WHO Issues Guidelines for Safe Ramadan Practices, Advises Social Distancing, Virtual Religious Meets

Amid the global coronavirus outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday issued guidelines for the holy month of Ramadan that begins on April 23. In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with strict social distancing norms in place in several countries, the WHO advised that several steps should be followed during Ramadan to mitigate the impact on public health. The world body recommended that cancelling social and religious gatherings is a must when the pandemic has claimed more than 1.5 lakh lives around the world. ........Read more

Ashwin, Dhoni's Academies Among Many to Conduct Online Coaching Classes

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the world of sports to a standstill but even in this lull, cricketers along with other sportspersons are doing their bit to keep the public and fans engaged. MS Dhoni and R Ashwin are leading the way as their academies are conducting online cricket coaching classes. ........Read more

Afghanistan: At least 23 Taliban terrorists killed in airstrikes by security forces

As many as 23 Taliban terrorists were killed in airstrikes carried out by Afghan security forces in the provinces of Kandahar, Ghazni, and Badghis, state media reported on Saturday. Sputnik cited a report by Khaama Press news agency as saying that 10 terrorists were killed and 2 others injured in the airstrikes in the Arghistan District of Kandahar. Three terrorists were killed in the Andar District of Ghazni Province, the strike in the Bala Murghab district of Badghis left 10 Taliban members dead. Afghanistan has long been suffering from an unstable political, social, and security situation due to the activity of various terrorist and radical groups, including the Taliban.........Read more

Rafael Nadal defeats Nick Kyrgios in bad-tempered Wimbledon duel

Rafael Nadal defeated Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/3) in a stormy and bad-tempered Wimbledon second round encounter on Centre Court on Thursday. It was Nadal's 50th win at the tournament as he continues his push for a third Wimbledon title and 19th major. Kyrgios twice served underarm on game point, was handed a code violation for unsportsmanlike behaviour and waged a bitter war of words with umpire Damien Dumusois. Increasingly upset with what he perceived to be Nadal's pedestrian pace of play, the 24-year-old described the official as a "disgrace" and said his handling of the explosive tie was "pathetic". "I have beaten a tough opponent. When he wants to compete well, he is one of the toughest opponents that maybe you can face," said Nadal. "Normally against me and the top guys, he wants to try hard and when he's doing it, he's very tough." Kyrgios had famously defeated Nadal as a 144th-ranked teenage wildcard at Wimbledon in 2014. They have been at opposite ends of the tennis spectrum ever since with the Australian describing the 18-time major winner as his "polar opposite". "We have mutual respect -- but that's about it."........Read more

Samajwadi Party seeks seats in three other states for UP pact with Congress

Samajwadi party wants seats from the Congress in the assembly poll-bound states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in exchange for a pact in UP, where the party already has an alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)........Read more

Kerala nun rape case: High Court refuses to order arrest of bishop, says let police question him first

The high court declined to order the police to arrest the Bishop related to a nun rape, seen as a huge setback for the campaign to demand “action” against him. Let the police quiz him again. We will hear the case after this, said the court.........Read more

Teslas may produce as much CO2 as gasoline powered cars

Researchers at the UK-based climate data provider Engaged Tracking, the production of Tesla cars, as well as fossil fuel-powered plants used for generating electricity to charge the vehicles produce nearly the same amount of emissions that conventional engines do.........Read more

FIFA World Cup: Harry Kane Scores Hat-trick as England Trounce Panama 6-1

England's young and free-flowing team banished the ghost of past national failures with a record 6-1 thrashing of Panama on Sunday that included a hat-trick by Harry Kane and eased them into the last 16. England's biggest World Cup win, which included two penalties by Kane then a deflection off his heel.........Read more

Officers under probe for graft won't get passports: Government

The government has decided to deny passports to officers being investigated or prosecuted in corruption cases or facing FIR registered by a government entity after a preliminary enquiry. Such officers will not be given vigilance clearance needed for grant of passport, according to revised guidelines.........Read more

Hong Kong Cracks Down its Crypto-Exchanges

The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), the independent statutory body that regulates securities and futures markets in Hong Kong said on Friday that it has taken action against some of its crypto-exchanges and ICO (Initial Coin Offering) issuers. SFC said in a statement, "Some complainants claimed that cryptocurrency exchanges had misappropriated their assets or manipulated the market, or that technical breakdowns of the exchanges' platforms had caused them significant losses. Several complaints against ICO issuers alleged unlicensed or fraudulent activities."........Read more

