National Handloom Day: PM Modi Pitches For Use Indian Handicrafts, Says be 'Vocal For Handmade'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a momemt out on Friday to salute all those associated with handloom and handicrafts sector, to mark the occasion of National Handloom Day. “They have made commendable efforts to preserve the indigenous crafts of our nation,” he said in a tweet. Modi further encouraged everyone to be vocal for handmade, while emphasising a need towards towards ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ (self-reliant India). In a video message on Twitter, PM Modi also urged people to not only use Indian handicrafts product but also spread a word around to boost the handloom sector. On National Handloom Day, we salute all those associated with our vibrant handloom and handicrafts sector. They have made commendable efforts to preserve the indigenous crafts of our nation. Let us all be and strengthen efforts towards an Aatmanirbhar Bharat. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) ........Read more

'Amphan' still intensifying, only Super Cyclone in Bay of Bengal since 2,000: Skymet Weather

"Maiden cyclone of this pre-monsoon season Amphan, also grabs the distinction of becoming the only super cyclone in the Bay of Bengal since the year 2000. It is still intensifying, and the wind speed is all set to breach the mark of 275kmph, rarely achieved in the past. The storm continues to track northward and is poised to recurve NNE and head for Indo-Bangla border for landfall on 20th May afternoon/evening," Skymet Weather stated in a report.........Read more

Two militants killed in encounter with security forces in J&K's Pulwama district

Two unidentified militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on Wednesday, while another operation where a top militant commander is trapped was entering its final stages, officials said. Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Sharshali village of Pulwama following information about the presence of militants there, the officials said. They said the search operation turned into an encounter after militants opened fire towards security forces' positions.........Read more

43 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in India, Says Health Ministry

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare: As of today, there are 43 total cases of Coronavirus out of which 40 are active cases of COVID-19 in the country. 3 positive cases from Kerala are now discharged. Meanwhile in Karnataka, a hunt is on for a passenger who arrived in Karnataka’s Mangaluru from Dubai last evening. He had reportedly showed symptoms of COVID-19 but refused to visit a hospital for tests.........Read more

Bengaluru has cholera in the time of coronavirus

Even as this city was gearing up to handle a possible outbreak of the Covid-19 virus, there has been a spike in the number of cholera cases. In the past one week, hospitals falling within the BBMP limits have recorded six cases of cholera, most of them from the southeastern part of Bengaluru. Cases have been reported from Sarjapur, HSR Layout, Koramangala, Neelasandra, Azad Nagar and Padmanabhanagar. Cholera is a water- and food-borne disease. Contamination of drinking water by sewage is a likely cause of it,........Read more

Weinstein guilty of criminal sex act and rape

The longtime successful Hollywood producer was convicted of committing a criminal sex act in the first degree involving one woman and rape in the third degree involving another. He was acquitted of the more serious charges of predatory sexual assault involving the two women and one count of first-degree rape. The verdict was hailed as as important turning point in the #MeToo movement, but Weinstein's attorneys called it a failure of the justice system and said their client never had a chance at a fair trial. The disgraced movie mogul faces a minimum of five years and a maximum of more than two decades in prison. He was handcuffed and taken into custody after the New York jury's verdict. ........Read more

Scientists Announce 'Breakthrough' Atomic Map Of Coronavirus As Death Count Jumps Past 2,000

US scientists announced Wednesday they had created the first 3D atomic scale map of the part of the novel coronavirus that attaches to and infects human cells, a critical step toward developing vaccine and treatments. It came as the death toll from the COVID-19 virus jumped past 2,000, almost all of them in mainland China where 74,185 cases of infection have been confirmed since it first emerged in late December. The team from the University of Texas at Austin and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) first studied the genetic code of the virus made publicly available by Chinese researchers, and used it to develop a stabilized sample of a key part called the spike protein.........Read more

Why RSS would be smiling at Kejriwal's sweep even if Delhi election is setback for BJP

For long, the RSS has been trying to cultivate a culture where politicians (irrespective of parties) don't feel shy wearing their Hindu identities in public and also cheer along the lines of 'Bharat Mata ki jai' and 'Vande Mataram'. The recent comment of RSS general secretary Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi puts this into perspective. "Hindu community does not mean Bharatiya Janata Party, and opposing BJP does not amount to opposing Hindus. Political fight will continue but it should not be linked to Hindus," Joshi said in Goa.........Read more

Get Rid of Pests & Pesticides: How to Wash Fruits & Vegetables

While this may come as a surprise to some, it is no secret that the food grown in our farms is sprayed with chemicals to prevent crop loss due to pest attack and increase yield. Thus, it is vital to rinse vegetables and fruits. If consumed without proper washing, it can lead to health issues and food-borne illnesses. Here are some steps you should take to get rid of dust, chemicals and pesticides from your fruits and vegetables:........Read more

