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Nearly 140 new minor planets found at edge of solar system

Astronomers have discovered 139 new trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs) -- minor planets located in the far reaches of the solar system. The study, published in The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, also describes a new approach for finding similar types of objects and could aid future searches for the hypothetical Planet Nine and other undiscovered planets. "The number of TNOs you can find depends on how much of the sky you look at and what's the faintest thing you can find," said Gary Bernstein, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania in the US.........Read more

Women Making A Mark In Indian Motorsport

Earlier this week, I received a call for an invitation to a women's day biker's event. The organiser told me how a local politician, a motorcycle group, actors, musicians, and comedians will be making it to the event. Fair enough! I asked him if there were any women riders/racers coming or being felicitated. To which he replied, "We are working on it and should have someone soon." While I won't be covering that event for sure, it did give a check on what the representation of women really looks like even in today's day and age. So, for the organiser who couldn't find anyone to make it to his event, we present you women in motorsport who are quick, strong and certainly the role models you should aspire to be. Here are 7 women breaking stereotypes in the world of Indian motorsport.........Read more

DGCA Asks IndiGo, GoAir to Replace 180 Unmodified PW Engines by End of May This Year

To avoid the technical glitches in the Pratt and Whitney (PW) engines, the aviation regulator the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).on Tuesday said it has asked the IndiGo and GoAir to replace a total of 180 unmodified PW engines on their A320neo planes with modified ones. The DGCA said the whole process of replacing will be done by the end of May this year. The DGCA said that the IndiGo and GoAir have 106 and 43 such A320neo aircraft fitted with PW engines in their fleet, respectively. These old engines need to be replaced as there have been a number of incidents of snag in their PW engines after the induction of the aircraft into service.........Read more

India to send aircraft on Feb 26 to Wuhan to bring back its citizens after China gives clearance

India is likely to send a military transport aircraft to the coronavirus-hit Wuhan on February 26 to deliver relief material and bring back more Indians following a clearance from China, Union Health ministry officials said on Monday. "As informed by the Ministry of External Affairs, departure of the Air Force flight to Wuhan is being planned for February 26 and the evacuees will arrive on February 27," the ministry said in a statement. Earlier, official sources had said that the neighbouring country was delaying clearance to the C-17 military transport aircraft which was to fly on February 20 to Wuhan, though Beijing had allowed fights from other countries to evacuate their nationals.........Read more

How a Music Festival Turned into a 'Mass Molestation' Nightmare for the Girls of Gargi College

On February 6, students of Gargi College were pumped to enjoy the music performance of popular musician Zubin Nautiyal. It was the last day of the three-day annual festival, Reverie 2020, and students from across colleges started queuing up from the afternoon to enjoy the show. However, what started out as an avenue for students to have fun and let their hair down within the safety of the college premises soon turned into a nightmare after the fest was hijacked by hordes of unidentified men who swarmed the venue and allegedly verbally as well as physically molested women students.........Read more

Jamia Violence Probe At Crucial Stage, Centre Tells Delhi High Court As It Seeks More Time

The Centre on Tuesday told Delhi High Court that the investigation into the incident of violence at Jamia Millia Islamia during an anti-citizenship law protest was at a crucial stage. The submission before a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar was made by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta while seeking more time to file a report regarding the probe. The bench, however, declined to pass any interim order and granted time till April 29 to the government to file a reply. ........Read more

'Stay Quiet, Boxing is Not Your Business': Mary Kom Hits Back at Bindra For Commenting on Zareen Controversy

Bindra backed Zareen’s demand for a trial bout against the six-time world champion before India’s squad for next year’s Olympic Qualifiers is decided. That did not go well with Mary Kom, who is also an Olympic bronze medallist.........Read more

Banksy work sets new world record for artist at Sotheby's

Anny Shaw Pandemonium erupted at Sotheby’s in London tonight when at least ten eager collectors vied for Banksy’s 2009 painting, Devolved Parliament, showing a Commons chamber packed with chimpanzees, which rocketed to £8.5m (£9.9m with fees), smashing the artist’s previous record of £1.5m. The work was estimated at £1.5m-£2m. After a spirited 13-minute battle in which bidding jumped by £1m increments at times, Sotheby’s head of sale Emma Baker won the 13ft canvas on behalf of an anonymous collector on the phone. Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s senior director and head of contemporary art, whose client narrowly lost out on the painting, said there had been global bidding, including from public institutions. “I was hoping the action was going to be a little calmer, but I suspected there would be a fair bit of interest.” Kodl said his family were “great admirers of Banksy” and to have acquired a painting such as this for their collection “would have been a great joy for us all”. The artist and collector Mike Snelle said after the sale that he had a “feeling” the work would do well. “It was the right picture at the right time. It’s taken a long time for the art market to realise just how significant he is.”........Read more

