View: Why are all the prominent Covid vaccines developed by women?

The early history of vaccines is a male-dominated field. The science, which is currently showing spectacular results, is now led by women. Therein lies a lesson about the allocation of talent. Consider the history of the mRNA vaccine, which is the technological basis of both the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines, the two leading vaccine contenders for the U.S.........Read more

First details of Covid-19 immunisation emerge: shots in batches of 100 people; 30 minutes each

As vaccines that are expected to finally defeat the novel covid-19 that has sickened 67 million people and killed over 1.5 million around the world seems increasingly close, the high-level expert group working on the logistics of administering it to Indians has firmed up some key decisions. After sought emergency use authorisation for Covishield, a version of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine candidate that it is manufacturing under licence, approached the regulator on Monday seeking similar approval for , the country’s indigenous vaccine candidate. “Bharat Biotech has applied for the restricted emergency use. The subject expert committee will look at all the three vaccine candidate (Pfizer, Serum and Bharat Biotech), on the basis of which a final decision will be taken by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI),” senior government source said. The American pharma giant authorisation on Saturday for its mRNA candidate. Over the course of next year and beyond, India will carry out the largest vaccination drive in its history. The national expert committee on Covid-19 vaccine administration drew up its final blueprint on logistics after “97 per cent of government facilities and 70 per cent of private facilities” submitted data on frontline healthcare workers, the first priority group to be vaccinated. had earlier reported that as per data submitted by states to the expert committee, workers are likely to receive the first dose of the vaccine early next year.........Read more

Telangana CM introduces landmark land reforms legislation in Assembly

The government of Telangana on Wednesday introduced four Bills in the Assembly that are meant to pave the way for digitisation of land records and transactions. The Telangana Rights in Land and Pattadar Passbooks Bill 2020 and the Telangana Abolition of the Postof Village Revenue Officers Bill 2020 were tabled by chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao said. These will empower citizens to transfer agricultural and non-agricultural properties at the click of a button through the upcoming Dharani portal. Municipal administration minister K T Rama Rao introduced the Telangana Municipal Laws Amendment Bill 2020 and panchayat raj minister Errabelli Dayakar Rao introduced the Telangana Panchayat Raj Amendment Bill 2020. Chandrashekar Rao also announced a comprehensive land survey to categorise agriculture and non-agriculture lands. He said each inch of land would be surveyed and the survey numbers tagged with geographiccoordinatesso that there will not be any scope for disputes. The chief minister told the House that the bills are meant to bring about transparency in land administration and simplify the registration process, minimising human interference. The much-awaited Dharani website would be activated soon for the public to access data pertaining to land records of the entire state.........Read more

Diabetes as a consequence of COVID-19

The publication is an initial description of insulin deficiency diabetes after a COVID-19 illness, based on an observed case. "A 19-year-old patient came to us in the clinic with newly-developed severe diabetes with insulin deficiency. It could be shown that he apparently had experienced a SARS-CoV-2 infection a few weeks before," reported Laudes, who is also a member at the steering committee of the Cluster of Excellence "Precision Medicine in Chronic Inflammation" (PMI). "Such an insulin deficiency diabetes, i.e. type 1 diabetes, is usually triggered by an autoimmune response, in which the immune system incorrectly identifies the beta cells in the pancreas as foreign and attacks them. But this autoimmune response was not present in this patient. We assume that here, the SARS-CoV-2 virus itself attacked the beta cells."........Read more

Former CSK Opener Dons New Hat, Becomes Trade Envoy to Boost Ties Between India & Australia

Former Australia and CSK opener Matthew Hayden has landed a new job, and has become the trade envoy for developing ties with India, according to a report in Mail Online. He has been appointed in the board of Australia-India Council, that aims at improving relations and trade between the two nations. Hayden is a well know name in India, and also played in the IPL for CSK, for a few years, where he scored heavily. The move is seen as a bid to improve relations with India amid tensions with China, their largest trade partner. Back in 2010, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for service to cricket and community. Foreign Minister Marise Payne welcomed Hayden's appointment in a statement on Monday. He was always a prominent member of CSK, and one of his fondest memories with the team was when he smashed 93 in just 43 deliveries using the unique bat in a 2010 game against Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals). Even Suresh Raina picked it as his favourite moment with the CSK.........Read more

5 Most Affordable Cars With Panoramic Sunroof In India

Single electric sunroofs might have become pretty common now, but large panoramic sunroofs are still largely reserved for high-end cars, sparing a handful mass-market offerings. Given below is a list of the 5 most affordable cars that come with a factory-fitted panoramic sunroof in India, take a look – Hyundai currently retails the Creta at a starting price of Rs 9.99 lakh, going all the way up to Rs 17.2 lakh. The SX variant, priced at Rs 13.46 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom) is the cheapest variant you can get a panoramic sunroof with, making the Hyundai Creta the most affordable car in India to be offered with this feature. ........Read more

Ennio Morricone, Oscar-winning film composer, dies at 91

He died at dawn in a Rome hospital after falling and breaking his leg, his lawyer, Giorgio Assumma, said. Morricone is best known internationally as the composer behind the instantly recognizable melodies from "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and "Once Upon a Time in the West." The Italian composer was famous for the tension-filled scores of spaghetti Westerns, and won an Academy Award for his soundtrack for Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight" in 2016, after five previous nominations and an Honorary Award in 2007 that recognized his lifetime's achievement.........Read more

Taboo-Laced Mental Health Issues Unacknowledged & Unresolved for Most Indians

The death by suicide of budding and well-known Bollywood actor Sushant Singh, who was reportedly battling depression, has triggered an important dialogue on mental health in India. Soon after, social media posts inviting people to open their hearts were ubiquitous, along with sharing helplines to reach out for therapy. India, a close-knit and community-oriented society, has been labelled by the World Health Organisation as the most depressed country in the world. Most of the time, mental stress is brushed aside as "mood swings''. Therefore, the importance of reaching out for help cannot be stressed enough, along with the necessary destigamatisation of therapy and medications.........Read more

This Image of 'Dead Man's Feet' Has Spooked the Internet. Can You Guess What Is It?

The internet never fails to surprise us with viral images of species, that at times look too bizarre to even believe your eyes. In one such recent post, an image of a creepy foot that resembles to a human's with a grayish-blue tinge is making rounds on social media.The foot peeks out from beneath a log in a forest. The post was shared by Indian Forest Official officer Susanta Nanda, who challenged netizens to identify which animal was that. Taking to Twitter he said, "Can you identify this animal?"The post went on to garner over 1000 likes and netizens thronged to the comment's section to indulge in the guessing game. However, in a subsequent tweet, Nanda revealed that it's a fungus, called Xylaria polymorpha! And it often looks like a dead man's feet. ........Read more

SAI releases Standard Operating Procedure to resume sporting activities in India

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has allowed the opening up of Sports Complexes and Sports stadia in SAI Training Centres to resume sports activities. Accordingly, the Sports Authority of India has drawn up a Standard Operating Procedure for sports activities, to be followed at every sports complex and stadia with the approval the sports Ministry. The SOP incorporates best practices being followed across the world customized to Indian context. “Khelo India-Phir Se” is what we want to covey with this SOP.........Read more

India may be Apple's next big production hub

Currently, Apple contracts manufacturers, Foxconn and Wistron, for production of its smartphones and other products. The reports suggest that the company will use these contractors to produce “up to $40 billion worth of smartphones" in India, mostly for export purposes. The company holds a small share of the Indian smartphone market at the moment, so moving such a major chunk of its production here could only be for export purposes. Apple produces iPhone 7 and iPhone XR in India, while iPhone SE and iPhone 6S, which also used to be produced her, have been discontinued from Apple’s global product portfolio.........Read more

It's Not Just Vizag And Bhopal: Past Major Gas Leaks In India

The Vizag gas leak disaster in Andhra Pradesh has again raised questions on industrial safety standards in India. The country has seen a spate of leaks of poisonous chemicals since last four decades as the industry has grown, but some caused a substantive loss of human life while recalling the spectre of the Bhopal gas tragedy.........Read more

Reliance Industries to consider first rights issue in three decades

India’s Reliance Industries Ltd will consider a rights issue at its board meeting on April 30, in what would be its first such issue in nearly three decades, the oil to retail conglomerate said in an exchange filing late on Monday. Reliance did not provide any details of the rights issue under consideration. Shares in the company rose as much as 1.8% in early trade following the announcement, later falling in line with the broader market. The shares were trading down 2% while the Nifty share index was 0.1% lower. ........Read more

Rath yatra to take place inside Jagannath temple premises in view of Covid-19 lockdown

The chariot-building work, which is a major step to ring in the rath yatra or chariot festival in Puri district of Odisha, will formally begin through rituals within the temple premises on the occasion of Akshyay Trittitiya observed on Sunday. The ratha yatra is scheduled to begin from June 23. The construction of the chariots for the annual ratha yatra festival starts from Akshaya Tritiya, an auspicious day for giving the chariot festival the ritualistic push.........Read more

COVID-19 Positive Case Found in Rashtrapati Bhavan, Nearly 100 People Quarantined

Nearly 100 people in the Rashtrapati Bhavan premises have been advised to remain in self-isolation ( as mandated by the Health Ministry’s guidelines as a precautionary measure) after a person tested positive for deadly coronavirus or COVID-19. The individual has been sent to the quarantine centre in the nearby Birla Mandir complex. He had reportedly attended the funeral of a relative of a resident of Rashtrapati Bhavan Estate Quarters, who had died a few days ago.........Read more

What is a gene drive?

A gene drive is a type of genetic engineering technique that modifies genes so that they don’t follow the typical rules of heredity. Gene drives dramatically increase the likelihood that a particular suite of genes will be passed onto the next generation, allowing the genes to rapidly spread through a population and override natural selection. Thanks to CRISPR-Cas9, the gene editing technology harnessed from bacteria, gene drives are becoming easier for researchers to build.........Read more

Indian Scientists Testing Multi-Purpose Vaccine, Effective Against Leprosy, to Fight COVID-19: Report

With many countries working on developing a vaccine for COVID-19, Indian scientists are testing a multi-purpose vaccine which is known to be effective against leprosy while also aiding in boosting immunity, to check its usage in the tackling of the Coronavirus “With the approval of the DCGI (Drug Controller General of India), we have begun tests on the MW vaccine that has been successfully used against leprosy,” said Dr Shekhar Mande, Director General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).........Read more

What is herd immunity?

