Million 'Unwanted' Babies, More Deaths: Why India's 'Essential' Abortion Service Isn't Enough

India has declared abortion an 'essential' service, but medical experts and health professionals say one and a half million women will not be able to access safe abortion services during the lockdown. "You would see a spike in childbirths next year," said VS Chandrashekhar, CEO at Foundation for Reproductive Health Services India (FRHS). Chandrashekhar, with a team of health experts, has conducted a study on the expected number of pregnancies that is likely to be the result of the lockdown, shifting focus to the containment of Coronavirus, lack of access to transport and unavailability of contraceptives. The FRHS estimates that disruption to its services due to the Coronavirus could lead to nearly 2-3 million unintended pregnancies, 700,000 unsafe abortions and a steep increase in pregnancy-related deaths.........Read more

Televisions, Fridges, ACs to be Sold on E-commerce Platforms From April 20

As restrictions on certain economic activities will be lifted to some extent starting April 20, e-commerce majors would be able to sell mobile phones and electronic items, including refrigerators, televisions, air conditioners, coolers along with stationery items, officials said. The Centre on Wednesday allowed operations of e-commerce companies and courier services starting April 20. In an order, the Ministry of Home Affairs has also said that vehicles of e-commerce companies can ply, but with necessary permissions. The relaxations are allowed in areas which are not hotspots for coronavirus cases. ........Read more

Global number of Covid-19 cases smashes past 700,000

The total number of cases worldwide now stands at over 724,000, as several regional outbreaks have led to major spikes in the numbers, most notably in the United States. Authorities in the US are now reporting upwards of 143,000 cases, followed by Italy with 97,600 and China, the original epicentre of the pandemic, with 82,000 cases. As of early Monday, the total number of deaths from the disease now stands at 34,026. More than 152,000 people across the globe have recovered from the illness, according to the John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.........Read more

From fish fry to eggs: What coronavirus isolation ward menu looks like in Kerala hospitals

Delicacies like dosa, sambar are served to Indians as breakfast; 2 boiled eggs and a couple of oranges are also on the menu. Some tea and a bottle of water to wash it off. This will be followed by a fruit juice at 10:30 am and lunch with includes chapati (Roti), Keralan meal with a fish fry and mineral water. Small snacks like biscuit will be provided along with tea in the afternoon. Dinner will include Appam, stew and two bananas. A separate menu will be offered to foreign nations under isolation in the state. Soup along with fruits and two boiled eggs for breakfast, followed by pineapple juice. Lunch includes toasted bread, cheese and some fruits. A fruit Juice replaces the afternoon tea in this menu. Toasted bread, scrambled eggs and fruits are served as dinner.........Read more

Eight Indian Boxers Qualify For Tokyo Olympics - Check Who Makes The Cut For 2020 Summer Games

In the last Indian bout of the day, world bronze-medallist Simranjit Kaur (60kg) upstaged second seed Namuun Monkhor of Mongolia 5-0 to secure her first Olympic place. With this, the number of Indian boxers securing Olympic berths went up to eight after Satish Kumar (+91kg), Pooja Rani (75kg), Vikas Krishan (69kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) and Ashish Kumar (75kg) advanced to the semifinals on Sunday. "I dedicate my Olympic quota to my uncle Raj Narayan, it's his birthday and he is someone who gives me a lot of courage," said Panghal after his bout.........Read more

Sunil Kumar Wins Gold In Asian Wrestling Championships, Breaks 27-Year Wait For India In Greco-Roman

Sunil Kumar on Tuesday overpowered Azat Salidinov of Kyrgyzstan 5-0 in the 87kg summit bout to win India’s first Greco-Roman gold medal in Asian Wrestling Championships in 27 years. Sunil now becomes only the third Indian ever to achieve this feat after Pappu Yadav. With his comprehensive defence, Sunil was able to keep Salidinov at bay for most of the bout. Salidinov didn’t have an answer to the strategy of Sunil and finally went down pretty easily. Earlier, Sunil on his way to the final made an impressive comeback in the semi-final bout. He came back from 1-8 down to win the bout 12-8. This was an improvement for Sunil from his 2019 performance in the same tournament where he won a Silver Medal.........Read more

'Need to address illegal occupation of territories by Pakistan': India reacts to UN Secretary-General's comments

India on Sunday said that a serious issue that needs to be addressed is that of vacation of territories illegally and forcibly occupied by Pakistan, adding that Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) continues to be an integral part of India. Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar made a series of statements in relation to the statements issued by the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres earlier in Islamabad. Earlier, the UN chief António Guterres had said in Islamabad that it was important for both India and Pakistan to de-escalate "militarily and verbally" and exercise "maximum restraint". ........Read more

Vodafone Idea Ready to Pay AGR Dues in Few Days, Flags Concerns Over Continuation of Its Business

“Company is currently assessing the amount it’ll be able to pay to Dept of Telecommunications towards the dues calculated based on AGR, as interpreted by Supreme Court in its order dated 24 Oct 2019. The Company proposes to pay the amount so assessed in next few days,” Vodafone Idea said in a BSE filing. Vodafone Idea Ltd (VIL), whose liability is estimated to be around Rs 53,038 crore, including Rs 24,729 crore of spectrum dues and Rs 28,309 crore in licence fee, has already warned of shutdown if no relief is given. ........Read more

Quantum cognition theory explains why humans make stupid decisions

The answer is uncertainty, as in the kind of uncertainty that drives quantum mechanics theories. The researchers took a problem-solving paradigm called quantum reinforcement learning (QRL) which is based on a technique used in both psychology and artificial intelligence development called classical reinforcement learning (CRL). Classic reinforcement learning is a simple concept that involves reward and punishment. Whether you’re training a baby or a robot, the idea is that you reward it for successfully completing a task and you punish it (by withholding the reward) for the opposite. When applied to cognition, the idea is that we make all of our decisions based on perceived reward versus punishment.........Read more

How a Long-Lost Indian Disco Record Won Over Crate Diggers and Cracked the YouTube Algorithm

Rupa’s first and only album, 1982’s Disco Jazz, was selling for hundreds of dollars via sites like Discogs. “The day I found the record my mom said, ‘Throw it away. It is just pointless,’” Debayan remembers. “I said, ‘What the hell, you made this, why would you throw this away?’”........Read more

Two UP Children Are 'Over 100 Years Old'. Court Orders Probe

Two-year-old Sanket and four-year-old Shubh in Uttar Pradesh were registered as 102 and 104 in their birth certificates, allegedly because their parents did not pay bribe to officials. A court in Bareilly last week ordered the police to file a case against a village development officer and a village head who allegedly issued the wrong documents after the children's family refused to shell out a bribe.........Read more

ICICI Bank Launches Cardless Withdrawal Facility at Its ATMs | Know Here How to Withdraw

Private lender ICICI Bank on Tuesday launched a ‘cardless cash withdrawal’ facility at around 15, 000 of its ATMs. “The facility will allow its customers to withdraw cash from its network of more than 15,000 ATMs using its mobile app iMobile. Customers will be able to withdraw cash from any ICICI Bank ATM without a debit card, and the facility will be available 24X7........Read more

Raise voice against Pakistan, not persecuted minorities: PM Modi to Congress

Anti-CAA protestors should raise their voice against Pakistan’s atrocities of the past, he said. “Pakistan was formed on the basis of religion, religious minorities were being persecuted there. The persecuted were forced to come to India as refugees. But Congress and its allies don’t speak against Pakistan, instead they are taking out rallies against these refugees, Modi said at the rally in Karnataka.........Read more

Opinion: At IITs, 1-Cr Job Offers Are Hype, Ground Reality is Different

Bits and pieces of such situations are written about in the media but all of this is overshadowed by the "1 Cr +" salary hype. This report mentions the case of a mechanical engineering student who wanted to take up a core job, but instead opted for a bank offer due to intense parental pressure. Another student, upon receiving a 30-lakh offer, says, "But my parents asked me about the crore-plus packages they have read about".........Read more

