Atta or Maida: Which One is Better for Your Health?

Far from knowing which one of the two types of flours is healthier, most young Indians may not even know how to differentiate between atta and maida unless a maternal hand guides them. What may add to the confusion is that both atta and maida are made from wheat grains. Now, to make this a little easier for you, lets first get the basics out of the way. Atta or wheat flour is a basic, milled flour made from whole wheat grains. It’s a combination of the germ, endosperm and bran of wheat grains. Maida or refined flour is made from just the endosperm of whole wheat grains. As the name suggests, maida or all-purpose flour is highly refined. This is the reason why atta is so much more coarse to the touch, while maida is smooth and fine. While you can easily get whole wheat grains and get them milled locally, the refining process for maida can only be done at specialized mills and factories. This might also be the reason why atta is considered to be everyday normal within the Indian food culture, while foods prepared with maida are brought out to mark special occasions or more ingratiating/festive cuisines (seriously, we bet you to find one atta-based traditional dish from the Mughlai cuisine).........Read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ Review: Never Has An Android Tablet Been This Good, As a Laptop Too

Bigger is better. Bigger is most definitely better. Particularly when you are looking for a tablet or a convertible computing device to replace your laptop. Bigger is more beautiful too. Particularly how Samsung have done it with the Galaxy Tab S7+. When work from home is ruling everyone’s lives, computing devices that offer some sort of flexibility and are actually the two-devices-in-one that many users are comfortable with. Till now, you didn’t have too many options, to be honest. If the Apple iPad Pro 12.9 was in your budget, you would mostly pick that. If you were adamant about sticking with the familiarity of Windows 10, then the Microsoft Surface Pro was a similarly expensive buy capable choice. But the big gap remained with Android—the most popular smartphone ecosystem still falls perplexingly short in the tablet space. That is, till Samsung takes charge of things. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ is the perfect example of how top-notch hardware and capable layers added to the software side of things, can make a world of difference.........Read more

Supreme Court Refuses To Put On Hold Delhi Central Vista Project

The Supreme Court today declined to stay the Central Vista project costing Rs 20,000 crore that seeks to build a new parliament and other central government offices in Lutyens' zone in central Delhi. "A similar petition against the project is pending in court. During COVID-19 situation, nobody is going to do anything and there is no urgency," Chief Justice of India SA Bobde said. The petitioner, Rajeev Suri, has already filed a petition against the project and it is pending in the top court. "A similar petition is pending and there's no need to duplicate it," the Chief Justice said, adding he can amend the petition.........Read more

Parliamentary panel on Home seeks to discuss COVID-19 issues on April 28

The chief of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs has sought a meeting of the panel through video conferencing on April 28 to discuss issues relating to lockdown and COVID-19 but no permission has been granted by the Rajya Sabha chairman yet, multiple sources said on Tuesday. Panel chief and Congress MP Anand Sharma has written to the Rajya Sabha chairman seeking permission for the meeting to be held digitally. The panel would like to discuss issues that have arisen in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown, a member of the committee said on condition of anonymity.........Read more

India's October jobless rate rises to 8.5%, highest in over 3 years - CMIE

India’s unemployment rate in October rose to 8.5%, the highest since August 2016, and up from 7.2% in September, according to data released by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE).........Read more

Mukesh Ambani says slowdown in India temporary, reforms taken by Modi govt to reverse trend

Billionaire Mukesh Ambani said the slowdown in the Indian economy is temporary and the recent measures taken by the government will help reverse the trend in the coming quarters.........Read more

Delhi’s air quality plummets day after Diwali

According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the overall air quality on Delhi stands at 463 at 9 am. The AQI was 480 at Pusa, 436 at Lodhi Road, 735 at Delhi University, 397 at IIT Delhi and 460 at Delhi airport. ........Read more

Ray of hope as Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative Bank ups withdrawal limit to Rs 25,000

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has enhanced the withdrawal limit in Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative Bank (PMCB) to Rs 25,000 with immediate effect on Thursday, kindling hopes that restrictions on banking transactions may be lifted. The large depositors met the RBI-backed administrator JB Boria to assure that they will not withdraw their deposits, should all restrictions be lifted, to prevent huge outflow of money that may hamper normal functioning. With this relaxation, RBI said in a release, more than 70% of the bank’s depositors will be able to withdraw their entire deposit balance. The news brought huge relief to 31-year-old Lata Panga, who had to take her four-year-old to Holy Cross hospital for a head scan. On September 24, her debit card failed to work at the hospital. The distraught mother came running to PMCB’s Sion branch, sick child in tow. ”Now I can take my son to the hospital,” she said. The hike in the deposit limit will see her through the hospital expenses. “On Wednesday, we had a big meeting with nearly 1,400 depositors at Guru Nanak school in Sion. Our plea was to lift restrictions on savings and current accounts,” said Inderpreet Singh, a PCMB shareholder and a depositor. After the sensational arrest of Rajesh and Sarang Wadhawan on Thursday, promoters of HDIL to which the bank had loaned more than 73% of its advance, depositors are hopeful that the government will earnestly try to get back their money.........Read more

ISRO to Launch DRDO-developed Satellite 'EMISAT' on April 1

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to launch an advanced electronic intelligence satellite called EMISAT on April 1. The satellite which is developed by the DRDO will be deployed for the task of discovering enemy radars and collecting imagery and communication intelligence.........Read more

