Is India Headed For A Mental Health Crisis Worse Than That Caused By The Great Depression?

During the Great Depression, merely keeping families together was a problem as people lost their jobs, homes and livelihood. Couples were postponing their weddings and some even their divorces or separation as they just could not afford to do either. This depression had affected children the most as they lost out on schooling and education; some were forced to grow up too soon and take on adult roles in their families, start jobs, earn or provide. Some were subjected to severe trauma and abuse and witnessed family disputes and tensions. Many men out of mere frustrations fled their homes and travelled aimlessly around in search of work. ........Read more

Maintain Social Distancing as 80% of COVID-19 Patients Asymptomatic: Health Ministry

As the death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 559 and the number of cases climbed to 17,656, the Union Health Ministry said that 80 per cent of the COVID-19 patients are either asymptomatic or show mild symptoms and that is a major area of concern. Speaking to reporters, Lav Agarwal, joint secretary in the health ministry asserted that asymptomatic patients may pass on the infection to other people, hence people should maintain social distancing. ........Read more

Everyone is Streaming More Than Ever, But it is Not Breaking The Internet: Why The Panic?

Netflix explains they have removed the highest bandwidth stream for each of the streaming categories for home broadband users. But that doesn’t mean you will not get HD or Ultra HD content. Ookla data shows internet speeds are stable in India. So, why the panic?........Read more

Ankita Raina Stars as India Enter Fed Cup Play-Offs For First Time in History

Ankita first drew level at one-all by winning her singles match against Aldila Sutjiadi before combining with Sania Mirza to win the doubles clash and seal the tie in India’s favour. Rutuja Bhosale  though lost the first tie, a singles clash, against 16-year-old Priska Madelyn Nugroho in three sets. Nugroho, who is ranked 15th on the ITF junior circuit, beat Rutuja 6-3, 0-6, 6-3 in one hour and 43 minutes in the opening singles to give Indonesia a 1-0 lead. Raina then led the comeback win as she  registered an impressive 6-3, 6-3 win over Aldila Sutjiadi in the second singles match.........Read more

‘Build Grand Hanuman Statue in Ayodhya,’ AAP’s Saurabh Bhardwaj Urges Ram Mandir Trust

The statement from the AAP spokesperson comes a day after he said the prayers of ‘Sundar Kand’ of the Ramayan will be recited on Tuesdays in different parts of his constituency in Greater Kailash to seek the blessings of Lord Hanuman. He said he will find a suitable time and will urge the Ram Mandir Trust to build a beautiful and grand Hanuman statue in Ayodhya. “I will seek time from the trust and give a formal request for that too,” Bhardwaj told PTI.........Read more

Amid Coronavirus outbreak concerns, WHO warns countries against evacuating nationals from China: Report

According to Chinese state media, WHO has said that it was still "waiting for clarification" regarding the situation and asked countries to calm down and not act in a hurry. Notably, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus met Chinese officials, including Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on this day, and it can be presumed that the health organisation is waiting for his comments regarding how to contain the infection.........Read more

'Goli Maro...': Union Minister Anurag Thakur raises controversial slogan at Delhi poll rally

Triggering a row, BJP leader and Union minister Anurag Thakur on Monday egged on participants of an election rally to raise an incendiary slogan that "traitors should be shot", after he lashed out at anti-CAA protestors. At the rally, Singh, the minister of state for finance, shouted "desh ke gaddaron ko" to which the crowd responded "goli maro sa*** ko" (shoot down the traitors).........Read more

41% Delhi residents suffer from cancer-causing metal toxicity

A whopping 41 per cent of the Delhi and NCR population are found to be suffering from severe heavy metal toxicity. The shocking findings suggest extremely high levels of air and soil pollution, food contamination, plastic usage etc in the region.........Read more

Eden Gardens to Host India's First Day-Night Test, Bangladesh Give Nod to Ganguly's Initiative

The initiative was taken by Ganguly soon after he took charge, after India captain Kohli's agreement. Bangladesh reserved their decision, with the board consulting the players and team management before arriving at the decision.........Read more

Four national-level hockey players die in car crash: Report

The players were travelling from Itarsi to Hoshangabad to play in Dhyan Chandra Trophy when their car met with an accident near Raisalpur village on National Highway 69.........Read more

16-year-old climate striker Greta Thunberg wins Swedish 'Right Livelihood Award'