India is world's third largest producer of scientific articles: Report

Though a long way to go, as compared to the US and China in terms of the number of scientific article publications, India's emergence as third largest publisher is mainly due to a phenomenal double-digit growth rate in the last one decade from 2008 to 2018, the report noted. The other countries which made it to the top 10 list are Germany (1,04,396), Japan (98,793), UK (97,681), Russia (81,579), Italy (71,240), South Korea (66,376) and France (66,352).........Read more

Assam CM says no threat to land or language, internet back after 10 days

Amid protests against Citizenship Act, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday assured people that no one could steal rights of the sons of the soil of Assam. He said, “There is no threat to our language or our identity. In no way will the honour of Assam be affected. We will always have the support of the people and will move forward with peace in the state.” The statement came minutes after mobile services were resumed in Assam on Friday, ten days after it was snapped in the wake of violent protests over the new citizenship law.........Read more

Cops Use Tear Gas, Lathicharge as Jamia Students Protest Against Citizenship Law in Delhi

The Delhi Police on Friday used tear gas and lathicharge to break up a protest called by students of the Jamia Millia Islamia University against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act on Friday. Over a thousand students were marching from the university campus in protest but the cops had put up barricades across the road halting their progress. The students accused the police of using force against them. ........Read more

UK PM Johnson pressured on jail terms after London Bridge attack

The London Bridge attack pushed law and order towards the top of the British political agenda on Saturday, with days to go before a snap election, after police said the assailant had previously been convicted of terrorism offences but freed early from prison.........Read more

After 25 years in prison for Rajiv Gandhi’s murder, Nalini Sriharan wants mercy killing

Nalini Sriharan, one of the seven convicts in former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination case has demanded mercy killing along with her husband Murugan alias Sriharan, who is also a convict in the case. ........Read more

Taylor Swift puts rancor aside, smashes all-time American Music Award record

Taylor Swift won the top award, artist of the year, and four others. She was also given an honorary artist of the decade award, taking her all-time total to 29 American Music Awards.........Read more

Tata Motors Reports Rs. 10,000 Crore Revenue Decline In Q2 FY2020

At the Q2 FY2020 that ended on September 30, the big loss was mainly due to the sales volumes of MHCV (Medium Heavy Commercial Vehicles). On the upside, however, Tata-owned JLR showed signs of recovery in the vast Chinese market. ........Read more

Who is Shahbaz Nadeem, India’s Latest Test Debutant?

One of the most consistent performers in the domestic circuit, Nadeem has the distinctive record of taking more than 50 wickets across two successive editions of the Ranji Trophy – in 2015-16, 2016-17.........Read more

Sudha Bharadwaj linked to four front bodies of Naxals: Pune police to Bombay High Court

Activist Sudha Bharadwaj was linked with four front organisations of the banned CPI (Maoist), the Pune police told the Bombay High Court on Thursday as it opposed her bail petition along with that of Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves. The trio is among the many people who have been arrested in connection with the Elgar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon violence, also known as the 'Urban Naxal' case. The cops said Bharadwaj was the vice president of the Indian Association of People's Lawyers (IAPL), while Ferreira was its treasurer. Additional Public Prosecutor Aruna Pai said IAPL, CRPP (Committee for Release of Persecuted Prisoners), AGM (Anuradha Gandhi Memorial) and PPSC (Persecuted Prisoners Solidarity Committee) are all front organisations of Maoists. "The documents, material seized show that Bharadwaj is a member of the banned organisation (CPI - Maoist), vice president of frontal organizations IAPL and CRPP and one of the convenors of PPSC. Other material shows she was seeking or raising funds for these activities. She was active in the recruitment of cadres also," Pai told Justice Sarang Kotwal. The police said Ferreira was involved in 12 cases and faced charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Ferreira's lawyer clarified that he had been acquitted in them all. Pai told the judge further, "Ferreira was the treasurer of IAPL and a member of AGM, both frontal organisations."........Read more

BCCI issues notice to Dinesh Karthik over CPL appearance

India batsman Dinesh Karthik has been issued a notice by the BCCI for violating the guidelines of his central contract. Karthik was spotted in the Trinbago Knight Riders dressing room during the inaugural match of the Caribbean Premier League 2019 on Thursday. As per the BCCI player contract, players are not allowed to participate in or be present at any other sporting activity or sport without prior permission from the board. It is understood that Karthik was issued the notice, signed by BCCI chief executive officer Rahul Johri, on Friday and has been given a week to respond. It is understood the three-person Committee of Administrators will adjudicate on the matter once Karthik's response comes in. Karthik captains Kolkata Knight Riders, the IPL franchise that shares owners with Trinbago Knight Riders. He was shown on live broadcast during the match in a Trinbago Knight Riders jersey, seated next to coach Brendon McCullum, and personal mentor Abhishek Nayar, who is also on the coaching staff of Knight Riders in the IPL. McCullum was also recently handed charge of Knight Riders for the next IPL season. Karthik, 34, was last seen playing for India at the World Cup in England, as a specialist batsman in their semi-final loss to New Zealand. Since then, Karthik has been dropped from the ODI and T20I squads and turned up in one Tamil Nadu Premier League match. He was, however, appointed captain of Tamil Nadu for the Vijay Hazare Trophy which is set to begin from September 24.........Read more

1,852 Cyber Attacks Hit India Each Minute Last Year; Mumbai, Delhi Most Affected

Indian cybersecurity research and software firm Quick Heal has published its annual threat report for 2019, disclosing its observation of trends in cyber attacks through 2019. In an interesting but unsurprising find by Quick Heal, the report states that four Indian metropolitans were the most affected by cyber attacks across the nation. These four are Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Kolkata, in decreasing order of cyber attack volumes. The report also ranks Maharashtra, Delhi and West Bengal as the top three states where cyber attacks were most targeted at, giving a brief glimpse at the demographic of cyber attacks in India. ........Read more

Sunanda Pushkar’s body had 15 blunt force injuries, scuffle marks: Police

Arguing on the framing of charges against Congress leader Shashi Tharoor in connection with the death of his wife, Sunanda Pushkar, the Delhi police told a city court on Tuesday that Pushkar’s body had 15 injury marks. These injuries were caused by the blunt force produced in a scuffle, police alleged. Pushkar was found dead in a hotel room in south Delhi on January 17, 2014. Through its prosecutor, Atul Srivastava, Delhi Police informed the court that they have filed a charge sheet against Tharoor under section 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code. “Our case is of mental as well as physical cruelty committed towards the deceased [Pushkar] to compel her to take her life,” Srivastava said. Responding to the submissions made in court, Tharoor’s counsel, Vikas Pahwa, said, “The prosecutor has just started making the argument. Let him conclude, I will respond to each and every argument. He is only making selective reading at the moment.” Tharoor has consistently denied all charges, calling them preposterous and motivated.........Read more

Ind vs WI: BCCI Announce Squad'; Saini, Shreyas Make Limited Overs Squad, Saha For Tests

BCCI announced Team India squads for the T20Is, ODIS, and Tests on Sunday afternoon as was expected. Regular Team India captain Virat Kohli would be leading the side in all the formats. In T20Is, both the Chahar brothers have been picked. Manish Pandey also makes a comeback to the limited-overs squad on the back of a good run in West Indies A tour. Navdeep Saini, Shreyas Iyer makes it to the limited-overs squad after a great domestic season. The big surprise in Tests is the return of Wriddhiman Saha. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma gets retained after a dream run at the World Cup. Hanuma Vihari, who had a promising run in England and Australia gets picked for red-ball cricket. “We have taken India A performances into consideration. In the longer format, KS Bharat was very, very close to get selected. We have an unwritten norm when a senior cricketer is injured, he should get a comeback opportunity. That’s what we have given to Saha,” chief selector MSK Prasad said. ‘A written communication was given to us after KL Rahul gave us an injury scare. So Mayank Agarwal was called-up. The team wanted a left-hander after Dhawan got injured during the World Cup. So Pant was added. Shubman Gill is in the waiting list now since KL Rahul is back, he’ll be considered in future,’ he added.........Read more

