Exclusive: Facebook employees internally question policy after India content controversy

Facebook and its top lobbying executive in India, Ankhi Das, are facing questions internally from employees over how political content is regulated in its biggest market, according to sources with direct knowledge and internal posts seen by Reuters. The world’s largest social network is battling a public-relations and political crisis in India after the Wall Street Journal reported that Das opposed applying the company’s hate-speech rules to a politician from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party who had in posts called Muslims traitors. In the United States and around the world, Facebook employees are raising questions about whether adequate procedures and content regulation practices were being followed by the India team, sources familiar with discussions told Reuters. An open letter written to Facebook’s leadership by 11 employees on one internal platform, and seen by Reuters, demands company leaders acknowledge and denounce “anti-Muslim bigotry” and ensure more policy consistency. The letter also demanded that Facebook’s “policy team in India (and elsewhere) includes diverse representation.” “It is hard not to feel frustrated and saddened by the incidents reported ... We know we’re not alone in this. Employees across the company are expressing similar sentiment,” said the letter. “The Muslim community at Facebook would like to hear from Facebook leadership on our asks.” ........Read more

People should not fear spread of COVID-19 in food, packaging - WHO

The World Health Organization said on Thursday it saw no evidence of coronavirus being spread by food or packaging and urged people not to be afraid of the virus entering the food chain. Two cities in China said they had found traces of the coronavirus in imported frozen chicken wings from Brazil and on outer packaging of frozen Ecuadorian shrimp, raising fears that contaminated food shipments might cause a new outbreak. “People should not fear food, or food packaging or processing or delivery of food,” WHO head of emergencies programme Mike Ryan told a briefing in Geneva. “There is no evidence that food or the food chain is participating in transmission of this virus. And people should feel comfortable and safe.” WHO epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove said China had tested hundreds of thousands of packages and “found very, very few, less than 10” proving positive for the virus. Brazil’s Agriculture Ministry said in a statement that it was seeking clarification on the Chinese findings. Ecuador’s production minister, Ivan Ontaneda, told Reuters that the country maintains strict protocols and cannot be held responsible for what happens to goods after they leave the country. More than 20.69 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and almost 750,000​ have died, according to a Reuters tally. ........Read more

Rishi Kapoor, Evergreen Heartthrob, Dies At 67. "He Was Jovial To The End," Say Family

Rishi Kapoor, beloved star of films such as Bobby and Chandni, died in a hospital in Mumbai at the age of 67 on Thursday. He fought a long battle with cancer and had spent much of last year in New York being treated. A statement from the Kapoor family said that the actor "remained jovial" and "kept doctors entertained till the end." Rishi Kapoor, who was famously fond of life, "would like to be remembered with a smile and not with tears," The family have also appealed that lockdown rules be respected by Mr Kapoor's fans and well-wishers. Read the full statement here.........Read more

Apple is Arming (PRODUCT)RED in The Fight Against COVID, The New iPhone SE Plays a Big Role

pple and their long-standing partnership with the (RED) organization has seen them actively contribute in the fight against HYV/AIDS over the years and continue to do so. Now, Apple says they will donate the proceeds from the sales of (PRODUCT)RED products to The Global Fund’s COVID‑19 Response. This comes at a time when the world is fighting the Coronavirus pandemic, with a lot of countries including India in the midst of a lockdown in an attempt to flatten the curve. The launch of the $399 Apple iPhone SE plays a critical role in that, perhaps testified by the fact that the (PRODUCT)RED version of the new iPhone has been launched alongside the more traditional black and white colour options.........Read more

Next 15 days can prove critical in India’s fight against COVID-19, say experts

India is battling stage II of COVID-19. This means only those with travel history to affected countries and people who have come in contact with them can be infected. But now stage III that is associated with China- and Italy-like community transmissions looms large. If the virus march is delayed, an exponential rise in cases can be avoided. And everything to achieve this has to be done in the next two to four weeks, top experts told. The challenge also comes at a time when cases of Coronavirus suspects skipping airport screening and also jumping quarantine have begun to spiral across the country.........Read more

Coronavirus pandemic: MHA suspends pilgrimage to Kartarpur Sahib from Sunday midnight

"In wake of COVID19 India outbreak, as a precautionary measure to contain and control spread of the disease, the travel and registration for Sri Kartarpur Sahib is temporarily suspended from 00:00 hours on March 16, 2020, till further orders," a home ministry spokesperson said. On Saturday, the government had announced suspension of all types of passenger movement from 00:00 hours on March 15 through the Indo-Bangla, Indo-Nepal, Indo-Bhutan and Indo-Myanmar borders barring a few specified border checkposts.........Read more

Which country has the best food?

