Russia registers the world's first coronavirus vaccine, Putin says his daughter was given a shot

Speaking at a government meeting on state television, Putin said the vaccine, developed by Moscow's Gamaleya Institute, was safe and that it had even been administered to one of his daughters. "I know that it works quite effectively, forms strong immunity, and I repeat, it has passed all the needed checks," said Putin. He said he hoped the country would soon start mass producing the vaccine.........Read more

Govt Allows Universities To Conduct Exams Following Covid-19 Guidelines

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Monday allowed universities and other academic institutions to conduct examinations during the ongoing 'Unlock 2' phase. In a statement, the MHA said it has sent a letter to the Union Higher Education Secretary permitting universities and institutions to conduct examinations. "The final-term examinations are to be compulsorily conducted as per the UGC guidelines on examinations and academic calendar for the universities and as per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) approved by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare," the statement said.........Read more

Should India be renamed as Bharat only? Supreme Court to hear plea tomorrow

"What's in a name," celebrated playwright William Shakespeare had his most famous heroine Juliet say in his Romeo and Juliet play. "That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet." But most people wouldn't agree with Shakespeare in their daily lives. For, a name is the most prominent identity of a person, a family, a caste, a religion or a country. Every name has a history. This was hotly debated in the constituent assembly when India got Independence from British rule. The British called India "India". Before them, the Mughals, the biggest empire in India, called it Hindustan.........Read more

Hockey legend Balbir Singh Senior Passes Away

The iconic player was 95 and is survived by his daughter Sushbir and three sons Kanwalbir, Karanbir, Gurbir. 30 this morning,” Abhijit Singh, Director Fortis Hospital, Mohali, where he was admitted on May 8, told PTI. Balbir Sr was in a semi-comatose state since May 18 and had developed a blood clot in his brain after being first admitted to the hospital for bronchial pneumonia with high fever. One of the country’s greatest athletes, Balbir Sr was the only Indian among 16 legends chosen by the International Olympic Committee across modern Olympic history.........Read more

Using AC during coronavirus outbreak: What temperature should you maintain?

As the temperatures soar towards 40s, people need to use air conditioners (AC) and dessert coolers to get some respite from the scorching heat. However, there have been many concerns over the use of ACs and coolers, and also over what temperature they need to be used in, amid the coronavirus pandemic. In an 18 page guideline, the Centre has advised what the optimum temperature of air conditioner and coolers should be amid the coronavirus outbreak in the country. ........Read more

Donald Trump signs Executive Order 'temporarily suspending immigration into US'; says move was necessary to help protect American jobs

President Donald Trump claimed Wednesday that he had signed an executive order “temporarily suspending immigration into the United States.” But experts say the order will merely delay the issuance of green cards for a minority of immigrants. Trump said his move, announced in a Monday tweet, was necessary to help Americans get back to work in an economy ravaged by the coronavirus. "This will ensure that unemployed Americans of all backgrounds will be first in line for jobs as our economy reopens,” he said. File image of US President Donald Trump. AP.........Read more

Donald Trump halts issuing of new Green Cards for 60 days

However, this move will not impact those entering the United States on a temporary basis. Trump's latest restriction on immigration is likely to impact thousands of Indian nationals who are waiting for their Green Cards. America has a provision to issue 1,40,000 employment-based Green Cards every year. In 2019, Indian nationals received 9,008 category 1 (EB1), 2,908 category 2 (EB2), and 5,083 category 3 (EB3) Green Cards. Around 227,000 Indian nationals are in line to get a family sponsored Green Card, according to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). "We must first take care of the American worker. This pause will be in effect for 60 days, after which need for any extension or modification will be evaluated by myself and a group of people based on economic conditions at the time," Trump said.........Read more

Wuhan Coronavirus not a 'natural virus', but was leaked from a Wuhan lab by an intern: Read shocking revelations made in a report

Mounting an attack against China for its possible complicity in the spread of the virus, US President Donald Trump took cognisance of the exclusive report published by the Fox News which alleged that though the virus is a naturally occurring strain among bats and not a bioweapon, it was being studied in the Wuhan lab and was eventually leaked by an intern. The report mentioned that the initial transmission of the zoonotic virus occurred from bat to human, adding that the “patient-zero” worked at the Wuhan laboratory. It stated that the intern working at the laboratory accidentally contracted the virus before transmitting it to other people outside the facility.........Read more

No Need to Discuss, I Convey My Regards: Karnataka CM Doesn't Take Dig at Gowda Family Over Son's Wedding

“All the necessary permissions were given and the marriage was performed in a simple manner. There is no need to discuss about it. They had done it well within their limits for which I congratulate them,” the CM said during a COVID-19 press conference. Photos and videos of the wedding emerged and went viral on social media as several people could be seen thronging at the venue, which was the Gowda’s family farmhouse at Bidai. The original wedding plan was cancelled because of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus cases. HD Deve Gowda’s grandson Nikhil got married to Revathi, the grand-niece of former Karnataka housing minister M Krishnappa. ........Read more

New York City now has more Covid-19 cases than China, UK

New York City, the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic in the US, now alone has over 100,000 novel coronavirus cases, more than the confirmed cases in China and the UK, according to the official data. According to the data from the New York City government, an increase of at least 5,695 cases on Sunday put New York City's total number of coronavirus infections at over 104,410 as of April 12 and 27,676 hospitalisations. The city's death toll is 6,898.........Read more

Will supply Hydroxychloroquine, paracetamol to neighbouring countries, coronavirus-affected nations: India

