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Andhra Pradesh completes 10 lakh Covid-19 tests, 3rd Indian state to do so

Having no labs, Andhra collected its first Covid-19 sample on February 1 and sent it to Telangana for tests. The first lab for COVID19 was established on March 7 in the state. The state government led by CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy took 59 days to complete the first one lakh Covid tests, but it consistently increased its testing capacity.........Read more

CBSE issues notification for remaining class 10, 12 exams to be conducted from July 1-15

Union Minister for Human Resource Development Ramesh Pokhriyal took Twitter to announced the date sheet for the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 10th & 12 examinations on May 18. The examination will start on 1st July 2020 and will end on 15th July 2020. While class 12 exams will be held for the whole country, class 10 exams will be held only for Northeast Delhi students. ........Read more

Centre issues guidelines for domestic flight operations from May 25

A day after announcing the resumption of domestic commercial passenger flights from May 25, the Civil Aviation Ministry on Thursday issued detailed guideline s for airlines, airports, passengers and other stakeholders on issues ranging from control on air fares to restrictions on number of bags. The ministry said it will prescribe lower and upper limit on air fares and airlines will have to adhere to it "during the period of COVID-19 pandemic". "On the day of commencement (May 25), limited operations (about one-third) would be permitted," it said.........Read more

'Star Trek, not Star Wars:' NASA releases basic principles for moon exploration pact

NASA on Friday set the stage for a global debate over the basic principles governing how humans will live and work on the moon, as it released the main tenets of an international pact for moon exploration called the Artemis Accords. The accords seek to establish ‘safety zones’ that would surround future moon bases to prevent what the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration called “harmful interference” from rival countries or companies operating in close proximity. ........Read more

Coronavirus effect: Reliance suffers worst profit slump in 11 years as fuel demand falls

Reliance Industries Ltd, operator of the world’s biggest refining complex, reported a 39% slump in its March quarter profit, the steepest drop since December 2008, as a sharp fall in oil prices and lower fuel demand hammered its dominant energy businesses. The company, India’s largest by market value, posted consolidated profit of 63.48 billion rupees ($845 million) in the three months ended March 31, missing analysts’ expectation of an average 105.20 billion rupees by a wide margin.........Read more

Nizamuddin Markaz Chief Maulana Saad Traced To Delhi's Zakir Nagar Area Via Electronic Surveillance: Reports

Maulana Mohammed Saad, the elusive chief of Nizamuddin Markaz of Tablighi Jamaat, was traced by the investigators to Delhi's Zakir Nagar area on Wednesday. The latest media reports say that the cops detected Saad's presence in Zakir Nagar via electronic surveillance. The Markaz chief has reportedly conveyed via his lawyer that he was under self-quarantine and was unable to join the probe. The investigators have told Maulana to hand over all the electronic devices to the cops. The Markaz chief came under radar after over 2,000 Jamaatis were taken out in a 16-hour-long mission from the six-storyed headquarters of the Tablighi Jamaat.........Read more

Coronavirus: Over 560 Districts Under Lockdown As PM Modi To Make Another Address

More than 560 districts were placed under complete lockdown on Tuesday as nation prepared for another address by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The prime minister will address the nation at 8 PM today on vital aspects relating to the menace of COVID-19. This is the second time the prime minister will address the nation on coronavirus. He had addressed the nation on Thursday calling for a 14-hour Janata Curfew on Sunday. Nearly 500 coronavirus cases have been reported in India so far, according to Health Ministry data on Tuesday.........Read more

During a pandemic, what does being the world's happiest country mean?

Kopperoinen lives in Finland, which was named the happiest country in the world for the third year in a row on Friday according to the United Nations' latest World Happiness Report. Finland is followed by Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland and Norway. The report was released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations on March 20, the UN's annual International Day of Happiness. Countries are ranked on six key variables that support well-being: income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity.........Read more

Sensex crashes over 1,900 points on opening, Nifty below 9,500

Indian benchmark indices Sensex and Nifty extended their opening loses on Monday with the former losing 1950 points or 5.72% and the latter shedding 440 points or 4.43%. About 190 shares have advanced, 730 shares declined, and 62 shares are unchanged. Among the major gainers were Yes Bank, whose share price gained as much as 39% after the government notified a rescue plan for the crisis-hit lender.........Read more

Centre, Home Minister and Delhi govt equally responsible for ‘great tragedy’ in Delhi: CWC

“After reviewing the situation, the CWC is of the firm opinion that what has happened in Delhi is a colossal failure of duty for which the entire responsibility must be borne by the Central Government and particularly the Home Minister and calls upon the Home Minister to tender his resignation immediately,” the CWC said in its statement. It further pinned the responsibility of the “great tragedy” in Delhi on the Central government, adding that the onus lies on CM Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi government as well for not activating the administration to reach out to the people to maintain peace and harmony.........Read more

'Kasab Was to Die as Samir Chaudhari with Red Thread Around Wrist': Ex-Mumbai Top Cop's Stunning Disclosure

The 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks convict Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab would have died as Bengaluru resident Samir Dinesh Chaudhari with a 'red thread tied around his wrist' had militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) succeeded in their plan, reveals former Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria. In his book titled 'Let Me Say It Now', Maria indicates that the militant group wanted to project the attack as a case of "Hindu terrorism". "There would have been screaming headlines on newspapers claiming how Hindu terrorists had attacked Mumbai. Over the top TV journalists would have made a beeline for Bengaluru to interview his family and neighbours. But alas, it had not worked that way and here he was, Ajmal Amir Kasab of Faridkot in Pakistan," Maria says. ........Read more

