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Nepal shuts off Mount Everest amid coronavirus scare, all expeditions cancelled

According to reports, all expedition attempts to the 29,029-ft high mountain peak stand canceled for the year, until further notice. Local newspaper Kathmandu Post reported on Wednesday that the China Tibet Mountaineering Association, the body that issues climbing permits to Mahalanur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas, has notified all expeditions that all Everest ascents from the northern side had been canceled due to the Novel Coronavirus pandemic outbreak. Earlier, China had already canceled all expeditions to Mount Everest from the northern, Tibetan side.........Read more

Rajasthan: 10 infants die within month in hospital in Bundi

Even as investigations into the reports of more than 100 infants losing their lives at a government hospital in Kota is underway, 10 infant deaths in the month of December have also been reported from a single hospital in Bundi district. The number of infant deaths was revealed when the Additional District Collector (ADC) made a round of the hospital.........Read more

Mysterious Aztec Tunnel World Discovered in Mexico

The most surprising thing is that we found a wooden hatch, which is a unique find in all that are the levee systems of the basin of Mexico, because in general, these types of elements are hardly preserved.........Read more

Shakib Al Hasan’s WhatsApp Chat With Bookie Revealed

The 32-year-old was approached by a bookie ahead of the match between SRH and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on April 26, 2018. Failure to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations he received to engage in Corrupt Conduct.........Read more

Google’s Stadia game service is officially coming November

Google Stadia will launch in November, in 14 different territories including the US, UK and Canada, with at least 31 games from 21 different publishers, for an initial “Founder’s Edition” price of $130 for a hardware starter kit with three months of premium service.........Read more

Relief for Mulayam, Akhilesh as CBI Gives Clean Chit in Disproportionate Assets Case, Says No Evidence Found

In major relief for Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Yadav and his son Akhilesh, the Central Bureau of Investigation has given a clean chit to the leaders in a disproportionate assets case. The agency, in its affidavit filed before the Supreme Court, said the inquiry in the case was closed in August 2013 as no evidence was found against the Yadavs.........Read more

2019 Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 Launched; Priced At Rs. 1.71 Lakh

The 2019 Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 ABS has been launched in India at a price of Rs. 1.65 lakh (ex-showroom). This is the second time Suzuki has returned to the quarter-litre space in India, after the very capable but expensive Suzuki Inazuma, which came with a parallel-twin engine.........Read more

SC Issues Notice to Centre, NCW, AIMPLB Over Plea For Women to be Allowed to Pray Inside Mosques

The Supreme Court issued notices to the Centre, National Commission for Women, Central Waqf Council and All India Muslim Personal Law Board on a plea seeking a direction that Muslim women be allowed to enter mosques and offer prayers.........Read more

Bangladesh tour of NZ called off after Christchurch terror attack

Bangladesh's tour of New Zealand has been called off following an attack on two Christchurch mosques, which police said involved "multiple fatalities". The Bangladesh team was en route to the mosque for Friday prayers at the time of the attack but escaped to the nearby Hagley Oval.........Read more

India, Saudi agree on need for increasing pressure on countries backing terror: PM Modi

Without mentioning Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Saudi Prince Mohammed Bin Salman agreed that eliminating the infrastructure of terrorism was important to punish terrorists and their supporters.........Read more

Ericsson case: Anil Ambani guilty of contempt, directed to pay Rs 453 crore or face 3 months jail

The Supreme Court has held Anil Ambani and two company directors guilty of contempt in the Ericsson case. The RComm leader will go to jail for three months if he does not pay Rs 453 crore to the mobile phone manufacturer within four weeks.........Read more

Reports : Madras High Court stays CIC ruling for bringing BCCI under RTI Act

The Madras High Court has stayed the Central Information Commission’s ruling to bring BCCI should under the RTI Act. BCCI has always opposed the idea stating that it is an autonomous body.........Read more

PAN-Aadhaar linking deadline extended to June 30: CBDT

It is understood that the latest order by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has come in the backdrop of the Supreme Court, earlier this month, directing extension of the March 31 deadline for linking Aadhaar with various other services.........Read more

