Honda ...........Read more

Madhya Pradesh: 18 charred to death in cracker's factory blast in Balaghat

Around 18 workers were charred to death and 8 injured in a fire at a cracker factory in Madhya Pradesh's Balaghat district.........Read more

Is AAP a party that simply cannot handle a loss?

Speaking on Monday, with results two days away, Kejriwal said he would launch a new “movement” if the exit polls projecting a sweep by the Bharatiya Janata Party turned out to be true. “If such results come in,” Kejriwal was quoted saying, “it will prove that manipulation has happened.”........Read more

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies to reveal its first passenger capsule in early 2018

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) has just announced that it is in process to construct its first full scale Passenger Hyperloop Capsule. The company said that processes are underway and that it will officially unveil the finished product in early 2018 at HTT’s R&D center in Toulouse, France for integration and optimisation.........Read more

Woman allegedly burnt alive on pyre after Greater Noida hospital ‘declares’ her dead

Uttar Pradesh Police are investigating whether a 21-year-old Noida woman was burnt alive after doctors concluded on Tuesday that she was breathing when her husband placed her on a funeral pyre a day before.........Read more

Pioneer's Lightning earbuds let you charge while you listen

The Pioneer Rayz Plus have a charging pass-through, which is essentially a built-in dongle. Only it's a teeny tiny one, about as elegant as such things can be.........Read more

TV that spies on you

This week, Vizio, one of the biggest makers of internet-connected televisions, agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle charges that it has been collecting and selling viewing data from millions of TV sets without the knowledge or consent of the sets' owners. The charges, brought by the Federal Trade Commission and the New Jersey attorney general's office, have some serious implications for consumers and smart TV makers.........Read more

Chinese troops conduct drills with advanced ballistic missile

China's newly-formed Rocket Force has held an exercise with advanced DF-16 medium-range ballistic missile with a range of over 1,000km that could threaten a number countries+ , including India, Japan and the US. Significantly the People's Liberation Army (PLA), which is secretive about its weapons systems, has released a video of the recent exercise of its troops employing the advanced DF-16 medium-range ballistic missile.........Read more

Maoists targeting PM Modi during election rallies: Intelligence

In the run up to Republic Day celebrations followed by Assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, home minister Rajnath Singh and BJP President Amit Shah face threat from Maoists and several other quarters.........Read more

Soil fungi help tree seedlings survive, influence forest diversity

Lekberg and her collaborators studied 55 species and 550 populations of North American trees. Scientists have long known that plants and soil biota can regulate one another, but the new findings highlight the complexity of the feedback loop.........Read more

Virat Kohli no longer Adidas brand ambassador

German sportswear firm Adidas and Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli have decided not to renew the three-year endorsement contract. “The association with Virat Kohli added a lot of value and helped strengthen the Adidas brand in the past few years, and we wish him well for his future. Needless to say, Adidas will continue to support cricket through its assets such as Rohit Sharma, K.L. Rahul and many other next-gen athletes. We will also continue to drive our key categories such as running, football, training and originals with even more focus and investments,” an Adidas India spokesperson said in an emailed response.........Read more

CES 2017: Lenovo reveals VR headsets with inside-out tracking for Windows Holographic

Lenovo has revealed Windows Holographic based VR headsets. The headsets are priced below the $400 price point, which is relatively cheap for such a powerful VR headset. The device is expected to be as good or better than the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift. There are cables running from the headset, and head tracking is through a pair of front facing cameras on the device itself. This unique approach allows for inside out head tracking without the need for external towers.........Read more

An architect explains why turning new Andhra capital into ‘Bahubali’ sets is a ridiculous idea

It appears that the chief minister is unhappy with the designs that were drawn up and has expressed his admiration for the way Rajamouli envisioned the kingdom of Mahishmati in the period fantasy film Bahubali. Naidu wants the film-maker to bring the same grandeur to Amaravati. In the past, Rajamouli has spoken of the influence the mythological series of Amar Chitra Katha comics had on him.........Read more

Researchers find genetic variants associated with susceptibility to mouth and throat cancer

A number of genetic variants associated with susceptibility to oral cavity and pharyngeal cancer have been described in an international study published in the journal Nature Genetics. The most noteworthy finding was an association between cancer of the oropharynx and certain polymorphisms (alternative versions of a given DNA sequence) found in the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) genomic region. HLAs, proteins found on the surfaces of most cells in the body, play an important role in recognizing potential threats and triggering the immune response to foreign substances.........Read more

No country can be exception to 'one China' principle, says Beijing

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has upset China by speaking with the president of self-ruled Taiwan, which China claims as its own, and casting doubt on Washington's nearly four-decade policy of recognizing that Taiwan is part of "one China".........Read more

