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Coronavirus crisis could see number of extreme poor rise to 1.1 billion worldwide

Speak Now The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic could plunge an extra 395 million people into extreme poverty and swell the total number of those living on less than $1.90 a day worldwide to more than 1 billion, researchers said in a report on Friday. The report - published by UNU-WIDER, part of the United Nations University - played through a number of scenarios, taking into account the World Bank’s various poverty lines - from extreme poverty, defined as living on $1.90 a day or less, to higher poverty lines of living on less than $5.50 a day.........Read more

As World Grapples with Covid-19, How a Vaccine Made of Mosquito Spit Could Help Stop the Next Epidemic

Five years ago, in an office complex with a giant sculpture of a mosquito just northwest of Phnom Penh, Jessica Manning struck on a novel idea. Rather than spend more years in what felt like a futile search for a malaria vaccine, she would take on all mosquito-borne pathogens at once. Her idea revolved around mosquito spit. Building on the work of colleagues and other scientists, Manning, a clinical researcher for the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, believed she could use pieces of mosquito saliva protein to build a universal vaccine. ........Read more

Earth’s Core Has Massive Structures That Were Undiscovered; We Really Don't Know it all

Doyeon Kim/University of Maryland It turns out that we don’t know everything about the core of the Earth, contrary to the assumption that we know it all. Scientists have discovered that there are giant structures around 2900 kilometers beneath the surface of the Earth. These previously undiscovered structures sit at the boundary of the Earth’s molten core and solid mantle. It is estimated that these structures are about 1000 kilometers in diameter and about 25 kilometers in depth. ........Read more

What is juice jacking? Public charging kiosks can hack, infect smartphones with malware

Do you not carry your power bank while traveling? Do you often charge your phone, tablet or computer device in public kiosks? Then your devices are at great risk, as they may be infected with malware, hacked, or your data may be stolen. There are several ways of stealing data or infecting your phone, tablet, or computer device with malware. Juice jacking is a kind of cyber attack and hackers can steal your data through a charging port especially over USB. The hacker may either install malware or copy sensitive data from your electronic device.........Read more

The tragedy of Indian H-1B visa holders with US-born kids

The Vande Bharat mission, launched last month, is the Indian government's largest-ever exercise to repatriate its nationals stranded abroad due to the coronavirus lockdown. Over 1.07 lakh people have so far returned to the country under the programme. Anguraj Kailasam, who is now out of status in the US as her work visa has expired, requested the Indian government to allow minors of Indians with visas to travel in the Vande Bharat mission as well. The US laws expect her to leave the country as soon as possible, but the current Indian law would not allow her with her US-born daughter.........Read more

‘She Could No Longer Respond to Challenges’: How Operation Blue Star’s Devastation ‘Exhausted’ Indira Gandhi

Operation Blue Star was one of the most tragic and avoidable episode of post-Independence history of India. The Indira Gandhi government could not have chosen the worse time, June 5, 1984, asking the Indian army to storm the holiest Sikh Shrine, Golden Temple, on a day that marked martyrdom of Guru Arjun Dev. ........Read more

Fraud alert: CBI warns of Covid apps that can steal your money

Speak Now If you have installed any application on your smartphone for updates on the coronavirus pandemic, then you may lose your money, the Central Bureau of Investigation has warned. In an alert to all states, Union territories and central agencies, the CBI has informed of a malicious app that uses an update related to the coronavirus pandemic and steals financial data such as credit card or debit card number of the person who has installed it and can later withdraw the money from the account.........Read more

Misuse of BCCI Funds by CWI? Michael Holding Exposes 'Leaked Audit Report'

Reading content from a ‘confidential' audit report of Pannell Kerr Foster (PKF) which he got access to, Holding raised several red flags in an interview on YouTube. "Former president to prime ministers have been calling for forensic audit over the governance in cricket in the Caribbean. The current regime did not do a forensic audit, but they did an audit. They had the report in January, but they never released it. The 60-page audit report does not look good. It is a damning and and harsh report. I want to delve into it. I picked three reports," he said. ........Read more

Silver Lining: This Karnataka Jeweller’s Unique Masks are an Instant Hit at Lockdown Weddings

Every dark cloud has a silver lining and a jeweller based in Kollapur is determined to deliver that silver lining to couples forced to scale down their dream wedding because of the Covid-19 lockdown. Sandeep Sagaonkar, who runs a jewellery enterprise in Belgaum district on the Karnataka-Maharashtra border, has added silver masks to his wedding collection and business has been booming ever since he hit upon the unique sales pitch. ........Read more

Families of Jawans Allege Expired Vaccines Administered to Their Children in Delhi CRPF Camp

