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NASA warns of 25m diameter asteroid close flyby this week, with two even BIGGER space rocks to follow soon after

On September 1, a 25-meter (three London buses end-to-end) and a 28-meter (one and a half times the length of a bowling lane) asteroid are charted to fly past at a distance of 2.9 million and 121,000 km respectively. Will 2011 ES4 hit Earth? 🌎 No! 2011 ES4’s close approach is “close” on an astronomical scale but poses no danger of actually hitting Earth. experts expect it to safely pass by at least 45,000 miles (792,000 football fields) away on Tuesday Sept. 1. While the US space agency assured its Twitter followers over the weekend that there’s probably nothing to worry about, for perspective the Moon is 384,400 km away, so it will be quite a close call indeed - astronomically speaking - especially given the risk posed by an object which is estimated to be travelling at a speed of 8.16 km per second. According to one Twitter commentator’s calculations, the flyby distance will be roughly the equivalent of twice the round trip distance between Santiago, Chile and Beijing, China. Hi, I live in Santiago, Chile. To express that distance in a way that makes more sense, it can be said that the asteroid will pass a distance less than traveling twice roundtrip between Santiago Chile and Beijing China. As if a one-two combo of cosmic proportions wasn’t enough, the very next day, the 13-meter-diameter ‘2020 PG6’ is due to fly past harmlessly at a relatively safe distance of 2.2 million kilometers.........Read more

Safe So Far: Bharat Biotech - ICMR's Covaxin Shows No Adverse Effects In Preliminary Phase

Early results from the first phase of Bharat Biotech - Indian Council For Medical Research (ICMR) developed vaccine for Covid-19, named Covaxin, indicate that the vaccine is safe, has reported. At present trials are on for the vaccine with 375 volunteers across 12 sites in the country. Each volunteer has received two doses of the vaccine. "We have no observed any adverse events in any of the volunteers at our site", one of the principal investigators is quoted by ET as saying. At the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi the team is preparing for administering the second dose and so so far no adverse effects have been observed. Sixteen volunteers are involved with the vaccine trials at AIIMs. The vaccine, being developed from a SARS-CoV-2 strain of the virus isolated by the National Institute of Virology, Pune, is much looked forward to by the union government. ET quotes an anonymous investigator saying that if everything goes according to plan the vaccine may be available in the market as early as first half of the next year.........Read more

Zydus Cadila launches India's cheapest remdesivir version at $37 per vial

Zydus Cadila on Thursday launched the cheapest generic version of Gilead Sciences’ antiviral drug remdesivir in India to treat COVID-19 following reports of shortages at hospitals in the world’s third-worst hit nation. Zydus has priced it at 2,800 rupees ($37.44) per 100mg vial. It will be sold under the brand name Remdac to government and private hospitals treating COVID-19 patients, the company said in a regulatory filing Officials in some Indian states had a few weeks ago complained of supply issues, but a top executive at drugmaker Cipla Ltd had earlier this week said the supplies were stabilising. Zydus is the fifth company to launch a copy of the antiviral in India after privately held Hetero Labs Ltd, Cipla, Mylan NV and Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd. ........Read more

Coronavirus in India: Nation reported 61,000 new cases and 933 deaths in 24 hours

After recording the biggest spike of 62,000 in a day, India has seen over 61,000 new cases on Friday. The total number of reported cases in the country is now 20.88 lakh. A total of 933 fatalities were also reported in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 42,518. Among the total 20,88,612 Covid-19 positive cases, 6,19,088 are active cases and 14,27,006 people got cured and discharged after fighting with deadly virus. India's recovery rate now stands at 68.32% while the mortality rate is at 2.04%. ICMR stated that total of 2.33 crore samples were tested so far with inclusion of 5,98,778 samples tested on Friday. Meanwhile, global Coronavirus cases are closed to the 2 crore mark. According to the Johns Hopkins University score, total cases are now over 1.92 crore across the world. The United States is leading the charts with over 49 lakh Coronavirus cases while Brazil has over 29 lakh cases. India stood third in the worst-hit nations by Coronavirus. © 2020 Hyderabad Media House Limited/The Hans India. All rights reserved. Powered by ........Read more

MG's Owner SAIC Among 7 Chinese Brands That Could Face Action In India

The Indian Intelligence sources have brought seven Chinese brands into the limelight as they are said to have profound links with People’s Liberation Army (PLA). They are Huawei, Alibaba, Tencent, Xindia Steels, Xinxing Cathay International, China Electronics Technology Group and the Chinse state-owned SAIC Motor Corp. The latter introduced its MG brand locally last year with the Hector and it has been well-received among customers. MG Motor has British origins and is being marketed that way but there is no secret that it is owned by SAIC, the Chinese state-owned automotive design and manufacturing company headquartered in Shanghai. These companies could face action and are closely monitored. A subsidiary of SAIC, Nanjing Automobile, acted as a vehicle servicing unit for PLA previously as well.........Read more

Why Russia Remains India's Trusted Ally Despite Moscow's Bonhomie With China

Amidst the political mud-slinging, military- and diplomatic-level talks, and highly-armed, tense posture on the ground, the India-China military stand-off in Ladakh has led to a scrutiny of India’s foreign policy. There are demands for a fresh look at the changing geopolitical environment, with China aggressively claiming its hegemony across several Asian fronts “for its place in the sun”. Is it time to veer closer to the US, considering Russia, one of India’s traditional allies, is locked in a strategic embrace with China? What, indeed, in this markedly changed context, is the future of India-Russia ties?........Read more

Hundreds of scientists say coronavirus is airborne, ask WHO to revise recommendations

Hundreds of scientists say there is evidence that novel coronavirus in smaller particles in the air can infect people and are calling for the World Health Organization to revise recommendations, the New York Times reported on Saturday. The WHO has said the coronavirus disease spreads primarily from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, which are expelled when a person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes or speaks.........Read more

Queen Elizabeth May Never Step Out in Public Again Due to 2020 Corona Pandemic

The British queen has never been away from public engagements since she became the sovereign after her father, King George VI, died in 1952. However, there might be a change in her schedule and commitment to the royal duties for a few months. Queen Elizabeth II went into quarantine back on March 19, when a member of her palace was found to be covid-19 positive. Ever since she has been isolating at the Windsor Castle along with her husband Prince Philip and 22 royal staff members. ........Read more

Hacking against corporations surges as workers take computers home

Hacking activity against corporations in the United States and other countries more than doubled by some measures last month as digital thieves took advantage of security weakened by pandemic work-from-home policies, researchers said. Corporate security teams have a harder time protecting data when it is dispersed on home computers with widely varying setups and on company machines connecting remotely, experts said. Even those remote workers using virtual private networks (VPNs), which establish secure tunnels for digital traffic, are adding to the problem, officials and researchers said. ........Read more

Coronavirus Pandemic: Bajaj Auto Workers Agree To 10 Per Cent Pay Cut

Bajaj Auto had proposed a 10 per cent pay cut for its workers in a bid to cut down on operating costs of the company amid the Coronavirus lockdown. The company stopped its manufacturing operations on March 24, 2020 and while it is debt-free company with strong financials, it too is looking to reduce costs wherever possible. According to reports on the internet, Rajiv Bajaj, managing director, Bajaj Auto, will forego his full salary during this period. Bajaj Auto will pay full salaries and wages for the time period of March 24 to April 14, 2020. The 10 per cent salary cut is applicable to all Bajaj employees across all locations, including workers at the Chakan plant, Aurangabad plant and the Pantnagar plant. ........Read more