Government seeks feedback to scrap UGC, set up Higher Education Commission

The ministry of human resource development (MHRD) has uploaded the draft of the Act, which provides for establishing the HECI by repealing the UGC Act, 1956. Unlike UGC, HECI will not have grant functions and would focus only on academic matters. The ministry will deal with the grant functions.........Read more

New-Gen Mercedes-Benz A-Class Coming To India In 2019

The new A-Class (globally) will be offered with a new 1.4-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine which will make close to 160 bhp of peak power and be mated to a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox. The other new engine will be a more powerful 2-litre, 4-cylinder, turbocharged engine which makes over 220 bhp of peak power and 350 Nm of peak torque. ........Read more

Commercial plane crashes in southern Iran, killing all 66 on board

An Iranian commercial plane crashed on Sunday in a foggy, mountainous region of southern Iran, killing all 66 people on board. An Aseman Airlines ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flying, went down near its destination of the southern Iranian city of Yasuj, some 780 kilometers (485 miles) south of the Iranian capital, Tehran........Read more

Meditation has limited role in making you a better person, says study

New research has suggested meditation's role in making individuals better people is limited. However further analysis revealed that it played no significant role in reducing aggression or prejudice or improving how socially-connected someone was. All these studies used secular meditation techniques derived from Buddhism, such as mindfulness and loving-kindness meditation, but not other related activities, like yoga or Tai-Chi.........Read more

2018 Hero HF Dawn Launched In India; Priced At Rs 37,400

India's largest two-wheeler manufacturer Hero MotoCorp has launched the 2018 HF Dawn commuter motorcycle in India. The 2018 Hero HF Dawn is priced at Rs 37,400 ex-showroom (Odisha). Currently, the 2018 HF Dawn is only available in Odisha, and the motorcycle will be launched across the country in a phased manner.........Read more

Here's The Most Anticipated Xbox One-Exclusive Games Of 2018

Xbox One owners have a slate of exciting games to look forward in the coming months, from high-profile releases like State of Decay 2 and Crackdown 3 to some intriguing indie titles like Ashen and The Last Night. Those certainly aren't the only big games coming to Xbox One this year, as a number of major multiplatform releases like Red Dead Redemption 2 are slated to arrive in the next few months. Microsoft will also continue to bolster the Xbox One's library by making even more original Xbox games backwards compatible. ........Read more

Lankan Navy attacks over 3,500 fishermen from Tamil Nadu, snaps fishing nets

More than 3,500 fishermen from Tamil Nadu were on Tuesday chased away by the Sri Lankan Navy, which damaged some boats and snapped the fishing nets of around 50 vessels, for allegedly fishing in their territorial waters off the Katchatheevu islet.........Read more

SC's timeframe for appointments in lower judiciary not being followed

The Supreme Court recently said that judicial and legal services are missions for serving society and the mission is not achieved if the litigant has to wait in queue for a long time.........Read more

Punjab’s cycle industry to get Japanese tech boost

Punjab is hoping to welcome Japanese bicycle manufacturers in the state and introduce lightweight bikes in the Indian market. Out of 3,500 bicycle manufacturing units in India 3,400 were in Ludhiana and out of 15 million bicycles produced in India each year, Ludhiana accounted for 10.5 million. ........Read more

Jammu and Kashmir: 63 Per Cent Indians Believe More Military Force Could Curb Unrest in Valley

In a bid to deal with widespread clashes between security forces and civilians in Jammu and Kashmir, 63 per cent of Indians believe that Narendra Modi-led government should use more military force in the valley, a latest survey by an American think tank called Pew Research........Read more

Avantura Choppers launches Rudra and Pravega 2000cc bikes

Avantura Choppers has launched its first two models in India. Rudra and Pravega will be made-to-order and are priced at Rs. 23.90 lakh and Rs. 21.40 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai) respectively. ........Read more

Arun Jaitley says government to put more capital in state-owned banks

Arun Jaitley says the government has decided to put in more capital in state-owned banks from the budget, through bonds and banks' equity expansion to strengthen the banking system........Read more

Who is Japanese statistician Hirotugu Akaike

Hirotsugu Akaike worked on information theory. In the early 1970s he formulated a criterion for model selection-the Akaike information criterion, which is now widely used. In 2006, Akaike was awarded the Kyoto Prize for his major contribution to statistical science and modeling in the development of the Akaike Information Criterion (AIC).........Read more

10 NEW Tata cars & SUVs for India

Tata’s latest product in the market, the Nexon is doing quite well. Tata Motors will come up with as many as ten new products in the next couple of years. ........Read more

Severely disabled can now aspire to be doctors as medical council shifts to a more inclusive policy

The Medical Council of India (MCI) will now allow 21 categories of even severely disabled candidates to take next year’s graduate and post-graduate medical courses, a landmark shift in its policy after a severe stricture from the Supreme Court in August.........Read more

Akshardham Temple terror attack accused arrested

Ahmedabad crime branch on Saturday arrested 2002 Akshardham Temple terror attack accused Ajmeri Abdul Rashid. Ajmeri was in Riyadh and had allegedly been involved in the Akshardham terror attack conspiracy. He came to Ahmedabad in the early hours of Saturday and was immediately arrested by the Ahmedabad crime branch.........Read more

I was clean, so clean chit was obvious: MP CM Shivraj Chouhan on Vyapam

A day after the CBI gave him a clean chit in the Vyapam scam case, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan slammed the opposition for levelling “false” allegations and said he was clean.........Read more