Zomato has successfully tested its first food delivery via a drone in India

Food delivery major on Zomato Wednesday said it has successfully tested food delivery via drone technology. Zomato said the test was conducted using a hybrid drone that was able to cover a distance of 5 kms in about 10 minutes with a peak speed of 80 kmph while carrying a payload of 5 kgs. The test was conducted at a designated zone as per DGCA norms........Read more

Amarinder Singh on PM Modi’s 1984 tragedy remark: ‘what if someone links you to Godhra’

Attacking Prime minister Narendra Modi over his remark on late PM Rajiv Gandhi and linking ‘1984 anti-Sikh riots to him, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday come up with 2002 Godhra riots in Gujarat. Punjab CM asked, “What if someone links Modi with Godhra? ........Read more

Facebook is launching a petitions feature

Facebook will launch a petitions feature called Community Actions, which will allow users to notify their local officials of actions that they’d like to see happen.........Read more

2019 Golden Globes: the complete list of winners

The Golden Globes have ushered in the beginning of a new awards-show season, with feature films including Bohemian Rhapsody, Green Book, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and Roma winning top prizes.........Read more

Facebook gave tech giants, including Netflix, access to users’ private messages: Reports

Facebook gave Netflix and Spotify the ability to read users’ private messages. They allowed Microsoft’s search engine Bing to see the names of Facebook users’ friends without permission, and they let Amazon find users’ names and contact information.........Read more

Shiv Sena agrees to alliance with BJP for Maharashtra assembly polls but has two conditions

The Uddhav Thackeray-led party has asked the BJP to conduct the state polls with 2019 general elections and wants to contest 155 of the 288 seats. While the Sena has agreed to give the BJP all seats where it won in 2013, it has demanded 85 of the 104 seats. ........Read more

Ali Asgar on #Metoo: I Was Molested While Performing as Dadi at a Delhi Wedding

Comedian Ali Asgar who plays the role of alcoholic Dadi in "Comdey Nights with Kapil" has revealed that he was once molested at a wedding in Delhi.........Read more

WhatsApp Chief Business Officer Neeraj Arora quits company

WhatsApp’s chief business officer Neeraj Arora has quit the company. He had been associated with WhatsApp for the last seven years. He announced the news on his Twitter and Facebook handle as well.........Read more

NASA's InSight lander has touched down on Mars

After seven months of travelling through space, the NASA InSight mission has landed on Mars. A few minutes after landing, InSight sent the official "beep" to NASA to signal that it was alive and well, including a photo of the Martian surface where it landed.........Read more

"Send Them To Jail": Supreme Court Raps Civic Agencies On Delhi Pollution

The Supreme Court has reprimanded the centre and civic agencies for lack of action in pollution-related complaints. The court said that the local agencies, the municipalities have failed to address the grievances of the citizens and lax officials should be put behind bars.........Read more

40 million people with diabetes will be left without insulin by 2030

By 2030, 79 million adults with type 2 diabetes are expected to need insulin to manage their condition and if current levels of access remain, only half of them will be able to be able to get an adequate supply.........Read more

'We're Back', Says YouTube as Services Resume After Worldwide Outage

YouTube, the most popular video streaming site, suffered an outage on Wednesday. The problem was faced by users across the world. As per the latest development, the issue has been resolved.........Read more

#MeToo: Whatever Happened in Our Industry, it's a Mutual Understanding, Says Shilpa Shinde

Shilpa Shinde rubbished #MeToo and stated that whatever happened in the industry, it’s a mutual understanding, it’s a kind of give and take policy.........Read more

More than 250 people around the world have died taking selfies since 2011

Some 259 people worldwide have died while taking selfies, according to a study published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care. The most selfie deaths occurred in India, followed by Russia, the US and Pakistan. Most of the victims were men (about 72%) and under the age of 30.........Read more

Why Indonesia has so many earthquakes

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because it's on the Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the basin of the Pacific Ocean. The area shaped like a shoe spans 40,000 kilometers (25,000 miles) and is where a majority of the world's earthquakes occur.........Read more

Indonesia earthquake, tsunami kill more than 380 | CBC News

A tsunami that hit two central Indonesian cities swept away buildings and at least 400 people. The nearby city of Donggala and the town of Mamuju were also severely affected by the three-metre-high tsunami but have not yet been reached by aid due to damaged roads and disrupted telecommunications.........Read more

BJP faces Twitter backlash over confusing graphic

Titled “Truth of Hike”, the graphic included Modi’s picture and used four bars to show petrol price rises since 2004, but represented the current, higher price with a smaller bar becoming the butt of jokes on social media, with some users questioning how 80 rupees could be less than 70.........Read more

Facebook deletes more than 600 accounts linked to new influence campaigns led by Iran and Russia

Facebook removed more pages today as a result of four ongoing influence campaigns on the platform, taking down 652 fake accounts and pages linked to Russia and Iran that published political content.........Read more

Shehla Rashid files complaint against Ravi Poojary for threatening her

Student activist Shehla Rashid Shora today filed a case here against mafia don Ravi Poojary for allegedly threatening her, Khalid and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani to shut up.........Read more

Russia threatens 'horrible' conflict if Georgia joins Nato

In a warning to the West marking 10 years since the Russia-Georgia war, Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian prime minister, said Nato’s plan to ultimately offer membership to the former Soviet republic was a “threat to peace”. ........Read more

NRI husbands must now register marriage within a week, update marital status on passport

Non-resident Indian (NRI) men who wed in the country will have to compulsorily register their marriages within a week and update their marital status on their passports.........Read more

Intel teases dual-screen concept PCs as rumors of ARM versions heat up

Intel has been working on dual-screen PCs for two years and is starting to show off some design concepts at Computex. It has created prototype devices with both dual displays and electronic paper displays (EPD).........Read more

15 injured after two men set off bomb in Indian restaurant in Ontario, hunt on for suspects

Two unidentified men walked into a restaurant on Thursday in the Canadian city of Mississauga and set off a bomb, wounding more than a dozen people.........Read more

87% of rural Indians approve mandatory Aadhaar linking, claims survey

A survey conducted by data mining firm IDinsight suggests that 87 percent of rural Indians approve mandatory linking of Aadhaar to government services.........Read more

Mumbai boy is ICSE India topper

Swayam Das from St. Mary’s ICSE School in Kopar Khairane, Navi Mumbai, topped the ICSE examination at the national level with a score of 99.4%. Anokhi Mehta from Jamnabai Narsee School, Juhu, who got 99.2%, shares the second rank with another student. Four other students from MMR scored 99%, and share the third rank with six other students.........Read more

Now, Biplab Deb advises Tripura youth to milk cows for livelihood, not run after govt jobs

Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb has come up with yet another advice. He said the youth of the state should milk cows instead of running after politicians for a government job. "There should be a cow in every house. Why run after netas for government jobs? Milk is being sold at Rs 50 per litre. Graduates should get cows and milk them to earn Rs 10 lakh in 10 years instead of running after political parties." He went further to suggest that if milking cows does not work, opening a paan shop, too, could be a good career choice.........Read more

Pawan Kalyan lashes out at Sri Reddy, 'My 70 year old mother had to get abused in public for their TRPs'

