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Manoj Tiwari Removed as BJP Delhi President, Adesh Kumar Gupta Appointed New Chief

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday appointed Adesh Kumar Gupta as the president of its Delhi unit replacing actor-politician Manoj Tiwari. The decision by party president JP Nadda was announced in a statement. Gupta, whose appointment will take place with immediate effect, is a former mayor of North Delhi Municipal Corporation and replaces Tiwari, a member of Lok Sabha, at the helm in the Delhi BJP. Tiwari had offered to quit after the BJP lost to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Delhi assembly polls and his term was also over. ........Read more

ICC cricket committee dissuades use of saliva to shine ball

The cricket committee of the ICC has officially recommended that saliva must not be used to shine the ball in light of the health and safety risk it poses in a world currently inhabited by the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Among other important recommendations, the Anil Kumble-led panel has also proposed that teams be allowed the use of an extra DRS referral per innings in each format on an interim basis, while also proposing the use of non-neutral umpires and match referees in the wake of the stringent border control currently in place in several countries. Maintaining the cricket ball ........Read more

No COVID-19 Testing Before Discharge From Hospital if Not a Serious Case: Why Centre Changes Policy

In a newly issued policy on the discharge of COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals and other care facilities, the Centre has said that there is no need to test mild, very mild and moderate cases before they are discharged. Only severe cases will be tested. Why this change in the rule? According to experts, there might be a sharp spurt in the number of cases in June-July. This change in the policy will enable hospitals to discharge patients easily. ........Read more

Govt Launches Hackathon To Encourage India Focussed 5G Solutions

Launched on February 21, the 5G hackathon will conclude at the India Mobile Congress (IMC) on October 16, 2020, and will be conducted over three phases. In the first phase, the hackathon will accept and shortlist 100 ideas. The second and third phase will involve mentoring and shortlisting of 30 startups. The shortlisted 100 ideas will share a prize pool of INR 2.5 Cr. In addition to startups, developers, students, SMEs, academic institutions and Indian registered companies can participate in the hackathon. Startups can send their ideas based on 5G technology across categories such as healthtech, education, governance, agritech, environment, public safety and disaster management enterprise, smart cities and infrastructure, cybersecurity, banking, finance and insurance, logistics and transportation, media and broadcasting, among others to participate in the 5G hackathon.........Read more

Son of late Jagmohan Dalmiya elected as CAB president, Sourav Ganguly's brother Snehasish becomes secretary

Avishek Dalmiya, son of former BCCI President Late Jagmohan Dalmiya has been elected as the new president of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB). Avishek Dalmiya became the youngest CAB Chief at the age of 38 years. Snehasish Ganguly, elder brother of Sourav Ganguly has been elected as the new secretary of CAB. His father, Jagmohan Dalmiya, is regarded as one of the leaders who brought about huge changes in Indian cricket administration. Jagmohan Dalmiya had joined the BCCI in 1979 as Cricket Association of Bengal representative and became treasurer of the body in 1983.........Read more

In embarrassment for Modi government, Seattle City Council passes resolution against CAA, NRC

The Seattle City Council, one of the most powerful city councils in the US, on Monday unanimously passed a resolution condemning India's recently-enacted Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC). Reaffirming Seattle as a welcoming city and expressing solidarity with the city's South Asian community regardless of religion and caste, the resolution "resolves that the Seattle City Council opposes the National Register of Citizens and the Citizenship Amendment Act in India, and finds these policies to be discriminatory to Muslims, oppressed castes, women, indigenous, and LGBT people".........Read more

BJP In Love With Pakistan, Gave Padma Shri To A Pakistani: Swara Bhaskar

Actor Swara Bhaskar on Sunday targeted the central government over awarding the Padma Shri, India's fourth-hightest civillian honour, to Pakistan-origin singer Adnan Sami who became an Indian citizen in 2016. Addressing a "Save the Constitution, Save the Country" rally in Indore against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Madhya Pradesh, Ms Bhaskar said that passing the controversial law, which grants citizenship to only non-Muslim refugees from three countries, amounted to "betrayal" of the secular constitution.........Read more

Meet Dr MK Bhan, Whose Made-In-India Vaccine Saves Thousands of Kids Annually

Dr MK Bhan was the man behind the Rotavac vaccine, the first indigenously developed rotavirus vaccine which drastically lowered the cost of vaccination for diarrhoea. A three-dose vaccination course of Rotovac vaccine for full immunisation costs just Rs 180 as compared to the two other WHO-approved vaccines available in the market which cost around Rs 2,500 per course. ........Read more