"Given the enormity of the COVID19 pandemic, India has always maintained that the international community must display strong solidarity and cooperation. This approach also guided our evacuation of nationals of other countries," Srivastava said. "In view of the humanitarian aspects of the pandemic, it has been decided that India would licence paracetamol and HCQ in appropriate quantities to all our neighbouring countries who are dependent on our capabilities. We will also be supplying these essential drugs to some nations who have been particularly badly affected by the pandemic," he said. ........Read more

1,500 Attended Feast For Dead Woman in Madhya Pradesh, Son Tests Positive For COVID-19

A Madhya Pradesh man, who returned from Dubai, and 11 of his family members have tested positive for coronavirus, days after he returned to India and organised a feast in the honour of his dead mother in the state’s Morena district. The development comes even as the nation continues to grapple with the fallout of Delhi’s Tablighi Jamaat congregation, which has contributed to a huge spike in COVID-19 positive cases in the country in the last few days. ........Read more

Italy's coronavirus death toll passes 10,000. Many are asking why the fatality rate is so high

Indeed Italy now has the second-highest number of confirmed cases in the world after the United States, which stands at 105,470. But the US has a fraction of the deaths, at just over 1,700. As Italy enters its sixth week of restrictions, many are asking: why does its death rate seem so much higher than other countries? Experts say it's down to a combination of factors, like the country's large elderly population which is more susceptible to the virus, and the method of testing that's not giving the full picture about infections.........Read more

Shivraj Singh Chouhan Sworn In As Madhya Pradesh CM

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan took oath as the new Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh on Monday evening, days after Kamal Nath-led Congress government fell. The BJP Legislative Party meeting was held today at 6 pm at the party headquarters in Bhopal, following which party Chouhan took oath as the CM. Governor Lalji Tandon summoned all Raj Bhavan staff to begin preparations for a small ceremony. BJP workers were told not to throng to the Raj Bhavan. Congress leader and former CM Kamal Nath had on March 20 tendered his resignation to Governor following the resignation of 22 Congress MLAs.........Read more

Cricket Australia likely to review IPL 2020 contracts in wake of Covid-19 outbreak

Australian cricketers may have to forego their lucrative IPL contracts in the wake of fast-spreading novel coronavirus, the local media reported on Tuesday. The IPL has been postponed till April 15 with India reporting more than 120 positive cases and three deaths. Cricket Australia has not directed the players officially with its chief executive Kevin Roberts on Tuesday saying that players were individually contracted to their IPL teams and can make up their own minds to compete in the 2020 IPL or not.........Read more

'Let Us Die, We Can’t Bear This Humiliation': Nirbhaya Convicts’ Parents Plead With President Ram Nath Kovind

In a common plea to President Ram Nath Kovind, parents and close relatives of all four death row convicts of Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case, have expressed their wish to opt for voluntary death in protest against the injustice meted out to them. In a letter dated March 14, asking Kovind for his permission to die, one of the convicts’ parents quoted a verse from the holy Ramayana to demand mercy for the death row convicts. The verse relates to Hindu God Rama, who says that he forgives the sins of anyone if he seeks refuge under him. They claim that all four convicts are reformed now and even God forgives a reformed person.........Read more

No Floor Test Today, Says Kamal Nath After Meeting Guv; Dares BJP To Bring No-Trust Vote

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath met Governor Lalji Tandon on Monday night and later claimed his government enjoys majority, ruling out holding a floor test in the assembly as demanded by the BJP. Nath also dared the opposition party to table a no-confidence motion against his 15-month-old Congress government if they wanted to test its strength in the house. The Chief Minister went to meet the governor after the latter shot off a letter earlier in the day, directing him to hold a floor test on Tuesday, the second day of the budget session which began on Monday.........Read more

Shanghai tightens airport checks as imported virus infections in China jump

Shanghai increased airport screening on Saturday as imported coronavirus infections from countries such as Italy and Iran emerge as the biggest source of new cases in China outside Hubei, the province where the outbreak originated. Mainland China had 99 new confirmed cases on Friday, according to official data. Of the 25 that were outside Hubei, 24 came from outside China. Shanghai, which had three new cases that originated from abroad on Friday, said it would step up control measures at the border, which had become “the main battlefield”. ........Read more

Taliban To End Partial Truce, Resume Offensive Operations against Afghan Security Forces

The Taliban on Monday said they were resuming offensive operations against Afghan security forces, ending the partial truce that preceded the signing of a deal between the insurgents and Washington. The declaration comes only a day after President Ashraf Ghani said he would continue the partial truce at least until talks between Afghan officials and the Taliban kick off, supposedly on March 10. It ran for a week ahead of the signing of the historic accord in Doha on Saturday, and continued over the weekend. "The reduction in violence... has ended now and our operations will continue as normal," said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid. "As per the (US-Taliban) agreement, our mujahideen will not attack foreign forces but our operations will continue against the Kabul administration forces."........Read more

Netflix Offers First Month in India for Rs. 5 in New Test

Would you like a month of Netflix for the price of a Cadbury 5-Star? Well, that depends on how lucky you are. Netflix is running a new promo discount in India that offers the first month at just Rs. 5 — with some caveats, naturally. The offer is only available to select new members who are joining the streaming service, which means not all new users will see it — hence, the whole luck argument — while existing Netflix account holders won't see it at all. Moreover, it's restricted to those who sign up on computers and Android phones. For what it's worth though, it's applicable to whichever Netflix plan you choose, be it the Rs. 199 “mobile”, Rs. 499 “basic”, Rs. 649 “standard”, or Rs. 799 “premium”.........Read more

