The airline founder building Asia’s next super app

AirAsia’s founder Tony Fernandes is building what he hopes will be the region’s next "super app" as he deals with the coronavirus travel downturn. He wants to rival the likes of Grab, GoJek and WeChat with an all-in-one app for food delivery, shopping, payments, entertainment and travel. As the airline’s boss, he has been looking at new ways to generate income while his planes were grounded.........Read more

People in US & Canada Are Receiving 'Mystery Seeds' From China, Another Conspiracy or Simply a Scam?

Over the past few days, citizens in the US and Canada have reported receiving unsolicited and mysterious packages containing seeds, seemingly from China. Officials have warned that these could be invasive plant species and instructed recipients not to plant them. The seeds typically arrive in white packages displaying Chinese lettering and the words “China Post.” A Reuters report said, “The US Department of Agriculture is warning Americans not to plant unsolicited packages of seeds that appear to be arriving from China. States stretching from Washington to Virginia have also told residents not to put the seeds in the ground after they arrived in the mailboxes of people who did not order them. Officials said the seeds could grow invasive species that threaten crops or livestock.” CBS News confirmed that residents in all 50 states in US have reported receiving the suspicious packages of seeds. Though some of the species identified so far are harmless, plant experts have warned that seeds from other parts of the world could damage crops.........Read more

Wipro names Capgemini's Thierry Delaporte as CEO

India’s Wipro Ltd on Friday named Thierry Delaporte as the new chief executive officer and managing director of the IT company, replacing Abidali Neemuchwala. Delaporte was most recently the chief operating officer of French consulting and technology firm Capgemini Group. Wipro said in January Neemuchwala had decided to step down due to family commitments. Neemuchwala will step down as CEO on June 1 while executive chairman Rishad Premji will oversee day-to-day operations of the company until Delaporte takes over on July 6, Wipro said. ........Read more

Lotteries to Attract Uniform 28% GST Rate From March 1

This GST rate will be applicable to state-run and authorised lotteries from March 1, according to a notification. The GST Council, led by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, had in December last year decided to increase the rate as well as implement a single rate for lotteries. Buyers of tickets for lotteries would now have to shell out 28 per cent. According to notification issued by the revenue department, the GST rate on supply of lotteries has been amended to 14 per cent and a similar percentage will be levied by the states. As a result, total GST on lotteries will increase to 28 per cent.........Read more

'Who benefited most from attack?': Rahul Gandhi on Pulwama anniversary

A year after 40 CRPF troopers were killed in Pulwama terror attack, on Friday Congress leader Rahul Gandhi attacked the Narendra Modi-led government asking what was the result of the inquiry and who had benefitted from the attack. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi remembered the 40 CRPF personnel killed in the Pulwama attack last year and asked who benefitted the most from the attack and what is the outcome of the inquiry into it. Gandhi also asked who in the BJP government had been held accountable for the security lapses that allowed the attack.........Read more

Hyderabad encounter: Telangana high court stays funeral of 4 rape accused

The Telangana high court stayed the funeral of the four accused killed in an alleged encounter by the Hyderabad police on Friday morning and ordered the bodies be preserved till Monday evening, the day it will hear a public interest litigation questioning the legality of the encounter in detail. The HC also ordered that the postmortem of the killed men is videographed and submitted to the court by Saturday evening. ........Read more

An iPhone with bloatware or no iPhone at all: Russia passes new law

The Russian government wants to have some local software pre-installed in iPhones and all electronic gadgets sold in the country. In case, the companies fail to comply with the new Russian law, which was passed in the lower house of parliament this month, the sale of such devices will be banned.........Read more

EU moves towards Brexit delay as PM Johnson seeks election to break impasse

EU leaders should delay Brexit after Prime Minister Boris Johnson paused legislation on his deal following a parliamentary defeat, as Britain spins towards a possible election to break the impasse.........Read more

Sonia Gandhi visits Tihar jail to meet DK Shivakumar, delivers a message

The Congress interim president’s visits to jail to meet party leaders are designed to send a message that the party was firmly behind the two senior politicians. ........Read more

Google Play Store Removes Adware Apps With Over 1.5 Million Downloads

Google has removed two malicious Android apps from the Play Store which were apparently downloaded over 1.5 million times. After Wandera's threat research team found the apps were serving up adware, they reported the issue to Google which has taken it off from the Play Store. The two malicious apps, Sun Pro Beauty Camera, and the Funny Sweet Beauty Selfie Camera had been installed 1 million times and over 500,000 times respectively. After analyzing the apps, researchers saw there was a difference in the behaviour of the two apps. ........Read more