Hindu Succession Act 2005 Applies to All Women, Says Supreme Court

The Hindu Succession Act 2005, which gives equal rights to daughters on the ancestral property, applied to all women including those born before the year, the Supreme Court clarified on Friday. Clarifying further, the bench added that the amended law makes a daughter a “coparcener” since birth and gives same rights and liabilities as a son while asserting that it is applicable in all property disputes filed before 2005 too.........Read more

14-Seater SARAS Succeeds in First Flight, Will Be Produced For Military And Civil Purposes: NAL

The upgraded version of Saras aircraft, developed by National Aeronautics Laboratory (NAL), made its first flight successful and passed all parameters of testing on Wednesday. Reports said that the aircraft was in skies for 40 minutes and flew at the maximum height of 8,500 ft at the speed of 145 knots. ........Read more

CBFC Chief Prasoon Joshi Won’t be Allowed to Enter Rajasthan, Says Defiant Rajput Karni Sena

The Karni Sena has also said that it will file a review petition once it reads the whole Supreme Court order that was issued yesterday on giving a nod to Padmaavat. They also questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his silence on the issue and threatened to approach the President to “ban the film across India”.........Read more

Boat capsizes in Vijayawada, 16 dead, 10 Missing

More than 16 people were killed when the boat in which they were travelling capsized at Pavithra Sanghamam near Vijayawada. The number of deaths may increase as another 10 people were yet to be traced out.........Read more

Saina Nehwal Beats PV Sindhu in Senior National Badminton Championships Final

Saina Nehwal beat PV Sindhu 21-17, 27-25 to win the Senior National Badminton Championships crown in Nagpur on Wednesday. This is the third time that Saina has lifted the title. ........Read more

A Protein Has Been Caught Conducting Electricity, And Scientists Are Really Excited

Scientists have caught one particular protein doing something incredible: conducting electricity. The researchers are cautious about their findings so far, because they've only been working with one protein, and there's plenty we still don't know about why it's behaving in this way. Hopefully future studies can fill in some of those gaps.........Read more

Deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to govt schemes extended to March 31, 2018

The deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail benefits of government schemes has been postponed to March 31, 2018, the Centre told the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Those who do not have Aadhaar will not be denied social welfare scheme benefits till March 31.........Read more

ICC investigates approach made on Sarfraz

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed was the target of an allegedly corrupt approach after the third ODI against Sri Lanka on Wednesday, multiple sources have confirmed. Sarfraz immediately reported the approach to Pakistan's management, who then passed it on to the ICC's Anti-Corruption unit (ACU). The ACU will now take over the investigation.........Read more

Aadhaar Card Not Mandatory For Benefits of Welfare Schemes, Says UIDAI Chief Ajay Bhushan Pandey

Nobody can be denied ration under Public Distribution System (PDS) even if their ration cards are not linked to Aadhaar card, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Thursday said as it called for stringent action against culprits after an 11-year-old girl Santoshi Kumari died of starvation in Simdega district of Jharkhand.........Read more

Gujarat election a fight between development and dynasty: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday took a dig at the Congress, calling the Gujarat elections a fight between 'development and dynasty,' adding that development politics will triumph over family rule.........Read more

Tata Sons plans to buy stake worth Rs 2,000 crore in Tata Motors; shares jump

Tata Groups' holding company Tata Sons is planning to buy around 1.7 percent of stake in the group's auto wing, Tata Motors. At the current value, the shares will be worth as much as Rs 2,000 crore. Tata Sons is all set to buy 1.7 percent of the stake at Rs 421.56 per share. Following the news, the shares of Tata Motors, Tata Global Beverages and Tata Chemicals rose. Tata Motors jumped as much as 4.6 percent.........Read more

6-Month Cooling-off Period Can be Waived For Divorce By Mutual Consent

In a path-breaking ruling, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said the mandatory six-month cooling-off period can be waived for granting a divorce on the ground of mutual consent. The apex court said the six-month colling-off period mentioned in section 13B(2) of the Hindu Marriage Act 1995 is not mandatory but directory. In simple words: a Hindu couple need not wait for six months for a divorce order in the case of mutual consent and the marriage can be legally terminated in just a week.........Read more

The Essential Phone earns one of iFixit’s worst repairability ratings

The Essential Phone was always meant to be a jewel of a device, something that stands at least a few steps away from the iPhones and Samsungs of the world because of its premium fit, finish, and design. But all that meant extra trouble for getting the phone open. After finding basically nothing was accessible by entering the back of the phone, “Any attempt at repair is likely to inflict as much damage as it fixes,” noting that overuse of adhesives made it difficult to even get inside.........Read more

