World Must be Better Prepared as COVID-19 is Not The Last Pandemic, Warns WHO

World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called on countries to invest in public health as COVID-19 will not be the last pandemic. Speaking at a news briefing in Geneva, Tedros asserted,”History teaches us that outbreaks and pandemics are a fact of life. But when the next pandemic comes, the world must be ready – more ready than it was this time.” His statement comes as the overall number of global coronavirus cases surpassed the 27 million mark–27,002,224 to be specific, while the deaths have increased to over 882,000. Meanwhile, a senior WHO adviser stated that the international body is in talks with India about joining the “COVAX” global vaccine allocation plan. “India is certainly eligible, like all countries in the world, to be part of the COVAX facility and discussions are ongoing in that regard,” news agency Reuters quoted Bruce Aylward as saying.........Read more

Three Tamil Nadu men with alleged links to Islamic State arrested in Ramanathapuram; trio also connected to cases being probed by NIA

Three men with suspected links to the Islamic State and connected to cases being probed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) were arrested in Ramanathapuram on Wednesday, police said. The trio – B Mohammed Ali, Pura Gani and Amir – was held in the Devipattinam police limits following a tip-off, they said. They were discussing matters including transferring money to Abdul Shamim, one of the accused in the recent killing of SSI Wilson at Kaliakavali in Kanyakumari district near the Kerala border, when a police patrol picked them up.........Read more

PlayStation 5 will waste less energy

The next generation PlayStation console will be able to consume far less power in standby mode than the PS4. The power-saving feature appears to be an optional setting however, not the default. The news comes via a blog post titled PlayStation Joins Forces with the United Nations to Combat Climate Change. ”I am also very pleased to announce the next generation PlayStation console will include the possibility to suspend gameplay with much lower power consumption than PS4 (which we estimate can be achieved at around 0.5 W),” writes Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment. “If just one million users enable this feature, it would save equivalent to the average electricity use of 1,000 US homes.” Both the PlayStation and Xbox consoles have been criticized for their high-levels of power consumption while idling. A 2014 report from the Natural Resources Defense Council showed the PS4 drawing as much as 8.5 watts in standby. That’s compared to about 137 watts when playing games or 89 watts when streaming video, the study concluded. Sony has improved the energy profile of the PS4 over time. Nevertheless, reducing standby power draw to just half a watt would be a significant improvement that could have real impact. Especially if the so-called PS5 comes anywhere close to the 100 million PS4s that have sold worldwide to date. But only if people activate the feature. Command Line delivers daily updates from the near-future.........Read more

'Faith in Judiciary Restored', Says Mehbooba Mufti's Daughter After SC Allows Her to Visit Ailing Mother

Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter Sana Iltija Javed welcomed the Supreme Court’s order that allowed her to meet her mother, saying that her faith in the judiciary has restored. Recalling an earlier incident where she was placed under detention and denied permission to talk to Mufti, Javed said that this time she would not let the authorities harass her during her visit to her mother in J&K as she has the top court’s backing. “When the government of India doesn’t give me my fundamental right, my civil liberties, I have no other alternative but to knock at the doors of the judiciary which I have immense faith in. My faith in the judiciary has been restored after today’s verdict,” NDTV reported her saying in Chennai. “This time when I go, I will not let them harass me or intimidate me as I have the backing of the Supreme Court. They can’t harass me the way they did those two weeks I was in Kashmir,” she said. The Supreme Court had on Thursday allowed People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti‘s daughter Sana Iltija to meet her mother while she remains under house arrest. Javed, in her petition to the top court, had said that she was worried about her mother for she was not keeping well.........Read more

Delhi court sends Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad, 96 others to 14-day judicial custody following violent Dalit protests

A Delhi court sent Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad and 96 others, arrested on charges of rioting and unlawful assembly following the violent protest in Tughlakabad area, to 14-day judicial custody on Thursday, police said. They were detained on Wednesday night after the protest against the demolition of a Ravidas temple and an FIR was registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code at Govindpuri police station. Dalit students took to Delhi streets on Wednesday. News18 On 10 August, the temple in Jahanpanah Forest was removed by DDA on the direction of the Supreme Court. A boundary wall was erected on the lane that led to the temple, police said. Police said more than 10,000 people had assembled at Ramlila Maidan to demand that a temple be constructed at the same site from where it was removed. But during the protest, nearly 5,000 people led by Azad made a plan to march towards the temple site. Some of them had sticks and rods with flags fixed on them, the FIR stated. They were raising slogans against the government and the Supreme Court. When the protesters reached near Tara Apartment Red Light at 7.15pm, they demanded to go towards the spot but were told to not march towards the site of the demolished temple.........Read more

Defence Ministry approves military procurement worth Rs 3000 crore

The Defence Ministry approved military procurement worth Rs 3,000 crore, including Brahmos supersonic cruise missiles for Navy's two stealth frigates and armoured recovery vehicles for the Army's Arjun main battle tanks.........Read more