China mulls 1,000 km tunnel to divert Brahmaputra waters to Xinjiang region

China’s top leadership is considering digging a 1,000-km long tunnel, which if completed would be the world’s longest by a huge margin, to divert the waters of the Brahmaputra from Tibet to its dry Xinjiang region.........Read more

A friend and a girl helped us face our adversity, survive it: Talwar couple

Dr Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Talwar, who were recently acquitted in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case, have said that it was difficult to go back into society -rather somewhat scary -but public perception has changed dramatically and people empathise with them after their “complete exoneration“.........Read more

RBI clarifies: Linking Bank accounts with Aadhaar mandatory under PMLA

The central bank on Saturday cleared the air saying the linkage is mandated under the Prevention of Money-laundering (Maintenance of Records) Second Amendment Rules, 2017.........Read more

Government permits banks to sell more small savings schemes

In order to encourage savings, the government has allowed banks, including top three private sector lenders, to accept deposits under various small savings schemes like National Savings Certificate (NSC), recurring deposits and monthly income plan.........Read more

H-1B: US Resumes Premium Processing In All Categories

The US has resumed premium processing of H-1B work visas in all categories, months after it was suspended temporarily to handle the huge rush of applications for the work visas popular among Indian IT professionals.........Read more

Now, brace for a 15 per cent hike in airfares

Get ready to shell out up to 15% more for flying. Airlines are looking at 10-15% hike in airfares due to sharp increase in aviation turbine fuel prices every month since August. The most recent increase came on Sunday when oil marketing companies raised prices by 6%.........Read more

Bullet Train a Demonetisation-like Move, Will Kill Everything: Congress Leader P Chidambaram

Former Finance Minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday criticised the bullet train project, saying that it will be a demonetisation-like move “which will kill everything else”, and suggested that the money should instead be spent on improving rail safety.........Read more

6 million died of non-communicable diseases in India in 2016: study

While self-harm is largest cause of death in 10-24 age group, deaths due to diabetes, chronic kidney disease have also risen, shows Global Burden of Disease 2016 study published in Lancet........Read more

Germany urges Thyssenkrupp to reach deal with unions over Tata

Germany's Economy Minister urged management at Thyssenkrupp (TKAG.DE) to seek an agreement with its workers over plans to merge the group's European steel operations with those of Indian peer Tata Steel (TISC.NS).........Read more

Aditya Pancholi attacks Kangana Ranaut again, proves shes not younger than his daughter

Kangana claimed that she went to Aditya's wife Zarina Wahab for help. She said, "I'm a year younger than his daughter. I was a minor. For me, this was all very new - the world that I had come into. I remember going to his wife and meeting her, and I'm like 'Please save me! I'm younger than your daughter. I'm a minor and I can't tell my parents.'" After supposedly being turned away by Zarina, Kangana said that she approached the police. ........Read more

Study identifies new metabolic target in quest to control immune response

A surprising discovery that immune cells possess an internal warehouse of glycogen used to activate immune responses could help to increase immune activity in vaccines or suppress immune reactions in autoimmune disease or hyper-inflammatory conditions.........Read more

Unconventional quantum systems may lead to novel optical devices

Physicists have experimentally demonstrated an optical system based on an unconventional class of quantum mechanical systems that could lead to the development of new quantum optical devices. The system is called a "PT-symmetric quantum walk," since it consists of single photons that occupy a superposition of states, called quantum walks, that obey parity-time (PT) symmetry—the property in which a system's coordinates in space and time can have their signs reversed without inherently changing the system.........Read more

Shopian encounter: One jawan martyred, 4 others injured; gunfight underway

A soldier was martyred and four others were injured in an encounter in Awneera village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district. ........Read more

SEBI imposes trading curbs on suspected shell companies

India imposed trading restrictions on 162 listed entities identified as shell companies, a surprise move that analysts said was part of a broad crackdown on illegal offshore transfers and tax evasion.........Read more

Brain cells found to control aging

Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine have found that stem cells in the brain's hypothalamus govern how fast aging occurs in the body. The finding, made in mice, could lead to new strategies for warding off age-related diseases and extending lifespan. The paper was published online today in Nature.........Read more

Plea in SC to stay release of film ‘Indu Sarkar’

A woman, who claims to be the biological daughter of late Sanjay Gandhi, on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the release of the movie ‘Indu Sarkar’.........Read more

Killer virus: South India worst hit as dengue spreads its tentacles

Of the 23,000 cases and 32 deaths confirmed till July 16, 11,581 cases and 20 deaths have been in Kerala. Four of the five states with the highest cases and deaths are in south India.........Read more

How Drug Mafia Turned Over 25,000 Kids in Delhi Into Addicts

At least 25,000 children in Delhi's east and north-east districts have turned drug addicts with police and local administration virtually turning a blind eye to the growing menace.........Read more

Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani's son-in-law was detaind by NIA

NIA detained separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and two others in connection of alleged funding received by separatists for carrying out subversive activities in the Valley.........Read more

85% diabetics see amputations in their lifetime

Eighty-five per cent of diabetics see amputations in their lifetime due to lack of appropriate treatment, data released during a national conference on diabetics here has revealed.........Read more

India’s Most Preferred Car Colour Revealed

When buying a car, the colour plays an important role. Especially in India the customers prefer a particular colour. According to a report from Droom, the most preferred car colour by the Indian buyers is white. The colour is same across the segment ranging from hatchback to large SUVs.........Read more

Rajnath Singh launches grievance redressal app for Central Armed Police Forces

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched a grievance redressal app for Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) on Thursday, four months after a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan—Tej Bahadur Yadav— took to social networking site to complain about the poor quality of food given to security forces. ........Read more

BJP-EPS pact on the cards in Tamil Nadu to end political stalemate?

