Powerful portraits show the last of Nagaland's tattooed headhunters

With proud, wistful expressions, the elderly figures in Peter Bos' portraits seem gentle enough -- kind, even. But the men's tattoos belie a darker truth: They were once fearsome headhunters whose facial markings symbolize the decapitation of their foes. These are members of the Konyak tribe, a group of approximately 230,000 people living in the Indian state of Nagaland, close to the Myanmar border. Inhabiting remote hilltop villages, these agricultural communities often used patterned body markings to celebrate major milestones and rites of passage. Face tattoos, however, were reserved for warriors -- specifically those returning from conflicts or raids with enemy heads. "I never felt intimidated or threatened -- they were very warm," recalled Bos, a Dutch portrait photographer, in a phone interview. "We think of headhunting as something evil or rough, but for them it was more just a way of living.........Read more

India Records Nearly 1100 Deaths, 64531 New Covid Cases In 24 Hrs; Tally Climbs To 27,67,273

With 64,531 people testing positive in a day, India's COVID-19 tally climbed to 27,67,273 on Wednesday, while the recoveries crossed the 20-lakh mark pushing the recovery rate to 73.64 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data. The death toll climbed to52,889with 1,092 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed. Case fatality rate has declined to 1.91 per cent. There are 6,76,514 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which is 24.45 per cent of the total caseload, while the number of recoveries has surged to20,37,870. India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a cumulative total of 3,17,42,782 samples have been tested up to August 18 with 8,01,518 samples being tested on Tuesday. Subscribe to Outlook’s Newsletter........Read more

Serum Institute of India Says Covid Vaccine Likely to Be Ready by End of 2020, Final Pricing in 2 Months

Adar Poonawalla, Chief Executive Officer of Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII), has said the coronavirus vaccine may be ready by the end of this year and that the final price of the anti-virus dose will be announced in two months. SII is part of an agreement with AstraZeneca, which along with Oxford University, has developed a vaccine that has reported satisfactory progress from the test results. "We should have a vaccine by the end of this year. We will conduct trials in India on a few thousand patients in partnership with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)," Poonawalla told CNBC-TV18, adding the final pricing for the vaccine will be announced in two months. Poonawalla had earlier said that by the end of August, between 4,000 to 5,000 people in Pune and Mumbai will be injected with the vaccine as part of trials scheduled to last over two month. He said the company aims to manufacture 300 million to 400 million doses by the year-end. The institute has also inked a pact with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, to make 100 million doses of the vaccine. This is for low-and medium-income countries, and with a price cap of Rs 250 a dose.........Read more

As Attention Turns to Plasma Banks to Fight Covid-19, Here's What They Are & How They Function

Plasma is a light yellowish liquid part of the blood that helps carry it throughout the body. "Plasma is blood minus the cellular components – white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. Without these components, what remains is plasma and proteins, the liquid component,” explains Dr Asha Kishore, Director, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum. Convalescent plasma has been used as one of the treatments against Covid-19. A recovered person’s body contains neutralising antibodies and the plasma collected from such persons is then transfused into the body of an admitted patient.........Read more

Humans are complicated—do we need behavioral science to get through this?

Given the importance of our social interactions to the spread of the pandemic, behavioral sciences should have a lot to tell us. So Willer got a large response, and the result was a huge team effort coordinated by Willer and New York University social psychology professor Jay van Bavel. The goal: to sum up all the best and most relevant research from psychology, sociology, public health, and other social sciences. Published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour last week—a lightning-fast turnaround for academia—the resulting paper highlights research that addresses behavioral questions that have come up in the pandemic, from understanding cultural differences to minimizing scientific misinformation. ........Read more

Amit Shah writes to Mamata: ‘Injustice’ to migrants as Bengal not allowing trains to state

In a letter to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Amit Shah said, “Migrants from West Bengal are eager to reach home, but we are not getting expected support from the state.” The home minister added that West Bengal is not allowing trains. “This is injustice with the migrant labourers. This will create further hardship for them,” he added. Referring to the ‘Shramik Special’ trains that are being operated by the Centre to facilitate transport of migrant workers from different parts of the country to various destinations, Shah said in the letter that the Centre has facilitated more than two lakh migrants workers to reach home.........Read more

