An Asteroid will Fly Past Earth Today and NASA Considers It 'Potentially Hazardous'

The universe is filled with several terrestrial objects such as asteroids, comets and meteors. Most of these revolve freely in the universe, with a few passing close to planets once in a while. On July 24, a huge asteroid, dubbed as Asteroid 2020 ND, is all set to fly near Earth’s surface. This asteroid has been described by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as a Near-Earth Object (NEO) and Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA), warning that it will be travelling at a speed of 48,000 kilometres per hour. ........Read more

Drug bust in Myanmar nets haul likely worth hundreds of millions of dollars

Myanmar police have made Asia's biggest drug bust in decades, seizing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of contraband including "unprecedented" amounts of methylfentanyl, a chemical used to make a dangerously potent synthetic opioid. The seizures announced Monday were conducted during a three-month operation that centered around Lwe Kham village in Kutkhai Township in Myanmar's northeast Shan state. Thirty-three suspects were arrested. Police seized nearly 200 million methamphetamine tablets, more than 500 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, and 35.5 metric tons and 163,000 thousand liters of precursor chemicals used to manufacture illicit drugs, Myanmar authorities and the UNODC said in a joint statement. ........Read more

Coronavirus in India LIVE updates: 1463 cases in last 24 hours take India's tally to 28,380

The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection in India neared the 28,000-mark on Monday, while the death toll had topped the 850-mark on this day. According to the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, as many as 1,396 new cases and 48 deaths were reported in the country in the last 24 hours. In India, the state of Maharashtra has emerged as the epicenter of coronavirus spread where cases have crossed the 8,000-mark. Mumbai, the financial capital of the country, has become the hotbed of the coronavirus spread in the state. Notably, one of the real challenges in Mumbai is controlling the disease contamination in Asia's biggest slum -- Dharavi, which is an extremely densely-populated region.........Read more

Gurgaon MNCs May Have to Work from Home Till the End of July: Official

MNCs, BPOs and IT enabled services (ITES) in Gurgaon may have to allow their employees to work from home till the end of July, says Gurgaon Metropolitan Development Authority CEO V S Kundu. Kundu, who is also additional chief secretary of Haryana, added that several real estate projects, including those of DLF, have got the green signal to resume construction but within the norms of social distancing. Gurgaon, which is part of the National Capital Region, is known as the millennium city and is home to many BPOs, MNCs and technology giants, including Infosys, Genpact, Google and Microsoft. ........Read more

Men Are More Vulnerable To Coronavirus As They Made 68% of Early Cases in Wuhan, Studies Suggest

Amid the recent coronavirus outbreak, many research studies have revealed that a greater number of men than women seem to contract the deadly virus, making them more vulnerable. A Business Insider report stated that an earlier study of hospitalized patients was made up of 68 per cent men. “The average age of the patients was 55.5 years, including 67 men and 32 women,” a Lancet paper said, further establishing the pattern. World Health Organization officials have also said that majority of the patients are over 40 years old and it’s hitting those with underlying health conditions and the elderly particularly hard. About 80% of people who died from the virus in China were over the age of 60, and 75% had pre-existing conditions such as heart disease or diabetes, according to a recent report from China’s National Health Commission. A similar pattern can be found in the statistics on SARS, which affected more men than women.........Read more

JNU Summons Sharjeel Imam on Feb 3 to Clarify Position on Alleged Speech at Shaheen Bagh

The development comes as he was on Sunday booked by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police for his controversial ‘cut off Assam from India’ speech that he allegedly made a few days ago at the protest site in Shaheen Bagh. JNU Chief Proctor has directed Sharjeel Imam, a PhD student at Centre for Historical Studies, School of Social Sciences to meet Proctorial Committee not later than Feb 3 to explain his position in connection with FIRs lodged against him by Delhi, UP&police of other states.........Read more

Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, George Fernandes among 7 Padma Vibhushan awardees

Former Union ministers Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, George Fernandes will be awarded the Padma Vibhushan posthumously on the 71st Republic Day on Sunday. Vishveshateertha Swamiji, a spiritual leader from Karnataka, will also be awarded posthumously. Among the other Padma Vibhushan awardees are Olympian boxer MC Mary Kom, former Mauritius prime minister Anerood Jugnauth and Indian classical singer Chhannulal Mishra. The Padma Vibhushan, which is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service, is the highest civilian award in India after the Bharat Ratna.........Read more

‘I Am Gandhi, Not Savarkar’, Rahul Roars at Ramlila Maidan; Refuses to Apologise For 'Rape in India' Remark

A day after his ‘rape in India’ remark echoed in the Parliament, the former Congress president Rahul Gandhi lambasted the BJP and asserted that he won’t apologise for speaking out the ‘truth’, as he is ‘Gandhi’ not ‘Savarkar’. Speaking at Congress’ ‘Bharat Bachao Rally’ at Ramlila Maidan here, the Wayanad MP asked PM Narendra Modi and his ‘assistant’ Amit Shah to express regret for ‘ruining’ India’s economy. ........Read more