This is Mankind's Closest Look at the Sun's Surface Yet, and It Is Mesmerising

For the first time ever, mankind has managed to get a very close view of the Sun's surface, thanks to a team of scientists at the University of Hawai'i and the National Science Foundation. The observation shows cell-like structures on the Sun's surface, that is constantly bubbling and moving around owing to violent, turbulent activity on the star. It also shows the Sun's magnetic footprint, and makes the first truly close observation of the Sun's corona, from where solar storms originate and make massive impacts on the entire solar system, including life on Earth. ........Read more

Wood stars as England seal series with comprehensive win

Never had South Africa lost back to back series at home since readmission. The nightmare, though, came true in Johannesburg as England sealed the final Test by 191 runs - keeping the hosts to 274 - on the fourth day, with Rassie van der Dussen fighting 98 going in vain. Vernon Philander came out to bat one final time in Tests and walked off to a standing ovation despite carrying a grade two hamstring tear. ........Read more

No question of mid-term polls; Sena,NCP,Cong to last 5 years: Pawar

Amid talks between Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP to form a non-BJP government in Maharashtra, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Friday ruled out the possibility of midterm elections in the state while asserting that the process has begun to form government in the state.........Read more

Non subsidised LPG cylinder price cut by Rs 120.50

Giving a new year gift to the people, the government has announced major reduction in LPG prices. The price of subsidised LPG cylinder has been cut by Rs 5.91, while the rate of non-subsidised LPG cylinder has been reduced by Rs 120.50. ........Read more

PDP to Distance Itself From J&K Local Body Polls, Asks Centre to Clarify Stand on Article 35 A

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has also distanced itself from the polls unless the Centre clarifies its position on Article 35-A of the Constitution, which is facing the legal challenge in the Supreme Court.........Read more

India to be biggest passenger car market by 2030: NITI Aayog

India will emerge as the biggest passenger car market by 2030, with every second car being sold will be here in the country said NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant.........Read more

‘Now, we are all Hari bharose’, says PM after Harivansh Narayan is elected Rajya Sabha deputy chairman

The National Democratic Alliance’s candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh of the Janata Dal(United) was on Thursday elected as the deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha as he defeated opposition’s BK Hariprasad by 20 votes.........Read more

Reliance Industries re-enters USD 100-billion market capitalisation

Reliance Industries today reclaimed the USD 100-billion m-cap mark in morning trade on the bourses, as the company shares hit a fresh 52-week high of Rs 1,091 apiece.........Read more

Shujaat Bukhari’s killers identified, one of them is a Pakistani, say Jammu and Kashmir police

Two men from Kashmir and a Pakistani, who has escaped from the police custody killed senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari in Srinagar on June 14. His two security guards were also killed as multiple bullets were sprayed at them........Read more

Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare hockey as the ‘National Game’ of India.

I was surprised and shocked to know that what is popularly known as the National Game -- Hockey, has in fact never been notified as our National Game,” Patnaik wrote in his letter to the PM.........Read more

The International Cricket Council(ICC) released the men’s Future Tours Programme (FTP) from 2018-2023, which includes the World Test Championship and a 13-team ODI league.

Nine top-ranked sides will participate in the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship, which will run from 15 July 2019 to 30 April 2021. The sides will play six series in the two-year cycle on a home and away basis against opponents they have mutually selected. The two top-ranked sides will then progress to the June 2021 final to decide the World Test champions.........Read more

17 died of dust storm in western Uttar Pradesh

LUCKNOW: At least 17 persons have been reported dead in dust storm which hit western Uttar Pradesh on Friday evening.........Read more

Facebook streamlines its two-factor set up to enhance user account security

As security is the prime aspect of the social network, the company has beefed up its security measures to make users account more secure.........Read more

Weak currency will further curb Indian palm oil imports: industry

India's edible oil imports for the year to October 2018 may be nearly flat on 2017 as a weaker rupee adds to the impact of a tax hike on the country's most imported edible oil, a Mumbai-based trade body said, revising down earlier forecasts. Refiners are still able to import soft oils such as soyoil and sunflower oil at a profit, but imports of palm, which attracts the country’s biggest import duty, have been hard hit, said B.V. Mehta, executive director of the Solvent Extractors’ Association (SEA).........Read more

Delhi High Court upholds CBSE’s upper age limits to apply for NEET

The Delhi High Court dismissed pleas challenging a notification of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) that laid down the upper age limits of 25 and 30 for general and reserved categories respectively to apply for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET). The court, however, struck down a clause in the notification that bars students from open schools or those who have studied privately from appearing in the test.........Read more

2018 Honda Dio Deluxe Launched at Rs. 53,292

Honda Dio Deluxe is powered by the tried-and-tested 109.19 cc HET engine which develops top power of 7.92bhp at 7000rpm and peak torque of 8.91Nm at 5500rpm. The engine is paired to a CVT gearbox with a claimed top speed of 83kmph. The power output and torque performance is slightly lesser (0.04bhp and 0.09Nm) than that of Honda Activa 5G. The scooter has 130mm drum brakes at the front and Combi Brake System (CBS) at the rear. It misses out on the front disc brake even as an optional feature, unlike the Honda Grazia.........Read more

Government to move SC for Dalit, SC/ST quota in promotion: Paswan

Union minister and BJP ally Ram Vilas Paswan, who has emerged as the government's key spokesperson on Dalit issues, told reporters that the government will move the apex court for the repeal of its directions which, he added, have halted the reservation for these communities in promotion. His announcement comes close on the heels of the government's decision to file pleas in the apex court against its two orders which, it has argued, would work against the interests of the SCs and the STs. ........Read more