Another Rs 9 crore fraud at Mumbai PNB branch involved in Nirav Modi case

The new alleged fraud of around Rs 9 crore involves officials of a not-so-famous company called Chandri Paper and Allied Products Pvt Ltd, the Central Bureau of Investigation said in the complaint posted on its website.........Read more

Indian Wells: India's Yuki Bhambri stuns World No.12 Lucas Pouille in round two

Bhambri played sublime tennis to register straight sets, 6-4 6-4, victory in a second-round match where not many would've given him a chance. This is, perhaps, the biggest win of the 25-year-old's career as it's the first time he's triumphed at an ATP Masters 1000.........Read more

Relax Deadline For Aadhaar Bank Account Linking: Assocham

The industry body said, "Notwithstanding judicial scrutiny and government's well-intentioned moves, the banks, particularly those in the PSUs, may find it hard and challenging to complete the task of linking Aadhaar with the accounts of all the customers by March 31, 2018, thus necessitating relaxation of the deadline".........Read more

US won't confirm reports of Nirav Modi being in the country

The United States government is aware of media reports that diamond jeweller Nirav Modi is in the country but is unable to confirm them, a state department official said.........Read more

TV streaming apps to lose $550 million as millennials share passwords

Twenty-one percent of streaming viewers ages 18 to 24 said they had accessed at least one digital video service such as Netflix Inc, HBO Now or Hulu by using log-in credentials from someone outside their household at some time. Overall, 12 percent of adults said they did the same thing.........Read more

WhatsApp Gets NPCI’s Approval For UPI Payments Through Multi Bank Partnerships

Popular messaging service provider, Whatsapp, received permission from the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) for allowing Unified Payments Interface (UPI) payments. The permission allows Whatsapp to do so after entering multi-bank partnerships.........Read more

Earthquake of magnitude 3.6 hits Chamba in Himachal Pradesh, no casualties reported

An earthquake with magnitude 3.6 occurred in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh at around 9 AM on Saturday. No loss of life or damage to property has been reported so far. This was the third earthquake in Himachal’s Chamba in last three months. Earlier on February 4, an earthquake with the same magnitude (3.5) was felt in Chamba at 12:35 pm. On march 29, the state was hit by another earthquake that shook the hilly state in same Chamba region.........Read more

Daughter-in-law: Child or relative? Plea in HC

The Delhi High Court will consider whether a daughter-in-law falls in the category of “children” or “relatives” if she were to be evicted from her matrimonial home on a complaint made under the law for welfare of parents.........Read more

How ISIS Recruits In India Revealed By 20 Mumbai Men Among Others

Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) sources said the ISIS has a full-fledged online recruitment team - which perhaps plays the biggest role in its war strategy - operating from different parts of the world. This team keep an eye out for youngsters who supporting taking up arms to protect Islam or show an interest in the ISIS' ideology.........Read more

Haryana: In a first, financial commissioner’s court orders serving of summons via Whatsapp

In a first, a court of financial commissioner in Haryana headed by IAS officer Ashok Khemka has ordered serving of summons in a property dispute case through WhatsApp to one of the respondents who shifted to Kathmandu. Summons in such cases are usually sent by registered post to the physical address of the respondents, but Khemka in his order observed that law follows technological advancements and is not fossilised.........Read more

This skyscraper is literally out of this world

Clouds Architecture Office has unveiled plans for a futuristic skyscraper dubbed the "Analemma Tower." The building would hover majestically above the ground because it would be attached -- wait for it -- to an actual asteroid, in space, that is forcibly put into orbit around the Earth.........Read more

NIA issues another notice to Zakir Naik

This is the second notice that has been issued to Naik in March. The last time the NIA had issued notice to Naik and ordered him to face questioning on March 14. Naik, however, did not respond to the notice. The notice was received by his brother. He had on an earlier occasion sought permission to depose through video conferencing, but the plea was rejected.........Read more

New Toyota Etios Liva launched at Rs 5.94 lakh

Toyota Kirlosakar Motor (TKM) launched new Etios with dual tone exterior at a price range between Rs 5.94 lakh to Rs 6.44 lakh for Petrol variants and Rs 7.24 lakh to Rs 7.61 lakh for diesel variants at ex-showroom Mumbai. The dual tone finish is offered in V and VX trims.........Read more