Two killed, one injured in clashes over CAA

Two persons were killed and one was injured in a clash between two groups in West Bengal's Murshidabad district on Wednesday, a senior police officer said. The incident occured after an argument broke out between the groups at Jalangi over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA). The injured has been rushed to Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital here, the officer said.........Read more

After Maharashtra, now Madhya Pradesh makes reading of Preamble must in government schools

A day after the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress coalition government in Maharashtra resolved to make reading of the Preamble to the Constitution compulsory in schools, the Congress government in adjoining Madhya Pradesh has followed suit. The School Education Department decided on Wednesday to make reading out of the Preamble compulsory for students in all government schools in the state every Saturday. In every primary school and middle school, the students, during the Assembly, will read out the Preamble under the guidance of the headmaster/teacher.........Read more

Jeff Bezos' Reaction To "Snub" In India - Letter Promising Jobs And More

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, on a three-day visit to India, promised to create an additional 10 lakh jobs across the country by 2025 amid strained ties with the government over regulations and the coverage of The Washington Post, a newspaper he owns. "We will use Amazon's global footprint to enable US$10 billion in exports of Indian products to the rest of the world by 2025. Our investments in India will create an additional 1 million jobs across the country by 2025," he said in a letter posted on on Friday.........Read more

Why it is the right time to reclaim Gilgit-Baltistan

The motion was tabled on March 23, 2017, by Bob Blackman of the Conservative Party. It reads: "Gilgit-Baltistan is a legal and constitutional part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India, which is illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947, and where people are denied their fundamental rights including the right of freedom of expression."........Read more

More sectors to be brought under subsidised UDAN regional connectivity scheme

The government is planning to soon announce new routes under its regional connectivity scheme (RCS) of UDAN in a major boost to tourism in the hills, the northeast region and the islands in the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal.........Read more

Delhi Pollution: Air Quality Index Touches 391, Government May Change Office Timings

The Air Quality Index touched 391 at Inner Circle, Connaught Place. Office timing may change, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said. But details are to be worked out. “We will be able to finalise the details next week,” the CM said. ........Read more

Hyundai Motor Group Unveils $35 Billion Investment Plan for Self-Driving, Electric Cars

The plan, which Hyundai said encompasses autonomous, connected and electric cars as well as technology for ride-sharing, comes after the automaker and two of its affiliates announced an investment of $1.6 billion in a venture with US self-driving tech firm Aptiv. ........Read more

Wait, water is not the most hydrating drink? Myth debunked!

According to the study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Skimmed milk is most hydrating followed by Oral rehydration solutions, full-fat milk, Orange juice, cola, Diet cola, cold tea, tea, sports drink, still water, sparkling water, lager, and coffee.........Read more

How A World War Inspired The Lord Of The Rings - True Fiction

The Lord of the Rings may be a work of high fantasy, but did you know there was a devastating real event that tied our world to Middle-earth, the mythical land of Elves, Orcs, and Hobbits?........Read more

One Year of Ayushman Bharat, A Full Checkup of the Centre's Transformative Health Scheme

India’s creaky public health system is plagued by a dearth of hospitals and doctors and most people use private clinics and medical centres if they can afford to. However, many private institutes are high-priced and too expensive for those from the underprivileged sections. Tertiary care, offered free, cashless under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, PM-JAY, or Ayushman Bharat scheme, is not extending its benefits to the people living in Delhi. Similarly, this benefit is not extended to residents of Telangana, Odisha and West Bengal. Health is a state subject, and so far these states have declined joining the central government-led scheme (jointly funded by the state) under the National Health Authority.........Read more

Tennis: Nadal defies inspired Medvedev in five-set epic to win U.S. Open

Rafael Nadal survived a heroic Daniil Medvedev fightback to claim an epic 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4 win and a fourth U.S. Open title on Sunday, moving within one Grand Slam crown of matching Roger Federer’s record of 20. A routine end to the Flushing Meadows fortnight looked on the cards when Nadal, already two sets up, broke for a 3-2 lead over the tall Russian in the third with the 19th Grand Slam title apparently in the bag. From that point, however, the match was transformed into a near five-hour thriller as Medvedev staged a comeback that left the Spaniard shaken and Arthur Ashe Stadium buzzing. “An amazing final – seemed that I had the match more or less, it has been one of the most emotional nights in my tennis career,” Nadal said. “This victory means a lot especially because of the way the match became so difficult, so tough. These type of matches in the final of a Grand Slam make them special.” The 33-year-old lefthander became second oldest U.S. Open champion in the professional era behind Australian Ken Rosewall, who was 35 when he lifted the title in 1970. Not once since 1949 had a player come back from two sets down to win the U.S. Open final but Medvedev, cheered loudly by a crowd that booed him mercilessly earlier in the week, came close on the back of some brilliant tennis. “I was being myself,” said the 23-year-old. “I was fighting for every point. I think they appreciated it. ........Read more

