Covid-19 Testing Free Only for 'Ayushman Yojana' Beneficiaries, Not for Those Who Can Afford to Pay: SC

The Supreme Court Monday modified its April 8 order which asked private labs to conduct free Covid-19 tests and said the benefit will be available only to "economically weaker sections" who are covered under a government scheme such as the Ayushman Bharat. The top court said it never intended to make testing free for those who can afford to pay. It had on April 8 directed that private labs, which were allowed to charge Rs 4,500 for Covid-19 tests, would not charge for the tests observing that they need to be philanthropic in the hour of national crisis. ........Read more

In Search For Islamic Sect Members, Bihar Finds 70 Foreign Preachers

As many states are racing to search for participants of a religious gathering in Delhi linked to nearly 400 coronavirus cases across the country, Bihar has found 70 foreign preachers who were living in various parts of the state anonymously. While they are unrelated to the Markaz Nizamuddin gathering, these preachers are feared to be in the high COVID-19 risk category because of their extensive travel history. Bihar officials found the foreign preachers in their hunt for members of the Islamic missionary group Tablighi Jamaat, who attended the Markaz Nizamuddin event last month and then spread out in various parts of the country.........Read more

India denies entry to UK MP critical of government

Debbie Abrahams, who chairs a parliamentary group on Kashmir, said she was denied a standard e-visa at Delhi's Indira Gandhi airport. Immigration officials did not explain the reason for their decision. She expressed concern last year over India's move to revoke partial autonomy for the part of Kashmir it administers. "I'm prepared to let the fact that I've been treated like a criminal go, and I hope they will let me visit my family and friends," she said in a statement.........Read more

Govinda blasts David Dhawan: I did 17 films with him. Even his son Varun will not do that

Govinda has done 17 films with director-producer David Dhawan. The duo has given many blockbuster films including Partner, Coolie No 1, Hero No 1, Shola Aur Shabnam and others. With an array of hit films, the director-actor jodi of David and Govinda became an inspiration for commercial actors and directors in Bollywood. However, the two had a fallout, the reason behind which was little known till now. In a recent interview with India TV, Govinda opened up on his spat with David Dhawan. When Govinda was accused of not living up to his relations, in the context to his fight with David Dhawan, he said, "He can ask me this question only when his son (Varun Dhawan) makes 17 films with him. I do not think his son will ever do 17 films with him, because he is, after all, David Dhawan's son. He is educated. I never realised the meaning of doing 17 films with a director. It was Sanjay Dutt who told me to give work to a fellow Punjabi (David Dhawan). I used to give work to fellow Punjabis at that time. I liked David and did many hit films with him. I did not even treat my relatives as well as I treated him. Even with my brother, who is a director, I did not do 17 films." Govinda also talked about the time he discussed the subject of the 2013 film Chashme Baddoor with David, but the director chose to cast Rishi Kapoor in it instead of him.........Read more

India orders anti-trust probe of Google for alleged Android abuse

India’s antitrust watchdog has ordered an investigation into Alphabet Inc’s unit Google for allegedly abusing the dominant position of its popular Android mobile operating system to block rivals. The probe would be completed in about a year and Google executives would likely be summoned to appear before the CCI in coming months.........Read more

Obama used race, personal chemistry, Republic Day to win PM Modi on Paris Climate deal, says ex-aide

Former US president Barack Obama made an exceptional use of his race, went out of his way to develop a personal chemistry with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and moved the State of the Union Address to attend India's Republic Day celebrations as chief guest so as to win over the Indian leader on his ambitious Paris Agreement on Climate Change, his former aide claimed.........Read more

SC allows Delhi Police to arrest Amrapali Group CMD and two directors

The Supreme Court authorised Delhi Police to arrest Amrapali Group CMD Anil Sharma and two other directors of the company against whom a criminal complaint was filed........Read more

India to retain top position in remittances with USD 80 billion: World Bank

India will retain its position as the world's top recipient of remittances with its diaspora sending a whopping USD 80 billion back home. India is followed by China (USD 67 billion), Mexico and the Philippines (USD 34 billion each) and Egypt (USD 26 billion).........Read more

143 per cent increase in surrenders, how security forces are breaking backs of naxals

The surrender of naxalites has been a major feature and this has led to a considerable dip in the number of incidents where Left Wing Extremism is concerned. The surrenders by naxalites has increased by 143 per cent.........Read more

Volkswagen Polo Pace and Vento Sport Limited Edition launched in India

Volkswagen India announced the introduction of the Polo Pace and Vento Sport limited edition with a host of new features. Adding a dash of style, the Polo Pace and Vento Sport comes equipped with newer offerings for rapidly evolving consumers. The Vento Sport limited edition is now available in a brand new dynamic color “Flash Red”.........Read more

