Scrapping Article 370 in J&K is correction of mistake, says senior lawyer Harish Salve

Senior Indian lawyer Harish Salve said Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government's decision to abrogate the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir through Article 370 was a means of correcting a "mistake". "I have been long-time votary of getting rid of 370. It was a mistake to allow it. Bigger mistake to allow it to fester," said Salve. He also described Pakistan's reaction to the matter a sign of "complete bankruptcy of mind". "Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is Indian, they (Pakistan) are squatting there. If there is any disputed territory (in the region), it is PoK. The Kashmir Constitution says Kashmir is an integral part of India, not just the Indian Constitution. Kashmir being an integral part of India has never been in doubt, except in certain Pakistani minds," said Salve. He further said that the Supreme Courtwill hear the matter and decide if there was anything wrong. Salve was speaking to the reporters at the Indian High Commission in London after the landmark judgment by the Royal Courts of Justice. The ruling was in favour of the Indian government in relation to funds associated with the Nizam of Hyderabad dating back to Partition in 1947. "It was a wrongful claim by Pakistanwhich had to be fought. We fought that claim and won it," Salve said, in reference to the 35 million pounds held in a London bank account which will now be shared between the Nizam of Hyderabad's heirs and the Indian government," he said.........Read more

Mysterious blast in Tamil Nadu temple kills one

One person was killed and five others injured after a mysterious blast took place at Kanchipuram district in Tamil Nadu. The object which was found in a temple pond blew up suddenly. The incident took place at the Gangai Amman Koli in Manampathi near Tirupathur in Kachipuram distict. The pond has not been used for several years. A few days back, some residents took help to desist it. An unidentified object was recovered and when they tried to open it, the same blew up. The deceased has been identified as K Surya. Police continues to question many as Tamil Nadu remains on high state of alert The police however say that there is no link between this blast and the recent terror alert issued in the state. Last week, a high alert was issued in Tamil Nadu, after the Intelligence Bureau spoke about the presence of a Lashkar-e-Tayiba module in Coimbatore. The police in Tamil Nadu, where the threat emerged from questioned several persons. The police also let of one person after questioning.........Read more

Asiad 2018, Day 6: Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan Win Sixth Gold For India

Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan clinch India’s first Gold medal in Tennis defeating the Kazakhstan pair of Denis Yevseyev and Aleksandr Bublik in straight sets by 6-3, 6-4 at Asian games 2018.........Read more

Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Ran Under a Secretary Who Never Was, Got Rs 1 Crore Every Year as Fund

The tainted Muzaffarpur NGO apparently was run by a ghost secretary 'Ramesh Kumar' whom no one ever saw. The NGO was registered as a society it is being funded with Rs 1 crore every year for its five Muzaffarpur shelters alone.........Read more

FB, Google 'manipulate' users to share data: study

Facebook and Google are pushing users to share private information by offering "invasive" and limited default options despite new EU data protection laws aimed at giving users more control and choice........Read more

Prasar Bharati used reserve funds of Rs 208 cr to pay off salaries, says CEO

Prasar Bharati CEO SS Vempati has clarified that Rs 208 crore released by the public broadcaster towards staff salaries on February 28 were from its reserves. Vempati's remarks came two days after news website 'The Wire' quoted Prasar Bharati Chairman A Surya Prakash as saying that the public broadcaster had to pay staff salary for January and February out of its contingency funds as the ministry had not released the funds.........Read more

New malaria analysis method reveals disease severity in minutes

Left untreated, malaria can progress from being mild to severe—and potentially fatal—in 24 hours. So researchers at the University of British Columbia developed a method to quickly and sensitively assess the progression of the mosquito-borne infectious disease, which remains a leading killer in low-income countries.........Read more

Hyderabad High Court refuses to revoke flying ban on TDP lawmaker

The court said a decision on revoking the flying ban will only be taken after hearing the private airlines’ arguments. The case will be taken up next on July 21. Reddy had listed the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Indigo, Air India, Jet Airways, GoAir, AirAsia, SpiceJet, Vistara Airlines and Turbo Megha Airways as respondents in his petition.........Read more

Supreme Court Orders CBI Probe Into 62 Encounter Killings Allegedly by Police, Army in Manipur

The Supreme Court on Friday ordered CBI probe into 62 encounter killing in Manipur, allegedly by police, army and other security agencies. The Supreme Court also asked the CBI to submit a compliance report of investigation into 62 alleged extrajudicial killings in Manipur by January 28. The apex court’s order comes as a blow to Army, which had said there was no need for further investigation as it had conducted probe into nearly 30 of the 62 encounter cases.........Read more