West Bengal assembly passes bill against lynching

The West Bengal assembly on Friday passed a bill to check incidents of mob assaults and lynching and criminalised such actions. The West Bengal (Prevention of Lynching) Bill, 2019 was tabled in the House on Friday and supported by the opposition Congress and CPI(M). The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has emerged as the main opposition party, neither supported nor opposed the bill as it felt that the legislation may be used for settling political scores. "Lynching is a social evil and all of us have to come together to fight against this evil. The Supreme Court has given direction to take action against lynching, " Mamata Banerjee said while speaking on the bill in the House. "The central government should have brought a law against it. But as it is yet to do so we are bringing this law in our state to fight against this social evil. We need to raise awareness against the incident of lynchings," Mamata Banerjee added. The bill aims to protect the constitutional rights of vulnerable persons and prevent incidents of lynching. It also proposes action against those involved in perpetrating the crime. The legislation also pitches for a jail term, which may vary from three years to life for those involved in assaulting and injuring a victim. In case of death of the victim, persons responsible for the incident would be punished with rigorous life imprisonment and fine up to Rs 5 lakh, the bill said. ........Read more

Bhuvneshwar Kumar Ruled Out Of Next 2-3 World Cup Games With Niggle

Bhuvneshwar Kumar added to Team India's World Cup 2019 woes as the fast bowler was ruled out for at least the next two games with a hamstring niggle, confirmed skipper Virat Kohli after India vs Pakistan clash on Sunday. Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up the niggle in his third over against Pakistan after failing to get his footing right in the run-up. Mohammed Shami, who wasn't considered for the Pakistan clash even with the overcast conditions, will replace Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the forthcoming matches.........Read more

Virat Kohli Only Indian To Feature In Forbes List Of World's Highest-Paid Athletes

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has once again been featured in the Forbes list of World’s highest-paid athletes. Like last year, he is the sole Indian representative and has been ranked 100th, in the list published by Forbs on June 11. The list has reported that Kohli earned an estimated amount of USD 25 million in the last 12 months.........Read more

Fake currency racket: Nexus between Pakistan embassy and D-Company revealed

The role of a senior official from Pakistan embassy in Kathmandu in the smuggling of fake Indian currency notes (FICN) has come to light after it was revealed that he was in regular contact with the aides of India's most wanted fugitive - Dawood Ibrahim.........Read more

'Beep' Replaces 'Beef' in Kolkata Food Fest After Organisers Flooded With Threats on Social Media

After receiving several threat messages for using the word 'beef' in the name of an upcoming food festival in the city, the organisers of the event have replaced it with the word 'beep'. It is being promoted on social media, received various threat messages because of naming beef in the title of the food festival.........Read more

Rohit Sharma, Yuzvendra Chahal guide India to victory over South Africa

Rohit Sharma curbed his natural flair for greater good as his gritty hundred complemented a superb bowling effort in India’s resounding six-wicket victory over a hapless South Africa in their World Cup opener.........Read more

Jual Oram, SS Ahluwalia lead race for Lok Sabha Speaker's post

BJP veterans Jual Oram and S S Ahluwalia are among the probable candidates to succeed Sumitra Mahajan as Lok Sabha Speaker while the BJD is likely to bag the chair of Deputy Speaker with Bhartruhari Mahtab, the leader of the party in the 16th Lok Sabha, being seen as the frontrunner. Both the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker will be elected on June 19.........Read more

'Your Share Was Already Given in 1947', BJP Leader on Owaisi's 'Muslims Are Not Tenant' Remark

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Madhav Bhandari on Sunday hit back All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi over his ‘Muslims not tenants in India‘ remark, saying ‘his share was given in 1947 during the partition of the country.........Read more

61 Security Personnel, 11 Civilians Killed in J&K Till April 2019 : Govt Reply to RTI

Sixty-one security personnel and 11 civilians were killed while 142 people were injured in 177 terror-related incidents in Jammu and Kashmir in the first four months of 2019. MHA came in response to an RTI plea filed by social activist Rohit Choudhary of J&K. She said that the injured included 73 security force personnel and 69 civilians.........Read more

Igor Stimac appointed India's new football head coach

Former Croatia defender Igor Stimac has been appointed India's head coach on a two-year contract. The 51-year-old, who was part of the Croatia team who finished third at the 1998 World Cup in France, will succeed Stephen Constantine in the role.........Read more

1st of its kind engine: TN engineer invents device, uses hydrogen, releases oxygen

A Coimbatore-based mechanical engineer has claimed to have invented an eco-friendly engine that can run on distilled water. Sounthirajan Kumarasamy said his "first of its kind" engine uses hydrogen as fuel source and releases oxygen.........Read more

Saradha scam: SC seeks credible evidence from CBI against ex-Kolkata top cop Rajeev Kumar

The Supreme Court directed the CBI to produce evidence to its satisfaction to revoke an earlier barring of custodial interrogation of former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in the Saradha scam. The court said the Central Bureau of Investigation has to prove before the court that Kumar has a role to play in either suppression or disappearance of the evidence in the case.........Read more

