Andrew Flintoff says Steve Smith ‘took the blame’ for ball-tampering scandal

Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff believes the entire Australian team was involved in the ball-tampering scandal that rocked world cricket in 2018 and then skipper Steve Smith just "took the blame" to save his side. Smith was suspended for a year along with David Warner and Cameron Bancroft after being indicted in the sandpaper-gate during a Test match against South Africa in Cape Town. "I can't believe that the whole team isn't in on it. As a bowler, if someone gives me a ball that's been tampered with, I know initially. One of the things that Steve Smith did is take the blame for everyone else," Flintoff told Talksport.........Read more

Airtel to raise $3 billion, prepares for scenario where it needs to pay Rs 35,586 crore AGR dues

The Bharti Airtel board on Wednesday cleared a proposal to raise $3 billion as the company prepares for a scenario where it needs to pay Rs 35,586-crore adjusted gross revenue (AGR) dues by January 24, 2020. The outcome of Bharti’s limited review petition in the Supreme Court seeking waiver of interest, penalty and interest on penalty, which constitute 75% of the total due amount, is still awaited. ........Read more

Zinedine Zidane steps down as Real Madrid coach

Zinedine Zidane took over a divided dressing room at Real Madrid after the sacking of Rafael Benitez in January, 2016 and immediately set about uniting the squad.........Read more

Karnataka floor test: BJP’s Janardhan Reddy offered bribe to our MLA, claims Congress, releases audio tape

The Congress played the audio clip at a press conference on Friday evening. In the audio, a man suspected to be Reddy is heard telling Congress MLA from Raichur Rural Basanagouda that he should favour the BJP in the floor test and in return he can be made a minister.........Read more

EC announced Karnataka Assembly Election Dates

Chief election Commissioner OP Rawat said " The election will be conducted in a single phase and the voting will take place on May 12. The counting will take place on May 15th."........Read more

Super Mario Odyssey And Samus Returns Will Be Shown Off At Gamescom

One of the year's biggest gaming shows, Gamescom, kicks off later this month in Cologne, Germany. Many of the big players in gaming are attending, including Nintendo, which today announced its lineup and streaming schedule (via Eurogamer) for the 2017 event.........Read more

It’s for States to end lynchings: Centre

Facing the heat over attacks by cow vigilantes on Muslims and Dalits, during a debate on lynching and mob violence in the Lok Sabha on Monday, the government sought to know whether the Opposition expected it to take charge of administration in the States in a federal polity.........Read more

Kovind's journey: From a hut to a 340-room residence

Just following the impressive victory, President elect Ramnath Kovind is the new one to occupy the exorbitant Rashtrapati Bhavan with 340 rooms spread across 2,00,000 sq ft. Kovind was nostalgic about his old house located in Kanpur where leaking roof, muddy hut was the place he spent his childhood.........Read more

The US Has Indicted a Ukrainian Oligarch for Bribing Indian Officials. Why is Modi's CBI Not Acting?

A Ukrainian oligarch – accused by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) of orchestrating a conspiracy to pay bribes worth $18.5 million to secure mining permits in India – has argued that the charges against him should be dismissed in part because Indian authorities have not followed up on the American investigation.........Read more

Arunachal woman scales Everest twice within 5 days

Arunachal Pradesh mountaineer Anshu Jamsenpa has become the world's first woman to scale Mt Everest twice in five days. She unfurled the tricolour on Mt Everest on May 16 at 9.15 am and again on May 21 at 8 am. ........Read more

Baahubali 2 Beats PK, Dangal

The unthinkable has finally happened. Telugu film Baahubali : The Conclusion (dubbed into Hindi, Tamil) has been crowned as the Highest Grossing Indian film in just six days. The SS Rajamouli's directorial, which released on April 28 world-wide, has earned gross of Rs 792 Cr (close to Rs 800 Crore) in 6 days and beaten the full-run world-wide record of Aamir Khan's PK (2014) which had earned gross of Rs 743 Crore. This in turn, Baahubali : The Conclusion has also beaten Aamir's Dangal record of Rs 712 Crore.........Read more

