Banks Wait For Directions From RBI To Allow Cryptocurrency Transactions

Bankers have stated that channels for cryptocurrency trade would only be opened on explicit regulatory orders from either the central bank or the parliament, as the legality of such trades is yet not clearly defined in India, despite the SC ruling. It further said that the capabilities of domestic banks would be tested in allowing such trades without a sound supervisory mechanism to govern cryptocurrencies.........Read more

Global stocks crash as pandemic panic sweeps markets

Global stock markets crashed on Friday, ending a years-long bull run, with coronavirus panic selling hitting almost every asset class and leaving investors nowhere to hide. Half a trillion dollars in liquidity from the U.S. Federal Reserve and the promise of more were not enough to calm the fear that has wiped some $14 trillion from world stocks in a month. On Friday, Japanese stocks were in freefall and markets from Seoul to Jakarta punched through downlimit circuit breakers. ........Read more

'We Have Come Here in Individual Capacity': Coach Defends 'Indian' Kabaddi Team in Pakistan

Reacting to the whole scenario, the coach of ‘Indian team’ – Harpreet Singh Baba currently in Pakistan for World Cup backed his players for participating in the tournament, saying they have come across the border after receiving the invite and in their individual capacity for promoting the sport. Despite any permission from the top authorities, a contingent from India reached Lahore to participate in the world event via thr Wagah border.........Read more

Surat Diamond Industry Stares at Rs 8,000 Crore Loss Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

The Surat diamond industry is likely to face a loss of around Rs 8,000 crore in next two months as Hong Kong, which is a major export destination, has declared a state of emergency due to the coronavirus outbreak in China, say experts. Hong Kong is a major business hub for the Surat diamond industry, but schools and colleges have been closed there till the first week of March and even the businesses are seeing a dip in view of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.........Read more

Heavyweights Sakshi Malik, Pooja Dhanda Stunned in Wrestling Trials

While Rio Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi lost to two-time World Cadet champion Sonam Malik, world championship medallist Pooja was beaten by Anshu Malik. Both Sonam and Anshu have qualified for the Asian Championships. ........Read more

Dell will soon let you interact with your iPhone apps from your PC

Dell released its Mobile Connect app, which lets you connect your Dell computer to your phone so you can respond to phone calls and texts and receive notifications from apps directly from your computer. Starting this spring, Dell says you’ll be able to wirelessly transfer photos and videos and interact with apps from your iOS device while using the Mobile Connect app, two features that were previously exclusive to using Mobile Connect with Android phones. ........Read more

Donald Trump warns Kim Jong Un has ‘everything’ to lose through hostility

President Donald Trump warned Sunday that North Korea’s Kim Jong Un had “everything” to lose through hostility towards the United States, after Pyongyang said it had carried out a major new weapons test. “Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way,” Trump tweeted in response to the unspecified test at the Sohae space launch centre. The announcement of Saturday’s test came just hours after Trump said he would be “surprised” by any hostile action from the North, emphasizing his “very good relationship” with Kim. ........Read more

Vidya Balan is All Smiles After Receiving Youth Icon Award From The Imperial College London

Actor Vidya Balan is over the moon after bringing home the Youth Icon Award from The Imperial College London. It seems like her upcoming outing ‘Shakuntala Devi- Human-Computer’ is every bit special for the 40-year-old.........Read more

Final proposal - PM Johnson to unveil Brexit offer to EU

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will on Wednesday unveil his final Brexit offer to the European Union and make clear that if Brussels does not engage with the proposal, Britain will not negotiate further and will leave on Oct. 31. In his closing speech to his governing Conservatives’ annual conference, Johnson will stick to his hard line on Brexit, offering the party faithful the first details of what he will describe as his “fair and reasonable compromise”. With less than a month until Britain is due to leave the EU, the future of Brexit, the country’s biggest trade and foreign policy shift in more than 40 years, is uncertain. Britain could leave with a deal, without one or not exit at all. Johnson, who says Britain will leave the bloc on Oct. 31 no matter what, will tell the conference he will send his proposal to Brussels, an attempt to secure a deal to smooth the country’s departure and avoid a potentially damaging no-deal Brexit. “My friends, I am afraid that after three-and-a-half years people are beginning to feel that they are being taken for fools. They are beginning to suspect that there are forces in this country that simply don’t want Brexit delivered at all,” he will say, according to extracts released by his office. “Let’s get Brexit done on October 31 so in 2020 our country can move on.” ........Read more

