IRCTC train ticket booking: Reservation period extended, tatkal brought back

Indian Railways partially resumed services with 30 special AC trains on May 12 after a gap of nearly two months. The train services were suspended in the last week of March to mitigate the virus spread. Initially, passengers could only book tickets via IRCTC website or mobile application. Later, the national transporter allowed the travellers to buy tickets from reservation counters at railway stations.........Read more

Ahmedabad Mothers Donate 90 Litres Of Breast Milk To Help Save Premature Babies

Talking of the initiative, senior neonatologist Dr Ashish Mehta of Arpan Newborn Care Center said, “Rushina’s deed is priceless. Her milk served as a panacea for these fragile babies weighing anywhere between 600 gm and 1.5 kg who are more prone to infections.” In a similar manner, another woman decided to donate after she saw a post on Facebook asking for breast milk for a sick premature baby at a private hospital. She donated 20 ml of milk and was delighted when the hospital called and told her that the baby was doing much better. Such is the stories of other 248 women, who are making a difference through these heartening gestures and saving one baby, at a time.........Read more

Operation Blue Star 35th Anniversary: Amritsar Turns Into Fortress; Over 3,000 Security Personnel Deployed

Over 3,000 security personnel have been deployed to maintain law and order in Amritsar in the wake of the 35th anniversary of Operation Blue Star. Operation Blue Star was carried out by the Army in June 1984 to flush out militants hiding in the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar.........Read more

Rafale deal documents stolen from Defence Ministry, Attorney General Venugopal tells SC

The Union government told the Supreme Court that the documents related to Rafale fighter aircraft deal have been stolen from the Ministry of Defence (MoD), and the petitioners seeking a review of the verdict dismissing all pleas against the purchase of the jets relied upon those papers.........Read more

Donald Trump says US to terminate India's duty-free status for failing to provide market access

US President Donald Trump informed the US Congress about his intent to terminate the designation of India and Turkey as a beneficiary developing country under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) programme.........Read more

After protest against namaaz by Hindutva group, Muslims in Gurgaon grow anxious as Friday draws near

This was because of what had happened on April 20 and after. As around 500 Muslim men had gathered for namaaz in a field owned by the Haryana government in Sector 53, several Hindu residents from the neighbouring villages of Wazirabad and Kanhai disrupted their prayers, shouting “Jai Sri Ram”. A video of the incident had later surfaced on social media, following which six persons were arrested for hurting religious sentiments. They were later released on bail.........Read more

Want to learn something? Sleep on it, but not too deeply: study

Scientists fascinated by the idea that humans might be able to learn while asleep—a new language, say, or a piece of music—have long been coming up with clashing experimental results.........Read more

AirAsia India Introduces New Routes. Here Are The Details

AirAsia said it was launching daily direct flights between New Delhi and Kolkata from August 1, 2017. The carrier said it was offering all-inclusive fares starting at Rs. 2,990 on flights from New Delhi to Kolkata.........Read more

Nokia 3310 finally launched in India at a price of Rs 3,310!

The iconic phone is here. The Nokia 3310 has officially launched in India and will be available for purchase at a price of Rs 3,310 starting May 18 via offline channels. It will be available in warm red, yellow, dark blue and grey color variants.........Read more

Messages from ISIS land trigger fear among Kerala families. But who is sending them?

Families in Kerala are worried and confused about messages they're receiving on missing Keralite youths, who have allegedly joined the Islamic State (IS) terror outfit. In the past two months, messages informing about the deaths of three missing Keralites had reached their relatives. All three messages were purportedly sent by Ashfaq Majeed, a native of Padanna. But there is no official confirmation on the reports of deaths.........Read more

Major ports in India to take satellite port route for expansion

A satellite port can either be one that is already existing or is created near a port that is reaching capacity. Satellite ports help overcome issues such as limited land availability and draft adequacy, which is depth of water to which a ship sinks according to its load.........Read more

Ocean warming to cancel increased CO2-driven productivity

The researchers found that high CO2 expected by the end of the century which causes ocean acidification will boost production at different levels of the food web, but ocean warming cancelled this benefit by causing stress to marine animals, preventing them using the increased resources efficiently for their own growth and development. The result was a collapsing food web.........Read more