RGV accepted that he instigated Sri Reddy to go against Kalyan but later both of them issued a public apology for the same. This hasn't gone down well with Telugu superstar who finally broke his silence on Twitter. In no mood to spare them, Kalyan named and shared pictures of 'influential people' who saw no shame in abusing his aging mother to get their TRPs.........Read more

India is world’s sixth largest economy at $2.6 trillion, says IMF

India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the worth of the economy, clocked in at $2.6 trillion for 2017, according to the database of the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook (WEO) for April 2018. That is well over the $2.5 trillion milestone that supposedly separates big economies from pretenders. India is now the world’s sixth largest economy, displacing France. The five economies ahead are the United States, China, Japan, Germany and United Kingdom.........Read more

CBSE re-exam for Class 12 economics on April 25, mystery over Class 10 maths re-test

Human Resources and Development Ministry today announced that the CBSE re-exam for Class 12 economics will be held on April 25 across the country.The HRD Ministry, however, did not announce a date for the Class 10 maths exam.........Read more

Pawan Kalyan slams TDP at Jana Sena's Foundation Day rally, says it changed Andhra to 'Corruption Pradesh'

Addressing a massive gathering on Wednesday on the occasion of his party's fourth foundation day, Kalyan spoke of Andhra pride and Telugu self-esteem. He also brought up the issue of special status for the state, and threatened to launch a fast unto death if it's not granted. He specifically picked on Nara Lokesh, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu's son, and said the entire state government is "dipped in corruption".........Read more

SC extends March 31 deadline of Aadhaar linking till it gives its order

The SC said that its interim order on not insisting Aadhaar, except for giving subsidy, will remain in force till the five-judge bench gives its judgment on petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhaar. The government cannot insist for mandatory Aadhaar even for the issuance of Tatkal passport.........Read more

In Rajasthan, death penalty for rape of girls under 12 years of age

The amendment bill was tabled in the Rajasthan assembly on Wednesday. The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, 2018, seeks to add section 376-AA in the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which will be defined as: “Punishment for rape on a woman up to twelve years of age. Whoever commits rape on a woman up to twelve years of age shall be punished with death or rigorous imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than fourteen years........Read more

Trai distorted competitive landscape for one operator: COAI

Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) on Tuesday lashed out at Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) saying its latest tariff order amendment strengthens the ambitions of one particular operator with deep pockets and monopolistic designs.........Read more

Apocalypse coming soon? Scientists fear Japan's supervolcano might kill 100 million, trigger volcanic winter

Scientists fear that an underwater supervolcano off the coast of Japan that erupted 7,300 years ago is preparing to make a comeback. Experts worry that if it does, it might end up killing almost 100 million people. According to the scientists, if the lava dome erupts, it would eject huge amounts of debris into the atmosphere and could potentially block the sun and trigger a 'volcanic winter' in some areas.........Read more

FBI releases photos of 4 hijackers of Neerja Bhanot's Pan Am flight 73

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation on Thursday released age-progressed photographs of four alleged hijackers charged with the 1986 hijack of Pan Am Flight 73 that killed 20 people, including Indian flight attendant Neerja Bhanot. The hijackers are Wadoud Muhammad Hafiz al-Turki, Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim, Muhammad Abdullah Khalil Hussain ar-Rahayyal, and Muhammad Ahmed al-Munawar.........Read more

In two years, hookworms drained 22 litres of blood from a 14-year-old body

In a shocking incident, doctors at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH) found out that hookworms have been hiding inside in small intestine of a 14-year-old boy. What was even more shocking was that the hookworms sucked 22 litres of blood over the two years. Hookworms are parasites. This means they live off other living things. Hookworms affect your lungs and small intestine. Humans contract hookworms through roundworm eggs and larvae found in dirt contaminated by faeces.........Read more

File appeal in 2G case: Special public prosecutor to CBI

The Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) in the 2G case has told the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) that there is a “more than sufficient case” for appealing against the December 21 judgment. Among the grounds that the SPP has referred to in his opinion include the failure of the judge to appreciate a substantial portion of the prosecution evidence on the issue of first come-first serve as well as selectively reading the evidence.........Read more

China, Pakistan consider including Afghanistan in USD 57 billion CPEC

China and Pakistan will look at extending the USD 57 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to Afghanistan, Afghanistan has urgent need to develop and improve people’s lives and hopes it can join inter-connectivity initiatives, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.........Read more

Black money: India-Switzerland deal inked, data sharing from Jan 1

With the completion of the parliamentary procedure in Switzerland and signing of mutual agreement, India and Switzerland are set for automatic exchange of information for the period beginning from January 1, 2018, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said........Read more

AR Rahman Opts Out of Sye Raa

Humble Rahman stated that Chiranjeevi is a great actor and the film has an impeccable story, but he could not work for it as he is so occupied with several films and his own movie 99 Songs, a film co-written and produced by Rahman himself while it is directed by Vishwesh Krishnamoorthy.........Read more

Ritu Phogat bags silver medal in U-23 World Wrestling Championship

Indian female wrestler Ritu Phogat (48kg) bagged the silver medal in U-23 Senior World Wrestling Championship being held at Poland. Phogat defeated Bulgarian Wrestler Selishka by 4-2 points in the quarterfinal and defeated Chinese Wrestler Jiang Zhu by 4-3 points in the semifinal.........Read more

Telangana to invest Rs94,000 crore in power sector, says K. Chandrasekhar Rao

Telangana chief minister K.Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday said his government is taking steps to make the state “power surplus” and has an investment outlay of Rs94,000 crore for the sector.........Read more

One year of #Demonetisation: Ppl Still Support Modi's Move!

Demonetisation, a drive to eliminate black money, an online survey by a leading financial daily Economic Times revealed an other side to it. Commemorating the controversial move's first anniversary, ET has come up with an online survey that stated that only 32 per cent feel Demonetisation is a failure.........Read more

Syria: 120 ISIS Fighters Killed in Russian Air Raid

At least 120 fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) were killed in the air raids carried out by Russian forces over the past 24 hours, Russia’s Defence Ministry said on Saturday. The operation against ISIS militants was carried out in the al-Mayadeen area of Deir Az Zor, one of the last remaining bastions of the terror group.........Read more

India sends relief materials for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

India today began Operation Insaniyat to provide humanitarian assistance to Bangladesh which is dealing with an influx of tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees fleeing the violence in Myanmar. The first consignment will reach Chittagong today.........Read more

After Gauri Lankesh murder, Karnataka provides secuirty to Girish Karnad, 17 others

Local police provided security to many eminent people, including Girish Karnad, Baragur Ramachandrappa, Patil Puttappa and Chennaveera Kanavi, among others. Some who are in the forefront of the agitation for a separate religion tag for Lingayats, such as former bureaucrat S.M. Jamdar, have also been provided security. A senior Intelligence officer said the list was drawn up after thorough assessment of threat perception to these individuals in the recent past.........Read more

Adani Group Moved Rs 1,500 Crore to Offshore Haven, Alleges Customs Report

Directorate of Revenue Intelligence report shows how an Adani subsidiary allegedly used a Dubai-based front company to over-invoice imports and then move Rs 1,500 crore to a Mauritius-based firm controlled by Gautam Adani’s brother.........Read more

On the gravy train with Colleen Taylor Sen

“India has no national cuisine or national dish,” observes Chicago-based food writer and journalist Colleen Taylor Sen, in her recent book, Curry: A Global History. The reason, she points out, is the country’s ethnic, linguistic, cultural, climatic and culinary diversity, makes it impossible to highlight one particular dish.........Read more

'Haseena: The Queen of Mumbai' new poster

The actress, who dons the burqa with elan in the poster, looks fiercely intense. The role of Dawood will be essayed by Shraddha's brother Siddhanth Kapoor, who marks his entry into Bollywood with this film. This will also be the first time that fans will see the siblings in a film together.........Read more

