'India's healthcare system failed my family'

India is witnessing a surge in Covid-19 infections which has brought its health system to the brink of collapse. BBC Gujarati's Roxy Gadgekar describes how his own family was devastated by coronavirus. When my sister Shefali called me on 11 May and told me her husband Umesh had been rushed to hospital with breathing difficulties, it was a shock. My first thought - as unreal as it seemed - was coronavirus. His death, five days later, showed us just how much India's healthcare system is being ravaged by the virus. While we battled to save Umesh, I was embarrassed I had to use my professional contacts - built up over 20 years as a journalist in this city - so many times to ask for simple things that should have been routine.........Read more

Greece welcomes foreign visitors, restarts summer tourism

Greece reopened its main airports to more international flights on Monday, hoping to kick-start its vital tourism sector after three months in lockdown. Tourism employs about 700,000 people and accounts for some 20% of Greece’s economic output, so how the sector fares is significant for the country’s recovery. Greece emerged from a decade-long debt crisis two years ago. “Well it’s great, it’s like freedom,” U.S. tourist Chris Saye said, speaking through a mask at Athens’ main airport after arriving from Paris with his wife. Passengers arriving from airports deemed high-risk by the European Union’s aviation safety agency, including airports in the Paris region, are tested for the coronavirus on arrival and quarantined up to 14 days, depending on the result. ........Read more

Make in India vs Made in China: Who outweighs the other?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has issued a clarion call to Make in India. Sonam Wangchuk had added a clamour of ‘boycott everything Chinese’ to muffle the demand of Made in China. To begin with, popular satirist Saloni Gaur has decided to deprive TikTok of her uber cool and super funny satires. An app, Remove China Apps, developed by Indian firm OneTouch AppLabs, that tried to take the clamour to a crescendo, has however, been removed from Google Play Store. But that hasn’t really silenced the boycott ‘Made in China’ call. The gap between where India is starting from and where China is, calculates to roughly about three decades. India is older to China by about two years. India gained independence in 1947; China became a communist republic in 1949. Both countries began the nation-building process about the same time in 1950. Till 1990, India remained ahead in terms of GDP. To understand the rest, a simple revisiting of the Tortoise and the Hare story would suffice. The tortoise is now a dragon, 4.6 times the size of India in GDP numbers.........Read more

UP Govt Suspends All But 4 Labour Laws, Workers' Rights for Three Years, Congress Calls it 'Black Law'

The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday passed an ordinance to suspend most of the labour laws in the state, in order to attract new companies to invest in the state amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis. A total of 38 labour laws have been suspended and only four laws that will continue to be applicable will be Section 5 of the Payment of Wages Act, 1936, Workmen Compensation Act, 1932, Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, 1976, and the Building and Other Construction Workers Act, 1996. The ordinance will become law only after it receives the president’s assent. ........Read more

Global COVID-19 Infections Cross 3 Million Mark, Trump Says US Coronavirus Deaths Could Reach 70,000

The global death toll due to coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic inched closer to 200,000 — 198,668 to be specific. With 85,530 new cases of infection, the overall number of COVID-19 cases worldwide has surpassed the 3 million mark. More than 2,961,540 cases were registered across 193 countries and territories. Of these cases, at least 809,400 are said to be recovered. While Europe recorded 124,525 deaths and 1,359,380 confirmed cases, the number of cases in the United States reached 1,140,520, and the death toll soared to 58,492.........Read more

Pakistan Stays On Terror Funding 'Grey List', Escapes New Sanctions: Sources

Pakistan managed to stay on anti-terror finance watchdog FATF's "Grey List", sources said today. Islamabad had managed to stay off the black list by citing action taken against terror tanzeems. Blacklisting by the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force could have led to a freeze on capital inflows for Pakistan, the International Monetary Fund had mentioned in an internal report.........Read more

‘Over 200 People Slapped With Sedition Charge in Past Five Years’ Govt Informs Rajya Sabha

While addressing the Upper House of the Parliament, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said that these charges were levied on the people for their alleged anti-national activities. He also added that the highest 37 cases each were registered in Assam and Jharkhand alone in the last five years. He further added that the cases of sedition as per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) under section 124A of the IPC were slapped against 70 people in 2018, 51 people in 2017, 35 in 2016, 30 in 2015 and 47 in 2014.........Read more

India braces for shock GDP as PM Modi scrambles to spur economy

The bad news is getting worse for India’s economy and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is exhausting all options to stem the fallout. Data on Friday will likely show the economy had its weakest performance last quarter in more than six years, with the growth rate dropping below the symbolically important 5% mark.........Read more

Manchester United First Team to 2000 Premier League Goals

The strike cam through Scott McTominay against Norwich City on Sunday in an away game which United won 3-1. The win was United’s second away win in almost seven months. ........Read more

Centre mulls hiking defence FDI through automatic route to 74%

The central government is planning a series of measures in the defence sector to boost local manufacturing of arms and ammunitions and cut down on imports. ........Read more

Sensex tanks 362 points; Yes Bank crashes 22 per cent

The broader Nifty too underwent bouts of volatility before closing lower by 114.55 points, or 1 per cent, at 11,359.90. For representational purposes (File Photo | Reuters) The BSE benchmark Sensex plunged nearly 362 points on Tuesday due to an across-the-board sell-off as financial sector woes, auto sales slump and weak macro data spooked investors. The NSE gauge Nifty too tanked 115 points to slip below the 11,400-level. The 30-share Sensex, which opened on a firm footing, crashed over 737 points in late afternoon trade, before finally finishing at 38,305.41, down 361.92 points or 0.94 per cent. The gauge touched a high of 38,923.78 and a low of 37,929.89 intra-day. The broader Nifty too underwent bouts of volatility before closing lower by 114.55 points, or 1 per cent, at 11,359.90. Yes Bank shares plummeted over 22 per cent, their fifth consecutive session of fall, as promoter Rana Kapoor and his group entities sold another 2.16 per cent stake worth Rs 510 crore. Other major laggards were IndusInd Bank, SBI, Bharti Airtel, ONGC, Tata Steel and Reliance Industries -- falling as much as 6.30 per cent. Among the Sensex constituents, HDFC twins, Mahindra and Mahindra, Maruti Suzuki, Kotak Bank, HUL and Asian Paints ended in the green. The broader BSE smallcap, midcap and largecap indices underperformed the benchmark, losing up to 1.61 per cent. Sectorally, telecom dropped 4.53 per cent, followed by realty 3.88 per cent, tech 2.20 per cent and IT 1.68 per cent.........Read more

