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Sweaty palms troubling you? Here are 6 probable reasons why according to an expert

Having sweaty palms is one of the most inconvenient things you can suffer from. From smudges all over your exam answer sheets and leaving your phone slippery to the awkward handshakes, it is a condition that leaves you in discomfort and conscious. Understanding the reason behind the sweating is the first step towards finding a solution for it. So, we talked to Dr Ajay Aggarwal, senior consultant endocrinologist at the Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, New Delhi and he explained, “Just like other body parts, our palms sweat as well. This sweating is triggered by environmental, emotional or medical factors.”........Read more

The 65-yo Postman Who Trekked 15 Km Of Forests Daily But Never Failed To Do His Job

65-year-old D Sivan, calls himself an ordinary man living a simple life. Until about a month ago, the Coonoor resident and former postmaster would follow a routine that remained unchanged for 35 years. At 10 AM, he would begin the journey to the Hillgrove Post Office, his workplace, which is approximately 10 kilometers from Coonoor. While he would ride on a local bus for the first 4 kilometers, he covered the rest of the distance on foot, walking through several tea estates, and finally reach his destination at noon.........Read more

Digital Tax row: US probing ‘Google Tax’ by India

Escalating the global controversy over digital taxation, the US has initiated investigation against India and nine other jurisdictions, including the European Union and the UK, for imposing or considering digital services taxes with potential to hurt American companies. The move could flare up trade tensions if the US decides to slap punitive tariffs at the end of the probe. Official sources here, however, stressed that the probe initiation by the US should not be construed as a move of aggression against India, as it is targeted at the policy of digital taxation that has emerged in a clutch of countries, including Washington’s close allies. ........Read more

'Gateway to appeasement': Yogi Adityanath's no-nonsense reply to Maharashtra govt's 'concern' over Bulandshahr killings

Yogi said that under his leadership, an uncompromising rule of law betides Uttar Pradesh and that the Shiv Sena leadership should stop worrying about events that transpire in Uttar Pradesh and start worrying about Maharashtra more. Yogi also said that the Shiv Sena's 'concern' over the alleged communalisation shows their changed political views and attempts at 'appeasement'. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had called up Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday and expressed concern over the Bulandshahr killings. Thackeray had appealed that the incident should not be given a "religious colour." ........Read more

Coronavirus: FM presents economic relief package worth Rs 1.7 lakh crore

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Thursday said the government is helping those who have been affected directly because of the nationwide lockdown. Addressing a press conference, Sitharaman presented the economic relief package worth Rs 1.7 lakh crore and announced medical insurance cover for health workers and free grains for poor for the next three months. Announcing Garib Kalyan Yojana, Sitharaman said 80 crore poor or two-third of population would get 5 kg rice or wheat free for the next three months. This will be over and above the 5 kg they already get. Additionally, they will also get 1 kg of preferred pulse.........Read more

Refined, rebellious and not just for girls: A cultural history of pink

In the West, pink first became fashionable in the mid-1700s, when European aristocrats -- both men and women -- wore faint, powdery variants as a symbol of luxury and class. Madame de Pompadour, the chief mistress of Louis XV, loved the color so much that, in 1757, French porcelain manufacturer Sèvres named its exquisite new shade of pink, Rose Pompadour, after her. Pink was not then considered a "girls" color -- infants of both sexes were dressed in white. The tint was, in fact, often considered more appropriate for little boys because it was seen as a paler shade or red, which had "masculine," military undertones.........Read more

Mr India 2: Shekhar Kapur Says 'Anil Kapoor Was Equally Disturbed That he Didn’t Know About it'

Talking about the producer of Mr. India – Boney Kapoor’s role in the new films based on Mr India, Shekhar Kapur added, “When I questioned him, he (Boney) said nothing is set in stone. Anil was equally disturbed that he didn’t know about it. It’s time to have a serious legal discussion here to reinterpret the copyright act so that it accords authorship of a film to the principal director. This is not directed at Boney, or the current director, or Zee Studios. It is directed at the act itself.”........Read more

Nationalism, slogan of 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' being misused to construct militant idea of India: Manmohan Singh

Speaking at the launch of a book on Jawaharlal Nehru's works and speeches, the Congress leader said if India is recognised in the comity of nations as a vibrant democracy and, if it is considered as one of the important world powers, it was the first Prime Minister, who should be recognised as its main architect. Nehru had led this country in its volatile and formative days when it adopted a democratic way of life, accommodating divergent social and political views, the Rajya Sabha MP said. Singh said Nehru was very proud of Indian heritage, assimilated it, and harmonised them into the needs of a new modern India.........Read more

Coronavirus - most cases are mild, says WHO

COVID-19 or the novel coronavirus has so far killed more than a thousand people and infected more than 45,000. It is no wonder then that a fear psychosis is growing around this deadly disease. In the middle of all this, experts say that one glimmer of hope is that most symptoms are mild and may resemble a very bad cold. At times, it may not even require any medical intervention. This is encouraging because it means that coronavirus fatalities may not be as much as most people fear. But, at the same time, it is dangerous too. Some people may be moving around passing the virus on to other thinking that they just have a cold. Health professionals may also not suspect anything. They may, in fact, be giving a clean chit to infected people because of lack of severe symptoms.........Read more