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg on Wednesday won the Right Livelihood Award, sometimes called the "alternative Nobel Prize", the jury for the Swedish human rights prize said. Thunberg was honoured "for inspiring and amplifying political demands for urgent climate action reflecting scientific facts," the Right Livelihood Foundation said in a statement. Thunberg's global climate movement "Fridays for Future" began in August 2018 when she started sitting alone outside Sweden's parliament with her now iconic sign reading "school strike for the climate". The message has struck a chord with youths around the world. Last Friday, an estimated four million plus people took to the streets in over 150 countries to join the "Global Climate Strike" protest, demanding action from politicians against climate disaster. Lawyer Guo Jianmei received the award for her "pioneering and persistent work" for women's rights in China.........Read more

NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela faces FIR for ‘discrepancies’ in final citizens’ list

Two cases were registered against National Register of Citizens (NRC) state coordinator Prateek Hajela and unknown NRC officials for alleged “discrepancies” in the final NRC list published on August 31, Assam police said on Thursday. A businessman and indigenous Muslim students organization -- All Assam Goriya-Moriya Yuva Chatra Parishad (AAGMYCP) -- filed separate FIRs against Hajela in Dibrugarh and Guwahati, police said. Guwahati Police Commissioner, Deepak Kumar, said, “We have registered a case on Thursday under sections 167, 506 and 34 of the IPC, after a complaint from an organization.” While section 167 pertains to a public servant framing an incorrect document with intent to cause injury, section 34 deals with criminal act done by several persons furthering the intent and section 506 is for criminal intimidation. The indigenous organization alleged that “even when people had correct documents NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela intentionally excluded the names of Goriya, Moriya and many indigenous sons of soil”. The complaint names Hajela and unknown NRC officials. In Dibrugarh, the police registered a case on the complaint of a businessman Chandan Mazumdar, who was upset over his exclusion even as his mother made it to the list, against Hajela and other NRC Seva Kendra officials.........Read more

Centre's Decision to Rush in Additional Troops in J&K Based on Input About 'Major' Terror Attack: Report

The Centre’s decision to rush about 10,000 central forces personnel to the Kashmir Valley was based on inputs received about a major terrorist attack being planned by Pakistan-based terrorist groups, sources aware of the development said. They added that NSA Ajit Doval had held a meeting of counter-terrorism grid in Jammu and Kashmir in view of the threat in the Valley and the decision to deploy the troops is to further strengthen the grid in the state. The Union home ministry had ordered the deployment of 100 companies of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) on July 25 on an "immediate" basis. Officials said that 100 more companies are expected to be sent to the Valley. One CAPF company comprises about 100 personnel.........Read more

Kohli, Shami Shine as India Close in on Semi-Finals With Massive Win Over West Indies

The deadly pace bowling combo of Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah produced yet another splendid performance as India thump West Indies by 125 runs at Old Trafford to take one step closer to book a semi-final berth in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. With 11 points, India are now almost through and another win in their next three games will seal their position in the top four. While West Indies are knocked out of the tournament after this loss and have two games remaining. (SCORECARD) Riding on crucial half-centuries from Virat Kohli (72 off 82 balls) and MS Dhoni (56 off 61 balls) India scored a competitive 268/7 in their quota of 50 overs. The target urned out to be good enough as West Indies were shot out for 143 in only 34.2 overs. In two successive matches now, the bowlers have more than covered up for a mediocre show from the batsmen, save skipper Kohli. Shami (4/16 in 6.2 overs) was at his best in the first spell as he first bounced Chris Gayle out and then bowled an off-cutter to remove Shai Hope. In his second spell, he got Shimron Hetmyer while new ball partner Jasprit Bumrah (2/9 in 6 overs) was fast and accurate getting two wickets of successive deliveries.........Read more

Deleted text from Umar Khalid to Kanhaiya helped police file JNU sedition chargesheet: Sources

It was at the dhaba where "anti-national" slogans were allegedly raised by students, who had gathered to mark the anniversary of the hanging of Afzal Guru, who was executed for masterminding the 2001 Parliament attack.........Read more

Treat labour in construction work as formal sector, says Supreme Court

In a bid to ensure relief to more than four crore construction workers, the Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to treat them as formal sector employees by bringing them within the ambit of social welfare laws and provide benefits like paid maternity leave, provident fund and minimum wage.........Read more

Waymo accepts $245 million and Uber's 'regret' to settle self-driving

Uber Technologies Inc will pay $245 million worth of its own shares to Alphabet Inc's Waymo self-driving vehicle unit to settle a legal dispute over trade secrets, allowing Uber's chief executive to move past one of the company's most bruising public controversies.........Read more