After bombing Afghanistan, Trump has sent his NSA on a mission: It is time for India to take a call

The single biggest message conveyed by the use of the so-called “mother of all bombs” by the United States in Afghanistan last Thursday is that the war is about to be intensified – militarily as well as in the political and diplomatic arena. India has to take some difficult decisions. And they need to be taken quickly.........Read more

China exceeds India in internet usage, smartphone ownership: Pew Research

China is way ahead of India when it comes to internet access and smartphone ownership, a latest Pew Research report has said. According to the survey, 71 percent of Chinese say they use the internet at least occasionally or own a smartphone, our definition of internet users. In contrast, only 21 percent of Indians say they use the internet or own a smartphone. Sixty-eight percent respondents in China said they own a smartphone, as compared with 18 percent in India as of spring 2016.........Read more

US Carrier Group Patrols In Tense South China Sea

A United States aircraft carrier strike group has begun patrols in the South China Sea amid growing tension with China over control of the disputed waterway and concerns it could become a flashpoint under the new U.S. administration.........Read more

Every country has the right to defend its territory from terrorism: Germany backs India's surgical strike

German Ambassador to India Martin Ney said that Germany will stand with India in its fight against terrorism. Responding to a query on the recent surgical strikes by the Indian Army across LoC, he told reporters here, "There is a clear international norm that every state has the right to defend its territory from international terrorism." "Let me put it this is absolutely clear that there are two norms in international law governing this issue (cross-border terrorism). ........Read more

After military raid, India looks at economic and diplomatic measures to pressure Pakistan

Beyond Thursday's surgical strike by Indian special forces, New Delhi is considering new economic and diplomatic measures to bring pressure to bear on its neighbour, Indian officials said.........Read more

The looming problem India is not really talking (or worrying) about

Sure, there is the Swachh Bharat campaign. But in the last two years, it hasn’t elevated beyond mere lip service. It’s an opportunity for the ministers and local politicians to pick up a broom and pose for the cameras.........Read more

Charts: Eight years since Lehman collapsed, this is what has happened to the global economy

The aftermath of the financial crisis lives on in slow growth and stagnant wages.........Read more

Exclusive! Harley-Davidson Roadster India launch in November

The American bikemaker will expand its Sportser range of motorcycles in India by launching the new Roadster in November with an expected price of around Rs 10 lakh ex-showroom........Read more

Heart failure among the aged may triple by 2060

Heart failure is a common condition worldwide and increases with age. Various disorders can cause heart failure, such as coronary heart disease, hypertension, obesity and diabetes. As these are more prevalent with age,. the consequence is an increased population of elderly who may develop heart failure," said Ragnar Danielsan, Cardiologist at Landspitali University Hospital, in Iceland........Read more

Saketh Myneni crosses first hurdle in US Open Qualifiers

Saketh Myneni needs to more wins to make it to the singles main draw of the last Grand Slam of the season........Read more

The mysterious ancient origins of the book

The debate about ebooks v paper books is nothing new. Keith Houston explains how a very similar debate raged as the first books came to be in ancient Rome.........Read more

Balochistan in 2013 echoed J-K during 1990s militancy: A first-hand account

The terse message from one of our minders came shortly after we’d checked into the hotel in Quetta: We were, under no circumstances, to step out on our own or make plans for any excursions.........Read more

Watch: Rabindranath Tagore singing the national anthem

On Independence Day, watch Rabindranath Tagore, the man who wrote the national anthem Jana Gana Mana, sing the song. Farhan Akhtar shared the video on his Twitter handle.........Read more

Jindal Steel and power misses $5 mn payment, banks set to launch crackdown

Senior bankers told FE JSPL had already indicated to them in July its subsidiary might skip interest payments on the loan for the April-June quarter due to stressed cash flows.........Read more

India gets its first tiger repository

The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) here will now house the country’s first repository on tigers, under its new Tiger Cell.“We have worked with the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) on t........Read more

Heena Sidhu fails to qualify for finals of women's 10 m air pistol

Welcome to our coverage of the second day of the Rio Games. A scorching world record, a horrific leg break and bomb and bullet scares made for a hectic first day as the Rio Olympics swung into action........Read more

