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Electronic skin that behaves like skin

Researchers at Australia’s RMIT University have developed prototype electronic artificial skin that senses and reacts to pain just like human skin. The device mimics the body’s near-instant feedback response; it can react to painful sensations with the same speed that nerve signals are transmitted to the brain. Research leader Madhu Bhaskaran says the pain-sensing prototype is a significant advance towards next-generation biomedical technologies and intelligent robotics. “Skin is our body’s largest sensory organ, with complex features designed to send rapid-fire warning signals when anything hurts,” she says. “We’re sensing things all the time through the skin but our pain response only kicks in at a certain point, like when we touch something too hot or too sharp. “No electronic technologies have been able to realistically mimic that very human feeling of pain – until now.” Bhaskaran explains that stretchable electronics with skin-like properties have been developed to make sensors that monitor health and environment. Applications include monitoring UV exposure on skin, detecting the presence of dangerous gases (pollution, toxic gases, cigarette smoke), and measuring biomarkers related to health and nutrition.........Read more

Brazil's Pantanal, world's largest wetland, burns from above and below

The world’s largest wetland is ablaze, but the fire is often invisible. In Brazil’s Pantanal, the vegetation compacted under the marshy flood water during the wet season dries out as ponds and lagoons evaporate, leaving flammable deposits underground that can continue to smolder long after visible flames die down. Firefighters across Brazil are battling raging towers of flames from the Amazon rainforest to the Cerrado savannah, but the fires beneath their feet are a particular challenge in the Pantanal. The only way to combat an underground fires is to dig a trench around it, said state firefighter Lieutenant Isaac Wihby. “But how do you do that if you have a line of fire that’s 20 kilometers long? It’s not viable,” he said. The fires here are the worst in 15 years. The flames threaten the region’s biodiversity, rich with tapirs, pumas, capybaras and the world’s most dense population of jaguars. The Pantanal, whose name derives from the Portuguese word for “swamp,” sprawls over more than 150,000 sq km in Brazil and also extends into Bolivia and Paraguay. As fires approached emergency workers in the Pantanal this week, they used tractors to cut through desiccated trees and shrubs, leaving a gash of brown dirt meant to rob the flames of fuel and stop their spread. But strong winds can send the flames over the top, or underground fires can pass below. ........Read more

Why The Sacrifice Of Veer Vanchinathan Needs To Be Celebrated, Not Ridiculed

In the case of revolutionary Vanchinathan, who killed a British tax collector, the aim of his act is questioned and insults are hurled at him. At a very young age, Vanchi killed Tirunelveli collector Robert William d'Escourt Ashe on this day (17 June) 109 years ago, and sacrificed his life for the cause of the freedom movement. He could not have imagined that his very motive will be questioned today, and people will cast aspersions on such a daring act. The incident happened in Maniyachi Junction (now Vanchi Maniyachi). Ashe along with his family was resting on the Tirunelveli-Maniyachi Mail, which was stationed on platform number 2. They were waiting for the Indo-Ceylon Boat Mail, which comes from Tuticorin (Thoothukudi) en route to Madras (Chennai). Ashe and family were travelling to Kodaikanal.........Read more

Face masks critical in preventing spread of COVID-19

The team examined the chances of COVID-19 infection and how the virus is easily passed from person to person. From trends and mitigation procedures in China, Italy and New York City, the researchers found that using a face mask reduced the number of infections by more than 78,000 in Italy from April 6-May 9 and by over 66,000 in New York City from April 17-May 9. "Our results clearly show that airborne transmission via respiratory aerosols represents the dominant route for the spread of COVID-19," Zhang said. "By analyzing the pandemic trends without face-covering using the statistical method and by projecting the trend, we calculated that over 66,000 infections were prevented by using a face mask in little over a month in New York City. We conclude that wearing a face mask in public corresponds to the most effective means to prevent inter-human transmission.........Read more

Coronavirus COVID-19: Wrestler Bajrang Punia to donate six months salary to Haryana's relief fund

Wrestler Bajrang Punia on Monday pledged to donate his sixth months` salary towards Haryana`s COVID-19 Relief Fund. The wrestler announced it on his Twitter account. The total number of coronavirus cases in the country reached 492 and nine people have died due to the virus, the health ministry said on Monday. As many as 15,17,327 passengers have been screened at airports so far.Maharashtra has reported the highest number of cases in the country which stands at 74, according to the ministry.Kerala, which reported India`s first coronavirus case, has 67 confirmed cases.........Read more