Rumour: Nissan working on new-gen Sunny, India launch in 2018

The new 2018 Nissan Sunny will essentially be based on the new-gen Micra, which was unveiled last year at the Paris Motor Show. However, the sedan will feature a longer wheelbase, as compared to the hatchback. The international models will be based on the V platform, while the India-spec Sunny will underpin the cost-effective CMF architecture, developed by the Renault Nissan Alliance.........Read more

581 mn Indians in country's 9 poorest states live without proper healthcare

Nine of India’s poorest states–home to 581 million or 48% of India’s population–account for 70% of the country’s infant deaths, 75% of under-five deaths and 62% of maternal deaths, but do not spend even the money they have set aside for healthcare, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of 2017 Reserve Bank of India data on state budgets.........Read more

ISROs Mars Orbiter outlives original lifespan of 6 months, completes 1000 days in orbit

India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) completed 1000 earth days in its orbit which is beyond its designed mission life. Indian Space Research Organisation's maiden interplanetary mission was designated to last only for six months but it outlived its lifespan. MOM was launched on November 5, 2013 by PSLV-25 and it entered the Martian orbit on September 24,2014.........Read more

Patanjali’s success is rubbing off on entire ayurvedic consumer products segment

Ayurvedic products now reach 77% of Indian homes, up from 69% two years ago, even as top fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies, including Hindustan Unilever and Colgate-Palmolive, have been aggressively launching natural products and extending their reach to stop Patanjali and other ayurvedic product makers such as Dabur from eating into their market share. ........Read more

Shaktikanta Das retires after 37 years of service, Tapan Ray takes additional charge as Economic Affairs Secretary

Corporate Affairs Secretary Tapan Ray has taken additional charge as Economic Affairs Secretary after the retirement of Shaktikanta Das. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also attended the superannuation in Delhi and presented a memento to Shaktikanta Das for his glorious career.........Read more

Basquiat painting ‘Untitled’ sells for record $110.5 million

A 1982 artwork by Jean-Michel Basquiat sold for a record $110.5 million at Sotheby’s auction of contemporary art on Thursday night. Sotheby’s said the sale of “Untitled” was an auction record for the artist. It also set a record price for an American artist at auction. The painting’s graffiti-like typography depicts a face in the shape of a skull.........Read more

This Woman From Arunachal Pradesh Just Made History By Climbing The Mt Everest Four Times; She Isn't Stopping Yet

The 32-year-old from Arunachal Pradesh's Bomdila town scripted history on Tuesday by becoming the first Indian woman to scale the Mount Everest for the fourth time. Yes, that's right. FOUR TIMES. And that isn't the only record she created. The mother of two is also the first mother in the world to climb the Everest four times. She is also the first woman in the world to scale Everest twice in one season within a span of 10 days.........Read more

FY 2016-17: Car exports from India record 16% YoY growth

During the last fiscal year, automotive manufacturers in India cumulatively shipped out 7,58,830 cars to various international markets. This figure marks a year-on-year growth rate of 16%, as compared to the corresponding figure of 6,53,053 units shipped in FY 2015-16.........Read more

Amazon sale gets more customers in tier-2 & tier-3 cities

Leading e-retailer Amazon claimed it acquired more new customers from tier-2 and tier-3 cities across the country during its four-day 'Great Indian Sale' that concluded on Sunday. '“Our customers’ acquisition drive in 2017 saw 235% annual growth in tier-2 and tier-3 cities during the four-day sale since May 11,”........Read more

Govt will notify handset component and accessories manufacturers about phased manufacturing plan

In a move to make local manufacturing of Mobile phones cheaper, the Ministry of Electronics and IT is all set to notify phase manufacturing plan that will provide tax relief and other incentives on handset components and accessories. A senior official of the ministry confirmed the development.........Read more

'Made in India' for the world: OPPO to start exporting phones internationally

Supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Make In India" initiative, China's OPPO Mobiles started producing smartphones in India last year and it is further planning to expand its local production with a much larger manufacturing facility in Greater Noida. In addition to making and selling phones in India, OPPO is planning to export its "made in India" smartphones to international markets.........Read more

Samuels replaces de Kock for Delhi Daredevils

Delhi Daredevils have brought in Marlon Samuels as a replacement for the injured wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock, for the remainder of the season. De Kock had been ruled out of the IPL with an injury to his right index finger he picked up during the New Zealand tour last month. Samuels is expected to join the Daredevils squad on April 29.........Read more

Bhutan blocks India's road connectivity pact

The Government of Bhutan is set to withdraw a Bill it had introduced in the country's Parliament last year to ratify the BBIN (Bhutan-Bangladesh-India-Nepal) Agreement for Regulation of Passenger and Cargo Vehicular Traffic. The agreement was inked by the governments of Bhutan, Bangladesh India and Nepal in June 2015. and was aimed at easing movement of vehicles within the four nations.........Read more

A rocky super-Earth discovered in orbit around a nearby cool star may harbour life