We love to write about food and drink. We love to celebrate the good stuff and lambaste the bad. This is our take on some of the best food cultures and destinations, but of course it's subjective. It's time to find out once and for all, which cuisine is king as you plan where you'll travel next:........Read more

Supreme Court Allows Trading In Cryptocurrency, Revokes Ban Imposed By RBI

The Supreme Court allowed trading in cryptocurrency and revoked the 2018 ban imposed by Reserve Bank of India. Cryptocurrencies are digital currencies in which encryption techniques are used to regulate the generation of currency units and verify the transfer of funds, operating independently of a central bank. "We have allowed the writ petitions," a bench headed by Justice R F Nariman said while pronouncing the verdict. According to the April 6, 2018 circular, the entities regulated by the RBI are prohibited from "providing any service in relation to virtual currencies including those of transfer or receipt of money in accounts relating to the purchase or sale of virtual currencies".........Read more

WeChat has been censoring keywords about coronavirus, study finds

China’s most popular messaging app, Tencent-owned WeChat, has been censoring keywords about coronavirus since as early as January 1st, an analysis found. Popular Chinese livestreaming platform YY has been censoring coronavirus content, too. To make this determination, the research group Citizen Lab scripted group chat conversations and sent them to three test WeChat accounts, two in Canada and one in China. The chat conversations consisted of article headlines and text. The group, which is affiliated with the University of Toronto, sent them from one of the Canadian WeChat accounts to the Chinese one, and observed which messages the Chinese account got. 132 keyword combinations were censored in January, but that number rose to 516 keywords by the second week of February.........Read more

BCCI And NCA Officials Answerable For India's Test Series Defeat: Dilip Vengsarkar

Dilip Vengsarkar has questioned the BCCI selectors and National Cricket Academy for India’s crushing defeat to New Zealand in a two-match Test series that concluded on Monday. After starting the tour with a 5-0 clean sweep in T20I series, India lost both the ODI  (0-3) and Test series. “I feel a lot of answering has to be done by the officials at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and the office-bearers of the BCCI as these losses must not be pushed under the carpet after winning the so-called T20 tournaments,” Vengsarkar told. “It’s unfortunate we don’t intend learn from our mistakes but continue to depend on the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma to deliver match after match besides experimenting with others making each one of them insecure about their positions in the batting line up,” he said.........Read more

Anti-CAA Protests Turn Violent In Chennai, Several Injured In Stone Pelting

The Chennai Police on Friday lathi-charged the protesters who had been demonstrating against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Four police personnel—a woman joint commissioner, two women constables and a sub-inspector—were injured in stone pelting, the police said, even as reports emerged that some protesters were also hurt. The protesters accused the police of resorting to a lathicharge. Joint Commissioner P Vijayakumari sustained injuries on her head, the police said, adding that those wounded were admitted to a hospital.........Read more

Over 6.83 lakh vacant posts in central govt departments: Personnel Ministry

Citing annual report of pay and research unit of the department of expenditure, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said in a written reply to the lower house that out of the total of 38,02,779 sanctioned strength, 31,18,956 employees were in position, as on March 1, 2018. There were 6,83,823 vacant posts as on March 1, 2018, it said. “Vacancies in the central government are caused due to retirement, resignation, death, promotion etc. and the posts falling vacant are required to be filled as per recruitment rules by the concerned Ministries/Departments/organisations,” the Minister said.........Read more

What does partial divestment in LIC mean for its policyholders?

The listing of LIC will be a positive move for policyholders. The benefit will, however, be indirect. As a 100% government-owned entity, LIC’s financial health is largely outside the scrutiny of the financial markets. Investment returns for traditional policies are dependent on the insurer’s performance. Such plans form a big portion of LIC’s book. Unlike unit-linked insurance plan (Ulip) investors, who have a clear visibility on the daily performance of underlying funds, the endowment policyholders’ visibility is limited to annually declared bonuses.........Read more

Cow Urine, Dung Can Treat Coronavirus, Says Hindu Mahasabha President Swami Chakrapani Maharaj

As the coronavirus scare runs across the world with one confirmed case in India, Hindu Mahasabha has proposed bizarre treatment for the dreaded virus infection. Swami Chakrapani Maharaj, president of Hindu Mahasabha, on Friday said cow urine and cow dung can be used for treating novel coronavirus disease. He also said that a special yagna will be performed to "kill the novel coronavirus and end its effects on the world".........Read more

How social media services handle political ads

Online platforms including Facebook and Alphabet Inc’s Google face growing pressure to stop carrying political ads that contain false or misleading claims. The following is how social media platforms have decided to handle false or misleading claims in political ads:........Read more