India's factory activity slumped to record low in April: PMI

India’s manufacturing activity contracted at its sharpest pace on record in April as a lockdown to combat the rapid spread of the coronavirus led to a slump in demand and massive supply chain disruptions, a private sector survey showed on Monday. Asia’s third largest economy is taking a huge hit from the ongoing nationwide lockdown, which started on March 25, and its gross domestic product is expected to shrink for the first time since the mid-1990s this quarter, a Reuters poll showed last month. ........Read more

800 Quarantined After Mohalla Clinic Doctor Tests Positive for COVID-19; Wife & Daughter Also Infected

At least 800 people in Delhi have been quarantined after they came in contact with a mohalla clinic doctor who tested positive for coronavirus, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Thursday. The quarantined also include all patients who had visited the Maujpur clinic run by the doctor. Jain said four others, including the doctor’s wife and daughter, have also tested positive for Covid-19. The doctor got the virus after coming in contact with an infected woman who returned from Saudi Arabia, Jain said. ........Read more

Singapore reports first coronavirus deaths

Singapore on Saturday reported its first coronavirus deaths, including a 75-year-old Singaporean woman, the health ministry said, as the country announced a slew of measures to prevent the spread of the deadly disease that has infected 385 people in the island nation. Singapore on Friday confirmed 40 new COVID-19 cases, including 30 imported infections, taking the total number to 385 in the country. The two fatalities included the woman and a 64-year-old Indonesian man who died on Saturday, the health ministry said.........Read more

Coronavirus: Doctor Who Treated Deceased Patient in Kalaburagi, Tests Positive For COVID-19

Days after a 76-yr-old man died of coronavirus in Kalaburagi district of Karnataka, the doctor who treated him, has tested positive for COVID-19. Following the development, the doctor along with his family has been kept in quarantine at his home. He will be sent to isolation ward today. Notably, the 76-year-old man, who died on March 10, was the country’s first victim of the deadly disease. He returned from Saudi Arabia on February 29 and was under treatment at Kalaburagi and Hyderabad for the infection. ........Read more

Freak Accident on Set of Kamal Haasan's 'Indian 2' Leaves 3 Assistant Directors Dead, 9 Injured

Three people were killed and nine injured on the set of Kamal Haasan's film, Indian 2, after a crane on which they were sitting and crashed to the ground. All the three who lost their lives were assistant directors of the film, which was being shot at EVP Film City, a private cinema studio, near Chennai. Haasan was unharmed, film industry sources said, adding that the injured were undergoing treatment at a hospital. The accident took when the crane employed to erect the set crashed, killing three and leaving nine injured, police said, adding that an FIR has been registered in the case. ........Read more

Statements Like ‘Goli Maro', 'Indo-Pak Match' Should Not Have Been Made: Home Minister Amit Shah On Delhi Poll Debacle

Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday reacted to Bharatiya Janata Party's Delhi poll debacle and accepted that his assessment on Delhi elections went wrong. Holding his party leaders hate statements, one of the reasons, for BJP's poor performance in the recently announced Delhi poll results, Shah said, "Statements like 'goli maro' and 'Indo-Pak match' should not have been made."........Read more

Microsoft’s CEO looks to a future beyond Windows, iOS, and Android

The company has been building a cloud empire and quietly acquiring companies that will help it manage these billions of cloud-connected devices. Some analysts claim that there are already 22 billion connected devices, growing to 50 billion connected devices this year, by 2025, or 2030 depending on which study you believe. There might be disagreement on exactly how many devices will be connected to the internet and when, but Nadella has reorganized Windows and Azure to get ready for them.........Read more

Twitter Sleuths Expose Phishing Scam Involving Fake Flipkart Ads

The Walmart-owned ecommerce company has recently been hit hard by scammers. The fraud came to light after a Twitter user highlighted that on the UCBrowser browsing app on Android, ads showing discounted mobile phones have been making rounds with the tag of and Flipkart Assured. When clicked, the advertisements are directing the user to a website, which has the look and feel of the official Flipkart website. But the reality is that it’s just a phishing scam.........Read more