Good Bye, Google! New Huawei Smartphones Use Its Own Browser and Apps Amid US Sanctions

In August, the company unveiled its very own operating system HongmengOS, or in English HarmonyOS, claiming it is "completely different from Android and iOS", and that it would be launched later this year on Huawei smart screen products. Huawei presented its new phone models - Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro - during an event in Munich on Thursday. The smartphones still run on an open-source Android-based OS, but with one crucial difference that changes everything – they have no Google services or apps. The Chinese Tech giant, sanctioned by the US amid a trade war with Beijing, decided to use its own products instead of Google's. The company had to react after the US government blacklisted Huawei in May, claiming that it has connections with the Chinese secret service. Beijing denied the allegations, but Washington still banned US businesses from making deals with the corporation without first procuring special licenses. Google warned about the security risks of the ban, but later stopped updating its products on Huawei devices.........Read more

Ayodhya: Supreme Court to end Babri Masjid row in 60 days

The Supreme Court permitted the resumption of mediation sought by the Nirvani Akhara and the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board for an amicable solution to the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute while making it clear that the ongoing Ayodhya hearing, which is at an advanced stage, would continue till October 18. The five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi permitted the resumption of mediation after the chairman of the three-member committee Justice Fakir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifullah informed the top court about the request for resumption of mediation. ........Read more

Major Relief For Aadhaar Card Holders, Update Details Without Submitting Documents

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has announced that people can get various details in their Aadhaar cards, like photographs, biometrics, registered mobile number, email id etc., updated without submitting any documents. This can be done by simply walking into an Aadhaar Centre with your Aadhaar card, the UIDAI recently announced in a tweet. The UIDAI-run exclusive Aadhaar Centres, also called the Aadhaar Seva Kendras, are available in cities like Delhi, Bhopal, Agra, Chennai, Vijayawada, Hisar and Chandigarh. However, there are limits on the number of times updates can be made. As for age limit, updates can be made only if the age-gap is below or above three years. For age-gap more than that, people need to visit the UIDAI Regional Office in their area. The online update is available only for address change. Mobile number is mandatory to receive One-Time Password (OTP) for this update.........Read more

I'm Thankful to Supreme Court For Permitting me to Travel to J&K: Congress's Ghulam Azad

The Supreme Court on Monday allowed senior Congress leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad to visit Srinagar, Baramulla, Anantnag and Jammu, according to news agency ANI. Following the apex court’s ruling, the Congress leader expressed gratitude and was reported as saying, “I’ll present my report before the Supreme Court. I am happy that no less than CJI has show his concern and he has held that he should visit J&K and see how things are moving.” However, Azad was not allowed to make any speeches or hold any public rally as per his own submissions. Speaking in the Supreme Court, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi was reported by news agency ANI as saying, “If requirement arises, I may visit Jammu and Kashmir.” This SC ruling came after Ghulam Nabi Azad had filed a plea seeking permission to visit his home and enquire about his family members’ well being. In his petition before the apex court, Azad had also sought permission to check on the social conditions in J&K post the clampdown imposed by the authorities in view of the revocation of Article 370.........Read more

Pakistan could lose in a conventional war with India, says Imran Khan

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has continued with his shrill pitch on Kashmir saying that a nuclear war with India is a possibility after New Delhi revoked the special status for Jammu and Kashmir. Imran Khan, in an interview with Al Jazeera, said that Pakistan could lose in a conventional war with India, and then “there could be consequences”. He insisted that Islamabad will never start a nuclear war and he is “anti-war.” “But I am clear that when two nuclear armed countries fight a conventional war, there is every possibility of it ending in a nuclear war. If I say Pakistan, God forbid, and in a conventional war, and we are losing, and if a country is stuck between two choices, either you surrender or fight to the death for your freedom. I know Pakistan will fight to the death for freedom, when a nuclear armed country fights to the death, there are consequences,” Imran Khan said. Khan has been upping the rhetoric against India since the NDA government nullified Article 30 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. On Friday, at a rally in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, he had said that the situation in Kashmir will drive more Muslims towards extremism and people “will rise against India”. He also said that if the Kashmir issue is not resolved by the international community it could “impact world trade”. Decoding India-Pakistan face-off at UNHRC over J&K-Article 370 ........Read more

Russia plans to set up above 20 nuclear power units in India in next 20 years

Russia on Wednesday said that it is planning to set up more than 20 nuclear power units in India in the next 20 years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived in Russia's Far Eastern city of Vladivostok earlier today, gave a joint statement at the 20th Annual Summit between the two countries, along with Russian President Vladimir Putin by side. The two sides exchanged numerous agreements, including military and technical cooperation, energy and science, LNG Business and LNG supplies, and natural gas, in the presence of the two leaders. "I'm honoured to be the first-ever Indian Prime Minister to be coming to Vladivostok. I thank my friend, President Putin for inviting me here. I remember Annual Summit of 2001, first one held in Russia when he was President and I had come with former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee's delegation as Gujarat Chief Minister," the Prime Minister said in the joint statement. The leaders, on the occasion, noted that the friendship between India and Russia is not restricted to their respective capital cities. "We have put people at the core of this relationship," the Prime Minister added.........Read more

New Zealand Cricketer Slams Indian Fans For Profiteering From World Cup Final Tickets as Prices Touch Rs 14 lakh

India’s unexpected dismissal at the World Cup has given rise to a logistical impasse ahead of the finals at Lord’s on July 14, as it is expected to be once again dominated by Indians who purchased majority of the tickets – leaving practically none for other cricket fans. Despite their team hurtling out of the tournament after registering an astonishing defeat against New Zealand, Indians, who had planned their trips months in advance, have decided to throng the ‘Mecca of Cricket’ to watch England take on the Kiwis. This has resulted in a severe dearth of tickets for supporters of England, the hosts, and their opponent New Zealand. The crisis has left fans squeamish. While injustices may have perpetrated sports for centuries -- the fact that England waited 27 years to see their team in the World Cup final, and the Kiwis managed to topple all belief systems that screeched "They won't make it" to reach this point has to be taken into account. It cannot get bigger than this. Many expected that Indian fans would be selling off their tickets, which they have bought in anticipation of Virat Kohli and his team playing the final. However, instead of reselling their tickets through the official ICC website, fans have resorted to alternatives such as S​tubHub and Viagogo, where tickets are being sold for more than £16,000 that's Rs 13.8 lakh which is more than 50 times their face value.........Read more