India warns Erdogan against interference in Kashmir issue

India on Saturday criticised Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's comments on Kashmir and asked him not to interfere in India's internal affairs. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India rejects all references made by the Turkish President on Jammu and Kashmir, stating that the region is an integral and inalienable part of India. In an address at Pakistan's Parliament on Friday, Erdogan compared “the struggle of Kashmiri people with that of fight by Turkish people against foreign domination during the World War I”.........Read more

The world's most romantic places

Maybe you'd choose the white sands and turquoise waters of a deserted tropical beach. Perhaps it's the lure of iconic cultural cities such as Paris, Venice or Istanbul. Then again, the call of the wild from a safari is a pretty special way to spend time with your beloved. Wherever you travel, some destinations are evergreen when it comes to romance. Here are 13 places where the landscapes and architecture are timeless, the views rightly famous -- and the romance for Valentine's Day or any time of year is guaranteed:........Read more

Must’ve been STAR-ving: Breathtaking PHOTO shows aftermath of stellar CANNIBALISM

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have captured a truly incredible image of two stars locked in a fight to the death, producing a stunning, if violent, cosmic masterpiece in the process. Researchers snapped the immediate aftermath of a dying star, which had exploded into a red giant, engulfing another smaller star which then began spiralling outwards such was the force of impact, shedding its outer layers prematurely creating the magnificent nebula pictured above. This cosmic work of art consists of a complex cloud of gas that has baffled astronomers for decades: the blue gas in the image is moving toward us while the red gas pictured is moving away from us. The star system HD 101584 is located at the center of the green ring. The ultra-ultra heavyweight bout went down in the constellation Centaurus. ........Read more

Trump State Of The Union Highlights: Pelosi Rips SOTU Speech, Steals Show From Trump

Pelosi’s unprecedented and scene-stealing act of defiance quickly went viral on social media and was witnessed by millions of TV viewers watching the live coverage from the House of Representatives. Twitter erupted. A visibly disgusted and angry Pelosi, who sat for over an hour listening to Trump slam Democrats and those who disagreed with him, left the stage after ripping the speech. Paul Kane, a Washington Post congressional reporter, later tweeted, "Pelosi walked off the podium to Dem side. She took the torn-up speech and waved it to her family and friends up in the suite reserved for the Speaker's VIPs. Never seen a SOTU like this one." ........Read more

Samsung to invest nearly $500 mn to set up display factory in India

South Korean flat screen maker Samsung Display plans to set up a factory in India with a $500 million investment as parent Samsung Electronics Co Ltd seeks to expand smartphone production there, a regulatory filing showed. The move would be a boon for India which is vying with nearby rivals such as Vietnam to attract global smartphone firms under the government’s “Make in India” drive. ........Read more

Days after attending NPR meeting at Delhi, Kerala says won't cooperate with procedures

The decision in this regard was taken at a special cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. The government also decided to inform the Registrar General and Census Commissioner under the Union Home Ministry it was unable to cooperate with anything with regard to the updation of the NPR.........Read more

3 billion journeys: World's biggest human migration begins in China

Considered the largest human migration on the planet, Chunyun -- the 40-day period when Chinese people head home to celebrate the Lunar New Year Spring Festival with their families -- officially began on January 10 and will end on February 18. Some 3 billion trips are expected to be made during the 2020 Chunyun period, a slight increase from last year's figure (2.99 billion trips). ........Read more

Sleep deprived? Study finds losing a night of sleep may increase Alzheimer's biomarker

Tau is a protein found in neurons that can form into tangles. These accumulate in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease. It can start to develop in the brain decades before symptoms of the disease appear. Previous studies of older adults have suggested that sleep deprivation can increase the level of tau in the cerebral spinal fluid. ........Read more

Exclusive: Fisker Ocean Electric SUV Coming To India

We designed our Fisker Ocean EV to be extremely space efficient, and we can offer lower cost versions that would be very competitive in India, in the mid-market segment. Ultimately we may look at local assembly in India to lower cost further. We want to deliver the world's most sustainable premium electric vehicle to Indian consumers through our App.........Read more

'Limited choice', says Sanjay Raut as brother, other Sena seniors left from cabinet

The Shiv Sena did not include its leaders like Ramdas Kadam, Diwakar Raote, Ravindra Waikar, Deepak Kesarkar and Tanaji Sawant in the new council of ministers during expansion on Monday. Raut skipped the much-awaited ministry expansion ceremony on Monday. His absence was attributed to his brother Sunil Raut, a Sena MLA, not getting a ministerial berth.........Read more

SBI cuts external benchmark-based rate by 25 bps to Rs 7.80% from 8.05%

The State Bank of India (SBI), the country's largest lender on Monday announced reduction in its external benchmark-based rate by 25 basis points to 7.80 percent from 8.05 percent. The new rates will be applicable from 1 January 2020, the bank said in a statement. With this reduction, interest rate for existing home loan customers as well as micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) borrowers who have availed loans linked to external benchmark based rate would come down by 25 basis points.........Read more

Zomato Likely to Buy Uber Eats: Report

The online food delivery industry in India is set for a big churn as Uber has reportedly entered advanced stages of talks to sell UberEat's India business to rival Zomato by the end of this year. According to a TechCrunch report on Monday citing sources, the deal "currently values UberEats' India business at around $400 million". As part of the deal, "Uber may invest between $150 to $200 million in Zomato", the report claimed, citing sources. As an event in Delhi earlier this month, Zomato Founder and CEO Deepinder Goyal said the company is aiming to raise up to $600 million in a new funding round.........Read more