PAK FM writes to EAM Jaishankar, bats for dialogue

In the letter, Qureshi also advocated for talks between the 2 countries. Ties between the 2 countries are frayed since the Pulwama terror attack on 14th of February whose responsibility was claimed by Pakistan based United Nations listed terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad. ........Read more

Climate change: Indian forests resilient to large shifts in rainfall, new study suggests

New research from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, shows that a majority of Indian forests are exceptionally resilient to large variations in rainfall and short droughts caused by climate change. The research, which used canopy cover and rainfall changes as criteria to deduce resilience, revealed that forests in wetter regions and scrubs in drier regions would be more resilient to rainfall decline. ........Read more

Rahul Bajaj Resigns as Non-Executive Director And Chairman of Bajaj Finserv Company

Veteran Industrialist Rahul Bajaj resigned as the Non-Executive Director and the Chairman of the Bajaj Finserv Company. Nanoo Pamnani has been appointed as the Independent Non-Executive Chairman with effect from May 17.........Read more

Cricket: ICC expects India-Pakistan game to go through despite...

The International Cricket Council is confident the June 16 World Cup match between Indian and Pakistan will go ahead despite last week’s attack claimed by Pakistan-based militants on Indian forces in disputed Kashmir........Read more

Shannon Gabriel suspended for four ODIs over Joe Root sledging incident

Shannon Gabriel, the West Indies fast bowler, has been given a four-match suspension by the ICC for his use of an apparently homophobic remark directed towards Joe Root in the St Lucia Test.........Read more

Implant Files: Experts panel to recommend to govt need for separate medical devices law

A committee comprising representatives of medical device industry associations and senior members of the Health Ministry Friday decided to make ten key recommendations to the government, including a proposal to formulate a separate medical devices law.........Read more

Reactions to the Rafale judgment | Truth always triumphs, says Amit Shah

The Supreme Court verdict on the Rafale deal “exposes” the campaign of misinformation headed by Congress president Rahul Gandhi against the government, BJP president Amit Shah said while asserting that the “truth always triumphs.”........Read more

Facebook extends account deletion grace period from 14 to 30 days

Facebook extended the deletion grace period for terminating your main account from 14 to 30 days. Now you have up to one month to reverse the decision if you choose to log back in. Facebook won’t automatically restore your account if you log in, but it says you will have “the option to cancel your request.”........Read more

Hong Kong now has more super-rich people than any other city

Hong Kong has overtaken the Big Apple to become the top destination for the planet's wealthiest individuals. the rise in the number of ultra-rich in Hong Kong was propelled by its booming stock market and growing financial links with the broader Chinese economy.........Read more

Shujaat Bukhari murder: Srinagar police release CCTV photos of three suspects

Srinagar Police earlier today released photos of three suspects who might have been involved in the murder of Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari.........Read more

Officer among 4 BSF personnel killed in Pak Rangers firing

Four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, including an officer, were killed and three others injured in unprovoked firing by Pakistan Rangers along the International Border (IB) in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir.........Read more

Indian Railways focuses on women safety; different colour coaches with CCTVs to be placed in centre of trains

Coaches reserved for women will now be placed in the centre of trains instead of its rear end and will be painted in a different colour to make it easily identifiable, sources in the ministry say. This will be done in suburban as well as long-distance trains, they say, as part of the national transporter’s plan to mark 2018 as the year for security of women. The coaches will also have CCTV cameras as an additional security measure and it is also being discussed to cover their windows with wire meshes.........Read more

NASA built a compact nuclear reactor to aid future space exploration

NASA has completed the building and testing of a compact nuclear fission reactor that can be packed into a spaceship for future space exploration and travel. It is called Kilopower Reactor Using Stirling Technology (KRUSTY). One reactor can produce enough power to run several average houses for up to 10 years.........Read more