It appears the BJP and the E Palaniswami camp within the ruuling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu have entered into a pact to end the six-month-long political stalemate in the state following the death of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in December last year.........Read more

Really proud, but we can't get carried away: Sunil Chhetri on India's rise to 101 in the rankings

For one of India’s foremost footballing icons Sunil Chhetri, the country’s latest surge to 101 in the FIFA world rankings is a step in the right direction for Indian football at large. However, recently, in a statement issued by the captain, Chhetri said that the rankings are a fickle measurement and there is still a long way to go for Indian football.........Read more

The new Brahmaputra: A river festival in Assam draws criticism for promoting 'RSS brand of Hindutva'

Is the Brahmaputra not worshipped at all in the temple built for the goddess Kamakhya? It is, according to Sarma, but in a very different fashion. The river was an integral part of prayers and its water held an important position in the sanctum sanatorium of the temple.........Read more

ED attaches Himachal Pradesh CM Vibhadra Singh's Rs 29-crore family farmhouse

The Enforcement Directorate has attached a farmhouse worth Rs 29 crore belonging to the family of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. The property has been attached under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).........Read more

Green sources can generate 60% power, says Goyal

With the Centre aggressively pushing renewable energy, Power Minister Piyush Goyal has said that India's 60% to 65% of installed power generation capacity will be from green energy in the next five years.........Read more

FreeCharge surrenders IPL on-ground sponsorship rights

The decision to relinquish its sponsorship rights comes less than two years after the Bengaluru-based company acquired the same, and reportedly said it would spend over Rs 100 crore in the sponsorship, alliances and promotions during the tournament.........Read more

Jat stir: Sec 144 imposed, internet services suspended in Haryana

The section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), prohibiting unlawful assembly, has been imposed in many sensitive districts, including Rohtak, Jhajjar, Bhiwani, Charkhi Dadri and Hisar, where internet services have also been suspended for indefinite period, official sources told.........Read more

ED nails Moin Qureshi-politician-bureaucrat nexus

Billionaire businessman Moin Qureshi transacted “huge amount of money” for obtaining “undue favours” from bureaucrats and politicians, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has said in a letter to the CBI after a month-long investigation.........Read more

Denied wheelchair, patient forced to use son's toy cycle to reach hospital ward

The incident comes as a big blow to the Telangana government which had sought to restore the confidence of the people in the public health care system. An ailing man, who refused to pay a bribe of Rs 150 for a wheelchair at a hospital here, was forced to use his son's toy cycle to reach the doctor's ward.........Read more

4 ways cyber attackers may be hacking your IoT devices

Is your refrigerator running a targeted DDoS attack without your knowledge? If it's connected to Wi-Fi, it very well might be. Many (too many) of the connected devices that make up the Internet of Things (IoT) are extremely easy to hack. New IoT devices are being designed and released every day from consumer items, …........Read more

Car orders worth Rs 15,000 cr: Uber, Ola the new saviours for automakers

Original equipment makers (OEMs) are keen to tap this. Maruti, Tata Motors, Mahindra and even German luxury carmaker BMW have tied up with aggregators Ola and Uber. In FY16, 5.8 per cent of Maruti sales came from the taxi segment; for Tata Motors, it was 35 per cent; for Toyota, 23.9 per cent. For Mahindra, around 20 per cent, says an ICRA report. In all, it says, fleet sales, including to cab aggregators, accounted for about nine per cent of passenger vehicle (PV) volume. This should approximately double by FY20.........Read more

You can't file oppression plea against Tata Sons: Tribunal to Cyrus Mistry

In a setback to the Mistrys, the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) on Monday said that former Tata group chairman, Cyruy Mistry's family firms are not qualified to file a petition alleging mismanagement of Tata Sons and oppression of minority shareholders. “The petitioners have failed to convince the court that the application is maintainable,” B.S.V. Kumar, presiding member of NCLT, said.........Read more

More than 30% of India’s youth not in employment, shows OECD report

Over 30% of youth aged 15-29 in India are not in employment, education or training (NEETs). This is more than double the OECD average and almost three times that of China.........Read more

IITs want Centre to pay fees of SC, ST, disabled students

These students currently get a complete fee waiver at the IITs and the premier technical institutes bear the cost from their own resources. The elite engineering colleges now want the government to pay the tuition fee of these students, with the inclusion of newer categories of students in the fee waiver scheme last year.........Read more

J&K: Anti-India slogans raised, stones hurled

Protests and clashes erupted in Nowhatta area of downtown Srinagar shortly after the Friday prayers. According to reports, a groups of youth tried to take a march from Jamia Masjid area and started chanting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, but were stopped by the government forces which were deployed in that area.........Read more

Government should stop passing the buck and ensure rehabilitation of patients

The fact that there are so many cases that indicate similar circumstances in mental health institutions resulting in the violation of human rights, is a sound reason for the Centre to stop passing the buck, and begin formulating feasible guidelines for implementation.........Read more

They paid only $90 to kill Kim Jong Nam

The public poisoning of Kim Jong Nam, which took place Feb. 13 amid crowds of travelers at Kuala Lumpur's airport, appeared to be a well-planned hit. Kim was dead within hours of the attack, in which two women went up behind him and appeared to smear something onto his face.........Read more

Could Tata's C-Cube Concept Lead To New Nano, Kwid Rival?