At least four children of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were administered expired vaccines in a camp organised at Delhi's CRPF residential premises of Saket Sector 4. These jawans are part of the Special Duty Group, which falls under the Prime Minister's security blanket. As per complaints made by the family of the jawans, 50 children were administered doses of polio, measles, rotavirus and hepatitis by a private doctor on May 16. Of these at least four children, aged between a month-and-a-half and six months, were given vaccines with an expiry date of April 2020. ........Read more

Amit Shah Dismisses Rumours Surrounding His Health, Says He is Not Suffering from Any Disease

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday dismissed recent allegations of his ill-health. The veteran BJP leader took to Twitter to clarify those were just rumours and that as the country's home minister he has been working as the country grapples with the coronavirus pandemic. ........Read more

After UPSC exam, IAS, IPS, IFS and other recruits could have to take one more online test

According to DoPT, all civil service recruits will be given pre-training material online, and they will be tested on it right before their Foundation Course. This will allow us to reorient the Foundation Course to have more focus on case studies, field and skill-based training.........Read more

What patients of diabetes, asthma need to do to stay safe from COVID-19

Early clinical profile of COVID-19 suggests severe manifestation in people suffering from diabetes, cardiovascular conditions and lung diseases like asthma. These conditions are common among Indians — for example, India ranks second in diabetes incidence, with an estimated 7.7 crore diabetics.........Read more

What is plogging? All you want to know

The Greater Chennai Corporation has started employing it in its clean-up drives; and the number of ploggers within running groups are on the rise. Some of them are taking it to their backyards........Read more

What Japan can teach us about cleanliness

One of the first things visitors to Japan notice is how clean everywhere is – yet there are hardly any litter bins and street sweepers. What's the secret behind this contradiction?........Read more

From Skylab to Area 51: The CIA and a Secret Photograph

Area 51 is known for many things: (A) the secret testing of highly-classified aircraft at the height of the Cold War; (B) the claims of Bob Lazar of alien spacecraft supposedly held at an off-shoot of the top secret facility called S-4.........Read more

Yediurappa Begins Spell as Karnataka CM, With New Spelling

After days of drama courtesy JDS-Congress MLAs which resulted in a trust vote on the floor of Karnataka Assembly and saw the alliance defeated, BJP state chief Yediurappa finally staked claim to form the government on Friday morning and was sworn in by evening. ........Read more

‘The torture continued’: Mumbai doctor’s chilling suicide note released

The three-page note, part of a 1,200-page charge sheet submitted by Mumbai Police, is a damning indictment of the three accused — Hema Ahuja, Bhakti Mehare and Ankita Khandelwal — who have been named in the letter as responsible for the suicide, and may be considered Tadvi’s dying declaration.........Read more

GST Council extends date for filing annual returns under GST by 2 months: Revenue Secretary

The GST Council has extended the date for filing annual returns under GST by two months to August 30, 2019, said the Revenue Secretary on Friday. Revenue Secretary AB Pandey added that the one-form new GST return filing system will be applicable from January 1, 2020.........Read more

Mumbai Indians edge Chennai Super Kings by 1 run to win fourth IPL title

Through twists and turns befitting the plot of a bestseller, the Indian Premier League final was decided off the last ball with spectators holding onto the edge of their seats and players chewing off their fingernails. ........Read more

Oscars 2019: India-set Period. End of Sentence makes history, wins Best Documentary Short Subject

Produced by Guneet Monga and set in India, Period. End of Sentence has won the Best Documentary Short Subject at the 91st Academy Awards.........Read more

Kashmiri Youth, Arrested by UP ATS, Confess to Their Links With Jaish

The two accused reportedly confessed to their links with JeM during their four-hour long interrogation by Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police O P Singh.........Read more

PM Modi awarded Seoul Peace Prize in South Korea, says it belongs to people of India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a two-day visit to South Korea, was awarded the Seoul Peace Prize for 2018 for his “contribution to international cooperation and fostering global economic growth”........Read more

Jaish Leadership in Valley Wiped Out 100 Hours After Pulwama Attack, Will Kill Those Picking Up Guns: Army

The announcement was made by Corps Commander of Chinar Corps KJS Dhillon in a joint press with the J&K Police and CRPF.........Read more

No sporting ties with Pakistan until terrorism stops, says Rajeev Shukla 

India and Pakistan have not played a bilateral series since 2013 but have faced each other in mutli-nation tournaments such as Champions Trophy and Asia Cup. They are scheduled to play in Manchester on June 16.........Read more

Kamal Haasan Clarifies Amid Row Over "Plebiscite" Comments On Kashmir

Actor-politician Kamal Haasan has clarified after a controversy over comments apparently questioning why the government did not carry out a plebiscite in Kashmir. He said today that plebiscite is "no longer relevant" and Kashmir is an integral part of India.........Read more