Amid Coronavirus Scare and Ongoing Protests, Art Basel Cancels Hong Kong Fair

After a tumultuous period in Hong Kong marked by continuing protests and fears of a coronavirus outbreak, Art Basel has called off its fair in the city. The fair had been due to run from March 19 to 21. In a release about the fair’s cancelation, MCH Group, the holding company that owns Art Basel, said that the coronavirus and “severe logistical challenges” limiting travel were among the “numerous factors” that had influenced the decision. The ongoing protests were not mentioned in the release.........Read more

Stranded In China's Wuhan, Andhra Pradesh Bride-To-Be Appeals For Help

A young woman from Andhra Pradesh's Kurnool who is due to be married this month but is stranded in China amid the deadly coronavirus outbreak, made an emotional appeal for help in a video that went viral on Sunday. Annem Jyothi, who was due to be evacuated in the first batch of Indians flown out by Air India last week, was left behind on suspicion of infection - she had a slight fever. In her video she claims the doctors aboard the special flight that brought back 324 Indians told her she would be allowed on the next flight, but she was not allowed to board that either.........Read more

Coronavirus: IndiGo Suspends Flights To Chengdu, Hong Kong, Air India Stops Delhi-Shanghai Service

IndiGo airlines said on Wednesday that due to the novel coronavirus outbreak in China, it has decided to suspend its flights on the Bengaluru-Hong Kong route from February 1 onward and on the Delhi-Chengdu route from February 1 to February 20.Meanwhile, Air India has also suspended its Delhi-Shanghai flight from January 31 to February 14.Air India has advised all its cockpit and cabin crew, who travel to South East Asian cities, to wear N95 masks in the light of coronovirus outbreak.........Read more

Lala Lajpat Rai: The Patriot Who Changed Face of Indian Politics

Lajpat Rai was born on 28 January 1865 to an Urdu teacher, Munshi Radha Krishan Agrawal, and Gulab Devi Agrawal, in Dhudike, Punjab (undivided India). He studied law at the Government College in Lahore, and in 1886, moved to Hisar to practice law. He later became a founding member of the Hisar bar council. As a law student in 1880, Rai met Lala Hans Raj and Guru Dutt Vidyarthi who later became his key allies to build & promote the 'swadeshi' infrastructure in India.........Read more

CAA brought to correct historical injustice: Modi slams Congress to defend citizenship law

Prime Minister Narendra Modi targeted the previous Congress-led governments while defending recent amendment to the Citizenship Act. Speaking at a National Caded Corps (NCC) event in New Delhi, PM Modi said the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) was brought by the government to correct "historical injustice" done to people who fled their home countries to escape religious persecution.........Read more

Davos Exclusive | Students protesting against local issues, not CAA or NRC: Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

Is the CAA against anybody? We are talking about minority persecution in an adjacent country. This has nothing to do with how the constitution applies to the people of India. It has got something to do with people who were left behind during the Partition...you are just trying to give those who have been living here [India] for 10-15 years without an identity an identity," he said.........Read more

Sorry, I won't say sorry: Rajinikanth on controversy, protests over his claim on Periyar

Holding copies of the news clippings, Rajinikanth said he did not make up things about Periyar in his speech and will not apologise. "There is a debate on an issue I spoke on and which happened in 1971. I didn't make up what I said. People are saying I made it up but I didn't. Sorry, I won't apologise," said Rajinikanth. With copies of publications to support his claim of Periyar undressing the images of Lord Sri Ramachandramoorthy and Sita during a rally in 1971.........Read more

What is Coronavirus? Health Ministry issues travel advisory in wake of virus outbreak in China

Coronavirus is a type of virus that affects the respiratory tract of humans. They are associated with the common cold, pneumonia, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Among humans, the infection often occurs during the winter months as well as early spring. It is common for a person to become ill with a cold that is caused by a coronavirus and then catch it again about four months later. The Union Health Ministry has issued an advisory to travellers visiting China due to novel coronavirus outbreak in the country.........Read more

This Chinese brand's staggering growth poses threat to Xiaomi, Samsung in India

Xiaomi, which has grown multifold ever since it stepped in India. Started with just smartphones, the company now offers smart TVs, wearables and much more. Xiaomi has set a benchmark for growth in the Indian market, which is a lot different from the Chinese market. But the existing strategies won't get Xiaomi too far at this pace as rivals are growing at a faster pace. The rise of another Chinese rival Following Xiaomi's lead, Realmehas made itself well-known in the Indian market. The spun-off brand from Oppo now has a brand awareness of its own. The leadership at Realme has made sure its product campaigns make a lasting impression on consumers and it all seems to be paying off.........Read more

Bangladesh Foreign Ministry Summons Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Over Attack on Diplomat's Convoy