Can give divorce nod via Skype or Other Technology: Bombay HC

Justice Bharati Dangre overturned a family court's order refusing to register the US-based woman's petition for divorce on the grounds that she was not personally present to file it. The court allowed the woman's father as the power of attorney holder to pursue the case in place of his daughter. "There is no legal lacunae in filing of the petition through a registered power of attorney... the family court will not insist on the presence of the parties before the court and would arrange for the consent terms to be recorded either through Skype or adopting any other technology," said the judge. ........Read more

Fire Accident at Rohingya camp in Delhi

A major fire broke out at the only Rohingya camp in the national Capital in South-East Delhi's Kanchan Kunj area in the wee hours of Sunday. As many as 46 shanties were gutted in the fire affecting the lives of over 200 people who resided there. Some locals said that the fire was not an accident but an attempt to damage the lives of the Rohingya refugees. They lost all their documents and identity cards. ........Read more

PAN Rules Eased For Corporate Assesses

The official release stated, "In case of a company, an application for incorporation, allotment of Permanent Account Number (PAN) and allotment of Tax Deduction and Collection Account Number (TAN) may be made through a Common Application Form submitted to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA). In these cases, the Certificate of Incorporation (COI) issued by MCA contains a mention of both PAN and TAN."........Read more

H-1B visa: US says 65,000 visa cap reached for fiscal year 2019

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said it has reached the Congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap for fiscal year 2019 and would conduct a lottery to decide successful applicants for the work visa popular among Indian IT professionals. The fiscal year begins 1 October 2018.........Read more

KFC Runs Out of Chicken in UK, Over 500 Outlets Remain Shut

Fast-food chain KFC was forced to shut down around 500 UK outlets after problems with a new delivery contract led to a chicken shortage. The food chain also issued a statement blaming the delivery partner for the problem. It said,”We’ve brought a new delivery partner on board, but they’ve had a couple of teething problems – getting a fresh chicken out to 900 restaurants across the country is pretty complex.”........Read more

Water level down by 2% in 91 major reservoirs in India

The water level in 91 major reservoirs across the country is has gone down to 39% of their total capacity from 41% last week. Reservoirs in states such as Punjab, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Odisha, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Telangana have reported lower water levels than last year. Andhra Pradesh has reported storage levels equal to that in the last year. Major dams in Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Tripura, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu have reported better storage levels vis-a-vis the corresponding period last year.........Read more

Tobacco use is taking a high toll on the health of Indians

According to the recent Global Adult Tobacco Survey India Report, 2017, one in every five Indian is hooked to SLT. Among men, two most commonly used tobacco products are SLT i.e. khaini (8.5 crore) and gutkha (5.1 crore). Amongst women, the three most commonly used are SLT i.e. betel quit (2 crore), oral application (2 crore) and khaini (1.9 crore).........Read more

Nepal ends India’s monopoly on internet access with new Chinese link

Nepal ended India’s monopoly on internet access on Friday by opening a new optical fibre link across the Himalayan mountains to China. Nepal’s information and communication minister Mohan Bahadur Basnet and Chinese ambassador Yu Hong inaugurated the link during a ceremony in Kathmandu, reflecting China’s growing engagement in a region seen as India’s backyard.........Read more

No Plan At Present To Have All-Electric Car Fleet By 2030: Government

Minister of state for heavy industries Babul Supriyo said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha, "There are, at present, no plans under consideration of the Department of Heavy Industry to make all vehicles in the country powered by electricity by 2030," This is in complete contradiction to what Goyal said last year.........Read more

Bitcoin exchanges may come under ED scanner

The move follows a survey by the income-tax (I-T) department to determine how tax assessees were treating bitcoin investments. If the I-T department concludes that bitcoin is a currency, it would establish a clear violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).........Read more

Afghanistan to Play Their First-Ever Test Against India: BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Joint Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary has confirmed that Afghanistan will play their first ever Test against India in India. Afghanistan’s rise has been an impressive one, they were given the ODI status in 2011.........Read more

Centre introduces 'Challenge Method' for introducing new Kendriya Vidyalayas

The central government has introduced “Challenge Method” for opening up of new Kendriya Vidyalayas. A Committee under the chairmanship of Secretary Education will be formed which will examine the proposals received by Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) for opening up of new KVs.........Read more

North Korea Likely to Test Hydrogen Bomb Over Pacific Ocean Amid US Threat

North Korea is likely to test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean soon, indicated a statement by its Foreign minister Ri Yong Ho. This warning of a possible atmospheric nuclear test comes amid threats by the United States of America (USA) to totally destroy North Korea if it threatens the US.........Read more

Assassin's Creed Origins to release on October 27

Unlike its predecessors, Assassin's Creed Origins is an action-RPG; it sports a multi-faceted skill tree, damage hit points, and equipment with varying statistics. In addition, everything you do feeds into an overarching progression system that steadily improves your character's strength and abilities over time.........Read more

Sony bags Cricket Australia broadcast rights for Indian market

The reshaping of the cricket broadcast landscape in India has continued with Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) acquiring the rights for Australian cricket for the Indian subcontinent (Pakistan and Sri Lanka included) for the next six years, beginning with the 2017-18 Ashes.........Read more

Your smart TV, fridge could be hacked a lot more easily than you may think

With the competition for smart devices on the rise, many manufacturers, in a rush to get their products on the market, may not even provide adequate built-in security from cyber threats. This then becomes a point of easy access for hackers to either expose personal data, or even launch an attack on a much larger scale. ........Read more

Hamilton roars to Japan victory

Lewis Hamilton romped to victory at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday to close in on a fourth world title after Sebastian Vettel retired with engine failure four laps in.........Read more