Indian Navy’s Chetak helicopter crashes at INS Rajali, crew safe

A Chetak helicopter which was on a training sortie crash landed at INS Rajali in Tamil Nadu on Monday. The crew is safe and no casualty has been reported as of now. The Chetak CH422 crashed while carrying out dry winching dual sortie. ........Read more

This tiny enclave will replace Qatar as the World’s Richest Place

Macau, the global casino hub's economy will reach the equivalent of about $143,116 per person by 2020 replacing the current No. 1 richest place Qatar, which will reach $139,151 in the same time frame.........Read more

Centre may allow crypto tokens for financial transactions

The government is considering launching the crypto tokens for financial transactions in the country, even as the existing ban on cryptocurrencies is likely to continue.........Read more

Lack of sleep leads to obesity in children and adolescents

Research at the University of Warwick has found that children and adolescents who regularly sleep less than others of the same age gain more weight when they grow older and are more likely to become overweight or obese. Being overweight can lead to cardiovascular disease and type-2-diabetes which is also on the increase in children. The findings of the study indicate that sleep may be an important potentially modifiable risk factor (or marker) of future obesity.........Read more

Aruna Reddy creates history to win bronze at Gymnastics World Cup

Aruna Budda Reddy became the first Indian gymnast to clinch an individual medal at the Gymnastics World Cup in Melbourne by securing bronze in the women's vault. Reddy, 22, scored 13.649 to finish behind gold medallist Tjasa Kysslef of Slovania and Emily Whitehead of Australia who took silver. The other Indian woman in contention, Pranati Nayak finished sixth with a score of 13.416.........Read more

Celebs, netas used cash at Nirav Modi stores, raid revealed

What officials stumbled on was a virtual list of who's who from India's glamour industry and some prominent personalities who were making cash purchases from his stores. There were also politicians about whom tax officials picked up useful information including a lawyer-MP........Read more

PNB may have to pay Rs 113 bn to banks in fraud involving Nirav: Report

In a recent development in one of India's biggest banking scams, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has directed Punjab National Bank (PNB) to pay the entire Rs 113 billion to other banks. "RBI has made their stand very clear that PNB is liable to pay dues to peer banks. If PNB does not pay up, it will lead to double provisioning-- both PNB and 30 other banks will have to provide for the huge loss." ........Read more

Why has Ratan Tata figured in Israel Police's recommendation to indict Benjamin Netanyahu, and is Nano involved?

The Isreal Police said in a post on their verified Facebook account: "The prime minister was suspected of acting in favor of a commercial enterprise that Milchan was interested in promoting as part of his partnership with an Indian businessman (Tata). ........Read more

Don't communalise martyrs: Army Northern Command chief slams Owaisi

"Don't communalise martyrs," was Northern Command chief General Devraj Anbu's crisp and on-point answer to politician Asaduddin Owaisi pointing out on Tuesday that five out of seven soldiers killed in the recent attacks in Kashmir were Muslims.........Read more

Hafiz Saeed declared ‘terrorist’ by Pakistan

Hafiz Saeed the mastermind of the 26/11 attack and boss of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba has been declared a terrorist by Pakistan. The development comes in the wake of the barricades placed by the members of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa outside the office’s headquarters.........Read more

What is Human Uber? This bizarre system can allow you to send 'surrogate' to events [Video]

Researchers in Japan have developed a fascinating but slightly ridiculous product – Human Uber – aims to provide users with 'surrogate people' who can go to events in their place, To make it work, the user of 'Human Uber' which is also known as ChameleonMask finds a 'surrogate' that straps a touch screen or a 'mask' – as the creators call it – to their face. It shows the real user's face on the display.........Read more

Prebiotics in formula milk may boost memory skills of babies, says study

Breast milk is considered the best for babies but for those ladies who find it difficult to breastfeed can add prebiotics to the formula milk as it can enhance memory and learning in babies.........Read more

Investors under I-T scanner ‘gift’ Bitcoins to relatives

Tax experts point out that such manoeuvring may help these investors escape income tax; it may lead to other complications. "Transfer of bitcoins can be through the process of gift or sale; gift to a relative residing outside India will not attract any liability for payment of Income Tax. However gifting of bitcoin to a non-resident relative may violate FEMA (Foreign Exchange Management Act) regulation," said Dilip Lakhani, a senior tax expert. People in the know say that in last fortnight or so, many investors have started "gifting" their bitcoins to their relatives outside India. ........Read more

US whistleblower Edward Snowden on Aadhaar

History has shown that no matter what the laws are, the result is always abuse, said former US National Security Agency contractor and American whistleblower Edward Snowden on Friday while commenting on the Indian government’s Aadhaar programme.........Read more

Future iPhones could be wirelessly charged from across the room, Apple's new patent applications reveal

The patent application suggests that Apple is exploring ways to prioritise the different devices within the wireless charging system's range. If it turns to be accurate, the new technology will allow users to tell the system to charge the iPhone before the iPad, or vice versa, based on their usage patterns.........Read more

Jilted lover pours petrol on woman, sets her afire in public

A 22-year-old woman was attacked by her alleged lover who poured petrol on her and set her ablaze in Lalaguda. The victim, identified as Sandhya Rani, was working in a company at Shanti-Nagar, manufacturing aluminum doors. She suffered 70 per cent burns and was being treated at Gandhi Hospital. The attacker, Karthik, had known her for over a year and claimed to be in love with her.........Read more

Tiger Zinda Hai review: Salman is in his element in this visually spectacular action blockbuster

As a sequel to Ek Tha Tiger, Tiger Zinda Hai picks up where it left off, plot-wise. RAW is forced to seek their superhero, as the situation at Iraq gets out of hand: 40 nurses (25 Indian and 15 Pakistani) get trapped in a hospital and need immediate help. In comes Tiger (Salman) to rescue the innocent from the claws of an aggressive baddie. Salman Khan aces his part comfortably. On the other hand, Katrina Kaif, in a rather straight-faced role, doesn't have much to do other than being a part of the proceedings. ........Read more

Indian Government Bans Car & SUV Crash Guard

In a recent letter to the transport commissioners of all states of India, the Indian government's Ministry of Highways and Road Transport (MORTH) has issued a notification to ban all crash guards or commonly known as bull-bars on cars and SUVs. The ministry has also issued a strict warning that action will be taken against unauthorized fitment of crash guard/ bull bars on motor vehicles under the Section 52 of the Motor Vehicles Act. Also, penalties will be imposed under Section 190 and 191 of the Motor Vehicles Act.........Read more

