TikTok’s pulling out of Hong Kong after Chinese law controversy

ByteDance Ltd.’s TikTok declared it will remove its app from Hong Kong mobile stores in coming days, becoming the first internet service to withdraw from the city after Beijing enacted sweeping powers to crack down on national security threats. That announcement comes as the Chinese-owned service itself comes under fire in the U.S. for censoring content and controlling a wide swath of American users’ data. On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo told Fox News “we’re certainly looking” at a ban on Chinese social media apps including TikTok.........Read more

Air pollution kills one lakh Indian children aged under five every year, accounts for 12.5% of total deaths in country

Environment think tank CSE's State of India's Environment (SoE) report said that on an average, 8.5 out of every 10,000 children in India die before they turn five, while the risk was higher for girls as 9.6 out of 10,000 girls die before five years of age due to bad air.........Read more

'Voice of God' | Tendulkar to Make His Commentary Debut in WC Opening Clash Between ENG And SA

Legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar will be making his on-air expert debut with the World Cup beginning on Thursday in England and Wales. Tendulkar will grace the commentary box during the tournament opener between England and South Africa to be played at The Oval, London.........Read more

Pak asked for Azhar ban to be put off till elections, felt will benefit Modi

Much before Beijing lifted the technical hold that led to global ban on Jaish chief, Pakistan and China had reconciled to the distinct possibility that they might not be able to block Masood Azhar’s global terror tag any longer but wanted the United Nations to designate the Jaish boss as a global terrorist only after the Indian elections. ........Read more

11 dead after 2 ships catch fire in Kerch Strait off Russia coast, 15 Indians among crew

Two ships carrying Indian, Turkish and Libyan crew members have caught fire in the Kerch Strait separating Crimea from Russia, killing at least 11 persons.........Read more

"It's For Experts To Review Rafale Deal, Not Court," Says Centre

The centre has objected to the top court reviewing the deal saying the "matter is for experts to decide on, not for the court" after the Supreme Court agreed to hear a bunch of petitions demanding a probe into the fighter jet deal with France.........Read more

India mocks UNSC over reforms, says Council victim of ‘self-inflicted wounds of diminishing relevance’

Akbaruddin was speaking during a debate on the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' report on the work of the organisation which made no mention of UNSC reforms, a process that has stalled for decades.........Read more

US SEC seeks details from ICICI Bank on its accounting and corporate governance practices

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has sought details from India’s ICICI Bank Ltd. on its accounting and corporate governance practices.........Read more

CWG 2018 Weightlifter Deepak Lather Wins Bronze Medal

After an intense finish to the 69 kg category weightlifting event, India’s Deepak Lather finished with a bronze medal after lifting 295 kg.........Read more

Andhra special status row: YSR Cong MPs to quit after budget session

YSR Congress on Monday said its MPs would resign whenever the budget session of Parliament was adjourned sine die without the Centre accepting its demand for granting special category status to Andhra Pradesh.........Read more

India likely to generate 775.5 tonnes of medical waste daily by 2020

India is likely to generate about 775.5 tonnes of medical waste per day by 2022 from the current level of 550.9 tonnes daily, a study conducted jointly by industry body ASSOCHAM and Velocity have said. ........Read more

Pune tops urban governance survey of 23 major Indian cities

Pune came on top in the fifth edition of the Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems (ASICS), edging out Thiruvananthapuram, which had topped the previous two editions of the survey. Bengaluru was ranked last.........Read more

No Cash Transfer in Lieu of Food Rations: Centre to State Governments

NITI Aayog had recommended testing if cash transfers could replace the provision of take-home rations and supplementary nutrition as part of its Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) to plug leakages. WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi had vehemently opposed cash transfers on the ground that a mother would not be able to buy adequate food if she were given the same cash amount that was used to procure rations at wholesale rates.........Read more

DGCA Tells Airlines to Carry Equal Number of Hindi and English Newspapers on Board Aircraft

Lalit Gupta, the Joint Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), has instructed airlines to carry equal number of English and Hindi newspapers and magazines on board flights. He also said that airlines are seen carrying very few Hindi newspapers, which goes against the official language policy of the Indian union.........Read more

Report: iPhone 8 could pack ‘rear-facing 3D laser’ for AR features & camera improvements

ARKit is perhaps the clearest sign yet that Apple is going all-in when it comes to augmented reality. With the iPhone 8 set to come later this year, it makes sense that it too would feature advanced AR features. Now, Fast Company reports that the device will feature a rear-facing 3D sensor to aid with AR and other camera technology…........Read more

1984 riot case: Delhi High Court directs Capt Bhagmal to surrender by Monday

Delhi High Court on Thursday directed anti-Sikh riots convicted Retd. naval officer Capt. Bhagmal, who was held guilty of murder of a family of five in Raj Nagar area of Delhi Cantonment, to surrender by Monday.........Read more