Saudi king in Russia with 1,500-person entourage, brings in 800 kg of food; check details here

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz brought 1,500 people, a golden escalator and his own carpets on his historic, four-day state visit to Russia.........Read more

Piyush Goyal defends bullet train, says technology is safe

Faced with rising criticism of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train - a project close to PM Modi's heart -railway minister Piyush Goyal said on Saturday it was necessary for India's development, came at zero interest and was a safe technology with no record of accidents.........Read more

Mathematicians Measure Infinities, Find They're Equal

Two mathematicians have proved that two different infinities are equal in size, settling a long-standing question. Their proof rests on a surprising link between the sizes of infinities and the complexity of mathematical theories.........Read more

Renault Duster Sandstorm Launched In India; Prices Start At Rs 10.90 lakh

Renault Duster Sandstorm launched in India. Prices for the Renault Duster Sandstorm start at Rs 10.90 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi). The Duster Sandstorm edition comes with new exterior and interior updates to set it apart from the regular model. The Duster Sandstorm SUV is available in two variants: RxS Diesel 85PS and Rx Diesel 110PS and comes paired with a 5-speed and 6-speed manual gearbox respectively.........Read more

Pradhan backs daily price revision, favours bringing petrol, diesel under GST

On June 6, the government launched the daily price change mechanism, which has been receiving a lot of flak amidst escalating prices. Defending the system, Pradhan said “Govt has no business to interfere in pricing by oil companies..petrol, diesel prices are deregulated and market aligned”. GST is the only way to have a rational price mechanism in petroleum products. There will be tax predictability if petroleum products are brought under GST.........Read more

Nirmala Sitharaman gets Defence Ministry

Nirmala Sitharaman will be India's new Defence Minister. She will be the first full-time woman Defence Minister and the second woman to hold this post after Indira Gandhi, who held additional charge.........Read more

Viral Photo: A Sad Superstar Sleeping Under his Famous Bronze Statue

A photo of world renowned bodybuilder, actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger sleeping in the street under his famous bronze statue at Columbus, Ohio, has gone viral, and not for a pleasing reason.........Read more

Earth Has The Solar System’s Best Eclipses

A total eclipse is only possible because the moon is positioned juuuust right relative to the Earth and the sun. This doesn’t happen on every planet with a moon and won’t always be possible for Earth. In about 600 million years, we won’t have total eclipses anymore, because by then, tidal forces will have flung the moon to a spot too distant to completely block the sun’s disk. Even today, total eclipses are only visible across a narrow path on Earth.........Read more

South Korea Will Prevent War at All Costs, President Moon Says

“There will be no war repeated on the Korean Peninsula,” Moon said in a speech on Tuesday marking the anniversary of the end of Japanese occupation in the 1940s. Military action against North Korea should be decided by “ourselves and not by anyone else,” he said.........Read more

Real Madrid Agree €180m Deal For Kylian Mbappe From AS Monaco: Reports

Real Madrid have reportedly agreed a €180m deal for Monaco’s Kylian Mbappé. This move would beat the transfer record set by Paul Pogba, as he moved from Juventus to Manchester United for the 105m euro, in 2016. ........Read more

Niranjan Shah Stands 100 Per Cent Disqualified As Per Supreme Court Order: Lodha Panel Secretary Gopal Sankaranarayanan

Niranjan Shah being included in the BCCI panel as ‘special invitee’ to study the Lodha panel reforms and help in implementation of the same has baffled members of the Lodha committee as Supreme Court judge Dipak Misra had made it clear that anyone above the age of 70 stood disqualified from holding any post in the BCCI.........Read more

Stop Republic TV from hurting me and my family: Anti-nuclear activist SP Udayakumar writes to Press Council

Talking about the "sting operation" reportage being carried out by Republic TV, raising allegations against him of receiving foreign funds, Udayakumar, in the letter gave a detailed description of the events that played out before the reportage.........Read more

Assam woman files case against Yogi Adityanath for sharing her nude photo on social media

A case against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has been filed by a tribal woman in a court for allegedly sharing her nude photo on social media.........Read more

BMW unveils new 6 Series Gran Turismo

BMW has unveiled the new 6 Series Gran Turismo, which will be a successor to the 5 Series GT. Like all other Gran Turismo models in BMW's portfolio, the new 6 Series GT adorns a four-door layout with a coupe-like sloping roofline.........Read more

Rashid Khan rips the fight out of West Indies

Afghanistan had won on four previous occasions when Rashid Khan had picked up four wickets or more. But Friday brought him one of his tougher challenges: he had only 212 to defend on a sluggish St Lucia surface but that only seemed to spur him on. The 18-year old legspinner finished with 7 for 18 - the fourth-best haul in ODI history - and West Indies were bowled out for 149.........Read more

Some Pixel users reporting bug that prevents Google searches on Pixel Launcher

With increasing frequency, a number of Pixel and Pixel XL owners are encountering a bug with the Pixel Launcher and its capability to quickly search Google from the shortcut. This issue seems to co…........Read more

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and UAE cut diplomatic ties with Qatar

Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE all announced they would withdraw their diplomatic staff from Qatar. All the nations also said they planned to cut air and sea traffic to the peninsular country.........Read more

IRCTC to introduce ‘buy tickets now and pay later’ service soon

IRCTC spokesperson Sandip Dutta said the service would be provided in collaboration with Mumbai-based firm ePayLater. The facility will allow passengers to book a ticket five days prior to the journey and pay the fare within 14 days. However, a service charge of 3.5% would be charged on the transaction. The option would only be valid for e-tickets, though, said the official. “Those who want to opt for this service have to give their name, email ID, mobile number, their PAN card or Aadhaar details,”........Read more