ATMs in cities not to be replenished with cash after 9pm: Govt

Concerned over incidents of attack on cash carrying vans, the government has proposed that ATMs should not be replenished with cash after 9pm in cities and private cash transportation agencies must collect money from the banks in the first half of the day. The deadline for putting money in the ATMs in rural areas would be 6pm, and 4pm in Naxal-affected districts. Also, specially designed cash vans, fitted with CCTVs and GPS, must not carry more than Rs 5 crore per trip.........Read more

RIL said to plan Reliance Jio IPO after $31 billion spending spree

Reliance Industries Ltd, the conglomerate backed by tycoon Mukesh Ambani, is holding internal discussions about preparing to list Reliance Jio as soon as late 2018 or early 2019. Reliance Jio, which hasn’t made a profit since its official launch last year, is targeting to improve its financial performance before any share sale.........Read more

Netherland woos Indian start-ups

The Netherlands is looking for Indian start-ups in the fields of ports, logistics, clean tech and medical science to scale up and contribute to its thriving port and port-related sectors as well as to the medical industry.........Read more

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Receives 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) received the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize medal ‘for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons’.........Read more

Separatist Leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani Asks People to Avoid Army Schools

Hardline Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Friday warmed people to not send their children to Army schools and alleged that such institutions make students indifferent towards their religion and culture.........Read more

Mamata announces Rs 3 lakh and job for kin of labourer killed in Rajasthan

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said her government would provide Rs 3 lakh and a job to the family of Mohammand Afrazul, a labourer from the state who was brutally killed in Rajasthan.........Read more

Prithvi Shaw Named Captain of India For ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup

Mumbai batsman Prithvi Shaw has been named as the captain of 16-member Indian cricket team for the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup, which will be held in New Zealand from January 13 to February 03.........Read more

Monthly data consumption on every mobile phone in India to grow by 5x from 3.9 GB now to 18 GB in 2023: Ericsson study

The total mobile data traffic per month in India is expected to grow 11 times during the forecast period (2017- 2023) from 1.3 EB (exabytes) to 14 EB by 2023. The report estimates that the monthly data usage per smartphone (GB/month) in India will increase 5 times from 3.9 GB in 2017 to 18 GB by 2023, Ericsson said.........Read more

India vs Sri Lanka: Ravi Ashwin is The Best Spinner in The World at The Moment, Says Muttiah Muralitharan

Muralitharan not only praised Ashwin but congratulated him as well. “I want to congratulate him (Ashwin). It’s a big achievement as getting 300 Test wickets is not an easy job. Definitely, he is the best spinner in the world at the moment,”........Read more

Uber will now allow users to book a cab through a phone call

Like old (not very) times, users can now book an Uber cab via a phone call. The company said in its statement that calling over the phone is still a natural experience for emerging markets, and the company heard that some riders in India prefer booking a ride through a phone call. ........Read more

Judges bribery scandal: SC rejects plea seeking SIT probe into allegations

The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea seeking Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into an alleged case of bribery in the name of judges. The apex court made it clear that Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) FIR is not against any judge. It is also not possible to file a complaint against a judge. We are not above law but due process must be followed. No FIR can be lodged against a judge by judicial order.........Read more

TJAC plans new political party for 2019 Assembly elections

Telangana Joint Action Committee chairman Prof. Kodandaram said the TJAC was seriously considering a proposal to launch a political party before the 2019 Assembly elections to take on the “undemocratic regime” of the TRS.........Read more

Uttar Pradesh ATS Arrests Suspected ISIS Terrorist Abu Zaid From Mumbai Airport

The Uttar Pradesh Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) has arrested suspected ISIS terrorist Abu Zaid from the Mumbai Airport on Saturday. Notably, Zaid was apprehended on his arrival from Saudi Arabia.........Read more

Bengaluru: Striking doctors put patients in the dock

The usually bustling corridors of private hospitals in the city were largely deserted on Friday as doctors stayed away in protest against the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments (Amendment) Bill, forcing them to shut down their outpatient departments (OPDs). ........Read more

Hizbul chief Syed Salahuddin's son Shahid Yousuf suspended from J&K government job

The NIA had said that Syed Shahid Yousuf, over the years, has been receiving and collecting funds through International wire money transfer from Aijaz Ahmed Bhat alias Aijaz Magbool Bhat, member of HM, an absconder in the case.........Read more

66% of Women's Work Unpaid in India: WEF

The proportion of "unpaid work" per day is far higher for women than men globally, while in case of India on average 66 per cent of women's work is unpaid, says a World Economic Forum report. ........Read more

Brace for big changes in how you use e-wallets

The most important aspect of the latest guidelines for consumers is the know-your-customer (KYC) process. The ease with which you earlier opened and used an e-wallet account would not be available for a long time. According to the guidelines, all e-wallet customers will have to be fully KYC compliant within 12 months of opening an e-wallet account. ........Read more

Mars has ideal conditions to produce oxygen from CO2: study

Mars has nearly ideal conditions for efficiently creating oxygen from atmospheric carbon dioxide in the future using plasma technology, a study has found. According to researchers from University of Porto in Portugal and Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, Mars has 96 per cent carbon dioxide (CO2) in its atmosphere.........Read more

CBI reveals name of whistleblower in rifle factory probe

According to the complaint, there was mismanagement of around Rs 1.7 crore by the cashier of Rifle Factory Ishapore. Also, Rs 28 crore, withdrawn from banks, had not been entered in cash book. CBI's Anti-Corruption Bureau office in Kolkata registered an FIR and named and identified the whistleblower.........Read more

India, European Union restart talks on civil nuclear agreement

The India-EU civil nuclear agreement focuses on nuclear safety and “non-power technologies in the areas of water, health care and medicine, environment, etc. At the India-EU Summit, the two sides took a similar stand on a “rules based international order,” giving a thumbs down for the China model of development.........Read more

UN’s World Food Programme dropped report on Rohingya hunger at Myanmar’s request

The United Nations’ food aid programme withdrew a report that revealed desperate hunger among the persecuted Rohingya population after the Myanmar government demanded it be taken down.........Read more

Facebook's VR hangout app Spaces to get new creative and video streaming features

You can now bring your own photos and videos into Spaces. You will also be able to stream 360-degree video from within the app itself. Apart from this, Facebook also announced 3D Posts which are basically interactive 3D objects that can be made using the new creative tools in Spaces. These 3D objects can later be taken out of the Spaces app and posted on Facebook itself.........Read more

