'The world could look more like 1900 again'

The former head of the World Bank has warned the world could look like it did in 1900 if countries don’t work together to tackle the current crisis. Robert Zoellick pointed to the rift between the US and China as a serious threat to the global economic recovery. Mr Zoellick, one of America’s most senior public officials, has advised six US presidents during his career. He told the BBC co-operation was “the only way the global economy will emerge from the recession”.........Read more

T20 World Cup in Australia Set to Be Postponed, Offical Announcement This Week: Report

The ICC T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia is all set to be postponed, according to a report in Times of India. The tournament is currently scheduled to run from October 18 to November 15, and an official announcement from the ICC is expected before the end of May. The member boards are set to participate in an ICC teleconference in the coming week, when an official decision will be taken. With Australia's international borders closed till mid-September, incoming passengers requiring to undergo two-week quarantine and plenty more logistical issues facing ICC and Cricket Australia, the situation is not in favour of a 16-team tournament.........Read more

Rahul Gandhi to Centre: Stop acting like money lender, reconsider economic package

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said the Centre should stop acting like a "money lender" for its children by giving them credit instead of cash, and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reconsider the Covid-19 economic stimulus package. Interacting with journalists of regional media via video conferencing, he said he was trying to put pressure on the government for generating demand by putting money into the accounts of the poor and vulnerable sections of society. ........Read more

This bizarre coronavirus symptom could be more common than a fever

ever is not “a reliable indicator” for the infection. The virus can “manifest only with mild elevations in temperature.” And the disease can start with just coughing, without other symptoms. Interestingly, the loss of smell during the first five days is a more reliable early hint, the study said. The virus can also “present with severe body aches and exhaustion.” The researchers also differentiated the flu from COVID-19 by looking at symptoms. “People with uncomplicated flu rarely develop significant shortness of breath,” a statement said. “When they do experience trouble breathing, the shortness of breath is mild and remains stable. On the rare occasion of when flu causes a viral pneumonia, patients deteriorate rapidly, within the first two to three days.”........Read more

Exclusive: Iran removes anti-India banners from Pak consulate in dead of night

Taking a strong stance against Islamabad for using its consulate for anti-India activities, Iranian officials on 15th August forcibly removed banners from Pakistan's consulate in the northeastern city of Mashhad. The anti-India banners on so-called "Kashmir Solidarity day" were removed in the middle of the night from the walls of the Pakistani consulate by the local police. Calling such methods as "undiplomatic tactics", Tehran told Islamabad in clear terms that putting such banners against a third country goes against diplomatic norms. A disappointed Pakistan through a note verbale had raised the matter to Iran which Tehran termed as unfortunate.Officials in Tehran asked Pakistani diplomats how will foreign office in Islamabad react if Iranian mission in Islamabad puts up banners against Saudi Arabia, will Pakistan allow this. Curiously, Pakistan remained adamant and told Iran that the South Asian country's mission was within its right to display the messages. Iran reiterated its stance on Kashmir hasn't changed, said, while Pakistan is a brotherly country, India is not an enemy either.........Read more

IMA scam: Extraditing Mansoor Khan is not impossible, say experts

In fact, the video in which Khan offers to return to Bengaluru and reveal everything to the police, should make extradition easier, a retired IPS officer, who did not want to be named, said. While the Special Investigation Team (SIT), looking into the I Monetary Advisory (IMA) fraud, says its chances of bringing back founder Mohammed Mansoor Khan to India may not be that easy, experts say it is not impossible and might even be simpler due to Khan’s last video. In fact, the video in which Khan offers to return to Bengaluru and reveal everything to the police should make extradition easier, a retired IPS officer, who did not want to be named, said. The SIT on Monday said they knew Khan’s location and sources said that it was not possible to seek his extradition without charge-sheeting him. However, there are other options, experts say. “Chargesheet is required for seeking extradition of an accused from a foreign country but there are some legal provisions under which the request for extradition can be made even before charge sheet has been filed,” he said. “Since they know the location of the accused, the police can seek his extradition from the host country if they can adopt the ‘dual criminality’ approach, under which a fugitive can be extradited for an offence, only if it is a crime in both the countries. Mansoor has been charged with cheating (Section 420) and breach of trust (Section 406) of the IPC. There are over 30,000 complaints in this case,” he said.........Read more