Step inside Drake's extravagant Toronto mansion

Drake has previously given fans a glimpse into his mansion on social media, and in videos for "When To Say When & Chicago Freestyle" and new track "Toosie Slide." But the new photo shoot offers an unprecedented look at its design, including the 3,200-square-foot master bedroom, that basketball court (featuring his brand's owl logo in the center circle) and an ornate yellow lounge that Rafauli described as "modern Art Deco." Elsewhere, a 44-foot-high living space called the "Great Room" contains a bespoke Bösendorfer concert grand piano designed in collaboration with Rafauli and famed Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. ........Read more

India lifts restrictions on 24 drug exports amid coronavirus

India, the world’s main supplier of generic drugs, has lifted restrictions on the export of 24 pharmaceutical ingredients and medicines made from them, the government said in a statement. It had imposed the restrictions last month as the coronavirus outbreak disrupted global supply chains. Paracetamol, a common pain reliever, and its formulations were not included in the list of drugs freed up for export. It was not clear what prompted India to lift the restrictions, but Indian government sources had said the bans had prompted intense pressure from the United States. ........Read more

Coronavirus in India: President to undergo medical test after meeting Dushyant Singh who met Kanika Kapoor

Speak Now President Ram Nath Kovind has decided to undergo a medical examination prescribed under the guidelines for Covid-19, Rashtrapati Bhawan sources have told India Today TV. The President has also decided to postpone all his routine schedule and appointments. President Ram Nath Kovind had on March 18 hosted the Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan MPs for breakfast at Rashtrapati Bhavan. It was also attended by BJP's Dushyant Singh who on Friday announced that he was self-isolating himself after attending a party with singer Kanika Kapoor who has tested positive for coronavirus.........Read more

'Desperate' shortage of ventilators for coronavirus patients puts manufacturers on wartime footing

The World Health Organization has urged all countries to "optimize the availability" of lung ventilation equipment, which assists or replaces breathing functions for critically ill patients, pumping oxygen into the blood to keep organs functioning. "Oxygen therapy is the major treatment intervention for patients with severe Covid-19," the organization said. In February, when the city of Wuhan was the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, China turned to the rest of the world to help with a severe shortage. China's industrial equipment department said it had produced more than 15,000 ventilators and was setting up "accelerated channels" to import more.........Read more

Coronavirus Update, March 18: Karnataka Announces Rs 200 Crore to Combat Spread of COVID-19

The state government had already imposed restrictions in the state for a week from March 14 and has extended the same till March 31, CM Yediyurappa announced in the Legislative Assembly after a special cabinet meeting to discuss the impact of COVID-19. The cabinet also decided to constitute a taskforce consisting of Medical Education Minister Sudhakar K, Deputy Chief Minister Ashwath Narayan C N, Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Chief Secretary T M Vijay Bhaskar, and Health Minister B Sriramulu who will head the team.........Read more

Palm Reader Told Me SP Will Win 350 Seats In 2022 UP Polls: Akhilesh Yadav

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday said a palm reader had recently predicted that he will win 350 of the 403 seats in the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections and asserted that if voted to power, his government will hold a caste-wise census. Speaking to reporters at party office, the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said, "While going to Delhi on a flight, a person saw my palms and told me that if I work hard, I will form the next government by winning 350 seats." "I have decided that we will win one seat more than 350... Together we will win 351 seats in the 2022 Assembly elections," he added.........Read more

Coronavirus Pandemic: New Zealand Postpone Remaining ODIs and T20s Against Australia

Like many other countries around the world, New Zealand have enforced a mandatory 14-day self-isolation for anyone who enters its borders from Australia after midnight of Sunday, resulting in an immediate return for their players. New Zealand cricket confirmed that the team will be returning on Saturday itself and are open to playing the series later at a more appropriate time. Both teams were supposed to play a three-match T20I series after the ODIs. ........Read more

India reports second death from coronavirus

India reported its second death from coronavirus, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said here on Friday. The patient was a 68-year-old woman with diabetes and hypertension and died in the country’s capital New Delhi. India, which has a population of 1.3 billion, has so far reported just 82 confirmed cases of the virus, lower than other countries in Asia, Europe and North America. But experts say India’s already overstretched medical system would struggle to deal with a major rise in serious cases. ........Read more

Over 1 million users migrate to ICICI Bank’s UPI handles

Payments platform Cashfree Payments India Pvt. Ltd said it has migrated over one million users from Yes Bank Ltd’s UPI (Unified Payments Interface) handles to those of ICICI Bank Ltd. The company said its product, Autocollect, which allows automatic generation of multiple UPI handles with QR codes, had been affected by Yes Bank’s recent collapse. Recent reports suggest that Yes Bank accounted for 39% of all UPI payments made in the country, the highest among any bank.........Read more

Moody's again slashes India's growth projection for 2020 to 5.3%

On 17 February, the rating agency had reduced India's growth projection to 5.4% from 6.6% earlier for the calendar year 2020. The latest revision, which is part of the rating agency’s latest “Global Macro Outlook" said the global spread of the coronavirus is resulting in simultaneous supply and demand shocks. “We expect these shocks to materially slow economic activity, particularly in the first half of this year. We have therefore revised our 2020 baseline growth forecasts for all G-20 economies. We expect these countries, as a group, to grow by 2.1% in 2020, 0.3 percentage point lower than our previous forecast," it added.........Read more

Consistent Failure: Former Captains Demand Harmanpreet Kaur's Resignation After ICC Women's T20 World Cup Final Defeat

Former skipper Shantha Rangaswamy feels the time has come for Harmanpreet Kaur to take a call on her captaincy future as she is much more important to the Indian women's team as a batter than a leader. Another women's cricket veteran Diana Edulji called for "introspection" following the team's crushing loss in the T20 World Cup final against Australia, while former coach Tushar Arothe slammed the decision to send Tania Bhatia at number three.........Read more

It’s official: Complaint against any PM will go to Lokpal full bench, no explanation if rejected

The Lokpal Rules notified almost a year after the appointment of the country’s first Lokpal, established to inquire into allegations of corruption against public functionaries, state that in case a complaint is filed against a sitting or former Prime Minister, a full bench will decide, at the admission stage, whether an inquiry should be initiated. The rules also state that if such a complaint is dismissed by the full bench at the admission stage, records of the inquiry shall not be published or made available to anyone.........Read more

Intelligence Bureau officer found dead in Chand Bagh in Northeast Delhi

An under-training Intelligence Bureau officer was found dead in Delhi Wednesday morning. The officer, who was under training in the Intelligence Bureau, was found dead in the Chand Bagh area of Delhi, which is among the several regions of the national capital that have been rocked by violence in the last few days. The officer's body was found in a drain in Northeast Delhi's Chand Bagh Wednesday morning. According to news agency, PTI, the Intelligence Bureau staffer was a resident of Chand Bagh and his body was taken to the Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital for an autopsy. The officer had joined the Intelligence Bureau in 2017 and was training as a driver.........Read more

W Motors is set to open the first hypercar factory in the Middle East

W Motors, founded in 2012, started life as a producer of limited edition showpieces for wealthy collectors. Just seven Lykan Hypersports were ever made. The company's second model, the Fenyr Supersport cheaper at $1.4 million and described as a "mix of manga robot and jet fighter," by Car magazine has a listed production run of 110. The focus will shift at W Motors Campus. Around 200 cars per year will be manufactured at the site, of which 25 will be Fenyr Supersports. The rest will be split between police jeeps, electric cars, and autonomous vehicles. The "Beast Patrol" jeep - billed as "the most-advanced police vehicle in the world" - comes equipped with facial and license plate recognition cameras, integrated drones, bespoke weapon holders, and driver behavior cameras to ensure officers are awake and alert.........Read more

Ram Temple Work Should be Conducted Peacefully, PM Tells Trust; Construction to Start in 6 Months

