Farmers call Bharat bandh on Dec 8, threaten to intensify agitation

Upping the ante, farmers protesting against the Centre's new farm laws on Friday announced a Bharat bandh on December 8 and threatened to intensify their agitation and block more roads leading to the national capital if the government does not accept their demands. This hardening of stand came a day ahead of the fifth round of talks with the government. According to sources, the government has worked out possible solutions to the provisions on which the farmer leaders have raised objections in a bid to break the deadlock. Farmer leaders held a meeting during the day to decide the future course of action. Addressing a press conference later, one of the leaders Gurnam Singh Chadoni said if the Centre on Saturday does not accept their demand of repealing the three farm laws, they will intensify their agitation. "In our meeting today, we have decided to give a Bharat bandh call on December 8 during which we will also occupy all toll plazas," said Harinder Singh Lakhwal, general secretary of Bharatiya Kisan Union. "We have planned to block all roads leading to Delhi in the coming days if the farm laws are not scrapped," he also said. He said that farmers will protest against the central government and corporate houses and burn their effigies on Saturday, adding that on December 7, sportspersons will return their medals in solidarity with the farmers.........Read more

Has Hajj been CANCELED over Covid-19 for the FIRST TIME in history? Not if you choose facts over clickbait headlines

The Hajj pilgrimage draws more than 2.5 million Muslims to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina every year, and is a journey every able-bodied Muslim is asked to make at least once in their lifetime. Those who do can take the honorific title ‘Hajji,’ after fulfilling one of the five pillars of the Islamic faith. However, the New York Times reported on Tuesday that, in light of the coronavirus pandemic, Saudi authorities have “canceled” this year’s Hajj – a move the paper described as unprecedented in 1,400 years of Islamic history. ........Read more

After Massive Outrage, Karnataka Govt Decides to Resume Train Services for Stranded Migrant Workers

The Karnataka government on Wednesday decided to restart running special trains to take migrant workers to their home states from May 8, a move that comes against the backdrop of widespread outrage over its step to stop the services. The nodal officer for the state, Manjunath Prasad has written to nine states seeking permission to send stranded labourers, students, tourists, pilgrims and others. The letters of request have gone to Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Manipur, Tripura, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Odisha. The request is for running two trains every day to Odisha, West Bengal, UP, Bihar and Jharkhand, one train each day to Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan from May 8 to 15 and one train daily to Manipur and Tripura from May 8 till all the stranded people are transported. ........Read more

The Story of India's Very Own Video Conferencing App, Say Namaste

“I had posted about publishing a pre-beta version of our own video conferencing app on my personal Facebook account. Overnight, it went viral — we were expecting a few hundred users to test our service, with most being friends and family. Instead, we are now crossing over 500,000 users within just a few days, and our service is still in beta,” says Anuj Garg, co-founder and CEO of Inscripts, the company that built Say Namaste. NOT a government app ........Read more

Britain set for December 12 election to break the Brexit deadlock

Before the vote, Johnson had said parliament was obstructing Brexit and thus damaging the economy by preventing investment decisions, and corroding faith in democracy.........Read more

India vs South Africa: Virat Kohli Double Ton, Pacers Early Strikes Pins Proteas Down

In a remarkable day of Test cricket which saw Indian captain Virat Kohli bring up his seventh Test double century, India lead South Africa by 565 runs going into Day 3, with the visitors’ score reading 36 for 3 at the end of the day.........Read more

India has ‘Plan D’ for Iran oil after Donald Trump adds sanction pressure: IOC chairman Sanjiv Singh

Indian Oil Corp. Chairman Sanjiv Singh says Saudi Arabia alone can cover most of the world’s supply shortfall in case Iran’s oil exports dry up........Read more

Delhi family deaths: Occult ritual may have gone awry

The police have registered a murder case after 11 persons of a family were found dead in Delhi Burari area, the evidence found in the house suggests that the family may have been practising an occult ritual that may have gone awry........Read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Cavani Brace Helps Uruguay Reach Last Eight as Ronaldo's Dream Ends

Edinson Cavani scored twice as Uruguay shattered Cristiano Ronaldo's World Cup dream with a 2-1 victory over Portugal. Cavani curled home a superb 62nd-minute winner to settle a thrilling second-round duel in Sochi which sends Uruguay into a quarter-final against France next Friday........Read more

Rebel Rajasthan BJP leader Ghanshyam Tiwari tendered his resignation from the party and said he will fight against the “undeclared emergency” in the state and country.