PM Modi Announces 'Swachh Bharat Summer' Internship Programme in Mann Ki Baat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation through his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat‘ and lauded the achievements of Indian athletes at recently concluded Commonwealth Games 2018. “Our athletes lived up to the expectations of the country and won medal after medal. It was a fantastic performance in 2018 Commonwealth Games", PM Modi also asked students across the country to join the government’s ‘Swachh Bharat Summer’ internship programme being organised by the three ministries — Sports, HRD (Human Resource Development) and Water.........Read more

This Superconducting Switch Could Be The Missing Piece For a Human-Like AI Brain

A new superconducting switch could soon enable computers to make decisions very similarly to the way we do, essentially turning them into artificial brains. One day, this new technology could underpin advanced artificial intelligence (AI) systems that may become part of our everyday life, from transportation to medicine.........Read more

No stand-off in Arunachal, says Army

There is no face-off at the site. In the whole incident, there was no direct contact between the Indian Army and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), an Army source said. Last week, a group of Chinese were undertaking track alignment activity about 1 km inside the LAC at Tuting.........Read more

Amazon doubles war chest to $4.74 billion to take on Flipkart

Amazon India has nearly doubled its authorized capital to Rs31,000 crore ($4.74 billion), nearly matching its mammoth capital commitment of $5 billion made in June last year. It also sets the stage for an all-out, high-stakes war against local e-commerce rival Flipkart.........Read more

‘External Forces, Including China, Meddling in Kashmir’, Says Mehbooba Mufti After Meeting Rajnath Singh

Levelling the first major accusation against China of intervening in the Kashmir dispute, J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said Beijing has “now started to interfere” in the affairs of the Valley. The statement of Mehbooba came after her meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the national capital. The two leaders had a detailed discussion on the volatile situation prevailing in the state, along with the threat posed by militants in the region of South Kashmir.........Read more

A new wave of tech talent is emerging, not from India’s classrooms but its hinterlands

Many aspirants like Mandal, mostly from small-town India, are held back by physical disabilities, poor socio-economic backgrounds, or a lack of education. Now, such marginalised people have found hope in organisations like Anudip. Other such organisations include Delhi-based Humana People to People India and Hyderabad-based Dr.Reddy’s Foundation. While Humana teaches skills like basic computing and data entry and mobile repairing, Dr.Reddy’s helps marginal farmers in 20 states leverage technology to raise outputs.........Read more

Kohli's salary nowhere near that of highest-paid athletes globally

Virat Kohli ekes in as the lone cricketer and Indian with financial clout. He makes around $3 million in salaried income, beating Usain Bolt and Woods. However, the bulk of their earnings come from endorsements.........Read more

Sourav Ganguly in BCCI’s seven-member panel to implement Lodha reforms

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly and senior BCCI official Rajeev Shukla were on Tuesday named in the Board’s seven- member committee to analyse the few contentious Lodha panel reforms which are being opposed by the state units.........Read more

EU hits Google with $2.7bn fine for manipulation of search results

The European Commission has fined American IT giant Google €2.42 billion ($2.7 billion) for breaching competition rules with its online shopping service. The firm was accused of putting its Shopping Box at the top of search results, making other shopping websites less visible.........Read more

Karnataka: Pregnant Muslim woman burnt alive for marrying Dalit man

A 21-year-old Muslim woman from Gundakanala village, Bijapur district in Karnataka was burnt alive by her family members last Saturday for marrying a Dalit man.........Read more

Triple Talaq: List of countries that have banned the practice

The constitutional validity of the practice of triple talaq is being argued in the Supreme Court of India. While the Narendra Modi government is arguing against the practice, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) says the court must not interfere. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi on Wednesday argued, “If triple talaq is not present in 25 countries then it can’t be said essential to Islam; rights given by Article 25 of Constitution not absolute.”........Read more