Did Einstein believe Indians were stupid? His diaries suggest so

dians, Einstein seemed to have believed, were "biologically inferior" and were hampered by the subcontinent's climate that "prevented them from thinking backward or forward by more than a quarter of an hour." This, according to Ze'ev Rosenkranz, the assistant director of the Einstein Papers Project at the California Institute of Technology, and the editor of a book that compiles Albert Einstein's travel diaries.........Read more

Police arrest Osmania University assistant professor for maoist link

11:42 AM IST The Siddipet police on Friday arrested Osmania University assistant professor Chinthakindi Kashim for alleged Maoist links after conducting sear-ches at his house on the campus. The police arrested Mr Kashim, 43, under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UA-PA) and booked him for sedition, stating that he was a ‘professional revolutionary’. Mr Kashim had been elected general secretary of Virasam (Vipl-ava Rachayitala Sang-am, revolutionary writers forum) last week. ........Read more

Explainer - Brexit basics: What is Brexit and why does it matter?

In the June 23, 2016 referendum, 52 percent of British voters backed leaving while 48 percent voted to remain in the bloc. Prime Minister David Cameron, who called the referendum, resigned immediately afterwards. ........Read more

PMC Bank had been flouting RBI rules for 6-7 yrs, admits suspended MD Joy Thomas

The suspended MD of Punjab Maharashtra Cooperation Bank Joy Thomas has admitted that the troubled bank shared a long relationship with realty group HDIL and that the lender had been breaking the rules of the Reserve Bank of India for six to seven years. The bank in 2015 also appointed Waryam Singh as its chairman. Waryam Singh was on the board of HDIL the bank’s largest borrower. Addressing the media on Friday, Thomas said the bank’s total exposure to HDIL was Rs 2,500 crore. The group itself accounted for 31% of the bank’s entire loan book of Rs 8,300 crore as on March 2019. We have been lending to HDIL since 1989. The breach in exposure limit was not reported to RBI for six-seven years, said Joy. He added that for the last three years, although the repayment was irregular, the bank did not report the advances as NPAs as it held security worth twice the value of the loan. Our intention was to grow fast. We did not disclose our exposure because that would have created a run on the bank, Joy Thomas said. Thomas said the bank advanced an additional Rs 96 crore to the promoters of HDIL last month despite the company being admitted for proceedings under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. We extended the loan to protect our security and prevent it from being part of bankruptcy proceedings, Thomas added.........Read more

LeT terrorists spill Pakistan plot in Kashmir

In a massive breakthrough in the fight against terror, Indian security agencies arrested two terrorists — both Pakistani nationals — in Jammu and Kashmir and subsequent interrogations revealed that Islamabad is desperately trying to use underhand means to spread violence in the newly-formed Union Territory. Security agencies are still questioning the two terrorists. The two arrested terrorists — Khalil Ahmad and Nazim Khokar — have spilled the beans on Pakistan's intent to spread discord and said that the country's Army gave them training and eventually instructed them to infiltrate into J&K and target Indian security forces. The report reveals that both Ahmad and Khokar were sent to Lashkar-e-Toiba camps in Khacharaban and Kotli of Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir, where they have been receiving training on how to use weapons. Subsequently, Pakistan recruited a group of seven LeT terrorists — including three Afghans — and sent them to Kashmir. It has been revealed that they were told to target Indian forces. While 36-year-old Ahmed is a resident of Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Khokar, 25, hails from Quetta. According to the investigating agencies, both the terrorists were sent to recce the target of the attack, when they were caught by the security forces in Gulmarg.........Read more