Who is Sunil Arora? 2019 general polls to be conducted under new Chief Election Commissioner

Sunil Arora has been appointed as the new Chief Election Commissioner. He will be replacing Om Prakash Rawat, who will retire on December 2. The 2019 general elections will be conducted under his authority. ........Read more

The war game that could have ended the world

On 7 November 1983, around 100 senior military officers gathered at Nato headquarters in Brussels to ‘fight’ World War Three. The annual simulation, known as Able Archer, came at the end of a large-scale conventional exercise.........Read more

#MeToo: Subhash Ghai anonymously accused of rape; director threatens defamation

Subhash Ghai is the latest Bollywood figure to be accused of rape with an anonymous woman alleging that he spiked her drink and then sexually assaulted her, a claim the director "strictly and firmly" denied. The anonymous account was shared on Twitter by writer Mahima Kukreja. She said the woman is "very credible media/lit personality, who does not want to be named".........Read more

Korean defense chiefs sign ‘military pact’ after Kim & Moon adopt denuclearization roadmap

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have signed a joint statement following their bilateral talks in Pyongyang. The countries’ defence chiefs have meanwhile signed a separate military pact. As part of the military agreement, the neighbours will halt border drills from November 1.........Read more

11 people from Kerala go missing in Dubai, families fear Islamic State link

Eleven people from north Kerala are said to have gone missing from Dubai, and family members fear they may have joined the Islamic State like 21 others two years ago........Read more

Janata Dal(U), BJP's ally in Bihar, has decided to skip the celebrations for the third year in a row.

Stating that practising yoga in “public place is wrong,” JD-U spokesperson Neeraj Kumar said: “Yoga is a personal choice of people. It is their private decision to do yoga or not. I also do yoga at my residence daily and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar too does yoga. But we never display it in public.........Read more

Most People Don't Benefit From Vaccination, But We Still Need It To Prevent Infections

Stating that a majority of people won't benefit from a vaccine ignores the purpose of immunisation programmes.........Read more

Petrol, diesel prices hiked after 19 days as Karnataka elections get over - Times of India ►

Petrol and diesel prices were hiked by state-owned oil companies for the first time in 19 days on Monday. Oil PSUs, who had kept rates unchanged for nearly three weeks before Karnataka went to polls despite input cost spiking, reverted to daily revision in prices no sooner had the state voted to elect a new government on Saturday.........Read more

Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla’s killer sentenced to life by US court

A US Navy veteran was on Saturday sentenced to life imprisonment for killing Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla in a racially motivated hate crime at a bar in Kansas City last year. A federal judge in Kansas sentenced Adam Purinton to nearly 78 years in prison as part of a plea agreement reached in March. Purinton would not be eligible for parole until after he turns 100.........Read more

Overseas Money Transfer Under LRS to be Monitored Closely By RBI

In a notification, RBI said, "In order to improve monitoring and also to ensure compliance with the LRS limits, it has been decided to put in place a daily reporting system by AD banks of transactions undertaken by individuals under LRS, which will be accessible to all the other ADs." The Liberalised Remittance Scheme allows residents of India including minors to transfer $250,000 each financial year in a current or capital account transaction. The scheme was introduced in 2004 and the limits have been revised since then.........Read more

Microsoft issues emergency Windows update for processor security bugs

The software update is part of a number of fixes that will protect against a newly-discovered processor bug in Intel, AMD, and ARM chipsets. The company will issue a Windows update that will be automatically applied to Windows 10 machines, but systems running operating systems like Windows 7 or Windows 8 won’t automatically be updated through Windows Update until next Tuesday.........Read more

ADHD increases risk of sexually transmitted infections by 3 times: Study

According to researchers, medications used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can also reduce the risk of subsequent sexually transmitted infections (STIs).........Read more

Folic acid late in pregnancy may increase childhood allergy risk

Taking a folic acid supplement during the first trimester of pregnancy is important to reduce the risk of neural tube defects. However, continued supplementation with folic acid into the later stage of pregnancy doesn't reduce that risk, and there's growing evidence that this may increase the risk of allergies in offspring.........Read more

Gulf states say goodbye to tax-free reputation, to bring in VAT next year

Hard hit by a drop in oil income, energy-rich Gulf states will next year introduce value-added tax (VAT) to a region long known for being tax-free. Some have hailed introducing VAT as the start of “exciting, dramatic” change in the region, but the measure is also expected to push prices up for all residents, including citizens and low-income workers.........Read more

What the iPhone X costs around the world

In some countries, like Canada and Japan, the iPhone X costs about $100 more than it does in the U.S. In other nations, like Italy and Ireland, the phone is over $400 more expensive than it is in the States. With that in mind, here's how much the iPhone X costs in 15 countries, according to Apple's website. ........Read more