Prasad resigns as chairman of India's junior selection committee

It is understood that Prasad is in the final stages of talks with an IPL franchise for the role of an assistant bowling coach. Had Prasad continued as chairman of the junior selection committee and taken up an IPL role, he would have been in violation of the conflict-of-interest rules laid out by the Lodha committee.........Read more

It'll Be Johnson 2.0 In Ashes, Warns Mitchell Starc

Fast bowler Mitchell Starc warned England to expect a repeat of the carnage caused by Mitchell Johnson four years ago when Australia unleash their pace attack in the upcoming Ashes Tests. A fully firing Australian attack looks formidable, with spearhead Starc returning this week from a foot injury to vie for a place with Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jackson Bird and James Pattinson. With England's top order largely unproven, Starc said it could be much like the 2013-2014 Ashes, when the mustachioed Johnson took 37 wickets with terrifying pace as Australia won 5-0.........Read more

Press Club of India holds protest meet against violence on journalists

The Press Club of India on Gandhi Jayanti held a protest meet against violence on Journalists, demanding action against such acts of suppression of the freedom of press. The protest saw eminent journalists such as Rajdeep Sardesai, Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, Nidhi Razdan and many more.........Read more

Sony working on brand-new design for next Xperia flagship smartphone: Report

Sony will soon be launching a new range of products, that will skip on the much-used Omnibalance design philosophy, meaning we will see some fresh new products coming from the brand going forward.........Read more

Media in the Modi era: How did India's watchdog press become so docile?

It is also clear now, three years into Narendra Modi’s term as prime minister, that his government does not need to impose any kind of direct censorship on the media. The media, by and large, has already fallen in line. Even documentary films on subjects the government does not like are stopped from being screened at film festivals. However small the critical component of mainstream and other media, this government is not prepared to tolerate any of it. Shut it down, is the clear message.........Read more

Sri Lanka offers to host bilateral series between India and Pakistan

In an attempt to resolve the ongoing row between the BCCI and the PCB, Sri Lanka Cricket President Thilanga Sumathipala has offered to host a bilateral series between India and Pakistan in Sri Lanka. Sumathipala made this suggestion to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a meeting.........Read more

The fodder scam: a recap

The fodder scam is a collective term for a set of 64 cases, of which 53 were litigated in Ranchi. It all began in 1985 when then CAG T.N. Chaturvedi sniffed out a possible embezzlement of funds from the Bihar Treasury and various departments. The CAG noticed delay in monthly account submissions from the State and also noted small scale false expense reports. Ten years later, the 'small scale' embezzlements added up to Rs. 900 crore.........Read more

Asian Boxing Championship: India assured of two silver; gets bronze in 75 kg event

Fourth seed Shiva Thapa (60kg) stunned Olympic bronze-medallist and top seed Dorjnyambuug Otgondalai of Mongolia to enter the Asian Boxing Championships final in Tashkent on Friday.........Read more

Intel patches remote code-execution bug that lurked in chips for 10 years

Intel has released a patch for the vulnerability, which resides in the chipmaker's Active Management Technology, Intel Small Business Technology, and Intel Standard Manageability. Business customers who buy computers running vPro processors use those services to remotely administer large fleets of computers. The bug doesn't affect chips running on consumer PCs. The chipmaker has rated the vulnerability critical and is recommending vulnerable customers install a firmware patch........Read more

Does this 15th century map with astonishing detail point to ALIEN influence?

In 1929 the document was found which dates back to the early 15th century and appears to show the world in unprecedented detail. The map was credited to Turkish admiral Piri Reis and is aptly dubbed the Piri Reis Map. But due to the intricacies of the map from such a primitive age, one expert believes it could be proof of aliens. Perhaps the most significant item on the map is the depiction of Antarctica – despite Antarctica not officially being discovered until until 1773 by Captain James Cook.........Read more

OMCs to invest Rs 90,000 cr on fuel upgrade by 2020

The oil companies have spent more than Rs 28,000 crore after 2010 which is in addition to Rs 35,000 crore that was already spent till 2010. They will further spend Rs 28,000 crore by 2020 for meeting the BS-VI specifications which will take the total investment to Rs 90,000 crore only on fuel upgradation programme itself, said K D Tripathi, secretary, ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas at the launching of BS-IV grade fuels across the country.........Read more

Scotland makes official request for second vote on independence from UK

Scotland on Friday made a formal request to the United Kingdom for a second vote on independence, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wrote a letter to British Prime Minister Theresa May to begin discussions about a referendum in the wake of UK’s exit from the European Union.........Read more