This is similar to how herd immunity works in preventing the spread of infectious diseases. Those who are strong enough to get vaccinated directly protect themselves from infection. They also indirectly shield vulnerable people who cannot be vaccinated. There are various reasons a person may not be able to be successfully vaccinated. People undergoing cancer treatment, and whose immune systems are compromised, for instance, are impaired in their ability to develop protective immunity from all vaccines. Often, people who can’t be vaccinated are susceptible to the most serious consequences from being infected. ........Read more

Insurers cannot decline covid19 death claim settlement

The Life Insurance Council on Monday said all the insurers are duty-bound to settle claims if a death occurs due to covid-19. All life insurers, both public and private, are committed to process any death claim pertaining to covid-19 at the earliest, the Council said in a statement. It said the clause of ‘Force Majeure' will not apply in case of covid-19 death claims. Force Majeure is described as an event or effect that can be neither anticipated nor controlled.........Read more

Coronavirus: Students to take TOEFL, GRE at home

“At-home solutions will now be worldwide for test takers who have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Both TOEFL and GRE will be taken at home till the situation is conducive for tests to be conducted at centres,” Srikant Gopal, Executive Director of the TOEFL Program. “Precautions are being taken to ensure that the tests students will take from home meet the highest standards for validity, reliability and security. These tests employ multiple best-in-class security measures that use both real-time human monitoring and artificial intelligence technology,” he added.........Read more

Aarogya Setu is Government of India’s first ‘comprehensive’ COVID-19 tracking app, here are all the details

“Aarogya Setu is a mobile application developed by the Government of India to connect essential health services with the people of India in our combined fight against COVID-19. The app is aimed at augmenting the initiatives of the Government of India, particularly the Department of Health, in proactively reaching out to and informing the users of the app regarding risks, best practices and relevant advisories pertaining to the containment of COVID-19.”........Read more

Coronavirus: Supreme Court Cancels Benches, Only One Court To Hear Urgent Cases Via Video-Conferencing

To ensure social distancing amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and lockdown in the national capital, the Supreme Court Sunday decided to restrict its functioning and hear the matters on Monday only in one court through video conference. In a circular issued late Sunday evening, the top court cancelled the scheduled hearing in courts 2, 8 and 14 and said that from Wednesday only one bench of two judges will take up for hearing in only urgent matters through video conference.........Read more

Nirbhaya Rape Convicts' Last-Minute Petition Against Hanging Dismissed

The 5.30 am execution inching closer, three of the four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case had approached the Delhi High Court late this evening for a last minute reprieve, but drew a blank. The judges dismissed the petition, pointing out that there is "No annexure, no memo of parties, there is nothing in this matter, no affidavits, nothing". Convicted in the horrific rape and murder of a 23-year-old medical student more than seven years ago, Vinay Sharma, Mukesh Kumar Singh, Pawan Gupta and Akshay Singh have been taking turns to file a series of petitions after their first death warrant was issued on January 7.........Read more

In Fresh Plea Nirbhaya Convict Claims He Wasn't In Delhi On December 16, Court Reserves Order

A Delhi court today reserved its order on plea of Mukesh Singh, one of the four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case, seeking quashing of his death penalty. Additional Sessions Judge Dharmendra Rana will pronounce the order later today. The plea claimed that Mukesh Singh was arrested from Rajasthan and brought to Delhi on December 17, 2012, and he was not present in the city on December 16, when the crime took place. The public prosecutor told the court that Mukesh Singh's plea is frivolous and a tactic to delay the scheduled hanging. The plea also alleged that Mukesh Singh was tortured inside the Tihar jail.........Read more

Delhi Riots: ED Books Suspended AAP Leader Tahir Hussain, PFI for Money Laundering

The Enforcement Directorate has booked suspended Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor Tahir Hussain, Islamist group PFI and some others on charges of money laundering and alleged funding of the recent riots in Delhi, officials said on Wednesday. They said a criminal case against Hussain, facing charges of killing an Intelligence Bureau official during the riots in northeast Delhi last month, has been filed under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) by the central probe agency. Similar charges have also been pressed against the Popular Front of India (PFI) which is already facing a separate PMLA probe.........Read more

Moon and Earth aren’t made up of same material; scientists clear doubt over Moon’s formation theory

There are multiple theories which try to explain the formation of the Moon, but the giant-impact hypothesis is the most reliable on. It claims that around 4.5 billion years ago, something the size of Mars called Theia collided with a newly formed Earth. The colossal impact is believed to have resulted in the object fusing with Earth and primed it for life while breaking off a large chunk that went on to become the Moon. While this theory continues to become what favoured model for explaining the formation of the Moon for years, there was one big spanner stuck in the works. However, a new study, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, claims to have found traces of Theia in the Moon– putting in place the lost piece of the puzzle.........Read more

Kamal Nath Govt On Brink Of Collapse As Scindia Quits; Defection May Trigger Revolts In Other States

For the Congress, Scindia's defection could trigger a larger crisis too as it may encourage his contemporary from Rajasthan - deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot - to follow suit. Pilot's unease within the party ever since he was overlooked for the chief minister's post in December 2018 in favour of old warhorse Ashok Gehlot is common knowledge. Though Pilot continues to be Gehlot's deputy and also Rajasthan Congress chief, he wants a greater say in party matters and a position commensurate with that. Speculations about Pilot toying with the idea of launching a regional party in Rajasthan have been made several times over the past year. Revolts from leaders like Milind Deora in Maharashtra and Jitin Prasada in UP cannot be ruled out either.........Read more

Israel’s Netanyahu threatens Gaza with ALL-OUT WAR if missile attacks continue

Israel will stop at nothing to ensure its security and may well launch a broad military campaign against Gaza if the local armed groups continue with missile strikes, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. Air raid sirens were heard across southern Israel for the second straight day on Monday. The IDF said that some 50 rockets were fired from Gaza at Israeli territory, with 90 percent of them intercepted. The missile strikes were met with a harsh response, with the Israeli Defense Forces confirming on Twitter that multiple strikes against targets in Gaza have been carried out.........Read more

Mumbai supercop Rakesh Maria reveals how Abu Salem gave him the slip during Sanjay Dutt arms case probe

That is how former Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria recounts a story from his police career when an error of judgement on his part cost him so dear that he regretted it for years to come. This particular story is about a young man from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh who managed to give Maria the slip just in the nick of time. This young man went on to become one of the most dreaded underworld dons -- Abu Salem. Maria recounted the episode in his recently published autobiography.........Read more

Hunt On For 'Patient Zero' Who Spread Coronavirus Globally From Singapore

Experts say finding this so-called "patient zero" is critical for tracing all those potentially exposed to infection and containing the outbreak, but as time passes, the harder it becomes. "We do feel uncomfortable obviously when we diagnose a patient with the illness and we can't work out where it came from...the containment activities are less effective," said Dale Fisher, chair of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network coordinated by the World Health Organisation. ........Read more

Kerala govt fixes bottled drinking water price to ₹13 per litre

Kerala government has announced a price ceiling for bottled drinking water being sold across the state to ₹13 per litre. The cap was done after the state recognised bottled drinking water as an ‘essential commodity’. “No private bottled drinking water manufacturers can sell their product at more than the fixed cap,” Kerala’s Food and Civil Supplies Minister P Thilothaman said.........Read more

ISRO's Space Station and Human Mission Programme: US Companies keen on space collaboration with India

Topping the agenda of talks between India and the US leaders later this month will be potential space defence cooperation as well as deeper cooperation between Indian Space Research Organisation and the American Space Agency NASA. Besides lunar exploration and working on the Space Station, the two space agencies are seeking deeper cooperation in interplanetary and cooperation in the human space flight and Space Station. According to a senior officer who wished to remain anonymous “When the US President Donald Trump visits India later this month (dates have not been officially confirmed) Space Cooperation between ISRO and NASA and related areas will be on the agenda of talks at the delegation-level.”........Read more

‘Division Amongst Us’: Imran Khan Attacks OIC as Saudi Arabia Unwilling to Accept Kashmir Request

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has slammed the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation for failing to speak in one voice over Kashmir as Saudi Arabia continues to show reluctance to accept Islamabad’s request for an immediate meeting on the issue. “The reason is that we have no voice and there is a total division amongst [us]. We can’t even come together as a whole on the OIC meeting on Kashmir.” He was speaking at a think-tank during his visit to Malaysia, where he has gone to drum up support from Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad after failing to get the sufficient backing within the OIC. ........Read more

Flipkart shuts down fashion portal Jabong, to focus fully on Myntra

Walmart-owned Flipkart had acquired Jabong for $70 million in 2016, but saw a close to 13 per cent drop in app downloads for the brand in December 2019, media reports said on Wednesday. Earlier in July 2019, Flipkart had said that it had started to cut a significant chunk of its marketing expenditure in Jabong and redirecting its users towards Myntra by providing discounts. As per the reports, the Myntra app saw a 41.18 per cent rise in downloads and 31.87 per cent rise in daily active users (DAUs). Flipkart had acquired fashion e-commerce platform Myntra in May 2014.........Read more

Nirbhaya Case: President Kovind Rejects Convict Vinay Sharma's Mercy Petition

President Ram Nath Kovind rejected the mercy petition of Nirbhaya gang-rape convict Vinay Kumar Sharma. On Friday, a Delhi Court postponed the execution of four death row convicts indefinitely giving the condemned prisoners a reprieve for the second time in two weeks. Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana while passing the order on Friday on the plea by the convicts seeking adjournment of the executions "sine die" (with no appointed date for resumption), however, took note of their "dilatory tactics" but did not comment on them.........Read more

Nirbhaya Case: Supreme Court Rejects Mukesh Singh's Petition; Says Suffering in Prison Can't be Ground For Mercy

The three-judge bench comprising Justices R Banumathi, Ashok Bhushan and AS Bopanna said that relevant records, the verdict of the trial court, HC and apex court in Nirbhaya case were placed by MHA before President. “It can’t be said that the President didn’t apply his mind. Suffering in prison can’t be ground for mercy plea,” the bench said.........Read more

Billions of quantum entangled electrons found in 'strange metal'

The research, which appears this week in Science, examined the electronic and magnetic behavior of a "strange metal" compound of ytterbium, rhodium and silicon as it both neared and passed through a critical transition at the boundary between two well-studied quantum phases. The study at Rice University and Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) provides the strongest direct evidence to date of entanglement's role in bringing about quantum criticality, said study co-author Qimiao Si of Rice.........Read more

Thailand Master 2020: Kidambi Srikanth, Sameer Verma Make First-Round Exits; Saina Nehwal, HS Prannoy In Action

The Indian badminton woes continue in 2020 as well with yet another first-round exits for Indian shuttlers in the third major event of the year, as Sameer Verma and fifth seed Kidambi Srikanth crashed out in the opening round of Thailand Masters 2020 on Wednesday morning at the Indoor Stadium Huamark in Bangkok, Thailand. ........Read more

Thanjavur becomes first IAF station in south India to have Sukhoi-30 MKI contingent; move aimed at keeping eye on IOR

The Indian Air Force deployed the 222 Squadron, comprising six Sukhoi-30 specially modified fighter jets, each carrying the 2.5 tonne air-launched supersonic BrahMos cruise missile, in Tamil Nadu's Thanjavur. The squadron, also known as Tigersharks, has been deployed amid China’s growing presence in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Thanjavur is the first base in south India for high-profile jets.........Read more

When Pinterest users started searching for vaccines, CEO Ben Silbermann pulled all medical information from the platform

The platform faced its first test when it noticed people had begun searching Pinterest for medical information, specifically about vaccines. The reemergence of previously eradicated diseases like measles has been linked, at least in part, to disinformation on social platforms shared by people who believe unfounded claims that vaccines can be harmful.........Read more

Ex-Solicitor General Harish Salve appointed as Queen’s Counsel

Senior advocate and former Solicitor General of India Harish Salve has been appointed as Queen’s Counsel (QC) for the courts of England and Wales. Salve and other appointees will be formally appointed as QC on March 16, where the Lord Chancellor will preside over the appointment ceremony at Westminster Hall. ........Read more