A rocky exoplanet orbiting in the habitable zone of a red dwarf star 40 light-years from the Earth may be the best place scientists have found so far to look for signs of life beyond the Solar System, say astronomers who discovered it. The researchers believe that the conditions on the newly discovered “super-Earth” — which is about 1.4 times the size of our home planet — are conducive for liquid surface water and a favorable atmosphere for life as we know it on Earth to exist.........Read more

Where to Hide If a Nuclear Bomb Goes Off In Your Area

This is advice I hope you never need but should know anyway. A nuclear attack is everybody’s worst nightmare, and the immediate aftermath is just as bad, if not worse, than the explosion itself. Here’s what you should do if you survive the initial blast.........Read more

Interest rate on small savings deposits, PPF lowered by 0.1%; effective from tomorrow

The government has lowered interest rates on small saving schemes like PPF, Kisan Vikas Patra and Sukanya Samriddhi scheme by 0.1 percent for the April-June quarter, a move that would prompt banks to cut their deposit rates.........Read more

Only 7% of 1,145 candidates in Punjab polls are women

Only seven per cent of the 1,145 candidates in the fray in the Punjab assembly elections are females -- a figure pointing to the patriarchal predominance of all political parties -- and making a mockery of their promise of 33 per cent quota for women in legislative bodies.........Read more

NASA Webb Telescope Structure is Sound After Vibration Testing Detects Anomaly

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is now deemed “sound” and apparently unscathed, engineers have concluded, based on results from a new batch of intensive inspections of the observatory’s structure, after concerns were raised in early December when technicians initially detected “anomalous readings” during a preplanned series of vibration tests, NASA announced Dec. 23.........Read more

Wind turbines in Sweden just generated as much power as six nuclear power stations

Sweden has generated more energy from wind power than it ever has before. Nearly 5.7 million kWh of wind power was generated as the country harvested the effects of “Storm Urd” and intense weather across the south of the country. That smashed through the previous record, set almost exactly a year ago, beating it by more than half a million kWh.........Read more

Computer glitch may have caused Mars probe crash

After a flawless start to its descent, the craft’s landing sequence appears to have gone out of kilter. The ExoMars 2016 lander ejected its parachute too early and its three clusters of retrorockets fired for about three seconds before switching off.........Read more

Mercedes-Benz launches 'Made in India' GLC at Rs 47.90 lakh

Reaffirming its commitment towards the Indian market and giving a boost to the the 'Make in India' programme, Mercedes-Benz on Thursday launched the locally made GLC. This comes just four months after the SUV made its India debut. ........Read more

MH17 missile 'came from Russia', Dutch-led investigators say - BBC News

International prosecutors investigating the downing of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 say the missile that hit the plane was fired from territory controlled by Russian-backed rebels.All 298 people on board the Boeing 777 died when it broke apart in midair flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.........Read more

India's internet population is exploding but women are not logging in

Even as an increasing number of people are going online in the country, and the government is aiming to provide internet access to all 1.25 billion citizens, several studies have shown that far more men in India are logged on to the internet than women.........Read more

Social media will shape the future of news

Traditional media does not exist in a state of perpetual grace. Yet, it works within guidelines shaped by centuries of practice. The editorial line is explicit, and with it, the organization’s biases. The public expects a measure of accuracy and is quick to point out transgressions, real and imagined. ........Read more

Approved strength of judges enough to end backlog: Law panel head Balbir Singh Chauhan

In a view different from the highest judiciary’s call for more judges to trim pendency, Law Commission of India Chairman and former Supreme Court judge Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan said “working judg........Read more

North Korea nuclear test: South would reduce Pyongyang 'to ashes'

South Korea has a plan to annihilate the North Korean capital if it ever showed signs of mounting a nuclear attack, reports from Seoul say. The South Korean military official told Yonhap that Pyongyang districts thought to be hiding the North's leadership would be particularly targeted in any attack. The city, the source said, "will be reduced to ashes and removed from the map".........Read more

Apple discontinues iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 Plus after iPhone 7 launch in India

Apart from the newly launched iPhones, the listing on Apple India’s website currently shows iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone SE. While iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus launched in India last October, the company launched iPhone SE globally in March this year. The smartphone was launched in India in April 2016.........Read more

ICC trying to cut the hand that is feeding them: BCCI

"The BCCI is responsible for 80% of ICC's revenue and it does not get a representation in these committees. It clearly looks like the ICC is trying to cut the hand that is feeding them," a top BCCI official said.........Read more

ICC Champions Trophy 2017 ticket ballot opens; India-Pakistan match on June 4

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced that the ticket ballot for next year's ICC Champions Trophy 2017, to be staged in England and Wales from 1-18 June, opens today (September 1) (not before 10 AM BST, 2.30 PM IST) giving cricket fans the opportunity to apply to watch one of the 15 games. Tickets prices start at just £5 for children and £20 for adults.........Read more

