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India Needs National Security Strategy to Set Redlines Like Ladakh Intrusion, Force Govt to Build Capability

India faces its most serious military challenge on our northern borders since the Wangdung incident of 1986. Although the violence that accompanied the initial transgressions has not reoccurred and the current focus is on dialogue, it is apparent that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) has occupied territory across India’s perception of the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Attempts to use terms like ‘grey zone’ and obfuscate the matter by making distinctions between ‘incursion’, ‘transgression’, and ‘occupation’ cannot hide this reality. It is now apparent that neither India nor China is looking for a military escalation, and we are in for an extended period of heavy deployment on both sides. The PLA would be happy with the existing status quo in which the LAC has shifted westward in partial conformity with their claims. The Indian Army is readying to keep additional troops in Ladakh during the winter, although it is doubtful whether this alone will force a retreat of the PLA. Irrespective of how the current crisis plays out, there are some larger issues that the political and military leadership must now address. These have to do with how we approach our national security challenges. I am listing three key topics, two for the political and one for the military leaders. Defining a National Security Strategy........Read more

Coronavirus Cases In India Rise To 1.98 Lakh As 8,171 New Infections Reported In 24 Hours

India continues to witness a steep rise in the Coronavirus cases on a daily basis even as the Central government has eased the restriction in the fifth phase of the lockdown. India reported 8,171 new Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases in the country now to 1,98,706, Health Ministry said on Tuesday As many as 204 people died in the last 24 hours due to the virus, taking the death toll to 5,598. The total number of Covid-19 cases include 97,581 active cases, 95,526 cured, discharged or migrated, said the ministry of Health and Family Welfare.........Read more

JioMart gets a WhatsApp number, goes live

Reliance's tie up with WhatsApp means it gets direct access to WhatsApp's user base of over 400 million. To order from JioMart, customers need to add JioMart's WhatsApp number 88500 08000 on their phones. JioMart sends a link to the customer's Whatsapp chat window. The link is valid for 30 minutes. Clicking on the link directs the user to a new page wherein he has to fill his address and phone number, after which the catalogue of products is made available to order from. Products available inlcude sundry brands along with Reliance Retail's own private labels.........Read more

Sony eyeing robot friend for game players

Sony Interactive Entertainment has filed a patent for a "joint viewing player" that will rejoice in a player's victories and commiserate when things go poorly. The patent does not specify if the companion will be a physical object or digital avatar. But the specs reveal impressive efforts to make the bond a realistic one. The robot, or avatar, will utilize a number of sensors to determine the player's mood and respond accordingly. It might even play games with its human counterparts and make friendly suggestions when a player expresses frustration or appears to be tired.........Read more

Five superpowers ruling the world in 2050

According to The World in 2050 report by international professional services firm PwC, in 30 years, six of the seven of the world’s largest economies will be today’s emerging economies, surpassing the US (dropping from 2nd to 3rd), Japan (dropping from 4th to 8th) and Germany (dropping from 5th to 9th). Even relativelysmaller economies like Vietnam, the Philippines and Nigeria will see huge leaps in their respective rankings over the next three decades, according to the report.........Read more

Explainer: What is herd immunity and will it affect coronavirus pandemic?

With the new coronavirus infection -- called COVID-19 -- as more and more people become infected, there will be more people who recover and who are then immune to future infection. "When about 70% of the population have been infected and recovered, the chances of outbreaks of the disease become much less because most people are resistant to infection," said Martin Hibberd, a professor of Emerging Infectious Disease at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. "This is called herd immunity."........Read more

Governor In Kashmir Usually Drinks Wine, Plays Golf: Satya Pal Malik

Goa Governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday said the governors in the country have not much work to do and that of Jammu and Kashmir "drinks wine and plays golf." "The Governor has no work to do. A person who is the Governor of Kashmir usually drinks wine and plays golf. Governors of other states stay away from getting involved in any tussle." Malik served as the Governor of undivided Jammu and Kashmir and supervised the situation in the run-up to the abrogation of Article 370 and the lockdown that followed.........Read more

Meet the man building a human zoo in China

For decades, humans have ripped up the natural landscape in Asia, chopping down trees to build luxury resorts in the most beautiful locations and caging wild animals to attract tourists. Bangkok-based hotel architect Bill Bensley is saying "no more." When a client approached him about designing a resort that included a zoo in Wuchuan, in southern China's Guangdong province, he flipped the idea on its head: let's cage the humans and let the exotic and endangered animals roam free. Sounds crazy? Bensley is known for maverick ideas, so much so that he's been called the "Willy Wonka of hotel design."........Read more

Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, 3000 OYO China Employees Set To Be Laid Off

A Bloomberg report said OYO is cutting its global workforce by about 5K to 25K people. Of this, the biggest impact is said to be in China after the business took a hit due to coronavirus outbreak. OYO chief Ritesh Agarwal reportedly said that the global headcount would fall by about 17% from 30K in January. The company is also prioritizing improved relations with hotels and stronger corporate governance, he added. ........Read more

Andhra Assembly to Pass Resolution on NPR Urging Centre to Go Ahead with Exercise along 2010 Lines

The Andhra Pradesh government will pass a resolution in the ensuing Budget session of the state Legislature, requesting that the Centre maintain the National Population Register (NPR) as it existed in the year 2010. Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy took to Twitter on Tuesday evening to spell out the YSR Congress' stand on the NPR issue. The Chief Minister's tweets came in the backdrop of his governments recent order, gearing up the administrative machinery for the conduct of the NPR exercise and Housing Listing and Housing Census as part of Census of India 2021 to be taken up for 45 days between April and September 2020.........Read more

Modi Unlikely to Accompany Donald Trump & Family to Taj Mahal on Monday, Say Sources

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is unlikely to accompany US President Donald Trump and his family members during their visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra on Monday, official sources said. The US President will arrive in Ahmedabad at around noon on February 24 for a less that 36-hour visit to India. He will be accompanied by a high-level delegation including First Lady Melania Trump, the President's daughter Ivanka Trump, son-in-law Jared Kushner and a galaxy of top US officials. They said the visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra by the US President and his family members will afford them the opportunity to view the historical monument suitably. Therefore, no official engagements or presence of senior dignitaries from the Indian side is envisaged there, the sources said. ........Read more

Archaeologists Have Long Sought, But Never Found The Very First Wheel

Not many of us would decorate a mug with our wheels, let alone take them to the grave. But about 5,000 years ago, Bronze Age people did both, and those acts created some of the oldest surviving evidence for wheeled vehicles. Despite this evidence and decades of archaeological research, we don’t know precisely where the first wheeled vehicles were made. In part, that’s because of the margin of uncertainty around radiocarbon dates. The method produces an age range such as 3100 to 3300 B.C., rather than a precise year like 3273 B.C. Radiocarbon dates for early wheels overlap from geographically far-flung sites, including ones in present-day Hungary, Iraq and Turkmenistan.........Read more

Badminton Asian Championships: Kidambi Srikanth's victory in vain as India lose 1-4 to Malaysia

Former world No. 1 Kidambi Srikanth’s victory went in vain as India lost 1-4 to Malaysia in the Badminton Asia Team Championships on Thursday. Srikanth was the only Indian shuttler to register a win against a young Malaysian side in its second group B match at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex. In the singles event, world no. 11 B Sai Praneeth and HS Prannoy suffered straight games defeat in their respective matches. Prannoy was no match for Leong Jun Hao, a 2017 World Junior Championships silver medallist and a 2017 Asian Junior Champion, as he went down 10-21, 15-21 in 34 minutes.........Read more

Coronavirus is Hitting Tech Companies Hard And Could Soon Hurt Your Wallet Too

By the time the deadly Coronavirus outbreak was finally declared as a global health emergency at the end of last month, the impact on the various sectors of the Chinese economy was already being felt. Tech remains hit badly, with production stalled, supply chains have come to a grinding halt and companies shutting offices in the country to keep employees safe. As time has passed, the impact of what is happening in China because of the Coronavirus is being felt globally too. ........Read more

SARS Vaccine Could Be Stopgap Measure Against the New Coronavirus, Study Suggests

Disease-fighting agents from the immune systems of people infected with the coronavirus stopped the infection in a lab, as did those from horses that dealt with SARS. The emerging coronavirus is related to SARS, a disease that reached epidemic proportions in 2002 and 2003. Additionally, it seems the new disease latches onto cells the same way SARS does. It’s possible that vaccines and treatments developed for SARS could be used against this new outbreak, too, a team of researchers from China suggest in a Nature study.........Read more

India's second coronavirus case confirmed in Kerala's Alappuzha

Two days after the first case of dreaded novel coronavirus case was confirmed in the state, one more person has tested positive for the killer virus in Kerala. A Wuhan university student who returned from China on January 24 has tested positive, according to Union health ministry. The patient is admitted in the isolation ward at the government medical college, Alappuzha. The patient's condition is stable and is being closely monitored at the isolation ward of the hospital, according to the ministry. ........Read more

LPG cylinder prices could rise by ₹100-150 in 1 year. Here's why

The good news is that with the developments in past few months, government is looking to completely eliminate oil subsidy by early FY22. But for consumers, the move would mean that their cooking gas price would shoot up by another ₹100-150 per cylinder over the next one year. Sources said that taking advantage of low oil prices, government may give nod to state-run oil marketing companies to increase price of subsidised LPG cylinder gradually so that entire subsidy paid under direct benefit transfer scheme (DBT) to eligible consumers is eliminated in one year's time.........Read more