'There will be no winner': China warns US against 'trade war'

President Donald Trump is set to sign a memorandum directing US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to determine whether any Chinese laws, policies or practices discriminate against or harm American innovators and technology companies.........Read more

HBO desperate to locate hackers, offers $250,000 as 'bounty payment'

The hackers behind HBO's recent data breach have leaked an email in which the U.S. cable channel offered them $250,000 as a "bounty payment," The message from HBO, the Time Warner Inc cable unit that broadcasts "Game of Thrones," offers the money as part of a program in which "white-hat professionals" are rewarded for identifying cyber security flaws. ........Read more

Axis Bank cuts interest rate by 50 bps to 3.5% on deposits up to Rs 50 lakh

Private sector lender Axis Bank on Tuesday reduced interest rate on savings bank accounts by 50 basis points to 3.5 per cent for deposits up to Rs 50 lakh. However, the bank will continue to pay 4 per cent interest on deposits of above Rs 50 lakh.........Read more

Honda, Yamaha Team Up For Electric Motorcycle Trial

The project involves an electric motorcycle rental service for Saitama City in Japan. The project aims to help Saitama City work towards its carbon emission goals, but will also help Honda and Yamaha fine tune their electric two-wheeler programs........Read more

Jordan Spieth's Superb Finish Earns Him the Open and Third Major

American golfer Jordan Spieth produced a magical streak over the last five and a half holes to claim the Claret Jug and come one more step closer to a Career Slam. The 23-year-old Texan, who won the Masters and the US Open in 2015, clinched his first Major in exactly two years and after eight Majors. That also put him in the company of the legendary Jack Nicklaus.........Read more

'Mystery' signal from space is solved. It's not aliens

Astronomers have finally solved the mystery of peculiar signals coming from a nearby star, a story that sparked intense public speculation this week that perhaps, finally, alien life had been found. To experts, the true mystery was that they couldn't figure out if the bursts were unusual stellar activity, emissions from other background objects, or interference from satellite communications.........Read more

Won't impose Hindi on those who do not speak it: Centre

"Hindi is the official language and all other Indian languages are national languages. There is no question of imposing one language over other languages," said Rijiju, who is in charge of the Department of Official Languages in the Central government.........Read more

Sunanda Pushkar death probe: Delhi court orders de-sealing of hotel room

In a setback for the Delhi police, a Delhi court on Friday ordered the de-sealing of suite number 345 of Hotel Leela Palace, the room where Sunanda Pushkar was found dead. A bench observed that the room could not be locked forever in the name of investigation. “The hotel cannot be put to unending hardship and loss due to the lethargy of the investigation team.” ........Read more

The state of Mac gaming

Gaming on the Mac is terrible, right? That has been the consensus among gamers for a decade-plus—Ars even declared Mac gaming dead all the way back in 2007. But in reality, the situation has gotten better. And after Apple dedicated an unprecedented amount of attention to Mac gaming at WWDC 2017, things might be looking up for Mac gamers in the coming years.........Read more

Nokia 6 smartphone registrations for August 23 sale open now; where and how to book

Nokia 6 registrations have begun on Amazon India website from today (July 14) and the device will go for an open sale on August 23 on the same e-commerce portal.........Read more

How excess capacities are fuelling the solar boom

Solar power tariffs, which have more than halved over the last two years, may continue to trend lower. An analysis by Morgan Stanley research estimates solar panel capacities to exceed installations by 45% in 2017, putting downward pressure on tariffs.........Read more

Stone-throwing in Kashmir on the wane: CRPF

“Last year, around 1,600 incidents were reported when CRPF personnel were attacked with stones. This year, the number has fallen to fewer than half, around 700 incidents maybe. There are days when there is no such incident,”........Read more

Fundraising via IPO rises 73% to Rs 12,000-crore in H1 2017

In a blockbuster performance, over a dozen companies have raised more than Rs 12,000 crore through initial public offerings in the first half of the year, a surge of 73 per cent from the year-ago level.........Read more

New clues found to common respiratory virus

By age 2, most children have been infected with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which usually causes only mild cold symptoms. But people with weakened immune systems, such as infants and the elderly, can face serious complications, including pneumonia and—in some cases—death.........Read more

