No mention of 'nationwide NRC' in Cabinet note on Census 2021 and NPR updation, say govt sources

The Cabinet note approved by the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for conducting the Census and updation of National Population Register (NPR) doesn't mention the National Register of Indian Citizens (NRIC). Opposition parties, civil society groups and students have for weeks now been protesting the NRIC and Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).........Read more

Delhi's air quality turns 'very poor' for first time this season

The air quality in Delhi remained in poor category on Wednesday after major pollutants PM level was recorded 2.5 at 232 and PM 10 at 233, both in 'poor' category, in Lodhi Road area, according to the Air Quality Index (AQI) data. ........Read more

Royal Enfield Continental GT 650-based 'The 30' unveiled at Kustomfest 2019

The 30 has been produced in collaboration with Indonesian custom builder Krom Works Garage. Powering The 30 is a 648 cc, oil-cooled, SOHC, parallel-twin, 4-valve per cylinder engine with a 270-degree crankshaft. ........Read more

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrives in India on 4-day visit

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina has arrived in India on a 4 day India visit, the first since her landslide victory in December of 2018. Minister of State for Women and Child Development Debasree Chaudhuri, Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das, Bangladesh's HC Syed Muazzem Ali and JS(Bangladesh Myanmar) in the Ministry of external affairs Vikram Doraiswami received the Bangladeshi PM at the airport. During the visit around a dozen of bilateral agreements will be signed and focus will be on increasing bilateral cooperation including discussing a number of issues like Teesta, Rohingya issue & NRC. "We expect that the PM’s visit to India will further enhance the bilateral relations...We will discuss a framework agreement on the Teesta and seven other common rivers", Bangladeshi Foreign Minister A K Abdul Momen was quoted by Bangladeshi media. On the Rohingya issue, Momen said, "If the Rohingya crisis prolongs, there may be pockets of radicalisation...We want to convey this message to India" The NRC or citizens register development in Assam will also be raised with Momen saying, "We have trust in what the Indian authorities told us. Yet, we will raise the issue" The Indian side, including Prime Minister Modi and External affairs minister S Jaishankar, has already assured the Bangladeshi side to not worry on the developments in Assam as it will not impact Dhaka.........Read more

S Jaishankar Formally Joins BJP in the Presence of J P Nadda

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Monday formally joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of party working president J P Nadda. Jaishankar is regarded as one of a close aide of Prime Minister Modi and was also hailed as his ‘crisis manager’ in matters of foreign affairs. External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar formally joined BJP today in presence of Working President J.P. Nadda, at Parliament House. (file pics)— ANI (@ANI) June 24, 2019 Jaishankar, a career diplomat and a former foreign secretary, was inducted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his government as external affairs minister. He was sworn in as a Cabinet minister along with other members of the government on May 30. In 2008, he was a member of the team which negotiated the landmark Indo-US nuclear deal under the UPA government headed by then-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.........Read more

RBI may cut rates, turn 'accommodative' after dismal GDP

A worrying slowdown in India’s economy makes a cut in the Reserve Bank of India’s benchmark interest rate highly likely this week, but analysts say policymakers should also find ways to boost banks’ liquidity to ensure they drop their lending rates too.........Read more

India-Australia opening T20I shifted from Bangalore to Vizag due to security concerns

Visakhapatnam will host the opening T20I on February 24 and Bangalore will host the second T20I on February 27 as the Police Commissioner in the city will be unable to guarantee the required security support because of the Aero India Show.........Read more

India-Bound 2019 Suzuki Vitara SUV (Hyundai Creta Rival) Unveiled

Suzuki unveils the Vitara facelift in some International markets like Germany with some exterior and interior changes. Unlike its sub-4 meter Indian cousin Maruti Vitara Brezza, the Suzuki Vitara is a full form SUV measuring 4.2 meters in length and expected to enter India next year as Hyundai Creta Rival.........Read more

Volvo Vera Self-Driving Electric Truck Revealed

Swedish automaker Volvo has revealed the Vera autonomous electric truck concept. The unique feature about the truck is it doesn't have a cab like a conventional truck. The Volvo Vera is said to be the future of transport which will reduce load around ports, factories and logistics centres.........Read more

India to attain self-reliance in key missile tech by 2020

In a major achievement for the country, India's premier research agency DRDO is now likely to achieve complete self-reliance in developing critical missile technologies by 2020, which will be two years ahead of the schedule. The expertise developed by the DRDO's missile complex in the field of seekers is also going to help the country save at least Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 crore in the near future, as the equipment forms 35-40 percent of the total cost of missiles.........Read more