No burqa allowed, Patna college tells Muslim students; imposes Rs 250 fine for violation

A college in Patna has imposed a dress code under which Muslim students would no longer be allowed to wear burqa inside the college premises. The ban has been imposed in Patna’s JD Women’s College. In a notice signed by the college proctor and principal, students have been asked to comply with the new dress code. The college administration has also imposed a fine of Rs 250 in case anyone is found violating the dress code. Besides this, the college has also prescribed a dress code but the notice does not provide details about it.........Read more

J&K's Sovereignty Was Temporary, Accession Irreversible: Centre Tells Supreme Court

The Centre on Thursday told the Supreme Court that the sovereignty of Jammu and Kashmir was temporary and that the integration of the Indian States shows the consolidation. Attorney General K.K. Venugopal, replying on the batch of petitions filed challenging the revocation of Article 370, explained how the process of accession of Jammu and Kashmir into the Indian Union took place. He told the Supreme Court that the accession of J&K into the Indian Union is "irreversible". A five-judge bench headed by Justice N.V. Ramana and comprising Justices S.K. Kaul, R. Subhash Reddy, B.R. Gavai and Surya Kant, is hearing the case.........Read more

FASTags Have Actually Increased Waiting Times at Toll Plazas; Be Prepared For Delays

The central toll plaza traffic monitoring system which collects live data from 488 toll plazas across India reports that the average waiting for vehicles was 7 minutes and 44 seconds, in the period between November 15, 2019 and December 14. The first deadline for the FASTags was December 15. The data suggests that the waiting time between December 15, 2019 and January 14, 2020 increased to 9 minutes and 57 seconds on an average. The average waiting times for vehicles at toll plazas increased by 29%, even though FASTags accounted for more than 60% of the total toll collection, reports The Hindustan Times. The central toll plaza traffic monitoring system which collects live data from 488 toll plazas across India reports that the average waiting for vehicles was 7 minutes and 44 seconds, in the period between November 15, 2019 and December 14. The first deadline for the FASTags was December 15. The data suggests that the waiting time between December 15, 2019 and January 14, 2020 increased to 9 minutes and 57 seconds on an average. Also Read | Paytm Payments Bank Has Issued the Most FASTags in India ........Read more

Made in India Motorola Razr could go on sale soon as retail boxes spotted in shops, launch date unknown

The General Manager of Lenovo's mobile division in China has shared an image of the retail box of the new Razr. The image shows some of the specifications of the new Razr, the new triangular box and the Razr itself in an unfolded state. The device shown in the image carries a manufacturing date of January 9, 2020. And the best part is that the box carries a 'Made in India' tag. ........Read more

Neon CEO explains the tech behind his overhyped ‘artificial humans’

The Neon project is — or as the company would say, “Neons are” — realistic human avatars that are computationally generated and can interact with you in real time. At this point, each Neon is created from footage of an actual person that is fed into a machine-learning model, although Mistry says Neon could ultimately just generate their appearances from scratch.........Read more

Irfan Pathan retires from all forms of cricket

All-rounder Irfan Pathan on Saturday announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, ending an injury-ridden career that prevented him from realising his true potential. The 35-year-old's retirement was on expected lines, considering he last played a competitive game in February 2019 during the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy for Jammu and Kashmir. ........Read more

After early success, Modi govt’s Ujjwala scheme hits roadblock; beneficiaries not refilling cylinders

The usage pattern of LPG cylinders by beneficiaries indicates a steadily decline over the months, the government data showed. From 3.21 refills till December 2018 and 3.66 refills till March 2018, the annual average refill consumption has dropped to 3.08 cylinders in the 12 months to September 2019.........Read more

Good News For Taxpayers: CBDT Extends PAN-Aadhaar Linking Deadline to March 2020

The deadline has been extended from December 31, 2019 to March 2020. An announcement to this effect was made by the CBDT on Monday. “The due date for linking of PAN with Aadhaar as specified under sub-section 2 of section 139AA of the Income-tax Act, 1961 has been extended from December 31, 2019 to March 31, 2020,” the CBDT said. The CBDT which frames policy for the I-T department stated that a notification has been issued in this regard.........Read more

In Asia Pacific the climate crisis is happening now, not in the future

The world's most disaster-prone region felt the harsh reality of the climate crisis in 2019. Toxic smog shrouded Asian megacities, hundreds died in flooding and landslides, cyclones battered coastlines and bushfires, droughts and deadly heatwaves led to towns and cities almost running out of water. Far from being anomalies, scientists say the climate crisis is causing more extreme weather events -- and it's having devastating consequences in Asia and the Pacific.........Read more

'Andhra Pradesh will not implement NRC': CM Jagan Mohan Reddy assures Muslims

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has assured Muslims that National Register of Citizens (NRC) would not be implemented in the state. Jagan Reddy gave the assurance at a gathering of Muslims in his native Kadapa district where he opened work on a steel plant on Monday (December 23). "We are opposed to NRC. I assure the minorities that we will not implement it," he said, responding to the concern expressed by community leaders. ........Read more

Chhattisgarh jawan on Jharkhand poll duty shoots commander dead, then commits suicide

A constable of the Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) deployed on election duty in Jharkhand allegedly shot his company commander to death before committing suicide in Ranchi on Monday morning, officials said. Both of them died on the spot at Khelgaon area of the Jharkhand capital, according to the police. Two other constables also received minor injuries in the shooting, they added. The deceased were identified as constable Vikram Rajwade and company commander of 4th battalion of CAF, Manaraipur, Melaram Turray. ........Read more

Ajit Pawar Approached us to Form Govt; Will Reveal Many Behind-The-Scene Stories: Devendra Fadnavis

In a stunning revelation, leader of Opposition and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that it was Ajit Pawar who approached him to form the government in Maharashtra. He assured the support of all 54 NCP MLAs, Fadnavis said to Zee 24taas. “He made me talk to some MLAs who told me they wanted to go with the BJP. Ajit Pawar also told me he had discussed it with (NCP chief) Sharad Pawar,” Devendra Fadnavis said. “Ajit Pawar approached us and said that the NCP doesn’t want to go with the Congress. A three-party government [also involving the Shiv Sena] can’t run,” Devendra Fadnavis said. ........Read more

Supreme Court: New roster released; CJI, three seniormost judges to hear PILs

The Supreme Court Registry has released the new roster that lists how the cases will be heard in the court, effective from November 26. According to it, the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) and letter petition cases will henceforth be heard by the Chief Justice of India, SA Bobde, and three other seniormost judges - Justices NV Ramana, Arun Mishra and RF Nariman.........Read more

Maharashtra: Nana Patole to be Congress candidate for Speaker's election

Congress MLA Nana Patole will be the party's candidate for the Maharashtra Assembly Speaker's election, sources said on Saturday. Patole represents the Sakoli Assembly segment in Vidarbha. "Patole will be our candidate for the Speaker's election," a senior Congress leader told.........Read more

Sena-NCP-Congress Releases Common Minimum Program; Focus on Reservation in Job, Farm Loan Waiver

Just two hours ahead of the grand oath-taking ceremony, the ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi’ (NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena alliance) on Thursday released its Common Minimum Program with the focus on job and loan waiver for farmers.........Read more

Bill to ban electronic cigarettes passed by Lok Sabha

Lok Sabha passed a bill which seeks to ban electronic cigarettes, with Health Minister Harsh Vardhan saying such a measure was necessary to protect the youth from a new intoxication being promoted by companies as a new "fashion". ........Read more

J&K BDC Election: In first-ever polls, state witnesses 98.3% turnout amid boycott by Congress, NC and PDP

Srinagar district witnessed the highest poll percentage of 100 per cent while southern districts of Shopian and Pulwama recorded the lowest percentage of 85.3 and 86.2 percent respectively in Kashmir Division. ........Read more

CoA to demit office when new BCCI administration takes charge on October 23

COA to demit office upon assumption of the charge by newly elected BCCI office-bearers. They shall stand discharged of all the obligations. The committee shall be immune from action in respect of any act performed by them as COA in good faith.........Read more

Android 10 has a terrible bug that can’t be fixed

Google released the final version of Android 10 for all four Pixel generations just a couple of days ago, but it looks like the software upgrade is hardly the smooth experience Pixel users had hoped for. Earlier this week we learned that several Pixel models froze on the boot screen during the update, with the whole thing lasting anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. You either had to wait for the phone to move past the boot screen or downgrade to Android 9 and attempt the update later. It turns out that’s the least of your worries, as Pixel owners are now reporting an even more annoying problem for devices already running Android 10. The current build kills sensor functionality on various Pixel phones, and there’s no way to fix it. Holy moly… students can get 6 months of Amazon Prime for free right now Android 10 is currently compatible with all eight Pixel phones that Google has released to date, including Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, and Pixel 3a XL. Some handset owners have posted the issues they’ve encountered with their devices on Google’s Issue Tracker and Google’s support forum, describing what happened with their devices after updating to Android 10.........Read more