78 crore assets of Former ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar have been attached by ED under PMLA

The ED registered a criminal case under the PMLA last year against Chanda Kochhar, Deepak Kochhar, Videocon promoter Venugopal Dhoot and others to probe alleged irregularities and corrupt practices in sanctioning Rs 1,875-crore of loans by ICICI Bank to the corporate group.........Read more

World's most powerful passports revealed

Japan is now top of the leaderboard, offering visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to an incredible 191 destinations around the world. Asia dominates the top of the list, with Singapore in second place (with a score of 190) and South Korea tying with Germany in third place (with a score of 189).........Read more

'Not Going to be Pretty Today': Oil Prices Spike, Stocks Plunge as Iran Attacks US Forces in Iraq

Oil prices spiked Wednesday and Tokyo stocks plunged as investors took fright at escalating tensions between the United States and Iran after Tehran launched missile attacks on US forces in Iraq. As news broke of a missile attack against two airbases in Iraq housing US and coalition forces, the benchmark Nikkei 225 index dropped nearly 2.5 percent, with the broader Topix index off more than two percent.........Read more

Slain Iran Gen Qassem Soleimani behind terror plots even in Delhi, claims Donald Trump

"Soleimani made the death of innocent people his sick passion, contributing to terrorist plots as far away as New Delhi and London." Trump defended his order for a missile strike that killed Solaimani and seven other top Iranian military personnel at Baghdad International Airport.........Read more

Anti-CAA protests: 393 people arrested, 244 cases registered in Assam violence

Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said a total of 244 cases were registered and 393 people were arrested by the police so far. Five people were killed and over 100 people were injured in the violent incidents happened in Guwahati and other parts of Assam during the anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protests. ........Read more

Massive Debt Wave Could Crash on Developing Countries, Warns World Bank

A wave of debt in emerging and developing nations has grown faster and larger than in any period of the last five decades and could end with another crisis, the World Bank warned. And if the wave breaks, it could be more damaging since it would engulf private companies in addition to governments, at a time when economic growth is sluggish, according to a new report that covers four debt surges from 1970-2018.........Read more

Gift From RBI: NEFT Transactions to Be Available 24x7 From Today, Including Holidays

Transferring money online has become a lot easier from today as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has allowed National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) facility available for 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. So no more checking the deadlines or referring the calendar while making transactions because the 24X7 NEFT system will be available on all days of the year, including holidays. The move which is aimed at promoting digital transactions, comes in line of the RBI’s Payments Settlement Vision 2019 to 2021 wherein it was first proposed to make all NEFT and RTGS transfer available for customers round the clock and free of cost.........Read more

Will Sit and Discuss What Can be Positively Done For Meghalaya: Amit Shah on Citizenship Act Tweak

Amid raging protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act across the country, Union home minister Amit Shah has hinted that some changes could be brought in to address the concerns raised by Meghalaya. The minister said this addressing a rally in Jharkhand on Saturday, which was his first public address after the Act was passed in the Rajya Sabha. ........Read more

Bhim Army to formally join politics

Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar said that he would soon announce the name of his political party that would work for the welfare of the poor, deprived and downtrodden sections of society. The Bhim Army, till now, had avoided directly entering politics though it did work as a quasi-political force that dabbled in politics but did not contest elections. "We will prepare an alternative to the ruling BJP. We tried to join hands and work unitedly with the Bahujan Samaj Party but its leader was unwilling to do so. We will now set up our office in Lucknow soon," he said.........Read more

Graeme Smith appointed CSA director of cricket for three months

Graeme Smith has been announced as South Africa's first director of cricket, albeit in a temporary role, after several months of negotiation. Smith has signed on for three months and will begin work immediately, with two weeks to go before South Africa play England in a four-Test series at home, starting on Boxing Day, followed by three ODIs and as many T20Is. The position was created in the aftermath of South Africa's underwhelming 2019 World Cup campaign, and involves overseeing all cricket played under Cricket South Africa's administration. The former captain could not take on the role for longer at this stage, because of his commitment to commentating in the IPL in 2020, a tournament which runs from March 23 to May 12.........Read more

IAF's send-off to ex-chief BS Dhanoa: Rafale fighter jets to fly with his initials

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has decided to honour recently retired Chief Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa in a unique manner. The Rafale fighter jets acquired by the IAF will fly with his initials on the tail sign - B.S. "While the two-sweater trainer Rafales will have the tail number initials of present Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria RB. Every aircraft in the IAF has a unique tail number in a series, branded by the operations branch of the force, which also gives the tail number initials."In the fleet of one type of combat aircraft, the tail numbers of trainer and fighter aircraft have a separate set of alphabets as initials. ........Read more

The Pitches For $15 Billion India Deal, World's Biggest Warplane Contract

The Swedish manufacturer is in the running to supply 114 Gripen fighters in a deal valued at more than $15 billion as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to modernize armed forces reliant on mostly Soviet-era equipment in the face of threats from China and Pakistan. At the same time, Saab faces a requirement that at least 85% of the planes be built locally in partnership with Indian firms.........Read more

Re 1 clinics, meals for Rs 10, 80% job quota for locals in Sena-led govt’s CMP

The Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) promised secular and inclusive governance on Thursday in a document spelling out its five-year agenda that also pledged to reserve 80% private-sector jobs for local people and full meals for Rs 10, a key election promise of the Shiv Sena that leads the three-party alliance.........Read more

Bill Gates no longer 2nd richest person; Jeff Bezos may also lose crown to this fashion mogul

Bernard Arnault, chairman and CEO of luxury goods brand LVMH, has outshone Microsoft founder Bill Gates as the world’s second-wealthiest person. Within two days of announcing the acquisition of the iconic jewellery brand Tiffany and Co by LVMH.........Read more

Delhi to Host 1st India-Bangladesh T20I As Planned, Confirms Ganguly

“Yes, it will” when asked whether the capital will host the fixture. Not for the first time, the quality of air in Delhi has not only dipped but become progressively worse, to an extent that it now falls under “severe” category.........Read more

PUBG Mobile: Payload Mode Arriving on October 23, Here’s Everything we Know

The new action-packed mode will be live on Wednesday, October 23. According to a tweet from the official PUBG Mobile handle, the developers have been working to finalise and fine-tune the new mode, which is possibly the reason for its delay.........Read more

Women woo world and space after Nasa's first all-woman spacewalk

It's the 221st spacewalk performed in support of space station assembly, it was the first to be conducted entirely by women - National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch. ........Read more

‘Never give up’: First visually challenged woman assumes charge as IAS officer

“Never be defeated, Never give up”, said Pranjal Patil, the country’s first visually challenged woman IAS officer, as she assumed charge as the Sub Collector of Thiruvananthapuram.........Read more

Postage Stamps, Plogging, All-Faith Prayer: Grand Celebrations on Mahatma Gandhi's 150th Birth Anniversary Begin Across World

The Uzbekistan Post Association has partnered with the ministery for development of information technologies and communications to issue a postage stamp on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2. According to reports, the stamp has been made in the form of a postal block and has “150te Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi” inscribed on the block in Uzbek and English. Each stamp costs around Rs 47 and around 5,000 copies are being circulated. The stamp bearing the image of the Mahatma with the backdrop of Indian historic monuments was designed by Sulaimonova U and the image was sketched by Farmonova S, said a Hindu report. Turkey Post, too, issued a commemorative stamp of the occasion of 150 years of Gandhi Jayanti. On the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad and later declare the country open defecation-free. Several events have been organised in the city and in other parts of Gujarat on Wednesday as part of the sesquicentennial year of Gandhi’s birth anniversary. As this also marks five years of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, plogging run — jogging while picking up litter from the streets — will be organised at various parts of the country.........Read more

China flexes military muscle to mark 70 years of Communist rule

China celebrated its growing power and confidence with a big display of military hardware and goose-stepping troops in Beijing on Tuesday, overseen by President Xi Jinping who pledged peaceful development on Communist China’s 70th birthday. The event is the country’s most important of the year as it looks to project its assurance in the face of mounting challenges, including nearly four months of anti-government protests in Hong Kong and an economy-sapping trade war with the United States. Xi, dressed in a slate grey “Mao” suit and accompanied by his predecessors Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin, said China would pursue a mutually beneficial strategy of opening up. The military should resolutely safeguard China’s sovereignty, security, and development interests, and firmly uphold world peace, Xi told a handpicked crowd at Tiananmen Square, in comments carried live on state television. “No force can ever shake the status of China, or stop the Chinese people and nation from marching forward,” Xi said from the Gate of Heavenly Peace, where Mao Zedong proclaimed the founding of the People’s Republic of China on this day in 1949. China must maintain lasting prosperity and stability in Hong Kong and Macao, promote the peaceful development of relations with self-ruled Taiwan and “continue to strive for the motherland’s complete reunification”, he added. ........Read more

Madhya Pradesh Honey Trapping Case: Over 1,000 Video Clips Seized, Probe Initiated Against Accused

The Madhya Pradesh Police on Thursday extracted more than 4,000 files from the laptops and cell phones of the accused arrested in the alleged honey trapping case in Madhya Pradesh. The recovered files include audio recordings, video clips, and screenshots of chats with many of them being objectionable by nature. More than 1,000 videos are being probed by a special investigation team (SIT) of the Madhya Pradesh Police. According to reports, the alleged videos were stored in the cell phones of members of a gang whose network is spread across three states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra. According to police, the gang not only extorted money but also got many governmental contracts with the help of some influential people they had honey-trapped. The racket was busted when Indore Municipal Corporation engineer Harbhajan Singh registered a complaint with the Indore Police accusing a gang member of blackmailing him to extract Rs 3 crore from him.........Read more

Nobel Prize laureates call on Gates Foundation to revoke PM Modi's award

Nobel Peace Prize laureates Mairead Maguire, Tawakkol Abdel-Salam Karman, and Shirin Ebadi have written a letter to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in regard to the Foundation conferring an award to PM Narendra Modi. In the letter, the laureates said that they admired the work that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation does worldwide that effectively supports bettering lives in a sustainable manner. They said, "Under Prime Minister Modi's leadership, India has descended into dangerous and deadly chaos that has consistently undermined human rights, democracy."........Read more

Pro-Pakistani groups, Khalistanis to Protest Against 'Howdy Modi' Event in Houston, 7000 People to Participate

Pro-Pakistani groups, Khalistanis and fake Kashmiri groups are expected to protest against ‘Howdy Modi’ event in Houston on September 22, Sunday. Besides, the anti-India protests are also expected to roll out in New York and outside the UN headquarters during PM Narendra Modi’s one-week tour. The New York city Police said that anti-Modi rally permits were requested by three organisations, including a coalition of Pakistan-backed organisations. Nearly 7000 people are expected to participate in the protests Speaking to news agency ANI, a few people belonging to the Indian community claimed that those who are protesting in name of being Kashmirs do not even belong to the Valley. They claimed that the protesters are Pakistani representative staging a false narrative. “They are misleading public by putting out a false narrative about Kashmir without mentioning the genocide of Kashmiri Hindus die to Islamic terrorism”, ANI quoted Mohan Sapru of Global Kashmiri Pandit diaspora as saying. Meanwhile, PM Modi will arrive in Houston today. Soon after arriving there (Houston), the Prime Minister will have a round table with several chief executives from the energy sector where major energy firms such as Air Products, Baker Hughes, BP PLC, Cheniere Energy, Dominion Energy, Emerson Electric Company, Exxonmobil, Schlumberger, Tellurian Inc., and Westlake Chemicals are expected to participate, sources said.........Read more