Jammu and Kashmir top cop exposes anti-India narrative of the foreign media

A top police officer from Jammu and Kashmir has called out the anti-India narrative being peddled by a section of foreign media, particularly after the Centre scrapped the state's special status under Article 370. "There've been 02 killings since August 04 in Kashmir. One person killed by Pakistan backed terrorists and another a truck driver by Pakistan instigated rioters. None of these reported by @AJEnglish, @BBCUrdu or @nytimes because it doesn't fit in the scheme of their propaganda," tweeted Imtiyaz Hussain. On Sunday evening, a truck driver was killed after his vehicle was attacked by stone-pelters in Bhijbhera area of J&K. In Tral, terrorists killed a member of the Bakarwal community – a nomadic tribe that had first spotted Pakistani build-up in the mountains of Kargil in 1999 – on Monday. The victim and another person had been abducted a week ago. As Hussain's tweet was widely shared on Tuesday, the cop gave more details on the deliberate misrepresentation of the situation in Kashmir. Referring to a report on the truck driver's murder, he tweeted, "In this @BBCUrdu story the reporter presumes on behalf of rioters that truck would be carrying security forces, thus killed the truck driver. What a shameful justification of murder by learned journalist!"........Read more

In 2019, only 4% of child rape cases saw justice

The Supreme Court donned the mantle of a petitioner to seek justice for the child rape victims after a discreet research ordered by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi revealed that out of 24,000 cases, only 4% have been decided by courts. A whopping 11,900 child rape cases are pending investigation. Converting the research data into public interest litigation, a bench headed by the CJI took suo motu notice of the same in open court and appointed senior advocate V Giri to assist them in passing remedial measures. Focussing on cases under trial and those under investigation, the bench asked Giri to consider the nature of directions to be issued to all states and high courts. This could pertain to setting up additional courts, requisitioning judicial manpower, special investigation units, video conferencing facilities, said the bench, comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose.........Read more

Amid multi-tier security, first batch of Amarnath pilgrims flagged off from Jammu base camp

The first batch of pilgrims is scheduled to leave for Amarnath from the base camp here on Sunday. Multi-tier security arrangements have been made to ensure the safety of pilgrims to the cave shrine in South Kashmir's militancy-hit Anantnag district. The Yatra will officially begin on July 1 (Masik Shivratri) and conclude on August 15 (Shravan Purnima). "Through the entire stretch of the Yatra, different security agencies have been placed. They will be working together to provide a secure and successful religious experience to all pilgrims," said a CRPF official. CCTV cameras have been placed at several vantage points on the route. ........Read more

Roasted Chana, Almonds Replace Biscuits as 'Healthy Snacks' in Health Ministry

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has ordered a ban on the sale of biscuits in his ministry and in the departmental meetings and also asked the department to provide healthy food such as roasted channa, almonds, dates and walnuts. In an order released on Friday, the Ministry said, “The Health and Family Welfare Minister has desired that healthy snacks only to be served in official meeting and biscuits are to be avoided.” The order said, “Henceforth, therefore, biscuits shall not be dispensed through the departmental canteen and helathy snacks like lahiya channa, khajoor (dates), bhuna channa (roasted channa), badam (almond) and akhrot (walnuts) will be served in the official meetings in the department.” The ministry also reiterated its earlier order of not using the plastic water bottles.........Read more

Nirav Modi's remand extended, to stay in UK prison till July 25

The Westminster Magistrates' Court in London on Thursday denied bail to fugitive Indian diamantaire Nirav Modi and extended his custody till July 25. The beleaguered businessman appeared via videolink from prison for a routine remand hearing before Westminster Magistrates' Court in London. The 48-year-old, who has been lodged at Wandsworth prison in south-west London since his arrest in March in connection with the nearly US $2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case, requested the extradition judge for a laptop so that he can review Indian Government's 5000-page case against him in prison. Hearing his request, the judge said that the Court will do all it can to facilitate his request to access documents relating to his case while he is in prison. Nirav Modi appeared for the first time since his bail appeal was rejected by the UK High Court earlier this month, his fourth attempt at bail. In her judgment handed down at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Justice Ingrid Simler concluded there were substantial grounds to believe that Modi would fail to surrender as he does possess the means to abscond.........Read more