Don’t pressure, let students pursue, PM Modi’s mantra for parents

In an advice to the parents and teachers, Modi sadi them to allow the students to "pursue" and not "pressure." "Every parent/teacher must think about how they behaved with the children when they were about 4-5 years old. You didn't pressurize them, you just motivated them. I want parents to accept that their children have grown up, but they must understand that their psyche to help them must never change or go away. Parents who allow their children to pursue things (if they are on the right track) are doing right thing." ........Read more

How the brain balances pleasure and pain

As our brains take in information about the world and use it to steer our actions, two key principles guide our choices: seek pleasure and avoid pain. Researchers at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) have zeroed in on an information-processing hub in the brains of mice to discover how neurons there divide the labor to handle these opposing behavioral motivations. ........Read more

17-Year-Old Jeremy Smashes 12 International Records to Clinch Silver at Qatar International Cup

India’s weightlifters continue to make their presence felt at the ongoing 6th Qatar International Cup in Doha with their solid performances. After Saikhom Mirabai Chanu’s impressive show on Friday, Youth Olympic gold medallist Jeremy Lalrinnunga went on a record-breaking spree, claiming three world marks in a remarkable performance, on the way to a silver in the men’s 67kg category at the competition. ........Read more

State governments cannot deny implementation of central laws in Union List: Home Ministry

So what can the state governments, in reality, do? According to political commentators, state governments will not be able to deny the implementation of such an Act, however, since implementation in states of any central law requires the cooperation of the state administration, the most they can do is delay the implementation process or implement it badly, with intentional flaws. However, that would leave them open to be targetted by the central government, which will highlight the flaws or the delay and make a case for a breakdown of state machinery, law and order in the respective states, thereby asking for a President's Rule. Whether the matter goes down the road that far is what remains to be seen.........Read more

'War against nature must stop,' U.N. chief says before climate talks

Around the world, extreme weather ranging from wildfires to floods is being linked to manmade global warming, putting pressure on the summit to strengthen the implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement on limiting the rise in temperature. “Our war against nature must stop, and we know that it is possible,” Guterres said ahead of the Dec. 2-13 summit.........Read more

Transferred 53 times, IAS officer Ashok Khemka says reward for honesty is humiliation

Ashok Khemka, an IAS officer who has been transferred about 50 times in his career, on Wednesday reacted strongly to his latest posting, saying the “reward for honesty is humiliation”. ........Read more

INX Media: Delhi HC Rejects Chidambaram’s Bail Plea, Says ‘Allegations Are Serious in Nature’

In a major development, the Delhi High Court on Friday denied bail to former finance minister P Chidambaram in the INX Media money laundering case and said the allegations brought against the former Congress leader are serious in nature. ........Read more

UK teen loses eyesight and hearing after eating chips, meat and processed food

A teen from Bristol, England lost his eyesight and his ability to hear because he only ate chips, white bread and processed food from a very young age. According to The Guardian, the 19-year-old boy apparently never liked the texture of fruit and vegetables from a very young age. Because of his diet, which was devoid of any nutrients, he suffered from nutritional optic neuropathy. Though it is treatable if detected at an early stage, in the teen’s case, the problem has increased so much that his sight has been permanently damaged. Reportedly, fibres in his optic nerve have been damaged permanently. The teen’s mother told the daily that her son became a fussy eater when he was about seven and would only eat chips, crisps, sausages, processed ham and white bread. She said, "The first we knew about it was when he began coming home from primary school with his packed lunch untouched." "I would make him nice sandwiches and put an apple or other fruit in and he wouldn’t eat any of it. His teachers became concerned, too. His brother and sister have never stopped eating. They love everything. He has always been skinny, so we had no weight concerns. You hear about junk food and obesity all the time but he was as thin as a rake," she added.........Read more

Behind BJP choosing Tamilisai as Telangana governor, a Tamil Nadu plan

The elevation of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Tamil Nadu president Tamilsai Soundararajan as Telangana governor was part of the party’s strategy to expand its base in the southern state, where it hasn’t been able to leave a mark, but sees an opportunity when the two established political outfits, the AIADMK and the DMK, were struggling within, two BJP leaders said. She is the second BJP leader after former Kerala BJP chief Kumannam Rajasekharan to have been given a gubernatorial assignment when they were heading the party in their state. Rajasekharan was appointed Mizoram governor in May 2008, but returned to Kerala in March this year to contest the Lok Sabha election. There are two messages in Soundararajan shifting into the Raj Bhawan, the first BJP leader said. The BJP was giving recognition to its southern leaders, despite not having much electoral success. Besides Soundararajan and Rajasekharan, the junior minister for external affairs, V Muraleedharan was brought to the Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra. Muraleedharan, too, headed Kerala BJP between 2010 and 2015. “We hope the BJP will get recognition in southern India at some point in time when we are giving high places to leaders from the state, despite the BJP not getting much electoral success,” the first leader said.........Read more

KYC linking deadline for PhonePe, Paytm, and Amazon Pay extends till February 29, 2020