This is why India's healthcare system is in danger

Qualified medical professionals are few and staffers are often performing tasks beyond their mandate.........Read more

Indian Para-Athlete Forced to Beg in Berlin After Being Ignored by Sports Authorities

She and five others participating in the Para Swimming Championships in the German capital from July 3-9 had a harrowing time as the government money sanctioned for their tour did not reach them. In the end, Kanchanmala had to beg and borrow money in an unfamiliar city. The PCI, however, has blamed the Sports Authority of India for the lapse. But the situation failed to deter the athletes’ fierce determination. Despite all odds, Kanchanmala and Suyash Jadhav won silver medals and qualified for the World Championships.........Read more

Find out the GST rate for over 1300 goods and services

Whether it involves eating out or buying a mobile phone, we've got it all.........Read more

Whatsapp Approaches SBI, NPCI For Payments Via UPI

Instant messaging app Whatsapp, has reportedly approached SBI and NPCI for enabling UPI payments on its digital wallet.........Read more

Are nationalized banks the walking dead of the Indian banking system?

Public sector banks, excluding behemoth State Bank of India (SBI), seem to have vanished from the lending scene. The latest data from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) shows public sector banks didn’t see their loan book grow at all in 2016-17.........Read more

SC to hear plea against making Aadhaar mandatory for schemes on May 17

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to examine a plea against fresh notifications making it mandatory for citizens to quote Aadhaar for availing benefits of several welfare schemes.........Read more

Snap is the new stubborn, slow-growing Twitter

Snapchat fell apart today when its growth slowed significantly in the face of competition from Facebook, and users found it too hard to find the best content due to its unsorted reverse chronological feed. Its share price fell 24% as its growth troubles continued.........Read more

Coal India considering listing on London Stock Exchange

Coal India Ltd, the world's largest coal miner, is considering a listing on the London Stock Exchange and has had early discussions with the LSE, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.........Read more

Sardesai Warned of Legal Action for Calling Nandini Sundar on Show

Veteran journalist Rajdeep Sardesai has been threatened of legal action by a right-wing group called the Legal Rights Observatory (LRO) for inviting Nandini Sundar who has written extensively about the Naxal conflict in India, on his talk show on India Today.........Read more

Could tensions turn into war in North Korea?

US warships and submarines are on the move. North Korea has carried out its largest ever live-fire drill. Washington and Pyongyang are trading inflammatory rhetoric on a weekly basis. With all of this, it's hard to know if war is actually imminent or if these are the growing pains of US President Donald Trump's new administration figuring out how to deal with North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un.........Read more

How Naya Raipur Is Emerging as One of the Most Well-Planned Smart Cities in India

Chhattisgarh—the 26th state of Union of India—came into existence after the division of Madhya Pradesh. Seeing the plight, neglect and slow development of the region, former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee decided to create the new state of Chhattisgarh. On its first Foundation day, all that Chhattisgarh had were unexplored reserves, an undermined local population, a few dams and insurgency concerns. The birth of Chhattisgarh made the impression that another backward, underdeveloped and gloomy region would now get recognition on the map of India.........Read more

Indigenous South American group has healthiest arteries of all populations yet studied, providing clues to healthy lifes

The Tsimane people - a forager-horticulturalist population of the Bolivian Amazon - have the lowest reported levels of vascular ageing for any population, with coronary atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) being five times less common than in the US, according to a study published in The Lancet and being presented at the American College of Cardiology conference.........Read more

Swiss Open: HS Prannoy loses in quarterfinals to Shi Yuqi, Pranaav Jerry Chopra-N Sikki Reddy also ousted

It was curtains for India at the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold after defending champion H S Prannoy was knocked out of the men's singles competition following a straight-game loss to China's Shi Yuqi in the quarterfinals of the $120,000 event. Prannoy failed to produce his best game and went down 19-21, 11-21 to the second seeded Chinese.........Read more

Two die in protests after South Korean president removed from office

Two died amid chaotic scenes in the capital, Seoul. Thousands demonstrated after the unanimous decision by eight judges was read out down in a live broadcast that gripped the nation.........Read more

India's E-Payment Firms Face Stiff Competition From State-Backed Rivals

Now the government is rolling out three tools to facilitate rival cashless transactions, including a United Payments Interface (UPI) app that simplifies inter-bank fund transfers, and Aadhaar Pay, a bank-linked payment service that relies on the national identity card and can be used with just a fingerprint. It has also promoted Bharat QR, another bank-linked service that uses machine-readable labels as the base for a simple payment system, helped by Visa and MasterCard. It requires only a smartphone and is aiming to signup two million merchants by September.........Read more