Of little-known Indian languages and scripts

In Kashmir can be found manuscripts written in Sarada. Derived from Brahmi, this ancient script was once used by the Kashmiri Pandit community, but has since fallen into disuse. Another script derived from Brahmi and now forgotten is the Mahajani script, used by the mercantile community in and around Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan to maintain financial records. A substantial corpus of financial records exists in this script, awaiting decipherment.........Read more

After petrol and diesel, government planning to revise CNG prices on daily basis

After ruling the dynamic pricing for petrol and diesel, the government is planning to revise Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) prices on a daily basis. Presently, the price of CNG is revised monthly.........Read more

Goa attack: Three locals attack tourists, damage bus; 20, including children, attacked

A minor spat between tourists and locals in Merces, Goa, turned violent on Wednesday, with at least 20 people including a five-year-old suffering injuries. The incident took place when a 50-member family of tourists, dining at Hotel Cafe Hoble, had an encounter with Lawrence Dias, the prime accused........Read more

Tim Cook finally confirms Apple is working on self-driving cars

Tim Cook has finally confirmed one of the Apple rumors we keep seeing out there: Apple is working on self-driving car technology. The CEO said as much in an interview last week on the same day WWDC…........Read more

New interiors, improved seating, bio-toilets: Railways to refurbish 40,000 coaches at a cost of Rs 8,000 cr

The Indian Railways is planning to induct about 40,000 coaches with improved interiors and upgraded facilities at an estimated cost of Rs 8,000 crore to provide world-class comfort to passengers. Besides, the state-run transporter will strengthen safety features in all existing conventional coaches equipping them with strong couplers to prevent capsizing during accidents. ........Read more

SBI makes home loans above Rs 75 lakh cheaper

State Bank of India (SBI), the country’s largest lender on Friday cut its lending rate for home loans above Rs 75 lakh effective from June 15, 2017 by 10 basis points (0.10 per cent). The revised interest rates will be 8.55 per annum for salaried women borrowers........Read more

Discovery of 2D magnet could lead to super slim electronics

The electric, magnetic, physical or chemical properties of a 3D material can radically change when it's reduced to two dimensions. Now researchers have found the first material that retains magnetism in its 2D form, opening the door to thinner electronics.........Read more

IT firms eyeing $1-bn business from GST transition

Indian IT firms could see business opportunity of over $ 1 billion in building and implementing solutions to help their clients become compliant with the GST regime. Companies such as Infosys, Wipro, HCL Technologies, Tech Mahindra and others........Read more

Soon, you will be able to charge your electric car in no time

Developed by Purdue researchers, the technology could provide an "instantly rechargeable" method that is safe, affordable and environmentally friendly for recharging electric and hybrid vehicle batteries through a quick and easy process similar to refuelling a car at a gas station.........Read more

India test fires nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile successfully

India on Friday successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile from a test range in Odisha as part of a user trial by the Army.........Read more

Kashmir 'human shield' row: Dirty war has to be fought with innovative ways, Army Chief Bipin Rawat says

He said armed forces have the right of self defence and Major Gogoi could have opted for firing at the crowd but he chose not to resort to it. Gogoi, who had tied a man to an Army jeep and used him as a human shield from stone throwers last month was criticised by many sections.........Read more

UIDAI puts posers to CIS over Aadhaar data leak claim

Aadhaar-issuing authority UIDAI has asked research firm Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) to explain its sensational claim that 13 crore Aadhaar numbers were "leaked" and provide details of servers where they are stored.........Read more

After CBI, ED to file case under PMLA against Karti Chidambaram, INX Media

After the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is set to file a case against former Finance Minister P Chidambaram's son Karti Chidambaram and INX Media.........Read more

China Installs Rocket Launchers on Disputed South China Sea Island: Reports

China has said military construction on the islands it controls in the South China Sea will be limited to necessary defensive requirements, and that it can do what it likes on its own territory.........Read more

Delhi court seeks Dhinakaran's reply to cops' plea for voice samples

A special court on Thursday directed AIADMK (Amma) faction leader TTV Dhinakaran and an alleged middleman, who were arrested in an Election Commission bribery case, to respond to Delhi Police's plea for voice samples.........Read more

Heavily drunk son of Gujarat Dy CM harasses airline staff, taken off Qatar Airways flight

'Heavily drunk' son of Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel was barred from boarding a Qatar Airways flight to Greece after he argued with airline staff on Monday.........Read more