Tata Motors today displayed a concept car called the C-Cube, at the Future Decoded 2017, an event organised by Microsoft India. The C-Cube was showcased as part of the 'Product Transformation' theme at the event. Through the C-Cube, Tata Motors is showcasing its advanced structural technology which will enable the Company to bring forward breakthrough products from TAMO.........Read more

Fake Rs 2000 notes of ‘Children Bank of India’ dispensed from SBI ATM in Delhi

At a time when many people are struggling to withdraw cash, a State Bank of India ATM in South Delhi’s Sangam Vihar dispensed fake Rs 2,000 notes. The notes, which could be passed off as genuine at first glance, are replete with errors and seem to be a prank at people’s expense.........Read more

IT Ministry launches Cyber Swachhta Kendra for botnet cleaning and anti-malware analysis

The IT Ministry launched botnet cleaning and anti-malware analysis centre for Rs 90 crore to provide free anti-virus to computers and mobile phones for removing malicious softwares. “I would like ISPs (Internet Service Provider) to encourage their consumers to come on board, there is a free service available. Come and use it in the event some malware has sneaked in to the system,” IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said at the launch of Botnet Cleaning and Malware Analysis Centre.........Read more

RJD Chief Lalu Yadav says, 'Modi is Trump's twin brother, Amar Singh a woodpecker'

Lalu expressed his angst by making PM Modi’s comparison with American President Donald Trump, saying “They both are twin brother and stand against Muslims”. Taking a jibe at Amar Singh, Lalu said that his name would be immortal in Indian politics as he is the main reason behind major family feuds.........Read more

Indian Navy inducts first all-women global circumnavigation vessel 'Tarini'

The Indian Navy's second sailboat 'Tarini' was inducted into service on Saturday at a ceremony in Goa. The vessel is slated to be the platform for the first Indian all-women global circumnavigation by the Indian Navy to begin in August.........Read more

IIT Roorkee Shape Of You boys make the internet groove with their moves

IIT Roorkee boys made an awesome Indian version of Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You which is going viral over the internet. IIT Roorkee Shape Of You video has crossed more than 25 million views in less than a week. with this video that IITians have broken the stereotypes of IITians being just a Bookworm and having no extra curricular skills.........Read more

Earth has a new guest – Scientists unearth new continent called 'Zealandia'

Scientists say that 5 million square kilometer landmark east of Australia is a continent and this theory is backed by satellite data and rock samples. Zealandia includes the regions of New Zealand and New Caledonia and is believed to be mostly submerged.........Read more

Yusuf Pathan never had NOC to play T20 matches in Hong Kong

Yusuf Pathan never had an NOC to play T20 matches in Hong Kong, he was only granted permission to play a few 50-over matches in Bangladesh. "The BCCI gave him an NOC to play 50-over matches. Hong Kong are hosting T20 matches for which he can't go and play,” the source close to the Baroda Cricket Association (BCA), said.........Read more

Dr V.K Saraswat, former chief of DRDO slammed Navy for rejecting Tejas Combat Jet

When they projected Gripen as an alternative for LCA Navy, I was surprised. LCA MK2 (which is under development) and Gripen, as platforms, have no difference. The GE F-414 is powering both aircraft, so where is the question of low thrust? All that people, who are at the helm of the affairs, have done is bad mouth institutions which have done a wonderful job. Is this the approach to make ourselves self-reliant? Any number of Aero India(s) can take place, but unless you have conviction and faith in your own capabilities, you can't achieve self-reliance,........Read more

Author Paulo Coelho felt SRK should deserve an Oscar for his performance in My Name Is Khan

His first (and only) movie that I watched (this year, even if it was released in 2008) was 'My Name is Khan'. And not only was the movie excellent, but SRK deserved an Oscar if Hollywood was not manipulated. He kindly offered to send the other titles - as you probably guess, it is not easy to find them in Switzerland.........Read more

'Birth certificate produced by actor Dhanush in court fake'

An aged couple who have claimed that popular actor Dhanush is their son, have accused him of producing a fake birth certificate before the Madras High Court bench here to get their case pending before a lower court at nearby Melur quashed.........Read more

India gives extradition request for Vijay Mallya to British high commission

Vikas Swarup says the government has handed over request for extradition of absconding liquor baron Vijay Mallya to the British high commission in New Delhi. Earlier today, the United Breweries fired indebted Mallya from his non-executive chairman role following an order from the country’s market regulator, it said in a stock exchange filing late Wednesday.........Read more

Xiaomi is working on increasing offline distribution in India

Chinese handset maker Xiaomi today said it plans to ramp up its offline distribution channel in the country and is targeting around 25 percent of its turnover from this segment. “Till now, our focus was on online sales. Now, we will focus both on online and offline distribution. We expect our share from offline to grow from current 10 percent to 20-25 percent by the end of this year. This is our aspiration,” Xiaomi India Head Manu Kumar Jain said.........Read more

Government wants in-camera hearing on ban on Zakir Naik's NGO

The Centre on Monday sought in-camera proceedings in the special tribunal examining the validity of the ban on controversial preacher Zakir Naik's Islamic Research Foundation. Claiming that public disclosure of confidential information during hearings may "create disharmony and may impose a threat to national security", the Centre told the tribunal, set up under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), to hold in-camera proceedings to see if the government was justified in immediately banning IRF.........Read more