Expressing concern over the anti-CAB protests, Bangladesh Foreign Ministry has summoned Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Riva Ganguly Das to lodge a protest after an irate mob attacked a security vehicle in Guwahati which belonged to Bangladesh Assistant High Commissioner Shah Mohammad Tanvir Mansur, stated a report. The attack took place when Mansur’s convoy was returning from the airport to his home. Reacting to the attack, the Bangladesh Foreign Ministry issued a statement on late December 12 which noted that the anti-CAB protest would be considered a ‘one-off’ incident, stated a report.........Read more

As Hyderabad expands, safety dies a slow death

One question which remains unasked and unanswered is, in case the heinous crime had not taken place, and the doctor’s two-wheeler had indeed got punctured, what would she have done? The troubles she might have undergone reaching home safe would have never made headlines. As the city expands on all sides and newer areas get merged in an amoeba-like spread of the metropolis, the question that keeps getting bigger on all working women’s minds is: “Will I reach home early and safe today?”........Read more

Samsung India to hire over 1,200 engineers from top institutions like IITs and BITS Pilani this year

Samsung India said it is set to hire more than 1,200 engineers from top institutions like IITs and BITS Pilani this year to create a robust Research and Development pool for generating innovative ‘Make in India’ products for both the domestic and global markets. ........Read more

Engineering, management studies losing steam: Data

The biggest drop is in the preference for engineering and Information Technology (IT) courses. Even management has become a less preferred option now. Medicine and law have become more popular than they were four years ago.........Read more

Indian art in European churches

Thousands of composite creatures found across the early churches in Spain, Portugal and Italy show a striking similarity with the themes of ancient Indian art from the second century BCE onwards. ........Read more

All Madrasa students are not suicide bombers but all suicide bombers are Madrasa students: Pak Minister Fawad Hussain

Once again making a controversial statement, Pakistan minister ChaudhryFawad Hussain has said that it is not true that all students studying in Madrasas are involved in suicide bombing incidents but the bitter truth is that all suicide bombers are Madrasa students. Making a statement during a Twitter conversation, Pakistan Science and Technology Minister,Fawad Hussain said, "@AainaFirdos all Madressa students are not suicide bombers true but all suicide bombers are Madressa students this is a bitter reality." @AainaFirdos all Madressa students r nt suicide bombers true bt all suicide bombers r Madressa students this is bitter reality.. Prior to this, the Fawad Hussain was brutally trolled on Twitter for mocking India over its Chandrayaan mission. The minister's statements against India were not even endorsed by Pakistani people who slammed Fawad saying that his remark mocking India's space exploration was a childish statement. 'No truth to reports that India influenced players not to play:' Sri Lanka rejects Pakistan minister's claims Earlier, after a number of Sri Lanka's cricket team players opted out of forthcoming Pakistan tour, Fawad Hussain, on Tuesday claimed that the players opted out from the Pak tour after India threatened them that they will be ousted from the Indian Premier League (IPL) if they failed to do so. However, India rejected Pakistan's minister baseless statement.........Read more

Supreme Court Directs UP To Produce Student, Found In Rajasthan

Sections Chinmayananda's lawyer called the case a "conspiracy". Produce the Uttar Pradesh woman found after six days, the Supreme Court told the state government after it said that the 23-year-old student - who was missing since Saturday - had been found in Rajasthan and was being taken home. BJP leader Chinmayanand had been accused of kidnapping the woman. "Find out her exact location now. How much time will she take to be present in court," the Supreme Court said, asking the UP government to give the information "within five minutes". Replying to the top court, the state government said the "exact location" of the woman is Fatehpur Sikri and it will take her two and a half hours to reach Delhi. Two top court judges - Justices R Banumathi and AS Bopanna - will interact with the girl in-camera after which an open court hearing of the case will take place. The Supreme Court decided on Thursday to take up the case after lawyers raised concerns that it could turn into the another "Unnao case", where a powerful BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar - expelled only recently from the party - is accused of raping a minor girl from his village in 2017 and conspiring to murder her in a recent car crash. "Only the police are making the statement but she has not been seen on TV," said the petitioners, saying they still feared for the woman's safety. Chinmayananda's lawyer called it a "conspiracy". The UP police said the woman had been found with a friend and was being taken home.........Read more

SC Extends Ayodhya Mediation to July 31, Panel to Submit Report Till Aug 1

The Supreme Court said the mediation in the Ayodhya temple-mosque dispute could continue till July 31. It gave the panel till August 1 to submit its report. On July 11, a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had sought a report on the progress of mediation and said it could start day-to-day hearings from July 25. The bench was hearing an application to list the dispute for adjudication saying there had been no progress in the mediation process. The counsels had contended that the dispute had been pending for 69 years and the nature of mediation deployed to resolve the row did not appear to be heading in a positive direction. “Eleven joint sessions have been held, but it seems inconclusive… Difficult to sort out through mediation,” contended the counsel. Last year, the top court had referred the set up the mediation panel headed by former Supreme Court judge FM Kalifulla. The panel was to hold talks to explore an amicable settlement. The other two members of the panel are spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu.........Read more