19 Telangana students commit suicide in a week after 'goof-ups' in intermediate exam results

In the last 24 hours, three students have taken their lives, taking the toll to 19 in Telangana in the span of one week. According to the parents, what has caused this tragedy is an error on the part of the software solutions firm, Globarena Technologies Private Limited, which had been engaged by the intermediate board in September 2017 for development of software to process admissions, pre-examination, post-examination results, including OMR (optical mark recognition) scanning. ........Read more

'PM Narendra Modi' release date: EC asks makers to book slot after elections 'in interest of free and fair LS polls'

The Election Commission stands by its decision to defer the release of Modi biopic, titled as PM Narendra Modi, until the last phase of Lok Sabha elections. The last phase of Lok Sabha polls would take place on May 19. The Election Commission, comprising of seven officials, saw the film on April 17.........Read more

Amitabh Bachchan Becomes The Highest Tax Payer, Also Pays Off Loan of More Than 2k Farmers From Bihar

Actor Amitabh Bachchan is now the top taxpayer from the Hindi film industry. The actor has reportedly paid the tax of Rs 70 crore in the financial year 2018-2019. Big B has also paid off the loans of not one or 100 but 2084 farmers from Mujjafarpur in Bihar.........Read more

Can’t release biopics during polls, orders Election Commission ahead of release of Modi film

The Election Commission banned screening biopics on political leaders that could alter the level-playing field during elections, a decision that would prevent producers of the biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi from releasing the film tomorrow.........Read more

BJP fields ally Thushar Vellappally from Kerala's Wayanad to fight Rahul Gandhi

A day after Congress announced that Rahul Gandhi will be contesting from Kerala's Wayanad seat, BJP chief Amit Shah announced the NDA candidate in Wayanad, Thushar Vellappally, who is also the president of Bharath Dharma Jana Sena.........Read more

Why not knighthood for Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, asks Pak-origin UK MP

When cricket legends such as Don Bradman (Australia) and Richard Hadlee (New Zealand) can be conferred knighthood, why not honour other legends in the Commonwealth such as Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Imran Khan and Wasim Akram asks UK MP Rehman Chishti.........Read more

BCCI central contracts: Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar dropped from highest category; Kuldeep & Pant rewarded

Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar getting downgraded from the top bracket and youngster Rishabh Pant being rewarded with an entry into the A category. Dhawan’s contract being downgraded does not come as a surprise considering he is no longer a part of the Test set-up.........Read more

US Reduces Visa Duration For Pakistani Citizens From Five Years to Three Months

In what would be a big blow to Pakistan, the visa duration for its citizens has been reduced to three months from five years. It also reported that the visa application fee for Pakistanis has also been raised from $160 to $192. ........Read more

SC dismisses Centre, UGC review pleas against department-wise quota for faculties

The Supreme court said that individual departments and not universities or colleges will be considered as the unit for implementing reservation for SC/ST or OBC in the appointment of faculties members.........Read more

PM to Visit Kumbh on Feb 19, UP Deputy CM Says Plan 'Almost Finalised'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the Prayagraj Kumbh Mela on February 19 on the occasion of Poornima for ‘Sangam Snan’. Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said the programme is “almost finalised”.........Read more

J&K: Three militants killed in encounter with security forces in Shopian, says CRPF

Three militants have been killed in an ongoing encounter between militants and security forces which broke out early Tuesday morning in South Kashmir’s Shopian district.........Read more

The superfast train between Delhi and Purnea not feasible, Railways informs Parliament

Indian Railways informed the Parliament that introduction of a superfast train between Delhi and Purnea in Bihar was not "feasible" due to operational constraints. ........Read more

What is The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2016

The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2016 passed in Lok Sabha Wednesday allows only altruistic surrogacy by infertile Indian couples, legally married for at least five years. Singles or those in a homosexual relationship cannot apply for surrogacy.........Read more

Sensex cracks over 600 points before poll outcome: 10 points

Taking cues from the exit poll as well as weak global trends, Sensex on Monday tanked over 400 points while Nifty has given up 10,600 in pre-opening trade. ........Read more

2018 Porsche Cayenne Launched In India At Rs. 1.19 Crore

Porsche has officially launched the third generation Cayenne in India. The Cayenne range includes three models – standard, E-Hybrid and Turbo. The Standard model is priced at Rs. 1.19 Crore, E-Hybrid at Rs. 1.58 Crore and the flagship Turbo variant at Rs. 1.92 Crore.........Read more

Saurabh Chaudhary Sails His Way to Shooting Gold at Youth Olympics 2018

Asiad Gold Medallist, Saurabh Chaudhary pulled the trigger to the best of his ability to clinch men’s 10m air rifle gold, capping off the Indian shooting team’s campaign at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires.........Read more

French Open: Cecchinato has the measure of Djokovic in an epic

World No. 72 Marco Cecchinato stunned Novak Djokovic in a French Open classic on Tuesday to set up a semifinal clash against Dominic Thiem.........Read more