The sky is blood red over parts of Australia as fires rage

Around 30 kilometers (19 miles) south, blood-red skies loomed over the town of Eden. There, hundreds of residents were seeking shelter on the beach on police advice. Many houses have been destroyed in the area, and officials said they feared there would be fatalities. A total of 150 fires are burning across the state, with 64 uncontained, according to the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSWRFS). About 2,300 firefighters were tackling the blazes.........Read more

CAA Stir: 'Immediate Action Must be Taken Against Him', Naqvi on Meerut SP's 'Go to Pakistan' Remark

The minister further asked police to take care of those who are innocent and ensure that they should not suffer. “Violence at any level, be it by police or by mob, is unacceptable. It can’t be a part of a democratic country,” the BJP leader asserted. Earlier on Friday, a controversy was erupted after SP city Akhilesh Singh was caught on camera, advising local residents to tell protesters to ‘go to Pakistan’. ........Read more

'Rape in India' Row: EC Seeks Response from Rahul Gandhi Over Controversial Remark

Bharatiya Janata Party MP Smriti Irani had complained to the EC over his remark and requested action against the Congress leader on the same. Irani had said, “We have said this before that crimes against women should not be politicised. Rahul Gandhi dared to make rapes a political tool. We have requested Election Commission to take action.” The controversy erupted on Thursday, when Rahul Gandhi during a rally in Jharkhand, took a jibe at the Modi government over rising cases of crimes against women. He said, “Narendra Modi had said ‘Make in India’ but nowadays wherever you look, it is ‘Rape in India’. ........Read more

In Lok Sabha, Amit Shah says past govts ‘diluted’ SPG Act, brings in amendment

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, speaking in the Lok Sabha, on Wednesday said the Special Protection Group Act will be amended allowing the Prime Minister and his family to be given such security cover who live with him at his official residence. ........Read more

Time to take out our swords' - Inside Iran's plot to attack Saudi Arabia

The main topic that day in May: How to punish the United States for pulling out of a landmark nuclear treaty and re-imposing economic sanctions on Iran, moves that have hit the Islamic Republic hard.........Read more

Ex-Ranbaxy Promoter Malvinder Singh Arrested By Enforcement Directorate

Pharmaceutical giant Ranbaxy Laboratories' ex-promoter Malvinder Singh has been arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case. Mr Singh, who was already in Delhi Police's custody in connection with a fraud case, has been handed over to the central agency. ........Read more

Urmila Matondkar Resigns From Congress; Cites In-house Petty Politics

Barely a few months after joining the grand-old party before the Lok Sabha General elections, actor-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar on September 10 resigned from the Congress, saying her political and social sensibilities refuse to allow vested interests in the party to use her as a means to fight petty in-house politics. The move from the political leader came after a letter which she had written to Mumbai Congress chief Milind Deora on May 16 got leaked to media and no action was taken on that. “I’ve resigned from the Indian National Congress. First thought of resignation came to me when after my repeated efforts, no action was taken in pursuance of my letter dated 16th May, addressed to then Mumbai Congress President Milind Deora. Thereafter, to my utter dismay, the said letter containing privileged and confidential communication was conveniently leaked to the media which according to me was an act of blatant betrayal,” she said. She further said that no one from the party was apologetic or even concerned towards her for the same despite her repeated protests.........Read more

Sri Lanka withdraws emergency law imposed after Easter attacks

Sri Lanka withdrew an emergency law imposed after Easter Sunday attacks, a military spokesman said, signifying the return of calm to the island nation which is set to vote in a new head of state later this year. President Maithripala Sirisena imposed emergency law in April after more than 250 people were killed and 500 wounded in Islamist militant bombings across churches and luxury hotels on Easter day. The army will continue to assist police for internal security, military spokesman Sumith Atapattu told Reuters. The emergency gave police and military extensive powers to detain and interrogate suspects without court orders. ........Read more