Human flesh isn't very nutritious

Archaeologists know that prehistoric hominids practiced cannibalism because of evidence left behind in the archeological record. These clues include a missing skull base (to allow ease of access to the brain, yum), an absent vertebrate (because of boiling or crushing to get to the bone marrow and grease, also yum), cut and chop marks, and butchering techniques on hominid remains that mirror those found on food animal remains, among other things. Together, these pieces of evidence signal that early hominids at least occasionally turned their kin into comestibles.........Read more

How a Farmer's Son From Maharashtra Developed a Solar Dryer That Is Now Used in 8 Countries

In 2008, Vaibhav Tidke laid the foundation of an organisation that would work to benefit society, in particular farmers. He was still in college, undertaking his final year at Mumbai’s Institute of Chemical Technology. His organisation, formed with help from friends, peers and professors, was christened Science4Society (S4S) Technologies.........Read more

Lucknow mayor Dinesh Sharma may become UP CM if BJP wins

It’s been 18 years since a godman gifted him with a garland with a blessing that the “lal-batti (red beacon car)” will never leave him. BJP’s Dinesh Sharma is nearing the end of his second term as Lucknow mayor but the godman’s words may well continue to ring true. Many say Sharma may become the next chief minister of Uttar Pradesh if the party wins the ongoing assembly election. ........Read more

SP dispute was artificial, Mulayam secretly ceded bicycle symbol to Akhilesh: Amar Singh

In an astounding revelation, expelled Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, who was at the centre of a full-blown war in the party, has claimed that SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav had actually ‘secretly’ ceded the ‘bicycle’ to his son Akhilesh Yadav when the Election Commission was in the process of deciding on the faction that would get the symbol. ........Read more

This is Why Russia is Protected From Any Potential Aggression

"I would like to draw your attention to the fact that if we just allow ourselves to relax even for a minute, allow at least one major failure in the modernization of the army and navy, in the training of the troops, the situation may change fast," the president said.........Read more

The Big Difference Between Urjit Patel And Raghuram Rajan: Foreign Media

RBI chief Urjit Patel surprised many with a rate cut, signaling that faster expansion has become the priority even as inflation remains stubbornly higher than in the rest of Asia.........Read more

What Role Did US Have, If Any, In Surgical Strikes? A Lot Left Unsaid.

Hours after India announced surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control on Wednesday night, the US doubled down its support for India and reasserted that Pakistan should fight against terrorism, but what was left unsaid by the White House was also significant.........Read more

Jayalalithaa Responding Well to Treatment, to be Discharged Soon

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who was hospitalised in Chennai after complaining of fever and dehydration, will be discharged in a few days, the hospital said on Sunday even as it dismissed as "totally false and baseless" reports of her flying abroad for further medical treatment.........Read more

Starting today, IIT-Kharagpur to offer courses on happiness

In a first, the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur will start offering courses on happiness on Saturday. The institute, which has set up a ‘Rekhi Centre of Excellence’ to offer micro-credit courses on ‘Science of Happiness’, will enroll 60 to 70 students annually. Director Partha Pratim Chakrabarti said on Friday that while the courses would be available to only IIT students in the first year, the institute will consider opening up the programme to non-IITians from 2017.........Read more

Holidaying with Nature: This Organisation Lets You Live and Learn on Organic Farms While You Travel

On a WWOOF vacation, barter of a few hours of daily work in exchange for accommodation, food and a chance to learn organic farming techniques!........Read more

Supreme Court Orders Parsvnath To Deposit Rs 12 Crore Within 4 Weeks

The Supreme Court on Thursday asked real estate developer Parsvnath Buildwell to pay Rs 12 crore to flat buyers in its "Exotica" project in Ghaziabad within four weeks.........Read more

Humans have destroyed a tenth of Earth's wilderness in 25 years

Experts warn there may be no unspoilt places left within a century as report shows an area twice the size of Alaska has been lost since 1993........Read more

Today, GSLV To Carry A Satellite And India's Hopes For Moon Mission

Countdown for the Indian Space Research Organisation's big launch has started at Sriharikota. An indigenous weather satellite - the INSAT 3DR -- is set to begin its journey tomorrow afternoon, piggybacking on the GSLV. But more than the satellite, it is the flight of GSLV that will be crucial for India.........Read more