Top Global Business Leaders to Attend Global Investors Summit in Assam

The summit ‘Advantage Assam’, being organised on February 3-4 at a total expenditure of Rs 32 crore, will also witness participation of business leaders and ministers from as many as 20 countries such as the ASEAN nations, the US, Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, UAE and Israel.........Read more

India Retains ICC Test Championship Mace, Wins 1 Million Dollar Award

India have retained the ICC Test Championship mace and have also won an award of $1million after their victory in the Johannesburg Test ensured that South Africa cannot move ahead of them in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings at the 3 April cut-off date, even if they go on to win all four Tests against Australia in March.........Read more

Huge relief for Indians as Trump administration drops draconian H-1B visa proposal

In a breather for foreign tech workers, particularly Indians, the Trump administration on Monday announced it was not considering any proposal that could force deportation of thousands of H-1B visa holders by denying them extensions beyond the maximum permissible period of six years, as they waited for permanent residency.........Read more

New study reveals reversibility of genetic nervous system disease

In children and adults with Friedrich's ataxia, an inherited disease that causes damage to the nervous system, a loss of coordination typically progresses to muscle weakness and can involve vision, diabetes, and other problems over the course of several years. Until now, mimicking those symptoms and progression in mice for research studies has been difficult.........Read more

Madras HC: Rise in sex crimes due to ‘sex starvation’ among men?

The Madras high court has asked the Centre and the Tamil Nadu government to find out if the rise in sexual violence against women is due to fall in sex ratio or due to "sex starvation" among men in view of various cultural, religious and moral prohibition on sex.........Read more

Golden Globes nominations: Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, del Toro’s Shape of Water score, get the full list here

Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War-era fairytale The Shape of Water swam away with a leading seven nominations from the Golden Globes, while the HBO drama Big Little Lies led the television nominees with six nods.........Read more

Robots are coming for 800m jobs worldwide

As many as 800 million workers worldwide may lose their jobs to robots and automation by 2030, equivalent to more than a fifth of today’s global labor force. That’s according to a new report covering 46 nations and more than 800 occupations by the research arm of McKinsey & Co.........Read more

Biggest News From The Game Awards 2017: Zelda: Breath Of The Wild DLC, Death Stranding, And More

This year's Game Awards rewarded some of 2017's best games, but the show also revealed a bunch of major announcements for both existing games and entirely new ones, which includes new trailers for Death Stranding, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Soul Calibur VI, and more.........Read more

Hadiya's 'husband' was in touch with IS men before their marriage: NIA

Shafin Jahan, husband of Akhila Asokan alias Hadiya, was allegedly in touch with two key chargesheeted accused in the terror group Islamic State (IS) Omar al-Hindi case — Manseed and P Safvan — via a closed Facebook group comprising activists of Popular Front of India (PFI)'s political arm SDPI.........Read more

Supreme Court to Jaypee: 'Behave like a good child', pay Rs 275 crore by year-end

After turning down the earlier plea to deposit Rs 400 crore+ , the court provided a respite to the company and ordered it to deposit Rs 150 crore and Rs 125 crore by December 14 and December 31 respectively in two instalments. The bench also accepted a demand draft of Rs 275 crore by the real estate firm.........Read more

Big win for ‘Sexy Durga’: Kerala HC says film should be screened at IFFI

The court said that the director had been denied natural justice, and said that the version of the film that had been certified by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) could be screened at the festival.........Read more

Tumhari Sulu Movie Review: This Vidya Balan, Manav Kaul, Neha Dhupia Starrer Is Like Sunshine On A Gloomy Day

Tumhari Sulu is a slice of life film and its story has all the elements in place to make it an easy watch. The story is relatable and the characters, their life, their struggles, their pain and joys are so real that they strike a chord instantly. Vidya Balan deserves applause for carrying yet another beautiful piece of cinema on her shoulders. She is the hero of the film and her Sulu is an absolute treat to watch. ........Read more

MCA21 registration: Law Ministry asks Centre to defer making Aadhaar compulsory

Following the Supreme Court ruling that states Right to Privacy as a fundamental right, the law ministry has told the government to defer its plan to make submission of Aadhaar details compulsory for corporate stakeholders in the e-business register MCA21.........Read more

MP Education Minister Vijay Shah Wants Students to Answer Roll Call With ‘Jai Hind’, Not ‘Yes sir/madam’