Gaurav Bhatia resigns from all posts of Samajwadi party

While he has specified that he was resigning from the post of National president of the legal wing, he also added that he would resign from, all posts, effectively meaning that he will no longer serve the party as its spokesperson. While no mention of his resignation from the party has been made, his tweet reflected disappointment.........Read more

In a first, Air India to reserve seats for women passengers

We will be reserving the third row — six seats — in the economy class of the aircraft for female passengers travelling alone,” Air India general manager-revenue management Meenakshi Malik told. Air India has taken the decision after a flyer reportedly groped a woman co-passenger on-board in the carrier's Mumbai-Newark flight late last month. Apparently, a business class flyer changed his seat to sit next to a female passenger in the economy class and allegedly groped her when she was asleep.........Read more

Google, Apple, Amazon locked in raging battle over operating system

It’s hard to know what the end game looks like—or even what the goals are—in this new operating system war, but it is the most interesting fight in technology. The early leaders are Google and, surprisingly, Amazon, with Apple hanging around. Here’s a look at some of the combatants:........Read more

'They will kill us': Refugees flee torture and rape in Myanmar

Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's northwestern Rakhine state are flooding across the border into Bangladesh. They're fleeing violence that has plagued the state for weeks. Some refugees told CNN they suffered rape, torture, or saw their homes burned down and family members executed. "If (the military) finds any boys aged above 10 years old, they kill them. Men are also being picked up by the military," said Lalu Begum. "When the military came, we fled from our home. I don't know if my husband is dead or alive." ........Read more

We probably just heard a message from aliens, scientists say

Scientists have heard hugely unusual messages from deep in space that they think are coming from aliens. A new analysis of strange modulations in a tiny set of stars appears to indicate that it could be coming from extraterrestrial intelligence that is looking to alert us to their existence. The new study reports the finding of specific modulations in just 234 out of the 2.5 million stars that have been observed during a survey of the sky. The work found that a tiny fraction of them seemed to be behaving strangely.........Read more

Arctic’s Huge Role in Removing Nitrogen Threatened by Human Activity

In a new study, marine chemists and biologists from The University of Texas at Austin discovered that seabed microbes remove substantial quantities of nitrogen from the Arctic Ocean. While the Arctic accounts for only a little more than one percent of the world's continental shelves (where most nitrogen is removed), this region accounts for about five percent of the global ocean nitrogen removal.........Read more

Shirke invites RCA at meet, Thakur says nothing doing

The BCCI top brass seems to lack in unanimity, going by the way the Rajasthan Cricket Association issue was handled at the special meeting in New Delhi on Saturday. While secretary Ajay Shirke personally invited RCA representative Mehmood Abdi to attend the meeting, president Anurag Thakur said nothing doing. After spending around 40 minutes with the BCCI members, Abdi, RCA 's deputy president, had to withdraw himself just before the meeting started, because Thakur had reservations against his presence.........Read more

A Vedic Touch To Logic In Indian Thought

This is a general survey of the tradition of logic (anvıksikı, nyaya, or tarka in Sanskrit) in India. This tradition is very old and can be seen in its beginnings in the Rig Veda, the earliest text available from India and dated back to about 2000 BCE. The Vedic system looked at reality at two levels. At the ordinary level of apprehension it was rational and, therefore, it needed logic to describe it; but at a higher level it had a transcendental basis. ........Read more

Bihar brings in new law banning liquor consumption, will challenge HC order

Bihar banned alcohol consumption on Sunday for a second time as it notified a stringent new law despite questions over its legality, two days after the Patna high court scrapped an earlier legislation.........Read more

The risk-taker

For a quarter of a century, India has struggled to negotiate peace with Pakistan under the shadow of nuclear weapons and cross-border terrorism. Limited gains and enormous frustration from that process have begun to compel Delhi to break from the past. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new approach seeks to break out of the many presumed constraints on India’s Pakistan policy by taking more risks than his predecessors. Modi’s willingness to probe the limits of escalation — both horizontal and vertical — marks a new phase in India’s troubled relations with Pakistan.........Read more

Years of Fixation on Defeating Al-Qaeda Have Stunted US Foreign Policy

The US seems stuck in war-on-terror mode even though reality has moved on.   In May 2011, President Barack Obama announced that US special forces had killed Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader who oversaw the attacks on the World Trade Centre and Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Obama calle........Read more

A rolling treasure for the serious Bat-Fan

we’ve got just the tool for you. A “Bat-Pod” motorbike that took its star turn in director Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012) has become available in a giant auction of movie memorabilia. Judging by the shape of those tyres, we doubt it was a very tight star turn.........Read more

AirPods or electric toothbrushes? The internet is very confused.