Sr iVenkateswara Brahmotsavams begin

The nine-day annual Brahmotsavams of Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy temple got off to a grand start with priests hoisting the ‘Dhwaja Patam’ in the auspicious Meena Lagnam, atop the ‘Dhwajasthambham’ of the shrine at Srinivasa Mangapuram here on Thursday.........Read more

UP STF Unearths Rs 3700 Cr Online Fraud, 3 Arrested

Preliminary investigation revealed that a company called Ablaze Info Solutions Limited located at Sector-63 in Noida duped around 7 Lakh people and took an investment of approx Rs 3,700 Cr from them under "Earn Rs 5 per click" scheme. "The accused persons running a Web portal - social - where an investor has to pay from Rs 5750 to Rs 57500 in the company's account to become the member and earn Rs 5 per click. So far we managed to track around Rs 500 crore and already seized company's bank accounts," ........Read more

Rahul Gandhi calls Union Budget a 'damp squib'

Reacting to the government's move to bring in transparency to political funding, Rahul Gandhi said that his party would support any step to clean political funding. He, however, claimed that Arun Jaitley's was a poetry filled budget and nothing more. "There is no vision, nothing for the farmer; There is a basic misunderstanding about what MNREGA is," he added.........Read more

I was molested at 7 and raped at 14, says Ashley Judd

Hollywood actor Ashley Judd who is in the Capital, as a part of the World Congress Against Sexual Exploitation of Women and Girls initiative, spoke at length about gender discrimination, and said that she too has been a victim of sexual harassment.........Read more

Demonetisation will make economy more transparent in the long run: President Pranab Mukherjee

​The President's remarks came during his annual Republic Day address. He hailed the strength of India's democracy, but added that its systems aren't perfect. He began his speech by paying tribute to the brave jawans who sacrificed their lives for the nation.........Read more

Children get their intelligence from mothers: study

Mother's genes may determine how clever the children will be, whereas the father makes no difference to their intelligence levels, a new research suggests. Women are more likely to transmit intelligence genes to their children as they are carried on the X chromosome and women have two of these, while men only have one.........Read more

AIIMS Performed 1.5 Lakh Surgeries In 2015-16, Says JP Nadda

AIIMS Delhi performed about 1.5 lakh surgeries and attended to 30 lakh outpatients and 2.5 lakh inpatients during 2015-16, Union Health Minister J P Nadda on Monday said.........Read more

Vaiko releases secret letter LTTE Prabhakaran wrote to Karunanidhi

Twenty-eight years ago, MDMK Chief Vai. Gopalsamy, or Vaiko, who was then a member of the DMK, travelled to LTTE-controlled parts of Northern Sri Lanka to meet the militant chief V Prabhakaran. He returned with a letter, addressed to then TN CM M Karunanidhi.........Read more

Mormugao, Indian Navy's most advanced guided missile destroyer, launched in Mumbai

An indigenously built warship equipped with a range of high-tech missiles was launched on Saturday with Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba saying the stealth destroyer can be compared with the best vessels in the world.........Read more

Another Girl Makes India Proud! Wrestler Manisha Becomes 38kg World Champion At Junior Meet

There's no stopping sporting success for India at the world stage. After owning successes at the Rio Olympics and Paralympics, India's girls are continuing their bid to make the nation proud. It is now turn of young Manisha who has won become the world champion at the Junior World Wrestling Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia.........Read more

Four basic personality types identified: Pessimistic; optimistic; envious and trusting

A study on human behavior has revealed that 90% of the population can be classified into four basic personality types: Optimistic, Pessimistic, Trusting and Envious. However, the latter of the four types, Envious, is the most common, with 30% compared to 20% for each of the other groups.........Read more

One Tweet to Railway Ministry & Corrupt TTE Was Suspended While Still on the Train. Here's How!

In yet another laudable incident of Indian Railways’ authorities taking quick action based on complaints received on Twitter, a TTE who was taking bribes from passengers in return for seats was suspended. Govind Narayan, the passenger who reported the incident, was travelling to Bikaner in coach number S6 of Barmer Kalka Express on Saturday. Just after getting seated he noticed that a TTE was collecting Rs. 15 from all passengers in return for allotting seats to them.........Read more

JK Cements and Lafarge among 11 cement companies fined Rs. 6,700 crore by CCI for cartelisation

The competition watchdog has also fined the Cement Manufacturers' Association Rs. 73 lakh.........Read more

Italian team brings household robot a step closer

Italy’s IIT, (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia), in Genoa has a new humanoid member of staff.........Read more

A Flying Jatt review: Tiger Shroffs superhero film doesnt fly

A 26-year-old Tiger Shroff is Indias youngest superhero A Flying Jatt and this time, he is saving the world from a 7-feet-tall supervillain. Heres our A Flying Jatt movie review.........Read more

Brock Lesnar appears to deliberately elbow Randy Orton as fans question if he went 'off-script'