Madhya Pradesh Education Minister Vijay Shah on Wednesday directed all the schools in Satna district to make sure that the students answer roll call with 'Jai Hind' instead of 'yes Sir/Madam' from October 1. Shah also said that depending on the success of the measure, steps will be taken to implement it in the entire state.........Read more

ISIS used UK companies to finance terror: Report

The Islamic State terror group has used a network of companies operating out of Wales in the UK to finance terror plots, including the recent attacks in Spain.........Read more

Achieving high end of 6.75-7.5% growth difficult: Survey

Achieving the high end of the 6.75-7.5 per cent growth projected previously will be difficult due to appreciation of rupee, farm loan waivers and transitionary challenges from implementing GST, the Economic Survey said.........Read more

Give Novak Djokovic a Break, Andy Murray Tells Serb's Critics

Andy Murray has sprung to the defence of his great rival Novak Djokovic after the Serb's surprise exit at the Australian Open. "I think everyone needs to give him a bit of a break. It is hard to keep up the intensity week after week, that's why everyone has been so impressed by the group of players at the top of the game over the last few years," Britain's Murray said in his column on the BBC website.........Read more

Samsung, LG to use thermal pipes in upcoming flagship smartphones this year

With multiple reports about Samsung, LG, Microsoft and more recently Nokia, looking at the folding smartphones with foldable displays in the current and coming years, it is clear that exotic tech would arrive on smartphones earlier than expected.........Read more

Make-in-India push gives India's 'future soldier' project new life

The National Security Guard, India's special forces unit, plans to revive its 'future soldier' programme, which was shelved in 2013 due to logistics issues. The renewed project comes with a Make-in-India twist, as the elite force has roped in DRDO and IIT Mumbai to give a final shape to the soldier prototype. About 40 countries are working on similar programmes, including US, UK, France, Germany, Russia and Israel, that entails future ground warfare and survive-ability in diverse terrains.........Read more

Rs 250 crore banned notes converted into gold: I-T dept

Income tax department unearthed sales of gold worth Rs 250 crore from bullion traders in New Delhi on Friday. Earlier, in three separate cases since , the I-T department and ED had found sales of at least Rs 400 crore worth of unaccounted bullion in the national capital.........Read more

World Bank cancels $100-million loan for Pakistan’s natural gas project

The World Bank has cancelled a $100 million loan to Pakistan for a natural gas efficiency project due to no progress in achieving the development objectives and a lack of interest on the part of the gas distribution company. The project, which was to be carried out by Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) in its distribution areas in Karachi, interior Sindh and Balochistan, was aimed at enhancing the supply of natural gas by reducing physical and commercial losses of gas in the pipeline system.........Read more

This guy travelled from Scotland to India bartering beer for food, boarding and transport!

In post-demonetisation India, we can probably all take a leaf from Emmanuel Marshall's book, and try to barter for daily essentials, just like he did.........Read more

Police recover huge cache of arms, ammunition in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri

The Jammu and Kashmir Police recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition including 26 kg of explosive devices during a search operation in the Rajouri district on Monday.........Read more

Positive thinking can make you too lazy to meet your goals

Positive thinking is something in the DNA of most entrepreneurs,” says Stausholm, who is based in Copenhagen and who previously worked for shipping company Maersk and then went on to consult for large companies on sustainability issues. “If you don’t think positively, you would never start a business.”........Read more

India strikes back, conducts surgical strikes at LoC

“Indian Army recovered GPS and materials that have Pakistan markings. Indian Army conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads on the LoC, significant casualties have been caused. Despite persistent urges to Pakistan to not allow territory under its control to not be used for terrorist activities nothing was done. I spoke to the Pak DGMO, shared our concerns and told him that we conducted surgical strikes last night,” said the DGMO Lt General Ranbir Singh in the press briefing.........Read more

Defiant Pakistan says it will go ahead with Saarc summit despite backlash

Unfazed by India and three other Saarc nations deciding to pull out from the summit here, Pakistan on Wednesday said it will still hold the meet in November as scheduled. Pakistan's move flies in the face of the Saarc charter.........Read more

Facebook hires Anand Chandrasekaran in Messenger app push

Facebook Inc. has hired Anand Chandrasekaran, an entrepreneurial product leader, with experience of working with technology companies both in India and the Silicon Valley to help develop strategies for its Facebook Messenger app. This was first reported by The Wall Street Journal on Monday.........Read more