'Our govt work will faster, achieve bigger objectives than ever before', says PM Modi on his birthday in Gujarat

Several BJP leaders have already expressed their wishes to PM Modi by taking to their respective Twitter pages. BJP leader, party workers, fan and followers of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday as he turns 69th birthday today. Ever since early morning hours, #HappyBirthdayNarendra Modi and #HappyBdayPMModi has been dominating Twitter India trends as wishes for PM Modi has flooded the micro-blogging platform. Several BJP leaders have already expressed their wishes to PM Modi by taking to their respective Twitter pages. BJP's Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari celebrated PM Modi's 69th birthday by cutting a huge cake shaped in laddo (Indian dessert) form and with 370, 35A written in bold letters on it. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Gujarat on his occasion, performed Narmada poojan at Kevadia Dam on Tuesday. The Prime Minister performed all the rituals to pay respect to the sacred river at Kevadia in Narmada district of Gujarat, which was decorated with flowers and was lit up with several colours. He was accompanied by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. "I had said this during elections also, and I say this today, the new government will work faster and achieve bigger objectives than ever before," PM Modi said on his birthday in Gujarat. ........Read more

UP govt evicts Mulayam Yadav's Lohia Trust from prime Lucknow building

Now In a major setback for former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, the Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday evicted the Lohia Trust bungalow from a prime property on Vikramaditya Marg in Lucknow. The Lohia Trust building was vacated by the state property department. The development comes days after the Supreme Court ordered the government to vacate all the bungalows which were running on the UP government's expenditure. While Mulayam Singh Yadav is the chairman of the Lohia Trust, Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party chief Shivpal Singh Yadav is the secretary of the Lohia Trust. Samajwadi Party (SP) chief and former UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and several other top party leaders are the members of the Lohia Trust. This building of Lohia Trust was in the possession of Shivpal Yadav's party and was being charged at the market rate for the past few months.........Read more

Feast your eyes on the Earth-like, rocky debris covering the surface of asteroid Ryugu

Japan’s space agency JAXA has had a busy year, but that’s par for the course when you’re controlling an asteroid probe orbiting a distant space rock. the Hayabusa2 spacecraft has been hanging out around the asteroid known as Ryugu for a little over a year now, and it’s made some big moves along the way. The spacecraft has already collected samples of asteroid material that it will eventually bring back to Earth, but there’s still plenty scientists can learn about the makeup of the asteroid even without going hands-on. In a new study published in Science, researchers explain how images gathered by a tiny robotic lander deployed to Ryugu are revealing its Earth-like qualities. No, seriously, one $69 device will have you cooking perfect steak like a pro chef every single time After arriving at Ryugu, the Hayabusa2 probe deployed a tiny lander to its surface. It was called MASCOT (short for Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout), and while its batteries doomed it to a brief observational period of less than a day, the images it gathered after its tumble along the rock’s surface have revealed something very interesting about the makeup of its rocks.........Read more

Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying humanoid robot 'FEDOR' fails to dock with the ISS

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying a humanoid robot failed to dock with the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday, The FEDOR (Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research) robot on its way to the ISS on a planned two-week mission to support the crew and test its skills. The docking process, originally planned for 0530 GMT, failed due to issues related to the automatic docking system, news agency, Interfax added, cited NASA TV as saying. The spacecraft is currently 96 meters away from the station and officials plan to attempt docking again on Monday morning, RIA reported, citing Russia’s flight control centre. The Skybot F-850 is the first humanoid robot sent to space by Russia. NASA sent humanoid robot Robonaut 2 to space in 2011 to work in hazardous environments. FEDOR is the size of a human adult and can emulate the movements of the human body.........Read more

Look at Ricky Ponting: Sourav Ganguly lashes out at BCCI over conflict of interest charge

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, who has been a vocal critic of the BCCI no conflict diktat, has once again hit out at the board for not being practical with the clause and for using it in a way which is detrimental to Indian cricket. He also said that there should be clarity in the way this clause is used. "I wouldn't say an exception should be made to the rule (but) the rule has to be practical. And what is conflict of interest? Today Rahul Dravid is appointed NCA head and there are issues about his conflict of interest of his job with India Cements. So you got to be practical on that, you never know whether you would become NCA head or no." It needs to be said that Rahul Dravid—who is the Head of Cricket at the National Cricket Academy and holds a post with India Cements that own anIPL franchise—was cleared of a conflict of interest charge by CoA earlier this month. Also, However, the former Indian captain has cited the example of Ricky Ponting and how he juggles between different rules and how Cricket Australia has given him flexibility.........Read more

EPFO to restore commutation of pension

Providing relief to 6.3 lakh pensioners, retirement fund body Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has approved a proposal to restore commutation of pension, or advance part-withdrawal, under the Employees’ Pension Scheme. The move would benefit the pensioners who had opted for commutation and got a lump sum amount at the time of retirement before 2009. The provision for commutation of pension was withdrawn by the EPFO in 2009. Under the commutation, monthly pension used to be cut by one-third for the next 15 years and the reduced amount would be given in lump sum. After the 15 years, the pensioners were entitled to get the full pension. “In a major decision, the [EPFO’s apex decision-making body] Central Board of Trustees in a meeting held at Hyderabad on August 21, approved a proposal to recommend for amendment in EPS-95 for restoration of commuted value of pension to pensioners after 15 years of drawing commutation, which will benefit about 6.3 lakh pensioners,” according to a statement by the EPFO. Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh general secretary Virjesh Upadhyay said there was a demand for restoration of commutation of pension. “Earlier, under EPS-95 [Employees’ Pension Scheme, 1995], members were able to commute one-third of their pension for 10 years, which was restored after 15 years. This facility is available to government employees.”........Read more

Over 4 lakh companies fail to comply with KYC norms, only 60% active

Only 60% of over 11 lakh firms registered in the country have been found to be active, as per the Know-Your-Customer (KYC) exercise conducted by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA). The deadline for complying with the government's latest disclosure norms ended on June 15. The ministry initiated the exercise three months back to hunt down bogus or shell companies as well as to get more details about the firms functioning in the country. ........Read more

Aiding 'organised crime': India alleges 22 audit violations by Deloitte, KPMG arm in fraud case

India detected at least 22 violations of auditing standards by Deloitte Haskins & Sells and a KPMG affiliate while investigating a fraud at a financial company, leading it to seek a five-year ban on the auditors. The failures were detected as part of a wide-ranging probe into alleged fraud and mismanagement at Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS), which defaulted on its debt obligations last year and sparked fears of financial contagion.........Read more

India votes in favour of Israel against Palestinian NGO in UN

In a rare move, India voted in favour of a decision introduced by Israel in the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) that objected to granting consultative status to a Palestinian non-governmental organisation, after the Jewish state said the organisation did not disclose its ties with Hamas.........Read more

Microsoft is discontinuing its Xbox and Xbox 360 backward compatibility program

Xbox’s Backward Compatibility program was launched back during E3 in 2015. It enabled Xbox and Xbox 360 games to run on the current Xbox One consoles. After four years of supporting and adding more than 600 games to the list, the program is coming to an end. At E3 2019, Microsoft announced the next generation of the Xbox console codenamed Project Scarlett. ........Read more

Trump Says He'll Raise China Tariffs If Xi Won't Meet at G-20

President Donald Trump threatened to raise tariffs on China again if President Xi Jinping doesn’t meet with him at the upcoming Group of 20 summit in Japan. Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday that he could impose tariffs of 25%, or “much higher than 25%” on $300 billion in Chinese goods. ........Read more

‘Some 737 aircraft, including MAX 8, may have wing defect’: Boeing

The American aviation giant, which has been rocked by an unprecedented crisis after its entire 737 MAX 8 fleet was grounded, said a subcontractor informed it of problems with a batch of a part involved in deploying the wings’ leading edge. ........Read more

EC Capitulated Before PM Modi, Not Respected Anymore: Rahul Gandhi Slams Poll Body

As the seven phased Lok Sabha elections 2019 concluded Congress president Rahul Gandhi accused the Election Commission (EC) of ‘capitulation before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’. Gandhi cited examples of its bias and asserted that the poll panel was no more feared and respected. ........Read more

Microsoft warns of major WannaCry-like Windows security exploit, releases XP patches

Microsoft is warning users of older versions of Windows to urgently apply a Windows Update today to protect against a potential widespread attack. The software giant has patched a critical remote code execution vulnerability in Remote Desktop Services that exists in Windows XP, Windows 7, and server versions like Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008.........Read more

NTA imposes restrictions to curb cheating; burqa, turban, kripan allowed but candidates must report early

The National Testing Agency (NTA), the nodal body for the country's biggest undergraduate entrance test for medical courses, has prescribed a specific dress code for the applicants, which has been mentioned in the official brochure too. The 2019 NEET dress code is well-defined by the NTA in terms of clothes, footwear and other accessories. ........Read more

Navy in 'High Degree of Readiness' as Cyclone Fani Threatens to Turn Extremely Severe

The Met department has issued a warning for Odisha coast regarding cyclone Fani. It said that Cyclone Fani had intensified into severe and was lying 700 km east southeast of Chennai. Till May 1, it would move northwestwards and thereafter, recurve north-northeastwards towards Odisha Coast.........Read more

TikTok Ban: Government Asks Apple and Google to Take Down TikTok From App Stores

India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has reportedly asked Google and Apple to remove the Chinese video sharing application TikTok from their app stores. This comes just a day after the SC had rejected TikTok’s plea to stay a Madras High Court order from April 3, to put a ban on the app’s downloads.........Read more

Terrorists Planning Another Pulwama-like Attack on J&K Highway; Forces on Alert After Intelligence Inputs

A possible ‘terrorist’ attack is likely on the Jammu and Kashmir highway on Sunday, intelligence agencies have reportedly alerted the security forces. Further, the inputs suggest that in all likelihood a motorbike may be used to carry out the blast.........Read more

Facebook Removes 687 Fake Pages of Individuals Associated With Congress

Social media giant Facebook said it has removed 687 pages and accounts linked to individuals associated with an IT Cell of the Congress party as it cracks down on fake accounts and spam.........Read more

Ethiopian Airlines Flight to Nairobi With 149 Passengers, 8 Crew Members Crashes

A spokesman for the airline confirmed the plane crashed while heading from Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa. It is not yet clear where the crash occurred.........Read more

Ayodhya land dispute: Supreme Court Reserves Order as Petitioners Fail to Agree on Mediation

The five-judge bench of Supreme Court hearing the Ayodhya Ram Janmbhoomi title dispute case decided to reserve its order on mediation talks between Muslim and Hindu petitioners.........Read more

BJP Seals Alliance Deal With AIADMK After Piyush Goyal’s Midnight Parleys With EPS-OPS

The BJP is likely to announce its pre-poll alliance with AIADMK and a few other regional outfits in Tamil Nadu next week after union minister Piyush Goyal held midnight parleys with chief minister EK Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam.........Read more