Do you use digital wallets like PhonePe, Paytm, Amazon Pay or any other for making transactions? If yes, then there's a good news for you. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has extended the deadline for digital wallets to become fully Know Your Customer (KYC) compliant by six months. Yes, you still have six months to make your PhonePe, Paytm, Amazon Pay, and other digital wallet KYC compliant. Until now the last date for linking KYC to e-wallets was August 31 but the RBI extends KYC linking deadline for PhonePe, Paytm, and Amazon Pay till February 2020. The new last deadline for linking e-wallets to KYC is February 29, 2020. After this date, users will no longer able to use e-wallets for transactions if they are not KYC compliant. What does this mean? This means you can use PhonePe, Paytm, and Amazon Pay or any other e-wallet even if it is not KYC compliant. So, if you're a PhonePe, Paytm, Amazon Pay or other digital wallets you will not face any issue in making transactions at least till February 29, 2020. Notably, failing to link KYC to e-wallets post the stated date -- February 29, 2020 - will stop the service and refrain users from making any sort of transactions in the future. RBI has also informed that the no further extension of the KYC linking deadline will be granted after February 2020.........Read more

Kumaraswamy never treated me as friend but like enemy: Siddaramaiah

The war of words between the Congress and JD(S) continued unabated with Siddaramaiah on Sunday slamming H D Kumaraswamy for treating him as an "enemy" and indicated that it led to the fall of the coalition government headed by the latter. His comments were in response to Kumaraswamy's recent interview to a news portal, in which he reportedly said Siddaramaiah treated JD(S) as its first enemy. However, Kumaraswamy on Sunday clarified that he had not made such remarks and his interview had been 'distorted'. "There lies the problem. He (Kumaraswamy) started nurturing grudge against me by treating me as an enemy. Instead of the foe, had he considered me as a friend, a trusted man and an ally from the coalition party, nothing would have happened," Siddaramaiah told reporters in Mysuru. The Congress stalwart charged Kumaraswamy with "hiding" his failure by blaming others. "How can I be an enemy? Those who don't know how to rule say such things," Siddaramaiah said. The JD(S) leader had reportedly alleged that Siddaramaiah was never happy with the government formation under him. "Some news channels have distorted my interview to a news portal a few days ago.” "I had only said that more than BJP, Siddaramaiah had targeted our party during the elections but I never said Siddaramaiah is my first enemy. There is no need for unwanted confusion," he said.........Read more

India forex reserves dip by $70.8 million to $430.5 billion

India’s foreign exchange reserves decreased by $70.8 million in the week-ended August 16 to $430.501 billion compared to the previous week, according to the data from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). In the previous week, the reserves had increased by $1.62 billion to $430.572 billion. Foreign currency assets (FCAs), which form a key component of reserves, fell by $412.4 million to $398.327 billion. On the other hand, gold reserves rose by $355.9 million to $27.110 billion. FCAs are maintained in major currencies like the dollar, euro, pound sterling and Japanese yen. Movement in the FCA occurs mainly on account of purchase or sale of foreign exchange by the RBI, income arising out of the deployment of foreign exchange reserves, external aid receipts of the government and revaluation of assets.Special drawing rights (SDRs) from the IMF decreased by $3.4 million to $1.438 billion. SDR is an international reserve asset created by the IMF and allocated to its members in proportion of their quota. The reserve position in the IMF fell by $10.9 million to $3.625 billion, the central bank said.........Read more

Ahead of G20 summit, Modi-Trump discuss Iran, trade, defence, 5G 

India has raised tariffs on 28 items, including almond, pulses and walnut, exported from the US in retaliation to America's withdrawal of preferential access for Indian products. US President Donald Trump meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Friday, June 28, 2019. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held wide-ranging talks with US President Donald Trump and discussed ways to leverage the power of technology, improve defence and security ties as well as issues relating to trade, Iran and 5G. Modi, who is in Osaka, Japan for the G20 Summit, thanked Trump for expressing his "love towards India" in a letter delivered by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week. The Prime Minister said that India stands committed to further deepen economic and cultural relations with the US. The two leaders discussed Iran, 5G, bilateral relations and defence ties on the sidelines of the summit. Terrorism biggest threat to humanity, saysPM Modi at informal BRICS leaders' meeting in Osaka "The talks with were wide-ranging. We discussed ways to leverage the power of technology, improve defence and security ties as well as issues relating to trade. "India stands committed to further deepen economic and cultural relations with USA," Modi said on Twitter.........Read more

Beware! Using Bitcoins may earn you a 10-year jail sentence

In a move that’s likely to cause huge disappointment, the government has proposed a 10-year prison sentence for persons who ‘mine, generate, hold, sell, transfer, dispose, issue or deal in cryptocurrencies. The bill will make cryptocurrencies completely illegal and make holding them a non-bailable offence.........Read more