Detained in China, Interpol chief resigns

The international police organisation Interpol announced that it has received the resignation of its Chinese chief Meng Hongwei, who has been missing since September 25 and is suspected by Beijing of “violating the law”. Senior Vice President Kim Jong Yang of South Korea has become acting president.........Read more

Under 19 World Cup: Rahul Dravid Stands With His Support Staff, Seeks Equal Reward For All

Dravid expressed his displeasure and asked for the support staff to be rewarded with an equal prize money and he as the head coach should not be given an amount higher than his colleagues.........Read more

Mehbooba Mufti Govt Withdraws Stone-Pelting Cases Against 9,730 People

Jammu and Kashmir government led by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday cleared the proposal to withdraw the cases of stone pelting on 9730 persons registered between 2008 and 2017. Mufti said new relief, taken after the recommendation of a committee formed to look into the matter, is subject to certain conditions. She added that her government has also recommended withdrawing cases on 2000 additional persons. ........Read more

Delhi: 8-month-old battles for life after being raped by 28-yr-old cousin

An eight-month-old baby is battling for life after being raped, allegedly by her cousin in northwest Delhi's Netaji Subhash Place. The child has been admitted to a local hospital and has undergone a surgery and doctors said her condition is stable. The 28-year-old confessed to raping the baby on Sunday under the influence of alcohol.........Read more

2018 Bajaj Discover 110 and 125 Launch Date Announced

Bajaj Auto has announced that it will be launching the new 2018 Bajaj Discover 110 and Discover 125 bikes on January 10, 2018. The company will also showcase its 2018 model range at the launch event, which includes the 2018 Pulsar and Avenger range.........Read more

Rakesh Asthana won't be removed as CBI Special Director, says SC

The petitioner NGO, had opposed Asthana's appointment, saying it was illegal as his name had surfaced in a diary recovered during a raid conducted by the Income Tax department at the offices and other premises of company Sterling Biotech Ltd.........Read more

Padmavati row: Threat to maim Deepika Padukone, Rs 5-crore bounty on Bhansali’s head

Karni Sena member Mahipal Singh Makrana said, "Rajput Karni Sena is fighting to protect the image of women being portrayed in the films. We never raise a hand on women but if need be, we will do to Deepika what Lakshman did to Shurpanakha for violating the rules and culture of India."........Read more

Asteroid-bound spacecraft zips by Earth for gravity boost

An unmanned NASA spacecraft traveling to a distant asteroid veered toward Earth for a gravitational slingshot maneuver that will better aim it toward the Sun-orbiting space rock, Bennu, the US space agency said.........Read more

States to Compensate Victims of Cow Vigilantism: Supreme Court

The apex court said all states are under an obligation to compensate victims of violence in the name of cow vigilantism. Gujarat, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Karnataka, and Uttar Pradesh filed their compliance reports on 22 September. The Supreme Court has requested other states to file their reports at the earliest.........Read more

Here's What Your Stolen Identity Is Selling For On The Dark Web

Verified high-limit credit cards from countries including the U.S., Japan, and South Korea are selling on the dark web for the bitcoin equivalent of about $10 to $20, according to an annual report on cybercrime by Secureworks, a unit of Dell Inc. Verified means the seller has tested out transactions on the card and found it hasn't been canceled yet. For scammers on a budget, there's unverified stolen credit card data, which comes out to pennies a card when bought in bulk.........Read more

NSUI supporters celebrate outside Sonia Gandhi’s residence after win

In a jolt for Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), National Students Union of India (NSUI) has made a stunning comeback by winning two posts, including the crucial Presidential one. NSUI has won the President post after four years.........Read more

IndiGo parent to privately place up to 33.6 million shares

InterGlobe Aviation Ltd, the owner of IndiGo airlines, said its board had approved issuance of equity shares up to 33.6 million to qualified institutional buyers. The placement includes issue of fresh equity shares of up to 22.4 million and offer for sale of up to 11.2 million shares by promoters, including Rakesh Gangwal and Chinkerpoo Family Trust, InterGlobe said in a stock exchange filing.........Read more

Rohan Bopanna’s US Open Ends With Defeat in Mixed Doubles

Seventh-seeded Bopanna and his Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowski, the French Open winners, lost 6-4, 3-6, 8-10 to third-seeded team of Hao-Ching Chan and Michael Venus.........Read more