Boeing could suspend or cut 737 MAX output: report

Boeing could announce whether to further cut or suspend production of its grounded 737 MAX plane, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. Citing people familiar with the matter, the Journal said the US firm’s management increasingly sees a production pause as the most viable option. Boeing had already decided to reduce its production pace from 52 to 42 planes per month after two crashes led authorities around the world to ground the entire 737 MAX fleet in mid-March.........Read more

Over 2 Lakh Indians On Waitlist For Green Card And Permanent Residency In US

A majority of Indians waiting in line for family-based Green Cards are siblings of US citizens. They number over 181,000. This is followed by 42,000 married children of US citizens and over 2,500 spouses and minor children of permanent residents. ........Read more

Manohar Khattar to meet Guv, stake claim to form govt in Haryana today

Manohar Lal Khattar, who is all set to become the chief minister of Haryana for the second term, will meet Governor Satyadev Narayan Arya in Chandigarh on Saturday to stake claim to form the government. ........Read more

Ready to give Guru Ravidas devotees same site where temple was demolished: Centre tells SC

Attorney General KK Venugopal has told the apex court that 200 sq metre area of the site can be handed over to a committee of devotees for construction of the temple. The court has taken Centre's proposal on record and listed the case for Monday for passing its order.........Read more

Jammu leaders released from house arrest almost 2 months after Centre imposed restrictions

The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Wednesday ended the house arrest of all politicians in Jammu. However, local leaders in the Kashmir Valley are still under detention or house arrest, reports said. The government's move comes almost two months after the Centre imposed restrictions on communications and public movement as "preventive measures" ahead of the abrogation of Article 370 in the restive region. The measures to contain possible unrest after the abrogation of the law which gave the region a certain degree of autonomy also included putting local leaders in Jammu and the Valley under preventive detention. Former chief ministers Farooq and Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti, and Jammu and Kashmir People's Conference's Sajjad Gani Lone were among those put under house arrest in Kashmir. File photo of Devender Rana. PTI On 16 September, the Centre announced that 83-year-old Farooq had been detained under the Public Safety Act. Jammu leaders of the National Conference (NC), Congress, Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) have been released from house arrest and restrictions placed on them also been terminated. NC's Devender Rana and SS Salathia, Congress's Raman Bhalla, and JKNPP's Harshdev Singh are a few of the prominent leaders who have been released from house arrest, India Today reported.........Read more

TRAI says new mobile number portability (MNP) fee will be effective from September 30

TRAI has announced that the new fee of Rs 5.74 for mobile number portability will be effective from September 30, 2019. The telecom regular adds that the new cost was computed on the basis of cost reimbursement following the change in architecture. The new per port transaction charge (PPTC), reduced by almost 70 percent, will benefit recipient telecom operators. Currently, the recipient telecom operators have to pay Rs 19 for every consumer acquired, to MNP service providers such as Syniverse Technologies and MNP Interconnection Telecom Solutions. “These (mobile portability) charges are based on a cost reimbursement principle and computed accordingly to arrive at a Rs 5.74 pricing to be effective from September 30,” TRAI chairman RS Sharma told ETTelecom. Once the new tariff for MNP kicks in, telecom companies such as Vodafone Idea, Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio can save nearly Rs 75 crore annually. “We have changed the architecture of MNP. Initially, it was a Unique Porting Code (UPC) being generated by donor operators that have a legitimate interest to retain their subscribers, and have more rejections,” Sharma told the publication.........Read more

Arun Jaitley's Family Asks PM Not To Cut Short His 3-Nation Visit: Report

Former Union Minister Arun Jaitley died at 66; the funeral will be held tomorrow Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in the UAE on an official visit, today spoke with the family of former Union Minister Arun Jaitley, who died at 66, to give his condolences. Mr Jaitley's family told the Prime Minister not to cut short his important engagements abroad, news agency ANI reported. Mr Jaitley died at Delhi's AIIMS this afternoon after battling an illness. His body will be taken to his home soon and the funeral will be held tomorrow. In a brief statement, the hospital said Arun Jaitley died at 12.07 pm. PM Modi is on a three-nation visit to France, the UAE and Bahrain. His visit to Bahrain is significant as it will be the first visit of an Indian Prime Minister to the country. The UAE government honoured PM Modi with the "Order of Zayed", the highest civilian decoration conferred by the Gulf nation. He came to the UAE from France, where he will return on Sunday to attend the G7 Summit. PM Modi will discuss bilateral, regional and international matters of mutual interest with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and launch RuPay card to expand the network of cashless transactions abroad.........Read more

Scary warning issued for 1.4 billion Apple iOS users

An Israeli forensic company called Cellbrite has informed users that it has found a way to bypass any iPhone or iPad running any version of iOS which also includes Apple’s latest release. Recently Apple CEO, Tim Cook claimed that there are 1.4 billion active iOS devices which causes grave concern for all those involved considering Apple’s iPhone had been touted as a very secure device.........Read more

Air India plans expansion to fill Jet Airways void; flights to Nairobi, Hong Kong, Bali likely soon

With the significant drop in overseas capacity due to Jet Airways’ grounding, national carrier Air India plans to expand its network by adding destinations like Nairobi, Hong Kong and Bali. The national carrier has already bagged unused flying rights of grounded Jet Airways to cities like Dubai, Doha and London. Air India increased frequencies on Delhi-Dubai and Mumbai-Dubai routes from June 1.........Read more