Congress lists 4 ‘grave violations’ in Koshyari’s Maharashtra call

“Governor Koshyari has committed a grave travesty of the democracy and made a mockery of the Constitutional process in recommending President’s Rule in Maharashtra,” Party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said after the governor recommended Central rule. ........Read more

ISIL confirms death of leader al-Baghdadi, names new chief

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) armed group has confirmed the death of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, announcing Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi as its new chief. ........Read more

Resilient Australia retain Ashes after Manchester humdinger

There was a lot of gut and gumption in the way England went about trying to keep the Ashes alive - Joe Denly's patience translated into a 123-ball 53, which was matched by Jos Buttler's grit (34 off 111) and finally a ninth-wicket partnership between Jack Leach, along with Jamie Overton - all of which contributed towards testing Australia's resilience. The final resistance lasted for 14 overs when Leach and Overton kept a raucous Old Trafford on their toes as Australia, two wickets away from victory, started to feel the nerves. But a smart bowling change, when Tim Paine called upon Marnus Labuschagne for some part-time legspin, did the trick for Australia. Leach, who had been comfortably playing the ball turning away from the rough, now had to play every ball. And Labuschagne managed to hit a rough spot, getting the ball to kick up and forcing Leach to pop a catch to short leg. Australia didn't have to wait as long for the final wicket, which came nine balls later when Hazlewood trapped Overton and ensuring that Australia retained the Ashes in England, for the first time since 2001. ........Read more

With plans to go inside Pak, Army was ready for war after Pulwama: report

In the run up to Balakot strikes, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat very categorically conveyed to the top brass of the government that his force was fully ready to deal with any ground offensive by Pakistan and take the battle into the enemy territory, top military sources said. The Indian Army was prepared for a conventional warfare with Pakistan which would have included going inside Pakistan, the sources told PTI. The Army chief informed the government about preparedness of his force when it was considering various options, including carrying out an aerial raid, to punish Pakistan for the Pulwama terror attack. General Rawat, at a closed door interaction with a group of retiring Army officials on Monday, said the force was combat ready for any hostilities from Pakistan Army after the Balakot strikes, the sources said. Explaining General Rawat's comments, a military official said what the Army Chief meant was that Indian Army was ready to take the battle into Pakistan. The sources said Indian Army had finalised contracts to procure ammunition worth Rs 11,000 crore after the Uri terror attack in September 2016, and it has received 95 per cent of the total order.........Read more

Renault Duster facelift launched in India at a starting price of Rs 7.99 lakh

Renault India today launched the Duster facelift for an introductory price of Rs 7.99 lakh (ex-showroom). Apart from the fresh Caspian Blue and Mahogany Brown exterior body colour options, the Renault Duster facelift gets 25 new features. The updated Renault Duster comes with new tri-winged full chrome grille, dual tone body colour front bumper (with skid plate) and signature projector headlamps with LED DRLs. There are 16-inch Everest diamond cut alloy wheels and Kayak roof rails. Other features include body coloured ORVM, matt­e black tailgate embellisher and waterfall LED tail lamps. The Renault Duster facelift gets Midnight Black interiors. As has always been the case, the cabin is spacious with premium blue glazed seats. There is an all-new multi-function steering wheel. The SUV comes with ice blue graphic instrument cluster with multi-information display. The central console has dual tone finish now. The updated Duster comes with a 17.64 cm touchscreen MediaNAV Evolution and it is compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, voice recognition and EcoGuide. It also gets Arkamys sound system with four speakers and two front tweeters. The facelift gets features like automatic climate control, cruise control with speed limiter and cooled glovebox.........Read more

Micro-drones with winches can open doors and lift 40 times their own weight

Scientists have created a micro-drone with a built-in winch that’s capable of lifting up to 40 times its own weight and performing simple mechanical tasks like opening a door.........Read more

Infosys slapped with lawsuit by an ex-worker

Infosys, the second largest IT company of India, is slapped with a lawsuit by a former employee Anuj Kapoor who is unhappy about his unpaid salary for 1000 hours of overtime. Mr Kapoor, a former employee of Infosys, worked for a CVS project in Rhode Island.........Read more

Kumaraswamy takes oath as Karnataka CM amid show of unity by BJP’s rivals

HD Kumaraswamy was on Wednesday sworn in as the Chief Minister of a Janata Dal (Secular) and Congress party coalition government in Karnataka.........Read more

If Pakistan Fires, I Leave it to You to Decide What You Want to do: Rajnath Singh to BSF

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that India has always tried to maintain good relations with the neighbour but they are not interested in peace.........Read more

PNB Fraud: Bank's Former MD, CEO Knew About Nirav Modi's Fraudulent Deals, Says CBI

CBI has alleged that Allahabad Bank MD and CEO Usha Ananthasubramanian and other senior officials were in the know of diamond merchant Nirav Modi’s fraudulent dealings yet they kept the RBI in the dark.........Read more

Avengers Infinity War scores biggest opening weekend, earns $630 million worldwide

Marvel’s big superhero mashup Avengers: Infinity War has exceeded every expectation and garnered an opening weekend collection of 250 million dollars in the United States. This is the highest domestic opening weekend for any film and Infinity War beat 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens that had earned 248 million dollars. If that was not enough, Avengers: Infinity War also became the biggest worldwide weekend opener with 630 million dollars.........Read more