‘No doubt there’ll be mid-term polls’, says Deve Gowda upset with ally Cong

Just a day after he ruled out the possibility of mid-term polls in the state, former prime minister HD Deve Gowda on Friday went on an offensive against the Congress for the way the party had treated its coalition partner. Gowda, the Janata Dal Secular leader, also predicted that he had no doubts that the polls were inevitable.........Read more

RIL under lens for diverting Rs 1.7K cr CSR funds

The government may soon start inspection of its CSR projects, where the company has reportedly spent 2% of its net profits as mandated by the law. The action comes following a complaint by a whistle-blower to the Department of Economic Affairs of the Finance Ministry. The three CSR projects of the country's biggest company to come under the scanner are Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre, Reliance University, and Lodhivali Hospital and Art Clinic. ........Read more

Mahindra Invests Rs 1000 Crore to Launch BS VI Compliant Vehicles Soon

The Bharat Stage VI (or BS-VI) emission norms would come into force from April 1, 2020 across the country and currently, the vehicles sold in the country conform to BS-IV emission standards - and for the same, Mahindra has invested Rs 1000 crore. ........Read more

Mumbai: Jinnah House goes to Ministry of External Affairs after PMO nod

The Prime Minister’s office has given its nod for transferring the ownership of Jinnah House in Mumbai’s Malabar Hill to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). The structure will be renovated on the lines of Hyderabad House in New Delhi.........Read more

Demolish Delhi’s Jama Masjid, hang me if idols not found: Sakshi Maharaj sparks fresh row

The BJP lawmaker Sakshi Maharaj who is known for making controversial statements sparked a fresh row saying that "demolish Delhi's Jama Masjid. If idols are now found below the staircase then I should be hanged".........Read more

Congress Shocks BJP In Karnataka's Ballari, Wins By A Huge Margin

Diwali celebrations erupted a day early for Congress workers as the party's candidate VS Ugrappa surged ahead of his nearest rival, the BJP's V Shantha, in the Ballari Lok Sabha seat, which has voted BJP since 2004 and is the stronghold of the mining barons, the Reddy brothers.........Read more

No free meals anymore! Jet Airways to stop free food in economy class from Sep 25

Jet Airways on Wednesday announced that it will no longer provide free meals on its Economy class on bookings done from September 25. However, the airline flyers will keep getting free beverages, including tea and coffee. The latest plan by Jet Airways covers the ‘Economy Light’ and ‘Economy Deal’ categories in the domestic sector.........Read more

Robot Tugs Will Now Pull Aircrafts At IGI Airport To Cut Emissions & Reduce Fuel Consumption

The IGI airport now has special taxiing machines called ‘TaxiBot’ to help reduce congestion, emission and fuel consumption for airlines. TaxiBot is a semi-robotic equipment that can be attached to the nose of an aircraft, allowing it to taxi without using the engine.........Read more

Apple iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max: Here’s how much they cost in India

The three new Apple smartphones – iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR –are going to be available in India from September 28. The iPhone XR will cost Rs 76,900 for the base 64GB storage variant. The entry-level 64GB storage model of the iPhone XS will cost Rs 99,900. The 64GB storage version of the XS Max will cost Rs 1,09,900. ........Read more

IPL 2019 could move out of India, BCCI has two venues in mind

The twelfth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) could well be played outside India if the dates of the month and a half long tournament clashes with that of the general elections. South Africa is the preferred venue. In the case of a partial shift, then UAE will come into the picture.........Read more

Robotics Company GreyOrange Raises $140 Mn From Mithril Capital, Binny Bansal, Others

Warehousing automation and robotics startup GreyOrange have raised $140 Mn in a funding round led by Mithril Capital, with participation from a new investor Flipkart co-founder Binny Bansal and existing investors, including Blume Ventures. GreyOrange is registered in Singapore and headquartered in Gurugram.........Read more

Tata Nexon Kraz Edition Launched In India; Prices Start At Rs. 7.14 Lakh - NDTV CarAndBike

Tata Motors has introduced the Nexon Kraz in India. The Limited Edition is priced from ₹ 7.14 lakh for the petrol version, while the diesel range starts at ₹ 8.07 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom Delhi) will be available in two variants - Kraz and Kraz+.........Read more