Breakthrough LED technology could triple the resolution of display units

Researchers have developed a new colour changing surface tunable through electrical voltage which could lead to three times the resolution for displays........Read more

Rajinikanth to end suspense over entry into politics in July; may float new party, says his brother

Superstar Rajinikanth is likely to end suspense over his entry into politics in July-end, said his brother Sathyanarayana Rao Gaikwad. Rajinikanth may start his political innings floating a new party in July. The remarks come in the wake of the Rajinikanth’s address to fans recently which created a lot of buzz about actor’s political entry. Speculation around Rajinikanth’s entry into politics rife after he said there were good politicians in Tamil Nadu, but the “system was rotten”. The actor also urged his fans to help clean up the system and be prepared for “war”.........Read more

Sunrisers give themselves hope of top-two finish

Sunrisers chased with ease to make it 5-0 against Lions, and took the two points that gave them a chance of finishing in the top two, which comes with two bites at the playoff cherry. With 17 points from their 14 games, they now needed Kolkata Knight Riders and Rising Pune Supergiant to lose their respective last matches.........Read more

Driven by Modi, $1.3 trillion housing boom set to be India’s next growth driver

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s drive to bring homes to the country’s 1.3 billion people, rising incomes and the best affordability in two decades will unleash a $1.3 trillion wave of investment in housing over the next seven years, according to CLSA India Pvt.........Read more

Pakistan man flies in, tells Delhi airport officials he is from ISI

‘Hello, I am an ISI agent. But I don’t wish to continue any further and want to remain in India,’ said a passenger after he got off an Air India flight from Dubai at the IGI Airport here today. Muhammad Ahmad Sheikh Muhammad Rafiq, a Pakistani passport holder, approached a help desk at the airport and conveyed to a lady at the counter that he wanted to share information about Pakistan’s snooping agency, ISI.........Read more

Baahubali 2 Secret Turning Into A Warning

On social media, Whatsapp messages like "Don't reveal who killed Kattappa, you'll be removed from Group" and Facebook posts like "If you reveal the secret of Kattappa killing Baahubali, you'll be unfriended and blocked" are going viral at the moment.........Read more

Chinese jihadis' rise in Syria raises concerns at home

Thousands of Chinese jihadis have come to Syria since the country's civil war began in March 2011 to fight against government forces and their allies. Some have joined the al-Qaida's branch in the country previously known as Nusra Front.........Read more

AirAsia India Launches New Routes, Announces Discounts On Flights

AirAsia India is launching twice daily direct flights between Ranchi, New Delhi and Kolkata. AirAsia is also offering tickets on these routes starting from an all-inclusive Rs. 1,799. AirAsia India - which is a joint venture between Tata Sons and Malaysian airline group AirAsia - will connect Kolkata-Ranchi and Ranchi-New Delhi with the double daily flights. ........Read more

Should you be worried about a new study on tattoo’s effect on health?

Whether the long-term health is affected by tattooing is unclear. However, if a large area of the body is tattooed affecting the secretion of the sweat glands there may be thermoregulatory problems when exposed to high heat and heavy work. This is because sweat glands help in balancing thermoregulation.........Read more

Under Trump, More Than 200,000 Foreign Spouses Could Lose Their Right To Work

Sudarshana Sengupta used to consider herself an immigrant success story. A scientist on the verge of launching a start-up, she thought she had checked all the right boxes on her way to achieving the American Dream. She works at a university lab, pays taxes and has begun the lengthy process of becoming a permanent resident. But what once looked like a glittering future is now in jeopardy.........Read more

RK Nagar bypoll: I-T officials raid premises of TN health minister Vijayabaskar, actor Sarathkumar

Income tax officials on Friday morning began searches on more than 30 premises belonging to Tamil Nadu health minister C Vijayabaskar and his relatives in Chennai and other districts in the state. On Thursday, Sarathkumar met AIADMK (Amma) candidate in RK Nagar TTV Dhinakaran extended support to him.........Read more

30% of area sown under rabi crops gets PM insurance cover

More than 19 million hectares have come under the ambitious Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) during the current rabi season, covering around 30 per cent of the total sown area of 64.5 million hectares. According to preliminary estimates by insurance companies and state agencies till Friday, the total sum insured for the winter crops has jumped almost 50 per cent to Rs 68,230 crore, compared to the earlier season.........Read more

PV Sindhu set to be deputy collector after accepting job offer from Andhra Pradesh government

Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu, who is the first Indian woman athlete to win a silver medal at the Olympics , has accepted a government job which was offered by the Andhra Pradesh Government following her Rio de Janeiro triumph.........Read more

HDFC Bank's Aditya Puri says wallet business has no future

Puri mentioned Paytm, which he said could not be another Alibaba because its model could not be replicated. He said the current loss of Paytm was at Rs 1,600 crore. Experts say that in the long term, systems like UPI stand a better chance as they enable direct transfer from bank accounts.........Read more

Drugs worth of 8 crores were finally disposed off by the customs departments.