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked members of the newly constituted Ram temple trust to ensure that construction work on the temple is conducted harmoniously and without any bitterness, the trust’s general secretary Champat Rai said on Friday. Meanwhile, President of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust Mahant Nritya Gopal Das said the Ram temple in Ayodhya will come up where the deity dwells and it would be on the lines of the model displayed earlier. Nritya Gopal Das added that the date of construction with be finalised in the next meeting of the trust, adding that it would start in the next six months.........Read more

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tick Tock Must Open Offices in Islamabad: Pakistan's New Social Media Rule

Global social media giants must set up an office in Islamabad and appoint a point-person for Pakistan. Otherwise, social media sites will be blocked in the country. The rules also state that social media companies “shall remove, suspend or disable access to such accounts, online content of citizens of Pakistan residing outside its territorial boundaries and posts on online content that are involved in spreading of fake news or defamation.” The new rules on social media are described by the authors as intended to prevent live streaming of online content relating to “terrorism, extremism, hate speech, defamation, fake news, incitement to violence and national security.”........Read more

Coronavirus Death toll surpasses 1,000 in mainland China

A total of 108 people in mainland China died from the Wuhan coronavirus on Monday, according to the country's National Health Commission (NHC), marking the first time the single-day death toll has crossed into triple digits. The number of deaths per day in mainland China has steadily risen over the past few weeks, since the Chinese authorities began issuing daily updates.........Read more

Senate impeachment trial: Wednesday acquittal vote scheduled after effort to have witnesses fails

The Senate on Friday voted to block any witnesses from being called in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, a move that marked the beginning of the end of the third Senate trial for a president in US history. Senate leaders struck an agreement to hold the final vote to acquit Trump on the two articles of impeachment at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, following a debate throughout the day on Friday about how to bring the trial to a close. The impeachment trial will resume on Monday.........Read more

'Why India Should Shelter Illegal Infiltrators', Raj Thackeray Announces Support to CAA, NRC

While addressing the party workers in the evening in Mumbai, the MNS chief stated he will talk to the state Home Minister and Chief Minister over the issue. “I will meet the State Home Minister or Chief Minister over some issues. Muslim clerics in India go to other countries, nobody knows what do they do, even the police can’t go there,” Raj Thackeray said.........Read more

Opinion: How To Invest: Ten Big Trends Of The 2020s - By Ruchir Sharma

Through the first years of this century, on average, the market returns of trendy themes rose 600 percent in their hot decades, then dropped by more than 10 percent in the next decade. Hot bets don't just lose speed, they go cold. With that lesson in mind, here are the top 10 trends of the 2020s:........Read more

'Talking about Kashmir': Donald Trump after Davos meeting with Pak PM Imran Khan

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday met Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on the sidelines of World Economic Forum in Davos and said Washington has been watching what is happening with Pakistan and India in relation to Kashmir. ........Read more

Visibility Drops Below 50 Metres As Dense Fog Engulfs Delhi, 22 Trains Get Delayed - News Nation

Dense fog engulfed Delhi and Northern Capital Region (NCR) on Wednesday morning affecting rail and flight operations as visibility dropped below 50 metres. As many as 22 Delhi-bound trains and 6 flights were delayed due to low visibility. Conditions on the city roads were no different as vehicles were seen moving at low speeds with emergency lights on. The capital recorded a minimum temperature of 7 degree Celsius. ........Read more

Global unemployment projected to rise by around 2.5 million in 2020: UN labour report

The World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2020 (WESO) report, released on Monday, states that global unemployment has been roughly stable for the last nine years but slowing global economic growth means that, as the global labour force increases, not enough new jobs are being generated to absorb new entrants to the labour market.........Read more

Big news for MBA aspirants! AICTE makes this change in MBA, PG Diploma course names

All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has rationalised nomenclatures and notified a list of 73 PG diploma and MBA courses. The technical and management education regulator has also decided that MBA or PG diploma courses in four subjects — Modern Office Management, Modern Office Management and Secretarial Practices, Modern Office Practice and National Management Programme — be converted into vocational courses.........Read more

Watch: BJP Releases Video of Artists Praising CAA; Juhi Chawla Joins BJP's Protest

The BJP has released a video of Bollywood stars who attended the Sunday meeting with minister Piyush Goyal to discuss the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019. In the video, singer Shaan said that the act is inclusive and India is not the first country to have brought such an act for citizenship. Tanisha said that many things got clarified, especially the fact that the Act is to ‘give’ citizenship, not to take it away.........Read more

'India-US Relations Have Grown From Strength To Strength': PM Modi To Donald Trump

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday spoke with US President Donald Trump and stressed that Indo-American relations had grown from strength to strength. The prime minister conveyed new year greetings to the President, wishing him, his family and the people of the United States good health, prosperity and success in the New Year, according to PMO. ........Read more

Qassem Soleimani: Power-broker, American villain, Instagram star

Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the powerful Iranian military commander killed Friday in a US operation, was a popular man at home and played a key role in spreading his country's influence in the Middle East, a volatile theatre of conflicting ambitions. The Pentagon said Soleimani, 62, was "actively developing plans" to attack US officials in Iran and elsewhere; it blamed the military wing he led -- the Quds Force of Iran's Revolutionary Guards -- for "the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more".........Read more

Dismantling Sheikh Abdullah’s Legacy One Historical Step At A Time

Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah’s name would invoke respect and awe in Kashmir. Across vast rural belt of the Valley, which had seen fruits of land reforms of 1950s, and in the capital city Srinagar, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah ruled hearts and minds. ........Read more

The best photography of 2019

To celebrate the coming new year, we have hand-picked a selection of the most spectacular photographs of 2019. This "best of the best" gallery gathers our favorite images from the greatest photo contests of the last twelve months, from head-spinning drone shots to psychedelic microscopic photography.........Read more

First notices go out in UP to 28 residents: Pay Rs 14 lakh for damage to property

The district administration said the notices were issued following a state government order based on a direction from the Allahabad High Court. The notices were issued on the basis of information provided by local police. Police have video clips and photographs, including from media houses and local residents. Police have also collected footage of CCTVs near the incident site.........Read more

Many facial recognition systems are biased, says US study

The systems falsely identified African American and Asian faces 10 times to 100 times more than Caucasian faces, the National Institute of Standards and Technology reported. Among a database of photos used by law enforcement agencies in the United States, the highest error rates came in identifying Native Americans, the study found. The technology also had more difficulty identifying women than men. And it falsely identified older adults up to 10 times more than middle-aged adults. ........Read more

Here’s Why Nitin Gadkari Is Against Bringing Driverless Cars To India

Concerned about the issue of unemployment, Gadkari highlighted that there is a need for growth of employment. Moreover, Gadkari stressed that India has a shortage of around 22 Lakh drivers and hence it can help the country to overcome the unemployment challenge. The roadways minister also said that the new vehicle scrappage policy, which is at the final stage of the draft, will help India become the world’s manufacturing hub for automobile manufacturing and electric vehicles (EV). ........Read more

What could North Korea's 'Christmas gift' to the US be?

