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This Japanese face mask translates into eight languages

When the Covid-19 pandemic made face masks an everyday essential, Japanese startup Donut Robotics spotted an opportunity. They created a smart mask — a high-tech upgrade to standard face coverings, designed to make communication and social distancing easier. In conjunction with an app, the C-Face Smart mask can transcribe dictation, amplify the wearer's voice, and translate speech into eight different languages. The cutouts on the front are vital for breathability, so the smart mask doesn't offer protection against the coronavirus. Instead, it is designed to be worn over a standard face mask, explains Donut Robotics CEO Taisuke Ono. Made of white plastic and silicone, it has an embedded microphone that connects to the wearer's smartphone via Bluetooth. The system can translate between Japanese and Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian, English, Spanish and French.........Read more

Kerala Girl Climbs Rooftop For Better Connectivity To Attend Online Classes

For hours, Fifth year BA English student Namitha Narayanan sat on the tilted roof of her two-storey house, attending online classes. She was almost oblivious to the curious gaze of bystanders. Since the coronavirus forced colleges to shut down, students have been resorting to online classes to cover the syllabus. Namitha found the rooftop of her house at Areekkal the only place with a signal good enough to attend online lectures. “We tried all places in my house, including verandas and roofs. And finally I got fairly good signal strength on the top of our two-storey house,” she was quoted as saying by The Hindu.........Read more

17 Tablighi Jamaat Members From Indonesia, Thailand Sent To Jail After Their Quarantine Period Ends

After the quarantine period ended, they were presented before the magistrate and then sent to jail. They were found guilty of violating visa and passport norms and all of them belong to Indonesia and Thailand. According to the government spokesman, the police had arrested 21 Jamaatis including 17 foreign nationals from the Taj and Kuraish mosques and all of them were quarantined on 31 March. Their test samples showed that they were Corona negative. The FIRs was registered against them under relevant IPC sections including 269, 270, 271, 188, Epidemic Diseases Act (1897) 03, Passport Act (1967) Section 12(3).........Read more

Centre's Plan For Smooth Functioning: Ministers Back to Office From Monday, Country to be Divided Into Red, Orange, Green Zones

Reports have it that the council of ministers headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will resume work from next week even though the nationwide lockdown is expected to extend till April 30. Besides the ministers, all officers of the joint secretary level and above will also be present in the ministries along with one-third of the essential staff from Monday. In another development, there is also a suggestion to divide the country into three zones — red, orange and green – based on the number of COVID-19 cases in those areas and allow some industrial activity in orange and green areas while maintaining standard operating procedures of social distancing.........Read more

Coronavirus: 64-year-old Maharashtra Man Becomes India's 3rd Casualty

A 64-year-old man, who was tested positive for deadly coronavirus in Maharashtra, passed away at Kasturba Hospital on Tuesday, taking India’s total death toll to 3. If reports are to be believed, the man had returned from Dubai. Earlier, a 76-year-old man in Karnataka’s Kalaburagi and a 68-year-old woman in the national capital has lost their lives due to COVID-19. Meanwhile, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases soar to 125 across the country.........Read more

Infidelity is the Deal-breaker, Says Deepika Padukone on Failed Relationships

Actress Deepika Padukone is married to Ranveer Singh now but there was a time when she went through a lot of stress in her personal life, in a series of early relationships that included Ranbir Kapoor. In an interview, Deepika recently opened up on the issue. "For me, sex is not just about physicality; there are emotions involved. I have never cheated or strayed when I'm in a relationship. If I'm going to be fooling around, why would I be in a relationship? It's better to be single and have fun. But not everyone thinks like that."........Read more

Spain goes under lockdown to fight coronavirus

Spain put its 47 million inhabitants under partial lockdown on Saturday as part of a 15-day state of emergency to combat the coronavirus epidemic in Europe’s second worst-affected country by the disease after Italy. Effective immediately, all Spaniards must stay home except to buy food, medicines, go to work or to the hospital or for emergencies. Bars, restaurants, and shops selling anything but food and other staples must shut down. All leisure and sports activities also have to close, including cinemas, theatres, swimming pools or football grounds. ........Read more

How artists are using cubist face paint to thwart facial recognition

As night falls in London, Georgina Rowlands and Anna Hart start applying makeup. Instead of lipstick and eyeliner, they're covering their faces with geometric shapes. Rowlands has long narrow blue triangles and thin white rectangles criss-crossing her face. Hart has a collection of red, orange and white angular shapes on hers. The technique is called CV Dazzle. They're two of the four founders of the Dazzle Club, a group of artists set up last year to provoke discussion about the growing using of facial recognition technology.........Read more

Women's T20 WC: Aus edge NZ by 5 runs, reach semis

A stylish 60 from Beth Mooney and controlled bowling Monday kept intact Australia's record of making at least the semi-finals of every Twenty20 World Cup in a nail-biting four-run win over New Zealand. The defending champions and four-time winners join India, England and South Africa in the last four, with the games played in Sydney on Thursday. Australia have been dominant since the World Cup was introduced 11 years ago, but were upset by India in the opening game of the tournament.........Read more

'Was Forced by Imran Khan to Mediate Between India And Pak Over Kashmir', Trump To PM Modi During Bilateral Talks