Destiny 2 PC Release Date, Requirements, Graphic Options, And Everything We Know

The PC version is confirmed to release on October 24, while the Xbox One and PS4 versions are already out, having launched on September 6. (Betas on all platforms have also wrapped up.) In terms of actual playable content, everything is the same on PC--with one exception. Sony's timed-exclusive content for Destiny 2 affects not just Xbox One players, but those on PC. The PS4 version comes with an extra Strike, Crucible map, and some items that will not be available on other platforms for at least one year. Additionally, Bungie provided a list of hardware for those looking to upgrade their systems, with CPU and GPU minimums and recommendations.........Read more

Researchers have developed a battery-free smartphone; could soon reach mass-market products

Researchers in the United States have unveiled a prototype of a battery-free mobile phone, using technology they hope will eventually come to be integrated into mass-market products. The phone is the work of a group of researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle and works by harvesting tiny amounts of power from radio signals, known as radio frequency or 'RF' waves.........Read more

Underfire for failed marking system, MU VC Sanjay Deshmukh likely to step down

The government is likely to appoint DB Shinde, VC of Shivaji University to take the additional charge of the post. The decision comes after several student groups and political organisations demanded the resignation of Deshmukh over the failure of the On-screen Marking system leading to delays in declaration of results. Deshmukh has been asked to go on leave until further notice........Read more

Insomnia, sleep apnea nearly double the risk of preterm delivery before 34 weeks

Pregnant women who are diagnosed with sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and insomnia appear to be at risk of delivering their babies before reaching full term, according to an analysis of California births by researchers at UC San Francisco.........Read more

Advanced Civilizations Could Build a Galactic Internet with Planetary Transits

In a recently-published paper, Dr. Duncan H. Forgan of St. Andrews University proposed that extra-terrestrial civilizations could be communicating with each other by creating artificial transits of their respective stars. This sort of “galactic internet” could be how advanced species are attempting to signal us right now.........Read more

Amid Assam Floods, How This Village Is Fighting To Save Its Eroding Embankment

With the floods this season leaving more than 50 dead and affecting 17 lakh, some say the Kathoni village is at great risk.Morigaon, one of the worst hit districts, has been identified by the government as among the four worst vulnerable to erosion in Assam.........Read more

Govt briefs opposition leaders on China standoff, Kashmir

Top central ministers and officials today briefed opposition leaders, including from the Congress, Left and SP, on the standoff with China and the situation in Kashmir, officials said.........Read more

More trouble for Dileep, now suspected for the death of actor Kalabhavan Mani

In a fresh twist in the Malayalam actress abduction case, Dileep has been accused of one more crime. not against the same actress, but against a late actor-Kalabhavan Mani. In fresh allegations levied at the actor, director, it is being said that Dileep was involved in the death of Mani. The latter's brother-RLV Ramakrishnan-suspects that since the duo were involved in matters related to land, there could be a possibility that Dileep was involved in his brother's death too. ........Read more

Meet the firebrand top cop who exposed Sasikalas VVIP treatment in Bengaluru jail

D Roopa, an IPS officer from Davangere, Karnataka exposed the sham running in the Bengaluru Parappana Agrahara Central jail and remains defiant in the face of controversy.........Read more

Mahindra Racing to exit Moto3 after 2017 season

The move has been a result of the change in the strategy of the company towards electric mobility and the Formula E. He has also mentioned that the Formula E is one of the best platforms for the company to raise awareness towards the Mahindra Group and to give it a global exposure.........Read more

Bankruptcy proceedings started against Essar Steel, Monnet Ispat

Essar Steel Ltd and Monnet Ispat and Energy Ltd have become the first of the 12 big bad loans cases identified by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) against which bankruptcy proceedings have been filed.........Read more

SBI cautious in India but looking to increase corporate lending in Europe

SBI, Frankfurt, which has a status of an independent bank in Europe, has traditionally seen nearly 50 per cent of its lending as trade financing, helping Indian business houses expand in Europe and European business firms in India. ........Read more

An 80-year-old Urdu poet declared dead by the Delhi government is struggling to survive

Asrar Jamayee, 80, an eminent Urdu poet, was declared dead by the Social Welfare Department of South Delhi in 2013, depriving him of his monthly pension of Rs 1,500. Since then, he has been fighting for survival. He lives alone in a rented single room littered with Urdu books (including his newly published ones, which lie under a thick layer of dust) and worn-out shervanis.........Read more

Two leaves symbol row: Palaniswami submits 4 truck loads of affidavits to EC

As the fight for the AIADMK’s two-leaves symbol is getting bitter with each passing day, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami on Monday submitted 3.10 lakh affidavits to the Election Commission. The affidavits were brought in four trucks amidst the ongoing tussle between the Palaiswami and O Panneerselvam factions. The Chief Minister claimed over 3.5 lakh will be submitted soon and is confident of winning the battle.........Read more

I-T dept and ED join probe against NDTV promoters

The Income Tax Department and the Enforcement Directorate have also joined the probe into the complaint against NDTV founder Prannoy Roy and his wife Radhika after the Central Bureau of Investigation registered a case against them for laundering benami funds in favour of a party to get covert control of the news channel.........Read more