In Pics: Will Smith's Bhangra Moves At Akshay Kumar's Party

Hollywood actor Will Smith attended Akshay Kumar's Rustom party and Bollywood joined in the celebrations!........Read more

Paytm parent in talks to raise around $300 million from MediaTek, Temasek, others

Fundraising deal expected to value Paytm’s parent One97 at about $5 billion........Read more

Why Syria's war, after 400,000 deaths, is only getting worse

Most civil wars end when one side loses. Either it is defeated militarily, or it exhausts its weapons or loses popular support and has to give up. About a quarter of civil wars end in a peace deal, often because both sides are exhausted.........Read more

Court allows men's entry into kitchen, women throughout India celebrate

After a landmark judgment allowing women's entry into Haji Ali, a High Court today gave another historic verdict, ruling that men in the country should enter kitchen more often, discarding all the social norms. Men, get your act together. Get inside the kitchen and prove that you’re not lazy bums,” the court ruled in its [...]........Read more

Green energy to power big companies

The words are stencilled on the front of the Apple Store, a glass box sandwiched between a nondescript Thai restaurant and a CVS pharmacy in downtown Palo Alto:........Read more

On India's Shopping List, 500 Choppers, 220 Fighter Jets, 12 Submarines

India will spend a staggering $ 223 billion (Rs 15 lakh core) over the next decade to acquire weapon systems to ramp up the military preparedness. The weapon systems will include 500 helicopters, 12 submarines, nearly 100 single engine fighter jets and over 120 twin engine fighter aircraft and aircraft carrier, defence ministry sources told NDTV.........Read more

Russia will not use Iranian air base anymore to launch attacks in Syria, says Tehran

The country said Moscow had been using Hamadan Air Base temporarily, and criticised the Putin government's announcement of the arrangement as 'inconsiderate'.........Read more

In pictures: Africans living in India

Photographer Mahesh Shantaram documents the lives of Africans living in India.........Read more

Which Law Says Population of Hindus Should Not Rise: Mohan Bhagwat

BSP chief Mayawati, while addressing a rally in Agra, also criticised Bhagwat for this comment on Hindu population.........Read more

Watch: Ajay Devgn turns a destroyer in 'Shivaay' trailer

Watch: Ajay Devgn turns a destroyer in 'Shivaay' trailer - The 'Shivaay' trailer is out and it's breathtaking!........Read more

'Impact of GST will be known in two years'

The journey of financial reforms has been a long one. From MODVAT in 1986, to CENVAT in 2002-03 to service tax, to the value-added tax (VAT), it has been a journey that is culminating in India embracing the biggest-ever tax reform measure, the Goods ........Read more

PM Modi to pick Gujarat CM today; Rupani, Nitin Patel frontrunners

BJP chief Amit Shah has called a meeting of the party's parliamentary board on Wednesday to appoint the new chief minister of Gujarat, amid indications that state party chief Vijay Rupani may have emerged as the frontrunner to succeed Anandiben Patel.........Read more

Army to get steep-dive BrahMos missile regiment for China front

The NDA government has given the final go-ahead for the Army to induct and deploy an advanced version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, with “trajectory manoeuvre and steep-dive capabilities” for mountain warfare, in the northeast as a conventional deterrent against China.........Read more

India should not lag behind in outer space mining, TIFAC official says

With the US wanting to press ahead with asteroid mining and unlock resources of the moon, India will lag behind if it does not seize the outer space mining opportunity, said a TIFAC official here on Thursday.........Read more

Call drop: Telcos commit Rs 20,000 cr for towers

To address mobile call drop menace, telecom operators on Monday promised to install 1 lakh towers within a year across the country, entailing investments of about Rs 20,000 crore.........Read more

Narsingh Yadavs food was spiked, Sonepat hostel insiders reveal

Results from Narsingh Yadavs samples have triggered suspicion and disbelief in several quarters, with the wrestlers SAI hostel insiders claiming foul play.........Read more

SC verdict a slap across Andhra Pradesh face: Harish Rao

Accusing the Opposition and the AP government of trying to stall TS projects, irrigation minister T. Harish Rao on Wednesday said that the Supreme Court’s ruling on the issue was a slap on the face of AP.........Read more

Kohli ton gives India shot at domination

Virat Kohli scored a century that looked inevitable to take India to a position from where they could dominate the Test........Read more

Beyond Juno: Where are Our Other Space Probes?