Pulwama attack: Total ban on Pakistani actors and artistes in India, announces AICWA

All Indian Cine Workers Association announced a total ban on Pakistani artistes and actors from working in India. The ban comes after the dastardly terror attack in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14 that left 40 CRPF jawans dead.........Read more

‘A lifelong dream’: Oscar-winning Resul Pookutty records Kerala’s grand temple festival sounds

History was created at the Thrissur Pooram temple festival in Kerala on Friday as Oscar-winning sound editor Resul Pookutty recorded the sounds of the celebrations at the Vaddakumnathan temple to take them to the world and save them for posterity.........Read more

2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R launched in India

India Kawasaki Motors launched 2017 Ninja ZX-10R on Friday, 23 September. Deliveries of the motorcycle have been scheduled from the third week of October 2016. The ZX10R has been a world championship-winning motorcycle at the World Superbike Championships in 2013 and 2015. It currently leads the 2016 championship standings.........Read more

Acharya Balkrishna worth $2.5 billion; youngest billionaire on Forbes India rich list top 50

With his 97% holding in Patanjali Ayurveda, Balkrishna ranks 48th in the Forbes list of richest Indians.........Read more

Cameron Exits Parliament Just as Committee Blames Him for Libya's Collapse

After a summer recess, the House of Commons has returned with one fewer member: David Cameron announced that he was stepping down as MP for Whitney in Oxfordshire. Apparently, he wants to get on with writing his memoirs and undertake new challenges. ........Read more

CBI registers case in Rajdeo Ranjan murder case

CBI has taken over investigations in the murder of journalist Rajdeo Ranjan as it registered a case today against unknown assailants.........Read more

U.S. Military Now Says ISIS Leader Was Held in Notorious Abu Ghraib Prison

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's presence at the infamous prison may shed new light on the role U.S. detention facilities played in the rise of the Islamic State.........Read more

World’s largest hotel with 10,000 rooms, 70 restaurants to open in Mecca by 2017

According to reports, the Abraj Kudai hotel - the world's largest by room count - in Saudi Arabia will open in 2017.........Read more

Delhi HC reserves order on plea to cancel Kanhaiya’s bail

After it was pulled up by Justice P S Teji who made hard hitting remarks like "Why are you playing with the court" and "police has made a mockerey of the system," Delhi Police said it was not in favour of cancellation of the student leader's bail.........Read more

India ranks 110th on Sustainable Development index

India has ranked a low 110 out of 149 nations?assessed on where they stand with regard to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, according to a new index which is topped by Sweden and shows all countries face major challenges in achieving these ambitious goals.........Read more

Infosys techie murder: Accused arrested from Tirunelveli

Infosys techie murder: Accused arrested from Tirunelveli - Accused Ram Kumar is an engineer.........Read more

PM oks $1bn deal with US for 4 Poseidons

The India-US strategic clinch continues to get tighter. Soon after the two finalised the bilateral military logistics pact, the US has bagged yet another mega arms deal to reassert its status as India’s largest weapons supplier in recent years.........Read more

Winsome Group’s Rs. 7,000-cr. default a ‘criminal conspiracy’

Fresh details in trade circles further confirm suspicions that a criminal conspiracy to take money out of the country may have led to India’s second largest bank loan default case involving the Winso........Read more

Saina Nehwal Clinches Australian Open Title Ahead of Rio Olympics

London Olympics bronze medallist Saina defeated China's Sun Yu 11-21, 21-14, 21-19 to win the Australian Open title.........Read more

Oil demand is robust and OPEC is happy with oil market, kingpin Saudi says

Non-OPEC output is falling sharply, prices last week briefly rose above $50 for first time in 6 months........Read more

Mohammad Azharuddin Feels It's for MS Dhoni to Take a Call on Retirement

Azharuddin said Mahendra Singh Dhoni has achieved so much in his career as a cricketer and he should be allowed to take a call on his future.........Read more

Women actors don’t get even 5 per cent of what men do: Aindrita

Aindrita Ray, who has acted in over 25 films in Kannada, took on what she called the ‘male-dominated industry’ by raising the contentious question of disparity in remuneration between male and female........Read more

Comcast buys DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion

The deal, announced on Thursday morning, will bring a sizable library of youth-oriented content under control of NBCUniversal, which is owned by Comcast.........Read more

Indian E-Commerce: Misled By Bad Data

My analysis of Flipkart's existential dilemma in the article "Saving Private Flipkart" got an overwhelming response, including this rebuttal. There were some questions about the data I used for the analysis. I thought I should expand on some of them, starting with why we shouldn't take Morgan Stanley numbers at face value.........Read more