Rotten Food Found in Raids on Jadeja’s Restaurant

The health inspectors found boiled food preserved for long period, large quantity of bread with fungus, food items without mention of expiry date, certain items that had crossed expiry date, vegetarian and non-vegetarian food stored together, and rotten vegetables at Jaddu’s Food Field.........Read more

Rolls-Royce has plans for an autonomous naval ship

Rolls-Royce has become the latest company to enter the autonomous shipping arena, revealing plans for a 197-foot-long (60m) autonomous vessel that will perform missions including patrolling, surveillance, mine detection, and fleet screening. The company says it’s seeing interest from the world’s major navies into autonomous ships, rather than vessels that are remote controlled. It expects that over the next decade, there will be an introduction of crewed and uncrewed autonomous ships and fleets.........Read more

It's official! Paris to host 2024 Olympics, Los Angeles gets 2028 games

Loud applause rang out at the Lima Convention Centre shortly after the IOC membership voted to approve a deal hashed out in July which arranged for Paris to be given 2024 and Los Angeles 2028.........Read more

Priyanka Chopra faces backlash for calling Sikkim ‘troubled with insurgency, Pahuna first film from region

Actor Priyanka Chopra landed herself in a controversy after saying in an interview at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) that Sikkim is a state “troubled by insurgency” and Pahuna, a film produced by her company, is the first to come out of the region. People were quick to point out that Sikkim remains “one of the most peaceful states” in India and also named some of the compelling films that came out of the region.........Read more

TCS Has Higher Employee Satisfaction Than Infosys and Wipro: UBS

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has been named as the firm where employee satisfaction is higher as compared to peers. UBS, in its latest report, has mentioned that other peers such as Infosys and Wipro have seen very high attrition rates in the past few years........Read more

Maserati Ghibli GranLusso Revealed

Maserati Ghibli GranLusso revealed. The new Ghibli gets new styling, a new name, and self-driving tech and will debut at the ongoing Chengdu Motor Show in China.........Read more

Developer Imaginati's First Game Is A Planet of the Apes Tie-In

Imaginati Studios is working on Last Frontier and it will serve as the devs debut. The game is a cinematic adventure game set between Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the recently released War of the Planet of the Apes, which are modern takes on a series of films started in 1968.........Read more

Hike Messenger acquires tech startup Creo

Homegrown messaging and social media technology company Hike Messenger today said it has acquired Bengaluru-based tech startup Creo for an undisclosed amount. The Creo team constitutes over 50 members and was founded in December 2013 by Sai Srinivas Kiran G and Shubham Malhotra. ........Read more

Award cow vigilantes for doing job to be done by cops: Vishwa Hindu Parishad

Vishwa Hindu Parishad international general secretary Surendra Jain on Sunday alleged that ‘gau-rakshaks’, who should be felicitated for trying to stop cow slaughter. are being implicated in false cases by police. “Gau-rakshaks (cow protectors) are doing the work that the police department needs to do. They are coming out on roads to stop cow …........Read more

Victim of frequent sexual abuse, Kerala girl cuts off tormentor's genital organ

Reports said that the godman frequented her house to pray for her father who was paralyzed. And it is during these visits, he assaulted the young woman. After suffering years of abuse, the woman sought to end the torture by attacking the man on Friday night.........Read more

Google’s Allo app has a new AI-powered illustrated selfie feature

It works like this: You take a selfie using the feature, and it matches your selfie to a set of artist illustrations designed to represent a variety of features. Human raters helped gauge the accuracy of matches between photos and illustrated features chosen by the software.........Read more

Top 7 IT firms including Infosys, Wipro to lay off at least 56,000 employees this year

Information technology (IT) companies in India are in the midst of the industry’s largest retrenchment drive, with seven of the biggest IT firms planning to ask at least 56,000 engineers to leave this year.........Read more

Foreign-funded NGOs to have core bank a/c

As many as 5,800 NGOs and other institutions registered under a law to receive foreign funds have been asked to open accounts in banks with core banking facilities.........Read more

Aadhaar-based smartphones are here: 10 things Delta ID’s Indus OS can do and how it works

Indus OS, an Indian brand and IRIS scanning technology provider Delta ID has announced the launch of an Aadhaar-authenticated operating system (OS) for users in India. It is the first ever Aadhaar-authenticated operating system, and it uses IRIS-biometric technology for secure identification and authentication. ........Read more

Ordinance on bad loans gets Presidential nod

An ordinance empowering the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to tackle bad loans of banks got the Presidential nod on Friday. President Pranab Mukherjee signed the ordinance that will amend the Banking Regulation Act to tackle the burgeoning non-performing assets of banks.........Read more

Facebook plans to hire 3,000 people in the next year to fix violent and other illegal content

Facebook Inc will hire 3,000 more people over the next year to speed up the removal of videos showing murder, suicide, and other violent acts, in its most dramatic move yet to combat the biggest threat to its valuable public image. The hiring spree, announced by Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg.........Read more

OMG! Telangana Missing in India Map!

Surprisingly, the youngest state in India, Telangana was not seen in India Map shared by the Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar. The other day, he tweeted the India map to promote what is being promoted as the world's largest hackathon. Hyderabad is also one of the venues for the finals to be held on April 1 and 2.........Read more

Rajinikanth Responds On His Political Support

Rajinikanth will be supporting BJP in the upcoming RK Nagar By-election, the 'Kabali' star took to twitter to make it clear that he does not support anyone.........Read more

Google's smart jacket with woven sensors launched in partnership with Levi's

Google is now powering jackets at least that is the takeaway from its 'project Jacquard' announced in 2015 aimed to create textiles that can recognize touch gestures. The company has launched a working product now, the 'Commuter Trucker Jacket'. Connected to your smartphone, jacket can control calls and do a bunch of other things.........Read more

Leaked: Android 8.0 to include these upgrades

While most Android users are in the process of getting their devices updated to the Android 7.0 Nougat OS, Google already seems to be working on getting the next version of its OS on track. While an official name for the Android 8.0 is not out yet, a new report suggests that it could be named anything, either Oreo or something else starting with ‘O’.........Read more

TPG Growth set to acquire 25% stake in Dodla Dairy in Rs300 crore deal

TPG Growth, the growth-capital fund of US private equity firm TPG, is set to buy a significant minority stake in Hyderabad-based Dodla Dairy Ltd, said two people with knowledge of the matter. The fund will acquire a stake of about 25% held by US-based investment firm Proterra Investment Partners (formerly Black River Asset Management) in a deal worth Rs300 crore........Read more