Budhia Singh – Born To Run review: Sleek, fast and pointed

The sparkling chemistry between Bajpayee and Patole makes it a tale of self respect, pride and dignity rather than frustration, treachery and scams.........Read more

Why 2017 could be India’s breakout year for policy-making

A uniform goods and services tax, the end of five-year plans, a possible switch to new financial-year cycle and may be no railway budget – India is about to change the way it plans and manages its economy.........Read more

UPSC should have additional paper in civil service exam for IFS aspirants: Panel

Additional paper in UPSC civil service exam should test IFS aspirants’ knowledge of international affairs, says parliamentary panel........Read more

Gurgaon police commissioner faces heat for Gurujam, transferred to Rohtak

A day after the Millennium City was gridlocked for more than 20 hours due to heavy rainfall, the Gurugram Police commissioner Navdeep Virk was transferred to Rohtak. Virk will be replaced by Sandeep Khirawar.........Read more

Karnataka unveils booster kit, Rs 400 cr funding for start-ups

Karnataka government has also set up a cell in KBITS to implement policy initiatives and provide incentives for incubating start-ups........Read more

Indian Army fired 2.5 lakh shells to bomb enemy positions in Kargil war

Indian Army fired 2.5 lakh shells to bomb enemy positions in Kargil war - During the peak period of assaults, each artillery battery fired over one round per minute for 17 days continuously. "Such high rates of fire over long periods had not been witnessed anywhere in the world since the World War II.........Read more

Dayashankar's Wife Files FIR Against Mayawati, BSP

The expelled leader Dayashankar Singh meanwhile continues to abscond although he is expected to surrender on Friday.........Read more

Mahindra readying mini Bolero

Mahindra has begun work on its fourth compact SUV after TUV100, KUV100 and NuvoSport. The latest model to go under the knife is the popular Bolero, which will have over 170mm shaved off from its length to duck under the sub-four-metre mark. ........Read more

Telangana forest department to plant one crore saplings tomorrow

As part of a state-wide 'Haritha Haram' tree plantation programme, Telangana Forest department has chalked out a plan to plant one crore saplings in a single day across all districts of Telangana tomorrow........Read more

NASA's Juno spacecraft beams back first image of Jupiter

JunoCam - the camera aboard NASA's Juno mission - has sent back some of the first images of Jupiter along with three of its four largest moons taken after the spacecraft entered orbit around the king of planets on July 4.........Read more

J-K: Mob protesting Wani’s death beat police officer’s wife, daughter

The wife and daughter of a police officer were beaten on Tuesday by a mob protesting the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani in Awantipora area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.........Read more

Rosetta's days are finally numbered as countdown to comet crash commences

On September 30, the European Space Agency will send the Rosetta spacecraft crashing into Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.........Read more

Referendums, please! writes Priyanka Chaturvedi

Referendums, please! writes Priyanka Chaturvedi - Last week has been full of big-ticket exits. Starting with India, the RBI governor called it quits after his first term ends in September.........Read more

Recovery of Rs. 29,000 cr. rail freight dues stalled

The recovery of over Rs. 29,000 crore by the Railways from freight-evading iron ore exporters who were feeding the global frenzy for steel during the boom period is floundering, say sources in the Ra........Read more

Nothing Wrong With Dipa Karmakar Training in India for Olympics: Coach

Most of the Indian athletes who have qualified for the Rio Olympics are now training overseas but India's lone gymnast to make the cut, Dipa Karmakar, is fine-tuning herself at home; but her coach Bisweswar Nandi doesn't see it as a problem.........Read more

Bengaluru Shame: 60% Women in Garment Factories Sexually Abused

She was 20 when the abuse started. Her supervisor at the garment factory where she worked would grope and pinch her, sometimes leaving bruises. Her complaints were ignored and her abuser went unpunished. One in every seven women working in the gar........Read more

'Modi has been declared World's Best Travelling PM by UNESCO': Twitter trolls hoax 'award for Modi'

Parts of social media, on Friday, broke into a frenzy with tweets that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had been adjudged the best prime minister in the world – yes, yet again. The tweets seemed to be based on what was circulated a day before. The award........Read more