LastPass warns users to exercise caution while it fixes 'major' vulnerability

Password manager LastPass is advising users to avoid using its browser plugins while it battles to fix a “major architectural problem”, which could allow an attacker to steal passwords or execute code. The vulnerability was discovered by Tavis Ormandy, a security researcher at Google, who tweeted about its existence over the weekend. Keeping with responsible disclosure norms, Ormandy did not publicly state how the bug is exploited, and informed LastPass of its existence.........Read more

Ikea India Announces 26-Week Parental Leave For Both Men, Women

Furnishings company Ikea India has announced a new parental leave policy in which all employees, including men, will be entitled to six months of parental paid leave from this month. Moreover, female employees will also get additional benefits like reduced work hours whilst they are nursing, an additional two weeks of leave with full pay in case of a tubectomy operation, leave with full pay and benefits for a maximum period of one month in case of illness arising out of pregnancy, delivery and premature birth of the child.........Read more

Karnataka already won? Amit Shah thinks so!

The surveys to which Deccan Chronicle is privy, were conducted between January and March 2017. All the surveys threw up similar numbers: a whopping 118 to 129 seats for BJP, a dismal 56 for Congress, and a mere 22 for JD (S), while independents and rebels, the survey showed would muster 17 seats in the 224-member House.........Read more

North warns of 'merciless' strikes as US carrier joins South Korea drills

North Korea warned the United States on Tuesday of "merciless" attacks if an aircraft carrier strike group led by the USS Carl Vinson, which is joining South Korean forces for exercises, infringes on its sovereignty or dignity.........Read more

New material helps record data with light

Russian physicists with their colleagues from Europe have learned to generate quasiparticles—excitons, which were fully controllable and able to record information at room temperature. These particles act as a transitional form between photons and electrons, so the researchers believe they can be used to create compact optoelectronic devices for rapid recording and processing of optical signals. The proposed method is based on use of a special class of materials called metal-organic frameworks. The researchers published their results in Advanced Materials.........Read more

C-section births surge in private hospitals, drop in public ones: NFHS

In 2015-16, 40.9 per cent of the deliveries in private hospitals were done through C-section, a sharp increase from 27.7 per cent in 2005-06, according to the recently released National Family Health Survey (NFHS). In public hospitals, however, caesarean births dropped from 15.2 in 2005-06 to 11.9 per cent in 2015-16.........Read more

JNU students protest against VC receiving Visitors Award; JNUSU President files online petition

The students are not happy with their VC receiving the award and have been displaying their displeasure on various social media platforms and an online petition has been filed by Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union President Mohit Pandey addressed to the President of India and asking not to hand over the Visitor's Award to Kumar.........Read more

India May Face Weak Monsoon In 2017, Thanks To The El-Nino Effect

According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (ABM), the likelihood of an El Nino forming in 2017 has risen. Six (out of eight) models surveyed by ABM suggest that El Nino thresholds may be reached by July 2017. It places the probability of El Nino forming in 2017 at around 50 per cent. Moreover, the timing of El Nino also matters for agriculture. If El Nino happens around July just after the sowing is completed, then the impact on food production would be adverse. However, if the El Nino conditions happen towards the end of August, then the impact may not be as negative.........Read more

Tarek Fatah Was Heckled And Forced Out Of ‘Rekhta’,

Fatah was at Rekhta, the Urdu festival held in celebration of the beautiful Indian language. Yet Fatah was not just heckled, he was abused by some of those present at the event. Fatah has been appearing on Zee News’ show ‘Fatah Ka Fatwa’ in which he has been criticising the activities of the maulanas and radical Islamism.........Read more

Indian IT industry faces twin challenges of Donald Trump, automation

Automation and the new US administration were the big unknowns at the Indian tech sector's annual shindig this week, with machines threatening to take away thousands of jobs and concerns over possible visa rule changes in the key American market. But senior executives from the $150 billion industry, which rose to prominence at the turn of the century by helping Western firms solve the "Y2K" bug, said companies with skilled English-speaking staff and low costs could not be written off yet.........Read more