Drugs such as heroin and ganja worth about Rs 8 crore, which were seized from smugglers over the past several years, were on Friday finally disposed off by the customs departments. These drugs were seized at Foreign Post Office and air cargo export shed from various outbound parcels in the past.........Read more

Telangana, Andhra Pradesh agree on asset sharing

The governments of TS and AP have reached agreement on division of electricity and Secretariat employees. The two governments also reached agreement on sharing of funds of nine corporations listed in Schedule IX of the AP Reorganisation Act. Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan on Thursday held a meeting with committees constituted by the governments of the two states on issues related to AP Reorganisation Act.........Read more

18 sabotage attempts on Indian Railways in 40 days: Suresh Prabhu expresses serious concern

In the first 40 days of 2017, the Indian Railways has witnessed disruption attempts by placing boulders, concrete slab, stone slab or rail pieces on tracks across the country, from Lucknow division, Mumbai, Waltair, Allahabad and Malda.........Read more

Curiosity's Martian Chronicles Rife With Intriguing Inconsistencies

The study of Mars’ surface and atmosphere has unlocked some ancient secrets. Thanks to the efforts of the Curiosity rover and other missions, scientists are now aware of the fact that water once flowed on Mars and that the planet had a denser atmosphere. They have also been able to deduce what mechanics led to this atmosphere being depleted, which turned it into the cold, desiccated environment we see there today.........Read more

Indian boys win team gold in Asian Junior Squash

Indian boys scripted a grand gold medal win in the Asian junior team squash championship by beating Malaysia 2-0 here on Sunday. This is the second time that India is winning this crown, the earlier being in 2011 in Colombo.........Read more

India gave befitting reply to cross-border terror: President Mukherjee

India gave "a befitting reply" to repeated incursions (from across the border) by conducting successful surgical strikes" on Pakistan-Occupied- Kashmir (POK) last September, said President Pranab Mukherjee today in an address to Parliament at the start of the Budget Session.........Read more

Ten soldiers dead after two avalanches hit Gurez sector near LoC: Army

The death toll in the avalanches that hit separate areas of Kashmir Valley in the last 48 hours has now risen to 14 with the recovery of four more bodies of jawans today. According to police, the rescue operation has been call off with the recovery of all 14 bodies.........Read more

Blackbuck poaching case: Salman Khan records statement, says didn’t kill blackbucks

Salman Khan along with ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ co-actors Saif Ali Khan, Neelam, Sonali Bendre and Tabu appeared before the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) on Friday and to record statement in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case. Salman Khan claimed innocence and denied all the charges in his statement before the court. “I didn’t kill the blackbucks,” Salman Khan reportedly said. The actor was asked total 57 questions during the procedure. The statements of Saif Ali Khan, Neelam, Sonali Bendre and Tabu are yet to be recorded.........Read more

Havildar Hangpan Dada awarded Ashok Chakra posthumously on 68th Republic Day

Havildar Hangpan Dada, who died in Kupwara on May 27 after killing three terrorists, has been awarded Ashok Chakra, the highest peace time gallantry award. Havildar’s wife, Chasen Lowang Dada received the Ashok Chakra award from President Pranab Mukherjee on Rajpath during the Republic Day celebrations in the national capital. Havildar Hangpan Dada belonged to the Assam Regiment. The brave jawan killed four intruding terrorists before sacrificing down his life in North Kashmir on May 26, 2106.........Read more

Bangladesh Cricketer Arafat Sunny Arrested Over Photos of Girlfriend

Bangladesh cricketer Arafat Sunny was on Sunday arrested by police in Dhaka for allegedly breaching the country's strict internet laws following a complaint by his girlfriend. Arafat's girlfriend had accused him of uploading sensitive photos of her on social media and had filed a complaint two weeks ago, local police chief Jamaluddin Mir said. He was subsequently arrested from his home in the Dhaka suburb of Aminbazar on Sunday.........Read more

Violations of energy conservation in the early universe may explain dark energy

Physicists have proposed that violations of energy conservation in the early universe, as predicted by certain modified theories of quantum mechanics and quantum gravity, may explain the cosmological constant problem, which is sometimes referred to as "the worst theoretical prediction in the history of physics."........Read more

ISIS demolishes part of UNESCO heritage site in Syria's Palmyra

Jihadists of the Islamic State group have demolished two more treasured monuments in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra a month after recapturing it from government forces. The tetrapylon, built during the rule of the Roman Emperor Diocletian in the 3rd Century AD, consisted of four sets of four pillars each supporting massive stone cornices.........Read more

Delhi Freezes At 3.4 Degrees As Winter Chill Sweeps Through North

Temperatures have dropped further and Delhi is freezing at 3.4 degrees Celsius as cold wave intensifies in North India. The weather department has warned that there will be no respite from the piercing cold till Jan 13.........Read more

Manchester United set to beat Man City with £60m offer for Tottenham duo

Manchester United are planning a mega double bid for Tottenham defenders, with Jose Mourinho keen to beat off competition from Pep Guardiola's Manchester City. Spurs have been a team transformed under Mauricio Pochettino, going from a blow-hot, blow-cold side to serious title contenders in the English Premier League. Two of the players who have impressed most under Pochettino have been the full-backs – Kyle Walker and Danny Rose.........Read more

Why Flipkart has turned to Kalyan Krishnamurthy

More than three years later, the company faced a worse crisis of its own making. By then, Flipkart employed more than 30,000 people, had raised more than $3.5 billion in capital and was valued at $15 billion, making it by far the country’s most valuable Internet company. Yet, after a series of missteps, Flipkart was losing tens of millions of dollars every month and struggling to increase sales even as Amazon, its role model, was expanding at a rapid pace. Despite changing its chief executive, replacing Sachin with Binny, things weren’t improving much.........Read more

China would break ties with US if Donald Trump tears up one-China policy, warns Chinese state media

State-run Chinese tabloid Global Times warned U.S. President-elect Donald Trump that China would take “take revenge” if he reneged on the one-China policy, only hours after Taiwan’s president made a controversial stopover in Houston. In an article, the Chinese state media threatened Trump, “…in case he tears up the one-China policy after taking office, the mainland is fully prepared. Beijing would rather break ties with the US if necessary.”........Read more