Coronavirus impact: Govt extends deadline to bid for Air India till 30 April

The government has extended the bidding deadline for Air India Ltd to 30 April, the department of investment and public asset management (DIPAM) said on Friday. The earlier deadline to submit expression of interest (EoI) was 17 March. The Centre has also extended the last date for the response on queries related to Air India’s preliminary information memorandum (PIM) from 16 March to 20 March, said DIPAM, which falls under the ministry of finance. The extensions come against the backdrop of the Covid-19 outbreak, which has severely hurt the economy, particularly the aviation and tourism sectors, and investment sentiments across the world.........Read more

Relief for Rakesh Asthana as court accepts CBI clean chit

In a huge relief for former CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana, a CBI special court on Saturday took cognisance of the chargesheet filed by the investigation agency that had given him a clean chit. Rakesh Asthana was removed from the CBI after a case of bribery and extortion was lodged against him; he alleged that this was done at the behest of then CBI director Alok Verma. The court has accepted the chargesheet in which the CBI said no evidence was found against Rakesh Asthana. But a trial will now start against Manoj Prasad, his Someshwar Prasad and his father-in-law Sunil Mittal. The CBI chargesheet was only against Manoj Prasad, but the court found sufficient evidence to pursue the trial against Someshwar and Mittal.........Read more

Asia Cup 2020 in Dubai, India and Pakistan will participate

The next Asia Cup will be held in Dubai and both India and Pakistan will participate in the biennial tournament, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly said on Friday. The event will be held later this year. Pakistan was scheduled to host the Asia Cup this year but amidst tensions between the two countries and security concerns in Pakistan, the BCCI said the Indian team will not travel there.........Read more

Gulf states cut Iran links over rise in Covid-19 cases

Gulf countries announced new measures Tuesday to cut links with Iran to prevent coronavirus spreading after the confirmation of 20 new cases, all of them people returning from the Islamic republic. The United Arab Emirates suspended all passenger and cargo flights to Iran after Gulf neighbours Kuwait and Bahrain announced the additional cases of COVID-19. Over the past two days, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman have reported 29 cases of the novel coronavirus among people returning from pilgrimages to Iran, which is battling the deadliest outbreak outside China.........Read more

Cabinet nod to extension of Justice Rohini commission examining sub-categorisation within OBCs

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the extension of tenure of Justice Rohini Commission, set up to examine the issue of sub-categorisation within Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in the Central List. Now the term of the panel, constituted under Article 340 of the Constitution, will be till July 31 2020. This is the 8th extension given to the commission.........Read more

Potential super-Earth found orbiting the nearest star from our sun

In 2016, astronomers found a potentially habitable planet called Proxima b around the star Proxima Centauri, which is only 4.2 light-years from Earth. Now, researchers have traced a second signal they believe belongs to a super-Earth orbiting the same star, increasing the intrigue of this neighboring planetary system and its potential.........Read more

Twitter will put options to limit replies directly on the compose screen

It has four options: “Global, Group, Panel, and Statement.” Global lets anybody reply, Group is for people you follow and mention, Panel is people you specifically mention in the tweet, and Statement simply allows you to post a tweet and receive no replies.........Read more

India asks citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Iraq

Travel advisory for Iraq in view of the prevailing situation in Iraq, Indian nationals are advised to avoid all non-essential travel to Iraq until further notification. Indian nationals residing in Iraq are advised to be alert and may avoid travel within Iraq, MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. ........Read more

India vs Sri Lanka: Virat Kohli becomes fastest captain to 1000 runs in T20Is

India skipper Virat Kohli broke yet another batting record in the first match of New Year as he became the fastest to reach 1000 runs in T20I cricket as captain and only the sixth overall to achieve the feat. ........Read more

IOA end CWG boycott threat, to compete in Birmingham 2022

Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) president Louise Martin and chief executive David Grevemberg met IOA officials in New Delhi last month and returned home convinced India would not take such a drastic step. The IOA, after its annual general meeting, not only confirmed India’s Birmingham participation but also revealed plans to bid for the 2026 or the 2030 edition of the Games. ........Read more

'One nation, one ration card' to be implemented in 12 states from January 15

In its initial stage, the scheme is being implemented in 12 states - Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Haryana, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Kerala, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Tripura and Jharkhand. These states will provide portability of the Public Distribution System (PDS) entitlement using Point of Sale (PoS) machines, which have been installed in all the ration shops in these states.........Read more