More Than Just A Carmaker Now, Tesla Drops 'Motors' From Name

Tesla Motors Inc., the electric car manufacturer, recently dropped 'Motors' from its name, effectively altering it to 'Tesla Inc.'. Effective from 1 February 2017, the change follows Elon Musk's endeavours to expand the company's horizon from being an electric car maker to a diversified energy products company.........Read more

Nvidia is working with Audi to get you a self-driving car by 2020

Nvidia might be most famous as a manufacturer of computer graphics cards, but the company has been increasingly turning its attention to the automotive market over the past few years. This CES, it detailed new moves that will move it even further into the market: partnerships with suppliers ZF and Bosch that will see it making parts for automatic cars, and an expanded deal with Audi that will see the companies bring a proper self-driving vehicle to market by 2020.........Read more

Quake-detection app captured nearly 400 temblors worldwide

The University of California, Berkeley's worldwide network of smartphone earthquake detectors has recorded nearly 400 earthquakes since the MyShake app was made available for download in February, with one of the most active areas of the world the fracking fields of Oklahoma.........Read more

The worst-kept secret about Abesh Dasgupta's death: Money and power silenced the truth

The curious case of Abesh Dasgupta’s death has all but fallen off the map of Kolkata where many are now waiting eagerly to see........Read more

Worldwide launch for AIR's Balochi's website, mobile app today

Public Broadcaster Prasar Bharati will launch a website and mobile app on 16 Septembr for All India Radio's Balochi service to reach out to the people who speak the language across the globe.........Read more

Uber launches groundbreaking driverless car service

Uber launched a groundbreaking driverless car service Wednesday, jumping ahead of Detroit auto giants and Silicon Valley rivals with technology that could revolutionize transportation. In an ambitious experiment, a fleet of cars equipped with lasers, cameras and other sensors -- but with no one`s hands on the wheel -- were to be deployed by the web-based ride service on the challenging roads of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, steering themselves to pick up regular Uber passengers who are used to being fetched by cars driven by humans.........Read more

Facebook’s rise is ‘perfect storm’ for $19 billion algorithms manager

The surge of tech giants Facebook and Google isn’t captured by the algorithms used by the model-based equity team at Norwegian insurer Storebrand ASA. But that doesn’t matter. The Global Multifaktor fund avoids large-sized growth stocks because they aren’t winners over time, according to Baard Bringedal, who oversees about 160 billion kroner ($19 billion) of stocks at the Oslo-based company.........Read more

Europe braces for return of foreign jihadists as ISIS loses territory

France has been attacked in the past year by jihadists hardened from time spent with ISIS in Syria and Iraq.........Read more

26/11 probe: Another accused gets free run as Pakistan says ‘no proof’

Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has dropped charges against an accused citing lack of evidence.........Read more

The world's most beautiful concert halls

Where architecture and acoustics are in tune -- there's an alchemy to designing the perfect concert hall.........Read more

Malaria stopped with single dose of new compound

Scientists say they have found a new compound that stops malaria in animal studies in a single, low dose.........Read more

Paes-Begemann Blow Away Five Match Points to Lose ATP Final

Spaniard Garcia-Lopez and Kontinen of Finland overcame seemingly insurmountable odds to deny one of the ATP World Tour's all-time greats and take the Winston-Salem Open doubles title 4-6, 7-6(6), 10-8.........Read more

You can now stream any Blizzard game live on Facebook

Back in June Blizzard announced a collaboration with Facebook which would allow players to easily stream any of the developer’s games through Facebook Live. Today, the feature is finally going...........Read more

ISRO Will Test Scramjet Engine on August 28

Using a scramjet engine will allow a launch vehicle to carry a heavier payload into orbit – which in turn will make each launch more economical and allow ISRO to assert itself as being low-cost.........Read more

Brain Scans of Brazilian Babies Show Array of Zika Effects

A study of brain scans and ultrasound pictures of 45 Brazilian babies whose mothers were infected with Zika in pregnancy shows that the virus can inflict serious damage to many different parts of the fetal brain beyond microcephaly, the condition of unusually small heads that has become the sinister signature of Zika.........Read more