Cattle to get Aadhaar like numbers in Andhra Pradesh from 1 June

The BJP coalition government in Andhra Pradesh will embark on a pilot project of issuing Aadhaar like unique numbers to cattle from Thursday. The process of linking the Aadhaar number of the farmer or the owner of the cattle at the local veterinary hospital in Amaravati in Guntur district of the state will be launched in the presence of state agriculture minister S.Chandramohan Reddy.........Read more

How to build your own VPN if you’re (rightfully) wary of commercial options

Before you can fix this problem, you need to understand it. That means knowing what your ISP can (and cannot) detect (and modify) in your traffic. HTTPS traffic is already relatively secure—or, at least, its content is. Your ISP can't actually read the encrypted traffic that goes between you and an HTTPS website (at least, they can't unless they convince you to install a MITM certificate, like Lenovo did to unsuspecting users of its consumer laptops in 2015). However, ISPs do know that you visited that website, when you visited it, how long you stayed there, and how much data went back and forth.........Read more

'I was tired of hiding': Delhi-based actor Mallika Taneja turns onstage nudity into act of protest

For over three years now, Taneja has been travelling across India and the globe with her short act Thoda Dhyan Se, or TDS. A darkly funny, one-woman show, TDS starts with the actor appearing onstage in her underclothes and builds up to a hysterical climax, with her trussed and helmeted in readiness to repel the male gaze on an evening out. “Thoda dhyan se rehna chahiye, bas” is the flawed mantra for women to stay safe on India’s streets.........Read more

No US jobs for junior Infosys employees, company restricts H1B visa applications

A company executive told ET that the company will not be applying for visas for employees with under four years of work experience. “We are talking to clients about offshoring more work to India and the work done by junior employees can be brought to India,”........Read more

These are top 10 Companies That Will Be Most Affected By H1-B Visa Rule

A legislation was introduced in the US House of Representatives mandating that the minimum salary of H-1B visa holders be doubled to 130,000 US dollars. If the legislation submitted is passed, it will be very tough for American companies to use H1-B visas to hire foreign workers, including IT professionals from India. The visa sponsors, that is the employers, are sorted by the number of Labor Condition Application (LCA) submitted. If the Bill gets passed in the US, these are the top 10 Indian companies that will get adversely affected.........Read more

Andhra Pradesh working on system to DNA-tag convicts

The Andhra Pradesh government plans to bring in legislation that will allow the State police and investigating agencies to collect and store DNA samples in a centralised database. The move has come in for close scrutiny, as the Centre first prepared a draft bill on the issue in 2012, but the legislation ran into severe opposition from activists on the ground that it violated privacy. It has since been on hold.........Read more

Security council secretariat gets ₹333 crore, a tenfold hike

The body is responsible for advising the Prime Minister on key strategic and security issues, both on domestic as well as international fronts, and consists of academics and eminent professionals. The National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), which reports to National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval. Last fiscal, though ₹33 crore was allotted to the NSCS, it ended up spending ₹81 crore; this year the allocation has shot up to ₹333 crore.........Read more

Indian-American Nikki Haley confirmed as new US envoy to UN

The US Senate has confirmed Nikki Haley as the next Ambassador to the United Nations, making her the first Indian-American to serve on a Cabinet rank position in any presidential administration in the US. Senate Foreign Relations Committee had yesterday overwhelmingly approved the nomination of The South Carolina Governor as the next US Ambassador to the United Nations.........Read more

Optical clock technology tested in space for first time

For the first time, an optical clock has traveled to space, surviving harsh rocket launch conditions and successfully operating under the microgravity that would be experienced on a satellite. This demonstration brings optical clock technology much closer to implementation in space, where it could eventually allow GPS-based navigation with centimeter-level location precision.........Read more

New drug may restore memory in Alzheimer patients

There might finally be some positive development in combating the dreadful disease Alzheimer. An experimental drug has been developed that reportedly has the potential to prevent inflammation, remove abnormal protein clumps in the brain as well as restore memo........Read more

ISRO gears up to launch a 3.3-tonne satellite on the 'Made in India' GSLV Mk-III Rockets