Post Balakot strike, Indian Navy hunted for Pakistani submarine for 21 days

Soon after the Pulwama terror attack, India pulled out its Navy from an exercise and deployed a major part of its fleet, including nuclear and conventional submarines, close to Pakistani territorial waters. During the aggressive deployment of the naval assets by the Indian side, the Pakistanis were getting an impression that New Delhi might use its maritime force to avenge the killing of its 40 CRPF personnel in the suicide bombing by Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). India was continuously keeping an eye on the movement of the Pakistani military but after Indian Air Force (IAF) hit the Jaish terrorist factory in Balakot, one of the most advanced Pakistani Agosta-class submarines - PNS Saad - vanished from the Pakistani waters, a senior government source said. Having accounted for all other surface warships and all the submarines, the vanishing act done by the PNS Saad fitted with Air Independent Propulsion (a technology which allows the submarines to stay for a longer period under the water than normal submarines) swung the entire Indian Navy swung into action. "The location near Karachi, Pakistan, from where the PNS Saad vanished, it could reach the Gujarat coast in three days and the headquarters of the western fleet in Mumbai within five days and was seen as a major threat to the security of the country," the sources said. The anti-submarine warfare specialist warships and aircraft were positioned to help in the hunt for the missing Pakistani submarine. "All the areas where it could have gone in the given timeframe, extensive searches were carried out by the Indian Navy. P-8Is were pressed into service to locate the submarine along with the coastal areas of Gujarat followed by Maharashtra and other states," the sources said.........Read more

Indian Railways Restores Services of Samjhauta Express from March 3

The Indian Railways announced that it has restored the services of Samjhauta Express – the train which runs between India and Pakistan. The train will leave from national capital for Pakistan on Sunday, March 3.........Read more

Facebook Sued By Top US Lawyer Over Cambridge Analytica Data Scandal

The lawyer from Washington DC targeted Facebook mainly for its entanglement with Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that harvested names, "likes" and other data from the social site without users' permission.........Read more

181 pilots tested positive for alcohol during 2015-2018: Aviation Min

Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said that in 2015, as many as 43 pilots tested positive for alcohol, followed by 44 in 2016. In 2017, the number stood at 45 and 49 such cases have come to the fore till November 2018.........Read more

Take action against me if I'm anti-national: Digvijaya denies link to Bhima Koregaon violence

Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has issued a statement after his phone number was found in a letter recovered in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence case. ........Read more

Air Asia India to Appoint Sunil Bhaskaran as New CEO

AirAsia India appointed Tata group veteran Sunil Bhaskaran as their new chief executive officer. Bhaskaran will take charge as the new CEO on November 15. The airline is a joint venture between Tata Sons Ltd and Malaysian AirAsia Berhad.........Read more

Aircel-Maxis case: Chidambaram, Karti protected from arrest till November 1

The Delhi High Court Monday extended the interim protection from arrest granted to Congress leader P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram till November 1 in connection with the Aircel-Maxis cases filed by the CBI and the ED. ........Read more

342 People Arrested in Gujarat For Violence Against Non-Gujaratis After Toddler's Rape

As many as 342 people have been arrested from various parts of Gujarat for allegedly attacking non-Gujaratis, especially those hailing from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, following the rape of a 14-month-old girl in Sabarkantha district.........Read more

This is India's Most Tourist-Friendly Railway Station

Secunderabad Railway Station, which is the centre for South Central Railway Zone, was awarded the “Best Tourist Friendly Railway station” by the Union Minister of Tourism, K. Alphons. Around one lakh passengers travel daily from Secunderabad station to different parts of the country.........Read more

Supreme Court rejects SIT plea in Bhima-Koregaon case, house arrest of activists to continue for 4 weeks

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to interfere in the arrest of five rights activists in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima violence case and declined to appoint a SIT for a probe into their arrest. The top court found no fault in the investigation of Maharashtra against the activists. ........Read more

Karunanidhi dies at 94

Muthuvel Karunanidhi, a champion of Dravidian politics and a five-time Tamil Nadu chief minister, has died.  He was 94. Karunanidhi largely stayed away from active politics since he underwent a surgery in 2016. He is survived by his second and third wives, Dayalu and Rajathiammal, and six children - Muthu, Azhagiri, Stalin, Selvi, Thamizharasu and Kanimozhi.........Read more

Times Higher Education: IISC Bengaluru featured among world's top 100 university rankings

Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru, Karnataka, has made the cut in the Times Higher Education's World Reputation Rankings for 2018. IISC is the only Indian institute featured in the annual list as it ranked in the 91-100 band.........Read more

Indian-American IT professionals ask US government to end green card backlog

Several Indian-American IT professionals have held two rallies in the US, demanding an end to the long and massive green card backlog by eliminating per-country limit quota. The rallies were organised over the weekend in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Participants argued that per country quota on issuing of Green Cards per annum was the main reason for the backlog.........Read more