Life Imprisonment For Seven in 2013 Muzaffarnagar Riots Case

A local court awarded life imprisonment to all the seven convicts for killing two youths in Kawal village in an attack which is said to have triggered the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots that led to killings of over 60 people.........Read more

Breaking: Apple blocks Google from running its internal iOS apps

Apple blocked the early versions of Google Maps, Hangouts, Gmail, and other pre-release beta apps like a Gbus app for transportation and Google’s internal cafe app. ........Read more

Akhilesh Yadav Under the Scanner in Illegal Sand Mining Case, CBI Raids Mute SP-BSP Alliance Cheer

The CBI may launch an investigation into Akhilesh Yadav as part of its probe into alleged illegal sand mining in 2012-2013 during which the Samajwadi Party leader was the CM and mining minister. ........Read more

‘Christmas miracle’: Costa Rican fisherman rescued after 20 days at sea

After being stranded at sea for over three weeks, two Costa Rican fisherman were rescued by a cruise ship in what is being described as a “Christmas miracle”. The fisherman was found and rescued by the Empress of the Seas at Jamaica.........Read more

Kerala's first lead-poisoning detection and treatment centre opens

Kerala saw the opening of its first lead-poisoning detection and treatment centre, as people increasingly taking traditional medicines that are believed to contain heavy metals creating several health issues.........Read more

Syed Modi International 2018: Saina Nehwal and Sameer Verma enter semi-finals

Former champions Saina Nehwal and Sameer Verma made it to the semi-finals of the $150,000 Syed Modi International Badminton Championships 2018 even as Parupalli Kashyap crashed out the tournament.........Read more

You are my only hope: Man says before throwing chilli powder at Arvind Kejriwal

A man threw chilli powder at Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal as he was leaving his offices at the Delhi Secretariat. The attacker has been identified as Anil Kumar Sharma.........Read more

Teaching robots body language offers common ground for humans and machines

Madeline Gannon is an artist, coder, and designer who has been exploring how humans relate to robots; programming machines that react to our presence and that use mechanical body language of their own to communicate back.........Read more

Naxal attack in poll-bound Chhattisgarh: Jawan among four killed as CISF vehicle blown up in Dantewada

Naxals triggered an IED blast on Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) vehicle, near Bacheli in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada killing four people including a jawan. Two CISF personnel were also injured in the incident.........Read more

Bengaluru Teen Wins Rs 2.9 Crore Global Science Prize, Lab for School

Sixteen-year-old Samay Godika, a junior at National Public School-Koramangala in Bangalore won the annual Breakthrough Junior Challenge. Samay will receive $400,000 in educational prizes for himself, his teacher and his school. ........Read more

Unseeded Khachanov Stuns Djokovic to Clinch Title in Paris Masters

Russia’s Karen Khachanov defeated Novak Djokovic with a 7-5, 6-4 to claim the Paris Masters title. Khachanov became the third different first-time winner of a Masters tournament this year.........Read more

Pak Spinning Legend Admits Fixing Charges, Pleads Guilty For His Mistake

Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria has finally admitted his role in a fixing scandal that led to the imprisonment of former Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield after six years of denials.........Read more

Google will start charging Android device makers a fee for using its apps in Europe

Google is changing the way it licenses its suite of Android apps in Europe, leading the company to charge a licensing fee for the Play Store and other Google apps for the first time. The changes come in response to a July ruling by the European Commission, which fined the company $5 billion for antitrust violations.........Read more

17 journalists want Delhi’s Patiala Court to hear them in case against MJ Akbar

A group of current and former journalists employed by The Asian Age, a newspaper that was once edited by MJ Akbar — a Union minister accused of sexually harassing at least 10 former colleagues urged Delhi court to accept their testimonies in the case.........Read more

Hubble operations suspended after technical failure

A technical fault has led NASA to suspend science operations for the hardworking Hubble Space Telescope. The craft entered safe mode on Friday when one of its gyroscopes failed, and while the problem may or may not be fixable, Hubble is expected to continue science operations regardless.........Read more

ABVP sweeps University of Hyderabad students' union polls, ends 8-year drought

The RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), has swept the students’ union polls at the University of Hyderabad, ending an eight-year domination of Left groups.........Read more

Kupwara Encounter: Three Militants Shot, Soldier Martyred as Anti-Infiltration Operation Continues

Three militants were shot dead while a security personnel martyred on Monday in an ongoing anti-filtration operation along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district........Read more

Blow to Congress as SP, BSP, Left May go it Alone in Upcoming Assembly Polls: Report

Striking a big blow to the Congress’ prospect of forging a grand alliance to take on the BJP, the Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Left have decided to contest the upcoming Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh later this year.........Read more

An Australian Player Called me 'Osama' During 2015 Ashes: Moeen Ali

Moeen Ali said, "In 2015 Ashes an Australian player had turned to me on the field and said, ‘Take that, Osama’. I could not believe what I had heard. I remember going really red. I have never been so angry on a cricket field.”........Read more

Cryptocurrency bulls push Bitcoin price beyond $26,000 in Iran

News of Iran’s government legalizing cryptocurrency mining has caused an impromptu Bitcoin bull market. Iranians have clamoured to trade fiat for the cryptocurrency, pushing the price of Bitcoin to over $26,000 on a local exchange overnight.........Read more

Floods may cause damage of Rs 20,000 crore, says Assocham

Assocham says Kerala witnessing worst-ever floods since 1924, the phase of natural fury quite prolonged. The floods could cause damage of up to Rs 20,000 crore.........Read more

I have come as a friend: Navjot Singh Sidhu in Pak for Imran Khan’s oath-taking ceremony

Sidhu said “I have come here as a friend, as goodwill messenger. I have brought a Kashmiri shawl as a gift for Khan. I love Kashmiri shawls and I have many. It is a symbol of love,” he told Pakistani media after entering the country via the Attari-Wagah border.........Read more

The fastest-sinking city in the world

The Indonesian capital of Jakarta is home to 10 million people but it is also one of the fastest-sinking cities in the world. If this goes unchecked, parts of the megacity could be entirely submerged by 2050........Read more

DMK chief Karunanidhi’s health declines, says Chennai hospital

Former Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi’s health condition has declined, the hospital treating him in Chennai said that maintaining his vital organ functions continued to be a challenge due to his age.........Read more

1.3 lakh engineering seats likely to be dropped, AICTE planning to reduce intake from July

One of the major reason behind this is that AICTE couldn't provide job opportunities in the ratio in which they increased the number of seats. Such a situation only exists in private colleges. Government colleges have followed uniform standards in imparting quality education and practical knowledge in engineering, but for private colleges, it has been changing over the years.........Read more

SC dismisses PIL seeking reopening of Mahatma Gandhi assassination case

The apex court, which reserved its verdict on March 6, had made it clear that it would not go by "sentiments" but rely on legal submissions to decide on the petition. The apex court had said the plea seeking retrial of the case was based on academic research but that could not form the basis to reopen the matter which happened years ago.........Read more

Range Rover Evoque Convertible launched at Rs. 69.53 lakh

The Evoque Convertible is offered with a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine that produces 237 BHP @ 5,500-6,000 rpm and 340 Nm of torque @ 1,500-4,000 rpm and is mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shift. Land Rover claims that it will do 0-100 km/h in 8.1 seconds and has a top speed of 217 km/h. It has an all-wheel drive system with features like All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC), hill descent control, dynamic stability control, torque vectoring and Roll Stability Control (RSC).........Read more

Donald Trump expels 60 Russians, closes Seattle consulate over nerve agent attack

US President Donald Trump on Monday ordered the expulsion of 60 Russians from the United States and closed the Russian consulate in Seattle over a nerve agent attack earlier this month in Britain.........Read more

UIDAI denies reported security lapse in Aadhaar project

The semi-government agency behind India's national identity card project on Saturday denied a report by news website ZDNet that the programme has been hit by another security lapse that allows access to private information.........Read more

Indian athletics body threatens Commonwealth Games pullout over three entries

The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has threatened to withdraw its team from the Commonwealth Games if the entries of three athletes are not accepted by the manager’s meeting on March 24.........Read more

JNU, AMU get full autonomy: Govt gives 60 institutes freedom to fix courses

Institutions that were given full autonomy will not need the permission of the University Grants Commission (UGC) to start a course, fix course fees, set up a new department or open offline campuses. These will also be free to have collaboration with foreign counterparts, hire foreign faculty, and admit students from abroad. ........Read more

Vistara Airlines awarded 'Most Passenger Friendly Airline’ at Wings India 2018

Global consulting firm, Deloitte, with its extensive exposure in the aviation sector, evaluated the award nominations and together with the organisers, adjudged Vistara as the undisputed winner in the category. Vistara also bagged another coveted award on the same day for ‘Best Airline – Service Standards’ by Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) at ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel and trade show.........Read more

Didi called me over People’s Front: KCR

A day after Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao tried to position himself nationally, mooting a “People’s Third Front” as an alternative to BJP and Congress, he claimed on Sunday that several political figures, including Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, supported him. Speaking at a rally at his camp office here, KCR said he had received calls from Mamata, former Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren, six MPs from Maharashtra and Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan, seeking an alternative front.........Read more

SSC Exam Paper Leak: Anna Hazare Meets Protestors; Congress Demands CBI Probe

Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare on Sunday met the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) aspirants who are protesting against the alleged paper leak of SSC in the national capital. Students have been protesting outside the Staff Selection Commission office at CGO complex in Lodhi Road since February 27, 2018, seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the alleged paper leak of the SSC exam held between February 17 to 21, 2018.........Read more

After Paytm, WhatsApp In A War With SEBI; Refuses To Share User Data With Market Regulator

As per current regulations, WhatsApp is not obliged to share user-specific information with SEBI. However, if the company decides not to cooperate, the market regulator could take the matter to court against WhatsApp.........Read more

Now moon will have a mobile network, thanks to Vodafone

The moon will get its first mobile phone network next year, enabling high-definition streaming from the lunar landscape back to earth, part of a project to back the first privately funded moon mission. Vodafone Germany, network equipment maker Nokia and carmaker Audi said on Tuesday they were working together to support the mission, 50 years after the first NASA astronauts walked on the moon.........Read more

Is the Centre snubbing Justin Trudeau on his India visit? Some Canadians believe so

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau is on a state visit to India, but the event has barely created a ripple, and many Canadians think that's because New Delhi is very openly snubbing him over his perceived support for Sikh separatists in his country. For one, PM Narendra Modi did not go to the airport to receive the Canadian head of state.........Read more

‘Jackpotting’ attacks are now hitting US ATMs

Jackpotting, in which thieves use a variety of tools to hack into ATMs and cause them to dispense large amounts of cash on demand, has been a legitimate threat for several years now. The late computer hacker Barnaby Jack famously showed off an ATM exploit at the Black Hat conference back in 2010. But until now, jackpotting was mostly a threat in Europe, Asia, and Mexico.........Read more

Arab ministers seek reversal of Jerusalem decision

​​In a resolution long on rhetoric but short on concrete actions, the ministers called for the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution condemning Trump’s decision, but acknowledged that Washington would most likely veto it.........Read more

Narendra Modi-Karunanidhi meet shows BJP recognises DMK's political heft in post-Jayalalithaa Tamil Nadu

Modi chose to visit Karunanidhi just a day before the special CBI court is to announce the date for the verdict in the 2G case is extremely significant. Anyone else would have preferred to wait for the verdict because Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi, who too was present at the DMK chief's home when Modi came visiting, is one of the accused in the case.........Read more