We're back in familiar territory. North Korea is again issuing cryptic threats that officials around the world are scrambling to decipher. A so-called "Christmas gift" for the United States, a year-end deadline and a new path have all been mooted by the Kim Jong Un regime in the past 12 months. Kim and Trump have met three times in the hopes of striking a deal that would see North Korea trade its nuclear weapons and the missiles used to fire them in exchange for sanctions relief and normalized relations.........Read more

NRC, CAB Will Never be Allowed in Bengal Till TMC is in Power, Says Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday gave a clarion call to oppose NRC and Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and said not a single citizen of the country will be allowed to turn a refugee. Giving assurances that NRC and CAB will never be allowed in Bengal as long as the TMC is in power, Banerjee said NRC and CAB are both two sides of a coin.........Read more

New Zealand volcano erupts, several injured

Several people were injured and others reported missing on Monday, as New Zealand mounted a rescue effort after a volcano erupted off the east coast of its North Island, spewing a plume of ash thousands of feet into the air. The White Island is about 50 km (30 miles) from the east coast of North Island and huge plumes were visible from the mainland. “A number of people are reportedly injured and are now being transported to shore,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a news conference, adding that a rescue operation had begun, though it was too early to confirm any injuries or deaths. “It does appear to be a very significant issue...particularly the scale of people affected, at this stage,” she added.........Read more

Manpreet Singh Nominated For FIH Player of The Year Award

Indian men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh is in race to win the prestigious FIH Player of the Year Award given by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). FIH revealed the list of the nominees for its various yearly awards that also includes two other Indians – Vivek Prasad and Lalremsiami. Prasad and Lalremsiami have been nominated for the men’s and women’s FIH Rising Star of the Year Award respectively. “Votes from national associations — which will include some international athletes and coaches votes — will count for 50 per cent of the overall result, while fans and players (25 per cent) as well as media (25 per cent) will make the other half of the votes,” the FIH said in a release. “The vote is open until 17 January 2020. The winners of all 2019 FIH Hockey Stars Awards, which also include the FIH Coach of the Year, will be announced in February 2020,” it added. ........Read more

Over 92,000 employees of BSNL, MTNL opt for voluntary retirement

As the Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) of BSNL and MTNL closed on Tuesday, around 92,700 employees opted for it. The scheme is expected to save about Rs 8,800 crore annually in salary bills for the debt-laden telecom companies. While 78,300 employees of BSNL, which is over half the workforce, opted for VRS, approximately 76% or 14,378 MTNL employees opted for the scheme. Reports have said that the numbers have exceeded the target set for the VRS. ........Read more

Nearly 78% of PMC Bank Depositors Allowed to Withdraw Entire Balance, Says Nirmala Sitharaman

In a big relief to the depositors of the Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) bank, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman informed that 78% of account holders of the scam-hit bank can withdraw their entire account balance. the Finance Minister asserted that in case of medical emergencies, marriages and other crisis situations, a depositor of the PMC Bank can withdraw upto Rs 1 lakh by invoking the ‘hardship provisions’ of the RBI.........Read more

Paytm is looking at raising another round of $1 bn; former UK PM David Cameron may also invest

Sources close to the development said the discussions are on and might take a few weeks to get finalised. They added that the funds will be used to expand the merchant offerings across India to equip them with technology and various other services.........Read more

Suspending UK Parliament was unlawful, court rules

Mr Johnson suspended - or prorogued - Parliament for five weeks earlier this month, but the court said it was wrong to stop MPs carrying out duties in the run-up to Brexit on 31 October. Commons Speaker John Bercow confirmed MPs would now return on Wednesday. Supreme Court president Lady Hale said "the effect on the fundamentals of democracy was extreme." A raft of MPs have now called for the prime minister to resign - Downing Street said it was "currently processing the verdict". Mr Johnson argued he wanted to carry out the prorogation ahead of a Queen's Speech so he could outline his government's new policies. But critics said he was trying to stop MPs from scrutinising his Brexit plans and the suspension was far longer than necessary for a Queen's Speech.........Read more

Pankaj Advani Wins 22nd World Billiards Title With World Championship in 150-Up Format

Indias most consistent sportsperson Pankaj Advani has won his 22nd world title for his country. Since returning for national duty from a brief stint in the UK in 2014, Pankaj has brought home a world title every year in billiards or snooker, or both. “It’s such a touch-and-go format and so unpredictable that winning this four years on the trot and five out of the last six is extremely special.” In a repeat of last year’s final at the IBSF World Billiards Championship, Pankaj re-enacted the one-sided match with the same eventual outcome as well as identical scorelines of 6-2. From the word go, Pankaj was in full flow, as he typically is on the biggest stage. In no time was the gifted Indian at the halfway mark leading 3-0 with the help of fluent breaks comprising of 145, 89 and 127, while the local favourite Nay Thway Oo was yet to open his account. After pulling one back with breaks of 63 and 62, Oo was forced to watch Pankaj continue to extend the lead. The Indian executed with flair as his sheer brilliance was on display, wowing the Myanmar crowd as they couldn’t help but appreciate his mind-blowing play. Pankaj secured the next two frames which included a 150 unfinished break.........Read more

'Maths Didn't Help Einstein Discover Gravity', Piyush Goyal's Bizarre Reply on GDP; Clarifies Later

Following Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s ‘millennial’ comment on the slowdown in the India’s auto sector, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal made another embarrassing gaffe on Thursday trying to defend Modi government’s $5 trillion ambition. Speaking at a Board of Trade meeting, Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal said that India should not be concerned with the GDP calculations shown on TV as “maths didn’t help Einstein discover gravity.” “If he had only gone by structured formulae and what was past knowledge, I don’t think there would have been any innovation in this world,” he added. However, it did not take too long for Twitterati to point out that Einstein did not even discover gravity, it was Isaac Newton who did. Memes and viral posts were all over social media platforms trolling the BJP leader for his incorrect statement. As bizarre as his defense sounded, Goyal sought clarification on his comment and said, people were building “mischievous and baseless narrative” out of his closing comments at the board of trade meeting.........Read more

Goldman Sachs unearths Rs 38 crore insider fraud; V-P arrested in Bengaluru

A senior official at leading investment banking company Goldman Sachs was arrested in Bengaluru on Monday for swindling Rs 38 crore by logging into the computer systems of junior employees. Marathahalli police registered a case against Ashwani Jhunjhunwala, a Vice-President at the company, the Times of India reported. The arrest came after the company's legal head Abhishek Parsheera lodged a complaint on behalf of the employees. Jhunjhunwala is being interrogated. Investigation revealed that Jhunjhunwala, who has been working with the company for the past four years, committed the fraud after incurring massive financial losses worth $70,000 (Rs 50 lakhs) from playing online poker. Goldman Sachs has not responded to TOI's inquiries on the scam. The scamwas brought to light after an employee reported two questionable transactions that had taken place on September 4. Two days later, an internal review committee questioned three junior employees - Gaurav Mishra, Sujith Appaiah and Abhishek Yadav - who were reporting to Jhunjunwala. The complaint filed by the employees stated that the Vice President gained access to the computers on the pretext of reviewing their work. He would also send them on menial errands to keep them busy while he would "review" their work.........Read more

From fastest growing economy to Number 4: India falls behind after GDP growth slows to 6-yr low

With GDP growth falling consecutively for the fifth time, India has slipped to fourth position globally in terms of real growth rates, a report said. The Indian economy is now behind China, the Philippines and Indonesia as it recorded 5 per cent growth in the first quarter of FY20, the slowest in last 25 quarters. The growth in Q1 of the ongoing fiscal contradicted all expectations and part of the slowdown looks structural, report on economy released by Anand Rathi said. Q1 FY20 growth belied all expectations. With five successive decelerations, part of the slowdown looks structural, it noted. “The GDPand GVA decelerations are nearly across the board. Private consumption and manufacturing decelerations are particularly noticeable, while investment growth continues to be low and services failed to maintain buoyancy,” it added. Printing 6.5 per cent growth in the fiscal seems challenging, even on the assumption of a robust recovery in the second half of the year, the report said. There is a need for strong policy intervention so as to tide over the slowdown, the report by Anand Rathi noted. “Such expectations are likely to impact equities positively and bonds negatively,” it also said.........Read more