Chris Gayle Gears Up "India-Pakistan Suit" For Mega World Cup 2019 Clash

The match between India and Pakistan can be easily dubbed as the biggest clash of the tournament. Interestingly, it seems that even Chris Gayle has been taken over by the hype surrounding the mega clash between the bitter rivals. Chris Gayle took to Instagram and posted a picture, donning his "India-Pakistan Suit" ........Read more

India to impose retaliatory tariff on 29 US items from June 16

After extending the deadline for several times, India has decided to impose additional customs duties on 29 US products, including almond, walnut and pulses, with effect from June 16. The move will hurt American exporters of these 29 items as they have to pay duties on these products. India would get about USD 217 million additional revenue from such imports.........Read more

Over 4,500 MBBS seats up for grabs across medical colleges in India

The number of MBBS seats on offer for the new academic year has increased by over 4,500 as compared to last year, marking probably the sharpest rise in intake in medical colleges in a year in India. A total of 74,215 students will get admission into MBBS course with government medical colleges accounting for 36,222 seats. Last year, the total seat count was 69,712. ........Read more

Ramdev Lodges FIR Against Sitaram Yechury For Linking 'Hinduism With Violence'

The complaint was registered by none other than Yoga guru Baba Ramdev as he felt that the CPI(M) general secretary had hurt the sentiments of Hindus all over the country. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Haridwar Janmaijai Khanduri told PTI that Ramdev in his complaint had mentioned that Yechury is trying to defame Hinduism........Read more

PM Modi slams Omar Abdullah over ‘separate PM for J-K’ remark

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit out at National Conference leader Omar Abdullah over his reported statement seeking a separate Prime Minister for Kashmir, and asked the Congress-led opposition alliance to make their stand clear on his statement.........Read more

Jaguar Land Rover India to raise prices of select products by up to 4 per cent from April 1

Jaguar Land Rover India announced that it will increase prices of select products by up to 4 per cent from April 1, 2019. However, the company did not reveal the names of the products. According to Jaguar Land Rover India, the reason behind the increase in prices is "purely inflationary".........Read more

Rahul Gandhi calls JeM founder 'Masood Azhar Ji'; BJP says 'so much respect for terrorist' - WATCH | India News

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) mounted a fresh attack on Congress president Rahul Gandhi. The party has tweeted a video showing Gandhi referring to Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed founder Masood Azhar as ‘Azhar ji’.........Read more

Supreme Court orders eviction of 1.1 mn forest families

The Supreme Court has asked the governments of 17 states to evict an estimated one million tribal and other households living in forests after their claims of the right to live in forests were rejected under the Forest Rights Act.........Read more

Govt Withdraws Security of 5 Separatist Leaders in Aftermath of Pulwama Terror Attack

The government has decided to withdraw the security provided to five separatist leaders in Jammu and Kashmir in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack carried out by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad.........Read more

Vidarbha beat Saurashtra by 78 runs to defend Ranji Trophy title

Aditya Sarwate starred with both bat and ball for Vidarbha to help his side beat Saurashtra in the final of the Ranji Trophy in Nagpur on Thursday. The 78-run victory helped Vidarbha defend the title and also win the Ranji Trophy for the second time.........Read more

Fresh Bill Introduced to Make Triple Talaq Penal Offence

A fresh Bill to make the practice of tripe talaq among Muslims a penal offence was introduced in the Lok Sabha to replace an ordinance issued in September.........Read more

Madhya Pradesh assembly elections 2018 LIVE: 6.32% voting till 9 am, 100 EVMs changed due to malfunctioning

Madhya Pradesh Polling is being held from 8 am to 5 pm in 227 seats, while in three assembly segments in Maoist-affected Balaghat district the voting time is from 7 am to 3 pm. Over 1.80 lakh security personnel deployed on duty to ensure peaceful polling in the state.........Read more

Zydus to buy Heinz’s India business, including Complan, for Rs4,595 crore

Zydus Wellness, a part of the Ahmedabad-headquartered Zydus group, today announced plans to acquire Heinz India, known for its brands like Complan, Glucon D, Nycil and Sampriti Ghee. ........Read more

Malware alert: Trojan app on Google Play can spy location, steal bank details from Android phone

Security researchers have stumbled on a malware dubbed as GPlayed identical to the design of Google Play store icon and other affiliated applications, which can trick users to install on their Android phone and lose sensitive data to hackers.........Read more

Three terrorists killed, 1 police personnel martyred in Srinagar encounter, search on

At least three hardcore terrorists and a police personnel were killed shortly after a fierce encounter broke out in Jammu and Kashmir's Fateh Kadal locality of Srinagar.........Read more

Deadline for filing Income Tax return, audit report extended to October 31

Upon consideration of representations from various stakeholders, CBDT further extends the ‘due date’ for filing of Income Tax Returns as well as reports of Audit from 15th October, 2018 to 31st October, 2018.........Read more

Chanda Kochhar Quits ICICI Bank; Sandeep Bakhshi New MD and CEO

ICICI Bank MD and CEO Chanda Kochhar has quit the bank with immediate effect. The board has decided to appoint Sandeep Bakhshi as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. His appointment will be for a period of five years until October 3, 2023.........Read more

Finance Ministry Says Punjab National Bank Issued Over 41,000 LoUs Since 2011

The Finance Ministry said that the Punjab National Bank (PNB) had issued as many as 41,178 Letters of Undertaking (LoUs) since 2011, of which 1,590 were given to Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and their associates.........Read more