WhatsApp Now Lets You Pin Your Favourite Chats on Top

WhatsApp has reportedly been testing many new features recently to make chats more fun and convenient, and another such feature has come to light. The new WhatsApp feature allows users to pin conversations with their favourite contacts to the top to the Chats tab. The new feature is being tested on Android for now, but is expected to roll out to stable versions of the app soon.........Read more

J&K: Internet services restored in Kashmir after 2 weeks

Mobile internet services were on Saturday restored in Kashmir, two weeks after they were suspended in view of widespread student protests in the Valley against alleged highhandedness of security forces at a college in Pulwama on April 15.........Read more

Andhra Pradesh: 13 die in boat tragedy in Anantpur, 4 still missing

Thirteen people drowned in a stream in Anantapuram district of Andhra Pradesh, after the boat they were travelling capsized in the stream. As of latest reports, eight bodies were found and five people are missing after the incident. Reports or names of casualty has not arrived yet.........Read more

GST migration: Salman Khan endorses service tax, excise duty payees’ migration to GST by April 30

With the union government set on implementing the Goods and Services tax from July 1, the Central Board of Excise and Customs is pulling out all the stops to encourage indirect tax payees to migrate to the new regime. The shift is now also being promoted by Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, with the tagline “I have enrolled with the GST. Have you?”........Read more

EVM row: BJP lodges complaint against Kejriwal for calling poll panel ‘Dhritrashtra’

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Delhi lodged a police complaint against Delhi chief minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal at Parliament Street Police Station and also with the State Election Commissioner on Saturday for calling Election Commission ‘Dhritarashtra, the blind king in the epic Mahabharata and BJP, its son ‘Duryodhana’.........Read more

Ola Raises $250 Million In Fresh Funds From Investor SoftBank

India’s largest ride-hailing startup Ola raised $250 million in fresh funding from Japanese investor SoftBank Group as the cab aggregator looks to maintain its lead over rival Uber Technologies Inc. SoftBank has invested through SIMI Pacific Pte Ltd, an affiliate of SoftBank Internet and Media Inc, documents filed with Registrar of Companies show.........Read more

US experts question Pakistan's decision to execute Kulbhushan Jadhav

Bharat Gopalaswamy, director of South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council, a Washington-DC based top US think-tank, believes that the evidence warranting Jadhav's conviction "is rather flimsy" and the story by the Pakistani authorities "do not add up".........Read more

Tupac Shakur's death: Never-seen-before letter by gunman gives CHILLING details of 2Pac's assassination

After Marion 'Suge' Knight's shocking revelation, now a never-seen-before confession letter by a gunman may help solve the rapper Tupac Shakur, popular as 2Pac, murder mystery. The confession letter also clears Suge in the murder mystery.........Read more

Shilpa Shinde accuses Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hai producer of sexual harassment

Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hai actor Shilpa Shinde has filed an FIR against the show’s producer, Sanjay Kohli, accusing him of sexual harassment The FIR was filed at Walvi Naigaon police station near Mumbai.........Read more

Drivers' Union take on cab aggregators, mulling launching own App

A drivers union with members of cab aggregators Ola and Uber which had struck work last month, demanding better incentives, are mulling launch of their own App, with financial help from JDS leader H D Kumaraswamy.........Read more

Cognizant likely to lay off 6,000 employees

Cognizant appears set to cut at least 6,000 jobs, which represents 2.3% of its total workforce, as it struggles with growth in an IT environment that is fast shifting towards new digital services.........Read more

Indian saris will not face excise duty: CBEC

The quintessentially Indian sari, a staple of every woman's wardrobe, will not face excise duty as the government has clarified that the garment won’t be classified as a 'made-up', which would have attracted tax. ........Read more

Akshay Kumar donates Rs 1.08 crore to families of 12 CRPF soldiers killed in Sukma encounter

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar has donated Rs 1.08 crore – Rs 9 lakh each – to the families of the 12 Central Reserve Police Force jawans killed in an encounter in Sukma, Chhattisgarh, on March 11. ........Read more

Cross-border travel through Chakkan Da Bagh suspended after Pakistan violates ceasefire

Cross LoC travel between India and Pakistan on Poonch-Rawalakote road was suspended as Pakistani troops during wee hours of Monday resorted to unprovoked mortar shelling and automatic weapons fire at various places in Poonch district including Chakkan Da Bagh damaging two storey administrative block at the Trade Facilitation Centre (TFC) there.........Read more