US Open 2019: Serena Goes Past Svitolina to Reach 33rd Grand Slam Final

Eighth seed Serena Willams created an onslaught against Elina Svitolina in the semifinal of the ongoing US Open to reach her 33rd Grand Slam final on Thursday at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. With the win, the 23-Grand Slam winner has taken herself on the verge of equalling Margaret Smith Court’s record of 24 titles which is the most by a women’s singles player. Since returning to the court after the birth of her first child, this will be Williams’ fourth attempt in equalling Margaret Court’s milestone. It was a heartbreak for her in last year’s US Open final after her controversial and chaotic defeat to Naomi Osaka. She has also lost two Wimbledon finals after the return. Now all that separates Williams from her 24th is Canadian Bianca Andreescu or Swiss Belinda Bencic. The semifinal was anticipated to be a contest of equal footing between Williams’ prodigious powerplay and Svitolina’s counter punches which are one of the best in women’s games. However, it turned out to be one-way traffic from the word ‘go’ as the 37-year-old American had her Ukrainian counterpart crumbling all throughout the match.........Read more

All-powerful Misbah-ul-Haq named Pakistan coach and chief selector

Misbah-ul-Haq has been handed unprecedented influence over Pakistan cricket, with the PCB confirming his appointment as coach of the national side, as well as - uniquely - chief selector. Pakistan's most successful Test captain will also be reunited with Waqar Younis, who has been named bowling coach. Waqar was head coach twice during Misbah's near-seven-year tenure as captain, the pair working well together in registering some of Pakistan's finest successes in the period. Both have been given three-year contracts. that of the PSL side Islamabad United's head coach. Eventually, Misbah applied hours before the deadline, was interviewed, and ended up beating Mohsin Khan and Dean Jones, who had also applied. From being a shock candidate to take the captaincy less than a decade ago, Misbah is now, arguably, the most powerful man in Pakistan cricket.........Read more

Facebook brings face recognition to all users, discontinues 'Tag...

Facebook Inc (FB.O) is opening up its face recognition technology to all users with an option to opt out, the social media company said on Tuesday, as it discontinued a related feature called “Tag Suggestions.” The old feature enabled users to choose whether Facebook could suggest that their friends tag them in photos, without giving them control over other uses of the technology. The face recognition setting, available to some Facebook users since December 2017, has additional functions such as notifying account holders if their profile photo is used by someone else. People who opt in to the new setting will still have tag suggestions automatically generated about them. Facebook’s face recognition technology has been at the center of a privacy related lawsuit since 2015. The lawsuit by Illinois users accused the company of violating the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act, claiming it illegally collected and stored biometric data of millions of users without their consent. ........Read more

Allegations Of Human Rights Violations In Kashmir Must Be Investigated: UK

The UK on Tuesday said any allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir since India revoked the Article 370 of the Constitution must be "thoroughly, promptly and transparently" investigated. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told MPs in the House of Commons in the first parliamentary session after a long summer recess that he had raised the concerns with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar during a conversation on August 7 and that the UK will carefully monitor the situation in Kashmir. "In relation to detentions, potential mistreatment and also the communications blackouts, I raised those issues with the Indian Foreign Minister. The Indian government has made clear that they are only temporaneous, as strictly required. And of course, we would want to hold them to that undertaking," Dominic Raab said while addressing an Oral Questions session which opened with a series of questions related to the Kashmir issue. "All and any allegations of human rights violations are deeply concerning. They must be investigated thoroughly, promptly and transparently," he said. India has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 was an internal matter. While reiterating the British stance that the Kashmir dispute is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan, the minister however stressed that the human rights concerns made it an international issue.........Read more

Explainer: What is single use plastic and why PM Modi wants it banned in India?

So what is the big deal with single-use plastic products? Is it really that problematic? More importantly, is it going to affect our day-to- day life if the ban becomes a reality? Here is a quick guid Rag pickers look for recyclable materials at a garbage dump site in Guwahati (File Photo | PTI) Prime Minister Modi had urged people and various government bodies to initiate India's drive towards making a disposable plastic-free nation during his Independence Day speech. Six single-use plastic items are expected to face ban in the country from October 2 - the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. So what is the big deal with single-use plastic products? Is it really that problematic? More importantly, is it going to affect our day to day life if the ban becomes a reality? Here is a quick guide. What is single-use plastic? As the name indicates all sorts of low-quality plastic products that are not made to be reused can be categorised as single-use plastic. Also known as disposable plastic, it constitutes more than 50% of the total plastic produced in the world. How is it produced? These inorganic materials are made out of fossil fuels - a precious and limited natural resource. Reports say if we fail to cut down the current rate of disposable plastics, it will account for 20% of the world’s total oil consumption. What are the single-use plastic items that we commonly use?........Read more

Srinagar’s Centaur Hotel is now a subsidiary jail

A local court has designated the Sher-i-Kashmir International Convention Centre’s (SKICC) Centaur Hotel as a subsidiary jail to pave the way for the meeting of relatives with around 50 mainstream leaders detained there since the August 5 decision to revoke J&K’s special status. According to the order of the Srinagar magistrate, the deputy superintendent of police, Security Kashmir, was designated as Superintendent of Subsidiary Jail to ensure basic legal provisions contained in the Jail Manual are implemented. The order follows the huge rush of relatives and friends approaching the Centaur Hotel for meeting. “The jail superintendent will take all measures to allow interviews and letters; apprise relatives and legal advisers on the detained persons, who could be allowed to meet once or twice,” the order reads. Shabnum Gani Lone, sister of Peoples Conference chief Sajad Lone, on August 21 filed a petition before the court to allow her and her mother to meet Mr. Lone. The family was allowed to meet Mr. Lone on August 23. It is after 19 days of detention of around 50 mainstream politicians at the Centaur Hotel that the families can freely meet now.........Read more

Modi government freezes ads placed in three Indian newspaper groups

India’s government has cut off advertisements to at least three major newspaper groups in a move that executives and an opposition leader said was likely retaliation for unfavourable reports. Critics have said that freedom of the press has been under attack since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government first took office in 2014 and journalists have complained of intimidation for writing critical stories. Now the big newspaper groups, which have a combined monthly readership of more than 26 million, say they are being starved of government ads worth millions of rupees that began even before Modi was elected to power last month with a landslide mandate. “There is a freeze,” an executive at Bennett, Coleman & Co that controls the Times of India and The Economic Times, among the country’s biggest English-language newspapers, said. “Could be (because of) some reports they were unhappy with,” the executive said, seeking anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the press. Around 15% of the Times group’s advertising comes from the government, the executive said. The ads are mostly government tenders for contracts as well as publicising government schemes. ........Read more

CRPF Pays Tribute to 5 Jawans Martyred in Anantnag Terror Attack

A wreath laying ceremony was conducted in Srinagar on Thursday morning to pay tribute to five CRPF personnel who lost their lives in the terrorist attack in Anantnag district of Jammu & Kashmir on Wednesday. The attacks happened after four months of the horrific Pulwama attack that martyred 40 Central Reserve of Police Force (CRPF) jawans.........Read more

Google's Sundar Pichai to receive prestigious USIBC Global Leadership Award

Google's India-born CEO Sundar Pichai and Nasdaq president Adena Friedman have been chosen for the prestigious Global Leadership Awards 2019 by business advocacy group USIBC in recognition of the two companies' contribution as the leading technology-driven platforms.........Read more

Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa opts out of meetings on EC code till dissent is recorded

Ashok Lavasa, the election commissioner who disagreed with the poll panel’s decisions to clear Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah of charges of violating the so-called Model Code of Conduct (MCC), has, since May 4 recused himself from all meetings to discuss MCC issues.........Read more

Japan Tests World's Fastest-ever Alfa-X Bullet Train Capable of Reaching 400 kmph

Japan has started testing its fastest-ever bullet train — capable of reaching 400 kilometres per hour (249 mph) — as it continues to develop the revolutionary mode of travel. The ALFA-X version of the Shinkansen train began three years' worth of test runs . Once it enters operation sometime around 2030, it will run at speeds of up to 360 kph (224 mph), comfortably making it the world's fastest bullet train.........Read more

‘Mamata Didi sends me kurtas every year’, says PM Modi in interview with Akshay Kumar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee may be bitter rivals in electoral arena, but off it they share a good relation. Despite all the rivalry, didi personally selects and sends me kurtas every year. She also sends me sweets as she knows I am fond of Bengali sweets.........Read more

With Indian Pilot In Pakistan Custody, Calls To Follow Geneva Convention

As Pakistan claimed it had an Indian pilot in custody following an aerial encounter with the Indian Air Force over the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir today, there were calls to treat him humanely and in accordance to the Geneva Conventions.........Read more

Ev Williams is finally moving on from Twitter

Williams announced that he is leaving Twitter’s board to “ride off into the sunset” and “focus on some other things,” it still felt like the end of an era. Williams always thought to be a bit of a counter-balance (and a former rival) to CEO Jack Dorsey........Read more

7.49 crore devotees take holy dip in 2nd ‘shahi snan’ of Mauni Amavasya

According to UP govt, at least 7.49 crore devotees took a dip on the 2nd ‘shahi snan’ of Mauni Amavasya. The Kumbh Mela will end on March 04. Hindus believe that bathing in the waters of the River Ganga absolves people of sins.........Read more

Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar says NSSO report citing high unemployment rate not final

Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar refused to comment on leaked unemployment report. He said that the government will release the employment report by the end of March.........Read more

Bank Unions to Hold Strike For Five Days Demanding XIth Bipartite Wage Revision Talks

A strike has been called for on December 21 by one of the bank officers’ union insisting to hold talks on the XIth bipartite wage revision. This strike has been demanded ahead of the one called by the UFBU on Dec 26.........Read more

MY2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport launched at Rs. 44.68 lakh | Team-BHP

Land Rover has launched the 2019 Discover Sport in India and the price starts at Rs. 44.68 lakh (ex-showroom). The base Pure variant is powered by a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine that produces 148 BHP and 382 Nm of torque. ........Read more

Researchers discover why some parts of the body have hair and others don't

Researchers reveal the existence of a naturally-occurring inhibitor secreted in developing hairless skin which blocks a signalling pathway, known as the WNT pathway, that controls hair growth.........Read more

In a first, Tripura to sell its tea under Tripureshwari Tea brand

The Tripura Tea Development Corporation (TTDC), along with Tea Board India decided to sell the tea produced in the state under the brand name ‘Tripureshwari Tea’ — a reference to Goddess Tripura Sundari.........Read more

Disqualified AIADMK MLAs to move SC, will appeal against Madras HC order

18 disqualified AIADMK MLAs decided to approach the supreme court against the Madras high court upheld of disqualification.........Read more

Two National Conference Workers Killed, One Injured After Militants Open Fire In Srinagar

Militants shot dead two workers of National Conference and injured another by firing at them from a close range in Kani Kadal area of Srinagar. The incident comes just two days ahead of polling for the first phase of elections for urban local bodies in Kashmir.........Read more

Seven Haryana Cops Among 18 Booked For Raping Minor, Her Mom For Two Months

Eighteen men, including seven Haryana Police personnel, have been booked for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl and her mother for months in a village near Kaithal’s Kalayat town. ........Read more

Tinder is giving women more control in India

The dating app announced a new feature called My Move on Tuesday that gives women the option to prevent men from initiating a conversation — even if they've "matched." The feature is currently only available to Apple users in India, but it will soon be extended to Android users.........Read more

Cricket in Olympics? Need to Convince BCCI, Says ICC CEO Dave Richardson

The International Cricket Council has expressed its desire to make cricket an Olympic sport, but such plans face a major obstacle in Board of Control for Cricket in India's anti-doping policy. The BCCI is reluctant to come under the ambit of WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) and NADA (National Anti-Doping Agency), as the board is not funded by the government. ........Read more

First look out notice against Vijay Mallya needed correction, says CBI

The CBI said that the first lookout circular against embattled businessman Vijay Mallya for his detention at airport was not sustainable in law and needed correction as there was no warrant against him at that time.........Read more

ED files case against K'taka minister DK Shivakumar for money laundering

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered a money laundering case against Karnataka minister D K Shivakumar and few others on the basis of an alleged tax evasion and hawala transactions case.........Read more

Indians Third Largest Air Travellers in 2017, Says IATA Report

India stands at the third position with 16.1 crore air travellers. Meanwhile, Americans constituted the maximum number of flyers at 63.2 crores, which was followed by the Chinese at 55.5 crores.........Read more

Stalin elected DMK president, Duraimurugan made treasurer

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) working president M.K. Stalin was on Tuesday unanimously elected president of the party at a meeting of its general council.........Read more

Facebook fixes bug that marked some posts as spam

A day after some users complained about their Facebook posts being marked as spam, Facebook on Saturday said it has fixed the bug that caused the problem.........Read more

SpaceX vows manned flight to space station is on track

Elon Musk's SpaceX vowed to send its first astronauts into orbit on schedule next year is a part of a drive to restore America's dominance of the space race.........Read more

Accept Driving Licence, RC in Digital Form, Govt Says to States

The central government have asked the States to accept the driving licence, registration certificate or other documents in 'electronic form' presented through DigiLocker or mParivahan platforms.........Read more

BHU Claims Vedas Can Help Clear Air Pollution, Purify Sewage Water; Proposes Centre for Research

Banaras Hindu University professor said that the varsity has proposed Center for Vedic Sciences to investigate evidence that show the prevalence of scientific and technological knowledge in ancient India.........Read more

‘Lives are at risk’, Al Jazeera may not share fixing details with ICC

Doha-based Al Jazeera is reluctant to share with the International Cricket Council (ICC) all the evidence it has in its possession that suggests at least four Test matches in 2016-17.........Read more

Nipah Virus: Antibody to fight infection flown in from Australia

Rajeev Sadanandan, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Government of Kerala said that the Antibody for Nipah virus from the University of Queensland will first reach Delhi, from where it will be brought to Kerala. ........Read more

Class 12 results declared for all regions at cbseresults.nic.in

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) declared the results of class 12 examinations. The girls have outperformed boys with about 9.32 per cent. The girls have scored 88.31 per cent while the boys are at 78.99 per cent.........Read more

My mother more Indian than many people, says Rahul Gandhi on last day of Karnataka elections campaign

“My mother is Italian. My mother has also lived larger part of her life in India. She is more Indian than many, many people I see. My mother has sacrificed for this country, my mother has suffered for this country. And it shows the quality of the prime minister when he makes such comments,” the Congress president said while addressing a press conference in Bengaluru.........Read more

IB Ministry rewrites its letter firing NFDC chief, drops all charges against her

The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has had to backtrack on the reasons for sacking Nina Lath Gupta as head of National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) by withdrawing all its accusations of impropriety. The I&B Ministry was forced to issue a fresh termination order on April 24 removing Paragraph 2 in the first sacking order of February 27 which had cited irregularities and “failure to adhere to prescribed procedures” by Gupta as reasons for firing her from the post of NFDC Managing Director.........Read more

Facebook To Add Unsend Feature In Messenger App Soon!

Facebook has been facing many problems from past few weeks due to its latest misfortunes triggered by the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal that broke out recently. Facebook is now planning to roll out an Unsend button in its Messenger app that will offer similar functionality to all users on the platform.........Read more

CPI(M) submits notice of no-confidence against government in Lok Sabha

The leader of the party in Lok Sabha, P Karunakaran, submitted the notice to the Lok Sabha Secretariat and urged Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to include the no-confidence motion in the revised list of business for tomorrow. ........Read more

Trump announces $50 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports

The president instructed US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to levy tariffs on at least $50 billion in Chinese imports. Trump was poised to sign an executive memo issuing the instructions on Thursday at the White House. Within 15 days, USTR will come up with a proposed list of products that will face higher tariffs.........Read more

20-year-old CVs to be deregistered from April 1, 2020

The government has decided to deregister commercial vehicles (CVs) that are more than 20 years old from April 1, 2020. As part of the new vehicle scrapping policy, CVs will have a 20-year age limit. ........Read more

WhatsApp co-founder tweets 'It is time. Delete Facebook'

WhatsApp's co-founder Brian Acton tweeted today telling everyone to "delete Facebook". Acton's tweet comes even as Facebook is in the eye of a storm after reports emerged that a political data analysis company Cambridge Analytica accessed 50 million Facebook users' data without their permission.........Read more

SBI cuts charges for balance shortfall by up to 70%

The charges for non-maintenance of AMB for customers in Metro and Urban centers have been reduced from a maximum of Rs 50 per month plus GST to Rs 15 per month plus GST. For Semi-Urban and Rural centres the charges have been reduced from Rs 40 per month plus GST to Rs 12 per month and Rs 10 per month plus GST respectively. The revised charges will be effective from April 01, 2018.........Read more

Tamil Nadu Forest Fire: Nine Trekkers Dead, 27 Rescued; Rescue Operations Underway

At least nine of the 36 trekkers who got trapped in Sunday evening’s forest fire in Tamil Nadu were feared to have died so far. The trekkers, mostly students, were caught in a massive forest fire in Theni district. Twenty-seven people have been rescued and taken to hospital in Bodinaickanur. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has been pressed into service for rescue operations.........Read more

Alaska Earthquake: Tsunami warning issued for US west coast

A Tsunami alert has been issued for the West Coast of US after a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck off Alaska. The US National Weather Service's Pacific Tsunami Warning Center alerted that 'widespread hazardous tsunami waves were possible' and told people living on the coast to "go to high ground or move inland".........Read more

Indian shuttler Divij Sharan, Rohan Bopanna progress to round 3 in Australian Open

Indian shuttler Divij Sharan and Rohan Bopanna with their respected partners on Friday swiftly entered into the men's doubles third round at the Australian Open which is being held in Melbourne.........Read more

Royal Enfield Continental GT Discontinued In India; Exports To Continue

Royal Enfield has finally pulled the plug on the Continental GT and the motorcycle has been discontinued from the Indian market. The CGT could never be the hot seller Royal Enfield aspired it to be and will now be effectively replaced by the all-new Continental GT 650 set to go on sale later this year.........Read more

"Another Coerced Statement": Government On New Kulbhushan Jadhav Video By Pakistan