'I have a heart, no weapons,' says DK Shivakumar after cops stop him outside Mumbai hotel where rebel MLAs are stationed

High drama was witnessed outside a hotel in Mumbai on Wednesday as senior Congress leader and Karnataka Water Resources Minister DK Shivakumar was prevented from entering the premises where the rebel MLAs are stationed. Shivakumar, who was accompanied by senior JD(S) MLAs, told reporters that he had booked a room in the hotel, but was not being permitted inside. On Tuesday midnight, 10 of the 12 MLAs put up in the luxury hotel in Powai wrote to Mumbai Police, saying they feared a threat to their lives, and asked that Shivakumar be prevented from entering the hotel. Nothing is permanent in politics. There're no friends&no enemies.Anyone can turn at any moment.I'm trying to contact them(rebel MLAs).I'll get a call.Their heart is beating to meet their friend. pic.twitter.com/2cdXiSn4dk — ANI (@ANI) July 10, 2019 "We have received a letter from the rebel MLAs," a senior police official said. Shivakumar, the Congress troubleshooter, said he will not leave without meeting the MLAs. "I only have a heart that I have come to extend to my friends...politics is an art of possibility," he said. There was a massive police presence outside the hotel where a group was seen shouting "Shivakumar go back". ........Read more

India Slams UN Rights Office Report on Kashmir

India lodged a strong protest with the UN rights office over its report on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and asserted that it is merely a continuation of the earlier "false and motivated" narrative and ignores the core issue of cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan. Last year, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) had released its first-ever report on Kashmir and in an update of that report it claimed on Monday that "neither India nor Pakistan have taken any concrete steps to address the numerous concerns raised". ........Read more

In a yr, roll out One Nation, One Ration Card: Centre to states, UTs

Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said that by June 30, 2020, the govt is going to roll out "One Nation, One Ration Card" scheme. In this scheme, ration card holders can buy subsidised foodgrains from ration shops in any states or UTs of India. Paswan said that the centre has given one year deadline to the states and UTs to be prepared for it. "All ration shops in the country will be connected through Aadhar and will ensure that all sells will be done through Point of Sale (PoS) machines and the process is already in the last phase, informed the Minister." "The new system will ensure no poor is deprived of PDS entitlement if that person shifts from one place to another. The system will also help remove fake ration card holders," he added. Paswan said that right now 10 states are already providing portability of public distribution system (PDS), beneficiaries buying foodgrains through PoS machines and all ration shops in these states are connected through internet.These states are: Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharasthra, Rajasthan, Telangana and Tripura. People from Gujarat- Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh- Telangana will start buying foodgrains through this system by 15th August 2019. In the meeting of food secretaries from all states which took place in Delhi few days back, it was decided that the system should be implemented within two months in Delhi, Maharashtra, Hyderabad and Mumbai's main cities where most of the labours come for work.........Read more

India Expresses Concern Over 'Citizenship by Investment' Schemes For Economic Offenders

In a strong message to countries that provide citizenship to fugitive economic offenders through investment-based schemes, Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has called for the need to strongly deal with such practices.........Read more

Noted Playwright, Actor and Filmmaker, Girish Karnad Passes Away

Karnad predominantly worked in South Indian cinema and Bollywood. He rose to prominence with his coming of age of modern Indian playwriting in Kannada. He was a recipient of the 1998 Jnanpith Award, the highest literary honour conferred in India. He was also conferred the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan, and had won several accolades for direction in Kannada cinema.........Read more

Is 'platonic parenting' the relationship of the future?

Platonic parenting also referred to as ‘co-parenting’, is a term used to define people who are not romantically involved with each other who decide to raise a child together. ........Read more

Faulty hip implants: J&J willing to pay $413 million globally

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) is willing to pay more than $400 million to settle some of the thousands of consumers’ allegations that the company sold defective artificial hips and hid the health risks of the devices.........Read more

PM Modi likely to get the invitation from Pak PM Imran Khan for SAARC summit

Imran Khan government decided to invite the PM Modi for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit. Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesman Mohammad Faisal said in a conference about the invitation for PM Modi.........Read more

US announces USD 5 million reward for information on 26/11 perpetrators

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Pakistan to take action against those responsible for the 2008 Mumbai attacks as Washington offered a new reward of USD 5 million for helping secure their capture. ........Read more

Pakistan Doesn’t Need Kashmir, It Can’t Even Handle Its Four Provinces: Shahid Afridi

Former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi has asked his country’s government to give up its demand for Kashmir and take care of the area that is already under its control. ........Read more

To Check Pollution, SC Orders Complete Ban on Sale of BS IV Vehicles From April 2020

The Supreme Court has ordered a complete ban on the sale and registration of Bharat Stage IV (BS-IV) vehicles in the country from April 1, 2020. Once BS-VI emission norms are enforced, there will be a 68% improvement in PM 2.5. It is a vast improvement and the faster it is brought, the better it is.........Read more