After the successful accomplishment of the longest flight of its workhorse PSLV late last month, the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) at Sriharikota is turning to its next generation space vehicle GSLV Mk-III to reach a major milestone soon. The target is to put into orbit GSAT-19E, an indigenous communication satellite that will weigh about 3.3 tonnes, the heaviest payload to be launched from the Indian spaceport. However, it will be just a few notches lighter than GSAT-18 (3.5 tonnes) that was sent into space by the European Space Agency from French Guiana on Thursday. “The satellite assembly and launching process of the GSLV Mk-III are in advanced stages. We are confident that SDSC will make yet another mark among the space-faring nations,” said SDSC Deputy Director M. Badarinarayana Murthy. On the sidelines of a scientific exhibition organised by the SDSC as part of the World Space Week celebrations at V.R. Siddhartha Engineering College here on Friday, Mr. Murthy told The Hindu that said the target was to take the payload capacity beyond four tonnes in the coming years while concentrating on the launch of Chandrayaan-II, India’s path-breaking lunar probe, in less than two years. New cryogenic engine :: Regarding the launching of GSAT-19E, Mr. Murthy said the GSLV Mk-III hardware was being assembled and other mission control processes were under way. “They have so far been flawless and we are confident of achieving perfection for the December launch,” he asserted. Mr. Murthy said GSLV Mk-III would have a new cryogenic engine that can take payloads in excess of 4-plus tonnes into space with ease. Simultaneous work was being done on the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System, Mr. Murthy said, adding that extension of the life of Mars Orbiter Mission beyond the initial six-month mission was a major achievement of ISRO. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The target is to take the payload capacity beyond four tonnes in the coming years - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -........Read more

Aadhaar now mandatory to get cooking gas subsidy - Times of India

All LPG consumers have to furnish their Aadhaar card details by November 30 to continue availing subsidies. After LPG, the Centre intends to bring Public Distribution System, rural employment guarantee scheme, pensions, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and national scholarships in the Aadhaar net. The move is intended to reduce fraud and result in savings for the government.........Read more

UN observers in touch with India, Pakistan on ‘ceasefire violations’

UN military observers are in contact with India and Pakistan over “ceasefire violations” across the Line of Control in Kashmir and secretary general Ban Ki-moon has “great concern” over the rising tension, his spokesperson said on Thursday.........Read more

New Assassin's Creed and Far Cry Games Aren't Guaranteed for 2017

2016 is the first year without a new mainline Assassin's Creed game since 2009, and it's been expected that a new game in the series would release next year. However, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot told GameSpot that we shouldn't necessarily expect a sequel in 2017.........Read more

Brookfield to invest Rs450 crore in Peninsula Land’s Mumbai project

Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is set to invest Rs450 crore in Mumbai-based Peninsula Land Ltd’s premium project in Byculla in a structured debt transaction, three people familiar with the deal said. The Peninsula deal marks Brookfield’s first investment in a residential project in India from its new $9 billion global real estate fund.........Read more

How to live to 100

"Eat badly and work hard," 94-year-old Giuseppe told me when I asked him the secret to a long life. Giuseppe was taking me to his garden, which he tends to every day, growing tomatoes, peppers, lemons, oranges and lotus fruit. We had come to his hometown of Acciaroli, south of Naples, for a report on the amazing longevity of its inhabitants, one in ten of whom, according to Mayor Stefano Pisani, is classed as a centenarian.........Read more

Gautam Adani unveils world's largest solar power plant in Tamil Nadu

Adani Green Energy, part of the Adani Group, today said it has dedicated to the nation the world's largest 648-mw solar power plant in Tamil Nadu entailing an investment of Rs 4,550 crore. Read more at: more

Jignesh Shah arrested following raids on home, offices

Tainted NSEL director Jignesh Shah was arrested on Tuesday afternoon following extensive raids at his residence and those of other directors. The troubles for Financial Technologies India Ltd (FTIL) intensified in the morning with the Central Bureau of Investigation conducting search operations at the company’s premises in connection with MSEI (formerly MCX Stock Exchange) licence grant case........Read more

Yadav vs Yadav: Fresh twist in family feud; Shivpal quits as minister, shuns party post

Yadav vs Yadav: Fresh twist in family feud; Shivpal quits as minister, shuns party post - Sources said that Shivpal Yadav submitted his resignation from the two posts to Mulayam who rushed to UP from Delhi to douse the flames that threaten to hurt the ruling party in the Assembly polls due early next year.........Read more

Government Launches New Regulations For Aadhar Based Security Concerns

The Indian Government has laid down a new set of rules to ensure data security and privacy for the Aadhaar Project. Aadhaar is a national biometric project launched in 2010 by the Government of I...........Read more