Delhi police arrested DU student after he made a bomb hoax call

The student identified as Deepak was arrested by the Delhi Police after he made a call threatening a blast in Mau district of Uttar Pradesh where PM Modi was conducting a public rally. The youth called the police control room at around 12.30 pm. The threat call send the police into a tizzy and security was beefed. Several security agencies were alerted after the call.........Read more

Action in Xinjiang, silent on Azhar: Chinese double standards on terror are just like Pakistan

China’s double standards on terrorism are just like Pakistan. On the one hand, the country continues to block India’s bid to get Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar declared as a UN-designated terrorist, on the other hand, it is using its military might to control terror elements in its own province, Xinjiang. Not only India’s, China even thwarted a US-backed move to declare Azhar a UN-designated terrorist recently.........Read more

DMK to move no-confidence motion against Speaker

DMK said it would soon move a no-confidence motion against Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal as it accused him of "deliberately harping on his community to malign" the party. DMK working president and leader of opposition in the Assembly MK Stalin announced this at a press conference in Chennai, indicating a possible trial of strength for the AIADMK government, which only on Saturday won the Trust Vote by 122-11 margin.........Read more

Police on alert in Kutch over inputs of intrusion by Pak national by sea

Following the inputs of possible intrusion by a Pakistani national by sea route, the Kutch district police in Gujarat have been put on alert. The central intelligence agencies shared an input that at least two boats, one of which had a Pakistani national on board, may arrive on Jakhau port on the western shore of the district.........Read more

Malayalam actor Bhavana kidnapped, molested in moving car; one held

The incident took place on Saturday when the men stopped and hijacked Bhavana’s car near Athani in Angamaly. The actress was molested in a moving car till they reached Palarivattom, which is roughly 25 kms away. The accused men got down at Palarivattom and fled in another car.........Read more

Adequate amount of Vitamin D can protect against colds, flu: study

Many people, especially in grey, cloudy climes, do not have enough vitamin D. Scientific studies over the years have delivered contradictory conclusions on the topic.Some have shown that low levels of the vitamin increase the risk of bone fractures, heart disease, colorectal cancer, diabetes, depression, Alzheimer's disease and death.........Read more

Tamil Nadu: Kidnapping case filed against Sasikala on 'escaped' MLA Saravanan's complaint

A day after the Supreme Court convicted Tamil Nadu chief minister hopeful VK Sasikala in a corruption case, a kidnapping case has been filed against her by All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) Madurai (South) MLA S S Saravanan, who joined the caretaker Chief Minister Panneerselvam's faction.........Read more

I would have been equally happy for Anoushka Shankar, says Grammy award winner Sandeep Das

Tabla player Sandeep Das made India proud when he won the prestigious Grammys 2017 in the World Music category for Sing Me Home album. The Grammys award has reaffirmed his stand that Indian classical music stands out in the competition with the west.........Read more

AIADMK lawmaker K Pandiarajan shocks Sasikala, shifts his base to Panneerselvam

Considered a VK Sasikala loyalist, AIADMK lawmaker K Pandiarajan today triggered speculation that he could switch sides after the legislator tweeted that he would listen to the "collective voice of his voters", remarks that are perceived to be a reference to the public opinion that favours Chief Minister O Panneerselvam's continuation in the post.........Read more

Whopping 95% want Panneerselvam to be Tamil Nadu CM, reveals 'people's survey' conducted online

According to a survey conducted online (on Twitter), 95% people have said voted for Panneerselvam and want him to lead Tamil Nadu. The poll survey was posted by 'CMO Tamil Nadu' handle on Twitter. 52,876 people participated in the survey.........Read more

Bihar exam paper leak: SIT detains BSSC Secretary

Bihar Staff Selection Commission (BSSC) Secretary Parmeshwar Ram has been detained by the Patna Police in connection with exam paper leak on Monday late night. Ram was detained after the Special Investigation Team (SIT) conducted raids and found incriminating evidences at his house.........Read more

Uber launches UberHIRE in 9 Indian cities

UberHIRE is a time-based offering that allows users to make trips punctuated with multiple stop overs, Uber said in a blogpost. “After a successful pilot run in Kochi, UberHIRE—another India-first innovation— will go live starting today in New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Vizag and Nagpur with more cities slated for launch in the weeks to come."........Read more

JD(U) says Modi's 'SCAM' attack doesn't suit PM's reputation

Following the stir cause by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's combined attack on the rival parties in Uttar Pradesh, the Janata Dal (United) on Sunday dubbed the statement made by the former as a quintessential Modi remark and said that passing such comments doesn't suit a prime minister.........Read more

Opinion: Varun Gandhi's Sidelining By BJP Drives Big Revolt

 These MPs included Rajesh Diwakar from Hathras who spoke to this writer and said, "I was given a ticket by Bhaiyyaji and promoted in 2014 and even 2009. He is my leader and I have a family relationship with him. Bhaiyya's exclusion and insults have not gone down well in my chetra (area). People ask me constantly who is the BJP's Chief Ministerial face, and about note bandi. We (the group of MPs) were told by Amit Shah that "Today, ten of you have come, tomorrow, what if 50 of you come? The BJP will not tolerate this "dabav ki rajneeti "(politics of pressure).........Read more

Bill in LS to make holding of scrapped notes punishable

Government today introduced in Lok Sabha a bill that provides for holding, transfer and receiving of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes a criminal offence, punishable with a minimum fine of Rs 10,000.........Read more

Good news for FPIs! Budget provides breather on indirect transfer taxation

The Union Budget provided much needed breather for foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) in terms of taxing indirect transfers. Category I and II FPIs will now be exempt from being offshore asset sales whose underlying securities are Indian. Income Tax Act will be amended accordingly to provision these changes. However, the provisions will continue to apply for category III FPIs. The announcement comes within a month after Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) put its controversial 2012 circular in abeyance.........Read more

Vadodara trader arrested after bomb threat at US airport, Sushma Swaraj seeks report

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has sought a report from the Indian Embassy in Washington DC. This in connection with a 53-year-old Indian paraman Radhakishan, taken into custody by Grand Forks police on Saturday. According to local media reports, a traveler had informed a ticket agent of a bomb in Radhakishan's bag, and subsequently the Indian man from Vadodara was arrested.........Read more