FEMA case: ED issues notice to Separatist Shabir Shah

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on 3 June issued a notice to separatist leader Shabir Shah under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) act for receiving illegal foreign exchange.........Read more

Maoists have mass base of 2 lakh men and 10,000 guns: Intelligence branch

Maoists still have a mass base of two lakh cadres spread over 35 districts and possess nearly 10,000 firearms, 4,000 of them company-made and the rest countrymade, according to a report of the Special Intelligence Branch, the anti-Maoist wing of the Telangana State police.........Read more

RJD leader Prabhunath Singh sentenced to life imprisonment in 22-year-old murder case

Senior Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and four-time MP Prabhunath Singh was on Tuesday sentenced to life imprisonment by a Hazaribagh court, which found him guilty in the 1995 murder of the then MLA Ashoke Singh........Read more

Smriti Irani Fake Degree Row Back? High Court Asks For Records

A case against union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani accusing her of misrepresenting her education qualifications may not be over yet. The Delhi High Court has today asked for all records on the case to be handed to it.........Read more

Sensor to detect disease markers in breath, air

Researchers have developed a sensor that can detect disease markers in breath or toxins in air, as well as tell the levels of sickness. A small and thin square of an organic plastic, the tech could soon be the basis of portable and disposable sensor devices.........Read more

Gujarat vendor inspired by Jio offers unlimited pani puri for Rs 100

Reliance introducing the Jio 4G plan has certainly turned out to be a game changer in the mobile network business but looks like it has inspired another business too with its unlimited plan. A chaatwalla in Gujarat decided that he needed to make more money and so he came out with a brilliant scheme and it is working many wonders for him.........Read more

Call Your Gang And Drink Till You Win Because Pune Is Hosting Beer Olympics

Doolally micro-brewery in Pune is hosting a one of a kind competition where you will not be judged for being a tanker, for the time has come when beer worshipers will prove their love for the golden liquor.........Read more

Hackers Threaten to Leak 2000 Cr Film, Demand Ransom

Bob Iger, the CEO of Disney, the production house that dolled out around Rs 2000 crore to make the film, has revealed in a press meet that the hackers threatened to leak the film online unless the studio pays sizable ransom. He added that Disney didn't heed to their demands and has instead approached the FBI for help. The hackers warned that they would leak five-minutes of the film first and 20-minute chunks at regular intervals.........Read more

Laser, sound waves provide live views of organs in action

Biomedical engineers are now able to take a live, holistic look at the inner workings of a small animal with enough resolution to see active organs, flowing blood, circulating melanoma cells and firing neural networks.........Read more

Madrassas are counter-liberty movements: By abolishing them, Assam govt has taken revolutionary step

It is within this context that the announcement by Assam's education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma that the BJP government in Assam is determined to end the isolation of Muslims from social mainstream and to lead them on the path of national integration.........Read more

WHOA! Baahubali 2 hits the Big Billion, becomes first Indian film to gross Rs 1000 crore at the box office!

Baahubali 2 has done the unthinkable. It has given us the moment that all Indians have been waiting for. The film that has been crashing records every now and then has become the first film to cross the big billion mark at the box office.........Read more

IIT scientists create low-cost solar cells using Jamun

The dark colour of jamun and abundance of jamun trees in IIT campus clicked the idea that it might be useful as a dye in the typical Dye Sensitised Solar Cells (DSSC), lead researcher Soumitra Satapathi, assistant professor at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee in Uttarakhand........Read more

2.3 million pregnant women in Rajasthan ‘missing’ between 2011 and 2016

Rajasthan lost track of 2.3 million registered pregnant women in five years since 2011 after they went off the health department’s radar, a comptroller and auditor general (CAG) report revealed.........Read more

Toyota to use fuel cell technology in heavy duty trucks for zero emissions

Toyota has announced plans to incorporate fuel cell technology in its heavy duty trucks in order to bring down their emissions to zero. The trucks will first be experimented at the Port of Los Angeles, and will be a part of the proof-of-concept system 'Project Portal'. The technology will be used in trucks that handle short-distance freight.........Read more

Now Subramanian Swamy bats for Anandiben Patel as next President of India

Swamy, who is currently a Rajya Sabha member and a former law minister of India has added another name to the ever-growing list by backing former chief minister Anandiben Patel to be the next president.........Read more

Sukma attack: CRPF jawans were having lunch when Maoists ambushed them

The Maoists squad "very discreetly with the aid of locals" kept tracking the movement of the troops when one party of 36, out of the total three, sat down for launch, the strong squad of Naxals, possessing sophisticated weapons, took them by surprise and rained heavy gun fire.........Read more

Home Ministry identifies 2 rights groups linked with naxalites

Niyamgiri Suraksha Samithi in Odisha and Visthapan Virodhi Jan Vikas Andolan in Jharkhand working for tribal people in Odisha and Jharkhand are acting as fronts for naxal groups, a report by the Union Home Ministry has said. The two groups were using displacement of local communities as their main plank.........Read more