Election Commission freezes AIADMK's election symbol ahead of major bypoll

The Election Commission (EC) has decided to freeze the AIADMK's "two leaves" election symbol, after representatives from both VK Sasikala and O Panneerselvam camps made their claim for it.........Read more

Gmail to Stop Supporting Older Chrome Versions, Windows XP and Vista

 The company says that the latest Chrome version 55 comes with several important security updates and it's one way to encourage upgrading to the latest version of Chrome. According to Google, Gmail users starting February 8, 2017 will see a banner at the top of the Gmail interface for users who are still on Google Chrome browser version 53 or below. Considering Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP and Windows Vista versions, Google strongly "encourages" users to migrate to more secure and supported systems.........Read more

Manohar Parrikar speaks about the Raffle deal and what it means for India

The Rs 58,000 crore deal executed by India to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets from France is undoubtedly one the most well negotiated pacts and one that will bring along huge gains for the domestic aviation industry besides creating job openings for the people of India. So what makes this deal, first since the purchase of Sukhois from Russia in the late 90s, a win-win for India.........Read more

Ola is run by a team of twenty-something millennials, but you wouldn't know it from their strategies

Started out of a bedroom in December 2010, Ola was the brainchild of millennial founders Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati. Pranay Jivrajka joined the founding team seven months later, and in July 2011 the team was five people strong – they had also hired a couple of call-centre operators to manage calls.........Read more

India in talks to lease a 'Yaseen Class Nuclear Submarine' from Russia

A high-level Indian delegation will be visiting Russia shortly to finalize an agreement on renting the Yasen class submarine for the Indian Navy. Government sources told Sputnik that renting the second nuclear powered attack submarine from Russia would result in the introduction of newer technology into India, which would eventually pave the way for Russian collaboration with India for it program to build six new SSN. Russia had originally offered Akula class submarine to India which India already had in the form of the INS Chakra. Experts consider that there may be some adversities due to the different characteristics of the two boats, but this may be more than offset by the newer technology the Yasen brings into India's own SSN-building program in the longer term. Executive Director of National Maritime Foundation Indian Navy Captain Gurpreet S Khurana says, “It may not be a bad idea to get the Yasen-class as the second boat. Its design is known to be based on the Akula, and yet it is more advanced and capable than its predecessor.” Project-75I that relates to the manufacturing of six new nuclear attack submarines at an approximate cost of $8.5 bln is being held up due to a delay finalizing the Defense Procurement Policy 2016. Now the policy is ready, the tender likely to be issued by end of this year. Meanwhile, French ship building company DCNS’ alleged involvement in the Scorpene Submarine data leak controversy makes a strong case for another India-Russia collaborative venture for this project. Captain Khurana says that the Indian government’s decision to locally build the six nuclear powered attack submarines is driven by the country’s maritime interest in distant areas. “A SSN is required to influence events in distant areas of the country's maritime interest, where conventional surface and integral aviation cannot operate for whatever reason. The Indian government seems to have realized this national imperative while approving the indigenous construction of six SSNs,” says Captain Khurana.........Read more

Tsunami might have destroyed Guj's Dholavira port town: Study

Port town of Dholavira in Gujarat, the fifth largest Harappan site, might have been destroyed by a massive tsunami, a study by CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) has revealed.........Read more

The best from Dilshan's school of unorthodoxy

A love affair with Pallekele and 400-plus nearly razed down in Rajkot: a look back at the Sri Lankan batsman's ODI classics........Read more

Rattled Mehbooba Mufti Ends Press Meet With Rajnath Singh Still Seated

Home Minister Rajnath Singh indicated in Kashmir today that the government is ready to talk to separatists and also said an alternative to pellet guns would be announced soon.........Read more

Ram Gopal Varma takes yet another dig at Rajinikanth

Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma, who is more famous for Twitter controversies than his films, is back in the news for making explicit statements. Again he targeted Su...........Read more

Shah Rukh Khan shoots for Imtiaz Ali's next, 'The Ring', in Prague

Shah Rukh Khan was clicked shooting for Imtiaz Ali's next 'The Ring' in Prague. He is sharing pictures and videos from the Czech Republic capital giving updates about shooting and their trip. On the sets Photogallery at Times of India........Read more

Congress sees confusing signals on Kashmir

The Congress said here on Monday that the Union government was sending out confusing signals on Kashmir. Party spokesperson Manish Tewari said that a day after Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley too........Read more

What Dipa Karmakar Did When She Saw Her Sister Among Cheering Crowds

While all of Hyderabad rushed to the streets to welcome home silver medalist PV Sindhu, Agartala in the North East proved it's no slouch at rewarding its own hero -gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who placed fourth in the Rio Olympics, was driven in an open jeep from the airport to a large public ground where she will be honoured by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar.........Read more