Zero Tolerance on Terrorism: MHA Prepares List of Top 10 Militants Operating in Valley

Days after Amit Shah took charge as Union home minister, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has prepared a hit list of top 10 militants operating in Jammu and Kashmir. The list which includes the names of wanted terrorists who are part of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) has been prepared after taking inputs from the intelligence agencies and the security personnel. ........Read more

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Prize Money and How it Compares to FIFA World Cup, French Open

There is a lot of money to be made. The total prize money for the Cricket World Cup is $10 million (Rs 69.6 crore). The winner receives $4 million and the runners-up earn $2 million. The losing semi-finalists get $800,000 each at the end of the 46-day tournament being played across 11 venues. ........Read more

'Elections in J&K More Peaceful Than Those in Bengal': PM Modi Hits Out at Mamata Govt for Poll Violence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched a scathing attack on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over poll violence, saying elections in Jammu and Kashmir were more peaceful than those in West Bengal. The BJP, Left and even the Congress raised the issue but those who consider themselves neutral maintained silence, thus emboldening such forces. ........Read more

'You Come For Photo-op, You're an Expiry PM,' Mamata Responds to PM Modi's Allegation

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee never shies away from a war of words. Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused her of not talking to him when he tried to contact her to talk cyclone Fani, Banerjee claimed the PM just wanted a photo-op. ........Read more

'I am chanting Jai Shri Ram': PM Modi dares Mamata Banerjee to 'throw him in jail'

PM Modi lashed out at Mamata Banerjee in Tamluq over the incident of a viral video in which youngsters who shouted Jai Shri Ram near Mamata Banerjee’s cavalcade were briefly detained. Taking a dig at Banerjee he said in Jhargram: “I am chanting Jai Shri Ram here so that Mamata can throw me in jail.”........Read more

Environment minister rejects global reports claiming 1.2 million deaths in India due to pollution

Union minister Harsh Vardhan has discredited the recent global reports claiming over one million deaths in India due to air pollution, saying such studies are only aimed at “causing panic”. The Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change is contesting the Lok Sabha polls from Chandni Chowk constituency in the national capital.........Read more

US steps up push to blacklist Jaish chief Masood Azhar at UN

The United States, Britain and France stepped up a push for the United Nations Security Council to blacklist the head of Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) after China prevented an earlier move two weeks ago.........Read more

EC pulls up railway, aviation ministries over PM Modi's photo on tickets

The Election Commission questioned the Centre why railway tickets and boarding passes carrying photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi were not withdrawn. The notice of withdrawal of these tickets and boarding passes comes in the wake of the Model Code of Conduct being in force ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.........Read more

Food served at Karnataka govt's Indira Canteens 'unfit for human consumption': Lab reports

Lab tests have revealed that food served at Karnataka government-run Indira Canteens are unfit for human consumption. Items like rice, sambar and bisi bele bath (lentil rice dish), which were taken as samples. The tests reportedly found the presence of certain chemicals, bacteria and fungus. ........Read more

Some major Android apps are still sending data directly to Facebook

Major Android mobile apps from companies including Yelp and Duolingo send data that could be used to personally identify you for ad tracking straight to Facebook immediately upon logging in.........Read more

Royal family issues social media guidelines after Meghan-Kate abuse

Britain's royal family has told social media users to show "courtesy, kindness and respect" when interacting with its online posts, after repeated cases of online abuse directed at Duchesses Meghan and Kate.........Read more

Zomato Apologises After Family Alleges "Plastic Fibre'' In Paneer Dish

A family in Maharashtra's Aurangabad was in for a shocking 'treat' after they found plastic fibre in the paneer items they had ordered through food delivery company Zomato on Friday night. ........Read more

Stones Hurled at Bengaluru Bus, Tension Grips Bengal's Asansol as Trade Unions Begin Protest

As 10 trade unions began their two-day nationwide general strike today, incidents of vandalism were reported from Bengaluru and West Bengal's Asansol. ........Read more

How and why we redefined the kilogram

By defining the kilogram using a constant of nature, they are freeing it from physical constraints. You’ll still need some pretty complex machinery to actually measure the new kilogram, but, theoretically, anyone can do it.........Read more

BP Singh, creator of CID, is FTII chief

Union information and broadcasting ministry have cleared the name of producer-director B.P. Singh(director and producer of the popular television series CID) as the chairperson of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.........Read more

In "Diwali Gift" For Small Businesses, PM Modi Launches 59-Minute Loans

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a 59-minute loan programme and other moves to help small businesses as part of the centre's "support and outreach initiative" for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in New Delhi. ........Read more

Jwala Gutta speaks of mental harassment, selection bias; calls it her ‘me too’ moment