Australia to Support US in Migration, Border Protection Policy

"I'm confident that the Australian government and the US government will continue to support each other in ensuring that we can implement our strong immigration and border protection policies," said Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.........Read more

To counter Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal, brick ‘n mortar retailers look to lure buyers with 9-wk sales

Brick and mortar retailers have started offering longer duration sale of around eight to nine weeks, compared with six weeks offered in previous years, mainly to counter discounts being offered by online retailers.........Read more

New clue to how mosquitoes fend off malaria

A team of researchers at the National Institutes of Health has found another part of the process that allows mosquitoes to keep from getting malaria even as they carry the parasite responsible for the disease to people they bite. In their paper published in the journal Science Immunology, the team describes what they found during an examination of the mosquito immune system, and what it implies for slowing the spread of the disease in humans.........Read more

Yuvraj could have WON 2015 ICC World Cup: Yograj Singh forgives MS Dhoni but still takes a potshot

One person who was really moved by Yuvraj Singh and Dhoni's superlative knocks at Cuttack was Yuvraj's father and Dhoni's bitter critic Yograj Singh. Yograj Singh told Indian Express that the knock had made him forgive Dhoni and that India could have won the 2015 World Cup if Yuvraj Singh was in the squad. He also said that Yuvraj, Dhoni or Kohli could play till 40 they if they stayed fit.........Read more

Bishan Bedi, Farokh Engineer set to be named BCCI administrators

Former India cricketers Bishan Singh Bedi and Farokh Engineer are expected to be named in a six-member panel by the Supreme Court on Friday which will oversee the daily operations of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. Interestingly, Bedi and Engineer, while great cricketers, go against the very grain of the reforms process which was recommended by the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee. While Engineer is 78-years-old, Bedi is also over 70. The Lodha reforms recommend no one above 70 can hold an administrative position in the BCCI or any of the state associations.........Read more

ISRO realigns orbit of Mars mission spacecraft 'Mangalyaan'

Indian Space Research Organisation has successfully realigned the orbit of its Mars Orbiter Mission 'Mangalyaan' so it is not affected by long-duration eclipse, ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar said. "The duration of the eclipse was so long that had we done nothing, the Mangalyaan's battery capacity would have got exhausted due to lack of sun rays. No effect of the eclipse was felt on Mangalyaan.........Read more

FMCG sector's highest paid CEO is a 94-year-old school drop-out

Dharampal Gulati, the fifth grade school dropout, took home more than Rs 21 crore as salary last fiscal. His company Mahashian Di Hatti, popularly known as MDH, posted a 15% jump in revenues to Rs 924 crore with a 24% increase in net profit at Rs 213 crore.........Read more

ISIS plotting chemical attack against UK, says a British minister: report

Islamic State is plotting mass casualty chemical attacks in Britain and elsewhere in Europe, a senior UK minister has warned. Minister in charge of security Ben Wallace said ISIS had used chemical weapons in Syria and Iraq and intelligence chiefs believe it........Read more

Premier Badminton League 2017 fixture list: Sindhu vs Marin on day 1

Hyderabad Hunters will take on Chennai Smashers in the opening clash on January 1 followed by defending champions Delhi Acers facing Bengaluru Blasters. The tournament will move to Mumbai, Lucknow, and Bengaluru next for most of the league stage fixtures with Delhi hosting the semis and the final.........Read more

In Jayalalithaa'€™s TN, It Is Sasikala'€™s Family That Runs the State

Both the AIADMK, with Jayalalithaa as its chief, and the Kallars benefited from the political relationship with each other, and Sasikala was the one who facilitated it. As Sasikala’s friendship with Jayalalithaa bloomed, so did the fortunes of the Kallar community, which now has a foothold in every layer of government. And the AIADMK and Jayalalithaa benefited from the consolidation of the community’s vote bank.........Read more

This Is Mamata Banerjee's Theory On How Modi Is Using Demonetisation To Manipulate State Polls

The government isn't releasing ₹500 notes equally. We have asked the RBI to release the details of how many ₹500 notes have been sent to which state. They haven't done that yet. In West Bengal, the demand is far higher than other states. But here we have had almost no ₹500 notes. Most of the ATM machines haven't been recalibrated. But in BJP states, there is no such problem. In UP, they are not releasing ₹500 notes because the BJP wants anger to build against the Samajwadi Party.........Read more

Everybody's fleeing India these days to evade proceedings, get them back: Supreme Court

With more than 100 fugitives taking shelter in foreign countries to escape the clutches of law-enforcing agencies in India, the Supreme Court said on Friday that the Centre must take action to bring them back to face trial.........Read more

Pakistan claims downing of Indian drone

The Pakistan Army on Saturday claimed to have shot down an Indian drone which it alleged had “intruded” into Pakistani territory across the LoC.“Indian quadcopter has been shot down by Pakistani troop........Read more

Let's talk about groundwater, our water lifeline in the future

Since time immemorial, rivers have held a coveted place in the mindscape of Indians. Rigveda has dedicated suktas on mighty rivers like Sindhu describing not only the river, but its tributaries, its flow, its myriad paths, the glaciers and lakes which feed it. Across India, local cultures are replete with evocative river stories, river festivals and several rituals which bring rivers in the homes and hearts of people. And yet, Indian rivers remain some of the most abused in the world.........Read more

In Gujarat, opposition to the new land law leads to an unlikely alliance

Dalit activist Jignesh Mewani, Patidar leader Hardik Patel and OBC leader Alpesh Thakor are planning a joint agitation against the land acquisition law.........Read more

Decision on India's NSG bid to be taken soon: New Zealand PM John Key

India and New Zealand agreed on Wednesday to strengthen ties in key areas of trade, defence and security during talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Kiwi counterpart John Key, who also assured that his country will contribute "constructively" to the process currently underway in the NSG to consider India's membership.........Read more

Blow to Cipla; company loses court battle in drug-overcharging case

Pharma major Cipla today lost a case related to alleged overcharging in certain drugs as per the provisions of Drug ( Price Control) Order, 1995. As per the company's latest annual report, it had received notices of demand aggregating to Rs 1768.51 crore. ........Read more

The message from Britain is clear: Indians are not welcome anymore

The strict clampdown on immigration, which is in the works, will hit not just Indians looking to work in the UK, but also those looking to study, visit or join family here. It will also hit Indian companies looking to invest in Britain--who are now vital to British industry.........Read more

Smriti Irani Degree row: Delhi Court dismisses case against Union Minister

"Complainant may not have filed it if she was not a central minister. Original evidence has already been lost due to passage of years, secondary evidence won't be enough for court," said Metropolitan Magistrate Harvinder Singh ........Read more

Banned trivalent oral polio vaccine still on prowl in Hyderabad

Three medical stores — one of them located near the Gandhi Medical College — continue to supply the banned trivalent oral polio vaccine in the city, according to the district medical and health officer of Hyderabad, who carried out an extensive survey in the city.........Read more

US government bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on all flights

Another day, another update to Samsung’s Note 7 odyssey. If you’re a frequent flier who’s been holding on to a Note 7 for dear life, I have some bad news for you. The US Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration have now banned the device on all flights ‘to, …........Read more

Do You Know Ashok Kumar’s Entry In Indian Cinema Was An Accident And Not His Choice?