Facebook launches 'teenagers-only' social network app called Lifestage – Tech2

Facebook's Lifestage only works for those who are 21 and younger and allows you to discover video profiles created by others in your school to learn more about them.........Read more

Bill to enhance working overtime hours introduced in LS

NEW DELHI, Aug 10: A Bill seeking enhancement of working overtime hours upto 100 per quarter was allowed to be introduced in Lok Sabha by Speaker Sumitra M........Read more

China finally built an elevated bus that straddles traffic and it's totally bizarre

Last May, pictures of a weird, elevated bus that glides above traffic began circulating on the internet. Predictably, everyone freaked out. The so-called "straddling bus" was held up as a solution...........Read more

Suicide Squad has too many villains and not enough villainy to go around

The latest DC movie lightens the tone and brings in some fun, but it's incoherent and scattershot.........Read more

Maha ATS asks Centre to block 270 URLs highlighting ISIS activities

Mumbai, July 26: Maharashtra’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has found 270 Uniform Resource Locators (URL), commonly known as web addresses, that deal with terror group Islamic State’s doctrine. ATS Chief Atulchandra Kulkarni told reporters that they have rushed a proposal to the Union Home Ministry to block these URLs highlighting the IS activities, thoughts etc. He said, …........Read more

NGT asks Delhi RTO to de-register diesel vehicles over 10 years old

The National Green Tribunal has directed the Delhi Regional Transport Office (RTO) to de-register all the diesel vehicles in the capital which are over ten years old.........Read more

Parliament LIVE: Lok Sabha adjourned till Tuesday 11 am

Prime Narendra Modi on Monday speaking ahead of the Monsson Session of Parliament said that he "had spoken to all political parties and there was general mood among them to take good decisions" in the session. "I have faith in all political parties. Have spoken to them and it is clear everyone is in a mood to take good decisions," said the Prime Minister.........Read more

Cabinet renames high courts in Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai

Addressing a press conference after the cabinet expansion, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "from now on Calcutta High Court will be known as Kolkata HC, Bombay HC as Mumbai HC and Madras HC as Chennai HC."........Read more

Flipkart to replace social feature with option that allows interaction between sellers and customers

Flipkart is replacing a social shopping feature that allowed customers to reach out to friends and family on its mobile app with one that now allows interaction between sellers and customers. The decision to shut down Ping, the social chat featur........Read more

Tata Motors takes design route to connect with consumers

Wants to connect with consumer's senses and not just sell them a vehicle that takes them from one place to another........Read more

India, US, Japan Begin Malabar Joint Naval Exercise Close To South China Sea

India, Japan and the US today kicked off their marine war games, Malabar Exercise, close to the South China Sea as they focus on deepening military ties and greater interoperability amid rising tensions in the region.........Read more

Sheena Bora case: No objection to making driver Rai approver, says CBI

The CBI on Monday told a special court in Mumbai that it does not have any objection in making key accused Indrani Mukerjea's former driver Shyamvar Rai an approver in the sensational Sheena Bora murder case.........Read more

Stroke patients are walking and talking thanks to stem cell brain injections

Signs from a recent trial suggest we’ve massively misjudged the brain’s ability to repair itself, as injections of stem cells have led to “remarkable” improvements in mobility and speech in stroke patients.........Read more

Supreme Court allows Italian marine accused of killing Indian fishermen to return home

Earlier this week, Italy had sought permission for Salvatore Girone to leave India.........Read more

Selectors likely to give Dhoni to decide on Zimbabwe tour participation - Firstpost

The national selection committee under Sandeep Patil are set to leave it to limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to decide on whether he will make himself available or not for the short tour of Zimbabwe from June 11-20.........Read more

From Vettori to Dravid: The big names doing the rounds for India's next coach - Firstpost

Here are the big names doing to the round for the position of India's next coach.........Read more

Indore Accident Victim's Organs Save Four Lives In 3 Cities

A 48-year-old woman suffering from end-stage heart disease, a 55-year-old man suffering from liver failure, and two people in dire need of a kidney were all given a new lease of life after the family........Read more

Oppo and Vivo record highest growth, Samsung shipped more phones than Apple and Huawei combined: IDC – Tech2

According to the new report, a total of 334.9 million smartphones were shipped worldwide in the last quarter, which is just 0.2 percent increase from the 334.3 million units seen in Q1 2015.........Read more

Balancing act: How will the 10% quota for EBCs affect the 2017 Gujarat election? - Firstpost

Gujarat government sided with Hardik Patel over the Patidar reservation debate. What does this mean for the 2017 Assembly Election?........Read more