Jwala Gutta, a former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist, reiterated her allegations of being targetted in selection. “Maybe I should talk about the mental harassment I had to go through...#metoo,........Read more

Study: Limiting children's screen time linked to better cognition

Limiting a child's use of screen time to less than 2 hours a day can have a positive effect on cognition, a new study found. The combination of sleep time, screen time and physical activity when considered together have the biggest impact.........Read more

Asian Games 2018 - India's most successful ever with 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze

India achieved its highest ever medal tally at the Asian Games by finishing with a total of 69 medals in Jakarta-Palembang. ........Read more

Probe bookie-player link, alert Supreme Court: Justice RM Lodha

Justice R M Lodha has urged the Vinod Rai-headed Committee of Administrators (CoA) to probe alleged links between a bookie and a top Indian cricketer, as reported by The Indian Express and bring it to the notice of the Supreme Court.........Read more

RTO To Suspend Registration Certificate Of Bikes Fitted With Modified Silencers

Kerala Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) will start a campaign against the bikes fitted with modified exhaust mufflers. The new campaign will be launched on June 1, 2018. Under the new campaign, the Kerala RTOs will suspend the registration certificate (RC) of the bikes fitted with modified silencers. After the cancellation of the RC, the motorcycle will not be eligible to ply on roads. With the RC suspended, the bike's insurance will also be void.........Read more

Water Crisis in Kashmir Valley

After the valley witnessed an unprecedented water crisis, authorities have advised farmers in many areas not to cultivate paddy - a water-intensive crop - and the agricultural department is preparing a contingency plan to deal with any eventuality.........Read more

CBSE postpones class 10, 12 exams in Punjab

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has postponed class 12 and class 10 examinations scheduled to be held on Monday, April 2, 2018, in Punjab at the request of the state government in view of ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by several Dalit organisations against the alleged “dilution” of the SCs/STs (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.........Read more

Vatal Nagaraj to form new party ahead of Karnataka polls

Kannada Chaluvali Vatal Paksha leader Vatal Nagaraj has announced that pro-Kannada organisations along with regional Dalit and farmers’ organisations would form Karnataka Praja Samyukta Ranga ahead of assembly elections in the state.........Read more

PC was part of ‘conspiracy' to give FIPB nod to Aircel-Maxis: ED to SC

The Enforcement Directorate has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court alleging that former finance minister P Chidambaram was part of the "conspiracy" to give FIPB (Foreign Investment Promotion Board) clearance to Aircel-Maxis by concealing facts so that the matter was not referred to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs and was cleared by the finance ministry.........Read more

INX Media PMLA case: ED conducts raids in Chennai

The raids were being conducted at three premises in Chennai under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), the anti-money laundering law. The searches were carried out against people allegedly linked to Karti Chidambaram.........Read more

No service charge on train e-ticket till March 2018: Railways

Rail passengers will continue to enjoy service charge exemption on tickets booked online till March 2018. The facility had been extended to June 30 and then September 30. Service charges on booking train tickets online through IRCTC ranges from Rs 20 to 40 per ticket.........Read more

Study sheds new light on how Earth and Mars were created

Analysing a mixture of earth samples and meteorites, scientists from the University of Bristol have shed new light on the sequence of events that led to the creation of the planets Earth and Mars. The research was carried out in an effort to resolve a decades long debate in Earth and planetary sciences about the origin of distinctive, volatile poor compositions of planets.........Read more

Google explains lack of in-app Feed and Upcoming tabs for some, hints at future update

While an A/B test of a new transparent homescreen pane is underway, other users still don’t have access to the most recent revamp of the Google app that added tabs. In a statement, Google has…........Read more

World’s Smallest Home Theatre Wins Design Award At Computex

The XPUMP is a pocket-sized, portable device that can be used with 2.0 desktop or portable speaker, sound bars, home sound systems, or headphones. Users simply plug the device between the source (computer, smartphone, television, etc.) and the output (speakers or headphones) and simply press play to get audio upgraded immediately. No extra settings or downloads are required.........Read more

Pakistan’s ICJ Lawyer, Khawar Qureshi, Claims Kulbhushan Jadhav Can Never Be Released Or Acquitted

Pakistan’s International Court of Justice lawyer, Khawar Qureshi, has claimed that Kulbhushan Jadhav can never be released or acquitted by the international court. Qureshi has held that the case of Jadhav is a very clear one and India is wrongly claiming a victory in this case. The UK-based lawyer told reporters that a detailed press statement will soon be issued by the Foreign Office.........Read more

YES Bank and Cashkaro launch personalised cashbacks; How it works

YES Bank and cashback and coupon site Cashkaro have launched a customer loyalty programme with card-linked offers, which will allow merchants to create personalized and targeted deals for cashbacks. The promotions are sent via SMS, e-mail mobile app notifications and a separate web page. ........Read more