Make your TVs smart with new set top boxes from Videocon D2H, Tata Sky, Jio

Cable operators and direct-to-home service providers such as Videocon D2H, TataSky and Airtel are set to launch new set-top boxes (STB) by May — a move that will take away the thunder of smart TVs or streaming devices such as Google Chromecast or Apple TV. These will be priced at Rs 3,500, roughly.........Read more

Assam: No govt. jobs if you have more than two kids

In a unique initiative, the Assam Government on Sunday declared that people marrying before attaining the legal age for matrimony and couples having more than two children will not be eligible for the state governments jobs.........Read more

TVF CEO Arunabh granted interim protection from arrest in molestation case

The Viral Fever (TVF) CEO Arunabh Kumar has been given interim protection from arrest, in a molestation case, till April 17, by a Mumbai sessions court. As per reports, Kumar approached the Dindoshi sessions court for anticipatory bail, in the case of molestation, filed on March 29, following the complaint of a victim at the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) Police Station.........Read more

Rajeev Shukla to remain IPL chairman

The SGM will be held as per schedule on April 9, Rai said that no decision has been taken in this regard. It was Rajeev Shukla who chaired the GC meeting and Rai said that he continues to remain the IPL chairman.........Read more

Lamborghini Huracan Performante India Launch Date Revealed

The all-new Lamborghini Huracan Performante that was revealed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show earlier this month and will be officially arriving in the country on 7th April 2017. Inspired by the Huracan Super Trofeo race car, the new Huracan Performante gets upgraded with several race spec features that make it the brand's most powerful V10 ever.........Read more

Italian Volt Unveils Custom Electric Bike Lacama

Milan-based start-up, Italian Volt has introduced its first electric motorcycle - the Lacama. Italian Volt was set up by three partners, out of which two - Nicola Colombo and Valerio Fumagalli - hold a Guinness Record for the longest distance travelled on an electric motorcycle. In 2013, the duo travelled 12,379 km from Shanghai, China to Milan in 44 days, purely on electric power.........Read more

Travelling by train? Railways will soon offer you TV shows, movies

The ministry of railways is set to invite bids for content on demand (CoD) and rail radio services, to be provided for travellers in April. The CoD initiative will include streaming video content such as TV serials, movies, short videos, kids’ shows and devotional content; streaming audio such as movie songs, regional songs, and devotional music; and providing electronic newspapers, gaming and educational content. ........Read more

Keshav Maharaj career best gives South Africa 1-0 lead

South Africa were spun to a three-day victory by Keshav Maharaj's career-best 6 for 40, the second-best figures for a spinner at the Basin Reserve, a ground not famed for the role of the slower bowlers, as New Zealand collapsed after tea for 171. That left South Africa with a simple target of 81, which was knocked off in the extra half hour. New Zealand's top order again struggled, slipping to 90 for 5, then the last five wickets were whisked away for 16 runs in 36 deliveries.........Read more

Bharti Airtel close to buying Tikona’s 4G spectrum

Bharti Airtel Ltd is in the final stages of talks with Tikona Digital Networks Pvt. Ltd to buy the latter’s 4G spectrum, as India’s largest telecom company seeks to increase its capacity to offer data services to customers. Overall value of Bharti Airtel-Tikona deal, which will be split into tranches, may be Rs1,500-1,700 crore........Read more

80% of world's cities show signs of fragility: Report

"Cities have become the engines of global economic growth, with economic activity of about USD 62 trillion per annum (around 85 per cent of global GDP), rising to USD 115 trillion by 2030," BofAML said in a research note, adding that more than 80 per cent of the world's cities show signs of fragility.........Read more

First poster: After Padman, Akshay Kumar to star in biopic on Gulshan Kumar

Akshay Kumar kickstarted the film ‘Padman’, a biopic on Arunachalam Muruganantha, a man who created a revolution in the field of affordable menstrual hygiene, on Tuesday and is now set to do another biopic, this time on the founder of T-Series, Gulshan Kumar.........Read more

Mishel Shaji case: Death of student takes Kerala by storm; family, actors seek justice, CM orders Crime Branch probe

The mysterious death of an 18-year-old student shook Kerala on March 6. A week since the dead body of Mishel was recovered, people in Kerala demand justice for her family who believes their daughter cannot commit suicide. Here is all you need to know about the case.........Read more

A sweet vaccine against pneumonia

It may not take much to vaccinate against a particularly dangerous pathogen that causes pneumonia. A molecule consisting of three adjoined sugars is sufficient to protect against infections with highly virulent and antibiotic-resistant streptococci. The trimer stimulates the immune system to form antibodies against the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae of serotype 8, short ST8, as researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam demonstrated by in vivo tests. They illustrate how a new generation of tailor-made vaccines of can be developed.........Read more