Europe is on the verge of a big new crisis

In 2012, Europe's problems centered around toxic banks, overwhelming debt and budget deficits. Now it has the "PHIGS" of 2018, and the challenges are more complex and diverse.........Read more

Navjot Singh Sidhu acquitted of homicide, convicted of causing hurt in 1988 road rage case

In a relief for Punjab cabinet minister and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu, the Supreme Court on Tuesday acquitted him of culpable homicide and convicted him of causing hurt in a 1988 road rage case in which one person died. Despite the conviction, Sidhu retains his cabinet berth. As per the Representation of the People Act, any person convicted of an offence or crime and punished for a term of two or more years is immediately disqualified as a lawmaker. The Supreme court fined Sidhu Rs 1,000 and did not give him a jail term.........Read more

Prakash Raj Slams Amitabh Bachchan For Not Voicing His Opinion On The Kathua Case

While talking to Barkha Dutt, the star said, “What have I got to gain? I respect him for what he (Bachchan) is, but I am requesting him to ‘please join hands, it’s important’. You are not talking, against a party. You are talking against an issue, a thought process, which is not right for this country.” A few days ago, Pooja Bhatt too a dig at the veteran actor for remaining silent. She took to Twitter and wrote, “I can’t help being reminded of a film called #Pink. Can our images on screen please be reflected in reality?”........Read more

Hasan Ali antics at Wagah border ceremony leaves India's BSF displeased

Pakistan cricketer Hasan Ali’s wicket-taking gesture at the Wagah border during the traditional flag-lowering ceremony on Saturday caused a lot of stir on social media. "The act has hit the sanctity of the parade. We will lodge a protest with Pakistan Rangers. Anyone can make any aggressive gesture in the viewers’ gallery on both sides but no public person can interfere in the parade. Before or after the parade, the people are free to do such things, but not in the middle of the parade,” BSF Inspector General (Punjab Frontier) Mukul Goel said.........Read more

Tata H5X Spied in Production Guise

The upcoming Tata H5X SUV has been spied in production guise, revealing its exterior and interior design. The new spy images of the H5X partially reveal the cabin layout and dashboard design of the car. The Tata H5X is expected to be launched in India in FY2019 and the SUV will be Tata Motors‘ flagship offering in the country. The H5X is based on a highly localised Land Rover Discovery Sport’s L550 platform.........Read more

North Korea peace-loving, responsible nuclear power: Kim Jong-Un while extending olive branch to Seoul

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un offered an olive branch to South Korea, saying he was "open to dialogue" with Seoul, even after warning the United States on Monday he had a "nuclear button" on his desk ready for use if North Korea was threatened.........Read more

At Least 20 Dead as Bus Falls Down in Rampur in Himachal Pradesh

At least 20 people have been killed after a bus rolled down a gorge in Khanetri, near Shimla's Rampur in Himachal Pradesh on 20 July. The bus was going from from Kinnaur to Solan when the mishap occurred.........Read more

Man attacked at village in Nagpur district for allegedly carrying beef

“Salim Ismail Sheikh, a resident of Katol town, was returning to his town when five to eight men stopped him at the Bharsingi bus stop and asked him to get off his two-wheeler and show what he was carrying. When he resisted, the men attacked him,” Nagpur rural Superintendent of Police Shailesh Balkawade told.........Read more

Physical Chemists Create 78% Cubic Ice Crystals

Physical chemists from Ohio State University and elsewhere have set a new record for creating ice crystals that have a near-perfect cubic arrangement of water molecules.........Read more

T20 and ODI captain Sarfraz Ahmed to lead Pakistan in Tests

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has appointed Sarfraz Ahmed test captain after the wicketkeeper-batsman led the national team to a surprise triumph at the Champions Trophy tournament in England last month. PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan announced the decision on Tuesday during a ceremony to honour the winning team at the prime minister's residence in Islamabad.........Read more

More than 5 lakh SC/ST and minority students in Delhi haven’t got scholarships

Applications were invited for seven schemes (five Centrally sponsored and two state-sponsored) between July and November 2016, and “a total of 66,882 applications received”, says the DDC report.........Read more

Jio ties up with Gionee and Paytm for free data cashbacks: report

Chinese smartphone maker Gionee has tied up with Reliance Jio to offer free data to Jio users who own a Gionee smartphone in form of redeemable vouchers, reports Economic Times. As per the report: -Gionee P5L, P7 users with a Jio connection will get 2GB 4G data in form of redeemable voucher” cash........Read more

No power tariff hike post GST, says Goyal

I dont see any possibility of a spike in the power tariff due to the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax. There could be one or two paise variation (per unit of electricity), Goyal told after his meeting with the industry representatives covering power, coal, mines and renewable energy sectors.........Read more