Harmanpreet-Led India Men's Hockey Team Hammers NZ 5-0 to Win Olympic Test Event

The Indian men’s hockey team won the Olympic Test event on Wednesday, beating New Zealand 5-0 to avenge the loss it endured in their round-robin clash. Captain Harmanpreet Singh (7th minute) set the ball rolling before Shamsher Singh (18th minute), Nilakanta Sharma (22nd minute), Gursahibjit Singh (26th minute) and Mandeep Singh (27th minute) scored for India at the Oi Hockey Stadium in Tokyo. India had lost 1-2 to New Zealand earlier in round-robin league-stage. “We played very well. We managed to score our opportunities at the start of the game,” Harmanpreet said after the triumph. “I think the final was always going to be tough, we lost to New Zealand earlier. But we had been having practice sessions after that and worked on our mistakes to win today,” he added. Both teams began the match on a cautious note by turning over the ball in the mid-field. India won a penalty corner in the seventh minute, but couldn’t capitalise on the opportunity. However, skipper Harmanpreet didn’t miss out on a re-awarded penalty corner. He executed a perfect drag-flick to put India in the lead. The Indian team continued to hold possession and put tremendous pressure on the New Zealand defence as they ended the first quarter at 1-0.........Read more

Rohit Sharma ton, Kuldeep Yadav magic delivery inspire India’s commanding win over Pakistan

Virat Kohli’s side were ruthless on the day as they flexed their batting muscle and then sealed the deal with an absolutely professional display on the field with the ball. India extended its record to 7-0 against Pakistan at World Cups with an 89-run victory in a rain-interrupted encounter, that likely will remain the most-watched game of the six-week tournament.........Read more

Doctors to widen strike demanding improved safety after attack

The Indian Medical Association called for a nationwide strike on Monday, stepping up protests by medical staff demanding better security at hospitals after an attack on doctors in Kolkata. The IMA said the “barbaric” attack at the NRS reflected a national problem and called for a countrywide protest. It also demanded legislation to safeguard doctors.........Read more

3 men sentenced to life for rape, murder of 8-year-old Kathua girl

Three men convicted for gang-rape and murder of an eight-year-old in Kathua were on Monday sentenced to life in jail. A Pathankot court, which had convicted six people a few hours earlier, sentenced three others to five years for destroying evidence to shield the rapists.........Read more

5-Judge Constitution Bench Led by CJI Gogoi to Hear Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid Case

The bench, to be headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, comprises Justices SA Bobde, NV Ramana, UU Lalit and DY Chandrachud will hear the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi title dispute case from January 10. ........Read more

MS Dhoni back in T20 squad for New Zealand, Rishabh Pant dropped from ODIs

Mahendra Singh Dhoni was brought back to India's T20 squad to ensure he gets "enough game-time" before the ODI World Cup but Rishabh Pant was axed from the 50-over side for the upcoming series against Australia and New Zealand.........Read more

Kashmir bandh today over death of 7 civilians at encounter site in Kulgam

Separatists in the Kashmir valley called for a strike today over the death of civilians in a blast at an encounter site in Kulgam district. Three militants were killed Sunday in an encounter with security forces in Kulgam district, while seven civilians lost their lives in a blast following the gunfight there.........Read more

Cyclone Titli hits Odisha-Andhra coast; strong winds uproot trees, poles

Cyclone Titli has made landfall in Odisha near Gopalpur, bringing with it heavy rain and winds gusting at 140-150 km/hour. Officials said there were reports of trees, electric poles getting uprooted and damages to ‘kuchha’ houses. Road communication in some places including Gopalpur and Berhampur was also snapped.........Read more

IFTDA issues show-cause notice to Vikas Bahl

Indian Film and Television Directors' Association (IFTDA) has issued a show-cause notice to director Vikas Bahl seeking his response on the sexual harassment allegations levelled against him within a week.........Read more

Indian government seeks to reassure markets on deregulation of fuel...

The Indian government sought to assure investors that the government would not go back to regulating fuel prices, a day after oil company shares tumbled on concerns about a return to a regime that has hurt their profits in the past.........Read more

NBFC stocks fall further on liquidity fears

Shares of non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) plummeted further on Monday on expectations that the firms may face a liquidity crunch after IL&FS and its lending arm defaulted on a series of loan repayments. ........Read more

US says Turkey tariffs to stay; Erdogan gets $15 billion Qatar lifeline

The U.S. and Turkey remained locked in a stalemate that has jolted global markets, as the White House said new tariffs on Turkish goods would remain and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received a financial lifeline from Qatar that should buy him time in the standoff.........Read more

Sunanda Pushkar case: Shashi Tharoor seeks anticipatory bail ahead of trial

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor moved to Delhi court seeking anticipatory bail in the case related to the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar in which he has already been summoned as an accused.........Read more

At least 42 Indians are detained in a facility in New Mexico for illegal entry into the United States, in the second such episode that has come to light this week

The ICE confirmed that at least 42 of the detainees at the Otero County Detention Centre in New Mexico, not far from the El Paso border crossing from Mexico, are Indians.........Read more

3 dead, dozens injured as strong quake hits Japan

A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.1 knocked over walls and set off scattered fires around metropolitan Osaka in western Japan on Monday morning, killing at least three people and injuring dozens.........Read more

From Mallya to Nirav Modi, the UK remains the preferred hideout of Indian fugitives

Fraudsters accused in not just economic offences, but also in terrorism and other crimes in India have seen making a beeline for the UK.........Read more

Visva Bharati V-C: Govt asked President to withdraw assent after he ignored its name, RTI reveals

The Government asked President Ram Nath Kovind to overturn his decision on the appointment of Visva Bharati University Vice-Chancellor (V-C) only after he ignored HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar’s recommendation for the post and chose Swapan Kumar Dutta instead.........Read more

Aadhaar protected by high-tech encryption, authentication: UIDAI chairman

The world's largest ID database Aadhaar is protected by high-tech encryption, multi-layered authentication and best-in-class security, said UIDAI Chairman J Satyanarayana.........Read more

Death penalty cold-blooded killing in name of justice: Nirbhaya rapists to SC

The Supreme Court on Friday reserved its verdict on the plea of two condemned convicts -- Vinay Sharma and Pawan Gupta -- who argued that they are "young and from poor families". The argument was rebutted by the public prosecutor. Pleading for mercy the two convicts urged the apex court to commute their capital punishment into one of life imprisonment. The lawyer of the convicts, AP Singh claimed they were "not habitual offenders and have no criminal records, so the court must allow them to be reformed."........Read more

Supreme Court shows concern over Taj Mahal changing colour

Concerned over the Taj Mahal in Agra changing colour, the Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre and the Uttar Pradesh government to consider hiring experts from outside to restore the pristine glory of the Mughal-era monument.........Read more

Aadhaar not must for mobile SIM

The government has issued instructions to operators to accept alternative identification documents such as driving licence, passport and voter ID card. Mobile companies have been asked to follow the instructions “immediately” so that consumers are not inconvenienced, said telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan.........Read more

Six share top marks in JEE(M), Andhra boys first two after tiebreakers

The results of the JEE (Main) examination this year were different as each of the top six all-India rankers had scored 350 and the CBSE had to apply several tiebreakers to rank them. Andhra Pradesh's Suraj Krishna Bhogi was eventually declared the topper, K V Hemant Kumar Chodipilli, also from the same state, stood second and Parth Laturia from Maharashtra's Nanded, who had gone to Kota to prepare for the exam, came third.........Read more

CWG 2018: Saina Nehwal Defeats P.V. Sindhu, Takes Gold Medal

Experienced Saina Nehwal stayed contended from the onset to defeat her Indian counter-part 21-18, 23-21 to clinch gold in the Commonwealth Games women’s singles final here on Sunday. Saina who took the first game with ease, kept her nerves and came from behind in the second game to clinch the close contest as Sindhu settled for a silver.........Read more