UK confirms new fast-track visa for doctors from countries including India

The UK government on Thursday confirmed plans to introduce a new visa for qualified doctors and nurses from countries around the world, including India, to address workforce shortages in the state-funded National Health Service (NHS). Prime Minister Boris Johnson had made references to such a new so-called "NHS visa" on the election campaign trail, which was confirmed as part of the Queen's Speech in Parliament on Thursday - the formal process of Queen Elizabeth II laying out the parliamentary agenda of the newly-elected Boris Johnson led Conservative Party government. "Steps will be taken to grow and support the National Health Service's workforce and a new visa will ensure qualified doctors, nurses and health professionals have fast-track entry to the United Kingdom," her speech notes.........Read more

To curb copying, Karnataka students made to write exams wearing cartons

A hole was cut out near their eyes to allow them to read and write their papers. Reacting to the incident, state Education Minister S. Suresh Kumar said that such an attempt was not acceptable. ........Read more

Hyderabad Company Rolls Out Edible Cups, Desi Twitter Compares it to Ice-Cream Cone

The cup, which has been termed, "Eat Cup", can hold both hot and cold drinks, according to the company. The cups have been made from natural grains, which eliminate the need to use paper or plastic cups.........Read more

India slipping on global competitiveness index is worrisome

It is the cost of doing business and the risk of doing business that matter more than the ease of doing business. Even if a Delhi or a Mumbai has managed to make it easier for a company to get a power connection,........Read more

RBI to issue new Rs 20 denomination banknotes

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced that it will shortly issue Rs 20 denomination banknotes, in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) series, bearing the signature of the central bank's governor Shaktikanta Das. The Rs 20 note will be greenish-yellow in colour. The new banknote has a motif of Ellora Caves on the reverse, depicting the country's cultural heritage.........Read more

ISSF World Cup: Manu-Saurabh Clinch Gold in 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team Event

Young pistol shooters Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary teamed up to clinch India’s second gold at the ongoing ISSF World Cup in Beijing on Thursday. Manu and Saurabh comprehensively defeated 16-6 Chinese pair Jiang Ranxin and Pang Wei in the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team event.........Read more

Pulwama Attack: US asks Pakistan to freeze funds of designated terror groups, calls JeM threat to regional stability

The US asked Pakistan to freeze without delay the funds and other financial assets of the UNSC-designated terrorist networks and their leaders. It also said it fully supports actions to prevent the outlawed Jaish-e-Mohammed from conducting future attacks.........Read more

Rafale jets 2.9 per cent cheaper than UPA-era deal, says CAG report tabled in Parliament

The Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) report into the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets, tabled in Rajya Sabha. It says the overall price of fighter jets is 2.86 per cent cheaper as compared to the UPA-era deal.........Read more

After setback in Hindi heartland, BJP wins big in Haryana civic polls

BJP found a morale booster in Haryana municipal elections, where its candidates secured a landslide victory in all the five cities where polls were held, indicating that there is no major discontentment with the saffron party in the state.........Read more

In last 4 years, India released 9 Pakistani civilian prisoners for every Indian

Pakistan released 14 Indian civilian prisoners in last 4 years, while India released 124 Pakistani civilian prisoners. when it comes to fishermen, Islamabad released 1,514 Indian fishermen in last 4 year while India released 155 Pakistani fishermen. ........Read more

Women Receive 2 Abusive Tweets Every Minute: Amnesty International

Amnesty International reveals that Twitter’s reputation as a “toxic” platform for women, especially for politicians and journalists. Women of colour were 34 per cent more likely to be abused than White women.........Read more

SC didn't go into pricing, technical aspects of Rafale; only JPC can probe deal: Congress

The SC judgement which gave relief to the government in the Rafale jet case has not gone into pricing and technical aspects, only a joint parliamentary committee probe will prove if there was any irregularity in the deal says Congress.........Read more

Rafale Deal: Not the job of the court to compare price details, says Supreme Court dismissing all petitions- News Nation

The Supreme Court dismissed all the petitions seeking a court-monitored investigation into the Rafale deal. The Chief Justice said that there is no doubt in the process of acquisition of the fighter jets and it saw no reason to intervene. ........Read more

H-1B visa norms to change to target the most-skilled, highest-paid

Trump Administration proposed major changes to the H-1B application process, including a new rule to electronically register their petitions in advance, aiming the visa to the most skilled and highest paid foreign workers.........Read more

J&K: Two militants killed in encounter in Pulwama

Two militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. Incriminating material, including arms and ammunition, were recovered from the site of the encounter.........Read more