Xi joins Mao and Deng in Communist Party of China constitution

The Communist Party of China (CPC) on Tuesday endorsed a second five-year term for President Xi Jinping and amended its constitution to add his name and ideology, elevating him on a par with party founder Mao Zedong and his successor Deng Xiaoping.........Read more

Hyundai Tucson AWD launched at Rs.25.19 lakh

Hyundai has launched a 4-wheel drive version of the Tucson. It is only offered in the top-end GLS trim with a diesel engine paired to an automatic transmission. The Tucson 4WD AT GLS is priced at Rs. 25.19 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Hyundai has also introduced additional safety features on the GL trim of both petrol and diesel models. ........Read more

Rajnish Kumar Appointed New Chairman Of State Bank Of India

Rajnish Kumar is currently a managing director at SBI. He has been with the bank for the last 37 years and was previously the managing director and CEO of SBI Capital Markets, the merchant banking arm of the bank. Mr Kumar has been with the SBI for over three decades, having joined the bank as a Probationary Officer in 1980.........Read more

GST composition scheme takes a quantum leap

Availing of the benefits of a flat tax rate and easier compliance, the number of businesses opting for the composition scheme under the goods and services tax has gone up by 50 per cent. About 540,000 taxpayers have opted for the scheme under the new window of about 14 days till September 30, compared to one million as of August 16, the earlier deadline.........Read more

Indian doctor Soumya Swaminathan to be appointed as Deputy DG of WHO

Director general of Indian Council of Medical Research, Dr Soumya Swaminathan, is likely to take over as the deputy director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), sources from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) confirmed.........Read more

Delhi Police writes to DoT to scrap customer care number 121

The Delhi Police has written to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to discontinue customer helpline number 121 as it was "creating confusion" and leading to a "spike in the number of blank calls" received by the DoT's emergency number 112. ........Read more

Dinakaran Booked For Sedition For Calling EPS-OPS Combine a 'Killer Govt'

Rebel AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran has been booked for sedition after his supporters allegedly distributed pamphlets that said the current EK Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam government in Tamil Nadu is a "killer government".........Read more

Hurricane Maria 'devastates' Dominica: PM

Dominica has suffered "widespread damage" from Hurricane Maria, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says, as the storm hammers neighbouring Guadeloupe. The hurricane suddenly strengthened to a "potentially catastrophic" category five storm, before making landfall on the Caribbean island.........Read more

UN Chief Asks Nations to Commit to Paris Deal Amid 'Dramatic Floods'

Citing the “dramatic floods” in India and Nepal, UN chief Antonio Guterres has urged nations to commit to the historic Paris deal to address the threats posed by climate change as natural disasters become frequent and more devastating.........Read more

Shivraj Singh Chouhan warning: Will hang officials upside down if cases are not cleared in a month

In a stern warning to district collectors, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said at a meeting that he would hang top revenue officials upside down if he found out that undisputed revenue cases were pending for more than a month. ........Read more

High-fat diet in pregnancy can cause mental health problems in offspring

A high-fat diet not only creates health problems for expectant mothers, but new research in an animal model suggests it alters the development of the brain and endocrine system of their offspring and has a long-term impact on offspring behavior. The new study links an unhealthy diet during pregnancy to mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression in children.........Read more

MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay appointed joint secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office

The government on Friday appointed Gopal Baglay, the External Affairs Ministry spokesperson, to the post of joint secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office. Baglay, a 1992 batch Indian Foreign Service officer, will replace Vinay Mohan Kwatra, who has been appointed India’s ambassador to France.........Read more

Video recording of Sasikala special treatment deleted by officials: DIG Roopa

Following the allegations levelled against DGP Satyanarayana Rao, in her explosive letter, DIF Roopa said that a few officials in her own department were trying to destroy the evidence she had collected during her inspection. “I had recorded video proof in a handy cam regarding my claims of Sasikala getting special treatment. But this video has been destroyed by some officials,” she said.........Read more

BSNL to offer ultra-fast 1,000 Mbps broadband connection

Telecom minister Manoj Sinha on Friday launched a next generation optical fibre-based technology on the BSNL network that will enable the state-run firm to provide broadband connection with download speed of up to 1,000 Mbps.........Read more

New research uses satellites to predict end of volcanic eruptions

Researchers from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa (UHM) School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) recently discovered that infrared satellite data could be used to predict when lava flow-forming eruptions will end.........Read more

60% in 18-19 age bracket not enrolled as voters

Barely 40% of the country's newly eligible voters in the 18-19 age group are currently enrolled as voters. In fact, in big states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, 75 lakh and 46 lakh young people have turned 18 but are yet to enlist themselves as voters.........Read more

OnePlus focuses on the next frontier

So for its latest phone, the OnePlus 5, which will be officially announced tomorrow, the company focused its efforts on fixing that. The stakes here are high — OnePlus has already proven it can make a phone with fast performance and quality design, but it hasn’t proven it can play on the same level with its cameras. That attention to detail has won OnePlus a huge cadre of dedicated fans who believe that great smartphones don't have to be expensive, and that they don't have to come from the biggest companies.........Read more

‘Operation Bhawani’: Killers walk out of Bihar jails posing as juveniles

In a sting operation, it was found that hardcore criminals manage to obtain fake birth certificates to claim that they are still juvenile, enabling the court to grant bail.........Read more

Blockchains are the new Linux, not the new Internet

Cryptocurrencies are booming beyond belief. Bitcoin is up sevenfold, to $2,500, in the last year. Three weeks ago the redoubtable Vinay Gupta, who led..........Read more

Rakesh Sarna quits Indian Hotels as its CEO and MD

Sarna who was a top recruit from outside the Tata family was appointed by ousted Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry. N Chandrasekaran, chairman of holding company Tata Sons and Indian Hotels has said that Sarna has resigned on completion of his three-year tenure and he has chosen to step down on his own volition.........Read more

Vijay Mallya to represent India in FIA till October

Absconding businessman Vijay Mallya, who has been facing extradition to India over debts and money laundering, will continue to represent India in World Motorsport Council FIA.........Read more

BJP's 'Lucky Bikes' Arrive Telangana

Considering the two wheeler bikes a "luck" to the party during the poll campaign in Uttar Pradesh, state party leaders requested the BJP high command for the use of vehicles in the party activities in Telangana. About 120 bikes were brought to the state BJP office. These bikes will also be used to take up intensive campaign on the policies and programmes of the BJP and the central schemes that have been sanctioned for the state of Telangana.........Read more

Triple talaq: Kapil Sibal is wrong in making divorce dispute a matter of faith

What the AIMPLB and its counsels do not understand is that by justifying triple talaq as an Islamic practice, they undermine the basic tenets of Islam that confer a lot of rights upon married women.........Read more

Triple talaq: Salman Khurshid's regressive solution for instant divorce is irrational and sinful

Khurshid told the apex court that it need not go into the triple talaq if it accepted his suggestion to declare the practice as "single talaq". What Khurshid meant was that even if a Muslim man pronounces triple talaq in a single sitting — says 'I divorce you, I divorce you, I divorce you'— it need not repudiate a marriage. In fact, it should be considered as a "single talaq" that should be followed by a period of reconsideration and reconciliation.........Read more

Lexus LX 450d SUV Has Been Priced At 2.32 Crore In India

The luxury SUV is priced at ₹ 2.32 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi) and will be taking on the Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography that packs similar levels of luxury. While Lexus LX450d was announced for India alongside the other models in March this year, the company has revealed prices only now.........Read more

Random reboot, shattering displays, red-tint and more: 5 hiccups Samsung Galaxy S8 faced since launch

In less than a month of launch, there seems to be no end to Samsung’s woes with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones. The latest flagship smartphones are the first set of Samsung smartphone to feature the in-house developed Bixby assistant. However, the core feature of the digital assistant – support for voice-control- didn’t make it to the smartphones until this week starting South Korea.........Read more

CBSE to conduct NET exam in July: UGC

The UGC has decided that the CBSE will conduct the National Eligibility Test in July. An official notification in this regard is likely to be released soon. The NET is held twice a year, July and December, for the grant of JRF and eligibility for assistant professorship in universities and colleges.........Read more

2 killed as trainer aircraft crashes on Maharashtra-MP border

Two persons were killed when a trainer aircraft of a private aviation academy crashed into a river on Maharashtra's border with Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday.........Read more

Breakfast for 600 People From 101 Nationalities. Here's How a UAE Gurdwara Set a World Record!

Surender Kandhari, chairman of Gurudwara GuruNanak Darbar, “Sikhism has always embraced diversity as it has been part of our faith and belief, that we are all human beings to be treated with respect. The Gurudwara has been spearheading charity and volunteer work not only for the Indian community but for the entire UAE community as well. We feel blessed to give in any form, as this is our selfless service to the society.”........Read more

You cannot scare me: Mamata on BJP leader's Rs 11 lakh bounty

Without naming anyone, Banerjee said, "They can abuse me, vilify me and conspire against me. They can abuse me as much as they want. I pray to God to forgive them. They do not know what they are saying. I will not say anything more."........Read more

TN farmers strip outside Prime Minister Office

Farmers from Tamil Nadu, who were protesting in Jantar Mantar from past few days, had stripped outside the Prime Minister's office in North Block, New Delhi. They were protesting against farmer suicides, and demand relief package from central government.........Read more

Indian and Chinese navies work together on anti-piracy mission, thwart attempt to hijack ship

India and China has successfully thwarted an attempt by pirates to hijack a bulk carrier in the Gulf of Aden. The navies of both the countries worked together as they responded to the alert sent out by the United Kingdom’s Maritime Trade Organisation monitoring the ship. The pirates, however, escaped before the security forces reached the vessel,........Read more

India got only 7 of 50 global cancer drugs in 5 years

The disparity in availability of oncology therapies becomes even more stark over a 10-year period (2006-2016), with not even one-third of the 270-odd onco-molecules being available in India.........Read more

When Will Mars Be Close to Earth? - Universe Today

By definition, a “Mars opposition” occurs when planet Earth passes in between the Sun and planet Mars. The term refers to the fact that Mars and the Sun appear on opposite sides of the sky. Because of their orbits, Mars oppositions happens about every 2 years and 2 months – 779.94 Earth days to be precise. From our perspective here on Earth, Mars appears to be rising in the east just as the Sun sets in the west.........Read more

Cinema glorifies eve-teasing? Maneka Gandhi blames films for rise in violence against women

We have very important reason why men believe they can get away or they indulge in violence against women and that is films. If you look at films, which is a way to communicate messages, you will find romance almost always starts with eve-teasing. The man and friends will surround a woman, be mean to her trip her up, show her down, abuse her, touch her inappropriately and slowly she falls in love with him.........Read more

Only 13pc Hindus think Muslims ‘highly patriotic’, just 33pc have them as close friends: Survey

A survey conducted by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) revealed that only 33 per cent Hindus count a Muslim among their close friends, whereas 74 per cent Muslims have a close friend from the Hindu community.........Read more