RJD, Cong protest Lalu's exclusion from dais at Prakash Parv

Exclusion of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad from the dignitaries, who shared the dais with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at the Prakash Parv here, today drew flak from the RJD and Congress.........Read more

Kingston announces 1TB and 2TB flash drives, because why not

Since the very first disc drive, the 5MB IBM 350, storage has only become cheaper, smaller, and more plentiful. Today at CES, Kingston Digital announced the DataTraveler Ultimate Generation Terabyte (that's a mouthful) flash drives, which will be sold in both 1TB and 2TB configurations.........Read more

B’luru molestation: NCW issues notice to K’taka HM for ‘disgusting’ comments

“We have sent summons to both of them (Karnataka HM & Abu Azmi) for their statements,” said Lalitha Kumaramangalam, NCW Chief. “A few men across parties have made disgusting statements. If men at this level say such things, where is the nation heading?” she added.........Read more

Researchers working on penis implant that gives erection on being heated

The metal used is the nickel-titanium alloy called Nitinol, which responds to heat. This means that the implant will expand when exposed to heat and will also remember the same size at it shrinks and expands.........Read more

Demystifying the Aadhaar Payment App: It has been launched, just not on the Play Store, don't fall for fakes

It is a back-end application, a service that can be implemented by any bank, but was first done by IDFC bank. The application had been launched on 24 December itself in Andhra Pradesh. The application launch at a fair price shop was inaugurated by AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. Over the course of the weekend, 100 merchants in Delhi and Bihar started using the app. The name of the application by IDFC is called “IDFC Aadhaar Pay.” The application is not the same as IDFC Bank Merchant Services.........Read more

FCAT reverses Censor Board’s ban on Nawazuddin’s Haraamkhor

Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer Haraamkhor won several accolades at national and international film festivals, but the film faced hurdles when it was screened for the Central Board of Film Certification in July this year. Claiming that the subject was “very provocative”, Haraamkhor was banned. The movie has now been cleared by the Film Certification Apellate Tribunal (FCAT).........Read more

Samsung Pay rumoured to launch in India next year

If reports are to be believed, then Samsung will bring its own digital payment platform, Samsung Pay, to India next year. Just like Apple Pay and Android pay, Samsung’s digital payment system supports contactless payments using near-field communications as well as an electromagnetic transmission system that allows contactless payments to be used on payment terminals that only support magnetic stripe cards.........Read more

BRICS roots for affordable medicines

Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda has pressed for public health targets to be placed above trade deals. “Trade regimes are important, but must be seen as being subservient to the shared international public health goals,” he said at the two-day meeting of the Health Ministers of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS)........Read more

Has Vijay Shekhar Sharma's Paytm bitten off more than it can chew?

“I don’t need to sleep, I am living the dream,” says a confident Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder and CEO of One97 Communications, to the media. Vijay seems to be no ordinary man. At a time when the country is going through a major cash crisis, he has successfully been painting the town red, with his payments services company Paytm drumming the slogan Paytm Karo.........Read more

Vikram Ahuja wants to take on Airbnb; here's how

But Byond seeks to differentiate itself by bringing together people in a common demographic or with a shared passion, then curating a local experience tailored to them. Most of Byond’s travellers are solo adventurers and come to the start-up through community leaders. ........Read more

India vs England | India forced into making changes to Test squad

Manish Pandey is set to replace Ajinkya Rahane for the Mumbai Test that will commence tomorrow after the batsman suffered an injury during today's practice session. Shardul Thakur has also been called up as Mohammed Shami looks like a doubt as he is still nursing a sore knee.........Read more

Government To Increase Compensation For Families Of Soldiers Who Die While Fighting

If reports are to be believed,then the government has decided to double the compensation of widows and families of soldiers, who died while fighting for the nation. According to a defence ministry circular issued recently, the ex-gratia lump-sum compensation to the next of kin of the deceased defence forces personnel has been revised in five major categories. The compensation is expected to increase upto Rs. 20 lakh for the families of the soldiers who die while directly taking part in border skirmishes and action against militants and extremists.........Read more

Himachal becomes India’s second ‘Open Defecation Free’ state, to get Rs 9,000 cr funding from World Bank

Minister for Rural Development Narendra Singh Tomar said it was heartening to note how the state has achieved the ODF target, at least five months in advance.........Read more

Pakistan risks global isolation in purchasing high-tech defence items: Report

Pakistan risks global isolation in purchasing high-tech defence items: Report - the report entitled 'Military Budgets in India and Pakistan: Trajectories, Priorities, and Risks', Stimson Center said, "Pakistan's access to high-end technology could be constrained by India's purchasing power and growing geopolitical influence."........Read more

Mahesh Sharma addresses NZ PM as ‘McCullum’, Sidharth Malhotra tries to correct but forgets minister’s name

The gaffe happened when Sharma began his speech, addressing Key as "His excellency Prime Minister McCullum".........Read more

Spy held for passing vital information on Army to Pakistan

"Based on information received from Military Intelligence on involvement of one Bodh Raj of village Changiia of Jammu district for his espionage activities and passing on vital information regarding deployment and movement of security forces and Army to Pakistan, a special search operation was launched in Ramgarh sector of Samba," SSP, Samba, Joginder Singh said.........Read more

Jaya’s Health ‘Progressing Gradually’, Treatment Underway: Apollo

The Honourable Chief Minster continues to be under treatment and observation for all vital parameters, respiratory support and passive physiotherapy.... The Honourable Chief Minster is interacting and progressing gradually.........Read more