Media baron Subhash Chandra drops a bombshell about Arvind Kejriwal

When asked about his views on the government led by Kejriwal, he went on to reveal his old association with the Delhi Chief Minister. He started by talking about how Kejriwal was once his prodigy and how he extended all possible help, including financial, to Kejriwal from around 2004 to 2014. Dr. Chandra said that he was instrumental in bringing people like Soli Sorabjee and Aamir Khan to Kejriwal.........Read more

Medical, engineering seats shouldn’t be based on one test: Supreme Court to government

Considering the enormous pressure students face to crack entrance exams for admission to medical and engineering colleges, the Supreme Court asked the government on Friday to frame guidelines to do away with the present system of a single test deciding their future.........Read more

EC directs Congress to complete internal elections by June 30

Since September 2015, citing its constitutional rules, the party has twice requested the Commission to postpone the elections. Stating that no further extension would be granted, in response to the request made last December, the EC in its communique to the party general-secretary has directed it to furnish the list of new office-bearers by July 15.........Read more

Flipkart remains most popular e-commerce brand in India: RedSeer report

According to the fourth version of the RedSeer E-tailing Leadership Index (ELI), Flipkart (Flipkart Internet Pvt. Ltd) has maintained its lead over rivals such as Amazon India (Amazon Seller Services Pvt. Ltd) and Snapdeal (Jasper Infotech Pvt. Ltd) in the e-commerce rankings with a total score of 97—the same score that it notched up during the last quarter.........Read more

Mohammad Shahabuddin's selfie from inside Siwan jail triggers raid

Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Mohammad Shahabuddin became the centre of a new controversy after a selfie of his, allegedly from inside Siwan prison, went viral on social media. In the picture, Shahabuddin is seen wearing an overcoat and a necktie. The Siwan district administration conducted raids on Saturday inside the jail after the post went viral, and found four SIM cards and two mobile batteries.........Read more

Govt Took Demonetisation Decision Hurriedly, Says Amartya Sen

I don’t think that this decision was taken after considering all sides. It was taken hurriedly without thinking of consequences. As far as economics is concerned, I find no reasoning behind this decision. It will have adverse effect.........Read more

Telangana’s Yadadri temple gets massive makeover to compete with Andhra’s Tirumala

Telangana has been seeking to raise the popularity of its own temples as pilgrimage sites, and has settled on the Yadadri (earlier called Yadagirigutta) Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple as the answer to its prayers. With the comprehensively designed temple complex targeted to be completed by the Dasara season of 2017, the Rachakonda police have drawn up plans for an intensive three-tier security cordon appropriate for a massive pilgrimage town.........Read more

Lexus Cars To Be Launch In India In March 2017; More Details Revealed

We've already told you all there is to about brand Lexus coming to India. In fact we gave you an exclusive story too, telling you about the cars that are making their way here as also the strategy the company will adopt as regards India. We've already told you about the RX450 and the ES coming to India and we've even spotted the cars out on the roads, registered and ready for delivery in fact.........Read more

Shiva Keshavan wins gold at Luge Asian Championships

India's first winter Olympian Shiva Keshavan bagged gold at the Luge Asian Championships in Nagano, Japan, on Friday (Dec 23). Keshavan has represented India at five winter Olympics and holds the record for being the youngest ever Luge participant at the winter Games.........Read more

Google Maps gives you more than routes

Maps has always offered useful suggestions depending on your location; a restaurant for when you’re hungry, a store for you to get shopping done, and even ATMs, for that precious currency restock run. What it can also do is provide the same info along a route that has been charted for navigation. ........Read more

Tea was meant to be a replacement for beer; a short history of tea as a beverage

Well, the beverage was first invented in ancient China as a medicinal drink that could cure a number of ailments. During the mid-8th century, it became popular as a recreational drink in many Asian countries. Tea was also a medicinal drink in the Indian subcontinent, but its exact popularity is unknown.........Read more

Feel Like Resigning, LK Advani Said To Smriti Irani After Parliament Is Adjourned

BJP veteran LK Advani has again expressed severe disappointment at the continuous disruption of Parliament, invoking the party's gold standard Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister. Mr Advani asked union home minister Rajnath Singh to speak to the opposition and try and restore order so that the Houses can run. If Mr Vajpayee had been in Parliament today, he said, "he would have felt disappointed over disruptions."........Read more

De Villiers steps down as Test captain

AB de Villiers has stepped down as South Africa's Test captain with immediate effect and has been ruled out of the three Tests against Sri Lanka as he continues to recover from elbow surgery........Read more

6.0-magnitude undersea quake hits eastern Indonesia

A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of eastern Indonesia on Monday, U.S. seismologists said. However, no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The undersea quake hit about 190 kilometres (120 miles) northeast of Maumere, a holiday destination in Flores, at 09:13 am (0113 GMT), at a depth of 522 kilometres, said the U.S. Geological Survey.........Read more

Late wedding group hijacks Jet plane, delays flight in Mumbai by two hours

Passengers, some of whom filmed videos of the chaos inside the aircraft and tweeted about the incident, said that the flight was delayed because the airline allegedly wanted to accommodate fliers who had failed to reach the airport on time. The latecomers, according to stranded passengers, were part of larger wedding group that threatened to abandon the flight if their unpunctual companions were not accommodated.........Read more

Unmanned ISS cargo ship burns up on way to ISS: Russia

An unmanned cargo ship travelling to the International Space Station burned up in the atmosphere shortly after lauching today, the Russian space agency said, raising concerns over space travel safety.........Read more

Downfall Of South Korea's 'Princess' Park Geun-Hye

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye enjoyed rock-star popularity for most of her life as a conservative icon - until an influence-peddling scandal turned her into a target of nationwide anger and sparked the dramatic downfall of the country's onetime "princess".........Read more