Will resign if Cong does not perform well in Punjab: Amarinder Singh

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday said that he will "accept responsibility and resign" if the Congress party does not perform well in the Lok Sabha elections in Punjab. I would take responsibility and would quit if the Congress was wiped out in the state in these Lok Sabha elections. All ministers and MLAs have been made responsible for the Congress party's performance in the state.........Read more

Samsung reportedly working on an in-display selfie camera to give an all-screen experience

Now Samsung is working on a technology that will put the selfie camera under the display, thereby giving a completely notch-free experience while preserving an IP rating for water-proofing. If implemented correctly notches and pop-out sliders could very well become a fad that went away quickly. It would easy to assume that this Samsung technology will first appear on one of its flagship phones. ........Read more

Golf: Woods wins Masters to claim first major in 11 years

Tiger Woods completed one of sport’s greatest comebacks to end an 11-year major title drought at the Masters on Sunday by claiming a fifth Green Jacket. Not since the 2008 U.S. Open had Woods hoisted a major trophy and the last of his four Augusta titles came in 2005.........Read more

Fire breaks out at Aero India parking area, 100 vehicles gutted

Almost 100 vehicles were gutted in a fire, which broke out at the Parking area number 5 of the Aero India venue at Yelahanka Air Force Station. No casualties have been reported so far. Forty fire tenders were rushed to douse the flames, however, owing to dry grass the fire spread immediately in the summer heat.........Read more

Pulwama terror attack: 16-year-old SOPs for troop movement to be reviewed, civilian vehicles won't be allowed to move around convoys

The suicide attack on the CRPF convoy has prompted security forces to revise the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) being followed since 2003 for movement of troops. Civilians will no longer be free to move around during convoy movement.........Read more

Amazon-Future deal for a 9.5% stake-sale likely in 10 days, says report

Amazon headed by Jeff Bezos, the world's richest man, was eyeing a 9.5% stake in Future Retail. The deal is likely to be finalized in ten days. In the event of last-minute hurdles, the deal could be pushed to as late as January 2019.........Read more

Supreme Court refuses CBI appeal to reopen Bofors case over delay in filing appeal

In a huge setback to the CBI, the Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain the appeal filed by the agency against the high court’s 2005 verdict that shut the politically-sensitive Rs 64 crore pay-offs case.........Read more

Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update after reports of documents being deleted

Microsoft has stopped distributing its latest Windows 10 October 2018 Update. The software giant started rolling out the update during the company’s Surface event earlier this week, but some Windows 10 users immediately noticed their documents were being deleted. ........Read more

The oldest drawing in human history has been found; see pics

This drawing dates back to 73,000 years old and predates previously discovered abstract and figurative drawings by at least 30,000 years, according to the study. The cross-hatched pattern drawn in ochre had been buried till now in Blombos Cave, near the southern tip of South Africa, east of Cape Town. ........Read more

MUDRA loans is another crisis in the making, says Raghuram Rajan

Former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan has cautioned that the next crisis in India’s banking sector could come from loans given to the unorganised micro and small businesses, called MUDRA loans, and credit extended through the Kisan credit card.........Read more

If cigarette packs can have health warning, why not Ganga? asks Green tribunal

“If cigarette packets can carry injurious to health warning, why not river Ganga.?” the National Green Tribunal said on Friday while expressing displeasure over the quality of water in the river.........Read more

Arbaaz Khan Confesses to IPL Betting, Says he Lost Rs 2.75 Crore Last Year: Reports

Bollywood actor-producer Arbaaz Khan has confessed to involvement in betting over Indian Premier League (IPL) matches. The actor reportedly said that he had placed bets in IPL matches last year and had lost Rs 2.75 crore.........Read more

SP-BSP Alliance Will be a Challenge For BJP in 2019, Not Congress: Amit Shah

He admitted that coming together of Mayawati's BSP and Akhilesh Yadav's SP in Uttar Pradesh would be a challenge for the BJP however, the party is confident of defeating the Congress in Amethi or Rae Bareli.........Read more

Karnataka election results: BJP wins, set to form next government

The Bharatiya Janata Party has got a clear mandate from voters in Karnataka and is set to form the next government in the state. Karnataka is the only southern state the BJP has ruled before it ceded power to the Congress last term. Leads put out by the Election Commission of India on the Karnataka Assembly results show BJP way ahead of the Congress with 114 seats to the incumbent party's 61, while the JD(S) led in 38 seats.........Read more