There are dozens of satellites, orbiters and fly-by probes currently at work. Here are a few of Juno's fellow travelers.........Read more

Sultan, Salman Khan: Ban both. Thats what this Dehradun group wants you to do

Dehradun-based YouTube channel UK07 tells you why India deserves better heroes, not Salman Khan.........Read more

Salman hit and run case: SC admits Maharashtra govt's appeal, but refuses to fast track hearing

Salman hit and run case: SC admits Maharashtra govt's appeal, but refuses to fast track hearing - If you want hearing on fast track, you can approach CJI for the same: Justice Khehar told Maharashtra AG........Read more

From India's slums to a Scottish stadium: How playing football changed their lives

Disadvantaged young men and women changed their lives playing football with Slum Soccer teams.........Read more

Why India Needs Nanotechnology Regulation Before it is Too Late

For us to fully harness the advances made in nanotechnology and consolidate our leadership in the field, we must work towards building a regulatory framework encompassing public safety.........Read more

The Lord is sick these days, and can't bless you!

Doors of the Jagannath Dham at Sector-7 have been closed for the masses. Devotees coming to have a 'darshan' are being turned back because the lord is 'sick' and hence unable to see his people. The temple priest says, "Bhagwan bimaar hain, woh ausha........Read more

Ayurveda, modern medicine under one roof at AIIMS

Treatment with modern medicine and Ayurveda will now be possible under one roof. The Centre for Integrative Medicine and Research will be inaugurated in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on June 22 by health minister JP Nad........Read more

What was Kamal Nath, Congress’s new Punjab head, doing with mobs during the 1984 anti-Sikh riot?

In his book, Sanjay Suri recounts how the Congress leader appeared to be controlling the crowd outside Delhi’s Rakab Ganj Sahib gurudwara.........Read more

Dead Space Dev's Star Wars Game Going in "Groundbreaking Directions," EA Boss Says

Visceral's game described as "authentic," we also learned a little more about Motive's upcoming titles.........Read more

Massive setback for ED, Interpol declines Red Corner Notice against Vijay Mallya

New Delhi: In a major setback to the Enforcement Directorate, the Interpol has rejected its request for a red corner notice request against the former liquor baron Vijay Mallya.   A Red Corner Notice (RCN) is issued to arrest and extradite offenders to the country where they are wanted.........Read more

Ongoing Hill-Valley Face-Off Bound to Leave a Mark on Manipur's Assembly Polls

With the BJP trying to make inroads into the state, a tough balancing act lies ahead for the Centre and North East Democratic Alliance too.........Read more

Coal auction to get Rs 3.45 lakh cr; Rs 36,000 cr saving via DBT: Govt

Auction of coal blocks being done will bring Rs 3.45 lakh crore to the nation's kitty and Rs 36,500 crore would be saved on account of checking leakages through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme for LPG subsidy, the government said today.........Read more

Brahmotsavam Movie Review | Rating | Story | Public Talk | Mahesh Babu | Kajal Aggarwal | Samantha

Read the review of Brahmotsavam Movie Review. Brahmotsavam Review, Brahmotsavam Rating, Telugu Movie Review, Story, Public Talk. Starring Mahesh Babu, Kajal Aggarwal, Samantha, Pranitha and many more. Directed by Srikanth Addala. Producer. Cast and Crew.........Read more

India to file 16 cases against US for WTO treaty violation

India has appealed before the WTO appellate body on the recommendations of the dispute settlement panel.........Read more

IRNSS launch: India’s own Regional Navigation Satellite System takes shape

India's own Regional Navigation Satellite System, the IRNSS, is all set to be completed in space on Thursday when the seventh and last of its spacecraft gets placed in orbit. The 1,425-kg satellite........Read more

‘Only 7 per cent B-school graduates employable: study

Barring a handful of top business schools such as the IIMs, most business schools in the country are producing sub-par graduates who are largely unemployable, and therefore earning less than Rs 10,00........Read more