Firing, loud explosions reported in South Kashmir's Tral

Heavy exchange of fire and loud explosions were reported in south Kashmir’s Tral area on Saturday night. Preliminary reports suggest that the security forces have located militants hiding in a residential area at Nazneenpora village.........Read more

RBI: Notes which have messages scribbled are legal tender

The Reserve Bank of India has clarified that currency notes which have messages scribbled on it are legal tender. The notes however, cease to be legal tender if message scribbled on it is political in nature. RBI keeps sending instructions often that people should accept currency notes with scribblings, but at the same time they also ask people not to staple the notes, write on them or fold them.........Read more

How Randeep Hooda Single-Handedly Fought Leftist Sympathisers Over Gurmehar Kaur’s Logic

Whenever the Leftists start a fracas and are defeated, they back it up with relentless tweets and articles claiming victimhood. When they are confronted with logic, they hide behind false allegations and fallacies. And, if possible, behind a 20-year-old girl.........Read more

Indian shooter Jitu Rai wins bronze medal in 10m air pistol event at ISSF World Cup

Veteran Indian shooter Jitu Rain on Tuesday added another feather to his cap as he won a Bronze medal in 10m air pistol event of International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup.........Read more

Union Forum of Bank Unions to proceed with the strike

Nearly 75 per cent of the banking services will be hit on Tuesday owing to the strike call given by most unions under the Union Forum of Bank Unions. While most of the banks would go on strike on Tuesday, top private lenders such as the ICICI, HDFC, Kotak Mahindra Bank and Axis bank would function normally.........Read more

Living with children may affect women's sleep

New research backs up what many women already know: They're sleep deprived. Unlike men, a good night's sleep for women is affected by having children in the house, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 69th Annual Meeting in Boston, April 22 to 28, 2017.........Read more

100's of Dalit students were dropped out of colleges in Bihar of scholarship scam

The Bihar government advertisement announcing the scholarship said that the government would pay tuition and other charges directly to the institution and give each student another Rs 1,200 per month for living expenses. Students said the scholarship amounts available per year were Rs 48,000 for diploma courses, Rs 1 lakh for engineering and Rs 1.10 lakh for management courses. To be eligible, a candidate must have completed Class 12, and their family’s annual income should not exceed Rs 2.5 lakhs. Applicants who fulfilled these criteria and had an admission offer were eligible for the scholarship.........Read more

SBI set to merger its five associate banks from 1 April

After the merger, SBI is set to be among the top 50 large banks of the world. SBI was ranked 52 in the world in terms of assets in 2015, according to Bloomberg, and a merger will see it break into the top 50. The government said that all shares of these associate banks would cease to exist as individual entities and would stand transferred to SBI.........Read more

Trump names Lt Gen HR McMaster as national security adviser

He will replace Lt Gen Michael Flynn who was fired after just three weeks and three days in the job. A lieutenant general with the US Army, HR McMaster served in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he worked on a government anti-corruption drive.........Read more

CBSE orders schools to strictly follow NCERT, exclusive report on why private schools are unhappy

Private schools are not happy about CBSE order to strictly follow NCERT, is it because of the money involved. Comparing the costs, an NCERT textbook on an average costs somewhere about 50 – 80 rupees. On the other hand, schools prescribe books that are on an average in the range of INR 100 – INR 150 and sometimes even upwards. Schools in the bargain make profits to the tune of about 10 to 30 percent. It might not seem too steep but if you calculate the numbers it is mind boggling. ........Read more

AIIMS told to use khadi soap, linen

The health ministry has asked central government hospitals across the country, such as AIIMS, to buy khadi products — from soaps to doctors’ coats and bed and bath linen — as it seeks to purchase goods worth at least Rs 150 crore.........Read more

Arvind Kejriwals AAP set to win Punjab, hung Assembly in Goa

The survey says the AAP is poised to win 63 of the 177 seats in Punjab, and Akali-BJP combines voteshare will get halved. Goa is likely to be a hung Assembly due to a neck-and-neck battle between the BJP (15 seats) and the Congress (14) in the 40-member Assembly.........Read more

Verify online deposits made post demonetisation, income tax department asks taxpayers

The income tax department has asked taxpayers to verify online the deposits they have made in their accounts post demonetisation and respond to queries of any mismatch. The department is using data analytics for comparison of deposits made after the November 8 decision+ to scrap high-value banknotes with information in its database to identify taxpayers whose cash transactions do not appear to be in line with the tax-paying profile.........Read more

Data centres may swap out wires with infrared links for data transfer

Communication in data centres in near future can become hassle-free as engineers are proposing to eliminate most of the wires and substitute infrared free-space optics for communications.........Read more

30 seconds of confusion projected as mass molestation, Bengaluru’s police commissioner tells BBC