In the new video, played out by Pakistan's foreign office at a press briefing on Wednesday, Mr Jadhav purportedly says that an Indian diplomat yelled at his mother when she and his wife visited the foreign office in Islamabad to meet him last week. "This does not come as a surprise. Pakistan is simply continuing its practice of putting out coerced statements on video. It is time for them to realise that such propagandistic exercises simply carry no credibility," the foreign affairs ministry said.........Read more

OxygenOS 5.0.1 Update for OnePlus 5 to Be Released Soon

OnePlus has cancelled the rollout of OxygenOS 5.0 update for the OnePlus 5, citing a bug that disrupted the global release of the software. Instead, the company is preparing to roll out OxygenOS 5.0.1 and a partial release for that will go live soon. OxygenOS 5.0 was previously rolled out as an incremental over-the-air (OTA) update for the OnePlus 5.........Read more

Diabetes drug 'significantly reverses memory loss' in mice with Alzheimer's

Dr Doug Brown, Director of Research and Development at Alzheimer's Society, said: "With no new treatments in nearly 15 years, we need to find new ways of tackling Alzheimer's. It's imperative that we explore whether drugs developed to treat other conditions can benefit people with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. This approach to research could make it much quicker to get promising new drugs to the people who need them."........Read more

The story of the Englishman who stayed back as a judge in India

William Broome was born in 1910 in London. He was appointed to the Indian Civil Service in 1932. He served in what was then the United Provinces (now Uttar Pradesh). In 1937, he married Swaroop Kumari Gour, the daughter of the lawyer, politician and academic Sir Hari Singh Gour. He raised his children as Hindus (Broome was an atheist), learned numerous Indian languages and developed a strong interest in Indian culture.........Read more

Mozilla ditches Yahoo, makes Google the default search engine for Firefox Quantum browser

Mozilla today announced the biggest update for its web browser, Firefox. Now known as Firefox Quantum, Mozilla says that it’s “over twice as fast as Firefox from 6 months ago”. The most surprising element in the launch of Firefox Quantum is, however, the integration of Google as the default search engine and not Yahoo.........Read more

Modi launches full immunisation coverage mission at Vadnagar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting his hometown Vadnagar on October 8, Day 2 of his Gujarat visit. At Vadnagar, he launched the Mission Intensified Indra Dhanush, which according to the Union Health Ministry targets full immunisation coverage by 2018.........Read more

Travelers stranded as UK's Monarch Airlines suspends flights

Britain's Civil Aviation Authority said in a tweet on its website that it was arranging to have 30 aircraft bring 110,000 stranded passengers back home, "at no cost to them''. Monarch became the UK's largest carrier to go into administration, cancelling about 300,000 future bookings.........Read more

SC mulls over lack of integrated system for compensation to rape victims

The Supreme Court has expressed its displeasure on lack of an integrated system for disbursal of compensation to victims of sexual assault in the country. A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta also wondered why no records of compensation if paid to the victims were kept and why it has not been decided as to what stage the money is to be paid.........Read more

Satyarthi appeals to govt to set up special courts to deal with crime against children

"I appeal the government to set up children-specific courts in every district of the country where cases related to crimes against children will be decided in a time-bound manner, as in fast-track courts," Satyarthi added.........Read more

Hyderabad: Boyfriend held for teen's murder, visited her home to grieve

The Telangana Police has arrested a former classmate of 17-year-old girl, whose decomposed body was found in the hillocks of Ameenpur on Tuesday, in connection with her murder. Police arrested accused Sai Kiran when he visited the house of the victim, Chandini Jain, to condole her death. Kiran was Jain’s classmate from Class 6 to Class 10, and they were in a relationship for the past two years.........Read more

Gorakhpur Hospital Tragedy: 16 Children Die at BRD Medical College on August 31, Toll Reaches 415 For Month

Deaths of children and infants at the Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College in Gorakhpur continued to mount, with 16 deaths reported on August 31. According to reports, 16 children have died, including one due to Encephalitis, in last 24 hours at BRD Medical College, three weeks after over 70 children, including infants, died in a span of five days. A total of 415 children died at BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur in August this year.........Read more

Government developing ways to prevent unauthorised access to official's mobile phones

"Gadgets have become a source from where chances of espionage have increased. Mobile phones are most vulnerable and even set-top-boxes can be compromised. For mobiles, the government is developing a solution to prevent unauthorised access to communications of government officials,"........Read more

Understanding glioblastoma, the most common and lethal form of brain cancer

Glioblastoma GBM is a very aggressive form, or a Grade IV, type of brain tumor called an astrocytoma. It's a type of glioma, a brain tumor that begin in the glial cells that surround and support neurons. “Specifically, it forms in malignant or cancerous astrocytes, which are the star-shaped support cells of the brain,” says Barbara O’Brien, an assistant professor at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center. “These cancerous cells multiply, and as they create more and more mass, the pressure in the brain may cause the patient symptoms.”........Read more

Paytm users can now receive cashback as 'digital' gold: Here's how

Mobile wallet company Paytm will now offer consumers the option of receiving 'digital gold' as cashback on their transactions. Earlier this year, Paytm had partnered gold refiner, MMTC-PAMP to allow consumers to buy gold for as low as Re 1. Under the partnership, Paytm wallet holders could purchase 24K 999.9 purity gold online and store it in MMTC-PAMP's secure vaults free of charge.........Read more

Pro Kabaddi league prize money raised to Rs 8 cr

This puts kabaddi in the third place among domestic leagues in terms of prize money. The Vivo India Premier League's latest season prize money was Rs 46 crore while the India Super League’s was Rs 15 crore. This season starts from July 28 in Hyderabad. Twelve teams will clash in 138 matches to claim the Rs 3 crore prize money for winners. ........Read more

SC stays U'khand HC order declaring Ganga, Yamuna as living

A bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud passed the order on Uttarakhand government's plea against the high court's March 20 judgement, which said 'Holy rivers Ganga and Yamuna have been declared to be treated as a living human entities.........Read more

Self-driving cars may soon be able to make moral and ethical decisions as humans do

Can a self-driving vehicle be moral, act like humans do, or act like humans expect humans to? Contrary to previous thinking, a ground-breaking new study has found for the first time that human morality can be modelled meaning that machine based moral decisions are, in principle, possible.........Read more

How government policies are wilfully and recklessly threatening India's wildlife reserves

In May 2014, India ushered in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government with a thumping majority. While the earlier United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government had been steadily weakening safeguards for India’s environment, forests and wildlife, the NDA carried forward this agenda in an even more aggressive and systematic manner. The ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC) shed its fig leaf of a protection agenda, and positioned itself as a ministry tasked with the government’s mission of “ease of doing business”, and in a series of measures diluted and dissolved regulatory regimes........Read more

20 including journalists, retired HC judge paid through hawala to fuel Kashmir unrest

The security forces along with the Intelligence Bureau have prepared a list of 20 persons including journalists and a retired High Court judge who have been fueling unrest in the Valley.........Read more

Soon, travel in economy AC in trains

The proposed fully AC train will have three-tier Economy AC coaches besides AC-3, AC-2 and AC-1 classes as part of the transformation exercise. An added feature would be automatic doors. However, the passengers will not require blankets in the Economy AC class like other AC coaches as the temperature will be around 24-25 degrees.........Read more

Scientists find mechanism behind precise spinal cord development

Scientists have uncovered how nerve cells in the spinal cord are organised in precise patterns during embryo development - a finding that could give insight into regenerative medicine.........Read more

Confederations Cup: Germany Thrash Mexico 4-1 to Enter Final

Germany booked their place in the Confederations Cup final as Leon Goretzka scored twice in a devastating opening spell to Thursday's 4-1 semi-final win over Mexico.........Read more

Royal Enfield showcases two exclusive, custom-made bikes at the Wheels and Waves Festival in France

Royal Enfield has participated in this event for the third time and collaborated with UK based Sinroja Motorcycles, unveiling two exclusive renditions called ‘Surf Racer’ and ‘Gentleman Brat’, along with its range of motorcycles and gear.........Read more

McLaren 570S Spider unveiled, gets retractable hardtop | Team-BHP

McLaren has unveiled a convertible version of its mid-size sports car - the 570S Spider. This marks the introduction of the third product in McLaren's Sports Series line-up, after the 570S coupe and 570GT.........Read more

WHO classes HIV drug as an essential medicine

Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP has been added to the WHO's list of essential medicines, highlighting England's failure to provide the drug to those most at risk.........Read more

Elon Musk presents study of SpaceX plans for a self sustaining city on Mars

SpaceX’s CEO Elon Musk’s vision for future manned trips to other planets, and specifically the requisites to create a self-sustaining city on Mars, has been presented in a study. Published in the journal New Space, in the study Musk explores the planetary options for expanding to a space-bearing civilization and describes the advantages Mars offers. ........Read more

Jaguar XF Sportbrake Unveiled

The Jaguar XF Sportbrake comes with a heavily raked roofline that tapers into a lovely set of tail lamps that take inspiration from the F-Type sports car. There's a neat horizontal chrome strip that integrates into the reversing lights and that makes it even more special. Up front the Jaguar XF Sportbrake gets styling bits similar to the saloon. The full-length panoramic sunroof makes the cabin airy.........Read more

Kejriwal cheated on me too: Delhi autorickshaw, taxi unions begin campaign against CM

Kejriwal might have upset his base voters who believed in the idea of a common man taking on a corrupted system and this campaign, no matter how small it is will have some influence.........Read more