RBI wanted to pull out nominees from public sector bank boards, Govt says no

The Finance Ministry is learnt to have turned down the Reserve Bank of India’s demand for withdrawing its nominee directors from the boards of public sector banks and wants them to continue to play an important role in their functioning.........Read more

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dead at 65

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen died today from complications with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Allen was a childhood friend of Bill Gates, and together, the two started Microsoft in 1975. He left the company in 1983.........Read more

Cyclone ‘Titli’: 8 killed in Andhra's Srikakulam, Vijayanagaram

8 people have died in Srikakulam and Vijayanagaram districts due to Cyclone Titli. Power supply and communication systems are affected in both districts. Coastal villages are cut off from the mainland as the roads are damaged.........Read more

Turkish officials say a Saudi murder squad is behind journalist's death

Turkish security officials concluded that the "highest levels of the royal court" in Saudi Arabia ordered the assassination of Journalist Khashoggi. They described the operation as "quick and complex," and that Khashoggi was killed within two hours of his arrival at the consulate.........Read more

BJP was advised to make tall promises to come to power: Nitin Gadkari

In the interview, Nitin Gadkari said "We were very certain that we can never come to power. So we were advised to make tall promises. If we don’t come to the power, we won’t be responsible anyway. Now that we are in power, people remind us of our promises. However, these days, we just laugh and move on." ........Read more

SBI to buy assets worth Rs 45,000 cr from NBFCs to resolve liquidity crisis

State Bank of India (SBI) said on Tuesday it will buy good quality assets worth Rs 45,000 crore from NBFCs that are facing liquidity crunch triggered by a series of debt repayment defaults by financial conglomerate IL&FS and its subsidiaries.........Read more

Javelin Thrower Sandeep Opens India's Gold Account at 3rd Asian Para Games

Javelin thrower Sandeep Chaudhary clinched India's first Gold medal at the on-going Asian Para Games, finishing on top in the men's F42-44/61-64 category. Sandeep claimed the top honours with a best throw of 60.01m, which he managed in his third attempt.........Read more

Google Is Sharing Payments Data With Affiliate Companies: Paytm To NPCI

In a letter to the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) chief Dilip Abse, Paytm pointed out that Google has the scope of sharing the payments data of Indian consumers with affiliate companies and third-party users.........Read more

Scientists identify over 500 new genes linked to blood pressure

Scientists have identified over 500 new gene regions that influence people's blood pressure -- a major risk factor for stroke and heart disease. The study also reports a strong role of these genes, not only in blood vessels, but also within the adrenal glands above the kidney, and in body fat.........Read more

Antioxidant reduces risk for second heart attack, stroke, says study

Scientists have identified a powerful antioxidant that may lower the risk of a second heart attack or stroke, paving the way for new treatments for the disorders.........Read more

Third-party insurance for cars a must from September 1, says Supreme Court

Third-party insurance for three years will become mandatory for cars being sold from September 1, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday. The order is expected to help road accident victims recover compensation from insurance firms, without going after the owner of the offending vehicle.........Read more

After five months, Govt turns down collegium recommendation on chief justice of Delhi High Court

The government has turned down a recommendation of the Supreme Court collegium to appoint Aniruddha Bose, a judge of the Calcutta High Court, as the chief justice of the Delhi High Court.........Read more

RBI imposes Rs5 crore penalty on South Indian Bank for flouting rules

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed a Rs5 crore penalty on South Indian Bank for deficiencies in regulatory compliance and is not intended to pronounce upon the validity of any transaction or agreement entered into by the bank with its customers. It said that gross bad loans reported as on 31 March 2017 were Rs8.39 crore lower than the assessment of the RBI.........Read more

In Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan govt orders students to answer roll call with 'Jai Hind'

Madhya Pradesh government has announced that from now onwards, it is mandatory for the school students in the state to answer their roll-call with 'Jai Hind'. The education department stated that this step will instil a sense of patriotism among the students.........Read more

Leopards, blackbucks, elephants are a poll issue in Karnataka

For candidates in areas bordering forests in Karnataka, the election is not so much about roads and electricity as it is about stopping wild elephants in their tracks. And not just the jumbos, rising human-animal conflicts in the state means blackbucks, leopards, monkeys and even crocodiles are turning into poll issues. ........Read more

No seat for Yeddyurappa son, confirms BJP; gives him youth post instead

The BJP has officially made it clear that the state party president BS Yeddyurappa's son will not contest from Varuna constituency in Mysuru with the announcement of a youth wing post for the minister's son, BY Vijayendra. BY Vijayendra was supposed to contest from Varuna constituency in Mysuru against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's son Yatindra.........Read more

Atrocities against Dalits: 1449 cases in Bihar and Jharkhand pending before NCSC

A member of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC), has said that 1,449 cases relating to atrocities against Scheduled Castes people in Bihar and Jharkhand are pending before the Commission till date. Dalit Of the 2,206 cases, 757 cases have been disposed of till date and thus the total pending cases before the Commission from Bihar and Jharkhand was 1449 till date.........Read more

Steven Smith steps down as Rajasthan Royals captain following ball-tampering scandal