Toyota Takes Stake In Mazda, Links Up For $1.6 Billion U.S. Plant

Toyota Motor Corp said on Friday it planned to take a 5 percent share of smaller Japanese rival Mazda Motor Corp, as part of an alliance that will see the two build a $1.6 billion U.S. assembly plant and work together on electric vehicles.........Read more

CBSE results will be declared on time, promises Javadekar

Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday said the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) results for Class X and XII would be declared on time.........Read more

SC dismisses plea against Belgaum factory officials for death of 16 workers

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea by the Karnataka government for prosecution of two officials of a factory at Belgaum for their alleged negligence resulting into explosion and fire that claimed lives of 16 people and left 19 others with grievous injuries in 2007.........Read more

This New Scientific Study About Trees Storing Carbon Will Shock You

Researchers from Western Sydney University, Australia, have concluded that trees do not store as much carbon as it was previously thought. The study, published in ‘Nature Climate Change’, also revealed that Eucalyptus trees may require added nutrients from the soil to grow and will take advantage of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.........Read more

Why Shah Rukh Khan remains the ultimate NRI hero

While actors like Aamir Khan and Salman Khan may have slowly crept into the territories formerly dominated by Shah Rukh abroad, the Raees star is supposed to have started the trend as early as the mid-90s and even today, with the exception of a dedicated fan following for someone like Rajinikanth, remains fairly ahead of the pack among Bollywood actors when it comes to wooing NRIs.........Read more

Scuffle between Indian and foreign students in private university in Gujarat, 20 injured

A scuffle between two groups of Indian and foreign students on a private university campus near Vadodara left at least 20 youths injured, including nine from abroad, the state police said on Sunday. The injured at least one of them seriously were admitted to a hospital on the Parul University campus in the Waghodia suburb of Vadodara.........Read more

After US, Kuwait imposes travel ban on five countries including Pakistan

Following the Muslim ban in the US, Kuwait has now suspended the issuance of visas for travellers native to Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran. The Kuwaiti Government has asked would-be migrants from the five banned nations not to apply for visas, as Kuwait City is worried about the possible migration of radical Islamic terrorists.........Read more

Apple partner Wistron seeks to expand India smartphone parts plant: official

Apple setting up production in India would be a significant win for the government which has embarked on a campaign to attract global manufacturers under ‘Make in India’........Read more

US slaps sanctions on 7 Pak entities for ‘acting against its national security’

The US has slapped sanctions on seven Pakistani entities associated with the country’s missile programme. They are identified as Ahad International, Air Weapons Complex, Engineering Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Maritime Technology Complex National Engineering and Scientific Commission, New Auto Engineering and Universal Tooling Services.........Read more

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Gets ISOFIX Mounts As Standard Safety Feature

The Maruti Suzuki Baleno now comes with ISOFIX child seat mounts as parts standard safety features. The Baleno is the second car after the Ciaz to get ISOFIX mounts as standard safety feature and is now complaint to BNVSAP (Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program).........Read more

Samsung Will Reportedly Make Chips for Tesla

 Samsung Electronics will supply semiconductors to US electric car maker Tesla Motors, South Korea's Electronic Times reported on Friday citing unnamed sources. Samsung would contract manufacture chips for self-driving features in Tesla vehicles, the paper reported, without putting a value on the order. The South Korean firm has been trying to build auto-related sales for components such as semiconductors and displays in a push to develop a new growth engine. Samsung in November said it would acquire Harman International Industries for $8 billion in a bid to grow quickly in the automotive market.........Read more

India Undecided About Joining UN Conference on Nuclear Ban, Despite Abstaining From Vote on Setting It Up

India said it is not convinced the proposed conference in 2017 can address the global community's expectation for a comprehensive instrument on disarmament.........Read more

Volkswagen’s Electric Car With 600KM Range To Be Showcased In Paris

Volkswagen is reportedly developing an EV (electric vehicle) concept at its manufacturing facility in Wolfsburg, Germany. The concept will be showcased at the upcoming 2016 Paris Motor Show, which is all set to commence from October 1. The concept in question is expected to give a glimpse of VW's electric car aspirations. The company plans to bring its purely electric car into production as early as 2019.........Read more