Saliva may identify risk of Alzheimer’s disease: Scientists - News Nation

A new study have discovered a gateway to identification of Alzheimer's at early stages by studying saliva. Scientists have found that small molecules in saliva can help identify those at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.........Read more

NGT bans open defecation on Yamuna banks, imposes Rs 5000 fine

NGAnyone found dumping waste or openly defecating on the flood plains of Yamuna or any other water bodies will have to pay a fine of Rs 5000, the National Green Tribunal directed ........Read more

Tablet & laptop ban on flights between US & Europe reportedly now off the table

US and EU officials have decided against a ban on laptops and tablets in cabin baggage on flights from Europe. But after a four-hour meeting in Brussels to discuss the threats to aviation security, officials said other measures were still being considered.........Read more

EU fines Facebook over misleading WhatsApp data

European Commission which acts as EU’s competition watchdog called it a “proportionate and deterrent fine.” European Union antitrust regulators on Thursday said they would fine Facebook €110 million ($122.4 million) for providing misleading information over its purchase of messaging service WhatsApp in 2014.........Read more

Mulayam Singh asks Akhilesh Yadav to step down as Samajwadi Party president

Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav has asked son Akhilesh Yadav to step down as party president. Mulayam also said that he was not aware about the Samajwadi Secular Morcha announced by Shivpal Yadav.........Read more

Demonetisation effect: 9.1 million new taxpayers

The government added 9.1 million new taxpayers in 2016-17, an 80% increase over the typical yearly rise, highlighting the impact of India’s November demonetisation of high-value currencies. This is expected to significantly boost the government’s tax revenue. India had only 55.9 million individual taxpayers at the end of 2015-16.........Read more

FIBA allows players to wear turbans for basketball World Cup Qualifiers

World basketball governing body FIBA has revised its earlier rule banning players from wearing headgear, a move that will enable India’s Sikh players to wear turbans and play in the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers in China.........Read more

Social media is misused to propagate lies, hatred: Pitroda

Regarded as the father of India’s telecom revolution, says that he is deeply concerned with the way social media is being misused globally to propagate lies, hatred and false ideas. In an interview, Mr. Pitroda says that in India also, social media has not been used effectively and technology is not meant to be misapplied.........Read more

Iran warns will hit militant 'safe havens' inside Pakistan

The head of the Iranian armed forces warned Islamabad on Monday that Tehran would hit bases inside Pakistan if the government does not confront Sunni militants who carry out cross-border attacks.........Read more

Maharashtra's slain soldiers: A tale of bounced cheques, no jobs and no compensation for families

Crowds of people from surrounding villages gather to pay tribute. Ministers and leaders from the area make it a point to visit the family. The grieving family's home is filled with people for the next few days. Months pass and all the family is left with are the memories of their loved one and struggle — struggle to earn a livelihood, struggle for their rights and so on.........Read more

Kasargod man exposes pro-Islamic State messages shared on WhatsApp, NIA steps in

A pro-Islamic State message being circulated via WhatsApp was brought to the notice of the National Investigation Agency after a complaint was filed. Haris Mastan, in his complaint, alleged that messages promoting the Islamic State were circulated in WhatsApp groups. He claimed to have received the message on Saturday in a group where he was added as one of the 200 members.........Read more

Charges and denials shrouds weight loss of Egyptian women

The charge comes amid claims by the family of Eman that she was not being treated properly at the hospital and her health has deteriorated. The hospital management has, however, refuted the claims. Emans sister Shaaima Selim accused Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, chairman, Institute of Minimal Access Surgical Sciences & Research Centre, of being a liar. She also posted videos and photos of the patient on her Facebook account and raised doubts over the progress of her health. ........Read more

Flagship LG G6 with FullVision display set to hit Indian stores soon

LG G6 boasts 5.7-inch QHD+ FullVision display (2,880 x 1,440) with an 18:9 screen aspect ratio that almost entirely fills the front of the smartphone. Further, it also features IP67 water-and-dust certifications, which means that the LG G6 owners can take the phone for a dip in the swimming pool (fresh water), as it can survive close to five feet under-water for up to 30 minutes and operate the phone including photography.........Read more

Qualcomm claims Apple made threats and lied to regulators

The worlds largest maker of phone semiconductors responded to a January lawsuit from Apple with counterclaims for damages late Monday, alleging the iPhone maker breached contractual pledges.........Read more

Polygamy is not a religious practice, government tells SC

“Practices such as polygamy cannot be described as being sanctioned by religion, inasmuch as historically, polygamy prevailed across communities for several centuries including the ancient Greeks and Romans, Hindus, Jews and Zoroastrians. It had less to do with religion and more to do with social norms at the time,” the Centre said in its written submissions filed late on Monday in the Supreme Court.........Read more

Doctor who treated Jayalalithaa, journalists on Vijaya Bhaskar's 'pay list'

The documents said to have been unearthed during income tax raids on Tamil Nadu Minister Vijaya Bhaskar raised a stinker leading to countermanding of the R K Nagar bypoll. While some documents, according to the election commission, held details of money allotted to different leaders of the AIADMK faction to distribute to the voters, another sheet of paper holds details of alleged transactions between Vijaya Bhaskar and individual persons, accounts and institutions.........Read more

Research says Delhi's roads are deathtraps as 1,500 people die in 2016

Faulty designs and inadequate safety measures have turned major arterial roads in the national Capital into virtual deathtraps, a recent study of the Central Road Research Institute said. Over 1,500 people were killed in various accidents on Delhi roads in 2016. Experts believe were it not for heavy congestion, the fatalities would be much higher.........Read more

Tarun Vijay’s racist remarks on South Indians expose the ingrained mentality of the Indian society; a no country for “Blacks”

Defending India at a debate session on Al Jazeera TV on the attacks on students from Africa in Greater Noida, BJP leader Tarun Vijay sparked a massive controversy saying that southern states are part of India which is a proof that India isn’t racist. Tarun Vijay said, “If we (Indians) were racist, why would we have the entire south (India)? Why do we live with them (south Indians)? We have black people around us.”........Read more

Big asteroid to fly safely past Earth in mid-April

A roughly 650-metre near-Earth asteroid discovered nearly three years ago will fly safely past Earth on April 19, NASA has said. The space rock is set to go past Earth at a distance of about 1.8 million km or about 4.6 times the distance from Earth to the moon. ........Read more

Release funds to State bodies for holding matches, SC tells BCCI

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Committee of Administrators (CoA) appointed by it to run the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to release funds to State cricket associations, including the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), which is holding the fourth India-Australia Test beginning on Saturday, for organising matches.........Read more

Phone device tests male fertility with 98% accuracy

A new smartphone attachment can evaluate a man's semen and determine his level of fertility with up to 98% accuracy, a new study has showed. Fighting the male biological clock by banking sperm The new technology consisting of an external accessory in which sperm samples are inserted and an app that analyzes them could make testing as straightforward as a home pregnancy test, the scientists say.........Read more

Qualcomm would like you to stop calling Snapdragon processors “processors”

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors are its most notable products, but the company wants you to know that it does other stuff, too. The solution? “Snapdragon” branding will no longer be used to refer to processors. It will instead refer to the entire hardware and software platform that ships in a phone with a Snapdragon SoC in it.........Read more

Super Mario Run is making its way to the Play Store on Thursday, March 23rd

Super Mario Run will scuttle on to Android devices on Thursday, March 23rd. That matches up with a previous statement from the company back in January of this year. Assuming that the game uses the same format as it does over on iOS, Super Mario Run will be free to download and try, but for access to all ten worlds players will need to pay $10 in a one-time in-app purchase.........Read more

Storm of fire, ice led to 'snowball Earth' 700 mln years ago

A perfect combination of erupting volcanoes along with a rapid cooling effect may have caused the largest glaciation event in history - known as 'snowball Earth' - that covered our planet pole-to-pole in ice more than 700 million years ago, Harvard scientists say.........Read more

Marathi short film 'Dhaaga' selected for 70th Cannes Film festival!