Online shoppers during festive season sale surged 71%: report

According to a Red Seer report, Nearly 24 million shopped online, with the mobile phones electronics goods contributing to 80% of the total gross merchandise value this year on the festive season.........Read more

China's largest bank offers $200 mln lifeline to Indian MSME sector

The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) will funnel as much as $200 million into India's burgeoning micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector, through its Mumbai-based Indian unit.........Read more

Hyundai And Kia Will Introduce Solar Panels On Select Models

Hyundai and Kia have developed electricity-generating solar panels which can be incorporated into the roof or the hood of vehicles and be used to provide additional electrical power for internal combustion, hybrid, and battery-electric vehicles.........Read more

India lost USD 79.5 billion from climate-related disasters in 20 years: UN report

The report titled ‘Economic Losses, Poverty and Disasters 1998-2017’ was compiled by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction says India suffered a whopping USD 79.5 billion economic loss due to climate-related disasters in the last 20 years.........Read more

Flood Situation in UP: 3 killed, 5 districts affected, villages marooned as Ganga continues to rise

Three children died and hundreds of villages in five districts Farrukhabad, Kannauj, Kanpur, Unnao and Fatehpur are facing flood situation as Ganga continued to rise amid heavy rain and release of water from Narora dam.........Read more

Panel probing Jayalalithaa's death summons 3 AIIMS doctors

The Justice A Arumughaswamy Commission of Inquiry, probing the circumstances leading to former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's death, has summoned three doctors of AIIMS, who examined her at the Apollo Hospital in Chennai, to appear before it on August 23 and 24.........Read more

Soon, you can get an Internet domain name in Indian languages

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), has been on the job to support domain names in numerous languages spoken in India, namely, Bengali, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Tamil and Telugu.........Read more

UAE Announces New Visa Policy Rules for Foreign Workers

In a meeting chaired by Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Wednesday night, the UAE Cabinet approved some major changes in the visa rules for employment. These changes include scrapping the mandatory deposit for private sector employees and were taken........Read more

Let’s Take Modi Out With Sniper Rifle: ISIS Suspect Discussed to Assassinate Prime Minister

A chargesheet filed by the Gujarat ATS on Thursday revealed a plot by an alleged ISIS operative to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi by a sniper attack. The assassination plot was revealed after the ATS accessed to a conversation on a messaging app from the cellphone and pen drive of the ISIS suspect, Ubaid Mirza.........Read more

Manmohan Singh hopes PM Modi will learn development lessons from Siddaramaiah

Former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh said he hopes PM Modi would learn and implement development lessons from the CM Siddramaiah's government in Karnataka. CM Siddaramaiah has provided a dynamic and progressive leadership to Karnataka. He has dealt with the drought effectively and provided timely assistance to farmers. PM Modi Ji after having promised 2 crore jobs a year to the people of this country has presided over a period where jobs have actually been destroyed. In the age group of 15-24, over 72 lakh jobs were lost over the last four years.........Read more

Amitabh Bachchan, face of Beti Bachao campaign, expresses disgust at Unnao, Kathua rape cases

Amitabh Bachchan, who has been the face of the Modi government’s Beti Bachao Beti Padhao initiative, said the Unnao and Kathua rapes were “disgusting” and that it was terrible to even talk about it. When asked about his views on rapes in the country, the Bollywood actor on Thursday requested that the issue not be brought up........Read more

Citi India bans use of debit, credit cards to buy bitcoins

Citi India on Tuesday banned the use of its debit and credit cards for the purchase of bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies following concerns expressed by the Reserve Bank over virtual currencies.........Read more

Sebi likely to revamp shareholding, net worth norms for exchanges

A five-member panel headed by R. Gandhi, a former deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), is considering these proposals. The panel is considering doubling the net worth requirement for stock exchanges and clearing corporations because of a rise in trading turnover, and with a view to strengthening infrastructure for dealing with crises such as the Rs5,500 crore settlement issue at National Spot Exchange Ltd.........Read more

Tweaking quantum dots powers-up double-pane solar windows

Using two types of "designer" quantum dots, researchers are creating double-pane solar windows that generate electricity with greater efficiency and create shading and insulation for good measure. It's all made possible by a new window architecture which utilizes two different layers of low-cost quantum dots tuned to absorb different parts of the solar spectrum.........Read more

Lack of sleep boosts levels of Alzheimer's proteins

As a wakeful brain churns away through the night, it produces more of the Alzheimer's protein amyloid beta than its waste-disposal system can handle. Levels of the protein rise, potentially setting off a sequence of changes to the brain that can end with dementia.........Read more