“Thirty seconds of confusion is being projected as a mass molestation,” Bengaluru Police Commissioner Praveen Sood told the BBC on Thursday. He claimed that there was no evidence to prove that “sex attacks” had taken place on New Year’s Eve in the heart of the city in the clips acquired from 70 CCTV cameras. “I categorically say that nothing of that sort has happened,”........Read more

Govt announces safety audit for 418 mines

Government today announced safety audit for all 418 mines in the country in the wake of one of the worst open cast mine disaster under Rajmahal, killing at least 18 people. “We held a review meeting with Coal India and there we have taken few decisions on mine safety. We have also decided to carry out a detailed investigation on the accident. A mine safety audit of all the mines will also be undertaken,” Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal said here today stating that the government was committed to zero accident target.........Read more

Former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ratnasiri Wickremanayake passes away

Veteran politician Ratnasiri Wickremanayake who served twice as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka today passed away after a brief illness. Wickremanayake, 83, who also held many key ministerial positions since 1970, was ailing for sometime and breathed his last this morning, his family said.........Read more

India test-fires Agni 5 missile capable of striking targets 5000 km away

India on Monday test-fired its indigenously developed intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear capable ballistic missile 'Agni-5' from the Wheeler Island off Odisha coast. The three stage, solid propellant missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher from the launch complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR).........Read more

Top 10 Most Expensive Liquids In The World

Scorpion Venom, the most expensive liquid in the world. Scorpion venom costs a staggering 39 million dollars per gallon, Scorpions use their venom to kill or paralyze their prey, and as a defense against predators. Us humans well we like to use it to treat things like arthritis and to make anti-venom's.........Read more

Arctic temperature spikes to 30 degrees Celsius higher than normal, above freezing point of water

Arctic temperatures have spiked to reach unusually high levels. Weather monitoring buoys near the north pole recorded temperatures 30 degrees above normal. At times the recorded temperatures went above 0 degrees Celsius, at which temperature water starts turning into ice. The spike in temperatures were recorded despite the long night in the Arctic, where the sun has not risen since October.........Read more

By 2020, 50% of Tech Mahindra’s business will come from IT: CEO CP Gurnani

Currently, 65% of my business comes from IT while balance comes from engineering services, network services, customer experience, platform and security. I’m taking a forward call and saying 50% will come from IT and 50% will come from different platforms by 2020. So, obviously there will be changes.........Read more

7-year-old Kashmiri boy wins gold in Asian Karate Championships

Seven-year-old Hashim Mansoor from Kashmir's Bandipora district has won a gold medal at the Asian Youth Karate Championships, being held at New Delhi. He clinched the gold in the sub-junior category (below 25kg) after defeating his Sri Lankan opponent in the final.........Read more

Indian Springfield Cruiser Officially Goes On Sale; Priced At Rs. 31.07 Lakh

Although the Springfield was announced for India back in April this year, Indian Motorcycle has officially launched the model now, priced at Rs. 31.07 lakh (ex-showroom, Gurugram). Deriving its name from the brand's hometown, the 2016 Indian Springfield brings together classic styling with modern technology.........Read more

Bank note reform may depress inflationary pressures: DBS

India's bank note reform has pushed up deposit growth and boosted liquity that may in turn depress inflationary pressures, the Development Bank of Singapore (DBS) said today.........Read more

Websites of 7 Indian embassies in Europe, Africa hacked

The security of the websites of Indian embassies in Italy, Switzerland, South Africa, Libya, Malawi, Mali and Romania was breached by hackers who identified themselves to the media as Kaputsky and Kasimierz L.........Read more

Beer lover's rejoice, PETA says it's better than milk

For ages consumption of alcoholic beverages has been considered harmful to health while milk has been promoted among children as a healthy option. But it seems beer enthusiasts have a reason to celebrate as none other than PETA seems to be batting for them.........Read more

HRD seeks President's nod to probe AMU, Allahabad Univ V-Cs

Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javdekar is seeking President's consent to launch an inquiry against current Vice-chacenllors of Aligarh Muslim University and Allahabad University into allegations involving financial, administrative and academic........Read more

Seamers give India 112-run lead

The drift of R Ashwin and reverse swing of Mohammed Shami accounted for the three New Zealand wickets that were left standing on the third day in Kolkata and gave India a lead of 112 runs, which could prove decisive considering the pitch had begun to misbehave with greater frequency.........Read more

Gurugram residents living in fear as Millennium City monkeys bite back

Wild apes and rabid dogs are pushing Gurugram residents to the edge. According to a report from the Health Department, the number of cases of animals bites has risen to 7,809 in 2015.........Read more

While India looks hawkish on Balochistan, Sikh leader pins hope in Pakistan for Khalistan

While India looks hawkish on Balochistan, Sikh leader pins hope in Pakistan for Khalistan - Not only did Amarjit Singh accused India of infringing the rights of Sikh community, he also validated the Pakistani claim that human rights are being violated in Kashmir Valley.........Read more

Novel materials to make fuel cells cheaper, more efficient

Researchers from Pune’s Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) and National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) have come one step closer to making fuel cells that are cheaper and more effic........Read more