Harley Davidson Motorcylces become Pricier in India

As the custom duty for the imported engines and gearboxes has been increased to 15% from 10%, Harley Davidson has hiked the pricing. The Harley Davidson motorcycles in India now come pricier by up to Rs. 70,000 depending on the model. In this revised pricing list, the entry level product of Harley Davidson in India, the Street 750 has seen a price hike of Rs. 8,000. On the other hand, the Heritage Classic is now priced at Rs. 19.71 lakh compared to the previous pricing of Rs. 19.01 lakh.........Read more

Isro confirms losing contact with communication satellite GSAT-6A

In what is a disappointment for both citizens and the armed forces of the country, the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) on Saturday lost contact with the GSAT-6A, India’s most powerful communication satellite, in less than 48 hours after it launched it on Thursday. While Isro says it is trying re-establish link, sources attributed the failure to a power system failure.........Read more

Nearly 1.5 Lakh TB Cases in India are Multi-drug Resistant, Finds Country's First Survey on the Disease

The results showed that 2.84 percent of all new TB cases are drug resistant and, worryingly, 11.6 percent of the cases are found among previously treated patients. These numbers indicate gaps in India’s treatment protocol. Patient comes back with MDR-TB possibly because of incomplete treatment and failure to adhere to the medicine routine.........Read more

IOC creates pool of Russians eligible for Winter Olympics

The International Olympic Committee said it has created a pool of 389 Russians who are eligible to compete under a neutral flag at next month’s Winter Olympics amid the country’s doping scandal.........Read more

UIDAI allows Airtel Aadhaar-based verification till March 31

Aadhaar-issuing authority UIDAI has extended the temporary permission given to Bharti Airtel for using the biometric identity for re-verification of its mobile customers till March 31. UIDAI will take a view on the issue on February 10 after taking into account the final audit report of Department of Telecom, RBI and others on the matters.........Read more

2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport Launched In India; Prices Start At Rs 42.48 Lakh

The new Land Rover Discovery Sport is offered with a single diesel engine which is mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox that sends power to all four wheels. The 2.0-litre diesel engine produces 147bhp and 382Nm of torque when propelling the Pure, SE, and HSE models of the SUV. Under the bonnet of the 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE Luxury variant, the turbo diesel engine churns out 177bhp and 430Nm of torque.........Read more

FIH Chief Narinder Batra Elected Unopposed as IOA President

International Hockey Federation (FIH) chief Narinder Batra has been elected unopposed as the president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), while Rajeev Mehta was re-elected secretary general for a four-year term.........Read more

ICC Playing Conditions: Four-day Test to have minimum of 98 overs per day

A minimum of 98 overs will be played on each day of the inaugural four-day Test between South Africa and Zimbabwe starting later this month in Port Elizabeth. CC playing conditions deem that a minimum of 90 overs must be bowled per day during a five-day Test match, so play will be extended for an extra 30 minutes to accommodate the additional eight overs.........Read more

The Evil Within 2 Review

Developer Tango Gameworks cleverly introduces old-school horror design within the confines of a semi-open world that ultimately makes for a refreshing trip into a world of nightmares.........Read more

The Online Media May be Anarchic, but Shows More Spirit than Mainstream Media

The diversity of voices and opinions on the likes of Twitter, WhatsApp and YouTube is a refreshing antidote to the stultifying conformity of the big media.........Read more

How your cosmetic products can lead to hormonal imbalance

Apart from personality, cosmetics have a positive effect on emotions too. Cosmetics increase positive emotions and thereby influence the endocrinological system. Studies have shown that cosmetics can decrease the level of the stress hormone cortisol and strengthen the immune system to a certain extent.........Read more

Case against Prakash Raj For Controversial Remarks Against Prime Minister Narendra Modi

A couple of days after actor Prakash Raj voiced his disappointment over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence concerning Bengaluru journalist Gauri Lankesh’s murder, a Lucknow court today asked police to register a case against him. The court’s order came on a complaint filed by a lawyer. The court will hear the case on October 7.........Read more

The next generation gets ready to take over India’s biggest businesses

Gen-Next is beginning to take charge. They’re not just taking forward old businesses but striking new ground in new spaces. Here’s a look at their journey........Read more

FIFA U-17 World Cup opening ceremony cancelled: Reports

The FIFA Under-17 World Cup in India will have no opening ceremony. The opening ceremony was formally cancelled after FIFA president Gianni Infantino refused to attend it on conventional ground, An opening ceremony is not a usual aspect of the conduct of a Fifa U-17 World Cup, because in these tournaments football is the real star. There was a query by government of India at some point of time to do one but it is not confirmed that it will happen, said tournament director Javier Ceppi.........Read more

India bans exports of gold products above 22 carats

The Directorate General of Foreign Trade issued a notification dated Aug. 14 that stated exports of jewellery or medallions, containing gold of 8 carats and above up to a maximum limit of 22 carats shall only be permitted, without giving a reason.........Read more

Facts About Uranium

To understand uranium, it's important to understand radioactivity. Uranium is naturally radioactive: Its nucleus is unstable, so the element is in a constant state of decay, seeking a more stable arrangement. In fact, uranium was the element that made the discovery of radioactivity possible. In 1897, French physicist Henri Becquerel left some uranium salts on a photographic plate as part of some research on how light influenced these salts. To his surprise, the plate fogged up, indicating some sort of emissions from the uranium salts. Becquerel shared a Nobel Prize with Marie and Pierre Curie in 1903 for the discovery.........Read more

Explainer: What is a vaccine?

Vaccines are substances that prepare the immune system to fight a disease-causing germ or other pathogen by imitating an infection. They trick the immune system into making a “memory” of that germ without ever having to fight the real germ in the first place. Now, when the immune system encounters the real pathogen — whether it’s a virus, bacterium or other microbe — it is ready to attack it. As a result, the vaccinated person doesn’t get sick.........Read more

What’s the world’s most secure biometric verification? Your penis!

CamSoda members will now have to log in to their accounts by using an image of their penis. The verification process works just like the facial recognition technology found on flagship smartphone of today, which scans details of your face such as depth and shape of eye sockets, the shape of nose, chin and skin spots. With CamSoda’s method, the method will take a picture of the user’s penis and compare it with the one taken during registering for identical shape, vein protrusion and colour as well.........Read more

Full schedule of Pro Kabaddi League Season 5

The upcoming season 5 of PKL will see a dozen franchise outfits, up from eight in season 4, fighting it out for the honours from July 28 to October 28. With the increase of franchise from 8 to 12 the tournament will continue over a period of 90 days i.e. 13 weeks and would be played across 12 host cities, culminating in Chennai.........Read more

Supplies dry up in Darjeeling Hills

With supplies drying up and the indefinite strike in the Darjeeling hills entering its 27th day today, all eyes are set on the all-party meeting scheduled to be held today in Mirik area of the hills.........Read more

China tests self-sustaining space station in Beijing

Four students from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics entered the Lunar Palace-1 on Sunday with the aim of living self-sufficiently for 200 days. They say they are happy to act as human guinea-pigs if it means getting closer to their dream of becoming astronauts.........Read more

Acid Attack & Gangrape Survivor Attacked Again for the Fifth Time

A gangrape and acid attack survivor was attacked once again with acid in Aliganj locality here, police said on Sunday. This is the fifth attack on the woman.........Read more

GST is good and simple tax: Narendra Modi

He said there may be initial hiccups and teething troubles as the transition to GST takes place, as is the case with anything that's new. He gave the analogy of how new spectacles with updated power is initially uncomfortable. "In reality GST is good and simple tax as it's one tax for one country and good for the development of the country,"........Read more