The bloody ending to WWE SummerSlam has raised questions over whether Brock Lesnar intentionally hurt opponent Randy Orton after a gash to his head ended the fight earlier than planned.........Read more

Africa’s Great Green Wall is Building Hope For the Hungry, Uniting People Across Borders

The Great Green Wall initiative started a decade ago. Once completed, it will be the largest man-made structure on Earth and a new wonder of the world.........Read more

Here Are the New Fines for Traffic Violations Post Amendments in Motor Vehicle Act

Every year 5 lakh road accidents are reported in the country in which 1.5 lakh people lose their lives and the Government is aiming to reduce the accidents and fatalities by 50% in five years. To address the issue of road safety, a draft Road Transpo........Read more

India is strapped for diplomats: But if Shashi Tharoor's panel has its way, YOU could become one

If recommendation 19 of the Shashi Tharoor-helmed Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs's latest report is adopted, you could be on your way to becoming a diplomat minus all the stress of UPSC exams........Read more

No Holy Wine For Blessing In Churches: Bihar Government

The state government has cancelled a special licence given to churches to manufacture sacramental wine for the purposes of blessing during prayer services. Following the prohibition on alcohol since April this year, a relief was given to churches out........Read more

Prithviraj, Pawan Kalyan & Suriya to support the 18th Mumbai Film Festival 2016

In their attempt to get filmmakers from all across India to participate in MAMI 2016, the organizers have roped in film stars from the south to support the festival.........Read more

Ringing Bells has actually shipped 5000 Freedom 251 devices, but critics need not apologise

Ringing Bells is finally shipping the Freedom 251, but they're only shipping 5,000 units of the promised 2 lakh devices. Here's what Mohit Goel has to say about it.........Read more

Battle against pilferage won, war remains

The enforcement department of Tangedco comprises four squads – Ex-servicemen squads comprising 40 teams, a Flying squad, Enforcement squads comprising 17 teams and an Intelligence Wing. All the squads........Read more

How a new akhara of transgendered people stole the spotlight at the Ujjain Kumbh

While transgendered people are getting shot in Pakistan, a rather different sentiment was on display at the month-long Simhashta Kumbh, which ended in Ujjain on May 21. Thousands of devotees lined up at the newly formed Kinnar Akhara to seek the bles........Read more

Story of Chimera Labs, world's first ad network of brands creating content for virtual reality

When children grow up dabbling with computers, playing war games and coding for fun they end up understanding a fantasy world. But as they grow up it gives........Read more

Meet Hrithik Roshan’s princess in Mohenjo Daro, Pooja Hegde

Pooja Hegde has revealed her look from Mohenjo Daro. The Ashutosh Gowariker film also stars Hrithik Roshan.........Read more

No clarity yet on selection panel role in appointment of RBI chief

While a section close to government said RBI Governor was unlikely to be appointed on the basis of recommendations by the FSRASC, others said no final decision on the selection process had been taken........Read more

Road-going plug-in hybrid - Terrafugia's TF-X: A Four-seater hybrid-electric flying car

Google co-founder Larry Page has secretly spent more than $100 million funding two different self-driving car startups. For Page, the 12th-wealthiest person on the planet, this is a side project with no funding from Alphabet.........Read more

Army goes in hot pursuit of insurgents on Indo-Myanmar border

Army goes in hot pursuit of insurgents on Indo-Myanmar border - Top officials mum on whether the Army operation was inside Myanmar territory.........Read more

Indian Hockey Team | Champions Trophy and 6-nation event will be our mental test, says stand-in captain and goalkeeper Sreejesh

The Indian hockey team’s stand-in captain and goalkeeper P R Sreejesh says the Champions Tropy in England and the following six-nation hockey tournament in Spain will give his side the opportunity to........Read more

'.ART' Domain Dedicated to Arts, Culture Launching This Year

.ART, which launches in fall 2016, is an internet domain dedicated to serving the arts and culture communities to enhance the art industry's presence online.........Read more

After Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to visit India on May 30 - The Economic Times

These visits and increasing engagements underscore India's rise as a big market for tech companies with its growing Internet population.........Read more

Eye on India, China raises Tibet military command rank to expand its combat role

China has raised the rank and status of its western Tibet Military Command to widen its scope for missions and combat preparedness, in a move analysts in Beijing said was aimed in part at fortifying the border with India.........Read more

Mobile phones to come with panic button from 2017 - The Economic Times

The aim is that a women in trouble may not have the time or opportunity to dial 100 should be able to send an alert by press of a button.........Read more

Saudi Prince, 31, Unveils Sweeping Plans To End 'Addiction' To Oil

The powerful young prince overseeing Saudi Arabia's economy unveiled ambitious plans on Monday aimed at ending the kingdom's "addiction" to oil and transforming it into a global investment power.........Read more