India allows duty-free import of 500,000 tonnes of raw sugar

India, the world's biggest sugar consumer, allowed duty-free imports of 500,000 tonnes of raw sugar, a government official said on Wednesday, as a drought curtailed the country's production below consumption levels for the first time in seven years. The duty-free imports will be allowed until June 12, said the official, who declined to be named. The imports will harden global prices as India was an exporter of sugar until last year.........Read more

Ban on liquor vends along highways: Supreme Court relaxes liquor shop norms for areas with population below 20,000

Supreme Court on Friday relaxed its December 2016 order banning liquor outlets within 500 metres of state and national highways across the country. Supreme Court reduced the distance of liquor vends from highways from 500 to 220 metres in areas with a population of up to 20,000. The apex court, however, made it clear that its December 15, 2016 order banning such vends within 500 metres of highways shall remain operative for areas other than specified in today’s order. The SC clarified that the order would apply to bars and pubs and restaurants as well and the ban will come into effect from April 1.........Read more

EPL clubs want post-Brexit protections on player recruitment

English Premier League clubs owners urged the government to explore measures to protect the competition from being damaged by Britain's impending departure from the European Union. With the British government insisting it must regain the right to control immigration and end free movement from the EU bloc, the ability of England's top soccer clubs to sign players from Europe could be impeded.........Read more

In a quantum race everyone is both a winner and a loser

Our understanding of the world is mostly built on basic perceptions, such as that events follow each other in a well-defined order. Such definite orders are required in the macroscopic world, for which the laws of classical physics apply. The current work by a team of physicists from the University of Vienna is the first experimental quantification of such a superposition. It will be published in an upcoming issue of Science Advances.........Read more

All mobile phone numbers must be linked to Aadhaar by February 2018, says Centre

The Department of Telecommunication has issued a notice making it mandatory for all telecom subscribers to re-verify existing customers through the Aadhaar-based E-KYC process. This means that all mobile numbers will have to be linked to Aadhaar numbers. The process has to be completed by February 6, 2018.........Read more

Google To Distrust Symantec Certificates

Google announced that it will start gradually distrusting Symantec’s certificates, after Symantec was caught improperly issuing 30,000 certificates over the past few years. Symantec’s Extended Validation (EV) certificates will also no longer be recognized--effective immediately--for at least a year, until the company fixes its certificate issuance processes to the point where they can be trusted again.........Read more

Yes Bank revives QIP, looks to raise up to $750 million

According to two merchant bankers in the know, the bank has opened an issue worth $650 million with an option to retain a further $100 million. Yes Bank declined to confirm the issue size; its stock exchange statement said that it has the floor price at Rs1,498.95 per share. That is a discount of 1.12% to Thursday’s closing price of Rs1,516.05 a share. “The bank may at its discretion offer a discount of up to 5% on the floor price in the QIP.” ........Read more

Nokia's mobile networks head, Samih Elhage quits; business to split up

Nokia’s head of mobile networks, the division which accounted for more than half of the Finnish telecom network equipment maker’s sales last year, is leaving the company. Nokia said it would break out services as a distinct business group from mobile networks following the departure of Samih Elhage.........Read more

Bengaluru Pre-school horror: Government shuts down school after allegation of sexual assault

"It is sad that the management failed to react when parents alleged sexual assault on children. The school also failed to provide a secure environment for the students. Hence, it cannot be allowed to reopen," the official communication said.........Read more

NASA getting ready to launch its $8 Billion Webb Space Telescope

The world's most expensive telescope is parked for the moment in Greenbelt, Maryland, shrouded in a protective tent at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. In just two years, this long-delayed, $8 billion, cosmos-penetrating instrument is supposed to be nearly a million miles from Earth.........Read more

Virat Kohli was paid 47 lakhs from the Uttarakhand flood fund

In yet another controversy to hit the Harish Rawat government before assembly poll results are out on March 11, an RTI reply sought by an activist who is also a BJP member has said that Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli was paid Rs 47.19 lakh in June 2015 from funds earmarked for victims of the deadly 2013 Kedarnath floods for appearing in a 60-second tourism video. Kohli had at that time been recruited as the brand ambassador for the state of Uttarakhand.........Read more

International conference on Idea of Bharat inaugurated

President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday inaugurated an international conference on "Bharat Bodh" (Idea of Bharat), organised by the Indira Gandhi National Open University and Bhartiya Shikshan Mandal.........Read more

Tirupati ticket price may go up as note ban reduces income by up to Rs 2 crore

According to officials, before demonetisation, TTD's daily income was about Rs 5 crore, including interest on bank deposits. A part from the 'hundi' collections, TTD's coffers are filled by the sale of tickets, 'prasad', etc. "After demonetisation, we observed a dent of Rs 1-2 crore on many days. Now, we are looking at bridging the revenue gap without burdening devotees," TTD chairman Chadalavada Krishnamurthy told.........Read more

The barbaric practice of female genital mutilation

The Bohra community believes the clitoral head to be ‘unwanted skin,’ a ‘source of sin’ that will make women ‘stray’ out of their marriages. They referred to the clitoral head as ‘haraam ki boti’ (immoral lump of flesh). Some women from the community in Hyderabad have spoken out, giving details on condition of anonymity.........Read more

Facebook is building a full-fledged weather tool into its app

This week the company is rolling out a few updates to help make sure you don’t get caught in the rain. Firstly Facebook will show greater detail in its local weather cards – which show up atop your News Feed – including five day forecasts. More interestingly, perhaps, is the ability to set notifications for these weather alerts so you don’t forget to bring your umbrella on the way out.........Read more

Judwaa 2 first poster out: Varun Dhawan gives sneak peek of Prem & Raja’s look!

The first poster of Varun Dhawan’s most awaited flick Judwaa 2 is out. The actor has revealed his first her twin avatar of the silverscreen in his latest Twitter post. The Badlapur star plays Prem and Raja, once played by Salman Khan, all again in the sequel of 1997 film Judwaa. In the prequel, Prem was the sauve business man and his twin Raja was every bit of a road star, so peppy and lively. Salman lived up both the role with utmost perfection and ease and Judwaa turned out to be a blockbuster of that time.........Read more

Craze for Katamarayudu peaks with teaser release

Within five and half hours of the release of a 51-second teaser of the Pawan Kalyan-starrer Katamarayudu on Youtube, a whopping two million people viewed it and about a lakh more tweeted it too using their handles.........Read more

Mulayam Singh Yadav’s another shocker to son Akhilesh: Netaji named star campaigner of Lok Dal

Amid ambiguity whether Mulayam Singh Yadav would campaign for the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance, the SP patriarch has sent another shocker to his son Akhilesh. Lok Dal has named Netaji as one of its star campaigners for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly elections 2017.........Read more

Pakistan and China: Don't Fear Chabahar Port

Recently, on the sidelines of the sixth Heart of Asia Conference-Istanbul Process in Amritsar, India, Afghanistan and India planned to start air cargo transportation over Pakistan. The move will help greatly in exporting Afghan goods, such as fruits and carpets, to India and allowing Indian medicines to be imported to Afghanistan. According to Afghan official sources, both sides will soon sign a memorandum of understanding in this regard.........Read more

Apple reports blockbuster quarter as iPhone sales top estimates

Apple Inc reported its first quarterly increase in iPhone sales in a year, powered by strong demand for the latest version of its flagship smartphone, sending the company's shares up more than 3 % in after-hours trading. Apple sold 78.29 million iPhones in the first quarter ended Dec. 31, up from 74.78 million last year. Analysts on average had estimated 77.42 million........Read more

New Rs 1,000 banknotes with enhanced security features to be released soon

Tthe new Rs 1,000 note is likely to come with enhanced security features and in a size smaller than its predecessor. The government had, in December, said that it would take a few months to issue the new notes in the 1,000-rupee denomination. The process of issuing the new notes is in progress and has been expedited owing to the difficulties people face with the availability of only the new Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes.........Read more

Snake Hunters From Tamil Nadu Recruited By US To Catch Pythons

The men from the Irula tribe are successful python hunters in India, and they were brought in, along with two translators, to work with detection dogs earlier this month to track down and capture the giant snakes. So far, they've bagged 13 in less than two weeks.........Read more

Centre withdraws 2016 notification on jallikattu

The Centre on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that it would withdraw its 2016 notification allowing bull taming sport Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu in view of the fresh legislation, passed by the state assembly, on the issue.........Read more

IPL 2017: Virender Sehwag to head cricket operations and strategy for Kings XI Punjab

Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag, who is currently the mentor of Kings XI Punjab, will also be the team's head of Cricket Operations and Strategy in the upcoming IPL season. "It is such an honour to lead this team and mentor our young talent. Kings XI Punjab is a team very close to my heart and I am looking forward to a great season with them," Sehwag said.........Read more

Reservation must end, says RSS ideologue Manmohan Vaidya

RSS ideolgue Manmohan Vaidya has reportedly said that caste-based reservation in jobs and educational institutions must end . As per media reports, veteran RSS ideologue in Jaipur Lit Fest said that reservation is against equal opportunity. He said that quota system will lead to alienation in the society. However, senior RSS ideologue came to Vaidya’s rescue in no time and said that Until discrimination is ended and equal opportunities are ensured, the caste-based reservation should continue.........Read more

Sibur Join Hands With Indian Petrochemical Company for Synthetic Rubber Plant

The latest breakthrough by Russian companies in the Indian petrochemical sector is for the much-in-demand tubeless tyres. The JV between Sibur and India’s private petrochemical giant is for its primary material halogenated butyl rubber........Read more

Deadly Cities: 81,000 Killed Because of Air Pollution in 2015

In 2015, twice as many people died in both cities than they did in 1995 – and it came at a cost of Rs 70,000 crore, a study from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay found. Around 48,651 adults died in Delhi in 2015, compared to 19,716 in 1995. Mumbai’s numbers are similar: 32,014 died in 2015 compared to 19,291 two decades ago.........Read more

Jallianwala Bagh centenary: Shashi Tharoor believes it's a 'good time' for British to apologise to Indians for all wrongdoings

Former Union minister and current Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Sunday (January 15) said the Jallianwala Bagh centenary in 2019 would be a "good time" for the British to apologise to the Indians for all the wrongdoing that they indulged in during their rule. Tharoor was speaking about his new book — 'An Era of Darkness: The British Empire In India' — at the inauguration of the Kolkata Literary Festival 2017.........Read more

Information Commissioner M S Acharyulu loses HRD after his DU order

Barely two days after Information Commissioner M S Acharyulu’s order allowing inspection of Delhi University’s 1978 BA degree records was made public, Chief Information Commissioner R K Mathur has taken away the charge of Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) from him. According to an order issued Tuesday evening, all complaints and appeals related to HRD Ministry will now be looked into by another Information Commissioner Manjula Parashar.........Read more

Mystery over Om Puris death continues, police yet to obtain his mobile phone

On one hand, police is awaiting forensic and histopathology report to find the exact cause of death and recording statement of people close to Puri. But mobile phone which remains a critical part of any investigation is not with Oshiwara police.........Read more

Fifa ruling body approves expansion of World Cup from 32 to 48 teams in 2026

FIFA's ruling council on Tuesday unanimously approved an expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams in 2026, with a format of 16 groups of three nations.........Read more

Omji Maharaj says women are sensual beings, will attract sexual predators if not fully covered

Already infamous for his controversial remarks about women and much spoken about appearance in Bigg Boss 10, Swami Omji Maharaj said, during a show on India Today, that women are sensual beings, and if their bodies are not fully covered, will attract sexual predators like jaggery attracts flies.........Read more