Anudeep Durishetty from Telangana Tops Civils Exam

UPSC recruitment body declared the results of civil services examinations 2017 on Friday evening and Dhurishetty Anudeep from Telangana state is the topper. A total of 990 candidates have been selected and the second position has gone to Ms Anu Kumari from Delhi University. To the surprise of many, Anudeep Durishetty cleared this exam earlier too and is currently posted as an Assistant Commissioner. He wanted to improve his rank this time and so kept up at it again. Anudeep holds an engineering degree from BITS Pilani. ........Read more

Zuckerberg shoots down conspiracy theory that Facebook taps your microphone

Suspicions that Facebook (and associated apps like Instagram) are secretly recording audio through phone microphones in order to better target ads have refused to die, despite official denials dating all the way back to 2016. In today’s Senate hearing, Mark Zuckerberg addressed the urban legend yet again, issuing an absolute denial. Mark went on to elaborate that Facebook does have access to audio when people record videos on their devices for Facebook, but otherwise it doesn’t access your microphone. ........Read more

YouTube Headquarters Shooting: Attacker Identified as Nasim Aghdam

The female shooter who opened fire at YouTube headquarters at San Bruno, California, has been identified as Nasim Aghdam, a resident of South California, even had her own channel – NasimWonder1 – on YouTube where she accused Google discrimination. Aghdam, who was found dead inside the YouTube office with a gunshot injury to her head, had claimed that YouTube was filtering her videos. ........Read more

Will king penguins become extinct due to climate change? Study says majority of the birds may disappear soon

A study has found that over 70 percent king penguins may be forced to relocate their breeding grounds or face extinction before the end of the century. Scientists have warned that climate change and overfishing can cause a major reduction in the birds' population. They studied the birds' fragmented population in the Southern Ocean.........Read more

Budget 2018: Arun Jaitley Opens The Purse For Agriculture, Infrastructure, Health Sectors; Disappoints Salaried Class

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s Union Budget 2018-19 brought a lot of cheer to the rural economy and agricultural sector but left the salaried class a bit disappointed as he decided not to tinker with the income tax rates. The markets reacted cautiously and the Sensex tanked by almost 250 points by the time Jaitley finished his speech but began to recover within a few minutes. ........Read more

At least 17 dead in car bomb at checkpoint near embassies in Kabul

A bomb hidden in an ambulance killed at least 17 people and wounded about 110 at a police checkpoint in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, in an area near foreign embassies and government buildings.........Read more

The Human Y Chromosome Is Degenerating And Our Body Is Trying to Stop It

The Y chromosome has degenerated rapidly, leaving females with two perfectly normal X chromosomes, but males with an X and a shrivelled Y. If the same rate of degeneration continues, the Y chromosome has just 4.6 million years left before it disappears completely. Y chromosomes have a fundamental flaw. Unlike all other chromosomes, which we have two copies of in each of our cells, Y chromosomes are only ever present as a single copy, passed from fathers to their sons. This means that genes on the Y chromosome cannot undergo genetic recombination, the "shuffling" of genes that occurs in each generation which helps to eliminate damaging gene mutations.........Read more

Kamal says taking time to launch party to avoid mistakes

Giving a cinema analogy, actor Kamal Haasan, who has announced his entry into politics, said on Thursday that like in cinema, in politics also there is a fear that a rival can run away with your script and produce a film before he can do it -- in what is seen as a veiled reference to his longtime friend and superstar Rajinikanth.........Read more

Assam tense ahead of citizens list targeting 'illegal Bangladeshis'

India has mobilised around 60,000 police and paramilitary troops in a sensitive border state ahead of the publication of a list of citizens it says will be used to detect and deport illegal immigrants - mainly Muslims - from neighbouring Bangladesh.........Read more

SEBI raids brokers as it steps up probe over prescient WhatsApp messages

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) raids are a sign that a probe by the regulator is gathering steam. The investigation is looking into who was responsible for circulating prescient messages about major Indian companies’ corporate announcements in social media chatrooms, according to the regulator.........Read more

Adarsh scam: Big relief for Ashok Chavan, Bombay HC sets aside governor's sanction to prosecute him

In a big relief to former chief minister Ashok Chavan, Bombay high court on Friday set aside governor's sanction for prosecuting him in the Adarsh case. Ashok Chavan had filed a petition challenging Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao's assent to prosecute him. ........Read more

For seven years, on all working days, vacations included, I waited for evidence: 2G case judge

Special Judge OP Saini, who oversaw the trial of all 2G spectrum cases since early 2011, on Thursday said his seven-year wait for evidence ended “all in vain” because the case was mainly based on “rumour, gossip and speculation”.........Read more

Indians consuming maximum video content online: Report

India consumes the most OTT (Over-the-top) videos, followed by Thailand and Philippines in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, content delivery network services provider Akamai Technologies said. The survey brought the importance of superior-quality video to the fore. Seventy percent of Indian viewers said that the video and audio quality is of utmost importance to them, followed by fast start-up time (56 percent).........Read more

Players can change teams as BCCI to introduce mid-season transfers from IPL 2018?