US President Donald Trump, while holding bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reportedly told the latter that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has been forcing him to mediate between New Delhi and Islamabad over decade-old Kashmir dispute. Notably, Trump was on his maiden official visit to India from February 24 to 25. He was accompanied by First Lady Melania and a high-powered delegation comprising senior US administration officials, including National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien. President Trump, in the past, had offered to mediate on the Kashmir issue multiple times but New Delhi has always told Washington that it is a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan and there is no scope for any third-party mediation.........Read more

Three Years After Surviving Cancer, Uttarakhand Player Hits Century on Ranji Trophy Debut

At 15, budding cricketer Kamal Kaniyal, who was part of the Uttar Pradesh U-14 and U-16 camps, was diagnosed with leukaemia, cancer of the blood. Three years on, Kaniyal, on his Ranji Trophy debut for Uttarakhand on Thursday scored 101 off 160 balls with the help of 17 fours against Maharashtra in Round nine of Elite Group C. Kaniyal’s knock helped Uttarakhand take a slender 44 runs first-innings lead over Maharashtra. Maharashtra were bowled out for 207 in their first innings, while Uttarakhand managed 251 riding on Kaniyal’s 101.........Read more

Greta nominated for Nobel Peace Prize AGAIN, as adults use teen to push climate narrative at expense of peace message

So, we have teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg, who it has to be said, through no fault of her own, is up for the big Nobel Prize for the second year running, having been presented as deserving of victory by two MPs from her native Sweden. When skimming through the nomination papers, what part of Nobel PEACE Prize did Jens Holm and Hakan Svenneling, of Sweden’s Left Party fail to understand? They issued a statement which said that the 17-year-old “has worked hard to make politicians open their eyes to the climate crisis” and “action for reducing our emissions and complying with the Paris Agreement is therefore also an act of making peace.”........Read more

Warning! SpiceJet confirms data breach of 1.2 million passenger details

The database backup file on the system was unencrypted, allowing access to private information of more than 1.2 million passengers last month. The details included flight information and details of each passenger, including their name, phone number, email address, and date of birth. The researcher had alerted SpiceJet about the database, but it was only after they informed government-run cybercrime agency CERT-In that the airline took necessary steps to protect its user database.........Read more

Mahindra XUV300 Awarded 5 Stars In Global NCAP Crash Tests

In the latest round of Global NCAP crash tests, the XUV300 has scored full marks further reiterating the efforts the homegrown car producers are making to bring up safer cars to the road. The XUV300 follows the four star rated Marazzo at Global NCAP as the future cars from Mahindra look to have strong structural rigidity. The XUV300 gained five stars for adult occupant protection and four stars for child occupant protection.........Read more

NSE becomes world’s largest derivatives exchange by number of contracts traded

The National Stock Exchange (NSE) has become the world’s largest derivatives exchange in 2019 by number of contracts traded, according to data published by Futures Industry Association (FIA). The trading volumes of contracts at NSE has surpassed that of Chicago-based CME Group to emerge as the largest derivatives exchange in 2019. ........Read more

China virus death toll rises to nine as pandemic fears mount

The death toll from a new flu-like coronavirus in China rose to nine on Wednesday with 440 confirmed cases, Chinese health officials said as authorities stepped up efforts to control the outbreak by discouraging public gatherings in Hubei province. Another 2,197 people who came into contact with infected people were isolated, with 765 so far released from observation.........Read more

Swiggy Raises Commissions From Restaurants, Hikes Delivery Fees

As the foodtech unicorn Swiggy plans to foray into newer avenues to reduce cash burn, it is continuously looking to boost revenue. Now it’s raising its commissions from restaurants in regions where its services are in higher demand. Swiggy partners with restaurants on a 12 to 18-month contract and as the contracts come up for renewal, it raises the charges up to 18-23% of the total value from 12-18% initial deal. ........Read more

Pornhub Blames Indian Govt For Drop In Traffic

Pornhub has reported that India has lost its third-place ranking in terms of traffic to the site. As per the website’s seventh annual report, India fell 12 places to the 15th position. Pornhub laid some of the blame for the decline in traffic on the Indian government, saying, “As Japan moved up, the United Kingdom moved down to third, while India moved down 12 positions from its previous third-place position in 2018 partly due to the Indian government blocking access to some porn sites.”........Read more

Travis Kalanick is leaving Uber’s board of directors

Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick is resigning from the company’s board of directors. The news comes after Kalanick sold more than $2.5 billion in stock — more than 90 percent of his stake — when the lock-up on his shares expired. By exiting the board and selling his shares, he has essentially cut himself entirely off from the company he helped found. Kalanick’s last day will be December 31, 2019, after which time he’ll focus on his “new business and philanthropic endeavors.” ........Read more

As CFC Emissions Rise, the Ozone Hole Could Stick Around Longer

The Antarctic ozone layer is slowly recovering after decades of destruction due to anthropogenic emissions. It's a rare win for the environment, and this year, the ozone hole was the smallest it's been since its discovery in 1980. But a new study shows that it might take longer for the ozone layer to fully recover than originally predicted. Scientists found last year that a new source of chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, was seeping into the air. CFCs react with ultraviolet light in the stratosphere and eat away at the ozone layer.........Read more

‘Security throughout the country is compromised’: Robert Vadra on breach at Priyanka’s residence

Sharing a news article regarding the security breach at their residence, Vadra said that it’s not about the security for Priyanka, his daughter and son or him or the Gandhi family. It’s about “keeping the citizens especially the women of our country, safe and feeling secure.” In a Facebook post shared earlier Tuesday, Vadra said that the security of every citizen is the government’s responsibility.........Read more