There seems to be a visibly high demand for good cinema in the country and that has led to several short and small budget films coming of age finally. One such venture titled 'Dhaaga' happens to be winning accolades for its great storyline.........Read more

Suspension of H-1B work visa to hit US scientific research, says group

The suspension of H-1B visa will slow the work done by American research institutions that depend on foreign students and researchers, a top scientific group in the US has said. “The extended visa review process will force promising young foreign students to delay the start of research careers while they wait for their visas. It will also slow the work done by research institutions that depend on foreign born students and researchers,” the American Society for Cell Biology said........Read more

Free wifi provided to 50 lakh people in 115 stations of Indian Railways: Suresh Prabhu

Free WiFi services have been provided to 50 lakh passengers at 115 railway stations across the country and the railways propose to provide such facility in running trains too later, the Rajya Sabha was informed today. Replying to a question during Question Hour, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said the execution of WiFi facility at 400 railway stations has been entrusted to RailTel Corporation, a subsidiary of the Railways, without any fund allocation by the government.........Read more

How the world’s largest solar park is shaping up in Karnataka

The bone-dry region may be a bane for farmers, but could be a godsend for the state government which wants to experiment with something big—build what it claims is the world’s largest solar park. The aim is to generate around 2700 megawatts (MW) from the Pavagada solar park by the end of 2018. The idea resonates with the centre’s ambitious scheme to generate 100 gigawatts (GW) of solar power by 2020.........Read more

Defying China, India to host Dalai Lama in Arunachal Pradesh

The Union government representatives will meet the Dalai Lama when he visits Arunachal Pradesh in April, officials said, despite a warning from China that it would damage bilateral ties. India said the Tibetan spiritual leader will make a religious trip to Arunachal Pradesh+ next month, and as a secular democracy it would not stop him from travelling to any part of the country.........Read more

Bangladesh child marriage law sparks criticism

A controversial child marriage law in Bangladesh which allows children as young as 14 to be married off by their parents was criticised by rights groups on Wednesday. Parliament passed the Child Marriage Restraint Act last night, replacing a law dating back to the British colonial period.........Read more

China objects South Korea's decision to deploy THAAD

Chinese state media has reacted with anger and threats of boycotts after the board of an affiliate of South Korea's Lotte Group approved a land swap with the government that will enable authorities to deploy a US missile defense system.........Read more

Babita Phogat asks why support someone who doesnt support the nation

When journalist Rana Ayyub took a jibe at Randeep Hooda's statement that Kaur "is being used as a political pawn" saying the latter is from Haryana and he is doing his bit in liberating women, it didn't go down well with Babita Phogat among many others. She responded to Ayyub saying "We Phogat sisters are from Haryana too. What do you know about Haryana?"........Read more

Ministry Of Road Transport Announces New Format To Record Road Accidents In India

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has announced a new format for reporting accidents for police personnel. The new Accident Reporting format has been developed by an expert committee and will now be adopted in all states and union territories. The ministry says that the new format makes it easier to record an accident for the police and will give access to valuable data to prevent road accidents.........Read more

All set for Deepa Jayakumar's political debut

Contrary to expectations, Deepa Jayakumar, niece of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, has decided not to join hands with O. Panneerselvam, on the occasion of her aunt’s birth anniversary. At 5 p.m., she will announce the name of her party and the party flag.........Read more

CBFC refusesto certify Prakash Jha's production 'Lipstick Under My Burkha'

The reasons were stated in a letter which said, “The story is lady oriented, their fantasy above life. There are contentious sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography and a bit sensitive touch about one particular section of society, hence film refused under guidelines 1(a), 2(vii), 2(ix), 2(x), 2(xi), 2(xii) and 3(i).“........Read more

IAF man hacks colleague to death in Punjab, chops his body, stuffs it in 16 polythene bags

An Air Force Sergeant and his wife were arrested by the police from the Bhisiana air force station. The duo, along with another family member, allegedly murdered the corporal, chopped his body into pieces and stuffed it in polythene bags.........Read more

Andhra govt allocates land for 9 thematic cities

Andhra Pradesh government has allocated lands for the construction of nine thematic cities in the new capital Amaravathi. The government has announced allocation of 11,574 acres of land for the construction of Tourism thematic city in Amaravathi, 8,547 acres for Knowledge city, 6,582 for Electronic city, 6,511 for Health city, 5,168 for …........Read more

Indian Pharma industry to touch $55 billion by 2020

Indian pharmaceuticals market is expected to touch $55 billion by 2020, from the current level of $36.7 billion in 2016, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.92%, according to a study jointly conducted by Assocham and research firm Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (IITTM).........Read more

Re-verification of old subscribers through Aadhaar-based eKYC will cost Rs 2,500 crore: COAI

The re-verification activity entails a huge cost which is borne by the telecom service providers. In this case, the activity needs to be carried out for about 1,000 million subscribers which is a huge number and involves a humongous resources and efforts, said Rajan Mathews, Director General of Cellular Operators Association of India.........Read more

Tirupati laddu turns bitter for TTD; causes Rs 140 cr loss

The most sought-after 'Tirupati Laddu' has caused an annual loss of over Rs 140 crore to the cash-rich administration of Lord Venkateswara hill shrine for the last three years owing to its subsidised price and free distribution to some devotees, temple sources said.........Read more

Bhojpuri Actor Ravi Kishan joins BJP 

Actor Ravi Kishan on Sunday officially joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of party president Amit Shah. This is not the first time that the Bhojpuri star is joining a political party. In 2014, Kishan had contested elections on Congress ticket.........Read more

Scientifically-designed fasting diet lowers risks for major diseases

What if you could lose weight and reduce your risk of life-threatening disease without any changes in what you eat—other than a five-day special diet once every few months? The diet reduced cardiovascular risk factors including blood pressure, signs of inflammation (measured by C-reactive protein levels), as well as fasting glucose and reduced levels of IGF-1, a hormone that affects metabolism. It also shrank waistlines and resulted in weight loss, both in total body fat and trunk fat, but not in muscle mass.........Read more

Huawei P10 with iPhone 7-like design & Leica powered dual camera system leaked ahead of MWC launch

Huawei will launch the camera-centric P10 (and P10 Plus) phone on February 26 at MWC. The P10 has now been leaked in all its glory ahead of its official unveiling showing off key design elements of the phone in question. Two stand-out features of the Huawei P10, as per the renders , are iPhone 7-inspired antenna lines on the back and a front-mounted home button that should double as a fingerprint scanner.........Read more

Queen Elizabeth II will host UK-India Year of Culture launch at Buckingham Palace on Feb 27

Queen Elizabeth II will host a spectacular UK-India Year of Culture launch at Buckingham Palace at the end of this month to strengthen the special cultural partnership between the two countries. "It will be a spectacular event and a wonderful opportunity to do more to celebrate the India-UK relationship," Patel, Britain's Secretary of State for International Development, told. ........Read more

No legal problem in Sasikala taking over as CM: A-G

Attorney-General Mukul Rohatgi on Tuesday denied reports that Tamil Nadu Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao had sought his opinion on whether there were any legal hurdles to AIADMK general secretary Sasikala Natarajan taking over as the next Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Mr. Rohatgi, however, said there was no legal problem to her appointment as CM.........Read more

Indo-UK made new Hawk Combat Aircraft looks to take on China

India and the United Kingdom have jointly developed a combat ready aircraft that will be on offer to neighbouring countries, countering growing Chinese penetration of the defence market in the region. A jointly developed, dual role version of the Hawk trainer aircraft will make its debut later this month, with an Indo-UK combine targeting export markets for the versatile plane. ........Read more

The Race To Image Exoplanets Heats Up!