Scotland to seek independence referendum over Brexit

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today said that she will be seeking the Scottish Parliament's permission to hold a referendum on Scotland's independence from the United Kingdom. Sturgeon wants this referendum to be held between the second half of 2018 and first half of 2019 for Scotland to be able to have a say over its relationship with the European Union (EU) post-Brexit. ........Read more

Intel to buy Mobileye for $15 billion, Israeli media say

U.S. chip giant Intel has agreed to buy Israeli driverless technology firm Mobileye for $14-$15 billion. The companies will announce the deal, which would be the world's biggest purchase of a company solely focused on the autonomous driving sector.........Read more

BCCI withdraws complaint against Steve Smith and Peter Handscomb

The BCCI on Thursday decided to withdraw the complaint against Steve Smith and Peter Handscomb on the controversial Decision Review System (DRS) call issue that led to war of words between the rival teams.........Read more

Illegal abortion racket busted in Sangli; 19 female foetuses found dumped in sewer

In a shocking discovery, the police on Sunday retrieved as many as 19 female foetuses from a sewer in a village in western Maharashtra’s Sangli district.The police, while investigating the death of 26-year-old Swati Jamdade. The clinic, named ‘Bharati Hospital’ is run by one Dr. Babasaheb Khidrapure. He and an accomplice allegedly ran this racket. His wife is suspected to have been involved as well.........Read more

BSP Chief Mayawati raises separate state hood for Poorvanchalis

BSP supremo Mayawati on Monday sought to woo the electorate in eastern Uttar Pradesh, where polling would be held in the last two phases next week, by promising to work for the establishment for a separate state of 'Poorvanchal'.........Read more

Scientists reveal how the brain maintains useful memories

The team found that there are specific groups of neurons in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) of a rat's brain - the region most associated with long-term memory. These neurons develop codes to help store relevant, general information from multiple experiences while, over time, losing the more irrelevant, minor details unique to each experience.........Read more

Assembly Elections 2017: High-voltage campaign ends for UP phase-2, Uttarakhand polls

The high-voltage campaigning saw the top brass of the main parties in fray addressing a slew of rallies, roadshows and public meetings in both the states. Uttar Pradesh is witnessing a triangular contest among Samajwadi Party-Congress, BJP and BSP while the fight in Uttarakhand is an interesting one as about a dozen rebel candidates in fray as Independents may upset the calculations of Congress and BJP which have been traditionally the two main contenders for power in the state.........Read more

Arvind Kejriwal reiterates ‘take bribe, vote for AAP’ appeal despite EC notice

A day after the Election Commission issued him a notice for allegedly promoting bribery, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday reiterated his appeal to voters to accept bribes offered by political parties but cast their ballot for his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). “If they are being offered Rs 5,000, I would tell them to ask for Rs 10,000 from Akali Dal, BJP and Congress but vote for AAP,” the party’s national convenor said in Chadigarh.........Read more

Two dead after gunmen open fire at TMC party office in Kharagpur, 3 injured

Four unidentified gunmen opened fire at a Trinamool Congress party office in Kharagpur in West Midnapore district of West Bengal. Of the five people grievously injured in the incident, two have lost their lives. The two dead have been identified as Trinamool Congress supporters Dharma and Srini Naidu. Naidu is the husband of local councillor of the area Puja Naidu.........Read more

Florida airport shooting: US Army veteran held after killing 5, says govt controlled his mind

Authorities identified the gunman, who opened fire at the Fort Lauderdale airport in Florida and killed five on Friday, as Esteban Santiago, an Iraq army veteran who complained...........Read more

Law Ministry rejects Finance move to link small savings to Aadhaar

Ahead of launching the demonetisation drive, the Finance Ministry had sought Law Ministry’s opinion whether Aadhaar submission could be made compulsory for small savings scheme.........Read more

Shiv Sena forces Mood Indigo organisers to remove Hanuman mural, write apology

Sena leader Datta Dalvi, who along with MLA Sunil Raut had reportedly directed the Sena workers to visit the campus and demand its removal, said, "The painting was in bad taste. It hurt the religious sentiments of many people. This is not the way to the portray a Hindu deity like Hanuman. Students should not have portrayed the deity like that.”........Read more

National Herald case: Court rejects Swamy's plea seeking documents from Congress

A court here on Monday dismissed the plea of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy seeking summoning of documents of Congress party and Associated Journals Ltd (AJL) related to the National Herald case.........Read more