May accused of 'blatant threat' against EU on security

British Prime Minister Theresa May has been accused of threatening to use the safety of UK and European citizens as a bargaining chip in Brexit talks. In the formal letter that notified the European Union of Britain's intention to leave, May warned that the failure to strike a deal on any future relationship would have consequences for security.........Read more

Rajamouli Opens Up on 4 Climaxes for 'Baahubali 2'

'We had to move heaven and earth to film just one climax,' said Rajamouli when asked about the rumors about filming four climaxes for Baahubali 2. 'We had to move heaven and earth to film just one climax,' said Rajamouli when asked about the rumors about filming four climaxes for Baahubali 2.........Read more

Facebook partners with Noida-based startup TLabs to fortify mobile startup ecosystem

Social networking giant Facebook and Noida-based start-up accelerator TLabs have partnered to strengthen the mobile start-up ecosystem in India. As part of this partnership, the two companies will co-host multiple events for solving start-ups’ issues around user experience, analytics, app installs and monetisation.........Read more

Lashkar operates bank accounts Using fictitious names in Pakistan

The Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation, the charitable arm of the internationally-proscribed Lashkar-e-Taiba terror group, has been raising funds through bank accounts under pseudonyms, an investigation by The Indian Express has found. The accounts continue to be active even though the FIF is blacklisted by the United Nations Security Council, obliging all member-states to freeze their assets.........Read more

1000% Web Traffic Growth, 30,000 SKUs: LivSpace Is Changing The Way People Design Their Homes

Launched in December 2014, Livspace is a curated marketplace for homeowners and home designers. As per the founder Indian consumer today has a strong consumer appetite for a high-quality, personalised, and predictable experience in the home design and decor market segment, and Livspace aims to be their one-stop solution.........Read more

Pakistan dig ugly hockey scar, India want apology for Champions Trophy incident

The Indian hockey federation – Hockey India (HI) - has taken a strong stand against its Pakistan counterpart, saying that it won’t play any bilateral series with the arch-rivals unless the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) submits an unconditional written apology for the misbehaviour of its players during the 2014 Champions Trophy.........Read more

Tata Hexa launched in India at Rs 11.99 lakh

Tata Motors has finally launched the Hexa at a starting price of Rs 11.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The home-grown auto major had started entertaining bookings for the car in November last year. Touted as the flagship model of the company, the Hexa is available in six different variants - XE, XM, XMA, XT, XTA and XT 4x4.........Read more

Donald Trump, Mike Pence speak with nearly 30 world leaders including PM Narendra Modi

US President-elect Donald Trump and his vice president-elect Mike Pence have spoken over phone with nearly 30 key world leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after the historic victory of their Republican party in the recently-held American general elections.........Read more

How ERP Can Become Key To Solving India’s Banking Crisis

“The non-performing assets situation is an important issue for the RBI. We will deal with the situation with firmness, but also with pragmatism so that the economy does not feel any lack of cre...........Read more

Witnesses most neglected lot in criminal justice system: Law Ministry

Terming witnesses as the “most neglected segment” in the criminal justice system, the Law Ministry has said a 13-year-old report held the key to insulating them from harassment and minimising inconvenience caused during trial. Read More:  TDP MP targets Modi, says alliance split with BJP inevitable Related Post PIL challenges bill increasing salaries, pension of........Read more

Railways to sign deal with Germany for high-speed trains

New Delhi, Oct 13: Aiming to reduce travel time significantly, Railways will ink a pact with Germany for running high-speed trains in the country. Accompanied by a high-ranking delegation, German Minister for Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Alexander Dobrindt will meet Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu tomorrow. A senior Railway Ministry official in New Delhi said that …........Read more

Indian-Americans Cheer As US Postal Service Releases First Commemorative Diwali Stamp

The ‘First Day Cover Of Diwali Stamp’ was unveiled at the Indian Consulate in New York in the presence of Riva Ganguly Das, India’s Consulate General to New York, and US Congresswomen Carolyn B. Maloney and Grace Ming, chair of the “Diwali Stamp” Ranju Batra among other dignitaries.........Read more

Height of insensitivity! AAP MLA Gopal Rai's escort's car overturns in Chhattisgarh, minister drives away leaving injured jawans behind

Delhi Minister Gopal Rai was on Saturday in a spot when a vehicle of his cavalcade overturned in Chhattisgarh on Friday. Unfortunately, five jawans were injured and one died in the accident. The jawans were escorting the Aam Aadmi Party MLA, while he was on his way to Bhanupratappur.........Read more

Amazon India gets a new CMO, OnePlus's marketing head joins Razorpay and BlueStone rejigs its leadership