New material removes water pollutants using solar energy

Scientists have developed a new non- toxic material that uses solar energy to degrade harmful synthetic dye pollutants which are released at a rate of nearly 300,000 tonnes a year into the world's water.........Read more

As farmers protest, CM Chouhan to sit on indefinite fast to bring peace; to hold open ‘darbar’

Addressing the media, the CM said he will once again appealed protesting farmers to maintain peace and reiterated that the state government was open for a dialogue to address the their issues.........Read more

Akshay's Toilet: Ek Prem Katha should be made tax-free- CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani

Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani watched the trailer of Akshay Kumar's upcoming movie 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha' and later took to Twitter to praise the premise of the movie. Nihalani even said that the movie should be tax-free as it promotes Prime Minister's 'Swachh Bharat' Abhiyan.........Read more

The Moto Z2 Play Launches In India With 5 New Exciting Mods That Sets Them Apart From The Clutter

Motorola has launched their first premium offering for 2017 and it comes in the form on their latest modular smartphone, the Z2 Play. The smartphone will be available to purchase from 15th June onwards on Flipkart and offline stores. ........Read more

Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf Ali to replace lawyer Khawar Qureshi for Pakistan in ICJ

After facing the ire of the people, Pakistan government is likely to appoint attorney general Ashtar Ausaf Ali to represent its case in International Court of Justice. Unconfirmed Local media reports suggested Ali will be replacing Khawar Qureshi who failed to convince International Court of Justice in Pakistan’s favour.........Read more

Kashmir is an India-Pakistan issue, won't meddle in it: China

"China's position on the issue of Kashmir is clear and consistent. It is an issue left over from history between India and Pakistan and shall be properly addressed by India and Pakistan through consultation and negotiation," China's foreign ministry said on Thursday.........Read more

Sasikala to remain party’s General Secretary

The fresh affidavits from the Edappadi K Palanisami (EPS) camp stating that VK Sasikala and TTV Dinakaran will continue to function as the party’s General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary. E Palanisami will also continue to serves as headquarters secretary.........Read more

AeroMobil Flying Car To Debut In Monaco This Month

Slovakian firm AeroMobil is set to debut its flying car concept at the Top Marques Show in Monaco on April 20, 2017. The company had already showcased the AeroMobil flying car 3.0 in 2014. But the latest version of the model will feature a host of improvements.........Read more

Sheikh Hasina To Honour Indian Soldiers Who Were Killed In 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who would be traveling to India next month from 7th April 2017 till 10th April 2017, will be honoring families of all Indian soldiers who were killed in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation war.........Read more

F1: Force India Replaces Tri-Colour For New Pink Livery On VJM10 Race Car

Sahara Force India's 2017 Formula 1 car will now sport pink, magenta and silver colours after the team has signed a sponsorship deal with the Austria-based BWT company. The new colours will be complemented by pink helmets for drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon for the new season.........Read more

Defence Ministry clears Rs 20,000 crore proposal, 4 warships will to be added to Navy

Seeking to further strengthen the Navys capabilities, the defence ministry has cleared a proposal worth Rs20,000 crore to buy four state-of-the-art warships equipped with the deadly BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles. Two of these would be built in Russia and the other two in India.........Read more

Got rape threats after taking stand against ABVP

The Delhi University student, whose social media campaign against ABVP recently went viral, today alleged to have received “rape threats”. Lady Sri Ram Ram College student Gurmehar Kaur, daughter of Kargil martyr Captain Mandeep Singh, said she has attracted a barrage of hate messages over her stand on the issue. I have been getting a lot of threats on social media. I think it is very scary when people threaten you with violence or with rape.........Read more

Palaniswami takes over as Tamil Nadu CM, orders 500 govt-run liquor shops shut

His first task as chief minister was to sign five files, each launching a welfare measure promised by Jayalalithaa in the AIADMK election manifesto for 2016 general elections in Tamil Nadu. Among them was an order to shut down 500 government –run wine shops.........Read more

Bengaluru could soon have child-friendly courtrooms

At least one child friendly courtroom could come up in Bengaluru soon, if the plans being drawn up by the Karnataka Legal Services Authority and Juvenile Justice Committee, come to fruition. This was pointed out by Ms. Uma MG, member of the Karnataka Legal Services Authority, while speaking at a panel discussion on the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act in Bengaluru on Sunday........Read more