BJP leader Ghanshyam Tiwari had been at loggerheads with the Vasundhara Raje dispensation in the state over a number of issues, including farmers' plight, demand of reservation for the upper caste and corruption.........Read more

Economic Offences Wing arrests Bank of Maharashtra CEO and Executive Director for bad Loans

The Economic Offences Wing of the Pune police on Wednesday arrested Bank of Maharashtra MD and CEO Ravindra Marathe, executive director Rajendra Gupta and two other bank officials, including Marathe’s precedessor, for allegedly disbursing crores of rupees in loans to DSK Developers Limited (DSKDL) ........Read more

BJP MP Savitri Bai Phule calls Jinnah ‘mahapurush’

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Bahraich, Savitri Bai Phule, said that “Jinnah was a great personality. He contributed to freedom struggle. He was, is and shall always remain a great person”. Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister Swami Prasad Maurya too had called Jinnah a mahapurush (great man).........Read more

Jammu police tried to kill evidence by washing clothes of Kathua rape girl

Head constable Tilak Raj, under instructions from sub-inspector Anand Dutta, rinsed the girl's purple frock in Hiranakashyap police station till the garment was "dry cleaned". The alleged rapists paid Raj and Datta Rs 1.5 lakh as bribe in order to destroy evidence. The two men are among eight people, including special police officers Deepak Khujuria and Surinder Kumar, who have been arrested so far. The IG said the clothes on the girl's body after she was found and photographed were "completely different" from the ones sent to the forensic lab in Jammu immediately after the evidence was gathered.........Read more

Sam Billings heroic innings snatches victory against KKR

Sam Billings became the unlikely hero against Kolkata Knight Riders and his terrific half-century coupled with Shane Watson’s cameo at the start helped Chennai Super Kings to a thrilling five-wicket victory in Chennai today. Earlier, Andre Russell’s 88 propelled the Kolkata-based team to 202.........Read more

Alia Bhatt's Raazi Trailer Out

The Raazi trailer opens with the India-Pakistan tension, Alia plays an Indian, who is married to a Pakistani army officer played by Vicky. In the trailer, we can see Alia’s father marrying her off to Kaushal’s character so that she can be the ‘eyes and ears’ of India in Pakistan. Though the Raazi trailer gave us the plot of the film, it will be interesting to see how the actress transforms from a daughter to a wife to a spy in this espionage drama. ........Read more

Tata Safari Storme For The Indian Army Looks Mean In Matte Green

About a year ago we brought you the news about Tata Motors being selected to supply 3,192 units of the Safari Storme to the Indian army. As a replacement to the ageing Maruti Suzuki Gypsy, the Tata Safari Storme would be ideal since it met a list of criteria that were set by the Indian Army - hard top, 800 kg payload capacity and air conditioning. And now here are some of the first pictures of the Safari that has finally been readied for the Indian Army in a cool matte green paintjob. The Tata Motors SUV supply to the army will also be complimented by SUVs from Nissan and Mahindra.........Read more

RBI slaps Rs 40 lakh penalty on SBI for flouting counterfeit notes norms

The Reserve Bank has slapped a penalty of Rs 40 lakh on SBI for not complying with its directions on detection and impounding of counterfeit notes.........Read more

29,223 Cases of Crime Against Women in Assam in 2 Years: Govt

The Assam government on Monday said 29,223 incidents of violence against women were reported from various parts of the state in the past two years. 8,771 cases of physical assault, 1,552 rapes and 4,794 incidents of kidnapping were registered with the police in fiscal 2016-17.........Read more

Doctors remove 80kg of polythene waste from cow’s stomach after 3-hour operation

The six-year-old cow was operated on at Patna’s Bihar Veterinary College where doctors removed the plastic waste from the animal’s stomach. The government plans to raise awareness on the dangers of such waste in our environment.........Read more

Maldives crisis deepens; President Yameen under fire for dragging feet on court ruling

The strategically located Maldives in the Indian Ocean remained in the throes of the worst political crisis to have hit the archipelago in the past few years with President Abdulla Yameen showing no sign of implementing the Supreme Court ruling which ordered the release of all political prisoners, including former President Mohamed Nasheed.........Read more

Vijay Gokhale takes charge as foreign secretary of India - Times of India

Seasoned diplomat Vijay Keshav Gokhale, who played a key role in resolving the Doklam standoff with China, took over as the foreign secretary of India today, succeeding S Jaishankar. A 1981-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, Gokhale is served as the secretary (economic relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).........Read more

Intel says Meltdown / Spectre patch causes reboots in computers with newer processors too

Intel says the current firmware updates may be causing computers with newer chips to reboot more frequently as well. In a blog post, Intel VP Navin Shenoy said firmware-updated PCs with Ivy Bridge, Sandy Bridge, Skylake, and even Intel’s most recent Kaby Lake processors are all affected.........Read more

Diktats against Western-style toilets, secular wedding venues leave Bohra community baffled

Bohras in several parts of India, particularly smaller towns and cities, claim to have received phone calls or home visits by mosque authorities who allegedly asked them to shift from Western toilets to Indian-style toilets. Some of other rules forbid Bohras from hosting or attending wedding functions in secular, non-Bohra party halls, ban sangeets and other dance functions and also place restrictions on the amount of mehendi the bride can apply for her wedding.........Read more