It is reported that the possibility of mid-tournament move for players was discussed during the IPL Governing Council’s meeting in Mumbai on Tuesday. If a player did not get a run in any of the first seven games of his IPL side, then he can make a move to another side if the new team is intent to hire his services.........Read more

IoT platform market to grow to $1.6 billion by 2020: Verizon report

The Internet of Things (IOT) platform market is expected to grow 35% per year to $1.16 billion by 2020, according to Verizon’s State of the Market: Internet of Things 2017 report. The report finds that the biggest growth will be in business-to-business applications which can generate nearly 70% of potential value enabled by IoT. ........Read more

12 fascinating museums for military enthusiasts

The history of warfare is intertwined with that of mankind. And while, unfortunately, war is not a rare occurrence in history, it remains one of the most traumatic experiences that a nation and its inhabitants can endure. No wonder then that museums have been set up around the world to preserve the memory of armed conflicts and the people who fought in them. Here is a list of some of the most remarkable ones.........Read more

Supreme Court asks Centre if the new cattle rules infringe upon states powers

The Supreme Court on Friday questioned the central government’s notification banning the sale of cattle at animal markets for slaughter, The apex court asked if the Centre’s cattle rules regulated the livestock market – a power that only the state governments enjoy.........Read more

Sharad Yadav free to choose his path: Nitish Kumar

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Friday said that senior party leader Sharad Yadav, who is unhappy over the alliance between his party and the BJP in the state, is free to choose his path. On Thursday, Sharad Yadav had claimed he was still with the Grand Alliance of the Congress and RJD.........Read more

Indians applying for Green Card have 12-year waiting list

There is a lengthy 12-year waiting period for Indians applying for permanent residency also known as Green Card in the US as skilled employees, according to a new report.........Read more

German Carmakers Fear Losing Competitive Edge After US Paris exit

Germany's powerful car industry said Europe would need to reassess its environmental standards to remain competitive after the United States said it would withdraw from the Paris climate pact.........Read more

Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus could simultaneously transmit other viruses

A new study led by Colorado State University researchers found that Aedes aegypti, the primary mosquito that carries Zika virus, might also transmit chikungunya and dengue viruses with one bite. The findings shed new light on what's known as a coinfection, which scientists said is not yet fully understood and may be fairly common in areas experiencing outbreaks.........Read more

Are protein inhibitors really the next big cholesterol killers?

A PCSK9 inhibitor is a drug that produces antibodies to block the production of this protein, thereby allowing the liver to perform its task of removing LDL cholesterol effectively from the bloodstream.........Read more

In literature and art from over 100 years ago, images of the cow as mother

The first known cow protection movement began in the 1800s when Hindus were rallied in hordes to stop the slaughter of cattle. Arya Samaj founder Swami Dayanand Saraswati emerged as an early proponent of cow protection, who first published Gokarun·aˉnidhi (http://bit.ly/2nzf6fA), a pamphlet in 1881, which circulated his concerns against cattle slaughter. In it, Saraswati stated the ‘economic’ favourability of cow protection, arguing that a cow was more beneficial to people alive, as opposed to it being dead, since it gave milk and eased agricultural labour. Saraswati later on went to establish a committee for the protection of cows called Gaurakshini Sabha in 1882.........Read more

Paytm Launches Recurring Payments Service, Allows Automatic Digital Subscriptions

Mcommerce and payments platform Paytm has launched a new recurring payments service for companies which are working on a digital subscription model. Ventures such as content apps, websites, newsletters, utilities, and media companies can now use Paytm’s APIs, SDKs, and plugins to accept recurring payments from customers at stipulated intervals.........Read more

Polling for fourth phase in UP concludes, 61 percent voter turnout registered

The Election Commission on Thursday released the tentative voting percentage for the fourth phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. Rai Bareilly, Kaushambi, Jalaun, Jhansi Mahoba, Banda, Hamirpur and Chitrakoot witnessed a turnout of more than 60 percent. Lalitpur saw the highest turnout of 71 percent voters while Allahabad witnessed the lowest turnout of 54.8 percent voters.........Read more

Naam Shabana: Akshay Kumar Shares New Poster Of Taapsee Pannu's Film.