Toyota to launch a compact electric car in India

The EV will be shared by Toyota and Suzuki for India. Expected to launch only after the WagonR-based EV, which could come in 2020. Toyota’s EV likely to be based on the WagonR-based EV that Maruti is currently testing. ........Read more

Flying High: How India could lead the world in drones

What will it take for drones and other Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies to develop into flourishing, future-oriented economic systems? As leaders across the world scramble to respond to this fundamental question, it may be India that answers the best. The type of indigenous growth required to lead the next era of aerospace will result from economic innovation and India has just the right mix of the three main elements needed to stimulate this. To take advantage of autonomous aviation technologies there must be an important societal need that drones can help meet in a unique and cost-effective way. In India, we've already seen record drought create a dramatic need for even more effective use of potable water and increasingly more granular monitoring of agricultural impact on groundwater resources. The agricultural use of drones is still finding its footing, but local affiliates and start-ups such as Terra Drone India have already demonstrated the benefits that drones can provide. In a clear indication that the government sees drones as a tool to solve societal challenges, the State of Maharashtra and Survey India, the national mapping agency of the country under the Ministry of Science and Technology, recently committed to mapping 40,000 villages using drones to "fix locations of village boundaries, canals, canal limits, and road".........Read more

Jagan govt appoints 1.26L employees in one recruitment drive, highest in history

YS Jagan Mohan Reddy-led Andhra Pradesh government on Monday gave appointment letters to over 1.26 lakh employees. It claimed to be the first of its kind in the country in terms of numbers in a single recruitment drive, under a new governance initiative of Village and Ward Secretariats. Addressing the candidates who had passed the exams, the Chief Minister said that the main purpose of the new set-up was to ‘bring transparency into the otherwise decaying system of governance which the previous government has followed.’ While congratulating the successful candidates, Jagan said never before were these many permanent government jobs created in one go anywhere in the country and employees recruited in a record time of just two months. While over 21 lakh candidates applied for various posts in these secretariats that would deliver about 500 public services, a total of 19.50 lakh appeared for the written examinations from September 1 to 8.........Read more

Hello from aliens? Astronomers receive repeated signals from universe

Who's out there? That question is doing rounds across the globe after the reciept of mysterious signals from the universe. Are we being contacted by aliens light-years away? Is there life on other celestial bodies? Similar questions have intrigued boffins and people both, but there isn't much evidence to come to any conclusion yet. Recently, eight new repeating blasts of energy from deep space were detected by telescopes on Earth, according to an Independent report. "We report on the discovery of eight repeating Fast Radio Burst (FRB) sources found using the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) telescope," the Cornell University's journal said. Now, the researchers are trying to figure out the source of these mysterious signals. For now, it is unclear what caused these blasts but there could be a couple sources. The eight new repeating blasts of energy could have been caused by a star's union with a black hole. Or, they could just be a hello from aliens. An FRB lasts for only a few milliseconds but in spite of that, it is loaded with a massive amount of energy. The physical nature of these bursts is yet unknown. According to a Phys.org report, the first FRB was discovered in 2007. Known as the Lorimer Burst, the bursts was a singular event such as a supernova. Five years later, the first repeating FRB was detected.........Read more

Closed since Balakot strike, Pakistan reopens airspace for all civilian traffic

Pakistan has said it has reopened its airspace to all civilian planes following months of restrictions after the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out airstrikes on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Balakot earlier this year. 38am on Tuesday, a step taken by India as well. Airlines are likely to resume normal routes through Pakistan airspace after the restrictions were lifted. “With immediate effect, Pakistan airspace is open for all type of civilian traffic on published ATS (Air Traffic Service) routes,” the NOTAM issued by the authority said. Pakistan had earlier said it would not open its airspace for commercial flights until India removed its fighter jets from forward Indian airbases.........Read more

NASA's International Space Station captures images of Raikoke volcano erupting

Raikoke volcano, in the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Pacific Ocean, erupted after 95 years on 22 June. The last time this small island erupted was in 1924 and before that in 1778, so needless to say, it's a rare occasion. But this time around, ISS was at the right place at the right time. This breathtaking moment was viewed by several satellites and astronauts onboard the ISS. The smoke from the volcano rose in a thin stream and then spread out into the umbrella region that is at the top of the eruption column. The mouth of this volcano is 700 metres in diameter. NASA/Earth Observatory The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite and the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) also captured a few images. A statement from NASA said that after the initial activity, the eruptions abated and strong winds spread the ash over the Pacific Ocean. By the next day, MODIS could only view faint remnants of the ash. Raikoke Volcano on the Kuril Islands rarely erupts. It most recently exploded in 1778 and 1924.........Read more

Arvind Kumar Is New Intelligence Bureau Head, Samant Goel Next RAW Chief

The government today appointed new chiefs of the country's two intelligence units. Samant Goel, who was in charge of operations of the country's external intelligence agency -- the Research and Analysis Wing or RAW -- will take over as its chief, replacing Anil Dhamsana. Arvind Kumar, the number two at the Kashmir desk of the Intelligence Bureau, will replace Rajiv Jain at the top post. "The Home Minister has signed the file and it has gone to PMO," a senior officer in the Prime Minister's Office told NDTV. Both officials will take charge on June 30. Both Mr Goel and Mr Kumar are IPS officers from the 1984 batch. Mr Goel has helped handle the Punjab militancy when it was at its peak in the 1990s and was posted in Dubai and London. "He was posted as in-charge consular in Dubai and also in London," a senior officer in the home ministry told.........Read more