Upon Apple's announcement of the iPhone 7 and its wireless AirPods, consumers took to social media to express their confusion about the wireless headphones.........Read more

Indian Acid Attack Survivor Walks The Ramp At New York Fashion Week

Teenager who lost an eye and whose face was brutally disfigured in an acid attack walked the New York catwalk to whoops and cheers on Thursday in what she called a life-changing experience.........Read more

All Party Resolution Appeals For Peace And Dialogue In Kashmir

An all-party resolution has appealed for peace and dialogue to solve the Kashmir crisis, emphasising that there can be no compromise on the issue of national sovereignty.........Read more

Surgeons Hope To Do The World's First Head Transplant - And A Head Has Been Offered

Valery Spiridonov, 31: Russian tech geek who runs an educational software company from his home east of Moscow. Because he has Werdnig-Hoffmann disease, a genetic disorder that wastes muscles and motor neurons, he is physically capable of little beyond feeding himself, steering his wheelchair with a joystick, and typing. The disease is usually fatal, and doctors expected him to be dead by now.........Read more

How Hindi is becoming a hurdle for those who want to join the Army

How Hindi is becoming a hurdle for those who want to join the Army - Earlier this August, about half the candidates from Tamil Nadu who wanted to join as Indian Army were disqualified.........Read more

Ram Gopal Varma tweets about the first look of Megastar Chiranjeevi's 150th movie

“After seeing this look i want to apologise to all his fans for whatever criticism I made in the past on his 150th”........Read more

Why do Indian and Pakistani textbooks tell wildly different histories?

The History Project juxtaposes the Indian and Pakistani versions of history in schoolbooks to underline the obvious biases.........Read more

'It’s like taking law into your own hands': A peaceful protest by Dalits in Gujarat unsettles others

Upper castes and OBC groups watch with unease as Dalit protestors walk and bike through Saurashtra's villages.........Read more

Clocking 380kph, world’s fastest train to be launched in China next month

China has built about 16,000 kms of his speed train tracks connecting most of its top cities including the Beijing-Shanghai train which made a $1billion profit last year.........Read more

India Rio 2016: Rower Dattu Bhokanal enters quarter-finals in single sculls

Indian rower Dattu Baban Bhokanal entered the quarter-finals of the men's single sculls after finishing third in his qualifying round of the Rio Olympics on Saturday. He finished the 2000m race with a timing of 7:21.67s........Read more

China's air force flies combat patrol over disputed South China Sea

China's air force says it has conducted a combat air patrol over disputed areas of the South China Sea to improve its fighting ability. The announcement on Saturday, however, didn't mention when the exercises took place.........Read more

97 percent of the smartphones sold in India are Android devices: Report

A recent survey suggests that 97 percent of smartphones sold in India are Android devices.........Read more

Disruptive forces: Is Arvind Kejriwal the Donald Trump of Indian politics?

The irresponsible statements by AAP's senior leaders is perfectly in line with the brand of politics sans gravitas that its leader Arvind Kejriwal represents. His authoritarian wielding of power, even when his political positions are exposed as deeply hypocritical, leaves no place for criticism, only blind adulation.........Read more

Top 20 Olympic legends

Players have started trickling in to Rio, the host of the 2016 Olympics that will begin in less than three day's time. Every edition of the Olympics gives the athletes a chance to rewrite history and........Read more

Maoist chief Prachanda elected as Nepal prime minister

Pushpa Kamal Dahal, 61, who still uses a nom de guerre that means "Fierce", won 363 votes out of the 573 cast in the 595-member parliament, Speaker Onsari Gharti said.........Read more