Govt unveils UDAN, fares capped at Rs 2500 for 1-hour flights

From next January, the government will roll out its ambitious plan to introduce budget regional flying by connecting small towns by flights whose fares will be capped at Rs 2,500 per hour. The scheme has been named 'UDAN'.........Read more

Indians earn highest for finding bugs in Facebook

India accounted for the largest share of Facebook's bug bounty programme in the first half of 2016, ahead of countries like the US and Mexico. The social networking giant paid a total of $611,741 to 149 researchers between January-June this year as part of the bug bounty programme.........Read more

Here’s a lowdown on the new Tata Hexa’s ‘Super Drive Modes’

As reported earlier, the new Tata Hexa will feature new ‘Super Drive Modes’. The new ‘Super Drive Modes’ work in conjunction with the Hexa's new-generation Electronic Stability Program (ES........Read more

Pakistan barred from participating in Kabaddi World Cup in India: Report

According to news agency AFP, International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) chief Deoraj Chaturvedi has confirmed that Pakistan has been denied entry because of a spike in tensions between the two nuclear-armed nations. "This is not the right time to engage with Pakistan," Chaturvedi told the news agency.........Read more

Is Facebook planning to integrate Rooms into its Messenger app?

Facebook might be planning on adding a new feature to its Messenger app called Rooms which will include groups to publicly chat about different topics.........Read more

Russian hackers break into WADA database; accuse Williams sisters, Simone Biles of doping

A Russian hacking group has alleged that Serena and Venus Williams and Simone Biles were allowed to consume banned substances by WADA after claiming to have accessed its database.........Read more

Subramanian Swamy awarded 'Tamil Ratna' in United States

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has been honoured with 'Tamil Ratna' award by a body of Tamil diaspora here for fighting corruption and working for more transparency in the functioning of the government.........Read more

Rahul Gandhi to Begin Uttar Pradesh Poll Campaign with 'Khat Sabha' Today

On the first two days, Rahul will cover Kushinagar, Gorakhpur, Sant Kabirnagar and Basti besides Deoria. In a bid to reinvigorate Congress and end its 27-year exile from power in the politically important state in the upcoming Assembly polls, Rahul will embark on the 2500 km-long Kisan Yatra from Deoria.........Read more

Journos exposing corruption in India vulnerable, says watchdog

Media persons working to expose corruption in India face "grave dangers", an international media rights body has concluded claiming there has not been a single conviction in 27 cases of murder of journalists that it has tracked and documented since 1992.........Read more

Asian Paints, TCS among 5 Indian companies in Forbes world’s 100 most innovative list

Asian Paints has been ranked 18 (which makes it the highest ranked Indian firm) in the list topped by US company Tesla Motors for second consecutive year in Forbes’ sixth annual ranking of The World’s Most Innovative Companies.........Read more

An alien fish is wreaking havoc in the Krishna river after it was linked to the Godavari

Fishermen say the non-native rakashi fish, which no one wants to buy, is damaging their nets and keeping other fish away.........Read more

How to run like an Olympian

It has been said that it’s Mo Farah’s distinctive running technique that has allowed him to become Britain’s greatest ever runner. And given his success in the London 2012 Olympics, there are high hopes for Rio when he will again be competing in the ........Read more

NaMo App: The Prime Minister's Communication Centre

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is an Internet enthusiast and somewhat of a social media star, is relying more and more on the so called NaMo app to interact with close colleagues and with his constituency, spanning all of India.........Read more

July 16, 1976, Forty Years Ago: Gokhale’s wishlist

Law MINISTER H.R. Gokhale proposed a series of constitutional amendments which when enacted will have a far-reaching impact on the country’s judicial system. Among other things these amendments aim at vesting the Supreme Court with direct administrat........Read more

Forced to return from the US, jobless research scientist drags Centre to Bombay high court

Less than three years after he began working as a research scientist in a US university, a Indian doctor was forced to return home and find himself jobless, thanks to the Centre’s refusal to issue him a no-obligation to return to India certificate, following its change in guidelines........Read more

PM Narendra Modi sets infrastructure targets for ministries to speed up action

Deadlines for these actions range from three months to up to three years for different key actions and there is clear indication that Modi does not want any slippage.........Read more

Thailand first in Asia to eliminate mother-to-baby HIV: WHO

Thailand has become the first Asian country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, a milestone in the fight against. Each year, 1.4 million women living with HIV around the world become........Read more

New photo leaks confirm OLED touch bar on the upcoming MacBook Pro – Tech2

More details have emerged regarding the upcoming MacBook Pro upgrade. According to a latest report in Cult of Mac, photos of the aluminum casing for the upcoming MacBook Pro almost confirm the speculation that the 2016 MacBook will come with an OLED........Read more

Rajdeep Sardesai leads other boxers as they gather to pay tribute to boxing legend Muhammad Ali

Rajdeep Sardesai led other boxers in paying tribute to legendary heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali, who passed away today.........Read more

L&T Infotech Withdraws 1,500 Offer Letters, Students on Fast

The students are sitting on a hunger strike on Monday to fight against the injustice.........Read more

Odisha villager hacks company’s toll-free number and causes Rs 60-lakh loss | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

Odisha villager hacks company’s toll-free number and causes Rs 60-lakh loss - Odisha teen turns hacker!........Read more

Dwayne Johnson shares first look of Fast 8 character

Dwayne Johnson shared his first look from the upcoming Fast and Furious 8 movie.........Read more

VIDEO: Railways conducts trial of Spanish train between Bareilly, Moradabad

Nine Talgo coaches were hauled by a 4,500 HP diesel engine for a trial run from Bareilly at 8.50 am at a speed ranging between 80-115 km per hour.........Read more