Eating out? You need not pay service charge, says Central government

The Department of Consumer Affairs under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution has said in a statement that not only is payment of service charge entirely upon the customer's discretion, but also that state governments should instruct all eateries to put out prominent display boards informing their patrons that service charges are entirely discretionary and voluntary, and they may not pay it if they did not like the service.........Read more

Armed forces are answerable to government, or there would be martial law, Supreme Court says

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court said today that the country's armed forces are answerable to the Cabinet and the government "otherwise there would be martial law in the country.........Read more

Meet Indie, a made-in-India lunar rover headed to the Moon in 2017

To the moon and back is not just a phrase (or a song by Savage Garden) when it comes to Bengaluru based startup Team Indus. A concoction of young and experienced scientific minds, Team Indus is on a mission to the moon. The startup is vying for the coveted Google Lunar XPRIZE of $30 million and being the only Indian entry in the competition, Team Indus is up against 15 other global participants to develop a low-cost method for robotic space exploration........Read more

Joblessness at 5-year high, reveals survey

Joblessness in India is running at a five-year high of 5% of the 15-plus-years work force. Over a third of working people are employed for less than a year and 68% of households are earning up to only Rs 10,000 per month, according to a new employment-unemployment (EU) survey report conducted by the Labour Bureau.........Read more

Former Israel president, Nobel laureate Shimon Peres dies at 93

Former Israeli president and elder statesman Shimon Peres died in Tel Aviv on Wednesday aged 93, according to media reports. Peres was hospitalized following a stroke two weeks ago and had made some progress before a sudden deterioration in his condition on Tuesday. The 93-year-old died at around 3:00am (0000 GMT), Rafi Walden, Peres’ son-in-law told AFP.........Read more

Remembering the magic of Lalgudi Jayaraman, a genius musician and composer

Both in form and content, Carnatic music flourished in the 20th century like never before. Though it claims a great ancient and glorious past in theory, it is only in this century that it has possibly seen so many greats at any one point of time.........Read more

HC declines stay on BMC resolution on yoga in civic schools

The Bombay High Court today declined to grant an interim stay on implementation of a resolution making yoga and ‘Surya Namaskar’ (sun salutation) mandatory in civic schools in the metropolis, saying it is just a form of exercise which is good for the body.........Read more

Don't be fooled by his Balochistan rhetoric, Modi's Pakistan policy is rash

The Modi government has decided to follow a two-pronged strategy to deal with Pakistan. Leave no opportunity at any international stage to single out Pakistan as a country that spreads terror. And retaliate for its interference in Jammu and Kashmir by pointing to the human rights record of Pakistan in Balochistan and leave it to speculation that the Balochistan gambit may not remain only at the level of rhetoric.........Read more

Reliance Jio, BSNL in intra-circle roaming pact for 2G, 4G

Reliance Jio and state-run telecom operator BSNL have signed intra-circle roaming agreement for 2G and 4G services. After the finalisation of the agreement, BSNL customers would be able to use Reliance Jio's 4G services in roaming while the latter's subscribers could use the state-run firm's 2G network for making voice calls.........Read more

How the brain builds panoramic memory

These brain regions help us to merge fleeting views of our surroundings into a seamless, 360-degree panorama, the researchers say. "Our understanding of our environment is largely shaped by our memory for what's currently out of sight," says Caroline Robertson, a postdoc at MIT's McGovern Institute for Brain Research and a junior fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows. "What we were looking for are hubs in the brain where your memories for the panoramic environment are integrated with your current field of view."........Read more

Isro's desi cryo engine–powered GSLV-F05 places INSAT-3DR weather satellite in orbit

INSAT-3DR, an advanced weather satellite, onboard GSLV-F05 was placed in orbit around 17 minutes after it took off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 4.50pm.........Read more

Disney develops speech recognition software for very young children

Disney researchers have developed a new speech technology system that could make playing certain video games or interactions with robots more fun for kids.........Read more

Meet Sudhir Phadke, the schizophrenic who works to help other mentally ill people

Doctors found Phadke disheveled and disoriented at a train station more than 15 years ago.........Read more

Scientists find simple way to extract gold from electronic devices

Scientists find simple way to extract gold from electronic devices - The findings could help salvage approximately 300 tonnes of gold used in electronics each year........Read more

Incest isn't rare anymore in country, report finds

One would not expect a father to rape his daughter or a son to sexually assault his mother, but the latest government figures show that scores of such offenders across the country were caught last year.........Read more