A new poster of Taapsee Pannu's upcoming film Naam Shabana was released by Akshay Kumar on social media on Sunday. The action-thriller is directed by Shivam Nair and unites actors from Akshay's 2014 film Baby. Taapsee's castmates in Naam Shabana are Anupam Kher, Danny Denzongpa and Madhurima Tuli. Manoj Bajpayee, Elli Avram and Prithviraj Sukumaran are the new entrants. ........Read more

Chandrashekar Rao wants NEET held in Urdu also

Since the Centre has already decided to conduct the exam in Hindi, English, Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese, Telugu and Tamil, KCR wanted Urdu also in the list. It may be mentioned here that AIMIM had urged the government about the need to conduct NEET in Urdu in the Assembly session held recently.........Read more

NIA arrests ULFA leader Gagan Hazarika

The NIA on Friday announced that they have arrested ULFA (I) leader Gagan Hazarika from Guwahati. Hazarika is a senior trained cadre, had joined the banned outfit in 2008 and acquired the rank of SS 2nd Lieutenant in ULFA (I). His arrest is likely to throw light on the activities of senior leadership of the ULFA, including Chairman Mukul Hazarika and C-in-C Paresh Barua since he was closely associated with them during their visit /stay at camps of ULFA located in Myanmar.........Read more

Biometric security check may soon be reality at airports

Fliers may soon be able to use biometric details for security checks at airports as the government works on putting in place such systems after receiving 'good feedback' for a pilot project.........Read more

Amma's death: TN govt announces 7-day state mourning; 3 days' holiday for schools, colleges

Amma's death: TN govt announces 7-day state mourning; 3 days' holiday for schools, colleges - The Tamil Nadu government has announced a seven-day State Mourning and declared a three-day holiday for all educational institutions in the state.........Read more

'Black Day' being observed in PoK to mark Kashmir's invasion by Pakistan in 1947

People in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) are observing October 22 as a "Black Day", as it was on this day, in 1947, that the Pakistani Army disguised as tribal invaders attacked the princely undivided state of Jammu and Kashmir.........Read more

Devendra Jhajharia: This humiliating incident in 2000 motivated him to become world-beater

Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia on Wednesday entered the history books of Indian sport after securing a second Paralympics gold. In doing so, he shattered his own world record to earn top honors at the ongoing Rio Games.........Read more

IOC announces Rs 1.80-trillion investment plan in next 6 years

Announcing its plan of investing Rs up to 1.80 trillion across verticals in next six years, state-run Indian Oil Corporation today said it also in talks with foreign entities to co-invest in the investment that includes setting up a mega refinery in coastal Maharashtra.........Read more

Why PDP and NC are two sides of the same coin in Kashmir

In the current phase of the Kashmir uprising, the supposedly pro-autonomy National Conference (NC) is trying to play the same dubious role which Mehbooba Mufti played when she was in the opposition - during the 2010 summer uprising - as a supposedly pro-self-rule politician.........Read more

High-speed Talgo train reaches Mumbai three hours late

The train had commenced its final phase trial run from Delhi on Monday at 7:55pm and arrived in Mumbai on Tuesday at 11.40am........Read more

Police raid Pune eatery owned by Priyanka Chopra's brother

Police raided the pub owned by Siddharth Chopra, brother of actor Priyanka Chopra, and seized hookah worth Rs 26,000........Read more

Google's new iOS app creates motion GIFs from Live Photos

Google has launched Motion Stills, a new free iOS app that takes your Apple Live Photos and turns them into smooth looping animations.........Read more

Amazon to invest $3 billion more in India to take on Flipkart, Snapdeal

Amazon’s additional investment plans raises pressure on Flipkart and Snapdeal to keep raising fresh funds at a time when investors have soured on e-commerce........Read more

Apple to open iOS app design, development centre in Bengaluru

The app design and development accelerator or laboratory will open in Bengaluru in early 2017........Read more