Typhoon Nock-ten strands thousands in Philippines

Super typhoon Nock-ten leaves more than 11,000 passengers stranded after roaring into the Philippines and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of thousands.........Read more

VVIP chopper scam: Italy's top court orders retrial of ex-Finmeccanica executives

Italy's highest court on Friday ordered a re-trial of former top executives at defence group Leonardo Finmeccanica over allegations of bribery in a 2010 contract to provide a dozen helicopters to the Indian government. In April a Milan appeals court sentenced former Finmeccanica CEO Giuseppe Orsi to four and a half years in prison for corruption and falsifying invoices, overturning a previous lower court ruling.........Read more

DMK chief Karunanidhi readmitted to Kauvery hospital in Chennai

DMK leader M Karunanidhi was readmitted to Kauvery hospital in Chennai on Thursday night after he complained of difficulties in breathing. A medical bulletin issued by the hospital said the 92-year-old leader was suffering from a throat and lung infection. The hospital said his condition is stable and the treatment has begun.........Read more

Vigilance probe red-flags fraud and corruption in Arunachal hydro project

Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju; his cousin, a contractor in Arunachal Pradesh, Goboi Rijiju; and several top officials of North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO), including its Chairman and Managing Director, have been named in a 129-page report by the PSU’s Chief Vigilance Officer that alleges corruption in the construction of two dams for 600 MW Kameng Hydro Electric Project, one of the biggest hydro-electric projects in Arunachal Pradesh.........Read more

GST Council may cut tax slabs in future: CBEC chief

The GST Council may in future decide to reduce the tax slabs under the Goods and Services Tax regime after analysing the revenue garnered and the compensation payouts to states, a top official said on Thursday.........Read more

Tom Cruise’s The Mummy trailer has risen from the crypt. It looks spectacular

Universal Pictures just dropped the first trailer for The Mummy reboot starring Tom Cruise, and with it, a whole new world of gods and monsters.........Read more

Energy firms swoop on startups in billion-dollar technology race

Europe’s biggest energy companies have ploughed more than 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) into startups, according to Reuters calculations, with several deals announced in the past month as they accelerate a quest for new technologies to outpace rivals.........Read more

Snapdeal founders Kunal Bahl, Rohit Bansal own less than 6.5% of the firm

Snapdeal co-founders Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal together own less than 6.5% of the company, indicating the extent of the strain the online marketplace and its founders have had to bear to raise nearly $2 billion in funds over the past seven years, documents with the Registrar of Companies show.........Read more

China Unusually Quiet About Taiwan Drills in South China Sea

Taiwan held rescue drills on Tuesday off the coast of its sole outpost in the Spratly Islands of the South China Sea, but China kept untypically quiet.........Read more

Now, Paytm allows merchants to accept card payments

 The move follows the government’s decision to withdraw old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes from circulation, which has led to severe cash crunch in the economy, forcing people to opt for digital payment m........Read more

All 6 independent directors of Taj Group back Mistry

In what is being widely viewed as a setback for Ratan Tata and the board of Tata Sons, which sacked Cyrus Mistry last week, all six independent directors of Tata Group’s prestigious Indian Hotels Company publicly reposed faith in Mistry’s leadership on Friday ahead of a scheduled board meet.........Read more

How the Tirupati Laddu was marketed to bring sweet returns for Tirumala temple

“Naivedyam [an offering of food] is given to the deity four to five times a day,” said G Kodandarama Rao, Deputy Executive Officer of the Srivari temple. “The laddu is one of the permanent items on the Naivedyam menu, which has 10-15 other things like jalebi, dosa, vada and seven varieties of rice-based dishes. All that prasadam is later distributed among devotees.” Two tonnes of rice offerings are cooked and distributed to devotees every day in the temple.........Read more

3-D-printed organ-on-a-chip with integrated sensors

Harvard University researchers have made the first entirely 3D-printed organ-on-a-chip with integrated sensing. Built by a fully automated, digital manufacturing procedure, the 3D-printed heart-on-a-chip can be quickly fabricated in customized form factors allowing researchers to easily collect reliable data for short-term and long-term studies.........Read more

BCCI vs Lodha panel: Cricket body defers global media rights tender process indefinitely

The BCCI on Monday decided to indefinitely defer the awarding of its global media rights -broadcast and digital - which was scheduled for Tuesday as the Justice RM Lodha Committee is yet to appoint an independent auditor to oversee the entire process.........Read more