'Sadak ka gunda' row: BJP asks Sonia Gandhi to apologise for insulting Army Chief

"Sonia Gandhi should come out and apologise for the remarks made against the Indian Army by Congress leaders," Sitharaman said. "The Congress party consistently questions the integrity of the Indian Army to shame and demoralise the Indian Army," she added.........Read more

Rahul Gandhi Detained On Way To Violence-Hit Mandsaur In Madhya Pradesh

Rahul Gandhi was detained today before he could enter Madhya Pradesh for a visit to Mandsaur, the epicenter of violent farmer protests that have escalated over the death of five in police firing on Tuesday. The Congress vice president dramatically swapped his car for a bike, defying police barricades, and finally set out on foot before he was stopped and taken to a makeshift jail.........Read more

Google to build adblocker into Chrome browser to tackle intrusive ads

Google has confirmed it will build an adblocker into its Chrome browser from next year as it targets the most intrusive online adverts. The web giant is working with the Coalition for Better Ads, an independent group comprised of tech companies, publishers and major advertisers and agencies, that aims to improve the experience of web browsing.........Read more

Isuzu MU-X Review

The Isuzu MU-X is a rugged-looking SUV, no doubt about that. The front end with the two-slate chrome grill along with a dual-tone bumper and the high-rising bonnet gives it a proper SUV stance. The wheel arches flare out beautifully, adding muscle to the profile and those 17-inch diamond-cut alloys look rather cool too. The crossover-ish rear rounds up things nicely. ........Read more

Now IIT Madras students organise beef festival

Around 50 students of the IIT Madras took part in a beef festival. The festival was held at the IIT Madras campus to protest against the ban on sale of cattle for slaughtering.........Read more

One-Off Rolls-Royce Sweptail Revealed At Concorso d'Eleganza; Priced At Rs. 84 Crore

The Rolls-Royce Sweptail is a one-off completely customised car that was a designed for a special customer according to his idea and was unveiled at the Concorso d'Eleganza at Villa d'Este. The car reportedly carries a price tag of Rs. $12.8 million, that could make it the most expensive new car to be sold ever.........Read more

The beautiful languages of the people who talk like birds

These mysterious languages demonstrate the brain’s astonishing capacity to decode information from new signals – with insights that are causing some neuroscientists to rethink the fundamental organisation of the brain. The research may even shed light on the emergence of language itself. According to one theory, our first words may have sounded something like the Hmong’s courtship songs.........Read more

Manish Aggarwal appointed as CMO of Zee's digital business

Manish Aggarwal, a marketing executive previously at LeEco for a year, was appointed as the Chief Marketing Officer of ZDCL, the Zee conglomerate's digital arm, Exchange4Media reported. A Zee spokesperson confirmed the appointment. As CMO, all marketing and business executives across Zee's digital b........Read more

Paytm Raises $1.4 Billion From SoftBank To Expand User Base

Paytm is at an inflection point and the investment by SoftBank and its chairman Masayoshi Son is an endorsement, said One97 founder and chief executive officer Vijay Shekhar Sharma.........Read more

Big blow to Gandhis, I-T to probe Sonia, Rahul in National Herald case

In a big blow to Gandhis, the Delhi High Court on Friday allowed the Income Tax department to probe Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party vice president Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald case.........Read more

They Matter Too: Why BSF Men Get Fewer Allowances Than Army Jawans

A BSF jawan performing exactly the same duties as an Indian army soldier while deployed together at the same post, gets as much as 40 percent less pay and allowances than his army counterpart.........Read more

Matrimony.Com files Draft Papers With Sebi For Rs 350-cr IPO

Matrimony.Com, which runs online match making business under BharatMatrimony brand, today filed draft papers with markets regulator Sebi to raise an estimated Rs 350 crore through an IPO. The initial public offer (IPO) consists of a fresh issue aggregating up to Rs 130 crore and an offer for sale of up to 3,767,254 equity shares.........Read more

Vitamin D Supplements Unlikely to Reduce Risk of Asthma, Allergies

Despite previous reports, Vitamin D supplements are unlikely to reduce the risk of asthma, atopic dermatitis, or allergies according to a new Canadian study.........Read more

Flipkart, Amazon kick off price war; up to 80% discount across products and brands

For sellers on these online platforms, this is an opportunity to make up for business lost following the cash crunch caused by demonetisation. Flipkart's sale from May 14 to May 18 will be called the 'Big 10' sale to mark its 10th anniversary. Discounts of up to 80% will be offered across products and leading brands. India's largest online marketplace informed sellers that it expects a three-to-four-fold rise in revenue during the sale. ........Read more

A New Crack In One Of Antarctica's Biggest Ice Shelves Could Mean A Major Break Is Near

Another branch has appeared in a huge crack on one of Antarctica's largest ice shelves, and scientists fear it's only a matter of time before a huge chunk - potentially containing up to 2,000 square miles of ice - breaks away. If this happens, the ice shelf may become increasingly unstable and could even fall apart.........Read more

India, Afghanistan gave help to Pakistani Taliban, says group's ex-spokesman

Afghan and Indian intelligence agencies gave funds and other assistance to Pakistani Taliban militants to fight Islamabad, the group's former spokesman, who surrendered last week, said in a video released by Pakistan's military on Wednesday.........Read more

Ban on highway alcohol: HC stays alleged attempt by TN to reopen liquor shops

The Madras High Court has temporarily stayed reopening/ establishing liquor outlets along the State highways violating Supreme Court directives in Tamil Nadu. The First Bench of the High Court passed the order a day after the DMK and the Advocates Forum for Social Justice brought the issue to the court.........Read more

Freezing lithium batteries may make them safer and bendable

Yuan Yang, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Columbia Engineering, has developed a new method that could lead to lithium batteries that are safer, have longer battery life, and are bendable, providing new possibilities such as flexible smartphones. His new technique uses ice-templating to control the structure of the solid electrolyte for lithium batteries that are used in portable electronics, electric vehicles, and grid-level energy storage. The study is published online April 24 in Nano Letters.........Read more

Reports: Manchester United name 2 Real Madrid players they want in swap-deal for David De Gea

Manchester United have informed Real Madrid that they would only sell David De Gea if they are offered Alvaro Morat and Raphael Varane in return. Red Devils are trying to make the most of the deal because they know that they cannot stop De Gea from joining Madrid.........Read more

Chandrababu Naidu and the Emergent TDP Dynasty

Those familiar with TDP politics say that Naidu after backstabbing his father-in-law and then chief minister N.T. Rama Rao in a midnight coup in September 1995 and taking over the reins of office – does not easily trust anyone. His son, of course, is an exception. Party sources say that Lokesh is being aggressively promoted as the heir to Naidu – sometimes much to the annoyance of senior party leaders. “Within a year and in the run up to the 2019 elections, Lokesh will be elevated as president of TDP to project a youthful face,” predicts a senior party leader.........Read more

What would Godzilla and other movie monsters really sound like?

We wanted to look into what a giant beast should sound like — whether it’s Godzilla, the prehistoric Kong lizards, or more realistic dinosaurs. So we asked paleontologists, who’ve been trying to figure out what dinosaurs sounded like for decades. It’s hard to get an answer because the vocal organs used to make sounds, like the vocal cords in our throat, are mostly made of flesh. And flesh doesn’t fossilize.........Read more

Snapdeal founders assure employees of job security

Founders Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal have told employees of the beleaguered online retailer that their job security is top priority for them, even as the company's investors discuss various options.........Read more

29 Beautiful Ramayana Stamps From Muslim-Majority Indonesia And Other Southeast Asian Nations

The Hindu epic Ramayana is equally revered to in many Southeast Asian countries. Hinduism was the dominant religion in these parts of the world before some to them became Islamic. What is, however, beautiful is that despite converting to a different faith, countries such as Indonesia did not forget their culture. To the Indonesians, at least, Lord Rama is more of an ancestor than a Hindu God and, therefore, an integral part of their culture.........Read more

Hyundai Launches The World's First Car Delivery Service By Drone

Hyundai Motor UK today launched the world's first car delivery service by drone - Click to Fly. The service builds on the success of the online purchasing website, Click to Buy, and gives customers the option to have their brand new Hyundai delivered within two hours by the company's in-house developed drones provided the car is in stock.........Read more

Snapdeal misses out on funding as SoftBank feuds with Kalaari Capital, Nexus

A rift between investors on the board of directors of online marketplace Snapdeal has led to the company missing out on at least two desperately needed funding offers over the past six months. The clash is between early and powerful Snapdeal investors Kalaari Capital and Nexus Venture Partners on one side, and SoftBank Group Corp., the company’s largest shareholder, on the other.........Read more

Air India to connect Delhi-Washington by a direct flight

National career Air India, for the time, will connect national capital New Delhi with Washington directly by a flight. Washington will be Air India's fifth direct destination in the US after New York, Newark, Chicago and San Francisco. The service will commence on July 7,........Read more

Scientists Find How Using 'Satnav' Switches Off Parts of Brain

The researchers said that when volunteers in an experiment navigated manually, their hippocampus and prefrontal cortex brain regions had spikes of activity. But these were not seen when the volunteers simply followed satnav instructions.........Read more