IT notices to 4-5 lakh individuals trading in bitcoins across the country

Widening its probe into bitcoin investments and trade, the Income Tax (I-T) department is set to issue notices to 4 to 5 lakh high net-worth individuals (HNI) across the country who were trading on the exchanges of this unregulated virtual currency.........Read more

Ramayana and Ram Setu Could be True, Claims American Science Channel

An American science channel on Tuesday claimed the ancient stories about the construction of a man-made bridge in Ramayana, also known as Ram Setu, between India and Sri Lanka could be true. The show, to be aired on Wednesday, reignited the controversy on the Ram Sethu.........Read more

Fitch lowers India's GDP outlook to 6.7%, says 'growth has repeatedly disappointed'

The US-based rating agency, Fitch Ratings, cut India's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth forecast for the financial year 2018 to 6.7 percent from the earlier projected 6.9 percent, citing that the recent improvement in GDP numbers was weaker than expected.........Read more

Mahindra XUV500 Petrol Launched In Qatar

The Mahindra XUV500 petrol version has been launched in Qatar and images of the engine have surfaced online. The XUV500 petrol is powered by a 2.2-litre mHawk petrol engine that makes 138 bhp and 320 Nm of torque.........Read more

Imgur discloses 2014 security breach affecting 1.7 million accounts

According to Imgur Blog, on November 23 an email was sent to Imgur by a security researcher named Troy Hunt who frequently deals with data breaches. Troy Hunt, who runs the website Have I Been Pwned, is the one who received the stolen list of user accounts and passwords—60 percent of which already exists in his website's tracking database.........Read more

Pak nukes surest route to escalate nuclear-level war: US think-tank

Pakistan's tactical nuclear weapons programme is not only dangerous for the safety and security of the region, but is also the surest route to escalating conventional war to the nuclear level, according to a report by an American think-tank.........Read more

India v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 4: Dhawan, Rahul put India in lead

On a sunny Sunday, batting on a pitch that has settled down, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul pummeled Sri Lankan attack to all parts of the Eden Gardens. India raced to 171/1 in 39.3 overs before bad light brought an early end to Day 4 of the Kolkata Test.........Read more

Mary Kom in semis of Asian Boxing Championships

Mary Kom defeated Chinese Taipei's Meng-Chieh Pin in a split verdict in the quarterfinals to make the last four stage of the light flyweight (48kg) category. The 34-year-old, who has won four gold, a silver in her five previous appearances at the event, will face Japan's Tsubasa Komura in the semifinals.........Read more

Kevin Spacey comes out as gay after being accused of sexual misconduct

Actor Anthony Rapp has said Kevin Spacey made a sexual advance against him when he was 14. Spacey has offered his ‘sincerest apology’ while saying he has no memory of the misconduct.........Read more

Coke, Pepsi change recipe of top products

Pointing to public concern over high sugar content in fizzy drinks, PepsiCo, too, is test-marketing a reformulated low-calorie option of its lemony drink 7UP, while Coke is doing the same with Fanta, the new variant of which includes stevia and around 5 per cent orange juice.........Read more

Amitabh Bachchan - The Shahenshah of Bollywood

Amitabh Bachchan - The Shahenshah of Bollywood.Age is just a number for the man who has ruled Bollywood for close to five decades. At 75, he continues to reinvent himself unlike any other actor in Indian cinema.........Read more

Amazon affiliate to buy $27.6 million stake in retailer Shoppers Stop

An affiliate of Inc has agreed to buy a 1.79 billion-rupee ($27.6 million) stake in Indian retailer Shoppers Stop Ltd, the Indian company said in a filing. NV Investment Holdings LLC, a foreign portfolio investor, will subscribe to about 4.4 million shares, equivalent to an about 5 percent stake, in the Indian retailer at 407.78 rupees apiece on a preferential basis.........Read more

Indian Scout Bobber Launch Scheduled For November

The Indian Scout Bobber, the newest addition to the Indian Scout family in the Indian Motorcycle line-up will go on sale from November, when prices will be announced. The Indian Scout Bobber is expected to cost around Rs. 14 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).........Read more

River linking to start in three months: Gadkari

At the annual general meeting of the National Water Development Agency Society, Gadkari said the three projects Ken-Betwa linking in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, Damanganga-Pinjal Link in Maharashtra and Par-Tapi-Narmada linking in Maharashtra and Gujarat will be taken up in the first phase.........Read more

AIMPLB says it respects triple talaq verdict, but calls govt's stand an 'attack on personal law'

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Sunday said it respects the Supreme Court's recent verdict on triple talaq, but considers the centre's submission in the apex court about all other forms of their marriages as an "attack on the personal law".........Read more

Vladimir Putin warns North Korea situation on verge of ‘large-scale conflict’

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Friday that the tense standoff between North Korea and US was on the verge of large-scale conflict and said it was a mistake to try to pressure Pyongyang over its nuclear missile programme.........Read more

The Instagif is a Polaroid camera that ‘prints’ GIFs

Inspired by the Polaroid OneStep camera (the SX-70, specifically), Singh’s version is called an Instagif and looks almost exactly the same, but instead of printing to film, it ejects a Polaroid-sized LCD that plays back a just-recorded GIF. It’s even programmed to slowly fade in the way a Polaroid photo would, then play at a regular frame rate once the GIF begins to loop.........Read more

Panchkula violence: Haryana CM Khattar has some answering to do, especially to judiciary

The question that arises now is who should be held accountable for the loss of lives, grave injuries and damage to property? Is it the supporters who are so blinded by their faith that they fail to accept the ruling of a court of law? Or the government which looked the other way when the followers of Ram Rahim were building up in Panchkula?........Read more

Twinkle Khanna takes a dig at Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan after Akshay Kumar's Toilet Ek Prem Katha's successful run?