Tata X451 Hatchback (Baleno Rival) Design Sketch Rendered

Tata Motors is all set to showcase a new premium hatchback at the Auto Expo 2018. The car is internally codenamed Tata X451 and will compete against the likes of Maruti Baleno, Hyundai Elite i20 and the Honda Jazz. This new platform will also underpin the X451 based sedan and other compact and mid-size cars up to 4.4 metres in length. We expect Tata Motors to launch the car in the price range of the INR 5 lakh to INR 7.5 lakh (ex-showroom). ........Read more

TCS Becomes India’s Most Valued Company, Overpasses Reliance by Rs 1,170 Crore

India’s leading software company Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on Monday overpassed Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) to become country’s most valuable firm. The company is believed to have a valuation of over Rs 6.11 trillion in terms of market capitalisation. At the end of the day, company’s market capitalization (m-cap) stood at Rs 6,11,634.03 crore (Rs 6.11 trillion) whereas Reliance was valued at Rs 6,10,463.17 crore.........Read more

Thank you Nitish, says Tejashwi after Lalu jailed in fodder scam; BJP says law equal for all

Lalu Prasad was a victim of a conspiracy by the BJP and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar for his uncompromising stance against communal and fascist forces, his family said after the Rashtriya Janata Dal chief was jailed in a fodder scam case. The BJP and Bihar’s ruling Janata Dal (United) said the law was equal for all, and the sentence was a message to anyone who robs the country of its wealth.........Read more

India Finish 11th in Asian Indoor Games, Sumit Nagal Wins Gold

Indians grabbed four medals, including a gold through tennis player Sumit Nagal, on the concluding day to end at 11th place in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. Nagal bagged the men’s singles gold medal in the tennis event as he outplayed compatriot Vijay Sundar Prashanth 6-1, 6 -1 in the all-Indian final.........Read more

Resolve Kashmir issue bilaterally with India, China tells Pakistan

China today said the Kashmir issue should be resolved bilaterally by India and Pakistan through talks, while dismissing calls by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation for implementation of the UN resolution on the dispute.........Read more

Demanding freedom from Pakistan JKNSF gathers momentum in PoK

The Jammu Kashmir National Students Federation (JKNSF) organised a massive rally here, where youth from all walks of life staged a protest against the oppressive Pakistan government. Demanding freedom from Pakistan, leaders of JKNSF blamed Pakistan army and agencies for converting their motherland into terror sanctuaries. The leaders further exposed Pakistan’s double standards …........Read more

Twitter Can Detect Disruptive Events Faster Than Police: Study

With people increasingly taking to the social media, especially Twitter, to report or update events, observations and occurrences, new research says the micro-blogging site can track and detect major disruptive events faster than the police.........Read more

Harley-Davidson looking into buying Ducati

The Milwaukee-based motorcycle maker, Harley-Davidson is looking forward to buying Ducati from Volkswagen group. The VW group went through significant losses from Dieselgate and now the group is auctioning Ducati to help cover up some of the losses during that phase. Harley is reportedly looking forward to placing a bid ($1.67 billion) to buy Ducati from VW group.........Read more

Euro NCAP: New-gen Suzuki Swift scores 3 stars

The new-gen Suzuki Swift, which has already been revealed in Japan and Europe, has been crash tested by Euro NCAP. The hatchback has received a safety rating of 3 stars for the standard model and 4 stars ...........Read more

Now Sony to Exit From ‘Premium Standard’ Segment; To Focus Only on Premium XZ and XZs

Sony wants to exit from the ‘Premium Standard’ segment, as it calls it, at a global level. This means that Sony Xperia X and X Compact, that were launched in 2016, will be discontinued globally. Sony announced this and also mentioned that the focus now will be on mid-range and high-end segment. These segments encompass Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra as well as the high-end Xperia XZ Premium and XZs.........Read more

Why Uttarakhand Govt Doesn't Want To Be Legal Parent of Entire Ganga

Uttarakhand government has written to the Centre, raising concern on officers of the state being appointed as ‘parents’ of the Ganga. The state has said that it does not have jurisdiction over pollution in other states, including West Bengal and Bihar.........Read more

New, scarier ransomware 'EternalRocks' found

After a host of different ransomware attacks that hit enterprises across the globe, security researchers have now identified a new strain of malware "EternalRocks" that is more dangerous than WannaCry and is potentially tougher to fight. ........Read more

J&K: Indian Army to name school in honour of slain hero Lt Ummer Fayaz

To honour the death of Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz who was abducted and later killed by a group of militants in Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian Army has decided to rename a school after the former as "Lt Ummer Goodwill School."........Read more

Prabhas Looks Intense In Baahubali 2: The Conclusion IMAX Poster

A poster of filmmaker S.S. Rajamouli's magnum opus Baahubali 2: The Conclusion in IMAX format was unveiled........Read more

No more animal power: ATVs, drones may replace army’s mules in high altitude

The Indian Army’s mules could soon be a thing of the past with the force working on a proposal to deploy all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in mountainous areas to ferry weapons, ammunition and stores.........Read more

Man who claims to be Jayalalithaa’s son faces arrest as Madras HC orders action against him

A man who claimed to be former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa's son and audaciously moved the Madras high court seeking to be declared her son, besides protection for himself, is now facing arrest.........Read more