Gmail Video Attachments Can Now Be Streamed on Desktop

 After increasing the incoming attachment limit to 50MB on Gmail, the email client has now introduced a nifty ability to stream video attachments instead of downloading them. This will let you understand what the video is about before deciding on a download, a rather useful feature to save up on the cramped storage space on PCs and laptops. This feature is only available to desktop users for now, and will be rolled out incrementally in the coming weeks.........Read more

JNU student Muthukrishnan's death: Autopsy stuck amid 'foul play' speculation; Dalit groups demand CBI inquiry

Suspecting a foul play, the family members of Muthukrishnan on Tuesday demanded a probe into his death. Speaking to reporters his mother Alamelu said her son had planned a visit to home this month. She said it is difficult to believe that Muthukrishnan committed suicide.........Read more

Coming soon: cars that talk to one another

The Cadillac CTS is racing towards a blind corner, raising the anxiety of its passengers. Suddenly, a chime sounds and a front cross traffic alert warning flashes on a screen attached to the windshield. Even though theres nothing visible ahead, the driver jams on the brakes just as another Cadillac CTS jumps out from around the corner. Disaster averted. ........Read more

AIIMS hands over Jayalalithaa’s medical report to Tamil Nadu government

The AIIMS on Monday handed over the medical report of late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, prepared by its doctors, to the State government. The report contains the analysis of Jayalalithaa’s health condition by the doctors of the premier institute during their five visits to Chennai.........Read more

China cuts GDP growth target as it pushes through reforms, de-leveraging

China has cut its growth target this year as the world's second-largest economy pushes through painful reforms to address a build-up in debt and strives to keep a lid on risks in its financial sector.........Read more

Stunning New Range Rover Velar Officially Unveiled

After a few leaked pictures and more than a few teasers, the newest member of the Range Rover family has officially been unveiled. The new Velar (which means To Veil or To Cover) is the forth SUV in the Range Rover family and sits snugly in between the Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport. The new Range Rover Velar will of course be making it to India next year with a possible 2018 Auto Expo unveil and should be priced around the Rs 70-80 lakh mark to go up against the likes of the BMW X5, the Audi Q7, the Volvo XC90 and even the Jaguar F-Pace and the Porsche Macan.........Read more

With the Indian buyer in mind, M&M gears up to make an electronic sports car like Tesla

The aim is to combine the design capabilities of Pininfarina, the Italian car-styling company Mahindra acquired a year ago, and the electric vehicle skills of Mahindra Electric to build a new product. Pininfarina has designed cars for marquee brands such as Ferrari and Alfa Romeo. ........Read more

Not Just Circus, Doordarshan Is Set To Revive These Iconic TV Shows As Well

Even as fans, old or new, rejoiced the fact, according to reports on February 22, not just Circus but 5 more old TV shows are set to make a comeback and would get their own re-run. All of these shows were widely watched and DD is once again is ready to take the viewers back to the good old days by reviving the nostalgia.........Read more

Oxford University may soon break its 700-years-old tradition by setting up a foreign campus in Paris

French officials met the senior staff at the Oxford University last week and pitched a plan to set up a "satellite" base in Paris in an attempt to get EU funding to the institution post Brexit. Other universities, including Warwick, were also approached by the officials with similar proposals.........Read more

Nadella: India ready to build mass-scale apps

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the kind of IT infrast ructure India has built and the artificial intelligence (AI) technolo gies that are now available enable the country to build “India-scale" applications that can dramatically improve the quality and reach of education, healthcare, credit and more.........Read more

Araku coffee to debut in Paris market this week

One hears of cooperative farming where government, NGOs or corporate entities provide resources or knowhow to support cultivation. But in the picturesque and protected Araku Valley of Andhra Pradesh, a unique agri enterprise has taken shape. Tribals from this region, with the backing of four business leaders, are growing top-notch quality coffee, which will make its debut overseas this week under an exotic brand.........Read more

Assam: BJP leader Ramakanta Dewri's alleged sex video goes viral; MLA cries conspiracy to defame him

A BJP MLA from Assam is at the centre of a political storm after a sex video allegedly involving him went viral over several local television channels. In the video, Ramakanta Dewri, an MLA of Morigaon constituency, is purpotedly seen in a compromising position with a woman in a hotel room.........Read more

Bodhisattva International Film Festival Kicks Off in Bihar

Bodhisattva International Film Festival began here on Thursday, with 3,543 film entries from 122 countries received for the festival under Feature Film, Documentary and Shorts categories.........Read more

The Ghazi Attack movie review: A fine war film with some brilliant performances

A war film is not exactly common in Indian cinema, and one that focusses completely on a chapter from a conflict without digressing into romance, dreams and dances needs to be lauded, and Sankalp Reddy’s Telugu work, The Ghazi Attack – dubbed in Hindi and Tamil – has the ability to engross. What is more, Reddy has managed to get a really impressive star cast of Om Puri, Nasser (though in minuscule role), Rana Daggubati, Kay Kay Menon and others.........Read more

LIC bought 4.63 crore shares in Infosys

Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) on Saturday said it has acquired an additional 2% stake in Infosys Ltd in over three years ending February 2017, taking its total shareholding in the Bengaluru-based software major to 7.02%.........Read more

Airtel has provided 35,000 PoIs to Jio in 5 months

A day after the Telecom Commission sought answers from the sector regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on how a cumulative penalty of Rs 3,050 crore was slapped on incumbent telcos for ‘’failing’’ to provide adequate points of interconnect (PoIs) to Reliance Jio, the largest operator Bharti Airtel has come out with data to defend its own case.........Read more

After Apple, BlackBerry To Now 'Make In India'

Canadian smartphone firm BlackBerry today said it has inked a pact with Optiemus Infracom for manufacturing BlackBerry Android handsets in India. This follows Apple Inc, which has decided to start manufacturing its popular iPhone in Bengaluru.........Read more

WhatsApp’s business-friendly feature to go international; all about the new ‘Enterprise’ update

The messaging app is reportedly working on bringing structured messages for enterprises. According to a report now, WhatsApp will automatically download in the background a structured messages pack that contains much information about the language of the user. The report by WABetaInfo had earlier also said that a new feature has been found in WhatsApp’s latest updates on iOS, Windows and Android’s beta app. With the new functionality in WhatsApp’s structured messages, the app is trying to be more business friendly for enterprises. This essentially means that they will be enabled to send messages directly to a big number of users who are the potential audience. Currently, it is limited to mainly social interactions.........Read more

Exclusive: Reliance Jio DTH Set Top Box Picture Leaked

Reliance Jio’s plans are already a bit known with the company starting the test trials for the broadband services at certain places and on the other side, the telecommunication service getting an addition of devices. But, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. is also planning to start the Direct to Home (DTH) services very soon, with the …........Read more

Poor mobile coverage poses security risk in northeast

A delay in improving mobile coverage in the northeast has irked the ministry of home affairs, with officials fearing an escalation in security risk due to people using signals from Myanmar for communication.........Read more

Triple Talaq: Asaduddin Owaisi says Muslims must fight for it just like Tamilians fought for Jallikattu

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi spoke in favour of triple talaq calling the Muslim community to support triple talaq. Owaisi said that the Muslim community should learn from the people protesting in Tamil Nadu in support of Jallikattu and launch a similar protest for our culture. He also said that “Muslim community have their own culture and we should be allowed to marry the way we want.”........Read more

Kerala on course to become fully electrified state: Governor

Leading the 68th Republic Day celebrations in Kerala, Governor P Sathasivam today said the state is moving ahead to be declared as a fully electrified-state. "As a state which has already ensured the highest percentage of domestic electrification in the country, Kerala is also preparing to be declared as a fully electrified state by providing power connections to 2.5 lakh houses," he said.........Read more

New Generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class Launch Details Announced

It's been barely a few days since 2017 started and we have confirmed news that Mercedes-Benz India will be launching the 5th generation E-Class sedan towards the end of February, 2017. The new E-Class was launched about a year earlier than the new BMW 5 Series and the next-gen Audi A6, when it did go on sale internationally, earlier in the year.........Read more

Scarlett Johansson named 'top grossing' actor by Forbes - BBC News

Scarlett Johansson has been named as the top grossing actor of 2016 by Forbes magazine. Her movies, including Captain America: Civil War and the Coen Brothers' Hail Caesar!, earned $1.2bn (£978m) globally over the past 12 months. Johansson's Marvel co-stars Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr tied for second place with $1.15bn (£938m) each.........Read more

Delhi High Court bars Intex from selling Aqua phones, accessories

n a major setback to Intex, the Delhi High Court barred India's second largest handset maker from selling its Aqua brand of mobile phones and accessories in the local market, acting on a trademark infringement petition filed by smaller rival Aqua Mobile. The interim injunction was issued on December 24. It will come into force after two weeks to enable the company to dispose of its current stocks, Justice GS Sistani said, according to a copy of the order. Intex has decided to appeal the order before a division bench of the high court.........Read more

Super Star Gets Emotional In Hyderabad

Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad has conferred Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan with honorary doctorate for his immense contribution to film industry.........Read more

Sheena Bora murder case: CBI says witness's life would be at stake if Indrani Mukerjea allowed leave