He was the man who added charm and glamour to Hindi film industry. An actor who with his talent and great acting skills did justice to every kind of role, be it in lead or a negative character. Ashok Kumar not only gave us some evergreen films but also promoted talents from all corners of the country.........Read more

Film: Deepwater Horizon

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is already a defining moment of the 21st century. Images of the burning rig and the release of almost five million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico – at the cost of 11 lives and vast environmental damage – are burned onto our collective consciousness. In Deepwater Horizon, Director Peter Berg has created a picture which revolves around humanity’s place in the oil rig’s explosion, focusing on the terrible cost of unchecked human greed – an ambitious goal subverted at every step by BP.........Read more

India should have moved forward after winning Kargil: Top 10 quotes by Tarek Fatah in AKA

Pakistan-born author Tarek Fatah was recently seen responding to questions by India TV Editor-in-Chief Rajat Sharma on his show Aap Ki Adalat. Fatah, who is based out of Canada, came down hard on his own country for spreading terrorism all around. He did not........Read more

10 Countries You Didn't Know Existed

What defines a country? Well, it can get a bit complicated. Alltime10s brings you 10 places that are - arguably - countries… countries that your Geography te...........Read more

Infosys unveils modular e-commerce platform

The platform has been developed by Skava, a Silicon Valley-based e-commerce start-up that the IT major acquired in June 2015 for $120 million, to enable businesses leverage cloud-based micro-services and white label applications to launch new offerings and improve conversion rates of digital channels.........Read more

In Air India pilot interviews, many fail to clear the psychological test

Every third shortlisted candidate who appeared for pilot interviews at Air India since December 2015 failed to clear a crucial test to analyse their psychological health.........Read more

Arunachal Governor refuses to resign, says Prez has to dismiss him

Arunachal Pradesh Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa, who claimed the Centre has asked him to step down citing........Read more

Justice Dhingra hints at irregularities in Robert Vadra land deals

"If there were no irregularities in land allotment, I would have submitted a one-sentence, not an 182-page report," Dhingra told reporters after submitting his report to the Haryana government. "I have named government officials as well as private indiividuals in my report," he said.........Read more

Home is Away - India in 3 years and 3 centuries

As Nicholas Dawes says goodbye to India, he hears echoes of a long family history that resonate from Cape Town to Kashmir........Read more

Next steps in understanding brain function

The most complex piece of matter in the known universe is the brain. Neuroscientists have recently taken on the challenge to understand brain function from its intricate anatomy and structure. There is no sure way to go about it, and Dr. Javier DeFelipe at the Cajal Institute in Madrid proposed a solution, in his Frontiers in Neuroanatomy Grand Challenge article "The anatomical problem posed by brain complexity and size: a potential solution."........Read more

Andhra Pradesh wants Special treatment: Why, and why the Govt isn’t keen

A week’s protest in Parliament and simmering unrest in Andhra Pradesh has fed on a sense of betrayal among a people who continue to feel aggrieved by the 2014 bifurcation of the state. The Indian Express explains the context and compulsions, facts and frustrations of the situation........Read more

Goa likely to impose fine of Rs 10,000 for consuming liquor at ‘No Alcohol Consumption Zone’

The Goa government is likely to impose a fine of Rs 10,000 for consuming liquor at ‘No Alcohol Consumption Zone’ across the state. The provision for the hefty fine is likely to be mentioned in the Goa Excise Duty Bill (2016). To address the grievance........Read more

POCSO Act slapped against BSP ​leaders in UP

Police here have initiated proceedings to add sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act of 2012 in the FIR lodged against BSP ​leaders.........Read more

Turkey blocks Facebook, Twitter and YouTube during military coup

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have been blocked in Turkey during reported military coup attempt.........Read more

Swachh survey will be extended to 500 cities: Naidu

Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu has said, Swachh survey will be extended to 500 cities, which have population over one lakh.........Read more

Amarnath Yatra resumes; 25,000 stranded pilgrims escorted safely from base camps

 STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Even though situation remains volatile in different parts of Kashmir valley the state government on Monday decided to allow strand........Read more

Ola in talks to raise $300-400 million as battle with Uber grinds on

Ola needs to raise funds this year to refill its cash coffers, and is said to be talking to both new and existing investors such as Didi Chuxing and SoftBank........Read more

Datsun rolls out urban crossover redi-GO at Rs 2.38 lakh

Vehicle features Tall-Boy styling and offers mileage of 25.17 kmpl; firm aims to accelerate growth in entry-level car segment........Read more

What yoga guru Ramdev can teach the IIM grads at Unilever and Nestle

The news must have come through to you too: Patanjali reported revenues of around Rs5,000 crore ($745 million) for the last financial year — and in doing so went past Colgate in India. Even more interesting is that Colgate is almost eight decades old........Read more

18 Indian fishermen released by Pakistan

In a goodwill gesture, Pakistan today released 18 Indian fishermen who were held for violating the territorial waters of the country, according to a media report.........Read more

Mathura Cult Chief Ram Vriksh Yadav Killed In Clashes, Say Police

Ram Vriksh Yadav, leader of the cult that clashed with policemen in Mathura on Thursday, was among those killed in the violence, the police have said. Twenty-four people, including two policemen, had died in the clashes.........Read more

ONGC plans buying majority stake in GSPC’s KG gas block

ONGC has gas discoveries in a neighbouring block and GSPC wants gas from those to be routed through its Deendayal block infrastructure for onward transportation to the shore........Read more

Govt to cancel all defence tenders won by Finmeccanica: Manohar Parrikar

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar says that the process to blacklist Finmeccanica and its subsidiaries has begun and a note for the same sent to the law ministry........Read more