Global shipping feels fallout of cyber attack on Maersk, termed biggest-ever disruption to global shipping

The cyber attack was among the biggest-ever disruptions to hit global shipping. Several port terminals run by a Maersk division, including in the United States, India, Spain, the Netherlands, were still struggling to revert to normal operations on Thursday after experiencing massive disruptions.........Read more

Germany will conduct a feasibility study for Chennai-Bengaluru-Mysuru rail route

Known for its expertise in the high speed rail sector, Germany will conduct a feasibility study for running trains at a speed of about 300 kmph on the 450 km long ChennaiBengaluruMysuru route.........Read more

5,000-Year-Old 'Billboard' of Hieroglyphs Contains a Cosmic Message

Archaeologists have discovered a "billboard" of hieroglyphs carved into the rocks near the Egyptian village of El-Khawy. The symbols, which show a message related to the cosmos, are the earliest monumental (large) hieroglyphs known, dating back around 5,200 years.........Read more

Iran warns ISIS of more missile strikes, says op coordinated with Damascus

Tehran has warned ISIS militants that any future attacks on the country will result in powerful strikes against the group. It comes after Iran launched missile strikes on ISIS in retaliation for twin attacks in Tehran earlier this month.........Read more

Full text: Narendra Modi regime's genes are totalitarian, says Arun Shourie

Veteran journalist and former Bharatiya Janata Party minister Arun Shourie on Friday warned the media against becoming the Narendra Modi government’s “instruments for distracting your viewers and readers…from the main story”.........Read more

Former Kerala CM Achuthanandan accuses PM Modi of eating beef on foreign trips

Prime Minister Narendra Modi eats beef while on foreign trips. He is duplicitous over the cow protection campaign. His minions are headless chicken playing to the tune of the corporates who make big bucks from the beef business. These are accusations by former Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan.........Read more

Kaspersky Lab Files Antitrust Complaints Against Microsoft

Kaspersky contends that Microsoft is abusing its market dominance to crowd out independent anti-virus software makers, pushing Windows 10 users towards its own Windows Defender software, and creating obstacles to others entering the market.........Read more

China has just introduced the world's first train to run on virtual tracks

The world’s first track-less train has just been unveiled in Zhouzhou, in the Hunan province of China. Thought it doesn’t start operating until 2018, the test-run, which began on June 2, is already causing a stir world-wide.........Read more

Mahindra Scorpio: Automatic variants discontinued

Mahindra has silently discontinued the automatic variants of the Scorpio. The price list on the company's official website has been updated to include prices of the MT variants only, while the Mahindra Scorpio twitter account has also confirmed the discontinuation of the AT variants, without mentioning any specific reason behind the step.........Read more

Cheteshwar Pujara: I don't watch IPL on TV

Cheteshwar Pujara said that he doesn’t watch IPL on TV and prefers to switch off from cricket to spend quality time with his family. The Test specialist has also admitted that he threw away his wicket many times in the home Test series and is looking forward to converting his starts to big ones.........Read more

Share of Modern Arms in Russian Air Defense Troops to Reach Some 70% by 2018

The share of the advanced weaponry and equipment in the air defense and radio-technical forces will amount to almost 70 percent by the beginning of 2018, Aerospace Forces' Deputy Commander-in-Chief Lt. Gen. Viktor Gumenny said.........Read more

Physicists prove that it's impossible to cool an object to absolute zero

In 1912, chemist Walther Nernst proposed that cooling an object to absolute zero is impossible with a finite amount of time and resources. Today this idea, called the unattainability principle, is the most widely accepted version of the third law of thermodynamics—yet so far it has not been proved from first principles.........Read more

RBI governor to be grilled again: Parliamentary panel to summon Urjit Patel on April 20

A Parliamentary panel has decided to summon Reserve Bank Governor Urjit Patel again to explain how much of the junked currency has been deposited in banks post note ban and the progress made in remonetisation.........Read more

Indus Water Treaty: Indian delegation in Pakistan to resume talks amid tight security

A 10-member Indian delegation arrived in Lahore to take part in the meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) beginning Monday in the Pakistani capital. The delegation, which will take part in the two-day meeting, is led by India's Indus Water Commissioner P K Saxena and comprises of Ministry of External Affairs officials and technical experts.........Read more

Kashmir unrest: 'Spy' LED bulbs distributed under Ujala scheme? Rumours breed panic

As these operations pick up pace, a curious rumour is doing the rounds in the Valley. Rumour has it that the LED bulbs distributed by the government in the state, under the Ujala scheme are being used to keep a tab on the militant movements in the Valley. Scores of people have claimed that the LED bulbs have been fitted with surveillance cameras, or chips, which are being used to spy on people.........Read more

Are Fast Radio Bursts Evidence Of Alien Activity?

Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are short-lived radio pulses that last only a few milliseconds. It’s been assumed that they have some astrophysical cause. Fewer than 2 dozen of them have been detected since their discovery in 2007. They’re detected by our huge radio telescopes like the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, and the Parkes Observatory in Australia. They’re extremely energetic, and their source is a great distance from us.........Read more

Rs 2.5K cr waqf scam: Involvement of underworld, cops & builders shows malaise much deeper

Enforcement Directorate (ED) has accessed a phone conversation between a member of a Dubai-based underworld mafia and its ringleader in Mumbai. The conversation, which happened sometime in 2014, was about a prime waqf land and how they should grab it with the help of prominent politicians and top police officials.........Read more

Vishwa Hindu Parishad calls Jamia Millia Islamia a refuge for anti-nationals

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Wednesday termed Delhis Jamia Millia Islamia a -refuge for anti-nationals,- a day after BJP leader Shazia Ilmis alleged the university prevented her participation in a seminar on the triple talaq issue.........Read more

Zakir Naik's Dawood Ibrahim and Pakistan connection - Underworld don funded his NGO through hawala

Revealing big details about funding of Zakir Naik's NGO Islamic Research Foundation, Aamir Gazdar said,"the said funding by Dawood Ibrahim used to take place through a mediator - Sultan Ahmed."........Read more

ED arrests Zakir Naik aide in PMLA case

Aamir Gazdar, a close aide of controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, was on Thursday arrested by ED in connection with its probe in a money laundering case against him and others. Officials said Gazdar, director in certain firms under scanner in this case, was arrested late evening by the Enforcement Directorate under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).........Read more

Mark Zuckerberg might be forced to leave Facebook; here’s why

Social media giant Facebook is reportedly being coerced by some shareholders to remove founder Mark Zuckerberg from the board of directors of the company. In the proposal, Intel’s former chair Andrew Grove was quoted as saying, “The separation of the two jobs goes to the heart of the conception of a corporation. Is a company a sandbox for the CEO, or is the CEO an employee? If he’s an employee, he needs a boss, and that boss is the board. The chairman runs the board. How can the CEO be his own boss?”........Read more

Hyderabad doctor held for selling marijuana-laced chocolates on Instagram

A 35-year-old neurologist has been arrested by Hyderabad Police for allegedly making and selling chocolates laced with marijuana on social media for the last two years. “He was making chocolates mixed with marijuana and selling them to his customers online through his Instagram account,” special operations team inspector K Narsing Rao told.........Read more

Arvind Kejriwal, brother-in-law accused of corruption; Delhi Police launch probe

Delhi Police are probing corruption charges levelled against chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, his brother-in-law Surender Kumar Bansal and a public servant over alleged irregularities in the granting of contracts for building roads and laying of sewer lines in Delhi.........Read more

Google drives into the taxi game; will it kill Uber?