Gujarat HC notice to US firm on PIL seeking ban on Pokemon Go

The Gujarat high court on Wednesday issued notice to the US-based developer of Pokemon Go on a PIL seeking ban on the location based-augmented reality game in India for "posing danger to public safety".........Read more

IAF women pilots do NOT volunteer to join fighter aircraft stream

Following commissioning of India’s first women fighter pilots in June, not a single lady cadet has volunteered to join the fighter aircraft stream.They chose to fly transport aircraft and helicopters.........Read more

An encounter with the 'king' of Turtuk, a border village near Gilgit-Baltistan

The village is just 10 km away from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and was and became a part of India as recently as 1971.........Read more

Andhra Bandh on Saturday over Special Status denial: Here's a lowdown on what to expect

Opposition parties in Andhra Pradesh have called for a statewide shutdown on September 10 to protest against what they dubbed as the Centre's denial of special category status to the state. ........Read more

One in every 200 children globally is a refugee: UNICEF

One in every 200 children globally is a refugee: UNICEF - Examples of Aylan Kurdi and Omran Daqneesh has compelled world leaders to come together for two major summits on the global refugee crisis this month.........Read more

RTGS Vs NEFT: The Differences You Need To Know

RTGS (real time gross settlement) and NEFT (national electronic funds transfer) are electronic payment systems that allow individuals to transfer funds between banks.........Read more

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal to team up in Laver Cup

Under the format of the Laver Cup, which will be played every year except in an Olympic season, there will be four matches each day—three in singles, one in doubles........Read more

Uber is said to lose at least $1.2 billion in first half of 2016

After touting profitability in the US early this year, the ride-hailing company is said to post second-quarter losses exceeding $100 million........Read more

Ajinkya Rahane to receive Arjuna award

Ajinkya Rahane will become the 49th Indian cricketer to be conferred with the prestigious Arjuna award. The award is presented by the Indian government for excellence in sports for a period of four years.........Read more

Did You Spot Lagaan, Swades & Jodhaa Akbar in Mohenjo Daro?

Ever since the trailer of Ashutosh Gowariker’s Mohenjo Daro was released, it has been generously criticised for factual inaccuracy and general misrepresentation of history. Social media hilariously ripped apart the movie the trailer was released........Read more

Clinton gets soaring 15-point national lead over Trump: polls

Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has gained a whopping 15 per cent national lead over her Republican rival Donald Trump, according to a latest poll.........Read more

Relentless England seal 330-run win

England continued to nibble away at Pakistan's second innings on the fourth afternoon at Old Trafford as they pressed expectantly for a win that would tie the series at 1-1 with two to play........Read more

Arunachal Pradesh political situation: Pema Khandu government passes floor test

When the House assembled in the morning with Deputy Speaker Tenzing Norbu Thongdok in the chair, Chief Minister Pema Khandu moved the motion ‘This house expresses its confidence in the council of min........Read more

Aamir Khan to sing and rap for Dangal

Here’s some good news for Aamir Khan fans: We have just come to know that the 50-year-old actor will also lend his voice for a song in Dangal, where he plays legendary wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat.........Read more

Morocco wants to join African Union after 32 years

Moroccan King Mohammed VI announced that his country wanted to rejoin the African Union, 32 years after quitting the bloc.........Read more

Does Narendra Modi want to keep India Congress-mukt till 2040?

How long does Narendra Modi think BJP will rule the country? "2040," he said, in his interview with Arnab Goswami of Times Now........Read more

Export of BrahMos missile to be reality...

Export of BrahMos missile to be reality... - ...subject to Russian approval, which is co-developer........Read more

‘We look different, people ask which country we come from’

In the past few years, as many as 50,000 tribals from the Northeastern states have made Delhi their home while carving a niche for themselves among the numerous ethnic communities living in the capital. For instance, tribals from Manipur and Nagaland........Read more

MP cops turn herders to feed over 100 bovines seized from ‘smugglers’

Nainpur police in the tribal-dominated Mandla district have turned graziers to satiate the hunger of the 100-plus cows seized from alleged cow smugglers.........Read more

Anurag Thakur Favourite to be the New BCCI President

Although, Thakur is being tipped to take over the hot seat but IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla is also in the running along with Maharashtra CA president and business magnate Ajay Shirke.........Read more

Keenan-Reuben murder case: All four accused found guilty, sentenced to life in jail - Times of India

A special women's court on Thursday convicted four accused in the 2011 Amboli double murder tragedy, where two young men lost their lives while defending their women friends from molesters.........Read more