Tata Sons calls shareholders’ meeting on 6 Feb to oust Cyrus Mistry from board

Tata Sons Ltd., the holding company of India’s largest conglomerate, has called for an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) on 6 February to oust former chairman Cyrus Mistry from the board of the closely held firm, according to a company spokesman. Mistry, whose family owns 18.5% of Tata Sons, resigned as director from all Tata Group companies and filed a case with the National Company Law Tribunal alleging that trustees led by interim chairman Ratan Tata were causing a complete breakdown of corporate governance at Tata Sons. Tata Trusts—a philanthropic group of bodies endowed by the Tata family—own 66 percent of the firm.........Read more

SP MLA bodyguard's a/c credited with almost Rs 100 cr

Kanpur District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma said that SP MLA Irfan Solanki's bodyguard Ghulam Jilani has an account with SBI's Mall Road branch. He had gone to withdraw money from an ATM last night where he found that his account was credited with a total of Rs 99,99,02,724.........Read more

RBI tells banks to supply rural areas at least 40% of cash in currency chests daily

In a notification on its website, the central bank said that banks maintaining currency chests must make 40% cash available daily at modes of cash disbursal such as white label ATMs, rural branches of commercial banks, regional rural banks, district central cooperative banks and post offices.........Read more

BHIM: How Team Lucideus spent sleepless nights to make BHIM invincible

"We literally worked all night for the last few weeks on the app. Over a dozen people at Lucideus were working exclusively on this," said Saket Modi, chief executive of the company. Lucideus has in the past worked with organisations such as ICICI BankBSE 0.21 %, Standard Chartered, IndiGo and KFC. ........Read more

Virender Sehwag will not be Kings XI Punjab's head coach

Virender Sehwag has decided against taking over as head coach of Indian Premier League (IPL) side Kings XI Punjab and will continue as team’s director cum mentor. Sanjay Bangar, who was Kings XI’s head coach had earlier decided not to renew his contract and the franchise has been looking for a new coach ever since.........Read more

Demonetisation not done in haste, says RBI Governor

The demonetisation decision was taken after detailed deliberations and not in haste, while nearly Rs 11.85 lakh crore or 80 per cent of junked notes have come back into the system, RBI today said promising to maintain steady supply of new currency to ease cash crunch.........Read more

Narendra Modi: The risk taker

The move can not only demonetise entail economic costs, it could potentially spiral into an administrative nightmare as people scramble to offload their stock of soon to be worthless banknotes........Read more

Paralympics medals forgotten? Wheelchair basketball team starves for funds

India’s Paralympians recently beat the country’s 119-strong Olympic contingent in medals 4-2 bringing good cheer among fans and the political class which showered them with gifts.........Read more

15 Hindu temples in Bangladesh vandalised, houses looted

At least 15 Hindu temples in Bangladesh have been vandalised over allegations of disrespect shown to Islam on Facebook, triggering panic among the minority community in the Muslim-majority nation.Tem........Read more

Former Bigg Boss contestant Kushal Tandon thinks BB10 is the WORST season of the show

Former Bigg Boss contestant Kushal Tandon is not too fond of BB10 aam aadmi contestant Manu Punjabi, and thinks that BB10 is the worst season of Bigg Boss.........Read more

Asian Champions Trophy | India score nine past China to book a place in the semi final berth

India continued their good form in the Asian Champions Trophy by securing a place in the semi-finals following a 9-0 win over China. Akashdeep, Affan and Jasjit completed braces as India prepare to take on Malaysia tomorrow to decide the table toppers.........Read more

Anti-cancer effects found in natural compound derived from onions

Research from Kumamoto University, Japan finds that a natural compound isolated from onions, onionin A (ONA), has several anti-cancer properties for ovarian cancer. This discovery is a result of research on the effects of ONA on a preclinical model of epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) both in vivo and in vitro. This research comes from the same group that found ONA suppressed pro-tumor activation of host myeloid cells.........Read more

SBI asks customers not to use other banks’ ATMs

State Bank of India (SBI) has advised its customers not to use automated teller machines (ATMs) of other banks for the time being for safe transactions following reports of the biggest-ever cyber security breach in the country’s banking system.........Read more

Samsung Galaxy C9 with 6-inch full HD display, 6GB of RAM spotted on TENAA

We have been hearing about Samsung’s plan to expand its C-series with a new smartphone, rumored as the Galaxy C9. Ahead of an official announcement, the smartphone has been spotted on several benchmarking websites along with the import-export website Zauba. Recently, the Samsung Galaxy C9 was also listed on US’ FCC certification. Now, in the latest development, the smartphone has been spotted on Chinese regulatory site TENAA, revealing key information about the device. ........Read more

HP to cut up to 4,000 jobs over next three years

HP Inc. said it expects to cut about 3,000 to 4,000 jobs over the next three years, as the maker of printers and personal computers continues to struggle with a subdued market, sending its shares down 1.3% in extended trading.........Read more

The brain process that makes teens misbehave might also help them learn

The teenage brain is a double-edged sword: sure, teens can be reckless and more susceptible to addictive behaviors than adults are, but those same brain pathways may also help them learn better...........Read more

Surgical strike backlash: Over 100 Pakistani terrorists set up launch pads at LoC to attack, disclose intelligence agencies

Surgical strike backlash: Over 100 Pakistani terrorists set up launch pads at LoC to attack, disclose intelligence agencies - Meanwhile, the Pakistan Army is trying to actively assist the terrorists by taking a stock of the deployment of Indian forces on the LoC and supplying the information to the terrorists.........Read more

Nine Indian special forces that are among the world's best


British Scientists May Have Cured A Man Of HIV With Experimental New Therapy

The man was first given a vaccine which helped his immune system detect infected cells, and then took Vorinostat, a drug which is normally used in experimental cancer treatment trials. The Vorinostat then activates dormant infected cells that would normally slip through the net allowing the body’s immune system to detect and kill every last infected cell.........Read more

Zomato Antes Up On Delivery Services, Acquires Logistics Startup Sparse Labs

Restaurant discovery and food-ordering portal Zomato, has announced the acquisition of tech-based logistics company Sparse Labs in a blog post on its website. The terms of the deal were not discl...........Read more

Next-generation U.S. military grenade is two grenades in one

To give soldiers more flexibility in the field, engineers at the United States Army Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center (ARDEC) are designing the first new lethal hand grenade in more than 40 years. There are many different types of grenades used by the U.S. military. The most prominent grenades used in combat are concussion and fragmentation models. Fragmentation grenades explode releasing ball bearings and shrapnel to eliminate enemy combatants. These typically have a lethal radius of roughly 49 feet.........Read more

More Than 60 Schools And Universities Evacuated In Eastern Canada Over Potential Threat

Police have issued an order to evacuate more than 60 schools and universities in the eastern Canada over a series of threats, including an anonymous bomb threat.........Read more

SanDisk's 1TB SD card has more storage than your laptop

SanDisk has unveiled the biggest SD card in the world — a prototype card with an outrageous 1 terabyte of memory. The SDXC card is only a prototype at this point, with no details available on price...........Read more

FIBA Asia | India finishes seventh by beating Chinese Taipei

Indian men’s basketball team have upstaged Chinese Taipei 80-68 in the classification match to finish seventh in the FIBA Asia Challenge 2016. Despite conceding the first quarter by a margin of 15-22, India came back strongly to win the game on the back of Vishesh Bhriguvanshi's stellar show.........Read more

'Probe found Scorpene leak took place in France, not India'

Preliminary investigation in the Scorpene data leak case has found that the leak did not take place in India but at the office of defence company DCNS in France, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba said here today. He was speaking after the launch of the second ship of Project 15B, guided-missile destroyer Mormugao.........Read more

'Indian e-commmerce market could reach USD 28 billion by FY2020'

Indian e-tailing market could reach USD 28 billion by 2019-20, registering a compounded annual growth rate of 45 per cent over the next four years, says a report.........Read more

PV Sindhu gets grand welcome in Hyderabad, travels in open-top bus

The Telangana government has organised a gala felicitation in honour of the star shuttler at Gachibowli stadium.........Read more

Ex-Googler: My work experience was poor

There have been cases where people have exuded discomfort and problems with Google. One such case that has come into light recently is of a software engineer, Matthew Kramer-LaPadula, who narrates his personal experience of working at the tech giant.........Read more

Former wrestlers sue WWE over brain injuries

More than 50 former wrestlers and performers have filed suit against the WWE, claiming that it hid the risk of brain trauma and failed to provide wrestlers with necessary medical attention and...........Read more

Ricoh India finds company’s accounts falsified after internal audit, estimates loss at Rs 1,123 cr

Ricoh India today said that its unaudited estimate of aggregate loss after tax for the financial year ended March 31, 2016 is Rs 1,123 crore.........Read more

Leaked: Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 Pro pricing spotted online

Leaked: Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 Pro pricing spotted online - Additionally, the iPhone 7 is likely to drop the headphone jack, and will instead offer earpods with Lightning Connector.........Read more

Sahara properties to be sold at 90% of circle rates

The Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Sahara group to sell properties other than those entrusted to the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) at up to 90 per cent of their respective circle rates. This would include two lists of 19........Read more

RedBus acquires majority stake in Peru-based Busportal

Ibibo Group-owned online bus ticketing platform redBus on Monday said it has acquired a majority stake in Peru-based online bus ticketing platform Busportal (Empresa Digital Peruana S.A.C.) for an undisclosed amount.........Read more

Pakistan could be behind protests in Kashmir, says Centre as separatists extend strike till Wednesday

The Centre on Monday said that Pakistan may be behind the violent protests in Kashmir Valley as it called for a sensitive handling of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.........Read more

Marijuana could be the cure to treat Alzheimer's, reveals study

Researchers say that this compound can contribute in the removal of toxic proteins in the brain, which are believed to start the development of Alzheimer's.........Read more

33 years in the making: What took Tejas so long to fly

The first squadron of the Indian Air Force’s Tejas warplane was raised on July 1 with two aircraft. The squadron became a reality more than 30 years after the project was first sanctioned following repeated delays over its development.........Read more

Serena Williams overtakes Maria Sharapova to become world's highest paid female athlete

The American tennis star made $28.9 million in prize money and off-field earnings over the past 12 months.........Read more

Tamil is Classical, Classic and Cool!

Tamil is Officially a Classical Language! Here’s how we lost it, then found it. Also, it sounds awesome!........Read more

Court grants bail to Hurriyat leader Masarat Alam, says Guantanamo-like situation can't be tolerated

The Jammu and Kashmir court pulled up state police for repeatedly seeking 'extra-judicial detention' of the Hurriyat leader.........Read more

No proof required: End of the road for Congress?

If the party and its allies lose in all four state elections, as opinion polls predict, the political dialogue will shift towards discussing the end of the Congress era........Read more

EXCLUSIVE: Bigger scam than Agusta? UPA govt allowed inferior steel in naval ship

In what could be a scam bigger than the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal, the government has ordered a probe into alleged........Read more

Telangana CM asks Modi for Rs 1,000 crore relief to tackle drought

The Prime Minister, reportedly, appreciated the state’s initiatives on water, welfare and developmental schemes.........Read more