Skoda Superb Corporate Edition Launched In India; Priced At Rs 23.49 Lakh

The new Skoda Superb Corporate Edition is launched with an introductory price of Rs 23.49 lakh ex-showroom. The Superb Corporate Edition is exclusive to existing Skoda customers who are looking to upgrade.........Read more

Kerala girl trolled for selling fish donates Rs 1.5 lakh to CM’s relief fund

A 21-year-old Kerala girl who was trolled for selling fish outside her college to meet her educational needs has contributed Rs 1.5 lakh to the Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund as the state struggles to cope with the flood fury.........Read more

Odisha announces its own health insurance plan, expected to benefit 70 lakh families

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched a health coverage scheme in the state that is expected to benefit 70 lakh families. Healthcare assistance will be provided up to Rs 5 lakh per family annually. For women, the health cover will be Rs 7 lakh per annum.........Read more

Justice Gogoi rejects suggestion of 'fixed tenure' for Chief Justice, says need consistent policy instead

Supreme Court judge Ranjan Gogoi said India does not need a fixed tenure of the Chief Justice of India but a consistent judicial policy in matters relating to the pendency of cases. ........Read more

Sensex jumps 330 points led by ITC, ICICI Bank; Nifty tops 11,250

Benchmark indices BSE Sensex and NSE’s Nifty 50 soared to fresh record highs on Friday. BSE Sensex surged 308.27 points to a fresh record high of 37,292.91, while the Nifty 50 rose 78.95 points to a new high of 11,246.25. ........Read more

Anti-graft law stalling govt, bankers: Arun Jaitley

Union minister Arun Jaitley lashed out at the three-decade-old Prevention of Corruption Act, blaming it for slowing down decision making and describing it as a “charter for bringing government to a standstill”.........Read more

Forensic Sciences Laboratory claimed that Parshuram Waghmare used the same 7.65 mm country-made pistol to kill Gauri Lankesh with which MM Kalburgi, Narendra Dabholkar and Leftist thinker Govind Pansare was shot dead

The Karnataka Police Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the sensational journalist-activist murder case found that the 26-year-old accused who is linked to a Hindutva group was not involved in the prior killings.........Read more

India women's compound team clinch silver at Archery World Cup; mixed-pair of Abhishek Verma and Jyothi win bronze

India opened its account with a silver and a bronze medal in the compound section of the ongoing second stage of the Archery World Cup Stage II.........Read more

YouTube deletes 5 million videos for content violation

YouTube, owned by Alphabet Inc’s Google deleted about 5 million videos from its platform for content policy violations in last year’s fourth quarter before any viewers saw them, it said in a new report that highlighted its response to pressure to better police its online community.........Read more

Eleven Saudi princes detained following protest: Report

Saudi authorities have detained 11 princes after they gathered at a royal palace in Riyadh in a rare protest against austerity measures that included suspending payment of their utility bills. Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, has introduced reforms that included cutting subsidies, introducing value-added tax (VAT) and cutting perks to royal family members to try to cope with a drop in crude prices that has caused a budget deficit estimated at 195 billion riyals in 2018.........Read more

Novel sperm-sorting device could improve IVF success

The microfluidic device dubbed SPARTAN, short for Simple Periodic ARray for Trapping And Isolation was developed by a team of researchers from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and Stanford University in the US. It uses a field of three-dimensional posts that create an obstacle course for the swimming sperm cells. The strongest and healthiest sperm get through this array the fastest and then are collected at the outlet to be used in the IVF process........Read more

Future Group may buy Snapdeal’s logistics arm: Sources

Kishore Biyani-led Future Group is in the initial stage of discussions to buy Snapdeal’s logistics arm Vulcan Express for about Rs 50 crore as the former looks to strengthen its supply chain business.........Read more

ISRO to launch 31 satellites into space on 10th January using PSLV

ISRO's workhorse PSLV will be action once again early in 2018 as India will be launching 31 satellites into space. The mission will be the PSLV mission after the unsuccessful launch of navigation satellite IRNSS-1H in August.........Read more