One tycoon was wrongly ensnared in Vancouver dirty money probe

The probe shows that proving ties to criminal activity isn’t so easy. A trail of documents reveals that the property’s been linked since 2005 to a flamboyant Indian-born telecom tycoon, Chinnakannan Sivasankaran, who transferred its ownership while subject to an asset freeze as creditors chased him through courts in the U.K., India and the Seychelles. ........Read more

Central Government seeks inputs from citizens on Union Budget 2019-20

Central Government has sought inputs from citizens on the Union Budget 2019-20 with a view to making the Budget-making exercise more participative and inclusive. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the budget on 5th of July.........Read more

Vivek Oberoi Tweets Meme on Aishwarya Rai, Sonam Kapoor Calls it 'Disgusting' and 'Classless'

Vivek Oberoi has made commentary on the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 exit polls, while clubbing it up with his personal life. Vivek took to Twitter and shared a collage that features him, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Salman Khan and Aishwarya's seven-year-old daughter Aaradhya. ........Read more

Intel, Qualcomm, and other chipmakers reportedly join Google in Huawei ban

Bloomberg now reports that Intel, Qualcomm, and Broadcom, three of the world’s leading chip designers and suppliers, are cutting off their dealings with Huawei, effective immediately. The chip suspensions follow the earlier news of Google abruptly rescinding Huawei’s Android license and halting its access to Google Play Services and the Play Store.........Read more

Trump telecom trade ban: Google, Android system start to cut ties with Huawei after

US internet giant Google, whose Android mobile operating system powers most of the world's smartphones, said Sunday it was beginning to cut ties with China's Huawei, which Washington considers a national security threat.........Read more

Claims for up to Rs 1 lakh crore may hit Anil Ambani-led RCom in bankruptcy case

Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications (RCom), facing insolvency proceedings, could be hit by claims for nearly Rs 1 lakh crore, media reports say. Lenders and creditors are racing to meet the May 21 deadline to file claims. The final claim could be more than double the Rs 46,000 crore debt that the defunct telco has on its books.........Read more

Pakistan offers to de-escalate LoC tensions amid pressure

Islamabad has blinked first in the staring battle along the Line of Control (LoC), the de facto border between India and Pakistan. Under sustained pressure from India, Pakistan has offered to de-escalate tensions along the LoC . The offer to India was made by the Pakistani military “through the institutionalised military channels of communication between the two sides.........Read more

3-Judge SC Panel to Hear Sexual Harassment Allegations Against CJI Ranjan Gogoi Today

The first hearing, in sexual harassment allegations levelled against Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi by a former woman staff, by a panel headed by Justice SA Bodbe, including two Supreme Court judges, will begin on Friday.........Read more

US approves sale of 24 MH 60 Romeo Seahawk helicopters to India for $ 2.6 billion

The United States announced it had cleared the sale of 24 MH-60R Seahawk choppers to India . The multi-mission helicopters can detect, track and attack submarines and surface ships.........Read more

Under Mission Shakti, India successfully tests anti-satellite weapon: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India shot down a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite, which was a pre-determined target. He said India has become a “space superpower” with the successful testing of anti-satellite weapon. ........Read more

Air strike will help us win 22 LS seats in K'taka: Yeddyurappa

Former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa opined that the air strike recently carried out by the Indian Air Force (IAF) in Pakistan has titled things in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's favour and will help the win 22 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka in the impending general elections.........Read more

Uddhav Thackeray drives hard bargain with BJP’s Amit Shah, gets more seats than 2014 in poll pact

Allies BJP and Shiv Sena, often seen taking potshots at each other, finalised a seat-sharing pact for 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The BJP will contest 25 of the 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra while Shiv Sena will fight on the remaining 23.........Read more

4 Army Men Martyred in Pulwama Encounter Days After Terror Attack, 2 Jaish Militants Trapped

Four army men including a Major, have been martyred and one injured in an ongoing gunfight with Jaish-e-Mohammad militants in Pinglan area of Pulwama district, four days after a fidayeen attack by the terror group claimed the lives of 40 CRPF men in the south Kashmir district.........Read more

Hina Jaiswal Becomes IAF's First-ever Woman Flight Engineer: Who is She?

Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal from Chandigarh became the first female flight engineer to be inducted by the Indian Air Force (IAF). She will be posted to a helicopter squadron where she will monitor and operate IAF’s complex aircraft in various conditions, right from Siachen Glacier to Andaman and Nicobar Islands.........Read more

Sops Ahead: MP to Give Rs 4000 a Month to Unemployed Youth; Assam Promises Gold to Brides

The Kamal Nath cabinet is expected to approve schemes cleared by the state finance ministry, regarding Rs 4000 allowance a month for unemployed youth, 100 days of employment to the urban poor and renewed proposal for social security pension.........Read more

'Ram Temple Issue Pending For 70 Yrs, Should be Resolved Soon,' Says RS Prasad

Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “People of the country expect the Ram Temple to be constructed in Ayodhya. As a citizen, I would like to say that this issue has been pending for the last 70 years, it should be resolved as soon as possible.”........Read more

EVM hacking: Delhi Police files FIR based on ECs allegations

The Delhi Police has registered a case based on a complaint filed by the Election Commission regarding allegations of hacking of EVMs and rigging of polls levelled by self-proclaimed cyber expert Syed Shuja.........Read more