Steven Smith has "stepped down" as captain of Rajasthan Royals for the 2018 IPL season, in the wake of his admission to orchestrating a plan to tamper with the ball during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town. India batsman Ajinkya Rahane will lead Royals........Read more

After reports of data leaks, Namo app tweaks its privacy policy

French security researcher Elliot Alderson in a series of tweets claimed that Narendra Modi app, the personal mobile application of the Prime Minister has been sharing private information of users to a third-party US company, Clever Tap.........Read more

CBI court discharges Maran brothers in illegal telephone exchange scam

Former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanithi Maran have been discharged by a CBI court in an alleged illegal telephone exchange scam case. Special judge Natarajan said he was discharging all seven accused from the case as there was no prima facie evidence to prove the charges against them.........Read more

1.5 lakh trains delayed in last 11 months

The worst performers on the punctuality benchmark are mail and express trains, with 75,880 arriving late during the period. The second worst was superfast trains, 60,856 of which were late. Close to 7,000 premium trains like Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto were also delayed, says the report, which does not include suburban trains.........Read more

Traumatic life events aid in developing wisdom but social interaction is key: Study

The old proverb 'what doesn't kill you makes you stronger' might have some truth as scientists discover wisdom comes from overcoming hardship and not age, as it is commonly believed. A study shows that traumatic life events can make you stronger and act as landmarks in the journey towards self-discovery. Generally, the people who had to work to sort things out after a difficult life event are the ones who arrived at new meaning.........Read more

PNB fraud: How money vanished from one account

In 2011, when a letter of undertaking (LoU) was opened at the Fountain branch of PNB in Mumbai by the alleged fraudster. A PNB deputy manager, Gokulnath Shetty, allegedly used his access to the SWIFT messaging system used by banks for overseas transactions to authenticate guarantees given on LoUs without any sanctions. Based on such authentications, overseas branches of several Indian banks gave forex credit........Read more

Davos 2018: PM Modi says shine of globalisation is fading

Prime Minister Narendra Modi pondered over globalisation, climate change, democratic values and terrorism on the first day of the World Economic Forum plenary session on Tuesday. Narendra Modi is the first Prime Minister to attend the World Economic Forum after 20 years. HD Deve Gowda was the last prime minister to the summit in 1997.........Read more

2 lakh under lens for Rs 20 lakh deposits after note ban

The government has served tax notices on nearly 2 lakh people who had deposited over Rs 20 lakh in scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes during the demonetisation drive but have neither responded to the tax department's request for information or have failed to file returns.........Read more

A study indicates that online shoppers abandon transactions on mobile apps despite increasing number of users

Although mobile apps are rapidly becoming a popular option to shop online these days, the phenomenon of shopping cart abandonment customers leave without completing the transaction is much higher than for desktop-based online shopping.........Read more

20-year-old gang-raped by 5 ‘teens’ in Delhi

Five days after a teenager was raped by three youths in a park at Shalimar Bagh in northwest Delhi, a 20-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped by five youths suspected to be juveniles near a municipal garbage dump (dhalao) in Jahangirpuri on Wednesday night.........Read more

Alien bugs may have been transported to Earth, scientists say

Aliens might have been carried to Earth on space dust, according to new research. Bugs might have flown across the universe and onto our own planet, scientists have said. And bugs from our own planet might have made the same journey, flying off of Earth and onto other planets elsewhere in the galaxy. The theory could even help explain how life began here, suggesting that it was carried from elsewhere in space then flourished in Earth.........Read more

Govt seeks advisers for Air India disinvestment

Taking forward the process for Air India divestment, the government on Thursday invited applications from investment bankers, law firms and other entities to act as advisers for strategic stake sale of the flag carrier.........Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is now in India, priced Rs 67,900

The Galaxy Note 8 is priced at Rs 67,990 in India, and will be going on sale from September 21 onwards. There’s no doubt that the smartphone is a great example of stunning design and powerful hardware, but it is yet to be seen if it really convinces Indian audiences to buy the phone at this price. The Galaxy Note 8 is one of a kind smartphone in it’s segment as there is no other phone right now that has pen support. The only competition it will face is the upcoming iPhone, and like always it would be interesting how Apple strategizes it’s entry in Indian market.........Read more

THE World University Rankings 2018: IISc slides, no Indian institute in top 200

IISc remained the top university in India, it was placed in the 251-300 groupings of the best universities, a fall from the 201-250 cohort of the previous edition of the ranking. IISc slid largely due to drops in its research influence score and research income, the ranking survey said. While the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay continues to be in the 351-400 band, IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur have dropped by one grouping—from 401-500 to 501-600.........Read more

Telangana couple tops Jharkhand’s list of most wanted left-wing extremists

A recent police poster that called out 12 Maoist leaders in Jharkhand featured the couple right on top, alongside a number of other gun-toting extremists. While Sudhakaran, a central committee member of the banned People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA), commanded a cash reward of Rs 25 lakh, Nilima – a special committee member with the outfit – had a price of Rs 10 lakh on her head.........Read more