Gujarat: Here Hindu, Muslim couples tie the knot under one roof to spread the message of unity

At a time when political parties are openly supporting "divisive politics", a Muslim group in Vadodara, Gujarat is doing its bit to spread the message of communal harmony among various religious groups. The group, which organises wedding ceremony of couples belonging to lower-income groups, brings together Hindu and Muslim men and women under one roof and solemnizes their marriages.........Read more

Azadi in Kashmir is not possible, you can’t fight us: Army Chief General Bipin Rawat

Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat has said the youth in Kashmir must not get “carried away unnecessarily” and understand “azadi” is not possible as the security forces will always fight those who want to secede. “These numbers (of militants who are killed in gunbattles with the army) don’t matter to me because I know this cycle will continue. There are fresh recruitments happening. I only want to stress that all this is futile, nothing is going to be achieved by them. You can’t fight the army,” Gen Rawat said.........Read more

BCCI clears Mohammed Shami of match-fixing charges, offers him Grade B contract

Indian cricketer Mohammed Shami has got a major boost after he was cleared by the BCCI of match-fixing charges levelled against him by his wife Hasin Jahan, who had claimed that the cricketer had received unaccounted money from a Pakistani woman. BCCI will now proceed with offering him a Grade 'B' annual retainership contract.........Read more

Datsun Go and Go+ Remix Limited Edition launched

Datsun has launched the Remix limited edition of the Go and Go+. These are priced at Rs. 4.21 lakh and Rs. 4.99 lakh respectively. Both models come in dual-tone exteriors with decals, hood & roof wraps and all-black interiors. Powering the Datsun Go and Go+ Remix editions is the 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine that produces 67 BHP @ 5,000 rpm and a peak torque of 104 Nm @ 4,000 rpm. The engine is paired with a 5-speed manual transmission.........Read more

Tax evasion fears deepen, government in a fix over Rs 34,000-crore mismatch in GST math

Preliminary analysis of returns filed between July and December with the GST Network has indicated that the scale of under-reporting of tax liabilities could be as much as Rs 34,000 crore. The issue was flagged at Saturday’s GST Council meeting and notices may be issued to traders and businessmen who have shown different liabilities in GSTR-1, which is largely used for information purposes now, and GSTR-3B.........Read more

India, Jordan to strengthen defence cooperation, 12 agreements inked

India and Jordan have inked 12 agreements in areas including Defence, Health, and Cultural Exchange Programme. The other MoUs include cooperation between Prasar Bharati and Jordan TV Cooperation and Indian Institute of Mass Communication and Jordan Media Institute (JMI).........Read more

Jewellery stocks take a hit after PNB fraud; Gitanjali Gems tanks over 18%

Shares of Gitanjali Gems on Thursday plunged up to 19% in morning trade after the company came under the scanner of various investigating agencies following the Punjab National Bank's declaration of nearly Rs 11,400-crore fraud. Meanwhile, some of the other jewellery stocks also witnessed similar fate with PC Jeweller slumping 19.50 per cent to Rs 303.00, Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri (TBZ) 4.32 per cent to Rs 110.60, and Thangamayil Jewellery 2% to 558.55 on BSE. Rajesh Exports fell 1.34% to a low of Rs 808.70 on BSE.........Read more

Girls have started drinking beer, tolerance limit is being crossed: Manohar Parrikar

I have begun to fear now because even the girls have started drinking beer. The tolerance limit is being crossed, said Parrikar, whose coastal state is one of most sought-after tourist destinations. Talking about the narcotics trade in Goa, he said a crackdown on the drug network in the state has been going on and this will continue till drugs are out of sight. ........Read more

Scientists Develop New Scale to Measure Wisdom

Researchers from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine have developed a new tool to assess an individual's level of wisdom. Called the San Diego Wisdom Scale (SD-WISE), the scale is based upon a conceptualisation of wisdom as a trait with a neurobiological as well as psychosocial basis. ........Read more

2017 Land Rover Discovery Prices Announced Ahead of Launch

We had earlier reported that Land Rover India was to announce the prices for 2017 Discovery in India on August 9. However, the company has sent out mails to prospective customers announcing the prices which start at Rs 68.05 Lakh (ex showroom). Land Rover is also inviting select customers for a preview of the 2017 Discovery on August 7 and August 8. Official bookings will commence from tomorrow pan India.........Read more