Nasa's solar probe captures closest-ever image of the Sun at 27.1 million km

Nasa's solar probe Parker has captured the closest-ever image of the Sun's atmosphere, the corona, when it was about 27.1 million km from the Sun's surface.........Read more

World's oldest monkeys may help fight against HIV

World's oldest monkeys, the Rhesus macaque -- could be prompted to produce neutralizing antibodies against one strain of HIV that resembles the resilient viral form that most commonly infects people.........Read more

Karnataka: 11 killed, over 90 hospitalised after eating prasad; 2 held

As many as 11 people lost their lives while more than 50 others were hospitalised after consuming 'prasad' at the Maramma temple. Two people have been arrested in connection with the food-poisoning incident.........Read more

RBI’s important decision on Rs 200 and Rs 2000 notes can be a big relief for citizens; details inside

Now you can easily change the tampered and mutilated notes of 200 and 2000 rupees. The Reserve Bank has changed the RBI Note Refund Rules 2009 to replace the mutilated and dirty notes. ........Read more

Navjot Singh Sidhu Courts New Controversy, Poses With Sikh Militant Gopal Singh Chawla in Pakistan

Navjot Singh Sidhu landed in another controversy after the Congress leader has been posing with Sikh militant Gopal Singh Chawla for a photo which has been uploaded by the latter on social media. ........Read more

US Man, 27, Killed By Protected Tribe In Andaman Island

An American tourist was killed by a protected tribe in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Seven fishermen who took the tourist John Allen Chau to North Sentinel Island, where the indigenous Sentinelese people live.........Read more

Unconstitutional Section 66A A “Legal Zombie”, Continues To Be Used Across India: Study | Live Law

Section 66-A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 continues to be used across India, despite having been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in Shreya Singhal v. Union of India, a study has found. Section 66A provides punishment for sending offensive messages through communication services.........Read more

12 courts set up to try pending criminal cases against legislators, Centre tells SC

The Centre has told the Supreme Court that 12 courts have been set up in 11 states to try pending criminal cases against MPs and MLAs. The court warned the State Secretaries and Registrar Generals to provide the criminal cases against all the Legislators.........Read more

NASA names Sunita Williams, 8 others, for first space flights on commercial spacecraft

NASA has announced that the nine astronauts(including Indian origin Sunita Williams)will launch on the first crewed test flights and missions of new commercial spacecraft built and operated by The Boeing Company and SpaceX.........Read more

ITC becomes India’s 4th most valued firm in m-cap

ITC on Friday went past Hindustan Unilever to become the country’s fourth most valued firm in terms of market valuation. ITC’s market valuation rose to ₹3,69,259.15 crore, which was ₹10,460.27 crore more than that of HUL’s ₹3,58,798.88 crore m-cap on BSE........Read more

Nitish Orders That Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Probe be Handed Over to CBI

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has ordered the Chief Secretary, Principal Home Secretary and the DGP to hand over the investigation of the Muzaffarpur shelter home case to CBI.........Read more

Pro-Khalistan outfits, ISI hiring gangsters for Punjab terror: Intelligence Bureau

The Intelligence Bureau (IB) has sent a report to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) stating that local criminals in Punjab are being hired by Pro-Khalistan groups to carry out terror activities in Punjab and revive the militancy. The IB report also claims that the Pro-Khalistan groups are getting logistic and financial support from Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).........Read more

Prepaid wallet: RBI refuses to extend deadline on KYC-compliance beyond Feb 28

The Reserve Bank on Monday said there will not be an extension to the February 28 deadline for mandatory KYC-compliance by prepaid wallet customers. However, customers who have balances in such wallets or prepaid payment instruments (PPIs) need not worry about their money even if they do not do the KYC (know-your-customer) norms,........Read more

What is hyperloop and how does it work? The 'future of transportation' explained

Hyperloop Transportation System, also called the 5th mode of transportation, is touted as the future of transport as it aims at moving freight and people to the destination in the quickest possible time. It is a technology that uses capsules to carry people and things in a low-pressure tube that will be propelled by electromagnetic motors. Once operational, Hyperloop is expected to travel at a speed as high as 760 mph (1223.1 km/h), consuming very low energy. ........Read more

Not imposed any restriction on pilgrims travelling to Pak: MEA

India has said that it did not impose any restrictions on pilgrims travelling to Pakistan amid heightened tensions between the two nations following a string of terror attacks in the Kashmir Valley.........Read more

Hrithik Roshan Steps Into Anand Kumar’s Shoes For Super 30 And He Is Unrecognisable

The first look of Hrithik Roshan from Super 30 is out and we have to say that the actor is unrecognisable. Roshan is seen in a messy hairdo and a bearded avatar. Directed by Vikas Bahl, Super 30 is produced by Phantom Films, Reliance Entertainment and Sajid Nadiadwala’s Nadiadwala Grandsons Pvt. Ltd.........Read more

LCH makes maiden flight with indigenous automatic flight control system

State-owned defence PSU, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), on Wednesday carried out the first flight of the Light Combat Helicopter (Technology Demonstrator-2) with its own designed and developed Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS) for the first time in the country. The maiden flight was flawless and flew for 20 minutes with the engagement of the system throughout........Read more

Karnataka Assembly Elections: AIMIM to contest 60 seats, eat into Congress votes

The AIMIM will contest in Muslim-majority constituencies- ideally seats that are Congress-leaning. AIMIM's entry is sure to eat into Congress' vote bank that depends heavily on Muslims. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's AHINDA (Kannada acronym for minorities, backward classes and Dalits) combination of votes has worked wonders for the Congress in Karnataka.........Read more

IIT-Bombay mulls course on filmmaking

Students might soon be able to study filmmaking at the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) as per a recently released strategic plan for 2017-22. As per the plan, the institute intends to start a new Master's programme in filmmaking considering the huge demand for the course in the city.........Read more

Bosch Records Surge in Demand of Driver Assistance Systems

German auto supplier Robert Bosch has seen a surge in demand for radar systems and video sensors as automakers race to add driver assistance features and automated functions to cars. The company said on Tuesday it expected sales of radar systems to leap by 60 percent, and video sensors by 80 percent, this year.........Read more

Bihar's Nitish Kumar has been in power for 12 years. Why has he failed to change its fortunes?