ED to probe more cases against P Chidambaram on FIPB clearances

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday decided to widen its money-laundering probe against former finance minister P Chidambaram as it suspects his role in granting allegedly illegal Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearances to at least four more business deals. Prior to his arrest, Chidambaram on Wednesday claimed he had not been accused of any wrongdoing in the INX Media case nor he and his family members had been chargesheeted in the case. Experts believe that fearing the current case against the former minister might lead to the failure of judicial scrutiny, the ED decided to widen the ambit of its probe. The Central probe agencies are already investigating the former finance minister for the alleged corruption in two business deals — one involving INX Media and the other involving Aircel-Maxis. Sources said the ED has come across evidence where alleged illegal deposits of over Rs 300 crores were made in a single shell firm after purported kickbacks were received by Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram in lieu of granting illegal FIPB and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) approvals.........Read more

Leonardo DiCaprio Expresses Concern Over Chennai's Water Crisis, Says Only Rain Can Save The Situation

Not esi Election banner comming here! In the wake of the four main water reservoirs in Chennai going completely dry with just 1% of it left to survive, the people residing in the capital of Tamil Nadu are under a dry spell and found their concern being raised by Hollywood sensation Leonardo DiCaprio. Taking to his Instagram account, Caprio not only created awareness but also detailed the readers about the solution to the tragedy. Sharing the picture of a dry well with several people bent over it, the Oscar-winning star shared BBC News’ post that threw more light on the crisis. His post read, “”Only rain can save Chennai from this situation.” A well completely empty, and a city without water. The southern Indian city of Chennai is in crisis, after the four main water reservoirs ran completely dry. The acute water shortage has forced the city to scramble for urgent solutions and residents have to stand in line for hours to get water from government tanks. As the water levels depleted, hotels and restaurants started to shut down temporarily, and the air con was turned off in the city’s metro. Officials in the city continue to try and find alternative sources of water – but the community continue to pray for rain. Tap the link in our bio to read more about Chennai’s water crisis. ........Read more

Death Toll Due to Encephalitis Mounts to Staggering 80 in Bihar's Muzaffarpur

The death toll from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) continues to mount with each passing. A day after it was reported that 69 people have succumbed to the disease, the toll has now reached a staggering 80. Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said the Central government is closely monitoring the situation in Muzaffarpur and doing everything to contain it.........Read more

The failure of CPM in 2019 elections brings Yechury's Resignation

The committee will mull over the reasons why the CPM’s Hindu base, alienated from the party, has gradually shifted to the BJP in West Bengal and Tripura, to the Congress in Kerala, and to Jaganmohan Reddy’s YSR (Congress) in Andhra Pradesh.........Read more

BJP's 'sin' led to Pulwama terror attack: Raj Babbar

Congress leader Raj Babbar said that releasing Jaish- e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar in 1999 was a "sin" the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led BJP government committed. Referring to the 1999 plane hijack, the Congress leader, while addressing a rally here on Friday, said, "You (the then BJP government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee) had released Masood Azhar and taken him to Kandahar."........Read more

Jammu and Kashmir: Separatists call for strike against first phase of polling

Separatists have called for a strike to protest against the polling for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections in Kashmir and the "NIA aggression" against Hurriyat Conference leaders and their kin........Read more

Nirav Modi in possession of three passports, multiple residency cards

Fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, arrested by Scotland Yard on behalf of the Indian authorities, was in possession of three passports, it emerged when he was produced before the Westminster Magistrates' Court in London.........Read more

Nepal tourism minister Rabindra Adhikari killed in helicopter crash

All seven on board the helicopter carrying tourism minister Rabindra Adhikari have been killed in the crash near Pathibhara in Taplejung district. The crashed occurred when Adhikari’s team was returning to Kathmandu after offering worship at Pathibhara temple.........Read more

BJP ally JD(U) to oppose Citizenship Bill in Rajya Sabha, send team to Assam to back protest

After abstaining from voting on the Citizenship Bill in the Lok Sabha, the BJP’s ally JD (U) said it would oppose the Bill in the Rajya Sabha and send a team to Guwahati to support the agitation against it.........Read more