For hygienic India, Centre launches Swachh Survekshan Gramin-2017

In a bid to improve sanitation coverage and solid liquid waste management in country, today Centre has launches Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2017. The Quality Council of India (QCI) has conducted a transparent third-party assessment of the present status of rural sanitation in all States and UTs, called Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2017.........Read more

2018 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 to be launched in September

If recent media reports are to be believed, then Suzuki might launch the 2018 V-Strom 1000 in September 2017. The 2018 model comes with minor changes mostly in the styling department, including a 3-way adjustable windscreen and a few new colour options ........Read more

Research: Wristwatches could become smarter than phones

Award-winning research co-authored by Xiaojun Bi , an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Stony Brook University outlines the design, decoding algorithm and implementation for COMPASS, a rotational keyboard that will be used to enter text into smartwatches without the need for a touchscreen.........Read more

Scientists create first laboratory generation of astrophysical shock waves

Throughout the universe, supersonic shock waves propel cosmic rays and supernova particles to velocities near the speed of light. The most high-energy of these astrophysical shocks occur too far outside the solar system to be studied in detail and have long puzzled astrophysicists. Shocks closer to Earth can be detected by spacecraft, but they fly by too quickly to probe a wave's formation.........Read more

Assam: Taking crowdfunding to a new level, Wishberry is making wishes come true for film makers!

People who connect with ideas can back them with funding, not for charity or for any monetary return, but simply for making ideas happen. Our vision is to build a community of believers who back great Indian ideas, eventually making India a creative powerhouse.........Read more

Mercedes-Benz Announces Post-GST Price List

Automobile manufacturers have passed on the benefits of the new Goods and Services Tax to their consumers as vehicles received price correction post July 1, 2017. The revised prices made the vehicles affordable than before. Mercedes-Benz India too has announced the post-GST prices for its complete product portfolio.........Read more

CBI raids in Kolkata, Ranchi on shell companies

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is conducting raids in Ranchi and Kolkata in connection with shell companies suspected of being involved in hawala racket. The investigation agency raided the premises of Tapas K Dutta, principal secretary, Income Tax-Department at Salt Lake in Kolkata and Ranchi. Currently, the CBI is conducting raids at 30 locations in Ranchi and Kolkata.........Read more

Mamata Banerjee calls out governor KN Tripathi for acting 'like a BJP block president'

Levelling a series of sensational allegations against West Bengal Governor KN Tripathi, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday accused him of threatening and insulting her.........Read more

The ‘reinvented’ ‘Assassin’s Creed Origins’ feels mostly the same

There's no need to dance around the obvious: Assassin's Creed Origins looks amazing in 4K. You've heard us say that a lot this week about games on the Xbox One X, but the visuals really are stunning. The details of ancient Egypt on display here are a pleasure to take in. Sand, textures and other elements are crisp and clear, creating a visually compelling setting for the game. This 20-minute session also reminded me that I should just go ahead and buy that 4K TV.........Read more

Qatar vows no surrender in Gulf crisis as U.S., Kuwait seek solution

Qatar vowed on Thursday to ride out the isolation imposed on it by fellow Arab states over its alleged support for terrorism and said it would not compromise its sovereignty over foreign policy to resolve the region's biggest diplomatic crisis in years.........Read more

Make cow the national animal: Rajasthan HC to Centre

The Rajasthan high court on Wednesday recommended the Centre to declare cow as the national animal of India. ........Read more

Himachal CM, Virbhadra Singh gets bail in money laundering case

The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Virbhadra Singh has been granted bail by a CBI court in connection with a money laundering case. His wife too has been granted bail while the rest of the accused have been sent to judicial custody. Singh was questioned last month by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a disproportionate assets case.........Read more

NEET dress code row: NHRC issues notice to CBSE chairman, seeks report

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday issued notice to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in connection with the alleged harassment of students during the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) on May 7 in Kunnur, Kerala where a student was reportedly asked to take off her undergarment before appearing for the test. The NHRC reportedly asked the CBSE chairman to submit a detailed report in the NEET dress code case.........Read more

Tamil Nadu: Transport strike called off after government agrees to disburse Rs 1,250 crore

Transport unions in Tamil Nadu withdrew their indefinite strike late on Tuesday evening after the state government assured them that it would immediately disburse Rs 1,250 crore and promised to settle pension dues by September. “Of the Rs 1,700 crore due for retired workers, the government has agreed to settle Rs 1,250 crore immediately and the rest would be paid in three months,” Centre of Indian Trade Unions General Secretary A Soundararajan told.........Read more

End stir, High Court tells T.N. State transport staff

The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday directed the striking Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation employees to give up their stir and return to work immediately. The Bench passed the orders acting on a public interest litigation (PIL) petition by a lawyer to invoke THE Essential ServiceS Maintenance Act against the strike.........Read more