Global tech giant Google is planning to make its foray into self-driving taxis after working on autonomous car technology since 2009. This move will mean serious competition for other taxi-hailing services like Uber, Lyft and Ola.........Read more

Cars, Buses Banned In Delhi's Connaught Place For 3 Months Starting February

Cars and buses will not be allowed into Connaught Place, the heart of Delhi, for three months starting February.The ban will be part of a pilot smart city project that will be launched next month. As part of the project, the Inner and Middle Circles of Connaught Place -- the imposing commercial area built by Edwin Lutyens in 1933 -- will be barred to traffic.........Read more

Australia to train in Dubai ahead of India tour

Australia will train at the International Cricket Council (ICC) academy in Dubai ahead of their four-Test tour of India in February. The ICC’s facility has two full-size ovals and 30 pitches created from different soils from around the cricket world.........Read more

BJP forms new government in Arunachal Pradesh after Pema Khandu, 32 other MLAs join it

The high-voltage political drama began since late Thursday night after PPA president Kahfa Bengia temporarily suspended Khandu, his deputy Chowna Mein and five legislators from the primary membership of the party for alleged anti-party activities.........Read more

Bill Gates: We are vulnerable to flu epidemic in next decade

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates says he is crossing his fingers that a deadly flu epidemic does not strike in the next 10 years because the world is "a bit vulnerable right now". Mr Gates, whose foundation invests in improving global healthcare, said the Ebola and Zika crises showed the systems for responding to emergencies are still not strong enough.........Read more

"Dangal" And The Well-Intentioned But Misguided Feminism Of "New Bollywood"

Perhaps the most egregious example of the film’s dogged need to promote masculinity — and I mean “masculinity” as the toxic social construct that promotes dominance and rejects everything “feminine” — as a prerequisite to sporting excellence is a plot element that involves the length of Geeta’s hair.........Read more

In JNU, the Slow Destruction of a Public Institution

Holding academic council meetings in the winter vacations and bypassing the voices of a majority of teachers is the latest instance of the university administration's attempt to erode institutional structures.........Read more

The Hyundai Elantra Wins The Midsize Sedan Award At The Car And Bike Awards 2017

The Hyundai Elantra has won the award for the best midsize sedan at the Car and Bike Awards 2017. Hyundai launched the Elantra in a segment which has not seen much growth in recent years and car manufacturers have been shying away from launching new products. Skoda launched the Octavia to get things moving but still, the premium sedan segment didn't really take off, until Hyundai decided to bring in the Elantra this year.........Read more

Women in India are more hooked to smartphones compared to men: Report

The time spent on smartphones has gone up considerably in the country, surpassing the time spent on any other media including TV, a report revealed on Wednesday, adding that Indian women are now more engaged on smartphones than men, watching YouTube and playing games.........Read more

In search of the meaning of life at 4,000m through Wi-Fi links and telescopes

"Are science and spirituality linked in some way," asked Karan, aka the Himalayan Shepherd who runs Hotel Deyzor along with a bunch of local travel and con........Read more

Nokia to re-enter the smartphone business in 2017

The 1st smartphone of Finnish firm rumoured to be the D1C that runs on Android 7 Nougat with a Snapdragon 430 processor........Read more

Shooter Heena Sidhu Pull’s Out Of Iran’s Asian Championship; Was Being Forced To Wear Hijab

Indian shooter and Olympian Heena Sidhu on October 29 pulled out of the Asian Airgun Shooting Championship in Iran as they had made it mandatory to wear hijab for all women athletes taking part in the competition.........Read more

After Cyrus Mistry's Email, 10 Latest Developments in Tata Crisis

Six companies owned by Tata Sons have been asked to clarify their financial status by the country's main stock exchanges, as the group's change of leadership has turned into an international headline. Markets regulator Sebi too is investigating, according to news agency Press Trust of India.........Read more

Could Rahul and Akhilesh Yadav be about to form a new 'Baba' brigade?

With the warring factions in the Samajwadi Party exchanging blows in public view, a new axis - that of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and SP scion Akhilesh Yadav-seems to be emerging.........Read more

Wow! Salman Khan to launch Salman Talkies, tax-free chain of single-screen theatres soon!

Wow! Salman Khan to launch Salman Talkies, tax-free chain of single-screen theatres soon! - Salman Khan is all set to launch 'Salman Talkies' soon and promises to provide paisa vasool entertainment to masses! Are you excited?........Read more

Cauvery dispute: Centre backtracks on formation of Cauvery Management Board

The Central government on Monday asked the Supreme Court to modify the court’s earlier orders asking the Centre to form a Cauvery Management Board (CMB). “The decision to form the CMB is Parliament’s prerogative and the court cannot ask us to do so,” attorney general Mukul Rohatgi told the court.........Read more

Aadhaar effect: Govt weeds out 2.33 cr bogus ration cards, saves Rs 10,000 crore

Union Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said 2.33 crore bogus ration cards have been weeded out all over the country, that nearly paralysed the public distribution system, due to Aadhaar seeding.........Read more

Now, Sanskrit to give ancient technological edge to IIT graduates

Students at the Indian Institutes of Technology may soon be studying ancient engineering techniques — such as the one used by the monkey army to build the Ram Setu bridge to Lanka in the Ramayana — written about in Sanskrit texts.........Read more

I'm a Kashmiri Pandit, this is how I escaped being killed by security forces

Before the BSF man counted five, I had taken the longest leaps of my life and scaled the wall of home.........Read more

Opinion: A Hidden Hand In The BJP-Bashing Over Dalits?

 Forces antagonistic to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP-led Government at the centre have been searching for an opportunity to destabilise the regime and puncture the India story for long. Two incidents in the last fortnight, one involving D........Read more

Mallakhamb: The Hardest Sport You've Never Heard Of

Mallakhamb is an ancient Indian traditional sport. The word 'malla' means gymnast and 'khamb' means pole. The earliest mention of the sport can be traced back to the 12th century, where it is mentioned in the classic Manas-Olhas. Competitive Mallakhamb was first introduced at........Read more

Eros announces first ever Indo-China productions

Film studio will release two Indo-Chinese productions featuring talent from both countries........Read more

Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi appointed CBSE chairman

Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi, a 1987 batch IAS officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre, will be in charge of the school board until 15 December 2020........Read more

Haryana to rope in Chinese firm for $5-bn Gurgaon township

Chinese company would develop infrastructural facilities, industrial units and residential and commercial projects in the township........Read more

Censoring Udta Punjab won't fix drug problem: Rahul Gandhi

The ongoing censor issue just got political as the Censor Board doesn't want the movie to be set in Punjab.........Read more

Trying to get support of other nations for India's NSG bid: Japan

Japan today strongly supported India's bid for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group and said it was working with the Indian government to garner support from other countries ahead of the bloc's crucial plenary meeting.........Read more

Vodafone India to file for IPO by September

Vodafone India Ltd, the Indian unit of Vodafone Group Plc., is planning to file its draft initial public offering (IPO) documents by September, said two people aware of the development.The IPO of India’s second-largest telecom operator by customers........Read more

Google Tax will vex Indian startups more - The Economic Times

While the levy is aimed at indirectly taxing internet giants such as Google and Facebook for the money they make from Indian advertisers, as per the rules announced on Monday.........Read more

Miss Tiffany’s Universe 2016: Where transvestites charm all

REUTERSBeauty contestant Jiratchaya Sirimongkolnawin (C) is kissed by runner-ups after she was crowned the Miss Tiffany's Universe 2016 transvestite contest in the beach resort town of Pattaya, Thailand, May 14, 2016.........Read more

Nearly 2,000 Indian laws discriminate against differently-abled persons. Here are five

Colonial-era laws put hurdles in the way of voting, adoption and registering a marriage.........Read more

5,000 jobs affected by diesel vehicles ban in Delhi-NCR: Siam

SIAM also said the ban, which is in effect since December 16, has resulted in production loss of around 11,000 units........Read more