Twinkle who has been promoting the film on her social media took to Twitter to announce her happiness over the opening weekend collection. Trust Mrs. Funnybones to share things in her witty way. However, the tweet did seem like a dig at Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, both of whose last release- Tubelight and Jab Harry Met Sejal, bombed at the box office.........Read more

Terror funding case: NIA raids 12 locations in Kashmir 

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday conducted searches at about a dozen locations in Jammu and Kashmir in connection with the terror funding case against separatists and others.........Read more

SC Raps CBSE For Setting Different Questions for NEET in Regional Languages

The Supreme Court rapped the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for setting different questions for students taking National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) in regional languages. The apex court has observed that there should be a common question paper for NEET examinations.........Read more

India's unsung hero: Mittal Patadiya, courage personified

Mittal Patadiya's act of bravery shows she was born to prove these words. Outnumbered by men twice her size and age, Mittal was injured when thieves stabbed her. Despite bleeding profusely, she displayed an exemplary act of valour and foiled their attempt to rob her family in Gujarat. This effort from Mittal fetched her the prestigious national bravery award in 2012.........Read more

Game of Thrones script and other HBO episodes reportedly leak online following hack

The hackers apparently claim to have 1.5 terabytes of data stolen from HBO. The hackers sent an email to several reporters on Sunday night that contained information about the leak. The email reportedly said “HBO is falling,” and promised that more leaks would be coming soon.........Read more

Hunger-controlling brain cells may offer path for new obesity drugs

The new findings are the latest evidence that eating is a complex biological behavior mediated by multiple sites in the brain. They also offer a possible solution to a problem that has dogged previous efforts to address obesity at the neuronal level. ........Read more

Hotels may have to give details of oil, fat used in cooking food items

Hotels, restaurants and other food outlets may soon have to declare what kind of oil or fat is being used in cooking each of the food items on their menus, according to a proposal by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).........Read more

New NASA video shows Pluto as you’ve never seen it before

It might not be a planet anymore, but Pluto is still a pretty interesting place. It’s a rocky world covered in a thick layer of water ice and frozen nitrogen, and it’s close enough that we can study it with relative ease. Now, using data gathered by the New Horizons spacecraft when it flew past the pint-sized planet in 2015, NASA has published a video that offers the best look yet at what it would be like to fly high over Pluto’s frigid peaks and valleys, and it’s glorious. ........Read more

Sebi amends employee service rules; clarifies date of increment

Markets regulator Sebi has amended the services regulations, providing clarity on the effective date of increment for employees once they get promotions. The norm would be applicable for employees promoted to a higher grade on or after November 1, 2012........Read more

Reports: AC Milan set to hijack Chelsea bid for £88 million superstriker

AC Milan are all set to derail Chelsea’s bid for replacing Diego Costa. No, it’s not Aubameyan, but Torino’s super striker Andrea Belotti. The less-illustrious Turin side know they have an absolute jewel in their possession and are determined to get full price for their man – which is reportedly set at a whopping £88 million. Chelsea have been desperately seeking a striker after manager Antonion Conte rather famously sent Diego Costa a text telling him his services were no longer required... and after that whole Romelu Lukaku debacle. ........Read more

First Bag on The Moon Goes Under the Hammer, Valued at $4 Million

Once nearly thrown out with the trash, a bag that Neil Armstrong used to collect the first ever samples of the moon goes on sale in New York next week, valued at $2-4 million. Traces of moon dust and small rock are embedded in what is the only artifact from the Apollo 11 mission and in private hands.........Read more

SBI waives charge on IMPS fund transfer of up to Rs 1,000

“In order to promote small ticket size transactions, SBI has waived off IMPS charges for transfer up to ₹ 1,000,” the bank said while informing about the revised IMPS transfer charges under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime.........Read more

CBI files case against former railway minister Lalu Prasad, Rabri Devi, 4 others; conducts search at their residences

The CBI on Friday registered a case against former railway minister Lalu Prasad and three other people for their alleged involvement in irregularities to do with tenders for hotels in Ranchi and Puri in 2006, agencies reported.........Read more

Singapore based Plintron to partner with BSNL to launch virtual network operators in India