Facebook puts out newspapers ads to teach people how to spot fake news as UK elections approach

Facebook has started putting out ads in newspapers to held readers spot fake news. The company listed out ten things to look out for in news stories to weed out fake news. The ads appeared in The Times, The Guardian and Daily Telegraph among others.........Read more

'Last African dinosaur' discovered in Moroccan mine

One of the last dinosaurs living in Africa before their extinction 66 million years ago has been discovered in a phosphate mine in northern Morocco. A study of the fossil suggests that following the breakup of the supercontinent Gondwana in the middle of the Cretaceous period, a distinct dinosaur fauna evolved in Africa.........Read more

The Google Docs spam attacks played off Google’s most fundamental weakness

Yesterday, a sophisticated phishing attack swept through the network, masquerading as a Google Docs permission request. Every time someone followed the prompts, the app would gain access to the user’s contact list and blast out a new round of emails, causing a ripple effect of compromised accounts.........Read more

National Gallery: Cambodia

Cambodian history, like that of its neighbour Vietnam, is often defined by a dark moment in the 20th century, the ‘3 Years, 8 Months, 20 Days’ (a phrase known to all Cambodians) during which Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge carried out genocide. Liberated in 1979 by the Vietnamese, Cambodia’s status as a relatively weak nation surrounded by powerful neighbours and predatory colonial powers – Thailand, Vietnam, France – defines its past.........Read more

Pakistani army provided cover with firing to BAT to behead 2 jawans: BSF

"Taking advantage of the firing from the Pakistan side, BAT (Border Action Team) forces attacked our jawans and mutilated their bodies," KN Choubey, BSF ADG Western Command, said in a press briefing on Tuesday.........Read more

Baahubali 2 producer Shobu Yarlagadda accuses Emirates of racism

Baahubali 2 producer Shobu Yarlagadda has tweeted about being on the receiving end of racism. The producer wrote on Twitter, “Flying to Hyd on @emirates EK526. Airline staff at gate B4 were very rude n harassed our team unnecessarily! Bad attitude n service!........Read more

13 Indians reported killed in U.S. MOAB bombing

An Afghanistan-based news agency said on Tuesday that 13 Indians were killed in the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) attack by the U.S. military in Achin district of Nangarhar province last week. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) said it was not sure of the claims and was still verifying it.........Read more

WhatsApp’s Jan Koum sold or gifted more than $5 billion worth of Facebook over the past year

WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum has been cashing out his Facebook stock at a rapid pace. Koum, who sold WhatsApp to Facebook for $19 billion back in early 2014, sold and gifted almost 43 million shares of Facebook stock in the past calendar year, according to a review of his Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Those shares, based on Facebook’s stock value on the dates of the sales, would be worth more than $5 billion.........Read more

Navjot Singh Sidhu in trouble over ‘vulgar jokes’ on The Kapil Sharma Show

Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu is in trouble yet again over his appearance on the comedy program The Kapil Sharma Show. A petition has reportedly been filed by HC Arora, a senior advocate, in the Punjab and Haryana High Court over ‘vulgar jokes’ cracked by Sidhu on the show. Arora has also written to Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh seeking that Sidhu be asked to quit the show as he is a minister in the Punjab Cabinet.........Read more

Kotak Mahindra Bank plans to raise Rs 5,320 crore via share sale

Private lender Kotak Mahindra Bank said it planned to sell up to 62 million shares worth as much as Rs 5,320 crore ($819.4 million) at current market valuations, to fund potential acquisitions in the sector among other things.........Read more

Indian Oil signs agreement to supply 1 million tonnes of fuel to Nepal for 5 years

State-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC) on Monday signed an agreement to supply about 1 million tonnes of fuel annually to Nepal for the next five years. IOC will supply Euro-IV grade petrol and diesel to Nepal from next month. While presently the fuel is sent by trucks, a pipeline will be laid from Patna-Motihari-Amlekganj for supply of fuel in future.........Read more

‘National Observers’ for 12 Olympic disciplines, PT Usha, Sushil Kumar included in list

The sports ministry on Monday appointed National Observers for 12 Olympic disciplines for preparation and implementation of the long-term development plan. Among the key appointments were double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar for wrestling, Anju Bobby George and PT Usha for athletics, Jagbir Singh for hockey and Somdev Devvarman for tennis.........Read more