Fearing threat to witness, the CBI has oppsed Indrani's plea in the Sheena Bora murder case, saying it will open a Pandora's box and safety of "my witness is also at stake". "It is my concern. At best from jail premises she may perform the last rites on December 27. Her plea may be rejected," pleaded Badami.........Read more

Japan to call over 1 lakh Indians to be part of 2020 Olympics workforce

Apart from the Olympics, many Indian youths may get a chance to work in the bullet train factories and on construction sites as well as management of high-speed corridors.........Read more

Punjab BJP snubs Navjot Kaur Sidhu for joining Congress

Now, when both husband and wife were left lurching high and dry, they suddenly found an alternative and that too in the same person who according to her bore an unacceptable behavior. This is sheer opportunism at play.........Read more

PNB and SBI team up with Ola to set up mobile ATMs

After petrol pumps, cash can now be withdrawn by swiping debit cards at select Ola cabs as Indias largest ride-hailing service partners with lenders like State Bank of India (SBI) and Punjab National Bank to ease the cash crunch.........Read more

Smoking may harm HIV patients more than the virus

The study suggests that making smoking cessation a priority and finding effective ways to help people with HIV quit can significantly improve their lifespan. "Now that HIV-specific medicines are so effective against the virus itself, we also need to add other interventions that could improve and extend the lives of people with HIV," said Krishna P Reddy, of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.........Read more

Mulayam-Akhilesh, Tata-Mistry, Et Al: Bungling Succession Is A Key Indian Failing

The ongoing power struggle in the Samajwadi Party (SP) between father Mulayam Singh and son Akhilesh Yadav, the jockeying for a post-Jayalalithaa inheritance in Tamil Nadu politics, and the exit of Cyrus Mistry from the chairmanship at Tata Sons after a palace coup are all pointers to the fact that Indians have not yet found out a sensible way to manage succession. Whether it is in politics or business or social organisations, we simply do not have a simple and transparent way to pass on power to the deserving, though there are a few exceptions to this rule.........Read more

TSR Subramanian says 25 per cent drop in standards of education after RTE

New Delhi: Not impressed by the highly regarded Right to Education Act (RTE), Former Cabinet Secretary TSR Subramanian said India has witnessed as much as “25 per cent drop in standards of education” after RTE. Read More:  Get me arrested in six months, Otherwise after six months, I will arrest Majithia: Kejriwal“RTE has done enormous good........Read more

SP Split Looming: New Name, Symbol for Akhilesh’s Political Outfit

Sources close to Akhilesh Yadav say that the newly-formed political outfit is gearing up to be christened the Progressive Samajwadi Party or Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party. The new political party will “graduate” to a motorcycle from the bicycle in the selection of its new election symbol. Akhilesh's uncle and party's senior pro Ram Gopal Yadav's recent visit to the Election Commission office in New Delhi has lent credence to the political buzz.........Read more

Smartphone batteries produce over 100 toxic gases: Study

Not just catching up fire or exploding as you sleep next to them, dozens of dangerous gases are being produced by the batteries found in billions of consumer devices like smartphones and tablets, scientists have warned. The team has identified more than 100 toxic gases released by lithium-ion batteries, including carbon monoxide, which can cause strong irritations to the skin, eyes and nasal passages and harm the wider environment.........Read more

Top suitor Salesforce walks away from bidding for Twitter: report

Twitter shares nose-dived on Friday after the Financial Times reported a top suitor walked away, making it likely the one-to-many messaging service will be left to fly solo. Salesforce.com has ruled out bidding for Twitter, with chief executive Marc Benioff quoted as telling the financial daily that "we've walked away" because it wasn't a proper fit.........Read more

Narendra Modi’s Indian Ocean opportunity

For all his many foreign visits and stadium speeches, Narendra Modi still lacks a defining international economic project. The recent attack in Uri scuppered one candidate, namely pushing greater economic integration across South Asia. But it has brought another into view: the Indian Ocean, and the idea of placing the wider region at the heart of a new neighbourhood policy for India itself.........Read more

Flipkart outsells Amazon during festive sale

Online marketplace Flipkart outsold arch-rival Amazon India during the first sale event of the all-important festive season, recording unit sales of 15.5 million compared with 15 million units for the US-based online retailing giant. Flipkart Internet Pvt. Ltd generated gross sales of at least Rs3,000 crore during its five-day flagship sale Big Billion Days (BBD), which ended on Thursday, three people familiar with the matter said on condition of anonymity........Read more

Reservation based on caste should be scrapped, says Raj Thackeray; praises Maratha marches

Reservation based on caste should be scrapped, says Raj Thackeray; praises Maratha marches - MNS chief Raj Thackeray said that whenever he will get the opportunity to meet the Prime Minister, he will request him to give reservation to those who are economically backward irrespective of the caste.........Read more

Halo 5's Breakout Mode Gets Some Major Changes

343's ongoing support for Halo 5, which launched one year ago this month, has been steady and impressive. The developer continues to support and update the game, the latest example being some changes to the game's love-it-or-hate-it multiplayer mode, Breakout.........Read more

Army was alerted of LeT plan to strike Uri base 3 days before attack

On September 15, the intelligence agencies had alerted the Army about the presence of a group of eight Lashker-e-Taiba terrorists across the LoC in Pakistan, waiting for an opportunity to infiltrate into Uri with specific plans to hit the Army base.........Read more

History of the World: Every Year

The entire history of the World from the rise of civilisation to the present day.........Read more

India - Israel sucessfully test fires long range surface-to-air missile

In a bid to galvanize its air defence capabilities, India on Tuesday successfully test fired a new, long range surface-to-air missile jointly developed with Israel from a defence base off Odisha coast. The long range missile, a product of a joint venture between India and Israel, was test launched from a mobile launcher at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur near here at around 10.13 hours, a DRDO official said. The trial was successful and some more rounds of test are expected to be conducted shortly, the DRDO scientist said. "Apart from the missile, the system includes a Multi Functional Surveillance and Threat Alert Radar (MF STAR) for detection, tracking and guidance of the missile," the official said, ........Read more

Supreme Court seeks Shahabuddin’s reply on plea challenging his bail

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to stay a Patna High Court order granting bail to former RJD MP Mohd. Shahabuddin in a murder case, saying it prefers to first hear the case in detail before decid........Read more

Hurriyat hawks exposed: How funds flow from Pakistan to fuel Kashmir unrest

To fuel unrest in Kashmir, funds from Pakistan reached the Kashmir Valley via Delhi route, intelligence sources said.........Read more

Kejriwal to be canonized as Saint after he performs miracle of not abusing Modi for one whole day

Even as Pope Francis proclaimed Mother Teresa a saint for living a life of holiness and performing two miracles – which are incidentally the conditions required for someone to be canonized – an aide walked up to His Holiness and brought his attention to a far bigger miracle – Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had spent [...]........Read more

VR rendering software used to trick facial security systems

(Tech Xplore)—A small team of researchers with The University of North Carolina has given a demonstration at this year's Usenix symposium showing a means for easily defeating facial security systems. They have outlined their work in a paper published on the Usenix site.........Read more

AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan, who was booked for threatening a woman, arrested

AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan, who was booked for threatening a woman, arrested - AAP legislator Amanatullah Khan booked for allegedly threatening woman has been arrested by Delhi police.........Read more

China Builds World's Largest Seaplane: Report

China has completed production of the world's largest amphibious aircraft after seven years of work, which it plans to use to perform marine rescue missions and fight forest fires, the Xinhua news agency reported.........Read more

Deepika Padukone unveils xXx: The Return of Xander Cage logo

Deepika Padukone unveils the logo of her upcoming hollywood project.........Read more

World's greatest concentration of unique mammal species is on Philippine island

Where is the world's greatest concentration of unique species of mammals? A team of American and Filipino authors have concluded that it is Luzon Island, in the Philippines. Their 15-year project, summarized in a paper published in the scientific journal Frontiers of Biogeography, has shown that out of 56 species of non-flying mammal species that are now known to live on the island, 52 live nowhere else in the world. Of those 56 species, 28 were discovered during the course of the project. Nineteen of the species have been formally described in scientific journals, and nine are currently "in the works."........Read more

Google to train 2 million developers on Android in India

Tech giant Google aims to train about 2 million developers in India on its Android platform over the next three years to cash in on the high-quality talent pool in the country. India, which has abo........Read more

UGC declares 8 Uttar Pradesh varsities fake

In a list of 22 fake universities in the country, UP figures as the state with the most such varsities........Read more

Terror tangle: Indian Muslims battle hostile attitudes as Islamic State seeks to spread tentacles

Blaming the very inward-looking approach of religious institutions like the Jamaat-e-Islami, Muslim intellectuals say the madrasas need to be opened up.........Read more

India’s Chabahar port plan is to counter China’s plan: Report

The recent Indo-Iran deal to develop the strategic Chabahar Port is part of India's "larger geo-strategic calculations" to gain access to the Middle East and Central Asia and to counter Pakistan-China's plan to develop Gwadar port, a media report said here today.........Read more

John McAfee claims to have hacked into encrypted messages on WhatsApp – Tech2

John McAfee has broken the news that he and his team have been able to read an encrypted WhatsApp message.........Read more

Campaigning Ends in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry; Voting on May 16

The Left has a tie-up with Congress in West Bengal and the two sides took pains to assert that it will not affect their prospects in the two states.........Read more