Astronomers discover a dense 'hot Jupiter' exoplanet orbiting a sun-like star

Astronomers have detected a so-called "hot Jupiter" exoplanet transiting a distant sun-like star located some 1,800 light years from the Earth. The newly discovered planet, designated EPIC 220504338b, was found using NASA's prolonged Kepler mission known as K2. The findings are presented in a paper published Nov. 23 on more

After Failed Referendum, Colombia, FARC to Sign New Peace Deal

A new peace accord between Colombia's government and Marxist FARC rebels will be signed on Thursday and sent to Congress for approval, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Tuesday, bringing a formal end to the 52-year civil war ever closer.........Read more

6.9-magnitude earthquake strikes off Japan

Aftershocks could continue to shake the Japanese coast for days, the United States Geological Survey said, after a 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck off Honshu early Tuesday morning.........Read more

Demonetisation move: 'Assault' on Cooperative banks — Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Ministers launch sit-in

In an unprecedented move, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and his Cabinet colleagues have begun a day-long sit-in before the regional office of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in Thiruvanantha........Read more

Govt tightens notes exchange norms, lowers limit to Rs 2,000

Among other measures, it has allowed up to Rs 2.5 lakh cash withdrawal from bank account of a bride or groom or their parents for a marriage during the ongoing wedding season.........Read more

Twitter says COO Adam Bain to leave

Microblogging platform Twitter Inc has said Chief Operating Officer Adam Bain would leave the company to explore other opportunities.........Read more

Not against India’s NSG entry, working on it together: China

'China is friendly towards India; of course, we have differences, but the shared interests outweigh the differences,' China said.........Read more

Kumble instrumental in convincing BCCI to use DRS, reveals ICC

ICC General Manager of cricket affairs Geoff Allardice has revealed that Anil Kumble played a major role in convincing the BCCI to use the DRS for their upcoming England series. Allardice also stressed upon the improvements that the DRS has undergone since the BCCI had opposed it.........Read more

Britain’s Rolls Royce may have paid £10 mn to land defence contracts in India

The person who is alleged to have received the secret payment of over 10 million pounds was arms dealer Sudhir Choudhrie, BBC reported on Monday.........Read more

BCCI postpones IPL rights bidding process

Citing "unforeseen" circumstances over which it has "no control", the BCCI has postponed the IPL media rights bidding process scheduled for Tuesday. The board made the announcement through a media release late on Monday and did not state a further date when the bidding process would take place.........Read more

Ultraviolet light can improve the efficiency of cameras, say researchers

Treating photodetectors -- used in systems and devices from smartphones to space stations -- with ultraviolet light can improve the efficiency of cameras, researchers say.........Read more

Bengaluru FC create history, reach AFC Final after beating Johor 3-1

It is a historic day for Indian football as no club from the country has ever made it to the final of the continental tournament. Bengaluru made it to the final by virtue of superior aggregate goal difference of 4-2. The first leg in Malaysia ended in a 1-1 draw.........Read more

President Pranab gives nod for probe against AMU's vice chancellor

President Pranab Mukherjee has given his approval for a probe into allegations of financial and other improprieties against Aligarh Muslim University's (AMU) Vice Chancellor Zameer Uddin Shah.........Read more

40% roads in India not metalled, 78% NHs have one or two lanes: Data

Latest official statistics reveal that around 78% of national highways are either one or two-lane affairs. One third are less than two lanes, making the task of four-laning India's economic lifelines a challenging endeavour.........Read more

Inferno review: Even with Tom Hanks, Irrfan Khan, this film is anticlimactic and silly - Firstpost

Since in The Da Vinci Code, Robert Langdon (played by Tom Hanks) has been to the Louvre and found some hidden clues, and then in Angels and Demons been to CERN and found more some hidden clues. Brown’s story in Inferno makes a small attempt to change things up. This time Langdon doesn’t remember that he has been to an exotic place and found some clues.........Read more

You will see me naked in 'Befikre,' if the censor board passes the scene: Ranveer

"I am actually naked in the film! You heard it here first. Hopefully, if it gets passed, you will see me butt-naked in 'Befikre'. And I'm really really looking forward to it, to watching that with the live audience,” Mid-day quoted Ranveer as saying.........Read more

Samsung halts Galaxy Note7 sales over fire concerns, tells users to switch off

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd told customers on Tuesday to stop using their Galaxy Note7 smartphones while it investigates reports of devices catching fire, as the tech giant scrambled to contain a deepening recall crisis.........Read more

Don’t use terror issue for political gains: China after India’s Jaish ban push

China indicated on Monday that India is using the fight against terror for political gains in what appears to be a reference to New Delhi’s high-profile Pakistan-centric anti-terrorism campaign.........Read more

A train for peace, and yet nobody is boarding the Samjhauta Express

The passenger footfall in the Delhi-Lahore Samjhauta Express, also called the Delhi-Atari Express, has gone abysmally low, as hardly hundred passengers travel on a given day. This is a drastic fall from the normal times when more than 1,000 passengers would travel on each run of the Samjhauta Express.........Read more

Railways plans linking Aadhaar with concessional ticket booking

With the successful linking of Aadhaar cards with LPG service and passport service, the government has now shifted its focus on railway ticketing and booking.........Read more

RBI issues operating guidelines for payment banks, small finance banks

Small Finance Banks will have to follow norms relating to minimum balance, inoperative accounts, nominations, and cheques/drafts.........Read more