It's Only A Brief Matter Of Time That Robots Start Taking Care Of Themselves

The technology and working of Artificial Intelligence is much appreciated. Intriguing too. The world has great plans for this nascent technology and Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator gave us enough reasons to believe in its goodness. Yet, when tech gurus and geniuses like Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking themselves fear the advancement of artificial technology to a level of electronic apocalypse, we can hardly accept it in the right spirits.........Read more

India will be late by 50 years in achieving education goals: UNESCO

India is expected to achieve universal primary education in 2050, universal lower secondary education in 2060 and universal upper secondary education in 2085........Read more

Tiny 3-D structures nanoimprinted on the end of an optical fiber

(—Scientists have developed a method for imprinting tiny yet complex 3-D structures on the tip of an optical fiber, whose 125-µm diameter is roughly the thickness of a human hair. The 3-D optical structures can manipulate the light's properties, such as its phase and wavefront, which enables a variety of integrated optics applications including laser machining, lab-on-a-fiber, and biomedical sensors. One of the biggest advantages of the new nanoimprinting method is that it is much less expensive than previous fabrication methods, opening the doors to more widespread use.........Read more

Right to Pray India's First Virtual Reality Film Will Be at TIFF

Right to Pray, a documentary film by filmmaker Khushboo Ranka in the new medium of virtual reality (VR), will premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2016 next month.........Read more

Harley-Davidson Motorcycles Face Emission Scandal; Fined $12 Million

Harley-Davidson has agreed to pay a $12 million civil fine and stop selling illegal after-market devices that cause its motorcycles to emit too much pollution, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday.........Read more

Agriculture in 115 Indian districts is most at risk from climate change

As floods ravage eastern and northern India, agriculture in 115 districts across 15 states is “highly vulnerable” to climate change, according to a May 2016 study, published in Indian Academy of Science’s journal Current Science.........Read more

This Bengaluru festival says art is not black and white

“We have received State honours for our classical arts, but Bengaluru’s dedicated platform for artistes from several countries is overwhelming,” says Varsha Anthony from Malaysia, after presenting a K........Read more

Flood situation remains grim in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh

The flood situation remained grim in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh with several overflowing rivers submerging fresh areas in the state on Saturday........Read more

Swathi murder case: DMK leader Karunanidhi raises doubt over Ramkumars arrest

DMK leader M Karunanidhi has said that doubts are being raised over the arrest Infosys techie Swathis alleged killer of Ramkumar.........Read more

'Make In India' Our Biggest Brand, Says PM Modi In South Africa: 10 Points

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address members of the Indian community in South Africa at a stadium in Johannesburg this evening. He held talks with South Africa President Jacob Zuma earlier today and addressed a meeting of business leaders.........Read more

Ethical and Legal Concerns Arise Over Violence and Disturbing Content on Facebook Live

Live streaming may be a key social activism tool but anxiety persists over the nature of content that isn't regulated by traditional broadcasting standards........Read more

Monitoring malaria parasite reveals evolving drug resistance and infection history

Scientists have discovered that the malaria parasite Plasmodium vivax is evolving rapidly to adapt to conditions in different geographical locations, in particular to defend itself against widely-used antimalarial drugs. The study, published in Nature Genetics today, provides a foundation for using genomic surveillance to guide effective strategies for malaria control and elimination.........Read more

Scientists find new cancer drug target in dual-function protein

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have identified a protein that launches cancer growth and appears to contribute to higher mortality in breast cancer patients.........Read more

Why starting up is not everyone's cup of tea, and points to ponder for wannabe entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs are a rare breed. You should be able to ideate, have a risk-taking ability, plenty of passion, demonic energy and focus.........Read more

Udta Tomato: Bollywood directors to use real blood instead of Tomato sauce in violent scenes

Reeling under the effects of soaring prices of tomatoes, which have now begun to cost as much as Rs.100 a kg in some parts of the country, Bollywood directors have unanimously decided to give up the age-old tradition of using tomato sauce in place of blood during violent scenes in their movies. In what [...]........Read more

Classical Music and Mass Audiences....

Most mass media practitioners will tell you that classical music is elitist. that it is mean to be enjoyed in rarified atmospheres, with others in their social class. There is a general perception that mass audiences will not enjoy classical music. And, that, 'mass' is defined as lower soc........Read more