Mitsubishi Outlander details revealed ahead of India launch

The vehicle will go on sale soon and will be offered with a 2.4 liter engine that produces 165 Bhp and 222 Nm. The engine is mated to a CVT with 6 predefined slots. It will get paddle shifters and will accelerate from 0-100 in 11.1 seconds. The transmission will also get a sports mode.........Read more

Tata Tiago XTA Silently Launched In India At INR 4.79 Lakh

Tata Motors has silently introduced a new variant in the Tiago line-up known as the Tiago XTA trim. Previously, the Tiago automatic was available only in the XZ trim, but now, the Tiago AMT can be had in the XTA trim as well. The Tiago XTA has been introduced with a price tag of INR 4.79 lakh.........Read more

Rajasthan Universities to Open on Gandhi Jayanti as Per New Holiday Calendar

The Rajasthan Universities will not observe a holiday on October 2- Gandhi Jayanti. The office of Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh has released a new holiday calendar for all state universities for the year 2017-2018, listing 24 holidays for the academic year 2017-18. As per the new holiday calendar, the state universities will only get holidays on Moharram and Diwali in the month of October.........Read more

Doklam standoff: 'Tibet's independence is the safest guarantee for India's security'

As the Doklam standoff, which has been going on for about 50 days now, refuses to die down and China's stand on the issue gets murkier, Tibetans living in exile in India are set to hold a protest rally over the issue on August 11 in New Delhi. "Tibet's independence, India's security" is being organised by the Tibetan Youth Congress, the members of which will gather at the Ramlila Maidan on Friday and the rally will go on till the Jantar Mantar.........Read more

Survey of India Has Failed to Enter the Era of Digital Mapping

From 1970 to 2017, decisions by the government's mapping agency have resulted in it not only missing the geospatial bus, but also the tonga and bullock cart.........Read more

22 States abolish check posts after GST rollout

As many as 22 States, including Delhi, West Bengal and Maharashtra, have abolished check posts within three days of the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). ........Read more

Six Indian cities in top 10 realty investment spots in Asia-Pacific

“Most global investments this year will be made in commercial office assets. Markets in Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune are well placed to outperform other cities from emerging economies in the Asia-Pacific,” said a report titled ‘Betting on Asia Pacific's next core cities,’ by property consultant Cushman & Wakefield. ........Read more

Region in brain found to be associated with fear of uncertain future

People who struggle to cope with uncertainty or the ambiguity of potential future threats may have an unusually large striatum, an area of the brain already associated with general anxiety disorder, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.........Read more

'Big and better' IPL 2017 sets new records, says BCCI

The latest numbers show TV viewership halfway through the league's fifth week touched an all-time high, in both urban and rural markets. Stadium attendance so far, too, has grown by 25 per cent from last year.........Read more

2008 Malegaon blasts case: Bombay High Court grants bail to Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur

The Bombay High Court on Monday granted bail to Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case, but denied relief to Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit. They were both the prime accused in the case.........Read more

Centre plans ‘Project Cow’, which will have sanctuaries to protect the animals

We have been considering a proposal and have been working on it for some time now. We need to stop cow slaughter, but the biggest stumbling block is who will take care of these cows,” Union minister Hansraj Ahir said. He believes that setting up sanctuaries for the animals and providing fodder will stop farmers from selling old cows for slaughter.........Read more

No consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, says Pakistani Army

The Pakistani Army on Monday said it would not provide India consular access to former Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by a military court in the neighbouring country on April 10. This comes days after India’s External Affairs Ministry had sought a certified copy of the chargesheet and the military court order in the case, in addition to consular access to Jadhav.........Read more

8 killed in Kashmir bypoll violence, Srinagar registers poor voter turnout of 7.14%

Violence marred polling in Ater assembly seat in Madhya Pradesh too, where police firing was reported from two places after villagers allegedly threw stones at Congress candidate Hemant Katare’s car. Six vehicles, including police cars, were damaged.........Read more

Aamir Khan refuses to release Dangal in Pakistan without national anthem

But Aamir — who is also the producer of the film — felt that the “demand for the two cuts was surprising, because the film isn’t jingoistic in nature”. The source says, “It’s a sports-based biopic with no direct or indirect reference to Pakistan. The film only highlights India’s nationalistic sentiment, so what is the reason to chop off those scenes?”........Read more

Panasonic launches Eluga Ray X and Eluga Ray Max phones in India with Arbo AI assistant

Aiming to give users a simplified and an enhanced user experience, Panasonic India on Monday launched two new smartphones that are equipped with “Arbo” — the company’s in-house developed artificial intelligence (AI)-based virtual assistant. The smartphones are exclusively available on Flipkart. While Eluga Ray Max is priced at Rs 11,499 for 32GB variant and Rs 12,499 for 64GB variant, Eluga Ray X is available for Rs 8,999.........Read more

As China Arms Pakistan, India Trains Vietnamese Soldiers In Jungle Warfare

Deep in the forests around the town of Vairengte in Mizoram, three soldiers of the Vietnamese Army are on the hunt for "terrorists". They approach their targets slowly, taking cover behind rocks before opening fire with Indian-made INSAS rifles. This could be a counter-insurgency operation anywhere in the world.........Read more