India becomes No. 1 Test team after Sri Lanka completes whitewash against Australia

Sri Lanka on Wednesday defeated Australia by 163 runs in the final Test in Colombo to complete a 3-0 sweep in the three-match series. With the series win, India, which was placed second on the rankin........Read more

Herath bowls Sri Lanka to historic whitewash

Thirteen wickets in the match from their leading spinner helped Sri Lanka complete their first whitewash over Australia in Test cricket........Read more

Huge dinosaur footprint discovered

There's a good chance that if flesh-eating dinosaurs were still around today, we wouldn't just have to worry about their sharp teeth.........Read more

Dubai invites 'Hyperloop' designs

Congested Dubai is looking to the future with a radical new mass transit system able to carry passengers at speeds faster than some airliners.........Read more

A Positive Attitude Towards Ageing Helps Older Adults To Handle Stress

Negative thinking can affect the quality of life and may also lead to health ramifications.........Read more

Why Micromax switched from Hugh Jackman to Kapil Sharma

For a company that had Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman endorsing its products since 2013 until as late as last year, bringing comedian Kapil Sharma on board to push its Unite 4 series of smartphones was a big detour.........Read more

I-T officials raid AAP MLA Kartar Singh's house -

Income Tax officials on Wednesday raided the house of AAP MLA Kartar Singh Tanwar. Reacting to this development, AAP Leader Dilip Pandey took to Twitter and launched an attack on PM Modi.........Read more

All you wanted to know about the GST (including when and if it's likely to be implemented)

As the Monsoon session gets underway, here's a simplifier on the Goods and Services Tax and the road ahead for it.........Read more

Will form panel to review use of pellet guns: Rajnath Singh

Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said that Pakistan was trying to destabilise India by sponsoring terrorism.........Read more

Yahoo Disappoints in Earnings; Writes Down $482 Million of Tumblr

Yahoo is in the process of auctioning off its search and advertising business, and is expected to choose a winner this week.........Read more

The rise of Burhan and the aftermath of his death show why the status quo in Kashmir is unacceptable

Understanding why the slain militant's story resonated with so many in the Valley holds an important lesson.........Read more

Bankrupt Twice, Bootstrapped With Over 100K Clients - Bhopal Based Appointys Never Say Never Attitude

When online scheduling software firm Appointy was involved in a business dispute in 2014, founder Nemesh Singh was staring in the face of its second bankruptcy. The incidence did not dishearten h...........Read more

Illegal Immigrants In Assam Can Buy An Indian Citizenship For As Little As Rs 10,000!

The government claims to have put several checks to stop illegal immigration to Assam but the Bangladeshi population continues to find it way in.........Read more

Pune institute gave structural and design inputs for Salma dam

The Salma Dam, also known as the Afghan-India Friendship Dam, which was recently inaugurated in Herat province of Afghanistan by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and their President Ashraf Ghani, has a Pune connection.........Read more

The India-Pakistan masterpiece that fell through the cracks

A critically acclaimed 1958 Pakistani film, boasting a "curious collaboration" with India, makes a rare appearance at last month's Cannes festival.........Read more

7th Pay Commission: Shocking! Know how Pak based cyber attackers lured Indian govt officials

A Pakistan based cyber attackers are luring Indian government officials with emails referencing Pay Commission.........Read more

At landmark BRICS meet, India raises public health, pharma sector concerns - Firstpost

India as the BRICS pres hosted a high level panel discussion on access to medicines and trade that was attended by all the health mins and deputy health mins of Brazil, China, Russia, India, South Africa and also Chile.........Read more

Mahindra launches new 'Scorpio Adventure' model priced at Rs 13.07 lakh

Mahindra launches new 'Scorpio Adventure' model priced at Rs 13.07 lakh - The Scorpio Adventure SUV comes with a number of new features and style decals that matches its adventure theme.........Read more

Latest updates: J&K issue figures in Foreign Secretary-level talks

Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, who is in New Delhi to attend the Heart of Asia Conference of Senior Officials, held a bilateral meeting with his Indian counterpart S. Jaishankar o........Read more