Here’s how Google’s enterprise productivity offering, G Suite, came together

As of 2015, Google held 3 percent of the enterprise productivity suite software market, with an estimated $397.4 million in revenue, according to research firm Gartner. Microsoft, with almost $12.7 billion in revenue, held a little more than 95 percent.........Read more

Ruckus during vote of confidence: Madras HC directs govt to hand over videos

The Madras high court on Friday directed the Tamil Nadu government to hand over copies of videos from the assembly on the day ruckus broke out over the vote of confidence. The High court asked for the official copy of the videos from February 18 to be handed over to DMK working president M K Stalin who had filed a petition.........Read more

PM Modi mocks Amartya Sen over demonetization criticism

In fact, hard work is much more powerful than Harvard" he said without elaborating. His remark came against the backdrop of Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University and Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen terming demonetization as a "despotic action that has struck at the root of economy based on trust.........Read more

U.S. Embassy says legal authorities will bring the case to justice

We have reached out to Indian consular officials to offer full support as they assist the victims. We understand that the alleged shooter is in custody and is expected to be prosecuted for the crime. U.S. Federal authorities are also investigating the case. We have full faith that U.S. legal authorities will bring the case to justice.........Read more

India unveils a braille atlas for the visually impaired, first of its kind in the world

India's over 28 million visually impaired people now have the option to study and understand the Indian geographical contours in detail, without having to rely only on literature.  A braille atlas, released by the government earlier this year, aims to "empower" them with the "wealth of knowledge". ........Read more

SC granted three weeks to justice Karnan to appear before the court

The Supreme Court on Monday extended the deadline for justice C.S. Karnan, a sitting judge of the Calcutta high court to personally appear before the apex court in a contempt case against him.........Read more

China to re-check India's protest on Masood Azhar

"Will check on reports of India's diplomatic protest," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said when asked about démarche by India over China putting a technical hold of US resolution in the 1267 Committee of the UNSC to designate entities involved in terrorism.........Read more

Meet Miko, India’s First ‘Emotionally Intelligent’ Companion Robot for Kids

Manufactured by Mumbai-based Emotix, Miko is India’s first robot that has been designed to interact with children. Costing Rs. 19,000, the robot offers the capability of engaging, educating, and entertaining a child the Indian way. Miko encourages the children to speak to it by saying “Ask me something”. It responds to questions related to general knowledge, basic maths, performs dances or can do fun stuff likes sing rhymes and tell stories.........Read more

Hyundai Tucson All-Wheel Drive To Be Launched In May 2017

The new Hyundai Tucson was recently launched in India at an introductory price of ₹ 18.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Slotted between the Hyundai Creta and Santa Fe SUVs, Hyundai is currently offering the third generation Tucson with both diesel and petrol engines in only the 2WD drivetrain system. However, the carmaker has confirmed it will introduce an AWD system to the carline in May 2017.........Read more

India will deploy Rafale fighter jets in areas bordering Pakistan, China: Chinese media

India may deploy the recently bought Rafale fighter aircraft capable of carrying tactical nuclear warheads near disputed regions with Pakistan and China, the chinese media said.........Read more

India beat Pakistan to enter U-18 Asia Cup hockey final

Indian men's hockey team registered a comprehensive 3-1 victory over arch-rivals Pakistan in the semi-final of the under-18 Asia Cup hockey tournament on Thursday.........Read more

How the brain knows where we are in bed | Daniel Glaser

The answer lies in a part of the brain called the parietal cortex, which contains lots of different virtual maps of your current location. Each one is centred on different parts of the body or the space you’re in - it’s the brain’s way of understanding the world at your fingertips, around your head, and on the other side of the room.........Read more

Farming on the edge: the Indian salt producers coping with 48C heat

On the sunbaked salt flats of Gujarat, India, the vast, shimmering expanse of salt shines starkly in farmers’ eyes as they toil in the intense heat. India is the world’s third largest salt producer. More than 80,000 smallholder producer families harvest the salt in the Surendranagar district, its most prolific salt-producing region, in the dry months from October to May.........Read more

What Steel Glut? India Defies World Losses With Output Boom

At a time when a surplus is forcing steel mills to close around the world, India’s debt-laden producers are ramping up to supply more of the metal than ever.........Read more

Lakshmipathy Balaji decides to quit first-class cricket

Lakshmipalthy Balaji, who was instrumental in India’s only test series win in Pakistan in 2004, has retired from first-class cricket. “I have to move on, have a young family now. I have given it all during my 16 years as a first class cricketer. I will be playing in the shorter forms of the game in competitions such as the TNPL and IPL,” Balaji told The Hindu........Read more