We are in the middle of September and startups seem to be taking no rest in adding the best talent to their teams. This week, both Indian e-commerce majors........Read more

Airtel agrees to provide additional interconnection points to RJio

Bharti Airtel today agreed to provide Reliance Jio additional points of interconnection (POIs) for checking massive call drops Jio users have been facing. The decision was taken at a bilateral discussion with Reliance Mukesh Ambani-owned. Airtel had earlier........Read more

Scientists develop new material to block electromagnetic waves from electronic devices

In a major breakthrough, a group of South Korean scientists have developed a new material that is said to effectively block electromagnetic waves coming from electronic gadgets and appliances.........Read more

Kapil Sharma asked to cough up Rs 5 lakh bribe by BMC; tweets to PM Modi asking if this is achhe din

Angered at the idea of being asked for a Rs 5 lakh bribe by the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) despite being a regular tax payer, comedian Kapil Sharma took to Twitter to not only vent his frustration but also to ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi if this is what his pre-poll promise of 'achhe din' entails.........Read more

7 out of top 10 fund picks rise 17%

Seven out of top 10 stock picks by India’s equity fund managers have gained 17 per cent so far in 2016. This has helped equity schemes outperform the key indices.........Read more

Lenovo rises to number 2 smartphone brand by value in India

Lenovo has emerged as the second largest smartphone brand by value in India, with its market share jumping to 9.1 per cent.........Read more

Mukesh Ambani unleashes Jio, says all voice calls will be free on its network

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Over 400 RSS members resign in Goa after sacking of leader who criticised BJP

In a late development on Wednesday, over 400 RSS volunteers, including district, sub district and shakha heads announced their resignation from the organisation, in protest against the unceremonious sacking of state RSS chief Subhash Velingkar earlier in the day.........Read more

Bengaluru to Host Asia’s Biggest Start-up Expo

World Startup Expo 2016, Asia’s largest congregation, aims to bring together the most happening and disruptive startups and SMEs, along with the exper........Read more

Mahindra Confirms Launch Plans of Two New Electric Vehicles

Mahindra has confirmed that it plans to launch two new electric vehicles by the end of 2016. The homegrown carmaker has been pioneering into the zero-........Read more

Watch: Varanasi, holy city and PM's constituency, is still a sex trafficking hub

aranasi, considered one of India's holiest cities, has a history of also being the home of courtesans. But this past now stands cruelly distorted as it acquires the status of being a hub for human trafficking..........Read more

Siddhivinayak Temple to take shares as donation

Devotees will initially be able to offer shares through the demat account set up for the temple. This initiative will later be extended to bonds, MFs.........Read more

Indiabulls’ offices raided for Rs 1500 cr tax evasion: All you need to know

The Income tax department on Wednesday raided over 20 premises of real estate giant Indiabulls to probe tax evasion to the tune of Rs 1500 crore by the group.........Read more

Shirdi airport likely to be functional from October

The Shirdi Airport is likely to be inaugurated in October this year for which Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will soon invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Maharashtra Airport Development Authority Managing Director Vishvas Patil said.........Read more

Farm poll signal: Govt to take back dead land Bill

The move comes at a time when the BJP is bracing for the assembly polls next year in Uttar Pradesh, a largely agrarian state.........Read more

CRPF, Army Squabble Over Who Killed Militants in Pampore Encounter

While the army claimed to have killed the two militants, the CRPF said that they were “wrongly claiming credit”.........Read more

Varun Beverages ready to file IPO draft, may raise Rs1,000 crore

Varun Beverages Ltd, the second-largest PepsiCo. Inc. bottler in the world, has reached the final leg of its proposed public float. The company is ready to file its draft initial public offering (IPO) document between today and the end of this week,........Read more

Maharashtra accords minority status to Jewish community

The status will now make the community eligible for various development schemes that the state launches for the minority community.........Read more

HC Dismisses Sushil Kumar's Plea for Trials, Rio Beckons Narsingh

The HC reckoned trials so close to the Olympics are not justified, which effectively gives WFI a green signal to pick Narsingh Yadav in the Rio squad for 74-kg division.........Read more

NDA’s foreign policy | Redefining India’s role on the global stage

India’s economic development has been a central theme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visits abroad in the past two years........Read more

Lenovo, Apple among fastest growing smartphone vendors in India – Tech2

Apple continued to climb in India, increasing shipments by 56% to make it the second fastest-growing vendor in the top 10.........Read more

Uttarakhand HC Chief Justice who quashed President's Rule transferred | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

Uttarakhand HC Chief Justice who quashed President's Rule transferred - Justice KM Joseph has been transferred to Andhra Pradesh High Court.........Read more

U.S. envoy’s ‘Arunachal is part of India’ remark irks China

To Beijing, the State is southern Tibet and the Indo-China official boundary is yet to be drawn.........Read more