RTI reveals UPA govt snooped on 9000 phones, 500 emails every month

An RTI reply from 2013 has surfaced to reveal that around 9,000 phones and 500 email accounts were watched every month by the UPA government at the time.........Read more

10 more people from north Kerala suspected to have joined IS

Police suspect the ten, including two women and four children belong to north Kerala’s Kannur district, slipped out through the United Arab Emirates and believed to have reached IS-held areas of Afghanistan.........Read more

Sharp drop in smoking tobacco in India, says WHO report

From 19.4% in 2000, the prevalence of smoking tobacco in India dropped down to 11.5% in 2005, according to a World Health Organisation report released. The report projected the prevalence to drop down further to 9.8% by 2020 and 8.5% by 2025.........Read more

Ather S340 electric scooter India launch date revealed

Ather Energy, the Bengaluru-based start-up found by two IITians – Tarun Mehta and Swapnil Jain, is all set to launch its first electric scooter. Ather S340 will enter the market on June 5.........Read more

JNU Love Jihad film row: Three separate FIRs registered by Delhi Police

The screening of a film on the contentious issue of 'love jihad' at Jawaharlal Nehru University here was disrupted by a few student groups, who alleged that a hate campaign was being propagated in its guise.........Read more

Twitter reveals that Russia-linked bots retweeted Donald Trump's tweets about 4,70,000 times

In a submission to the Congress, Twitter stated that Russian-linked bots shared Donald Trump's tweets close to half a million times as 2016 US Presidential Election campaign was heading towards its final stages.........Read more

BJP received 89% of corporate donations in 2016-17, shows ADR report

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) continues to be the favourite among corporate donors, getting Rs 290 crore of the Rs 325.27 crore donated to 10 political parties through electoral trusts in 2016-17, a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said.........Read more

Earth’s first ‘welcome’ mat for aliens looks like a standard doormat

It’s not that the mat itself is small: it’s standard doormat size, perhaps a bit larger. But conference venue entrances are built to compensate for masses of foot traffic, and it’s here that the mat finds itself: between the oversized doors and the oversized floor sticker covered in sponsor branding, welcoming delegates to the conference.........Read more

Now, Indians don't require visa to visit Qatar

Qatar will allow visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries, with immediate effect, Qatari officials announced on Wednesday. The countries include the UK, the USA, Canada, India, South Africa, Seychelles, Australia and New Zealand. Citizens of those countries wishing to visit Qatar will not need to apply or pay for a visa; instead, a multi-entry waiver will be issued free-of-charge at the port of entry, upon presentation of a valid passport with a minimum validity of six months and a confirmed onward or return ticket.........Read more

Synapses in the brain mirror the structure of the visual world

The research team of Prof. Sonja Hofer at the Biozentrum, University of Basel, has discovered why our brain might be so good at perceiving edges and contours. Neurons that respond to different parts of elongated edges are connected and thus exchange information. This can make it easier for the brain to identify contours of objects. The results of the study are now published in the journal Nature.........Read more

Diabetes causes shift in oral microbiome that fosters periodontitis, study finds

A new study led by University of Pennsylvania researchers has found that the oral microbiome is affected by diabetes, causing a shift to increase its pathogenicity. The research, published in the journal Cell Host & Microbe this week, not only showed that the oral microbiome of mice with diabetes shifted but that the change was associated with increased inflammation and bone loss.........Read more

Rape of 13-year-old: Parents blame forced abortion pills for cancer

The parents of a 13 year old girl who was raped at a private school in Bikaner district have alleged that their daughter had contracted cancer as she was forced to take abortion and contraceptive pills. Eight school teachers had allegedly raped a 13 year old student several times since 2015.........Read more

India claims presence of militants at LoC to create unrest in PoK: Bajwa

Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday alleged that the Indian claims about the presence of militants along the Line of Control is aimed at creating unrest in Pakistan-controlled part of Kashmir.........Read more

Shopclues' Sandeep Aggarwal says he wants 'justice'

Sandeep, who is in Hong Kong, told Business Standard by phone that he had not yet decided what would he do with his shareholding in the company, and reiterated that all he wanted was ‘justice’. “What Bill Gates is to Microsoft, I am to Shopclues. I have been wronged, and I want justice. I have not thought about my share. I will sell it if I do not see an upside. My masterpiece is Droom, which I believe would be a $25-billion company, not Shopclues,” he said.........Read more