Not a 'badge of honour': Jaitley mocks Cong for celebrating 2G scam verdict

The BJP leader pointed out that the Supreme Court had, in 2012, quashed all spectrum allocations and said that the 2G policy of the UPA government was “corrupt and dishonest”. The Union Finance Minister expressed concern over the judgement and said, "I am sure that the investigative agencies will have a close look at the judgement and acquittal of the accused and decide what has to be done".........Read more

Cabinet clears new consumer protection bill

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a new Consumer Protection Bill that seeks to give more teeth to the mechanism to safeguard consumer rights. The Bill, expected to be tabled in the Lok Sabha during the Winter Session, also has provisions to deal with misleading advertisements and ban celebrities from endorsing such products.........Read more

IIT Roorkee researchers develop a chemical sensor for detection of explosives

The new compound, called beta-dicyanovinyl substituted porphyrinogen, has been found to be capable of detecting picric acid (major component of explosives) at even as low a level as 1.12 parts per million. The colour of the substance changed from reddish-pink to purple as per concentration of picric acid. The substance can be reused any number of times, according to Dr Muniappan Sankar, leader of the research team.........Read more

Prepare detailed plan for Taj Mahal conservation, SC tells U.P.

Noting that temporary steps conceived in haste to conserve the Taj Mahal will only be counter-productive, the Supreme Court on Friday directed the Uttar Pradesh government to prepare a comprehensive plan which will secure the world heritage site for the next century or more.........Read more

Key mechanism behind baldness and going gray discovered

The researchers were investigating a protein called KROX20, and they discovered that for skin cells to become a hair shaft they need to also produce that specific protein. When the KROX20-producing cells were deleted in mice, no hair grew. The team also discovered a protein called stem cell factor (SCF) is essential for hair pigmentation. In mice models the team deleted the SCF gene from hair-producing cells and saw the animals' hair turn white.........Read more

SBI Life to launch India's first billion dollar IPO since CIL in 2010

SBI Life Insurance Co Ltd will launch an initial public offering next week to raise as much as $1.3 billion, sources with direct knowledge told Reuters, in what will be the country's first billion-dollar IPO in nearly seven years.........Read more

Kangana Ranaut says women’s commission refused help to her. Its chief dismisses claim

She said that at a particular sensitive juncture during her public spat with Hrithik Roshan, she had approached Maharashtra Women’s Commission and was told not to pursue the case. However, the chief of the commission, Vijaya Rahatkar, has now spoken out and claims they were never approached.........Read more

68 militants, including four women, lay down arms in Manipur

In one of the largest mass surrenders by militants, 68 ultras, including four women, belonging to different militant outfits, laid down their arms during a 'Home Coming Ceremony' held in Manipur. Chief Minister N Biren Singh applauded the "bold" step taken by the militants, who had decided to shun the path of violence and "join the process of peace and development".........Read more

Centre rolls out nationwide measles-rubella vaccination campaign

The Centre has rolled out measles-rubella (MR) vaccination campaign to cover about 41 crore children in the age group of 9 months to less than 15 years across the country. The nationwide campaign will be completed in a phased manner.........Read more

Don’t easily fall for free public Wi-Fi

Millions of Indians who use free public Wi-Fi are putting their personal information at a risk of being stolen without realising, revealed a survey conducted by cybersecurity firm Symantec. According to a report from Norton by Symantec, 96 per cent of Indians have potentially put personal information, which includes email ID and contact numbers, at risk while using public Internet.........Read more

7th Pay Commission: No cabinet meet this week, IB warns of unrest by govt employees

The central government employees waiting for their higher allowances and HRA under the 7th Pay Commission will get good news only after June 25. The Cabinet will not set the agenda for the issue at least June 24. The Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will not be in the country till June 24.........Read more

SS Khaplang: Once seen as an Indian ally, this Myanmar Naga wanted no part of the 2015 peace accord

The National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khalpang) chief, who died on June 9, was the primary weapon supplier to armed groups in the North East.........Read more

Turkish Airlines will offer laptops to business-class travellers after ban on electronic devices