Singapore based Plintron today said it has been empanelled by BSNL to facilitate virtual network services on the platform of the state-run telecom firm. The virtual network operators can provide telecom services like mobile landline, Internet, but only as a retailer for full fledged telecom operators such as BSNL, MTNL and Airtel etc. ........Read more

This tiny restaurant in Bengaluru accepts bitcoin as payment (but customers are yet to catch on)

Suryawanshi restaurants in Bengaluru’s Indiranagar and Whitefield neighbourhoods, that’s exactly what you can do, because owner Kailash Suryawanshi accepts bitcoin as a mode of payment, alongside the usual cash, cards, and Paytm.........Read more

Ram Nath Kovind opposed reservation, once said ‘Islam and Christianity alien to country’

Describing Islam and Christianity as 'alien to the country', Ram Nath Kovind, back in 2010, had opposed reservation for religious minorities.........Read more

The Queen book review: Many loopholes in this fictional story about Jayalalithaa

The novel ignores Jayalalithaa’s last months spent in the hospital and focuses on her political resurgence, which was nearly as certain as the tidal waves crashing on Chennai’s Marina Beach. The Queen opens with Kalai’s coming-of-age story and her dream of becoming a doctor. Fate mapped out another route for her. Her mother pulls her into the film industry and she warms up to dancing alongside superstar PKB. ........Read more

No gowns, caps during convocation: Uttarakhand education minister

Day after CM Trivendra Singh Rawat declined to wear a robe and cap during the convocation ceremony of a city college, higher education minister Dhan Singh Rawat has announced that no caps and gowns would be worn during convocation ceremonies by graduates........Read more

IT minister to meet top tech bosses over job loss fears, slow digitisation

Union IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will convene a meeting in New Delhi with 20 bigwigs of tech industries, including Sachin Bansal, founder of Flipkart, Kailash Katkar, founder and CEO of Quickheal, Hari Om Rai, CMD of Lava International, Shashank ND, founder and CEO of Practo International, and Rajan Anandan from Google.........Read more

Rohan Bopanna Enters French Open Mixed Doubles Final

Indian Tennis Player Rohan Bopanna is the fourth sports person who won Grand Slam Trophy in French open Mixed doubles final along with Gabriela Dabrowski.........Read more

TV soap addressing abortions, masturbation has 400 million viewers across the world

An Indian soap opera that is shattering social taboos - from domestic violence and acid attacks to menstruation and child marriage - has become one of the most watched series in the world, attracting over 400 million viewers, the producer said.........Read more

Champions Trophy 2017: Andrew Strauss sees IPL as risk worth taking for England stars

Andrew Strauss is convinced the IPL experience has given the England players added impetus to continue their white-ball resurgence and claim a first global 50-overs title on home soil.........Read more

Layoffs Rile India's Multi-billion Dollar IT Sector

IT outsourcing has long been one of India's flagship industries but experts say automation, a failure to keep up with new technologies and US President Donald Trump's clampdown on visas is creating industry-wide upheaval.........Read more

Ethical hacking: The Zomato case highlights how the government should use bug bounty programmes

Soon after, Zomato posted a series of blogs with details about what had gone wrong. It also said the security breach in this case was the work of an “ethical hacker” who merely wished to draw the company’s attention to the vulnerabilities of its database and to convince it to launch a bug bounty programme – thus reviving focus on a subject that has gained prominence in the field of global cyber security in the past six-seven years.........Read more

Coal Scam: Former Coal Secretary, 2 Bureaucrats Convicted By CBI Court

The case, related to the allocation of a coal mining block in Madhya Pradesh to a private company, is the first in which senior government officials have been held guilty in any coal scam case. The two others held guilty are KS Kropha, who was Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Coal, and KC Samria, who was a director in charge of coal allocation.........Read more

South Korea Rules Out Renegotiation of THAAD Cost – Defense Ministry

South Korea will not renegotiate the cost of the anti-ballistic missile system Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense Moon Sang-gyun said on Monday.........Read more

Turkey’s President Erdogan calls for ‘multilateral dialogue’ to resolve Kashmir issue

Hours before arriving in India for an official visit, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for a “multilateral dialogue” with Turkey’s involvement to resolve the Kashmir issue.........Read more

Gautam Gambhir Foundation to bear education expenses of children of soldiers martyred in Sukma Maoist attack

Gautam Gambhir announced that his foundation will -take care of the entire education expenses- of the children of martyred Indian soldiers and that his team has already started working for this.........Read more

Udaipur boy Kalpit Veerval tops JEE-Main with 100% score

Kalpit Veerval from Udaipur in Rajasthan has topped the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Main with a perfect 100 per cent score. Kalpit, who has scored 360 out of 360 in the JEE-Main, had earlier topped the Indian Junior Science Olympiad and the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE).........Read more

Implement Lokpal Bill without any further delay, SC orders centre

In a major verdict, the Supreme Court on Thursday held that there is no justification in delaying the appointments of Lokpal and Lokayuktas. The SC held that the Lokpal Act is a workable piece of legislation and there is no justification in putting its enforcement on hold.........Read more