BRICS meet to focus on urbanisation

The three-day BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit on urbanization, which will begin here from Wednesday, will deliberate on the transition and challenges they face in urbanisation.........Read more

Battling drug-resistant TB, and the govt

It is doubtful when he wrote a letter to a medical journal about patients in Mumbai afflicted with an untreatable form of tuberculosis that Dr Zarir Udwadia was seeking to become the source of controversy himself. But instead of provoking an all-out attack on the disease, as he had hoped, the letter set off a global health alarm and, at least initially, prompted a backlash from the government.........Read more

Is Arvind Kejriwal Delhi's Big Boss? Supreme Court To Hear Case On Friday

Arvind Kejriwal's contention that as the elected Chief Minister, he is the top boss of Delhi, will be heard by the Supreme Court on Friday.........Read more

G20 Summit: 'We don't leave our values, ideals behind', says Obama after Chinese-US officials spar

However, Obama remained calm and presented a humble front saying he would not give much significance to the tiff between the officials.........Read more

LEMOA Pact: Is It a Usual Defence Deal or a Strategic Blunder?

Has India achieved anything substantial by signing the LEMOA pact with US, senior analysts debate on The Quint.........Read more

All will lose in any war over South China Sea, Vietnam warns - Times of India

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang warned on Tuesday there would be no winners in any armed conflict sparked by territorial disputes in the South China Sea. The Vietnamese leader did not mention any country but there is growing unease over China's actions.........Read more

India lose series against West Indies as 2nd T20I abandoned due to rain

West Indies won the series 1-0 by virtue of their dramatic one-run victory on Saturday. The result though have no impact on the standings of the two teams in the ICC T20I rankings as India remained at second ahead of West Indies.........Read more

Deepak Tijori, Shakti Kapoor: The Anatomy of a Bollywood Sidekick

Deepak Tijori turned 54 this year, which is telling of a larger timeline. Growing up in the 90s meant shoulder pads, questionable mullets, Anna Singh couture as witnessed in that mustard yellow double breasted suit Salman wore/ frothy red lace dress with bell sleeves ala Madhuri in Hum Aapke Hai Kaun.........Read more

Banned Narsingh Yadav forced to miss WFI event

The organisers however are hopeful of getting Narsingh involved in tournament promotions at some level even if he cannot compete........Read more

Forbes India Magazine - How a musician CEO struck the right note with Himalaya Drug

Himalaya Drug Company reinvented itself to gain the first-mover advantage in the rapidly growing herbal-based drugs and personal care products segments........Read more

Pokemon Go loses its craze with a 10-million user drop

Pokemon Go had 45 million users in mid-July, but the figure begins to decline by more than 12 million since the start of August.........Read more

Why women are 'genetically programmed to have affairs'

Women are predisposed by their genetics to have affairs as "back-up plans'" if their relationships fail, according to a research paper. Scientists at the University of Texas say they are challenging the assumption that humans have evolved to have monogamous relationships. The team's research has put forward the "mate-switching-hypothesis" which says humans have evolved to keep testing their relationships and looking for better long-term options.........Read more

Astronomers identify a young heavyweight star in the Milky Way

Astronomers have identified a young star, located almost 11,000 light years away, which could help us understand how the most massive stars in the Universe are formed. This young star, already more than 30 times the mass of our Sun, is still in the process of gathering material from its parent molecular cloud, and may be even more massive when it finally reaches adulthood.........Read more

Scientists capture neon in an organic environment for the first time

In a new study, researchers from the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Argonne National Laboratory have teamed up to capture neon within a porous crystalline framework. Neon is well known for being the most unreactive element and is a key component in semiconductor manufacturing, but neon has never been studied within an organic or metal-organic framework until now. The results, which include the critical studies carried out at the Advanced Photon Source (APS), a DOE Office of Science user facility at Argonne, also point the way towards a more economical and greener industrial process for neon production.........Read more

Telangana: Cash, girls, guns seized from dens of gangster Nayeemuddin

Police said there were instances of Nayeemuddin using children, women as human shields when cops came calling on him.........Read more

Denied Bribe, UP Police Allegedly Beat Up 2 Men, Drown Them In Pond

Angry locals beat up five policemen at a police post in Uttar Pradesh, after the police allegedly beat up two men who had refused to pay them a bribe, then pushed them into a pond and watched them drown. A case of murder has been filed.........Read more

Apple needs design magic in its India business model

Apple could release a cheap phone just for India as latest data shows sales of iPhones fell 35% in the second quarter and a market share of 2.4% that grew 19%........Read more

The last-ever Japanese VCRs will be made this month

It may surprise you to learn that Japanese companies are still making video cassette recorders, but this fact won't remain useful for too long — manufacturing will cease at the end of the month............Read more

AAP’s damage control: Phoolka visits Golden Temple, apologises for manifesto mistake

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Harvinder Singh Phoolka today visited the Golden Temple and apologised for the AAP manifesto goof-up.........Read more

Is Pokemon Go Harmless?