Turkish Airlines said it would offer laptops to business-class travellers after Britain and the United States banned large electronic devices from the cabin of flights from certain countries. ........Read more

IPL 2017: Full list of awards, prize money, trophies

There are several awards to be won at the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. The winning team will receive Rs 15 crore while the losing finalist gets Rs 10 crore.........Read more

Govt plans to change security marks of banknotes every 3-4 yrs

To check counterfeiting, the government plans to change security features of higher denomination banknotes of Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 every 3-4 years in accordance with global standards. The move comes in the wake of recovery of a large amount of fake Indian currency notes in last four months after demonetisation. The issue was discussed threadbare at a high-level meeting on Thursday attended by senior officials of the ministries of Finance and Home, including Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi.........Read more

People think I'm always on the 'banned-wagon': Censor board Chief Pahlaj Nihalani

Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani, who has worked towards devising a system of online censor certification, says no matter what he does, people feel he's on the "banned-wagon".........Read more

'No one likes Congress' says Mulayam, blaming SP alliance partner's 'arrogance' for debacle

Mulayam said, "Samajwadi Party would have come to power if there was no alliance. No one likes Congress. I have publicly opposed Congress." Mulayam also said that those saying he had supported the alliance are lying. He also questioned what was the need for alliance, saying, the party came to power in 2012 with full majority.........Read more

'Azadi for Kashmir' poster surfaces in JNU, removed

"Freedom for Kashmir! Free Palestine! Right to self-determination long live," the poster, which appeared in the name of ultra-Left group DSU, stated. By evening, the administration had asked the university security to remove the poster.........Read more

Paytm and Mobikwik getting ready to grab the laid-off employees from Snapdeal

The startups in India has been seeing a lot of restructuring and wrap ups as competition gets intense and foreign funding dries up. The restructuring efforts have led to hundreds of employees being handed pink slips. In that context, Snapdeal’s layoff of 600 employees seems justified. But interestingly, there are other startups ready to absorb those employees. . This is exactly what is happening at Paytm and Mobikwiik which are essentially mobile payment platforms. They are throwing a lifeline to the technology employees that Snapdeal has laid off.........Read more

Pornhub Is Launching A New Website And It’s Actually What We Needed The Most

Pornhub is launching a new website ‘Pornhub Sexual Health Center’ and claims that it will help people learn about sex, basic reproductive health, STDs, and others. The responsibilities of this new website have been handed over to a renowned sex therapist, Dr. Laurie Betito. Along with her, they have kept a panel of experts, therapists, and doctors who will be available to answer the queries of the visitors.........Read more

Key Mulayam Ambika Chaudhary aide joins BSP

Senior SP leader and former UP minister Ambika Chaudhary on Saturday joined the rival BSP, accusing Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav of showing disrespect to his father Mulayam. ........Read more

Apple will hit $1 trillion in cumulative revenue generated by iOS ecosystem in 2017

Apple is striding towards generating $1 trillion in cumulative revenue this year from its iOS hardware and services since the introduction of the first iPhone in 2007. Financial analysts, Horace Dediu from Asymco reports that Apple has sold at least 1.2 billion units of the iPhone in the first 10 years; making it the ‘most successful product of all time’.........Read more

Italy Wants to 'Act as a Mediator' on Lifting Anti-Russian Sanctions

Italy is determined to serve as a go-between with regard to restrictive measures imposed on Moscow, Fulvio Scaglione, an expert on international relations and a journalist with Famiglia Cristiana, told Sputnik.........Read more

UAE church says it is negotiating release of ISIS abducted Kerala priest Fr Tom Uzhunnalil

The Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia in UAE has declared that they are making all efforts to rescue Kerala priest Father Tom Uzhunnalil, who was abducted by ISIS terrorists in March from an old age home at Aden in Yemen, that was being run by the Missionaries of Charity.........Read more

7th Pay Commission: Good news for Central government employees

Central government employees who have been enduring a long wait for getting their enhanced allowances as recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) can take comfort from two recent reports. First, an observation by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Urjit Patel and now, a report by BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research, citing fallout of demonetisation.........Read more