What Siddaramaiah and Jayalalithaa said in their letters to each other

In the backdrop of sporadic violence against Kannada people and establishments in Tamil Nadu and Tamil establishments in Bengaluru over the Cauvery dispute, the chief ministers of both the states have shot off letters to each other. In his letter addressed to Jayalalithaa, Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah said that the news of a Tamil youth being attacked in Bengaluru had been blown out of proportion by media channels in Tamil Nadu and this was likely inciting passions against Kannada-speakers.........Read more

In 3 Minutes, This Ad Destroys Every Sexist Stereotype Women Face At Work

Workplace sexism is something that way too many women face in their daily lives. They are looked down upon for everything starting from promotions, pregnancies or working late – but this Tanishq ad is challenging all of that with an important message.........Read more

After Centre allows AIR programmes in Balochi, Pakistan bans all Indian TV channels

After the Indian government boosted the signal capacity of All India Radio (AIR) transmission by installing a new transmittor in Jammu and Kashmir, the radio programmes are now flawlessly audible across Pakistan Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (POJK), areas of Pakistans Punjab province and beyond.........Read more

9 alternatives to pellet guns

While a seven-member government committee is all set to submit its report on alternatives to pellet guns used in Jammu and Kashmir, here are a few possible options........Read more

How John Hersey's Hiroshima revealed the horror of the bomb

Seventy years have passed since the publication of a report hailed as one of the greatest pieces of journalism ever written - one that described the terrible effects of the atomic bomb.........Read more

Balochistan: Pakistan's darkest underbelly and dirtiest open secret now lies exposed

Balochistan is a confluence of different ethnic tribes including the dominant Balochis and a sizeable Pashtun population. Ironically, despite having the most abundant natural resources in natural gas, oil, coal, copper, sulphur, fluoride and gold, it is also one of Pakistan's poorest provinces.........Read more

Amend law to ban print advertisements 48 hours before polling: EC tells govt

The Election Commission has urged the government to amend the electoral law to bar political advertisements in newspapers 48 hours before the day of polling on the lines of the restriction on electronic media.........Read more

Nitish calls Jaitley, offers to call special Assembly sitting to pass GST

Kumar has expressed support for the GST Bill from the beginning and had conveyed this to Jaitley during a meeting with him.........Read more

Nepal PM KP Oli quits just before no confidence vote after allies depart

Nepal PM KP Oli quits just before no confidence vote after allies depart - Oli in a speech in Parliament said that he has submitted his resignation to the President.........Read more

Venus' clouds may hold secrets of the land surface underneath

Venus' clouds may hold secrets of the land surface underneath - Researchers now believe they can determine the topography of the land below the clouds, by studying patterns in the upper atmosphere.........Read more

Kashmir unrest: No cell phones, no commodities, no news and nowhere to go

The Kashmir shutdown is now into its tenth day, and the state government has not only shown its inability to control the situation but also ensured that people are facing a grave crisi........Read more

India to develop own routers to not leak telecommunication: Manohar Parrikar

India to develop own routers to not leak telecommunication: Manohar Parrikar - Manohar Parrikar said, "If you don't want your telecommunication to be leaked, then the router should be controlled by you as there is a high possibility that the routers might have trap doors."........Read more

Qualcomm unveils new prototype testing system for 5G designs

Qualcomm unveils new prototype testing system for 5G designs - The setup consists of a base unit and consumer hardware, to trial 5G offerings before completion.........Read more

India to be Admited as MTCR Member on Monday

New Delhi: Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar may not have succeeded in getting India admitted into the Nuclear Suppliers Group but on Monday he will have the satisfaction of a photo-op when he is presented with the formal credentials of Indian membership in the 34-nation Missile Technology Control G........Read more

Stephen Hawking to announce plans to map entire known universe

The Cosmos computer will plot the position and movement of billions of galaxies, black holes, supernovas and other cosmic structures, 'The Sunday Times' reported.........Read more

Here'€™s Why Car Makers Think Out of the Box for India 

Designing a car that stands the test of Indian roads and other conditions has been a challenge for almost every carmaker in the world. When it comes to being relevant, the game is constantly changing for car developers in how to appeal to the future........Read more

Australia Enter Champions Trophy Final, Germany Knocked Out

Australia secured their place in the final of the 36th Hero Champions Trophy with a 2-0 win over Belgium in the preliminary league, while defending champions Germany were out of contention after being held 1-1 by Great Britain.........Read more