Subsurface Ocean Discovered on Saturn Moon

Scientists found this hidden water when in 2014 they noticed Enceladus, another one of the ringed planet’s moons, wobbling as it spun. They also noticed that the moon had strange gravitational fluctuations – all of which could be explained by the presence of water, deep under the rocky cold surface. Then they found that the rock spits cold, massive geysers of water from its south pole, confirming the presence of water under its crust and raising speculations that conditions there could harbor life.........Read more

Air travel beats Indian Railways Rs 1.75 lakh to Rs 1.67 lakh in revenue

With the size of the domestic aviation industry growing at a fast clip, Railways faces the prospect of losing out. With the fare of AC-2 seats marginally lower than that of low-cost carriers the number of passengers travelling in AC-2 fell from 25.15 million in FY15 to 24.98 million in FY16. At an aggregate level, just 0.3% of all passengers on the railway network travel by AC-1 and AC-2 but they account for 8.7% of all passenger revenue in FY16.........Read more

Idea Cellular to launch its own TV, chat, video service by FY'18

The company, in an investor presentation, said it plans to launch Idea Games, Idea Videos, Idea Music and Idea Chat in January-March 2017 period. It has plans to launch Idea TV, Idea News and Magazines and Idea Storage next financial year. Its competitor Jio is already offering a range of services........Read more

India is becoming one of the world's largest solar markets – but is reliant on China for imports

India’s rush to add solar power is being aided largely by a manufacturing overcapacity in China, driving down costs of photovoltaic cells and other equipment.........Read more

Maneka Gandhi is right, Indian men don't deserve paternity leave

How many of the fathers raising a protest now took a month off when their partner delivered a baby?........Read more

GD Bakshi’s IIT Madras speech was filled with hatred, alleges student

GD Bakshi, a retired army officer, spoke at the IIT Madras on Thursday on the rise of Indian army and national security........Read more

South China Sea verdict: Chinese military wants to teach US a lesson

But within China's armed forces there is a recognition among some that China would come off worst in a face-off with the United States.........Read more

Everybody loves to hate Kejriwal

Delhi CM's no-holds-barred attacks on corruption and AAP's completely transparent model of political funding still set it apart from other parties with opaque inflows.........Read more

Unruly passenger grounds IndiGo flight in Mumbai: We feared for our lives, say fellow fliers

A Dubai-Kozhikode IndiGo flight, on Thursday, made a precautionary landing in Mumbai after a youth assaulted passengers, and made references to the ISIS........Read more

Will LeEco have an upper hand in selling LED TVs in India?

LeEco is expected to launch its range of Le Super TV globally next week which could be an issue for players like Samsung, Sony and LG specifically in India........Read more

Toyota halts fresh investments in India; likely to hold some models also

Another Japanese maker Honda, which had shifted focus on diesel in the last two-to-three years, is also disappointed with the slump in demand for dies..........Read more

Gujarat Dalit protest spreads, 1 cop killed; Kejriwal to visit Una -

The recent thrashing and stripping of Dalits in Una has sparked protests among the Scheduled Castes with several incidents of stone-pelting and road blockades reported from many parts of Gujarat.........Read more

Pokemon Go servers were hacked, hackers warn a bigger attack

The servers were briefly down for a few minutes and users could not log into their accounts.........Read more

Davis Cup: Rohan Bopanna edges past Hong Chung, sets India up for Korean whitewash

Playing his first Davis Cup singles match in four years, Rohan Bopanna saved himself from embarrassment as he edged past Hong Chung in the dead fourth rubber to set India up for a Korean whitewash in the Asia/Oceania Group I tie in Chandigarh on Sunday.........Read more

Will File Fresh Application in Herald Case: Swamy to Court

Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, party leaders Motilal Vora, Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey, Sam Pitroda and Young Indian Pvt Ltd (YI) are accused in the case filed by Swamy.........Read more

Controversy At IIT Madras Over Closed-Door Indology Conference By Rajiv Malhotra

Students of IIT Madras are reportedly unhappy about a closed-door conference on Swadeshi Indology, led by NRI writer Rajiv Malhotra, taking place at the institute, The News Minute reported. Accord........Read more

Insecure narcissists are more likely to be social media addicts

Vulnerable narcissists, who tend to be insecure and have lower self-esteem, are more likely to feel safer in online versus face-to-face interactions, which might lead them to prefer social networking as a means to gain approval and admiration.........Read more

Sex Traffic Grows 17 Times As Focus Shifts To Safe Sex

Sex Trafficking is rampant in India as in most other nations. The problem however is that the girl or the victim does not get relief or assistance despite the protection and support given by the state.........Read more

Will play 'constructive role' in India's NSG bid: China

China on Wednesday said it will play a "constructive" role in the discussions on India's bid for membership of the 48-member NSG but at the same maintained that the issue was not on the agenda of the NSG meeting in Seoul.........Read more

Those who will celebrate RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan's exit

RBI governor Raghuram Rajan may have been touted as a rock star but there were many segments eager to see Rajan out. This includes individuals, corporates and bankers who saw him as a villain strangulating the economy. While Rajan earned encomiums for his views on several occasions from international audiences, he did not enjoy the same reception very often back home in India. Here's a list of all those who are likely to celebrate Rajan's exit:........Read more

Bank can recover loan dues from debtor's savings account, rules Madras High Court

If a debtor failed to settle dues despite reminders, then the money could be recovered from his savings bank account, ruled the Madras HC.........Read more