156 public sector bank officials suspended for note ban irregularities

As many as 156 senior officials of various state-owned banks were suspended and 41 transferred after they were found involved in irregularities related to demonetisation, Parliament was informed on Friday. Banks also reported having filed 26 cases with police and the CBI.........Read more

Kiran Bedi to quit as Lt Governor of Puducherry

Amid brewing differences with the Congress-led government, Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi has announced that she would demit office in May next year on completion of two years. "I will demit office on May 29, 2018, when I complete two years in Puducherry," Bedi told.........Read more

‘Chhattisgarh cops raped, assaulted women’: Human rights body sends govt notice

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to the Chhattisgarh government over the alleged rape, sexual and physical assault of 16 tribal women by the state police in 2015. Holding the state government “liable” for the crimes, the human rights body asked chief secretary to answer why it should not recommend interim monetary relief of Rs 37 lakh to the victims.........Read more

Trump derides intel briefing on 'so-called' Russian hacking

President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter Tuesday evening to deride the US intelligence agencies due to brief him on alleged Russian hacking of American political groups.........Read more

For the first time, researchers identify key proteins that may make Zika so deadly

Until it burst onto the scene earlier this year, Zika was an obscure, little-known virus. As a result, scientists know little about how it works. Over the past year, they have learned that it can cause a range of dangerous health problems, including birth defects such as microcephaly and neurological problems such as Guillain-Barré syndrome. But they don't know which Zika protein or proteins are causing harm, or exactly how these proteins cause damage.........Read more

Google announces PV Sindhu as the most searched sportsperson of the year

Social network search engine Google announced Indian ace badminton star PV Sindhu as the most searched sportsperson of the year in 2016. The Rio Olympic silver medal winning Indian shuttler PV Sindhu miffed big names like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, and Sachin Tendulkar to hold the top position of the list.........Read more

Jet Airways will not allow you to carry power banks in check-in baggages

Full service carrier Jet Airways on Friday said that it will not permit carriage of power banks from any manufacturer in guests’ check in baggage on board all flights. In a statement released to the media, the company said, “In the interest of safety and as mandated by the DGCA, Jet Airways will not permit carriage of power banks from any manufacturer to be carried in guests’ check in baggage on board all its flights. However, guests may carry these charging devices in their cabin bags.”........Read more

Andy Murray, Angelique Kerber named 2016 ITF world champions

Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber were declared 2016 world champions by the ITF on Tuesday for finishing the year as ATP No 1 in men’s and women’s singles respectively. Andy Murray’s brother Jamie was declared doubles world champion along with Brazil’s Bruno Soares.........Read more

Ferrari reveals fastest convertible ever

Ferrari revealed its fastest convertible to date -- LaFerrari Aperta at the the 2016 Paris Motor Show -- and it has already sold out.........Read more

Uri terror attack: Something may have gone wrong, says Manohar Parrikar

“Something may have gone wrong there (in Uri). It is a sensitive matter. I believe in zero error,” Parrikar was quoted as saying by the ANI. “As a nation, we should ensure this is not repeated again and again,” he further said, adding that he will take steps to ensure that nothing goes wrong again. ........Read more

The Flip Side: Are Indian Film Studios Really Shutting Down?

The film industry has been buzzing with the news of big studios closing shop. It’s not that Bollywood films aren’t doing well. But the business of making them is leaving producers with a thin margin, given their astronomical production budgets, and the even more ridiculous costs at which they are being bought by the studios. While corporate bigwigs seem to be getting the formula wrong, family run establishments are managing to keep afloat.........Read more

These Raag Bhairav renditions by Gangubai Hangal and Prabha Atre break all sexist stereotypes

Some Hindustani music aficionados and musicians believe that the gravitas and majesty of certain raags is best represented in the male voice. In fact, some even believe that specific ornamentations like heavy gamaks or oscillations on notes should be avoided by female vocalists.........Read more

Meet the updated BMW C Evolution : The all electric scooter that now draws power from BMW i3’s battery

Following the BMW Group's sustainability strategy and parallel to BMW i in the automobile sector, BMW Motorrad moved into the field of electric mobility back in 2012, putting forward a convincing s........Read more

Back to basics: Indian Psychiatric Society warns doctors against sexual relations with patients

The Indian Psychiatric Society's draft guidelines to govern doctor-patient relationships are up for discussion online.........Read more

Twin research helps unravel the genetic blueprint of the human brain

An internationally significant study of healthy twins, 65 years of age or older, has unlocked important clues about how genes influence the development of key grey matter structures, paving the way for a genetic blueprint of the human brain.........Read more

Paralympics 2016: Self-mutilation and exaggeration, a challenge for the organisers

Breaking a big toe voluntarily, injuring already damaged limbs in order to stimulate blood pressure ...self-mutilation a challenge for Paralympics' organisers.........Read more

Hike joins the unicorn club, raises $175 mn

Its existing investors SoftBank Group, Bharti Enterprises and Tiger Global also participated in the fourth round of funding........Read more

SnapBizz gets mom-and-pop retail code right, builds business valued at $100mn

Hiren Tambe, who owns a 500-sqft store in Navi Mumbai, has at least 800 stock keeping units (SKU). Having run the store for over 15 years, he has always un........Read more

Podcast: Can freedom of speech and political correctness go hand-in-hand?