Not Big Bazaar or Reliance Retail – India's most profitable retail chain is run by its armed forces

Defence canteens sell a wide range of goods and lower-than-market rates and yet, their profits in 2014-15 were much higher than that of big private chains.........Read more

Several dead, wounded in blast near Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan

An explosion around the Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan killed and wounded several people, Interfax news agency cited a local emergency ministry's representative as saying on Tuesday. ........Read more

House-hunting in Singapore: ‘Sorry, your wife is Indian, the landlord won’t rent to you’

South Asians and people from China often face a distinct lack of enthusiasm from landlords in the city-state.........Read more

The Dunking Devils visit India

The famous freestyle basketball dunking group is on a tour of India. "Here we have extremely hot conditions. But we're fighting it to put up a nice show for you guys!" they say after performing in Chennai.........Read more

Canadian Model Gigi Gorgeous Detained At Dubai Airport For Being a Transgender

The 24-year-old model added that she was 'safe and sound and happy' and on her way to 'somewhere much more accepting'.........Read more

NASA Discovers Flooded Canyons on Saturn's Moon Titan

The discovery was based on data collected from a close flyby Cassini made over Titan in May 2013, during which the spacecraft's radar instrument focused on channels that branch out from the moon' s second largest hydrocarbon sea Ligeia Mare.........Read more

Clean Ganga Fund: Over 132 crore donated to clean the river

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had approved establishment of CGF, to be used for projects planned under ambitious Namami Gange programme.........Read more

Religious Violence in Kashmir, not Terrorism: Kashmiri Pandits

Kashmiri Hindu families residing in Jammu and Kashmir, who took to the streets against the violence, believe that it is not terrorism but religious violence is gaining ground in Kashmir.........Read more

Supreme Court restores Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh

Delivering a crucial judgment, the Supreme Court five judge constitutional bench will hand down a verdict on the legality of the incumbent state government in Arunachal Pradesh.........Read more

Andy Murray Outclasses Berdych to Reach Wimbledon Final

Andy Murray tormented Tomas Berdych to claim a 6-3 6-3 6-3 victory and reach his third Wimbledon final on Friday, setting up a weekend showdown with Canadian Milos Raonic.........Read more

Facebook tests end-to-end encryption on Messenger

Facebook Inc on Friday said it began testing end-to-end encryption on its popular Messenger application to prevent snooping on digital conversations. The limited testing on Messenger, which has more than 900 million users, comes three months after Facebook rolled out end-to-end encryption to its more popular WhatsApp, a messaging application with over 1 billion users that it acquired in October 2014........Read more

Over 2000 women killed in India for practicing black magic in 14 years

Restina Horo, a 60-year-old widow, was hacked to death on Friday by her nephew Muni Horo in Dahkela village in Jharkhand's Khunti district, barely 75 km from the state capital Ranchi. Restina was just about to retire for the night on June 17, when Mu........Read more

Movie Review:Iraivia Is Real, Relatable and Disturbing 

Karthik Subbaraj, the director of the Tamil film Iraivi, cast the actors he wrote the movie for. And it shows. Just like the director, most of the actors come from a short-film background and are now well-established actors on the Tamil silver screen........Read more

Lumigon T3 launched: World's first premium Android phone with a night vision camera

Lumingon T3 is no conventional smartphone. Though the Denmark-based company might seem unheard of, the smartphone they have launched is definitely an eye-brow raiser. The T3 smartphone is a premium handset with a water and dust resistant USB port and........Read more

Sensex zooms 576 points to log biggest gain in nearly 3 months - Times of India

Market benchmark Sensex on Wednesday soared nearly 576 points — its biggest single-session gain in nearly three months — to end at 25,881.17 and the NSE Nifty crossed the 7,900-mark on a flurry of buying by foreign funds and retail investors amid a f........Read more

IPL 9: Kolkata Knight Riders Start Favorites Against Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL Eliminator

Both Sunrisers and KKR finished their league engagements on 16 points each but the Gautam Gambhir-led side ended fourth behind Sunrisers due to inferior net run rate.........Read more

Indian rupee falls nearly 16% in 2 years, will it cross 70-mark this year

Indian rupee plunged from 58.59 levels on May 26, 2014 when the Narendra Modi led NDA government took over to 67.71 levels on May 24, 2016.........Read more

SC allows IT dept to reopen case against Amitabh Bachchan over his KBC earnings - Times of India

The Supreme Court allowed the Income Tax (IT) department to reopen the 2001 tax case against actor Amitabh Bachchan over his earnings during the quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC).........Read more

Earth Gets Greener as Globe Gets Hotter

Carbon dioxide emissions are fueling more verdant landscapes around the globe, but the potentially temporary greening doesn't mean global warming is good.........Read more