Snapchat shares fall as alleged CEO comments rile some on social media

Shares of Snap Inc. fell 1.5% on Monday as the Snapchat owner faced criticism for comments allegedly made by its CEO about not prioritising growth in India and Spain because they were “poor” countries.........Read more

Three soldiers martyred, four injured after terrorists attack patrol party in J&K

Three Army soldiers were martyred and 4 were injured - two, critically - after militants ambushed an army patrol party in the Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir this morning.........Read more

Harry Kane hat-trick sends Tottenham into FA Cup quarterfinals

Harry Kane scored a hat-trick as Tottenham swept aside second-tier Fulham 3-0 to reach the quarterfinals of the FA Cup on Sunday, avoiding the difficulties endured by other Premier League teams against lower-league opposition this weekend.........Read more

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal donates Rs 50,000 to Irom Sharmila’s new formed party PRAJA

Ahead of the upcoming Manipur elections, as activist Irom Sharmila raises her party fund through online crowdfunding, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has today come out in support for the newly formed People’s Resurgence & Justice Alliance (PRAJA). Asking people to donate for Irom Sharmila’s party, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo, over a tweet, stated that he has donated Rs 50,000 for PRAJA.........Read more

Vijender Singh to fight for second career title in April

After a successful defence of his WBO Asia Pacific title, Indian boxing star Vijender Singh will be in contention for a second belt when he takes on China's WBO Oriental Super Middleweight champion Zulpikar Maimaitiali on April 1 in Mumbai.........Read more

Destiny Sequel 2017 Release Date Confirmed

 Activision Blizzard confirmed that Destiny 2 would be available in 2017 during its latest earnings call. "Full Destiny sequel in 2017 to broaden the franchise’s global reach, which along with follow-on content plans, sets the stage for growth."........Read more

Jagdish Tytler asked to appear in court on CBI plea for lie detection test in ’84 riots case

Congress leader Jagdish Tytler has been directed by a Delhi court to appear before it tomorrow on a CBI plea seeking permission to conduct lie detection test on him in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. Besides Tytler, CBI has also sought conduct of the test on arms dealer Abhishek Verma. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate yesterday asked Tytler and Verma to appear before him tomorrow at 4 PM to ascertain their stand on the plea. The case pertains to death of three Sikhs in the aftermath of the riots that broke out after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.........Read more

In Nagaland, Calls For Zeliang To Resign Likely To Work in BJP’s Favour

According to reliable sources in the Naga People’s Front (NPF) – Zeliang’s party, which is a part of the DAN government – the chief minister has been in talks with the BJP’s central leadership to move with his supporters to the saffron party, just as Pema Khandu recently did in Arunachal Pradesh, and continue in the government if the pressure on him to resign heightens further.........Read more

Sunny Leone, Ameesha Patel may be interrogated in Rs 3,700-crore Ponzi scam

Actors Sunny Leone and Amisha Patel may be questioned by police in connection with a Ponzi scheme that has been unearthed in Noida, and is believed to be worth Rs 3,700 crore. At least 6.5 lakh investors have reportedly been duped by the scam, following which the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and a Special Task Force (STF) of the UP Police busted the racket.........Read more

Over Rs 5 cr spent on Jaya's treatment at Apollo Hospital, doctors reveal

P Balaji of Madras Medical College, who attended on the late chief minister, told reporters that the hospital bill for the treatment provided to her came around Rs 5 crore to Rs 5.5 crore. K Babu of Apollo Hospitals and Balaji said Jayalalithaa was admitted with "uncontrolled diabetes alongside septicaemia and that the best of treatment was given."........Read more

No end to saga? Mistry to challenge Chandra's appointment at Tata Sons

The sparring match between Tata Sons and ousted chairman Cyrus Mistry is far from over as the latter has now decided to oppose the appointment of Natarajan Chandrasekaran as his successor.........Read more

Just can't Guetta break: Now David Guetta's Noida concert cancallef

David Guetta's fans in India are in for a rough ride as the world-famous French DJ's shows are being cancelled across the nation one by one, as permission is being denied for his concerts. Superintendent of Police (rural) GB Nagar said that permission has been denied for his January 15 concert in Greater Noida in view of section 144 ahead of UP Elections.........Read more

Kerala: IAS officers apply mass leave on Monday

In an unprecedented development, scores of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers have applied for a half-day leave tomorrow in protest against what they call ‘disturbing developments that affect the morale of the civil service, on account of the abuse of power on the part of the Vigilance Director and Vigilance & Anti-Corruption …........Read more

US DNC’s Negligence Allowed Hacking Into Party’s Servers

The negligence of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was the reason for the hacking of email accounts of the party's members, US President-elect Donald Trump said Saturday.........Read more

'Hear Voice Of World On Terror,' India Tells China On Masood Azhar Issue

In another effort to persuade China to rethink its position against designating Jaish-e-Mohammad Chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist at UN, India on Wednesday said that China must hear the voice of the world on terror.........Read more