Pro-Islamic State group's hit list names 285 Indians; caliphate releases personal details of targets

Pro-Islamic State group's hit list names 285 Indians; caliphate releases personal details of targets - Lone wolf threat: Personal details of 4,481 random individuals from around the world made public to create fear psychosis........Read more

Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Could Get 1.5-Litre Petrol Engine

Maruti Suzuki introduced the S-Cross last year as the very first offering from its ‘NEXA’ premium dealer network. While Maruti did offer two engine options, both were diesels as the brand didn’t have a petrol engine that would be powerful enough to........Read more

This startup helps you be original

Is it possible for people with no background in music to express themselves in songs or lyrics? On World Music Day, three young professionals will be launching a startup that will create personalised........Read more

You go to war with weapons, not bare hands: SBI’s Arundhati Bhattacharya

SBI chief Arundhati Bhattacharya on bad loans plaguing India’s banking sector and need for more tools to handle them........Read more

Even a lottery win won’t stop stressed Indians from working

The study found that 98% of the Indians surveyed wished to continue work even if they won the lottery compared to 80% workers in the US and 67% in the UK........Read more

Urban Poor Or Not, Indian Millennials Are The Hardest Working In The World: Report

Millennialls have been often, perhaps unfairly, labelled as entitled, self-absorbed, and lazy. But a global study by recruitment firm Manpower Group shows that while millennials are breaking stereotyp........Read more

Jai Ho, A R Rahman! Musical maestro awarded with Grand Fukuoka Prize 2016 - Firstpost

As part of the ceremony, Rahman has been invited to the city to give a public lecture on "From the Heart: The World of A R Rahman's Music".........Read more

India’s e-commerce start-ups are setting a dangerous precedent

India’s hottest new companies are busy losing money by the fistfuls, even as they continue to grow........Read more

Workaholism tied to psychiatric disorders

Researchers at the University of Bergen in Norway have examined the associations between workaholism and psychiatric disorders among 16,426 working adults.........Read more

Oscar, Cannes entries to get government support

An Indian film competing for the Oscars may get around Rs. 1 crore while those going to the Cannes or Venice festivals may get around Rs. 50 lakh, as the I........Read more

13 new smart cities unveiled by Govt; Lucknow, Bhagalpur, New Town Kolkata, Faridabad make it to the list

Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu while releasing the list of 13 new cities said the initiative will involve an announcement of Rs 80,789 crore.........Read more

Mizoram Has Highest Number of Inter-Caste Marriages in India With 55%

A representative sample of 41,554 households contacted for the study was spread across 33 states and union territories, in rural and urban India.........Read more

IPL 9: Royal Challengers Bangalore Stay in Hunt Pipping Kings XI Punjab by One Run in a Thriller

The win takes RCB to sixth position with 8 points from 9 games as they still have a chance of qualifying for play-offs while KXIP with six points from 10 games look all but out of the tournament.........Read more

Russel, Pathan power KKR's successful chase

Rahul, Kohli hit fifties; Chris Gayle has another failure, manages to score only seven........Read more

Mr Kejriwal, please mind the inconvenience for round 3 of odd-even - Firstpost

The Kejriwal government has proved that it can make a difficult concept like odd-even work in a difficult place such as Delhi.........Read more

Arun Lal in recovery after battling cancer

Arun Lal, the former India opener, is in recovery after being diagnosed with jaw cancer and is hopeful of a return to commentating in........Read more

North Korea tests sub-launched missile: South - Times of India

"North Korea launched a projectile which was believed to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) around 6:30 pm (0930 GMT) in the East Sea (Sea of Japan)" near the northeastern port of Sinpo", a defence ministry spokesman said.........Read more

Video: Ola Cabs’ new ‘sexist’ ad pulled down after public outrage

A guy goes to the market with his girlfriend, who wants to buy shoes, clothes, everything. She gets her boyfriend to buy all this by just saying the word ‘baby’ in a loving way. In...........Read more

Donald Trump mocks Indian call centre, but says India a great nation - Times of India

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has used fake Indian accent to mock a call centre representative in India. At the same time, he described India as a great place, asserting that he is not angry with Indian leaders.........Read more