Captain Amarinder Singh takes oath as Punjab Chief Minister for 2nd time

State Congress party chief and Patiala royalty Captain Amarinder Singh, on Thursday, took the oath of office as Punjab Chief Minister for a second time. Senior Congress leadership including party vide-president Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh attended the ceremony..........Read more

IMD warns of scorching summer this year

India Meteorological Department has forecast “above normal” temperatures across most of the country. Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir — or hill-station States popular among tourists wanting to escape the heat — are expected to be particularly hot with predicted temperatures, on average, likely to be well above 1 degree C above their normal summer temperatures.........Read more

Don't Expect Mexico to Pay for the US Wall: Mexican Envoy to India

Days after America’s new President Donald Trump signed an executive order and vowed to make Mexico pay for the wall along the 2000 mile border, Mexican Ambassador to India Melba Pria made it clear that Mexico would never pay for it and the only one who would end up funding Trump’s ‘bold’ campaign promise would be the US taxpayer. Speaking exclusively to CNN-News18, the Mexican envoy said, “I don’t know who pays for walls in the US but it’s certainly not going to be Mexico. Taxes pay for infrastructure in all our countries and it’s the public of the country which has to pay for it”.........Read more

Did You Know China Is Hiding These 15 Secrets From The World?

World’s most populous country and an emerging super power, China, has crossed all barriers to become what it is today. It has hosted the Olympics and several other international events to let the world know that it has arrived on the world map. However, there are many hidden secrets in the Dragon’s den.........Read more

Over 400 MoUs likely to be signed at Andhra Pradesh-CII Partnership summit

The second edition of Andhra Pradesh-CII Partnership Summit will begin on Friday at the port city of Visakhapatnam. It is expected that over 400 memorandums of understanding (MoU) will be signed during the two-day event amounting to upwards of Rs7 trillion being signed across sectors such as aerospace and defence, oil and natural gas, automobiles, life sciences, electronics, energy and minerals among others.........Read more

China’s population to peak at 1.45 billion by 2030

China's population is expected to peak at about 1.45 billion around 2030 from the current over 1.375 billion as the world's most populous country faces a demographic crisis with a fast greying population.........Read more

Bengaluru Based Car Purchase And Service Platform BookMyTime Acqui-Hires Servicemykar

Bengaluru-based car purchase and service platform BookMyTime has acqui-hired car management startup Servicemykar. Founded in October 2014 by Raghavendra Chandrappa, Servicemykar allows users t...........Read more

Apple looking towards India as global revenues decline; Partners with Reliance Jio

Apple has been seeing some tough times lately. After experiencing revenue decline in Q2 and Q3, Apple has been looking towards the iPhone 7/7 Plus to rectify........Read more

Tesla to build self-driving tech into all cars

Tesla will build self-driving technology into all the electric cars it makes, running it in "shadow" mode to gather data on whether it is safer than having people in control.........Read more

Volvo XC90 T8 Excellence Plug-In Hybrid Launched In India At Rs. 1.25 Crore

Volvo XC90 T8 Excellence Hybrid, the luxury SUV's top-of-the-line variant and the country's first plug-in hybrid SUV, has been launched in India at Rs. 1.25 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi).........Read more

A Quadruple Take on the Giraffe: There are Four Species, Not One

You would think that giraffes, the tallest land animals in the world, would be hard to overlook. Yet, for centuries scientists may have missed a fundamental fact about these long-necked creatures: They aren’t one species, but rather four distinct ones.........Read more

Five diseases that exercising might ward off

Becoming more physically active makes people feel good and improves health. Most people are convinced about that, but there is now evidence to show that a higher level of total activity in a week cou........Read more

New Global Power Equations Are Emerging Slowly But Surely

As Russia and China go about aligning their interests for mutual strategic advantage, India has to take a closer look at its own options and opportunities.........Read more

India to lend Kenya $45 million to boost manufacturing sector

Kenyatta said $30 million of the funds would be used to revive Rift Valley Textiles Factory, which went out of business in 2000.........Read more

Indus OS looks beyond metros to tap growth as it overtakes Apple's iOS for second slot

Amidst the tug of war between Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS for Indian smartphone users, a home-grown company, Indus OS, has made its mark by rapidly gaining market share........Read more

ISL: Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna to Co-own Tendulkar's Kerala Blasters

The owners of the Kerala Blasters team had a meeting with Shri. Mather, President Kerala Football Association to discuss the preparations for the third season of ISL.........Read more

World’s first robot lawyer ROSS hired by US law firm

The robot lawyer, ROSS, will assist various teams of BakerHostetler, a US-based law firm, in legal research........Read more

Chanting of Mantras and Om on Yoga Day, Muslim Clerics Flay Centre

A common yoga protocol has been circulated by the Ministry of AYUSH which said that the yogic practice shall start with a prayer to enhance the benefits of yoga.........Read more