Super Nintendo World is coming to Universal Studios Japan by 2020

Nintendo announced a tie-up with Universal Studios last year, and since then it's been confirmed that the parks in Osaka, Orlando, and Hollywood will eventually see areas with Nintendo-themed...........Read more

Stock markets tumble, rupee down; investors lose Rs 6 trn

Stock markets tumbled today with an estimated Rs 6 lakh crore getting wiped off from the invested wealth within seconds of opening trade as Sensex plunged 1,689 points on the US election trends showing lead for Donald Trump and the withdrawal of high-denomination notes worth billions.........Read more

Amazon pips Flipkart on customer experience quotient: Forrester report

Amazon shares the top spot with online grocery store BigBasket, while Jabong made rapid strides to gain at least 10 points to improve its position........Read more

IITs are showing Indian institutions how to become more LGBT friendly

This was clear to me as an engineering student in the late 2000s. In the hallowed halls of my alma mater, we debated and argued about everything under the sun. Most of the time, I came out a better person by learning something new from others’ views. Sadly, that didn’t happen when it came to LGBT issues. I was arguing with some of the smartest people I had ever met—students as well as professors—and, yet, I couldn’t fathom how they held such regressive views on sexuality.........Read more

Will the Indo-French Collaboration on Space Research Lead to a Lander on Mars?

The Indo-French love affair for rockets spans across Europe, Asia and South America. In far-away French Guiana, at Kourou in South America, housed in the middle of lush green rain forests, is the expansive 700 sq km European space port.........Read more

Exclusive: China assures India dam on Xiabuqu will have no impact, can store less than 0.02 per cent of Brahmaputras flow

China today assured India that its new dam on a tributary of Brahmaputra, Xiabuqu, would have no impact on downstream flows as its maximum capacity can only store -less than 0.02 per cent- of the rivers average run-off.........Read more

Day After Uri Attack, India's Strong Message To Pakistan At UN Rights Council

In a strong message to Pakistan today at a United Nations platform, India asked it to clean house by dismantling terror infrastructure instead of "internationalizing" Kashmir, pointing out that the freedom enjoyed by terrorists like Hafiz Saeed and Syed Salahuddin shows its "active support for such personalities".........Read more

What’s on India’s richest man’s mind? Five takeaways from rare, long interviews with Mukesh Ambani

It’s been a week since Reliance Industries (RIL) chairman Mukesh Ambani ushered in a new era in the $50-billion Indian telecom industry with the launch of his Reliance Jio.........Read more

GST Bill: Here's a list of amendments given to Rajya Sabha members

GST Bill: Here's a list of amendments given to Rajya Sabha members - The GST Bill is tabled for consideration in the Upper House of the Parliament on Wednesday.........Read more

Im indebted to my fans and well-wishers, says Kamal Haasan

Actor Kamal Haasan has thanked his fans and family in an audio message from the hospital, where the Vishwaroopam actor is currently taking medication.........Read more

Native advertising may become magic pill for online industry

The Times of India's move not to serve its content to those consumers who have installed ad blockers is indeed a bold move, especially at a time when online consumption of news content is itself in its nascency.........Read more

VIDEO: India's First Women's University Turns 100

The Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey University, formerly known as the Indian women’s university, was India’s first women’s college. The university, which has educated countless women, turned 100 today.........Read more

This Indian Woman is Making Belgium Drool Over Naga Cuisine With Her Food Truck

It's not just Indians, but the whole world that drools over Indian food and the latest one in the list is a food truck in Belgium that serves Naga cuisine. Started by Lulu Pheiga, a resident of Manipur, 'Lulu's Tribal Kitchen' offers authentic tribal........Read more

Haridwar's 'golden baba' wears jewellery worth Rs 3 crore, seeks security

The sadhu was on his way to Bareilly from Simhasth Kumbh, which concluded in Ujjain on May 21.........Read more

Villagers Suffer Rapes, Beatings and Killings in Fight Between State and Maoists in Chhattisgarh

As huge sums of money are spent on militarisation, question arise on why these funds were not used for the social sector........Read more