Rising Dalit Anger Against the BJP Could Singe the Party in Forthcoming Elections

In the cabinet expansion earlier this month, Narendra Modi inducted 19 new ministers, five of them Dalits. It was obviously an outreach towards Dalits, especially in Uttar Pradesh, where crucial elections are scheduled to be held next year.........Read more

Opinion: India vs Its Arm-Chair Bureaucrats: Enough Is Enough

Why is the public suffering from deficient services when we have men and women selected (who scored the highest marks) through one of the toughest public service examinations? ........Read more

'Acche Din' for Delhiites: Modi Govt announces 5 projects worth Rs 658 cr

New Delhi, July 12: Urban Development minister Venkaiah Naidu on Monday sanctioned five projects worth Rs 658 crore aimed at decongesting traffic in the national capital. Here are details of those five big projects: – Construction of flyover and underpass connecting Mahipalpur, Aerocity, Airport and NH-8. – Construction of flyover-cum-road over-bridge near Narela for providing …........Read more

BCB rules out playing England at neutral venue

Nizamuddin Chowdhury, BCB's chief executive, has categorically rejected any talk of playing England at a neutral venue should they pull out of their scheduled tour of Bangladesh in October........Read more

Common code exists in various laws, not linked to religion: Law Commission chief

Common code exists in various laws, not linked to religion: Law Commission chief - The government has asked the law panel to examine if common code can be implemented.........Read more

Raids on entry operators reveal new list of possible tax evaders

The income tax department has prepared an integrated databank of suspected black money holders across the country who have taken the help of ‘entry operators’ to launder large amounts of unaccounted cash through banking channels over the past few years.........Read more

New GST Bill will hold social media platforms responsible for the content they publish

The Internet and Mobile Association of India said with the new law, 'doing business in India just got complicated for Internet Service providers'.........Read more

IOC Denies Mary Kom Wildcard Entry for Rio Olympics

The Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom will not be on the bus to Rio Olympics as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has denied her the wildcard entry for the mega tournament.........Read more

New app to let devices watch your surroundings 24x7

Scientists have developed an app that allows devices to have continuous vision and remember only specific things, an advance that may turn computers and smartphones into personal assistants to help people in their daily lives.........Read more

Won't mess up like I did while recommending Chappell: Ganguly

Entrusted with the responsibility of picking India's next chief coach, former captain Sourav Ganguly said that he will not "mess up" as he did once when he recommended Australian Greg Chappell's name in 2005.........Read more

Sturridge's Late Strike Helps England Beat Wales 2-1 to Top Group B

Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge rose from the bench to score as England came from behind to defeat neighbours Wales 2-1 in Thursday's all-British Euro 2016 clash in Lens.........Read more

Delhi's first designer auto-rickshaw is inspired by its heritage and Vincent van Gogh

If Mumbai is synonymous with kaali-peeli (black-and-yellow) taxis, then Delhi has its ubiquitous auto-rickshaws or autos in local parlance. The crowdfunded Taxi Fabric project, which was started in Mumbai to give the city's taxi seats a designer make........Read more

Watching more porn makes you more religious. We’re totally not kidding

Researchers followed a group of participants over a period of six years and measured their pornography use and religiousness along the way.........Read more

Government seeks bids for oil, gas fields in first auction since 2010

India is auctioning a total of 46 oil and gas fields, the oil ministry said, with 26 on land, 18 offshore in shallow water and two in deep water.........Read more

Civil War Spidey Coming to LEGO Marvel's Avengers - IGN

Spider-Man is due to team up with his Avengers buds once again.........Read more

My superhero film Flying Jatt is nothing like Krrish, says Tiger Shroff

Directed by Remo, ‘A Flying Jatt’ stars Tiger as a superhero, while Jacqueline plays his love interest.........Read more

Nitish Kumar Should Stop Dreaming Of Prime Ministership

‘Country-made spurious liquor kills 136’. It’s a news headline from Gujarat, 2009. In alcohol-free Gujarat, as in Pakistan, moonshine deaths are not uncommon. Such a tragedy in Bihar........Read more

Virat Kohli: Aggression helps my cricket

Virat Kohli has become a cricketing legend in India, but his temper has earned him negative headlines.........Read more