Nitish Kumar who led the Janata Dal (United)-Bharatiya Janata Party coalition supported by, respectively, extremely backward castes and upper castes. Since 2015, the state has been ruled by a coalition of extremely backward castes and backward castes led by Kumar and Yadav. And yet the state’s performance on issues important for these voters is very weak.........Read more

The last troglodytes of Iran

Iran's ancient village of Maymand, located around 900km south of the capital Tehran, is littered with troglodytic dwellings ‒ cavernous, underground homes carved out of soft rock. Stone engravings found at the site are estimated to be more than 10,000 years old. ........Read more

UGC to work on plan to make father's name optional on degrees

The University Grants Commission (UGC) will soon work on a proposal to make father's name on degrees optional after the HRD Ministry in-principle agreed to the suggestion made by Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi.........Read more

Online campaign to trace missing Chennai model gains national attention

Chennai based model, Gaanam Nair, who’s been missing since 26 May, has still not been traced. A humongous online campaign has been launched to get hold of her whereabouts.........Read more

337 headphones worth Rs 200 each stolen from Tejas Express in one week, replaced with those costing Rs 30

As many as 337 headphones distributed to passengers for the entertainment systems on-board the Mumbai-Goa Tejas Express were stolen in just four round trips, a railway source said. For the fifth trip on Saturday, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) provided low-cost headphones, worth Rs 30.........Read more

Chase left stranded in dramatic send-off to Misbah, Younis

Dominica bid farewell to two legends of the game in a most fitting manner, giving Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq the most heart-stopping send-off possible. History beckoned time and again, torturing and teasing them. It made them wait, it made them wonder, it made them despair. But, with six balls left in the game, the series, and their careers, came perhaps its most satisfying moment.........Read more

FSDL invites bids for new teams in Indian Super League

Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), organisers of the Indian Super League – a city based football league established in India in 2014 under the sanction of the All India Football Federation – plans to invite bids from interested parties to enrol and participate in the Indian Super League from its fourth edition to be staged in the year 2017-2018.........Read more

Huge explosion near Damascus International Airport

A huge blast reportedly took place near the Damascus airport in the early morning of Thursday. London-based Syrian observatory of human rights reported that the sound of the blast was heard by the passengers. The flames out of the blast were seen rising towards sky was seen by the witnesses. However, the number of casualties have not appeared yet. Pro-government site Damascus Now reported that the blast took place near the seventh bridge road which leads to the Damascus International Airport.........Read more

'Sacred' lemon auctioned for Rs 27,000 in Tamil Nadu

Normally, lemon may cost you Rs 1 or 2, may be up to Rs 5 in rare circumstances. So you might be surprised to find that a lemon fetched Rs 27,000 in an auction held at the Balathandayuthapani temple in Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu. On the first day of the 11-day Panguni Uthiram festival, nine lemons were put up for auction, out of which one lemon literally was sold to a couple for Rs 27,000 in the temple. Apart from this, the rest of the lemons fetched around Rs 41,000.........Read more

Tendulkar, Rekha worst in attendance among 12 nominated Rajya Sabha MPs

Former India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and yesteryear actress Rekha are the worst performers in attendance in the Rajya Sabha (upper house of Parliament) among the 12 nominated members, according to an analysis by Factly.in, a data journalism portal. While Tendulkar has attended 23 of the 348 days since his nomination in 2012, Rekha has attended 18. Further, Rekha has not attended more than a single day in any session since her nomination in 2012.........Read more

BJP’s Tarun Vijay stokes racism row: ‘We have south India... we live with black people’

Vijay was invited by news channel Al Jazeera’s online show The Stream to discuss a string of recent attacks on African students in Greater Noida. During his defence of India and its culture, the former Rajya Sabha MP made the controversial remark. “If we were racist, why would we have all the entire south…Tamil, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra…why do we live with them? We have black people around us,” the politician was heard as saying in the video.........Read more

Major oil marketing companies mull daily fuel price change

State-owned and India's biggest oil marketing company Indian Oil Corp Ltd and its two smaller peers Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum are considering ways to roll out the plan to review petrol and diesel prices daily.........Read more

Ikea's innovation lab has designed furniture that can also feed people

Even as multiple studies are being undertaken to find ways to feed a burgeoning global population, Ikea’s innovation lab might have designed something akin to a solution: an indoor garden that can grow plants, vegetables and herbs.........Read more

Facebook App and Messenger to stop working on smartphones with older versions of the software

Facebook app and Messenger will soon stop working on many smartphones which run the older version of these apps. According to a report in Independent on Wednesday, Facebook will end support for devices running some older versions of the apps, including v55 of the Facebook app and v10 of Messenger on Android.........Read more