NEET to be mandatory for entry into Ayush courses

Admission to various Ayush courses will be conducted through the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (Neet) from the next academic (2018-19) session, an advisory by the Ministry of Ayush stated.........Read more

EPFO looks to invest Rs18,000 crore in stocks

India’s retirement fund manager Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) will invest at least Rs18,000 crore in stocks in the current financial year, adding fuel to a stock market that is already on fire.........Read more

Will move SC if BCCI decision hurts Indian cricket: CoA

The Committee of Administrators will move the Supreme Court if the BCCI general body takes any decision which is "against the interest of Indian cricket" at its SGM on May 7, the COA has warned in a letter to the state units.........Read more

CSD ban: Patanjali Ayurved claims Amla juice safe; blames Uttarakhand government for the fiasco

Patanjali said their Amla Juice is not a food product and there was an error in sending it to a food testing lab. The company further said that since it is a medicinal product, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India's (FSSAI) regulations was not applicable for the juice.........Read more

Yes I Am Doing Bigg Boss in Tamil, Says Kamal Haasan

So the undisputed maverick of Tamil cinema finally admits it. Kamal Haasan, whose plate is so overflowing that anything more on it is likely to invite indigestion, has taken on one more role. That of the host, dost, anchor, mentor, guide and moderator on the reality show Bigg Boss in Tamil.........Read more

Nokia 9 rumoured to launch in Q3 2017 with a price tag of Rs 44,999

The Nokia 9 is expected to sport a 5.5-inch QHD OLED display panel running on Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with Adreno 540 GPU. The quality German glass made by Carl-Zeiss used by original Nokia is expected to make a comeback with Nokia 9 where 22 MP Dual-lens camera module will be equipped with Carl-Zeiss optics and a 12 MP front camera. Nokia 9 will come with 6 GB RAM and two storage variants of 64 GB and 128 GB internal storage. The smartphone will sport a 3,800 mAh battery along with Qualcomm Quick-Charge 4 support.........Read more

Ford India confirms export of EcoSport to North America despite Trump's ultimatum

During the CII's conference on automotive research and development trends, Balasundaram Radhakrishnan, executive director, manufacturing, Ford India, said: "India is going to be a major hub for Ford. Commencement of exports to the US will mark a significant milestone in Ford's Make in India journey and boost India's credentials as a world-class manufacturing hub."........Read more

Air quality in Mumbai three times worse than Delhi

Mumbai is believed to have witnessed a spike in pollution levels after bonfires were burnt across the city as a part of the Holi celebrations. The air in the city Monday was categorised as ‘very poor’. AQI levels between 201-300 fall under the ‘poor’ category and 301-400 is ‘very poor’, indicating a health risk for people sensitive to air pollution.........Read more

Pope Francis open to married men becoming priests, sees little possibility of women in clergy

"We need to consider if 'viri probati' could be a possibility. If so, we would need to determine what duties they could undertake, for example, in remote communities," Pop Francis said. 'Viri probati' is the Latin term designated for "tested men" or married men of outstanding faith and virtue.........Read more

High pay was a reason why a lot of engineers quit from the Google self-driving car project

Google's self-driving car project, now called Waymo, has seen its fair share of departures over the last couple of years. But a latest report in Bloomberg gives a very unconventional reason for the departure of some employees - they were reportedly paid a lot of money. And that is being debated as one of the reasons as to why they left.........Read more

Facebook risks breaking its business model

Facebook will start to test slotting commercials into the middle of videos that media and entertainment companies publish on the social network, tech news site Recode reported on Monday. And the company has agreed to let the video creators keep 55% of the money from those video ads, just as YouTube does.........Read more

Takam Pario, the richest Arunachal MLA, may replace Pema Khandu as CM

The ruling Peoples’ Party of Arunachal (PPA) on Friday is likely to name Takam Pario, the richest MLA in Arunachal Pradesh with declared assets of Rs 187 crore, as its leader in the assembly as well as the chief minister of the northeastern state, a senior party leader said.........Read more

Women activists not be allowed inside Sabarimala: Kerala govt

"The Sabarimala temple is administered by Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) and its traditions and rules are applicable to everyone," said Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran.........Read more

IPL 2017: Around 40 players, including Pietersen, Morgan, Holder, released by franchises

The Indian Premier League is the most competitive and popular league in the world, with some high-profile names featuring in the competition. Franchises are constantly on the lookout for quality players, who can strengthen their respective teams, but they also do not shy away from releasing their star players, if required. With the 10th season of the IPL set to take shape next year, teams have already taken some major decisions. Reports suggest that around 40 players have been released before the December 16 deadline came to an end yesterday.........Read more

Russia not delivering any military aircraft to Pakistan: Sergey Chemezov

"We are not delivering any modern aircraft and any military aircraft to Pakistan. We have made deliveries of helicopters, but those are specialised in transport and that contract has been completed," said Chemezov.........Read more