The Pokemon game is making waves across the world. But, the game is exposing your secrets. The game is not yet available in India, but people have found means to download it from unknown sources, which basically leaves all your data vulnerable to be misused.........Read more

There's a glaring inequality between health insurance benefits given to men and women

In the last five years, when there were major concerns over the country’s economic growth, the Indian health insurance industry was doing surprisingly well. In fact, it had been growing at more than double the rate of the overall economy, according ........Read more

Resident Evil 5 is having major issues on Xbox One and Playstation 4

Resident Evil has been having tons of issues on the Xbox One and PS4. Some of these problems include glitches and massive frame drops while accessing certain game modes. Reddit User MightyLoardedBear has reported the issue to Resident Evil on Twitter by DM. Here’s they’re reply As we could see, as usual, Resident Evil has …........Read more

Narendra Modi is serious about ending India’s endless cycle of elections

India’s most prolific political campaigner is turning out to be the biggest proponent of ending the country’s unending cycle of elections. Amid his interview blitzkrieg on July 05, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi once again backed the idea of........Read more

NSG: The Great Wall of Xi

The inside story of Indias audacious bid for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group and how Chinas sustained opposition thwarted it for now. Despite the setback, Modis team remains confident of getting in.........Read more

UltraTech’s Rs15,900 crore Jaypee cement deal hits a hurdle

Jaiprakash Associates hasn’t met certain financial commitments for the cement assets under review; the deal is still on........Read more

Grim outlook: One in three BSE-listed companies has more debt than value

Indian companies appear to be living way beyond their means. The debt pile is so huge that nearly one in every three companies listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) won’t be able to repay its loans even if it sells every single share.........Read more

Euro 2016: Wales rolls over Russia 3-0 to top group and enter knockouts

Lifted by Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale, Wales dealt Russia an embarrassing 3-0 loss on Monday to claim first place in Group B heading into the knockout stage of Euro 2016........Read more

Hackers sell access to over 3,400 servers in India: Report

Russian-speaking cyber criminals are selling access, password and other details of about 3,488 compromised servers in India for as low as USD 6, a report by cyber security firm Kaspersky said today.........Read more

1.46 lakh lives lost on Indian roads last year

An official report, released by Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday, said 1.46 lakh people were killed in road accidents in India in 2015 — an increase of five per ce........Read more

The reasons why Philippines decided to buy India's deadly Karmota Class€ Stealth Frigate

The Philippines comprises more than 7,100 islands, therefore, the country needs warships that can monitor and guard the entire archipelago. A navy frigate that is capable of defending against any foreign aggression and equally effective in the littorals as well as in the deep oceans. Last week the Department of National Defense (DND) already awarded the construction of two hi-tech missile-firing frigate for the Philippine Navy not to mention that the Garden Reach Shipbuilders ........Read more

Why Subramanian Swamy's Rajan Hatao campaign isn't just a one-man show - Firstpost

The government doesn’t have an easy explanation to discontinue Rajan, who is at the peak of his job as the central bank governor.........Read more

'Shivaay': First Poster of Ajay Devgn Starrer Looks Thrilling

Going by the poster the film looks like a snow adventure.........Read more

US House Passes Bill to Increase Restrictions on Military Aid for Pakistan

The bill would block $450 million in aid to Islamabad unless it does more to fight the network, which lawmakers see as a major threat to US forces in Afghanistan.........Read more

Bombay High Court says new rule on cigarette pack warnings applicable only on products manufactured post April 1 | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

Bombay High Court says new rule on cigarette pack warnings applicable only on products manufactured post April 1 - The Bombay High Court bench of justices VM Kanade and MS Karnik noted that new rule would apply only to products manufactured and packed after the date of enforcement.........Read more

Idea Cellular partners with Google to provide carrier billing for Play store purchases – Tech2

Idea Cellular has teamed up with Google to offer its prepaid users the option to buy apps, make in-app purchases and so on, adding the purchase amount directly to monthly bills, and negating the use of credit cards.........Read more

Lead article by Gautam Bhatia on Maharashtra Protection of People: Laws that make us human

Early this month, the Maharashtra State Assembly enacted the (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act of 2016. As the title suggests, the purpose of this law is to prevent and punish the continui........Read more