Kevin Magnussen Expects to Compete at Italian GP

Kevin Magnussen expects to compete at this weekend's Italian Grand Prix after medical checks showed no serious injury to his left ankle following a crash at last weekend's Belgian GP.........Read more

Redrawing New Silk Road: China 'to Shift Its Focus to Russia, India'

It's time to re-draw New Silk Road routes given security threats emerging in the Middle East and Central Asia, as well as a looming economic crisis in the West, geostrategic analyst Mathew Maavak told Sputnik.........Read more

Firaq Gorakhpuri: The Urdu Poet Who Outmatched Nehru in English

A celebrated Urdu poet and critic, Firaq Gorakhpuri was the foremost advocate of Gorakhpur. He was selected for the Provincial Civil Service and the Indian Civil Service, but he resigned to follow Mahatma Gandhi’s non-cooperation movement. Later, he joined Allahabad University as a lecturer in English literature.........Read more

Japan scientists detect rare, deep-Earth tremor

Scientists who study earthquakes in Japan said Thursday they have detected a rare deep-Earth tremor for the first time and traced its location to a distant and powerful storm.........Read more

NASA to test run future Lunar rovers on Mumbai roads

Make in India drive received a strong boost today. Maharashtra Govt announced that they have signed an exclusive 5 year agreement with NASA to make & test all its lunar rovers on Mumbai Roads.........Read more

Are you a criminal now? Users may get 3-yr in jail for viewing torrent site, blocked URL in India

Just accessing information under a blocked URL will land you in jail and leave your bank account poorer by Rs 3 lakh.........Read more

Army sent back faulty ammunition, weaponry worth Rs 1,300 crore in 3 years

NEW DELHI: The devastating fire at the army’s central ammunition depot in Pulgaon, Maharashtra, in May, which claimed 19 lives and military equipment worth `8 c...........Read more

Virat Kohli Backs Rio Olympics Contingent, Calls Criticism Hurtful

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has thrown his weight behind India's Olympic contingent, which is yet to win a medal at the Rio Games, saying that the athletes have given their heart and soul to be there despite not getting top-class facilities that other nations provide.........Read more

MS Dhoni The Untold Story trailer: This is Sushant Singh’s masterstroke

Sushant Singh Rajput brings MS Dhoni alive onscreen with Neeraj Pandey’s latest directorial venture - a biopic on the Indian cricket team captain.........Read more

Nirbhaya rapists' lawyer claims attack was 'planned by a politician'

Lawyer ML Sharma, who represents the gang-rape convicts Mukesh and Pawan, has tried to claim that the attack they carried out was orchestrated by a politician "to score political mileage”.........Read more

India's sick interest in rape porn is dehumanising

From extreme 'gang bang' to sadistic, violent sex - this voyeuristic youth consumes anything that is available.........Read more

US hacking other countries with stealthy submarines: report

US subs are equipped with sophisticated antennas that can be used to intercept and manipulate other people's communications traffic.........Read more

Why start-ups are still a big draw for MBA students

At the beginning of a management career, it is important to get as much exposure as possible. It is easily possible in a start-up.........Read more

KSRTC, BMTC indefinite strike from tonight

Travelling public are likely to be inconvenienced as unions representating the state-run transport corporations (STCs) have given a call for an indefinite strike across the state from Sunday evening, demanding a hike in wages.........Read more

Court acquits Somaru Nag, journalist arrested on charges of aiding Maoists in Bastar

Additional District Judge Niranjan Lal Chouhan quashed all charges against him, citing lack of evidence........Read more

Mahendra Singh Dhoni to Play Mentor At McDermott's Cricket Academy

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is taking his first step towards cricket coaching and will be associated with former Australian pacer Craig McDermott's academy. latest Cricket news........Read more

Indian Super League: Verdict on FC Goa fiasco to be pronounced next week

Former Chief Justice of Bombay High Court, Kshitij Vyas, will pronounce his verdict next week on FSDL and FC Goa's appeal against sanctions imposed on them by ISL's Regulatory Commission for boycotting the prize distribution ceremony following last edition's final.........Read more

NEET ordinance not in good taste : SC criticises Centre but refuses to interfere

NEET ordinance not in good taste : SC criticises Centre but refuses to interfere - The SC expressed displeasure at the Centre's decision to pass the Ordinance.........Read more

Wi-fi, entertainment units, CCTVs: Tejas trains to have world class features

Tejas and Hamsafar trains along with Antodaya Express and Deen Dayalu coaches are to be introduced in the current fiscal as part of the budget proposal.........Read more