Kotak Mahindra Bank to buy BSS Microfinance for Rs139 crore

Private sector lender Kotak Mahindra Bank on Friday said it will acquire 99.49% stake in BSS Microfinance Pvt Ltd for Rs.139.2 crore. According to a notification on the stock exchanges, the private sector bank plans to complete the all-cash deal within three to four months, subject to regulatory clearances.........Read more

Raspbian Pixel is a much-needed beautification for the Raspberry Pi's biggest distro

Raspbian is one of the more popular linux distros for the Raspberry Pi. It’s easy to use, and works well on the humble Pi’s austere hardware. But Raspbian’s achilles heel is in the looks department. Put simply, it’s hideous. Pixel (an acronym for Pi Improved Xwindows Environment, Lightweight) might just change that. This ambitious project from Simon Long aims to re-imagine the Raspbian desktop to make it more visually tolerable and easier to use. So, what’s different?........Read more

Old Navy: Scientists Discover 6,000-Year-Old Denim Cloth in Peru

One of the most long-living trends in the world – the blue jeans – might be even older than we thought. Archaeologists have found an ancient fragment of cotton fabric featuring traces of the indigo blue pigment widely used to dye jeans.........Read more

Krrish 4 is confirmed! Hrithik Roshan starrer to release in Christmas 2018

Krrish 4 is confirmed! Hrithik Roshan starrer to release in Christmas 2018 - This time Hrithik Roshan is going to come head-to-head with Shah Rukh Khan.........Read more

Diego the tortoise is helping save his species by having lots of sex

Diego is a Chelonoidis hoodensis, a species found primarily in Espanola, an island in the Galapagos archipelago. Approximately 2,000 tortoises reside on the island – 800 of which are fathered by Diego. That's 40 percent of the total species' population.........Read more

No Karnataka bandh Wed Sept 14: Govt

The Karnataka government has said that there will be no bandh tomorrow in Karnataka. Earlier in the day pro Kannada activist, Vatal Nagraj said that he has not given any bandh call. He however added that there would be a rail rokho programme on September 15th.........Read more

While the Cauvery issue rages, RJ Balaji has a hard-hitting message

In a hard-hitting message, RJ Balaji from Chennai has asked people to 'look beyond their linguistic identities and discover their common humanity' instead of fighting over Cauvery water........Read more

BMC bribery row: RTI filed against Kapil Sharma alleging mangroves destroyed due to his office

BMC bribery row: RTI filed against Kapil Sharma alleging mangroves destroyed due to his office - An RTI was filed against the comedian alleging that mangroves were destroyed during the office construction........Read more

Fake baby milk powder causes counterfeit rethink in India

Alarmed over fake baby milk powders circulating in the market, the ASPA has written to Bureau of Indian Standards to implement forensic features on products to ensure the safety of India's babies.........Read more

ISRO eyes Venus mission

The ISRO is mulling over missions to Venus or an asteroid and is under discussions for these, apart from a second mission to Mars, ISRO Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar said on Thursday.ISRO also has a numb........Read more

PM Narendra Modi arrives in Laos to attend ASEAN, East Asia Summits

The Summits will be attended by Heads of State/Government of the 10 ASEAN and 18 East Asia Summit Participating Countries respectively.........Read more

Sharia-enforcing ISIS bans the burqa in Iraq and you wouldnt believe why

The ISIS has banned women from wearing face-covering burqas at their security centres in Iraq.........Read more

Ryan Harris to join Australia's coaching staff for South Africa tour

Former Test fast bowler Ryan Harris will join Australia's coaching staff for this month's tour of South Africa, Cricket Australia said on Friday.........Read more

Fearing collision with AI plane, 30 passengers jump out of bus on runway

Thirty terrified passengers on a SpiceJet coach at Jabalpur airport on Saturday reportedly jumped off their bus as an Air India aircraft came too close and they feared getting hit by the same.........Read more

The Fictional Women of 1857: Re-Imagining the Revolution

In her historical fiction, Nena-Sahib, ou l'Insurrection des Indes, Antoinette Henriette Clémence Robert demonstrates that in far away, imagined India, women were freer, fiercer and at the centre of all great affairs.........Read more

Sleep makes relearning faster and longer-lasting

Getting some sleep in between study sessions may make it easier to recall what you studied and relearn what you've forgotten, even 6 months later, according to new findings from Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.........Read more

Hiranandani kidney racket: All five doctors granted bail

Hiranandani kidney racket: All five doctors granted bail - A court in Andheri granted bail to CEO Dr Sujit Chatterjee, medical director Dr Anurag Naik, Dr Prakash Shetty, Dr Mukesh Shah and Dr Mukesh Shete.........Read more

As IT slumps, the winter of hiring sets in at Infosys

The company is in the process of tightening hiring processes at campuses that it will visit, even as it plans to hire roughly 20,000 freshers this year.........Read more

Centre removes ICMR approval for import/export of human biological samples

Centre removes ICMR approval for import/export of human biological samples - In 2011, ICMR had formed a committee of experts, chaired by the director general of the Council, to scrutinise and, only then, clear every sample going in and out of India.........Read more