Nissan launches new version of Terrano

Japanese auto major Nissan on Monday launched an all new version of its SUV Terrano priced between ₹ 9.99 lakh and ₹13.6 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The company will also launch hybrid version of its top end SUV XTrail by the end of this year as it looks to enhance portfolio in the fast growing SUV segment in India.........Read more

Blueberry concentrate improves brain function in older people

In the study, healthy people aged 65-77 who drank concentrated blueberry juice every day showed improvements in cognitive function, blood flow to the brain and activation of the brain while carrying out cognitive tests. There was also evidence suggesting improvement in working memory.........Read more

Audit ordered after athletes complain: Kaju, badaam not coming our way

THE SPORTS ministry has asked the Quality Council of India, a semi-government body, to make on-site assessments of 18 Sports Authority of India (SAI) centres following complaints, including from athletes about officials and coaches eating into their daily quota of dry fruits and fresh fruits. Most of those who are reportedly missing out on the government-sponsored “kaju and badaam” at these elite training hubs are junior athletes — many of them wrestlers and throwers. In their letters to SAI, they have alleged that their coaches and administrators pocket 50 per cent of their “nutrition quota”.........Read more

Pakistani spy was arrested by CID and Border Intelligence Police in Rajasthan

A suspected spy from Pakistan was detained by the Crime Investigation Department (CID) and Border Intelligence Police near the Indo-Pak border in Jaisalmer in Rajasthan on Sunday. He is being interrogated by both agencies.........Read more

Thanks to BCCI, Yusuf Pathan signed Hong Kong Twenty20 League

Yusuf Pathan has become the first Indian male cricketer who will take part in a foreign franchise-based Twenty20 league. He will participate in the Hong Kong Twenty20 League, scheduled to be held from March 8 to 12. He feels the league will be ideal preparation for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He also thanked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) for allowing him to play in the league.........Read more

Matters of the heart: Researchers create 3-D beating heart

Matters of the heart can be complicated, but York University scientists have found a way to create 3D heart tissue that beats in synchronized harmony, like a heart in love, that will lead to better understanding of cardiac health and improved treatments.........Read more

UP Elections: Jats divided over BJP, RLD

The Jat voters had voted in unison for the BJP in 2014 Lok Sabha polls, coming soon after the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots. They all agree it was a Hindu-Muslim election. The entire community is deeply divided on whether to continue with the saffron party or go back to its old loyalties.........Read more

WhatsApp puts user data at risk; here’s why you should be worried

Facebook owned WhatsApp, in early 2016, had announced the decision to implement end-to-end encryption for data transfered via texts or calls on its platform. But according to new reports, your chats may not be as secure as you trust them to be.........Read more

Team India gets new ODI kit ahead of England series

The revamped jersey comes with a set of unique features and one of them is ‘4D Quickness’ – a feature that provides multi-directional and multi-dimensional stretch for quickness, along with tuned breathability that helps with temperature regulation to keep athletes cool in trying conditions........Read more

Roberto Bautista Agut beats Daniil Medvedev, wins Chennai Open 2017

Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut won the men’s singles title of the Chennai Open 2017. Agut beat Russian 20-year-old Daniil Medvedev 6-3 and 6-4 to claim the first ATP tournament of the season. It was a competition between the next-gen player in Daniil Medvedev taking on the ‘veteran’ Roberto Bautista Agut. Medvedev was chasing his first ATP title while Agut had already won four singles titles including two in 2016 when he won in Sofia and Auckland.........Read more

Scientists link higher dementia risk to living near heavy traffic

A study published in The Lancet medical journal found that people who lived within 50 metres (55 yards) of high-traffic roads had a 7.0 percent higher chance of developing dementia compared to those who lived more than 300 metres away from busy roadways.........Read more

‘Final Fantasy XIV’ might get new adventures soon in New Year message: Director Yoshida

"Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn" director and producer Naoki Yoshida wished all the fans a happy New Year with clues of what is to come. "Final Fantasy XV" director thanks fans in New Year message with some promises for upcoming DLC.........Read more

PM Modi on Mann ki Baat: Go cashless, win prizes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday announced the launch of two schemes in an effort to push consumers and traders towards embracing digital transactions. For the next 100 days, starting today, 15,000 people making digital payments will get Rs 1,000 cashback in a daily lucky draw, PM Modi said. He added that there will also be a weekly draw and the prize money will run into lakhs. “A bumper draw will be held on BR Ambedkar’s birthday,” PM Modi said. Under the Lucky Grahak Yojana and Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojana schemes, the lucky draw will take place in 100 cities across the country. Traders adopting digital payment methods will get a tax rebate under the Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojana scheme.........Read more

Kaabil trailer: Hrithik Roshan, Yami Gautam's love story illuminates in 'darkness'

Hrithik and Yami Gautam have been paired for the very first time, and director Sanjay Gupta's touch can be felt while watching the two minute long 'dark' trailer. And after watching the trailer, we can now clearly understand why the tagline—The Mind Sees All' is perfect to the 't'. ........Read more

Kerala Agri Minister up in arms against Centre over GM Mustard, wants to go organic

With protests mounting across the country against the centre's nod for genetically modified mustard seeds, the Kerala government is confident that it can mount sufficient pressure on the centre to prevent the crop’s commercialisation. If approved, it will be the second genetically modified food crop to receive the nod in the country. Although BT Brinjal received approval in 2009, its cultivation was put on hold following protests by activists. Non-food crop BT Cotton is the only genetically modified crop that is grown in India. ........Read more