India's first pod hotel debuts in Mumbai

Urbanpod, a newly opened pod hotel will charge you between Rs 2,500 - Rs 2,900 for its smallest pod which is about 3.02 sq metre in area. Hiren Gandhi, Co-founder & Director at Urbanpod said that new-age travellers don't want a lavish lobby but hotels build it in a way which adds to the bill of the customer. ........Read more

Kashmir Valley receives thickest snowfall in 25 years

The beautiful Kashmir Valley turned into a picturesque after receiving a thickest whiteout in 25 years this February. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) release dated February 3 mentioned that the minimum temperatures were less than 5.0°C at many places over Jammu & Kashmir and at a few places over Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. January received three spells of heavy snowfall of over 16.2cm in January alone. A total of 23cm snowfall has been recorded so far in the Valley this year, IMD reported.........Read more

13 Hilarious Moments From Tiger And Jackie Shroff's "Koffee With Karan" Episode

episode of Koffee With Karan, father and son Jackie Shroff and Tiger Shroff graced the couch for the first time ever and Look at these hilarious moments.........Read more

Can paint strokes help identify Alzheimer's?

A new University of Liverpool study published today in Neuropsychology shows that it may be possible to detect neurodegenerative disorders in artists before they are diagnosed.........Read more

Misuse of Dowry is Legal Terrorism

Terming the misuse of provisions of dowry harassment by women as “legal terrorism”, a trial court has slammed such women who, in a bid to settle scores, drag all family members into a dowry harassment case though they may be “totally unconnected” with the case.”The provisions of Section 498A are not a law to take revenge, seek recovery of dowry or to force a divorce but a penal provision to punish the wrongdoers. ........Read more

Kodi motion poster: Dhanush’s double role in Durai Senthilkumar’s next is impressive!

Kodi motion poster: Dhanush’s double role in Durai Senthilkumar’s next is impressive! - Kodi starring Dhanush will hit the theatres during the time of Diwali this year. Watch motion poster here!........Read more

Hubble Detects A Planet Around Binary Star System

Binary stars are common throughout the galaxy, as it has been estimated about half the stars in our sky consist of two stars orbiting each other. Therefore, it’s also thought that about half of all exoplanet host stars are binaries as well. However, only about 10 of these so called circumbinary planets have been found so far in the 3,000-plus confirmed extrasolar planets that have been discovered.........Read more

ICICI Pru Life's Rs 6,000-crore issue kicks off; biggest in 6 years

ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, the biggest initial public offering (IPO) in nearly six years, kick-started on Monday, with investors bidding for 4.08 lakh shares within the first 10 minutes of the bidding process. Data compiled from BSE and NSE showed, the issue has received 0.30 per cent subscription against the issue size of 13.23 crore shares. ........Read more

Admit students from NEET merit list: UGC

All deemed universities offering MBBS or BDS programmes will have to admit students from the all India merit list of the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET), the University Grants Commission (UGC) has notified on Thursday.........Read more

Implementing Haryana'€™s Cow Protection Act Will be Tough for Cops

Eid al-Adha, an Arabic word, is a festival of sacrifice, celebrated by Muslims across the world. It is one of the most important festivals for them. People dress up in best of their clothes to offer namaz in an Eidgah or in mosques. Animal sacrifices are made in accordance with the tradition, type of animals varying from region to region.........Read more

Mars rover Curiosity views spectacular layered rock formations

The layered geologic past of Mars is revealed in stunning detail in new color images returned by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, which is currently exploring the "Murray Buttes" region of lower Mount Sharp. The new images arguably rival photos taken in U.S. National Parks.........Read more

Rahul Gandhi to cover 42 UP districts in 25-day roadshow

Rahul Gandhi will undertake a long winding road show from eastern UP to the western region early next month to shore up support for Congress for next year's assembly polls.........Read more

How Krishna was transformed from a tribal deity to a supreme god in the Puranic tradition

Krishna is one of the most popular deities of the Puranic pantheon. A warrior, a child god of a pastoral tribe, a preacher, and a love deity, his saga is an amalgamation of many disparate elements in one harmonious and coherent whole.........Read more

BJP will be the biggest gainer in UP 2017, but there is a Mulayam catch: Survey

If a recent opinion poll on the forthcoming Uttar Pradesh election is to be believed, the ruling Samajwadi Party will beat anti-incumbency to emerge as the largest single party in the state.........Read more

Alibaba’s entry, and does it even matter now

Irrespective of Alibaba’s mode of entry in India, the Chinese e-commerce giant will have its hands full and also the foray may be a bit late unlike Amazon’s in 2013........Read more

Could An Islamist-Separatist Alliance Be Brewing In Balochistan?