ISI, terrorists meet to keep Jammu & Kashmir on boil; 70 terrorists ready to cross over

ISI, terrorists meet to keep Jammu & Kashmir on boil; 70 terrorists ready to cross over - At Muzzaffarabad, Pak agency assigns specific areas to be attacked * 70 terrorists, mostly foreigners, ready to cross over........Read more

Hyundai teases new i30 ahead of 2016 Paris Motor Show

The upcoming premium hatchback in the Hyundai's model lineup, the i30 has been officially teases, which indicates the launch of the car will happen soon. The new i30 will first debut at the upcoming 2016 Paris Motor Show on 7 September, followed by the launch in International markets.........Read more

Hyderabad based Greenko set to buy Sun Edison India assets for $260 mn

SunEdison, which filed for bankruptcy in April, has found it difficult to secure buyers as its projects are poorly capitalised........Read more

The forgotten people of the Arctic

Barrow, Alaska is the northernmost town in the United States. This small whaling community is on the front line of climate change........Read more

Meet The Man Who Made Pokemon An International Phenomenon

You probably don't know him, but Al Kahn is likely to have had an enormous influence on your life. As a licensing executive, Kahn has spent more than 30 years distributing and promoting some iconic brands, including the Cabbage Patch Kids, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, James Bond and Yu-Gi-Oh.........Read more

How An ISIS Handler Helped Indian Recruits Procure Weapons Across 3 States

Towards the end of June, 7 men were arrested in Hyderabad by the National Investigation Agency on charges that they were part of an ISIS plot to stage attacks in India.........Read more

GMOs lead the fight against Zika, Ebola and the next unknown pandemic

Public health experts enlist the molecular biology tools that create genetically modified organisms.........Read more

Live: Day 6 of Monsoon Session of Parliament

Parliament opened today with the suspension of AAP MP Bhagwant Singh Mann for recording a video within the premises. Question hour in both the houses ran smoothly without further incidents. Lok........Read more

HIV infected man gets paid to take girls’ virginity in 'sexual cleansing ritual'

It is believed that any girl who refuses to sleep with him risks her family or even the whole village to suffer from a horrific curse.........Read more

Operation Chakravyuh: How Army will use Israeli 3-layer security net to target Pakistan-backed terror in Kashmir

In a bid to thwart infiltration by foreign mercenaries and stop drug smuggling, the Indian Army is planning to deploy state-of-the art surveillance equipment along the borders with Pakistan.........Read more

Bangladesh bans controversial preacher Zakir Naik’s Peace TV

The Bangladesh government banned on Sunday broadcasting of India-based controversial preacher Zakir Naik’s Peace TV channel after reports that his “provocative” speeches inspired some of the militants who carried out the country’s worst terror attack at a cafe in Dhaka.........Read more

Jayaram crashes out of U.S. Open

Ajay Jayaram crashed out of the U.S. Open after suffering a straight-game loss to Japan’s Kanta Tsuneyama in the men’s singles semifinals of the Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament on Sunday.........Read more

Annu sets new mark; 6th title for Sahana

A national record in women's javelin throw for Annu Rani and a sixth straight success in high jump for Sahana Kumari highlighted the final day of the 56th Inter State Athletics Championships but demanding more attention was action in the two 4x400M relays.........Read more

Rio 2016: Participation of Russia in jeopardy as IAAF decides not to lift ban

Rio 2016: Participation of Russia in jeopardy as IAAF decides not to lift ban - A task force led by Norwegian Rune Andersen was set up to monitor progress in reforming Russia's anti-doping programme.........Read more

HDFC Standard Life-Max Life merger talks: 5 facts about the deal that may create India’s largest private insurer

HDFC Standard Life and Max Life and Max Financial Services merger, which was announced today, will create the largest private player in India's insurance sector...........Read more

Facebook denies eavesdropping on your conversations

In a recent statement, Facebook has confirmed that the company does not hijack into your smartphone’s microphone to display ads or to modify your preferences in News Feed.........Read more

Apple’s technology not cutting-edge enough for India govt

Apple fails to get 30% local sourcing waiver it had sought under state-of-the-art, cutting-edge qualifiers........Read more

National Award panel not qualified enough for Big B: Ram Gopal Varma

Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma said that the National Award Committee is not qualified enough to give megastar Amitabh Bachchan an award.........Read more

19-year-old daughter of Kargil martyr holds up a mirror to India-Pak hatred with this powerful video

19-year-old daughter of Kargil martyr holds up a mirror to India-Pak hatred with this powerful video - Gurmehar Kaur is inspiring a whole lot of people in India and Pakistan by coming up with a for the profile for peace campaign........Read more

Vijay Mallya resigns as Rajya Sabha MP | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

Vijay Mallya resigns as Rajya Sabha MP - Mallya said he has sent his resignation to the chairperson of Rajya Sabha.........Read more