Paytm dumping capital to gain customers: Bipin Preet Singh, Mobikwik CEO

“We must be sensitive to companies, especially those that have massive foreign investments,” said Singh. “They can come into the country, dump capital and gain access to data.” His barbs were aimed at sector leader Paytm in which global e-commerce major Alibaba has a stake — about 40 per cent........Read more

Alert! Assam banks aware about currency exchange by militants; police urges strict track of transactions

The banks have been told to alert the state police in case there is any exchange of money through contractors and traders involved in business across the border. Keeping in view the modus operandi in earlier cases, the bankers have been told to be alert about sudden huge money transfers to accounts of companies, firms and business entities if there was an attempt at extortion. ........Read more

80% of all casualities in armed conflicts are civilians, not soldiers: Supreme Court Judge Madan B Lokur

Justice Madan B Lokur, a known scholar and a Supreme Court Judge, pointed out the existence of some apparent legal anomalies in defining armed conflicts, the nuances of which the learned Judge examined in the context of current national and international crises.........Read more

These Rare Photographs Of Sushma Swaraj Prove Her Powerful Leadership

News about Sushma Swaraj’s illness made millions of people pray for her health, many even came forward and offered their kidney to her for transplant. With every passing day, her following is increasing. No doubt, Sushma Swaraj is a charismatic leader. Here is a compilation of some of the rarest photographs of Sushma Swaraj. We bet that you have not seen many of these!........Read more

The cheapest trip to Mars leaves from Sriharikota, India’s Cape Canaveral

Spacefaring rivals can’t beat the prices charged by India, which sent its own probe to the Red Planet for less money than Hollywood spent making a movie........Read more

Jan Dhan accounts to get Rs 10,000!

New Delhi, Nov 20: After demonetising old currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denominations, the Narendra Modi government is considering depositing Rs 10,000 in the Jan Dhan accounts, particularly those with zero balance. There are nearly 25 crore Jan Dhan accounts in the country, of which nearly 5.8 crore are zero-balance accounts. As …........Read more

Cyrus Mistry has no plans to quit as chairman of Tata group companies

According to sources close to Mistry, he has no plans to quit as chairman of these firms. "He will discharge his fiduciary duty as required by law in all his positions in the Tata group," a source close to Mistry said.........Read more

Launching Today: Honda Accord Hybrid

Honda's flagship saloon makes a comeback into the Indian market today. The Accord, that was discontinued a couple of years ago is back in a Hybrid avatar. Unlike previous Accords that were assembled in India, this generation is a fully imported unit.........Read more

German Defence Firm Linked to Scorpene Data Leak: French Media

French defence ministry officials probing the Scorpene submarine data leak to The Australian have allegedly traced the source of the leak to ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), a German defence firm, The Indian Express reports. Quoting multiple sources, French newspaper Le Monde said the leak was driven by competition between TKMS and French firm DCNS for selling submarines to various countries.........Read more

Minor rape victim expresses fear over release of suspended RJD MLA Raj Ballabh Yadav

Minor rape victim expresses fear over release of suspended RJD MLA Raj Ballabh Yadav - The girl has expressed her anxiety in a message to reporters, saying she and her family were "living in fear" after the release of Yadav.........Read more

Uddhav apologises for 'Saamana' cartoon

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray today apologised for a cartoon published in 'Saamana' alluding to the Maratha rallies that had sparked a controversy, with the party drawing the ire of the community, political parties and an attack on an office of the newspaper.........Read more

First the burqa, then the burkini, now Germany adopts the BURKIRNDL

A woman in Germany has modified her traditional Bavarian dress - a dirndl - after converting to Islam. Renate Hoffmann, (pictured), says: 'In my burkirndl anyone can see where I come from.'........Read more

Mapping our galaxy: The Milky Way revealed

The European Space Agency will unveil on Wednesday a three-dimensional map of a billion stars in our galaxy that is 1,000 times more complete than anything existing today.........Read more

Scientists decode how X-ray damages DNA, causes cancer

They studied the genomes of cancers caused by radiation in comparison to tumours that arose spontaneously. Researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in the UK have been able to identify in human cancers two characteristic patterns of DNA damage caused by ionising radiation, such as gamma rays, X-rays and radioactive particles.........Read more

Chemistry says Moon is proto-Earth's mantle, relocated

Measurements of an element in Earth and Moon rocks have just disproved the leading hypotheses for the origin of the Moon. Tiny differences in the segregation of the isotopes of potassium between the Moon and Earth were hidden below the detection limits of analytical techniques until recently. But in 2015, Washington University in St. Louis geochemist Kun Wang, then the Harvard Origins of Life Initiative Prize postdoctoral fellow, and Stein Jacobsen, professor of geochemistry at Harvard University, developed a technique for analyzing these isotopes that can hit precisions 10 times better than the best previous method .........Read more