Another day, another sensele ma acre. This time on 8 August in Quetta, provincial capital of Pakistan's sparsely populated and restive Balochistan province, where a........Read more

Chinese Foreign Minister Calls On PM Modi, Holds Talks With Sushma Swaraj

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi today called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and held talks with his counterpart Sushma Swaraj. India's bid for NSG membership is believed to have figured in the discussions among other regional and bilateral issues.........Read more

Subir Gokarn meets RBI governor Raghuram Rajan, triggers speculation: Report

Former deputy governor of RBI Subir Gokarn's purported meeting with RBI chief Raghuram Rajan on Friday has triggered speculation.........Read more

Japanese Will 'Watch Sony TV' If US Is Attacked, Says Donald Trump

White House hopeful Donald Trump savaged US ally Japan on Friday, expressing frustration that Washington must defend the Asian nation but that if the United States is attacked, Japanese can "sit home and watch Sony television."........Read more

The deep, dark side of web! How people are getting drugs, guns delivered at doorstep

Once you place an order in a dark web portal, vendors insist on bitcoin payments to beat KYC norms which regular ecommerce websites ask for.........Read more

How Flipkart snapped up Jabong from under Snapdeal’s nose

Flipkart has bought Jabong at a drastically reduced valuation of $70 million, extending its dominance in online fashion retail........Read more

India, US agree to enhance cooperation in maritime sector

American ports have evinced keen interest in having comprehensive cooperation with India in developing the country's ports, especially the ambitious Sagarmala programme, officials said as Union Minister Nitin Gadkari concluded his week-long trip to the US.........Read more

Why Is My India Silent? Neerja Actor Zahoor Writes on Kashmir

I don’t know how to express in words my deep emotions about what I’m seeing in Kashmir. As an Indian citizen, my heart aches when they say anything against my country. But it’s extremely painful to see innocent people dying here everyday. On Tuesday,........Read more

US seeks trade sanctions in India poultry dispute: WTO

After winning a dispute at the WTO regarding Indian restrictions on imports of US poultry products........Read more

Opinion: As Kejriwal Heads To Gujarat, He's Showing Many Modi Traits

  Mr Kejriwal is headed to Gujarat. Right into the lion's den. No matter Anandiben Patel is holding the fort. Fact is, AAP's head honcho is daring to go where no other man has been in the last few years, notwithstanding the impolite challenges made ........Read more

French jihadi: IS training Indians for suicide attacks

The assessment of intelligence agencies that Indian youths joining Islamic State (IS) are not considered good fighters as compared to those from other countries may not be completely accurate, if the terror outfit's propaganda video and disclosures........Read more

Film review: ‘Shorgul’ is a lot of noise in an empty vessel

Ashutosh Rana and Hiten Tejwani shine in this contrived and overwrought drama that is supposedly based on the 2013 Muzzafarnagar riots.........Read more

Pay panel report: Central govt staff to serve strike notice on June 9

About 32 lakh Central Government employees including railways, defence and postal department staff, have decided to go on an indefinite strike from July 11, for which they will serve strike notices to their respective departments on June 9.........Read more

ISRO to test rocket that takes its fuel from air

“The mission to test the technology would be launched either in the last week of June or early July from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota. The mission would be on a sounding rocket,” K. Sivan........Read more

Bangladesh demands re-election in Assam after BJP’s win, says they didn’t get to vote

Stunned by the thumping victory of BJP in the Assam state elections, Bangladesh has today demanded that elections should be held again in the state.........Read more

Scientists create novel 'liquid wire' material inspired by spiders' capture silk

Why doesn't a spider's web sag in the wind or catapult flies back out like a trampoline? The answer, according to new research by an international team of scientists, lies in the physics behind a 'hybrid' material produced by spiders for their webs.........Read more

Bhadravathi boy scores 625/625

Ranjan B S of the Poornapragna Vidya Samsthe, Bhadravathi, made history by being the first to score cent per cent marks in the SSLC exams.........Read more

Explainer: Understanding plate tectonics

Plate tectonics is the process whereby Earth continually rebuilds itself — and causes destructive events like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.........Read more

Lasers unveil secrets and mysteries of Angkor Wat

The world’s largest temple, Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, was revealed by laser and radar studies to be part of a sprawling medieval metropolis.........Read more