As of January 22nd, 2017, some 3,565 exoplanet candidates have been detected in 2,675 planetary systems, and over 2000 of these have been confirmed. However, as already noted, the vast majority of these have been detected by indirect means – generally through the measurement of a star’s radial velocity, or by measuring dips in a star’s luminosity as an exoplanet passes in front of it (i.e. the transit method).........Read more

Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud Dawa at it again, changes name to beat ban

Banned Jamaat-ud Dawa looks set to evade the “crackdown” on it and its chief Hafiz Saeed by resurfacing as Tehreek Azadi Jammu and Kashmir, a platform purportedly wedded to Kashmiri cause. TAJK will organise events in support of jihad in Kashmir on February 5, observed as “Kashmir Day” in Pakistan.........Read more

General Electric, Boeing, Oracle form coalition to support Republican border tax

US companies including major exporters General Electric Co and Boeing Co launched a coalition on Thursday to back a House Republican plan to tax all imports, saying the proposal would "support American jobs and American-made products."........Read more

Biggest Multistarrer: Trivikram to direct Chiranjeevi & Pawan Kalyan

Finally, the unexpected has happened. In what can be called as the most crazy combination ever, Mega Star Chiranjeevi and Power Star Pawan Kalyan are going to act in a full-length multistarrer. The movie will be directed by none other than director Trivikram Srinivas who share good rapport with both the stars. T. Subbarami Reddy and Aswini Dutt are jointly producing this mega film.........Read more

These 14 Kids Just Won A National Geographic Photo Contest

National Geographic Kids announced the winners of its photography competition, which received more than 46,000 entries from around the world. The international winner was 11-year-old Dewi Baggerman from the Netherlands, who took a beautiful low-angle shot of a field of tulips. ........Read more

In setback for Indians, US H-1B bill calls for minimum pay to be doubled

A legislation has been introduced in the US House of Representatives which among other things calls for more than doubling the minimum salary of H-1B visa holders to USD 130,000, making it difficult for firms to use the programme to replace American employees with foreign workers, including from India.........Read more

Andhra special status is a closed chapter, will get legal sanction for special package instead: TDP

The Telugu Desam Parliamentary Party (TTDP) has reportedly decided to get a legal sanction for the special package announced to Andhra by the Centre, taking into consideration the recent protests across the state for a special status.........Read more

Manveer lifts ‘Bigg Boss 10’ trophy, beats Bani J

Finally! The ‘Indiawale’ contestant Manveer Gurjar, who entered the ‘Bigg Boss’ house as a commoner, emerged winner of the 10th edition of the popular reality show. He defeated a tough contender - Bani J to win the trophy and a prize money of Rs 40 lakh. Lopamudra Raut came third in the show.........Read more

BCCI vs Lodha Committee: Rajiv Shukla and five UPCA office bearers step down

Six office-bearers of the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) including secretary Rajiv Shukla today stepped down from their respective posts at the state body's working committee meeting here, after they were rendered ineligible as per the Supreme Court appointed Lodha Panel's recommendations. ........Read more

Mukesh Ambani Plows $4.4 Billion More Into Jio To Beat Competition: Report

Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd., a closely held unit of Mr Ambani's Reliance Industries Ltd., plans to raise 300 billion rupees ($4.4 billion) from a rights offer and will use the proceeds to enhance its network capacity, it said in an exchange filing Saturday. With freebies, Jio says it's been luring 600,000 new users a day and had about 72.4 million subscribers four months after starting operations. ........Read more

Will give ‘hard’ response to terrror from across border: Army Chief

 India will give a calibrated “hard” response to terror activities that will compel Pakistan to completely rethink its strategy on supporting insurgency and terrorism here, said new Army Chief Gen Bip........Read more

Gurugram nightclubs to be fined if found serving BOOZE without permit

Gurugram's excise and taxation department has set up four teams to keep a check on nightclubs running without liquor licence, as it plans to impose a fine of up to 25 times (of the licence fee) on such violators.........Read more

BlackBerry DTEK 70 photos leaked ahead of CES 2017 launch; hint at QWERTY keypad with integrated fingerprint sensor

BlackBerry Mercury or DTEK 70 is believed to be the last in-house BlackBerry device. CEO John Chen also confirmed that the company has been working on its final in-house smartphone, which also features its iconic QWERTY keyboard. Renders of the DTEK70 have been previously spotted online which showed off a design similar to the newer images with slightly curved edges. What sets the smartphone apart from the DTEK 50 and DTEK 60 is that it comes with a built-in QWERTY keypad with a fingerprint sensor which is integrated into the spacebar of the physical keypad.........Read more

Pakistan says 5 more Indian diplomats leave amid row

Pakistani security officials say five more Indian diplomats have returned to their country amid a deepening diplomatic row.........Read more

Hulk Hogan: $31 million settlement over sex tape reached, WWE return awaits 'Hulkster'

A settlement worth $31 million was reached between World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) legend Hulk Hogan and Gawker Media on Wednesday over a sex tape involving the well-known Hollywood celebrity, leaked by the now defunct website, in 2012. It remains to be seen now whether the Hulkster, who has taken pro wrestling to new heights since the late 1970s, makes a much-awaited return to the ring that made him what he is today.........Read more

MPs may get 100% hike, base pay to rise to Rs 1 lakh

The Members of Parliament can soon expect a steep hike in salary as the Centre has decided to give a 100 per cent raise, taking their basic pay from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh per month. The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) is learnt to have agreed to consider a recommendation made by the Joint Committee on Salaries and Allowances of Members of Parliament, which is headed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Yogi Adityanath.........Read more

Scientists Take Big Step Toward Being Able To Repair Brain Injuries

Executing this extremely difficult task would involve figuring out how to transplant new neurons into brain tissue. But neurons form precise connections with each other, and are guided by physiological signals that are active during early brain development ― meaning that you can’t sow a fistful of new neurons into mature brain tissue and expect them to grow the way they should.........Read more

Alibaba Launches Global Ecommerce Talents Programme In India; Aims To Develop Entrepreneurial Skills In Students, SMBs

Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba has launched its Global Ecommerce Talents (GET) programme in India. The programme will address students, small business professionals, and entrepreneurs, to provi...........Read more

Qualcomm to buy NXP Semiconductors in $47 billion deal

Qualcomm agreed to pay $110 a share in cash for NXP, the biggest supplier of chips used in the automotive industry, or 11% more than Wednesday’s close........Read more

‘Go Back Pakistan’ PoK residents cried as cops used ‘brute force’ to silence Black Day protests

Braving Pakistan police's brute force to silence the Black Day protests on October 22 in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK), hundreds of protesters took to the streets in Bhimber, Kotli, Muzaffarabad, Mirpur and other parts of the region.........Read more

Goldman Sachs APAC Chairman Mark Schwartz To Join Paytm’s Board

Mobile payment and ecommerce company, Paytm has announced that Goldman Sachs APAC chairman Mark Schwartz will join its Board of Directors. This appointment comes on the back of last week’s ann...........Read more

Varun Gandhi honey trapped, shared defence details: Prashant Bhushan

BJP MP Varun Gandhi was at the centre of a controversy over allegations that he had leaked defence secrets to middleman Abhishek Verma and arms manufacturers after being "honey trapped", a charge he stoutly denied.........Read more

Scientists launch unprecedented Antarctic research mission

LONDON:More than 50 researchers from 30 countries are to carry out the first scientific full circumnavigation of Antarctica in an attempt to measure pollution and climate change, with the official launch held on Monday.........Read more

Donald Trump to NDTV: 'Great Respect For India, Hindus'