Cauvery water dispute: SC asks Karnataka to keep releasing 2,000 cusecs to TN

The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked Karnataka to continue releasing 2,000 cusecs of water every day from the Mekedatu dam of the Cauvery River to Tamil Nadu, essentially keeping its interim order unchanged. The October 18, 2016, order had come from a bench of Justices Dipak Misra, Amitava Roy and A M Khanwilkar.........Read more

Nasa's Osiris-REx spacecraft on way to asteroid Bennu successfully executes first deep space maneuver

Nasa’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (Osiris-REx) spacecraft made its first deep space maneuver, using the Trajectory Correction Maneuver (TCM) thrusters on board. The maneuver has put the Osiris-REx mission on track for an Earth flyby in September 2017. The Earth flyby in 2017 with provide a gravitational slingshot to the spacecraft. The spacecraft will use the gravity from Earth to assist its mission to the asteroid Bennu.........Read more

Former Isis killer claims British jihadis shunned frontline in favour of torture squads

“When I shot the rafidi it was easy. He was kneeling in front of me, sobbing. He was a big man: his body was shaking. I thought ‘why are you crying, you are a killer yourself, you are going to have a quick death’. I just pulled the trigger, and it was over. I didn’t feel any pity. I didn’t feel any pride. I was just doing my job.”........Read more

"I am fighting to make the honest empowered,": PM

Hitting back at Rahul Gandhi’s charge of helping big corporates and the rich, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said his government is focused on working for the poor and asserted that demonetisation has destroyed in one stroke black money, terror funding as well as human and drug trafficking. Related Post Operations to flush out militants …........Read more

Hyundai’s Exo-Skeleton Makes Everyone an Iron Man

Hyundai, the car manufacturer, is getting into other forms of mobility and work with its two new exo-skeletons.........Read more

Robotic rover mission: Team Indus ties up with Japanese firm for moon mission

TeamIndus, the Bengaluru-based private sector company in the race to put a robotic rover on the moon, has entered into atie-up with Hakuto of Japan to carry a similar object.........Read more

Jaya's niece hints at political debut, trains guns at Sasikalaa

Hours after AIADMK ministers urged Sasikalaa to take over the reins of the party on Saturday, Jayalalithaa's niece said the move was “very unfortunate". Deepa Jayakumar, daughter of Jayalalithaa's brother Jayakumar, said the move could lead to resentment.........Read more

Residents take to the hills as magnitude 7.8 quake hits Solomon Islands; tsunami alert cancelled

Residents of the remote Solomon Islands rushed into the hills after a powerful 7.8 earthquake struck early on Friday, with some reports of small tsunami waves as aftershocks rattled the South Pacific nation. There were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage, although communication can be difficult across the archipelago of some 900 far-flung islands.........Read more

Why Subject BJP to RTI or Avoid Foreign Funds? We're Just Following Rules, Says Ram Madhav

'We don't agree that any money coming from abroad [for politics] will completely change our thinking. Does it mean that if FDI is coming, government will be influenced by some other country?'........Read more

India signs $1.4bn contracts with Israel - Air & Cosmos - International

India quietly signed two contracts worth $1.4bn with Israel Aerospace Industries for the purchase of two additional Phalcon/IL-76 Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) valued at $1 billion and 10 Heron TP unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) during the recent visit of Israeli President Reuven Rivil to India.........Read more

J-K: Rs 2,000 notes recovered from terrorists killed in Bandipora

Over 290 incidents of firing and shelling along the LoC and the IB by Pakistani troops have been witnessed since Indian army conducted surgical strikes on terrorist launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on September 29.........Read more

65 killed, 150 injured as Indore-Patna express train derails in Kanpur

At least 63 people were killed and over 150 others injured when 14 coaches of the Patna-Indore express train derailed near Kanpur. The incident took place at 3am near Pukhrayan, 100 kms from Kanpur. According to railways officials, the casualties could rise as the rescue operations are under way.........Read more

The Sheikhs want to fly India's regional routes

We have had large airlines like IndiGo, SpiceJet, Jet Airways expressing interest. Then we have people in the UK and the US engaged in regional aviation showing interest… some large global airlines from the Gulf have expressed interest to run regional airlines in India,” Jayant Sinha said in an interview to Business Standard. He, however, declined to name the airlines.........Read more

GST impact: This chart explains what gets costlier and what gets cheaper

It is one of the the biggest tax reforms since Independence, creating a national market for goods and services.The following chart explains what gets costlier and what gets cheaper........Read more

Google DeepMind project taking neural networks to a new level

(Tech Xplore)—A team of researchers at Google's DeepMind Technologies has been working on a means to increase the capabilities of computers by combining aspects of data processing and artificial intelligence and have come up with what they are calling a differentiable neural computer (DNC.) In their paper published in the journal Nature, they describe the work they are doing and where they believe it is headed. To make the work more accessible to the public team members, Alexander Graves and Greg Wayne have posted an explanatory page on the DeepMind website.........Read more