At a time when noisy debates make for prime time TV and people jostle between offending and being offended, we look at how India lost its capacity for dialogue.........Read more

The situation in Kashmir is so grim that even the opposition is co-operating with the BJP

While Modi talked of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, there was no commitment on pellet guns or a dialogue with separatists.........Read more

Volkswagen invests Rs. 22.5 crore on its Pune IT unit to support its global network

The German auto manufacturer opens its own IT unit in Pune to cater to its brands worldwide.........Read more

Five start-ups that have changed their business models to survive fund crunch

A look at some start-ups which have executed so-called pivots in their business models over the past six months, primarily because of a cash crunch........Read more

Centre sacks 111 lawyers hired by UPA government

In an ‘unprecedented’ move, the NDA government has sacked as many as 111 lawyers appointed during the UPA regime to represent the Centre in indirect tax cases before various judicial bodies. In a........Read more

Red Corridor to be redrawn

The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government (NDA) is set to reduce the number of Maoist-affected districts by about a fifth. A senior Home Ministry official told that approximately 20 of........Read more

Road to Rio: In-form Chain Singh could spring a surprise for India at 2016 Olympics

Chain Singh refused to throw in the towel and in August 2015 finally booked an Olympics berth at the shooting World Cup in Gabala in Azerbaijan.........Read more

Power Yogi: How Baba Ramdev became Indias swadeshi FMCG baron

From Televangelist yoga contortionist to anti-corruption crusader to swadeshi business baron, the remarkable rise of Baba Ramdev.........Read more

Zakir Naik a messenger of peace. BJP relating Islam to terrorism: Digvijaya Singh

Singh said if Naik is accused of delivering inflammatory sermons then why no action was taken against the BJP leaders like Sakshi Maharaj, Yogi Adityanath, Sadhvi Prachi for "inciting sentiments".........Read more

Watch: Colour-blind people can see colours for the first time with the help of these glasses

The black and white life of people with colour blindness has got a new meaning. Thanks to this amazing corrective glasses.........Read more

Tata Steel UK: going, going...still going

Tata Steel Ltd’s planned exit from the UK has moved from clarity to confusion. In end-March, it said it wanted to exit the UK steel business, due to a weakened long-term competitive position.........Read more

The Lie Of ‘Candid' Wedding Photography In India

Even candid shots, such as for bridal make-up, are often not actually candid. Most are taken after the make-up is already complete; the touch of the make-up brush is only for effect. Compare this to some of my bridal make up shots and you will see they are not always "pretty", because the bride is still half-dressed, the skin is not yet perfect and so on.........Read more

In Search of Syama Prasad Mookerjee, the "True Patriot"

An ongoing exhibition on Syama Prasad Mookerjee attempts to credit the Jan Sangh founder for India’s industrialisation and blame Jawaharlal Nehru for neglecting events that led to his 'mysterious death'.........Read more

Naga movement after after Isak Chishi Swu death

The , and President of the outfit’s ‘government’, the Government of the People’s Republic of Nagaland (GPRN), is a great loss to the Nagas, particularly to those in Nagaland. Swu belonged to the........Read more

There’s a need to shake the status quo of set theories: Ruchir Sharma

The fund manager on his new book, recapitalizing public sector banks and economic thinking in the post-crisis era........Read more

Five ways Twitter is reinventing itself

The micro-blogging website has to balance the line between retaining its power users and keeping them happy, while attracting new users........Read more

Murray comes back from dead to win Queen's Club title for a record fifth time

Murray comes back from dead to win Queen's Club title for a record fifth time - Andy Murray's happy reunion with Ivan Lendl.........Read more

Modi in US: Modi's address at joint session of US Congress

Prime Minister Narendra Modi combined poetry, humour and rhetoric to outline his vision for India’s partnership with the U.S in the 21st century, addressing a joint session of Congress. This was Mr.........Read more

Dear JK Rowling, I disapprove of the new Hermione, and I am not a racist

Hours before the world gets its first new Harry Potter story since the series ended in 2007, JK Rowling, unsurprisingly, has a rather harsh opinion of a controversy that just refuses to settle down.........Read more

Indian and French space agencies lead the push for "big space data" on climate change

ISRO and CNES have invited the space agencies of more than 60 countries from around the world to agree with the ‘New Delhi Declaration’.........Read more

This Simple Habit Can Change Your Whole Emotional State

A travel writer can tell you that you need a vacation. But if you’re employed in any sort of office job, you’ll likely think of some very real reasons you can’t get away.It truly is magical.........Read more

Modi's rule 'most disappointing' for country: Congress

Terming the performance of two- year-old Modi Government as the most disappointing for any dispensation since independence, Congress today said there is little to celebrate for the country,as it fielded a battery of senior leaders to counter government's claims of development and delivery.........Read more

Ayutthaya: A heritage site reminiscent of the diplomatic hub it once was

Founded in 1350, Ayutthaya was the second capital of the Siamese kingdom. It was a global centre of economics and trade, and an important connecting point between the east and the west.........Read more

Mahindra Ssangyong Tivoli India Launch, Price, Specifications, Images

Mahindra Ssangyong Tivoli India launch date, price, images, mileage, engine specifications, power, features, pics and other details.........Read more

Telangana medical test as per schedule despite NEET

Despite the Supreme Court making the NEET mandatory for admission to medical colleges, Telangana students still have to take the EAMCET medical test if they wish to join Veterinary Science, Agricultu........Read more

Buddhism is the fastest growing religion among Scheduled Castes

The numbers of Scheduled Caste Buddhists have increased by 38% from 41.59 lakh in 2001 to 57.56 lakh in 2011.........Read more

Clinching Busan Open title, Leander continues to claw up ATP rankings

Ahead of the Rio Olympics in August, Leander Paes added the Busan Open Challenger title to his overflowing resume.........Read more