Katju Is Right, I Don'€™t Have Anything Inside My Head: Big B

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who has done some vibrant comic roles and mouthed hilarious dialogues, gleefully retorted to Justice Markandey Katju’s criticism of the actor having “nothing inside his head”.........Read more

Shivpal expels Ram Gopal's nephew, shunts out Akhilesh loyalists

Shivpal, whose anointment as the state president of the party had triggered an all-out war within the Mulayam family, removed senior leaders Rajendra Chaudhary as partys official spokesman and principal general secretary Arvind Singh Gope. Both Chaudhary and Gope were ministers in the Cabinet and were considered to be close to Akhilesh. ........Read more

New York blast injures 29, no terror link at this point

An explosion rocked New York's neighborhood of Chelsea on Saturday wounding 29 people but with no apparent terror connection at this point, officials said. Police said the specific cause of the explosion, which occurred on the street at around 8:30pm (0030 GMT) was not clear.........Read more

Mad Max: Fury Road's black-and-white cut is coming on December 6th

After a lot of rumor and speculation, Mad Max: Fury Road is finally going to be available in the US in black and white. According to, this version of the film — acclaimed by director George Miller — will be available as part of the Mad Max High Octane Collection in both Blu-ray and DVD. It'll be out December 6th........Read more

DigiLocker is a good initiative, but it needs to fix its flaws

I am a user of DigiLocker (“The DigiLocker was supposed to cut down paperwork but less than 0.1% of Indians are using it”). It seems to be a great initiative by the Indian government, but there are very few partners to the portal. The government should tie up with more departments to expand its usability. –........Read more

People run away with cots again at Rahul Gandhi’s Mirzapur rally

Moments after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s public meeting ended in Mirzapur, locals once again broke into fights over ‘khats‘ and within seconds decamped with all the cots from the venue.........Read more

The rise and rise of Tulu cinema

In the first eight months of 2016, the Indian film industry witnessed the release of more than 70 movies in Hindi, India’s most-spoken language. In comparison, during the same period, Karnataka saw t........Read more

Opinion: Rajiv Gandhi Was Attacked For This Decision. I Believe It Was Genius.

As the Supreme Court hearings on the Shayara Bano case pick up momentum, media attention also returns to the 1985 Shah Bano case. The two cases have apparently little in common. For Shah Bano's plea was for lifetime maintenance when her husband........Read more

SpiceJet suspends 2 employees arrested for smuggling gold

The gold, valued at about Rs. 75 lakh, was hidden under one of the aircraft seats on a flight from Dubai to Mangalore via Mumbai.........Read more

Pune’s ‘gold shirt’ man killed with stones, nephew among four arrested

A 44-year-old man who shot to fame three years ago for making a Rs 1.27 crore gold shirt was killed by unidentified people, who attacked him with stones and sharp weapons early on Friday.........Read more

My opinion on intolerance became an issue, don’t ask me about Bangladesh attack: SRK

The actor refused to talk about the attack and said he doesn't want to talk about it as he wanted to have a peaceful festival.........Read more

Being unneighbourly

Hostilities between Pakistan and Afghanistan are rising despite both facing a common enemy in the IS.........Read more

Scientists identify ways to prevent heat-related deaths from climate change

New model shows that reducing fossil fuel emissions and improving adaptation efforts may reduce heat-related deaths in New York City.........Read more

ISIS plans to attack India through its bases in Bangladesh and Pakistan

Islamic State has made its intentions clear of launching terror attacks in India through its base in Bangladesh and Pakistan.........Read more

Snapchat is launching online magazine Real Life to have an informed discussion on the Internet

Snapchat is getting into the online magazine space with Real Life, a platform meant to have a more informed discussion about the Internet, on the Internet.........Read more

It's like living in North Korea: Kashyap on Udta Punjab storm

Anurag Kashyap, one of the producers of "Udta Punjab", has compared the ongoing censorship regarding his upcoming film "Udta Punjab" to the dictator regime of North Korea.........Read more

Hrithik Roshan starrer Mohenjo Daro’s motion poster out, watch video

Hrithik Roshan starrer Mohejo Daro's first motion poster looks promising giving details about the time in which the film is set.........Read more

Apple iPhone 7 Plus will come with two rear cameras: Analyst

In a latest report Ming-Chi Kuo, often called the world's best analyst on Apple, says that the iPhone 7 Plus, which will have 5.5-inch screen, will come with a two rear cameras.........Read more

Isuzu D-Max V-Cross Launched at Rs. 12.49 Lakh - News

Isuzu D-Max V-Cross, the Japanese automaker's 'Adventure Utility Vehicle', has been launched at Rs. 12.49 lakh (ex-showroom, Chennai).........Read more

Suicide leading cause of death among India’s young, says Lancet report

According to Census 2011, there are 364.66 million youngsters in the 10-24 age group, making up 30.11 per cent of the country’s total population.........Read more