IAF puts western sector bases on high alert for massive combat exercise

The Western Air Command (WAC) of the Indian Air Force (IAF) has been put on high alert ahead of the massive combat exercise code-named TALON. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are also being used to conduct surveillance. This is the first time that IAF has undertaken such a move, reports said.........Read more

JNUSU polls 2016: Left Unity sweeps all 4 seats, ABVP puts up dismal performance

JNUSU polls 2016: Left Unity sweeps all 4 seats, ABVP puts up dismal performance - Mohit K Pandey of AISA-SFI will be Kanhaiya Kumar's successor as the JNUSU President.........Read more

The Details Of 'Avatar' Sequels Are Out, Will Follow The Family Saga Of Jake And Neytiri

A while back James Cameron had announced that the Avatar sequel would be hitting screens in 2018. And since then, the excitement among sci-fi movie lovers was on the rise. And now, according to reports, we finally have some details on the upcoming sequels. Yes! James Cameron says the sequels of Avatar will be a “family saga” and will focus on their struggles against humans.........Read more

Viewpoint: The myth of 'strong' British rule in India

Jon Wilson revisits the history of British rule in India and concludes it was not an effective system of government, but chaotic, violent and wracked by anxiety.........Read more

In Sri Lanka's Striking Breakthrough Over Malaria, Lessons For India

For a country that receives four times as much rainfall than India, eliminating malaria is no mean feat. But that is exactly what Sri Lanka has achieved, the World Health Organisation or WHO declared on Monday.........Read more

Isro plans to launch first privately built satellite by March

Isro has received more than 40 responses to a proposal to partner with private firms to jointly build a satellite and eventually transfer satellite-making technology........Read more

Truth behind Telangana gangster's political nexus may never be known

The mystery behind slain renegade Mohammed Nayeemuddin's nexus with politicians and police officials is deepening by the day, with little chances of the truth being ever known.........Read more

Do we need a global central bank and a global reserve currency?

With the economic balance of power shifting towards Asia, we must move past the US dollar as the world’s preferred option.........Read more

Football nostalgia: 50 years on, a 'trivial' look at the 1966 World Cup final

It's the 50th anniversary of the 1966 World Cup final. On this special day, let's look at some interesting facts from the game that sa England wn their only World Cup trophy........Read more

Where Is Free WiFi, Arvind Kejriwal Asked On 'Talk To AK'. What He Said

Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, today told a caller at his interactive session "Talk to AK" that his promise of free WiFi in the capital has been stalled by the recent arrest of his aide Rajendra Kumar for corruption.........Read more

Oldest bank staff union to declare names of wilful defaulters next week

The All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA), the oldest trade union of bank employees in India, has said it will declare the names 7,000 corporate wilful defaulters next week. In addition, the union has made demands for filing criminal cases ........Read more

SVS Ravi Kiran; Deputy Manager Legal at one of the world’s leading Pharmaceutical companies on why he enrolled for an online diploma from NUJS and how it is helping him in his career - iPleaders

Share on FacebookShare on Twitter SVS Ravi Kiran is the Deputy Manager Legal at Mylan Laboratories Ltd, Hyderabad and is part of their litigation team. Mylan Laboratories are one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, which sells its products in approximately 165 countries. Prior to this, he has worked as a Senior Associate at Vakils associated, a ...........Read more

Queen Elizabeth II's estate value touches record 12 billion pounds

The increase in the value of the estate means the monarch will get a 2.8 million pounds pay increase next year.........Read more

Almost perfect: Kairali Ayurvedic Health Resort - Breathedreamgo

Everything you need to know about Ayurveda and staying at an Ayurvedic resort in Kerala, India. Kairali is one of the oldest ........Read more

TVS Motorcycles to get Semi Automated Manual Transmission gearbox, patents technology

TVS motorcycles would soon come equipped with a Semi Automated Manual Transmission (SMT) gearbox as the two-wheeler maker has finally been granted patents for the technology. TVS had filed a patent........Read more

RBI offers relief to banks on bad loans

RBI’s new tool S4A allows banks to convert up to half the loans held by corporate borrowers into equity or equity-like securities........Read more

India's e-commerce market expected to cross Rs 2 lakh crore in 2016: IAMAI

The market grew 30% between December 2011 and December 2015 and was valued at Rs 1,25,732 crore by the end of December 2015.........Read more