Tamil Nadu tops national average in remittances

International remittances (money sent by migrants back home) constituted 14 per cent of Tamil Nadu’s gross state domestic product in 2015, almost three times the national average, according to a stud........Read more

Kaspersky Labs finds Pokemon Go malware that has been downloaded over 500,000 times

Kaspersky Labs has spotted a malicious Android app that masquerades as a Pokémon Go Guide. The app has so far been downloaded more than 500,000 times and Kaspersky estimates that at least 6,000 devices are completely compromised.........Read more

This Acclaimed Women Empowerment Drama Finally Has A Release Date

Leena Yadav's 'Parched', which stars Radhika Apte, Tannishtha Chatterjee, and Surveen Chawla, hits theatres across the country on September 23.........Read more

What Happens When Your Hormones Do Not Function Well?

Read to know what happens when hormones does not function well. Also read to know the side effects of hormones and how your body changes due to hormonal ch........Read more

Upgrading minimum broadband speeds to 2Mbps is great, but do something about FUP too

The government of India is in the process of increasing the minimum broadband Internet speed from 512 Kbps to 2Mbps.........Read more

The Englishman who was more Indian than Indians

Buried in a Kolkata cemetery is an Englishman who served India well during her struggle for freedom. Charles Freer Andrews was a benevolent force that neither the Indians, nor the British could ignore. | The Englishman who was more Indian than Indians........Read more

India implements CPI targets, cements Raghuram Rajan's legacy

Some senior economists, including Rajan's predecessor at the RBI Duvvuri Subbarao, have urged India not to fixate on an inflation target given the need to ensure growth and financial stability.........Read more

Syria: Bomb attacks in Qamishli kill 44; Isis claims responsibility

The two bomb attacks took place in Syria's north eastern city of Qamishli, located near the Turkish border.........Read more

On hire: MBA graduates for Rs 10,000 per month

"There are no takers for MBA, it seems. Had I known the job scene would be so disappointing, I would have pursued BCom," said an applicant.........Read more

1 killed, 12 injured after failed aylum seeker blows himself up in Germany

Police said that the man's request for asylum was rejected a year ago, but was allowed to remain in Germany.........Read more

Lodha Panel to states: After 9 yrs in office, no more tenure

The Supreme Court appointed Lodha Committee today clarified to the state associations that any office-bearer who has cumulatively or separately completed nine years in office before or after July 18 will be disqualified from contesting elections.........Read more

68th Primetime Emmy Awards: The Complete List Of Nominees

'Game of Thrones' earns a leading 23 Emmy Award nominations, followed by 'The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story' (22), 'Fargo'(18) and comedy series 'Veep' (17).........Read more

Is VR the future of gaming?

We go debate if VR will be able to secure a long-standing place in the future of video games, or if it is just a passing fad.........Read more

Antoine Griezmann double helps France sink Germany to reach Euro 2016 final

Two goals from Antoine Griezmann helped hosts France overcome world champions Germany 2-0 on Thursday to reach the final of Euro 2016, a first competitive victory over their old rivals in 58 years.........Read more

The Indian Left Has to Move Beyond Lenin's Rigid Formulations on the Role of the Party

While the decline of the Left in India continues, there is not enough debate on how the movement can renovate itself........Read more

After Bihar, ‘topper scam’ now reported in Gujarat

New Delhi: After unfolding of the shocking topper scam of Bihar, now Gujarat seems to be draping itself in same shade. A shocking case of ‘cheating’ has been reported where the marks of class 10 s........Read more

Inside Tiny Matchboxes Lie Larger-than-life Stories

Can a thing, that costs just a rupee, have great aesthetic significance? There are times when the aesthetic and thrifty do intersect as any phillumenist will tell you.........Read more

Bharti Airtel Appoints Ashok Ganapathy as Director of Airtel Business

Bharti Airtel has announced the appointment of Ashok Ganapathy as Director – Airtel Business with effect from July 1, 2016. He will report to Gopal Vittal, CEO and Managing Director (India ........Read more

Modi arrives in Iran; Chabahar port, energy ties high on agenda

Formal talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani are scheduled for tomorrow after a ceremonial welcome for the PM.........Read more

Gilead’s $1,000 pill gets patent in India - Times of India

In what could be a major setback to access to treatment in high-burden countries, the Indian Patent Office on Monday granted a patent to Gilead Pharmasset on Sovaldi (sofosbuvir), its blockbuster drug for hepatitis C, for which the company charges $1,000 per pill in the US.........Read more

Infographic: AIDS down but not out - Times of India

To ensure the global AIDS epidemic stops being a public health threat by 2030, countries need to keep up their fight against the disease. Rapid treatment scale-up has led to a 42% decline in AIDS-related deaths since the peak in 2004. However, new HIV infections declined globally by just 8% during 2010-14 and some regions saw a rise.........Read more

Don't fall in trap of schools giving useless degrees: Raghuram Rajan - Times of India

Sounding a word of caution to students on education loans, RBI governor Raghuram Rajan has said they should not fall prey to 'unscrupulous schools' which leave them with high debt and "useless degrees". He also said that efforts should be made to make degrees affordable to all deserving students.........Read more

JU fracas over film: Left's most blatant display of intellectual tyranny

JU incident is also a manifestation of the turf war that is taking place right now between the Right, which has political power but lacks the intellectual heft and Left, which shall not cede an inch of space.........Read more