Google Has Quietly Dropped Ban on Personally Identifiable Web Tracking

Since 2007, Google has kept a massive database of web-browsing records separate from the personally identifiable information it has collected from Gmail and its other login accounts – until now.........Read more

I-T Dept to fast-track tax-related cases

To expedite over 2.50 lakh cases pending for adjudication, the income tax department is getting tough. It has asked its officials to regularly submit data of number of appeals disposed of against the target set for the particular period.........Read more

Over 150 spy pigeons seized in Jammu, probe ordered

In a sensational move, the Jammu & Kashmir Police has seized over 150 pigeons allegedly being smuggled for the purpose of espionage, a media report on Sunday said, adding a probe has been ordered into the issue.........Read more

It’s Not Just You, Reliance Jio 4G Speeds Have Totally Gone Down

Reliance Jio claims to have notched up 16 million users in the first month, much quicker than WhatsApp and Facebook managed. But if things aren’t resolved soon, they risk losing those 16 million users in quick time. The best and supposedly most reliable speed test provider, Speedtest by Ookla, has publicly stated that Jio 4G speeds over the past month have drastically come down.........Read more

'MS Dhoni: The Untold Story' crosses Rs 100 cr at BO

"We are extremely humbled with the love that M S Dhoni's biopic is receiving. Crossing the Rs 100 crore nett box office in India is a result of all the love that India's most successful captain gets from his motherland," Fox Star Studios CEO Vijay Singh told PTI.........Read more

Caffeine consumptions may decrease risk of dementia, says study

A new study suggests that older women who consume coffee daily may have a lower risk of dementia. The findings found that higher caffeine consumption in older women was associated with reduced risk of developing dementia or cognitive impairment.........Read more

Cabinet approves purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets: report

India’s cabinet cleared the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets from Dassault Aviation on Wednesday, paving the way for signing a deal that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is betting on to modernise the air force, a government source told Reuters.........Read more

World Famous Physician Believes Vladimir Putin May Have Poisoned Hillary Clinton

Following Hillary Clinton’s near-collapse at the 9/11 memorial, the internet was flooded with jokes about how her campaign would find a way to blame Russia. But nobody actually expected it to happen...........Read more

Telecom Regulator Calls Time-Out as Reliance Jio-COAI Battle Turns Anti-Consumer

All stakeholders – the government, the regulator and India’s telecom operators – need to remember that the interests of the consumer need to be placed above all else.........Read more

Swamy seeks daily hearing in SC over Ayodhya issue

BJP member Subramanian Swamy on Monday made a case for day-to-day hearing in the Supreme Court on the Ayodhya dispute and also sought discussion on the matter in Rajya Sabha.........Read more

Fresh surge of violence in Kashmir: First death due to pellet guns reported

21 year-old ATM guard, Riyaz Ahmad Shah the first victim of pellet guns was hit by 300 pellet bullets, the postmortem report revealed.........Read more

Revenue department, IRS officers at loggerheads

Formal resolution against revenue secretary for disciplinary rap on Income Tax officer; department livid and Jaitley issues warning on breach of conduct rules........Read more

Germs Are Magic and Other Things We Learned From Ed Yong’s New Book

Babies eat germ poop, there are probiotics for goats, and certain viruses act as your own personal bodyguards.........Read more

Kashmir needs Indian Army, not sermons from liberals, to wipe out jihadis

Good-governance and restoration of Kashmiriyat are keys to the peace and prosperity of Kashmir, not talking to the Islamist separatists.........Read more

British initiative to make known heroics of war heroes

Lesser-known in his own country, bravery tales of Lance-Daffadar Gobind Singh Rathore of Rajasthan will now be heard across the world. Britain has launched a new digital archive telling the inspiring stories of war heroes, including Gobind Singh and five other Indians, as a part of the UK government's centenary celebrations to mark World War I.........Read more

NSE to file for domestic IPO by January 2017; will pursue foreign listing too

All these decisions were taken during the last meeting of the board of directors on June 23, 2016........Read more

Brexit impact: Top 5 IT firms lost Rs50,000 crore market value in last two days

TCS lost nearly `30,000 crore in market capitalisation, Infosys `12,000 crore, Wipro `3,420 crore, HCL `5,078.73 crore and Tech Mahindra `2,951 crore........Read more

Healthcare industry's IT spend to grow 3.4% to nearly Rs 8,000 crore

Healthcare industry's IT spend to grow 3.4% to nearly Rs 8,000 crore - This will include spending by hospitals, hospital systems, nursing and residential care, and more.........Read more