Lesbians, gays, bisexuals are not third gender, Supreme Court clarifies

The SC had on April 15, 2014 granted legal recognition to transgenders as third category of gender. Paving way to bring transgenders in national mainstream, the SC directed govts to take steps to remove problems faced by them such as fear, shame, social pressure, depression, and social stigma.........Read more

India among top 3 regions in corruption-linked fraud

An overwhelming 80 per cent of companies polled in India said they had been victims of fraud in 2015-16, up from 69 per cent in 2013-14, according to a survey report. The Global Fraud Report 2015-........Read more

Scrap railway budget: Niti Aayog panel - Times of India

The British-era practice of presenting a separate railway budget may be discarded by the Narendra Modi government after a high-powered panel headed by Niti Aayog member Bibek Debroy recommended that the annual exercise should be scrapped.........Read more

No country for Bond: Did Raghuram Rajan's candid, no-holds-barred approach finally cost him his job?

No country for Bond: Did Raghuram Rajan's candid, no-holds-barred approach finally cost him his job? - Raghuram Rajan has never shied away from voicing his opinion.........Read more

Meet Kanwar Rameshwar Singh Jamwal, the man who aims to make Tatas' e-commerce venture CliQ make a mark

Jamwal, who is in charge of new projects at Tata Industries, recalls chairman Cyrus Mistry's short but clear approval email in 2013 — “No me-too business”.........Read more

Capacity for renewable energy in India hits 42,850 mw; surpasses capacity of hydel projects

Officials said India is on track to becoming one of the worlds largest producers of green energy and will surpass many developed countries in this endeavour.........Read more

Multi-channel network SillyMonks raises Rs 3cr funding from an HNI, plans to launch 6 web series properties

Hyderabad-based multi-channel network (MSN) SillyMonks raised Rs 3 crore from HNI Sreenivasa Reddy Musani, CMD EKTHA Group. With this new influx of funds,........Read more

Rajya Sabha polls: Congress moves 14 Karnataka independent MLAs to Mumbai in wake of 'sting operation'

Rajya Sabha polls: Congress moves 14 Karnataka independent MLAs to Mumbai in wake of 'sting operation' - MLAs from Karnataka were purportedly demanding money for supporting a candidate in a sting done by a news channel.........Read more

Lenovo ZUK Z1 Review: A Powerful Phone at a Compelling Price

We got to play with the Lenovo ZUK Z1 that is set to go on sale on May 26 and here's our take on the Rs 13,499-priced smartphone:........Read more

A Kumbh in Kashmir after 75 years

‘Dashar Maha Kumbh’ is being organised on the confluence of sacred rivers Sindhu and Vitasta in Ganderbal district of Kashmir on June 14, after a period of 75 years, in which Kashmiri Pandits are exp........Read more

Paes, Bopanna Enter French Open Men's Doubles Quarters

Paes and his Polish partner Marcin Matkowski stunned fourth seeds -- England’s Jamie Murray and Brazil’s Bruno Soares 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4), while the sixth-seeded pair of Bopanna and Mergea outclassed the United States's Brian Baker and New Zealand's Marcus Daniell 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-1.........Read more

'Kesari', a documentary on Kesari Balakrishna Pillai by K. R. Manoj

It’s with near reverence that journalists, writers, historians and thinkers in Kerala look upon Kesari Balakrishna Pillai (1899-1960). The Thiruvananthapuram-native and firebrand publisher of newspap........Read more

Rio dream over! Mary Kom fails to qualify for 2016 Olympics after defeat in World Championship - Firstpost

Five-time world champion MC Mary Kom's hopes of a second successive Olympic appearance ended on Saturday after she went down in the second round of the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships in Kazakhstan.........Read more

How Malegaon’s innocent ‘terrorists’ lost 10 years of their lives

Nine Muslims lost ten years of their lives till a special court acquitted them of all terror charges for the 2006 Malegaon blasts. HT met six of them in Maharashtra’s powerloom town.........Read more

Scientists develop dengue drug

In a major break-through, the scientists say that they have come up with a novel plant-based drug which will cure dengue.........Read more

Ramu to IAS Ramesh: The Story of a Disabled Bangle Seller Who is Now an IAS officer

Ramesh Gholap is now posted in Jharkhand as Joint Secretary in the Energy Department.........Read more

Beware! Diabetes can trigger oral infection

According to dentists, inflammation of gums, white and red patches and weakening of gums due to reduction of blood supply are among various oral problems caused by diabetes.........Read more