In an exclusive interview to NDTV, US presidential candidate Donald Trump said he has great respect for India, Hindus and that he "will do extreme vetting to fight terrorism".........Read more

Hardik warms up to Kejriwal ahead of 2017 Guj polls

Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel appears to be warming up to AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal ahead of Gujarat Assembly elections, by issuing statements supporting the Delhi Chief Minister and urging him to spell out what he can do for his community.........Read more

Andhra to issue securities worth Rs 8,256 cr under UDAY

The Andhra Pradesh government proposes to issue special securities worth Rs 8,256.01 crore under the Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojna Scheme (UDAY). The securities will have a face value of Rs 100 issued in equal strips with a maturity at the end of 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th year, the RBI said in a statement. ........Read more

Trump says 'will never drop out', over 20 prominent Republicans call for ending presidential bid

Trump says 'will never drop out', over 20 prominent Republicans call for ending presidential bid - Donald Trump's latest controversy surrounding lewd remarks made about women has become the tipping point for many within the Republican Party.........Read more

Bhuvneshwar five-for floors NZ in gloom

In recent times, India's fast bowlers have been limited to making token appearances at home. If there is swing in the air, they are kept on. If not, bring on the spinners and smother the opposition. Sometimes, even in helpful conditions, India's quicks aren't accurate enough and simply to stem the runs they are taken off. In Kolkata, on a pitch offering variable bounce, it was Bhuvneshwar Kumar yanking the game India's way with a five-wicket haul.........Read more

Arrested bookie Sanjeev Chawla to confess how spot-fixing works in international cricket

Crucial information pertaining to match-fixing is slowly trickling out from the woodwork following the extradition of top bookie Sanjeev Chawla from London.........Read more

Fall In Line Otherwise We Will Make You Fall In Line, Supreme Court Tells BCCI

The Supreme Court today pulled up the BCCI, asking it to "fall in line" after the Justice R M Lodha panel sought removal of the top brass of BCCI, including its President Anurag Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke, for non-compliance of the apex court directions.........Read more

Why India's commercial space programme is thriving

"The need for launches is growing exponentially worldwide, primarily because of new companies that are planning to launch entire commercial constellations [groups] of satellites, where a single company might need to launch anything between 24 to 648 satellites," says Susmita Mohanty, chief executive of Earth2Orbit, a company that has been helping negotiate launch deals between India's space agency and private firms.........Read more

Sony Xperia Android 7.0 Nougat release schedule leaked for Xperia series

In the previous month, Sony had released the list of Sony Xperia smartphones and tablets that would be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat. Now, a leaked document from Sony Slovakia has revealed the Nougat update roadmap for the Xperia lineup.........Read more

ECommerce Startup Raises $500K in Funding via LetsVenture

Marking another step in its growth journey, premier smartphone repair e-commerce platform has recently raised funds worth $0.5 million ($500,000) through The start-up, which is poised to transform the smartphone repair industry in India by productizing over 10,000 smartphone repair services on its platform, secured investments from leading angel investors including Mr. Krishnakumar Natarajan- Executive Chairman of Mindtree and Mr. Sandeep Mathur- Former Managing Director of Oracle India. Mr. Vikas Tandon- Former Managing Director of Indigo Consulting and Mr. Aneesh Reddy- CEO of Capillary Technologies who had earlier invested in the seed round of funding for have also participated in this round, illustrating their sustained confidence in the robust business model of the start-up.........Read more

These Tribal Craftsmen Are Converting Weeds into Furniture

These tribal craftsmen are converting weeds into furniture. Men and women belonging to the Soliga tribe in Anehole earn part of their livelihood by de-weeding plants and making furniture out of them. The raw material used for the furniture is a fast growing forest weed called ‘Lantana’ that chokes other plants. It takes several hours for the forest department to clear out these weeds.........Read more

Uttar Pradesh headed towards a hung Assembly in next year's elections

New Delhi:Uttar Pradesh seems headed for a hung assembly in the next year's Assembly elections with Bahujan Samaj Party emerging as the single largest party, a opinion poll has claimed. Related Post Black Money: Don't want to be big brother watching, says FM Nitin Gadkari says India could soon be zero petroleum import country Tendulkar........Read more

Maoists fourth deadliest terror outfit after Taliban, IS, Boko Haram: Report

The world witnessed 11,774 terror attacks in 2015, in which 28,328 people were killed and 35,320 injured. India was the fourth worst-affected country after Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, with 43% of 791 attacks in the country carried out by Naxalites. A total of 289 Indians died in terror strikes.........Read more

India should grant asylum to Baloch nationalists

New Delhi: With India raising the issue of Pakistani brutalities in Balochistan, it should now be clear to the world that New Delhi means business. Ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned Ba........Read more

Tesla is suing an oil company executive its says impersonated Elon Musk

Lucy NicholsonTesla is suing an oil executive for allegedly impersonating Elon Musk in order to dig up confidential financial information from the company........Read more

The European Space Agency has found its missing Philae comet lander

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission has finally found its Philae lander, nearly two years after the vehicle became the first ever to land on a comet. The mission team has struggled to...........Read more

Economy to grow at 7.6%, says RBI

An optimistic Reserve Bank of India on Monday said the country's economy is likely to grow at 7.6% in the current financial year.........Read more

India will need 5 billion pairs of shoes in 2020: Govt

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will inaugurate the second edition of India's B2B footwear fair on August 5 in New Delhi.........Read more

Garry Sobers as a metaphor for West Indies cricket

Bereft of vision and plagued by dissent, the decline of West Indies cricket is a great loss for the game........Read more

Army Lodges FIR Against Telecom Operator For Selling Pre-Activated SIMs

Concerned over the possibility of pre-activated mobile SIM cards reaching militants, the Army has filed FIRs against a private mobile service provider and a distributor in Manipur for allegedly selling such connections without the mandatory customer verification.........Read more

Mohammed Kaif appointed captain of Ranji debutants Chhattisgarh

Former India batsman Mohammed Kaif has been appointed the captain of the Chhattisgarh state team which will make its Ranji Trophy debut in the upcoming season........Read more

MP becomes first state to have 'Happiness Department'

Madhya Pradesh today became the first state in the country to set up 'Happiness Department', with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan saying it will work to ensure........Read more

Eating walnuts may help prevent colon cancer

The Daily Meal investigate whether eating an ounce of walnuts every day lowers the risk of contracting colon cancer. Researchers from UConn Health say yes.........Read more

Dropbox adds new sharing features and a nifty document scanner

Dropbox announced a handful of new features today, including a new scanner for its iOS app that can identify and remember printed text. Now, Dropbox's mobile app will let you snap a photo of any...........Read more

Anil Kumble in Pole Position for India Coach Job

The Cricket Advisory Committee of the BCCI comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman was reportedly bowled over by Kumble’s presentation on Tuesday.........Read more

Arundhati Bhattacharya fifth most powerful woman in finance

Arundhati Bhattacharya, the first woman chairperson of the nation's largest bank SBI, has been ranked among the top five most powerful women in finance by the Forbes magazine.Bhattacharya has moved up five spots from the previous year to 5th this........Read more

Gautam Gambhir slams KKR batsmen after crashing out of IPL 2016

Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders crashed out of the Indian Premier League 2016 as they suffered a heartbreaking 22-run loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator.........Read more

Oil holds gain near $50 as falling US crude supplies trim glut

Oil has surged almost 90% since hitting a 12-year low earlier this year on signs the global oversupply will ease as Nigerian and US production falls........Read more

This could be our first real look at the iPhone 7

It wouldn't be a real departure in terms of design.........Read more

Centre in a huddle over Jaish module; 15 militants sneak into India, intel reports

Doval reviewed security deployment at a crucial meeting with top officials of key security and intelligence agencies.........Read more