At least 250 active terrorists in Kashmir plan to target forces to 'avenge' surgical strikes

At least 250 terrorists belonging to three Pakistan-based terror groups are active in the Kashmir valley, trying to target security forces to "avenge" the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army in PoK.........Read more

India bat after Ashwin six-for secures 258-run lead

India declined to enforce the follow-on after R Ashwin's 20th five-wicket haul in Test cricket helped bowl New Zealand out for 299 on the third day of the Indore Test........Read more

Tutak Tutak Tutiya movie review: Refreshingly funny

It is the story of Krishna (Prabhudheva), a guy beyond his prime, who dreams of marrying a "modern girl" but lands up tying the knot with Devi, a "village belle", against his wishes and how his disgust gradually turns to love.........Read more

National Human Rights Commission Member Talks About ‘Suitably Modifying’ Section 377

Everybody’s heard of Section 377 — that monstrosity of a clause in the IPC that criminalizes sexual acts “against the order of nature”. While the language used criminalizes any and all sexual activity that does not result in procreation (i.e sex of the oral/anal variety and such like), Section 377 has been used to specifically target, and criminalize, homosexuality in India.........Read more

Google's new Pixel smartphone shows up in leaked image

We're just one week away from the unveiling of Google's newest smartphones and VentureBeat has got its hands on a clear image of one of the gadgets. Supposedly called the Pixel, the device is said...........Read more

Debating on Eco-Friendly Eid: To Slaughter or Not to Slaughter

BJP pitched for a debate, on Sunday, on the “eco-friendly” observance of Bakr-Eid (the feast of sacrifice), saying that the intelligentsia in the country should mull over it. On Eid al-Adha, Muslims sacrifice animals (usually goats, cows, bulls or camels) as a symbolic observation of personal sacrifice, and many activists have been campaigning against the ritual slaughter of animals, keeping in view the interests for the preservation of environment.........Read more

Govt can transfer employees accused of sexual harassment

Employees accused of sexual harassment can be transferred to another office to prevent them from influencing victims and to ensure fair inquiry.........Read more

For 23 yrs, India trying to choke Dawood financially

Indian agencies have beentracking the movements of Dawood Ibrahim for 23 years and have managed to trace his properties across the world apart from phone numbers, passport details to bolster their charge that Pakistan continues to provide safe haven to India’s most wanted terrorist.........Read more

Aditya Birla Group plans to hive off financial services arm from AB Nuvo

Investment banks have made suggestions to the Aditya Birla Group to hive off its financial services and insurance businesses from BSE-listed Aditya Birla Nuvo to invite new investments in the two businesses.........Read more

Gujarat HC sentences 11 to life imprisonment in 2002 post-Godhra riot case

The Gujarat high court on Thursday sentenced eleven persons to life imprisonment for the murder of two persons during a 2002 post-Godhra riot at Meda Adraj village in Mehsana district, setting aside the trial court order acquitting them.........Read more

Expelled BJP leader Dayashankar arrested in Bihar for abusing Mayawati

Expelled BJP leader Dayashankar Singh, who landed in controversy after making derogatory remarks against BSP chief Mayawati, was arrested in Bihar on Friday.........Read more

Sabarimala Temple issue: LDF government belives in 'equality of women, not opposed to their entry'

Sabarimala Temple issue: LDF government belives in 'equality of women, not opposed to their entry' - State Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran said, "We stand for equality of women and we are not opposed to women entering into Sabarimala."........Read more

Army, Assam Police kill 3 top NDFB (S) militants in Assam

Four pistols, a large quantity of ammunition, hand grenades have been recovered from the slain militants.........Read more

Military Coup in India? No Way, Indian Army Structurally Different

Lessons from the 1857 mutiny were not lost on Indian leadership that created structures to counter army's supremacy.........Read more

Silent reform in courtrooms is already ending the patriarchal stranglehold on Islam

By misconstruing Agnes’ reasoned critique of Bharatiya Muslim MahilaAndolan’s “blinkered” campaign as a frontal attack on that organisation, the activist has missed the depth of field of her wide-angled analysis. His own perspective is so narrow that........Read more

Watch Cops Beat Each Other Up Over How to Split a Bribe

The police are supposed to fight crime, but these cops took to beating each other up. Interestingly, they were apparently fighting over the distribution of ‘hafta’. They decided to express their discontent by physically assaulting each other.........Read more

Former Bihar State Education Board chairman, Wife Arrested in Toppers' Scam

Former chairman of the Bihar State Education Board Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh and his wife Usha Sinha were arrested by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Monday in connection with Class 12 toppers' scam.........Read more

How we label a crime says a lot about our own priorities

A tragedy can be the starting point of change, and while changing laws don’t always immediately result in social change, scrapping Section 377 would at least be a beginning, and a fitting homage to 49 dead in Orlando. It would affirm their humanity — and ours........Read more