Maruti Ertiga 2018 vs Old Ertiga

Maruti Ertiga 2018 vs Old Ertiga, a comparison: We bring you the detailed differences between the new Maruti Ertiga 2018 and the old Ertiga. Is the new Ertiga 2018 worth the wait, what has changed in the 2018 Ertiga? Here is the detailed comparison between the new Ertiga 2018 and the old Ertiga.........Read more

Petition against India's crackdown on cryptocurrencies gains 17,000 signatures

A petition for "Making India at the forefront of Blockchain Applications Revolution" was filed online on April 5 after the Reserve Bank of India banned all financial firms from dealing with or providing services to any individuals or business entities dealing with or settling virtual currencies.........Read more

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen seeks approval to extend state of emergency by 15 days

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Monday sought parliamentary approval to extend a state of emergency for 15 days in the Indian Ocean archipelago as the "the situation has not changed". The ongoing political unrest in the Maldives has virtually destroyed the country's tourism industry with massive cancellations reported by tour groups and airlines.........Read more

Railways to sack 13,000 employees on long, unauthorised leave

Railways have initiated disciplinary action under the rules to terminate services against more than 13,000 employees who are on unauthorised absence for a long time. The move came after railways minister Piyush Goyal asked the top brass to launch a massive drive to identify long-term absentees in various railway establishments.........Read more

Aadhaar-based profiling fears serious, Supreme Court says

The Supreme Court on Tuesday said apprehensions of profiling of citizens on the basis of Aadhaar data is a serious issue that needs examination but the court also cannot neglect benefits to the common man by way of middlemen being eliminated and welfare schemes reaching the beneficiaries.........Read more

TVS 125cc Scooter Likely To Be Called 'Ntorq 125'

The upcoming scooter from TVS will be called the Ntorq 125. This name has some similarity to the Entorq 125 concept that was revealed at Auto Expo 2016. Other than the name, there’s no other similarity. The concept was more like a maxi-scooter, whereas the Ntorq 125 will be a traditional scooter that will compete with the Suzuki Access 125 and the Honda Grazia 125. ........Read more

If a sea wall is not built soon, Jakarta will be underwater: Experts

A recent hydrology report has pointed to a fearful future for the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, which is facing the threat of complete submersion by 2030. global warming phenomenon which has caused a rise in the Java Sea and more frequent earthquakes. Besides that, overuse of groundwater and the massive and rapid development of high-rise buildings in the city has caused Jakarta to sink, little by little........Read more

India’s IT-BPM industry crossed $150 billion in 2016-17

According to a report by the India Brand Equity Foundation, the information technology (IT)-business process management (BPM) sector in India expanded at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.14% to reach $154 billion in the fiscal year 2017 (FY17) from $74 billion in FY10. It is estimated that the size of the industry will grow to $350 billion by 2025. ........Read more

Indu Malhotra, KM Joseph recommended as new judges of Supreme Court

Senior advocate Indu Malhotra and Uttrakhand High Court chief justice KM Joseph have been recommended as new judges of the Supreme Court. Malhotra was the second woman to be designated as a senior advocate by the Supreme Court, nearly three decades after Leila Seth. She will be the seventh woman judge since independence to be a Supreme Court judge........Read more

Indian Women’s Cricket Team’s Schedule For Australia ODIs And T20I Tri-Series Announced

According to a BCCI release, the Australian women’s team will travel to India in March 2018 to take part in three ODIs against Indian women’s cricket team as part of the ICC Women’s Championship (2017-2020). Following the completion of the ODI series, a T20I Tri-Series featuring India Women, Australia Women and England Women will be held at the Brabourne Stadium (CCI) in Mumbai from March 22 onwards.........Read more

Indians largest non-EU migrants in UK

The UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that 305,000 people born in India are estimated to have moved to the UK between July 2016 and June 2017, making India the most common migrant nationality in the country after EU countries of Poland, Romania and the Republic of Ireland. ........Read more

Ukraine Says Cyberattack May Strike in Next Few Days

The government of Ukraine, which was victim of a major cyberattack earlier this year, told businesses on Friday to make sure their networks were protected because of intelligence suggesting that another attack may be in the works.........Read more

Y C Modi becomes new chief of NIA - Times of India

Senior IPS officer Y C Modi, who was part of the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team that probed the 2002 Gujarat riot cases, was today named chief of the National Investigation Agency. He will hold the post till his superannuation, ie. May 31, 2021. Senior IPS officer Y C Modi, who was part of the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team that probed the 2002 Gujarat riot cases, was today named chief of the National Investigation Agency. The federal probe agency is tasked with probing terrorism and terror-financing related cases.........Read more

Google canceled the domain registration for a neo-Nazi website that GoDaddy already banned

Google has denied a web domain application for the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website that is looking for a new place to host its content online. GoDaddy, which also provides web hosting services, initially cut ties with the site late Sunday night after it published articles mocking the death of Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman who was killed Saturday.........Read more

Two militants killed in encounter in south Kashmir’s Tral, operation underway

Two militants were believed to have been killed in an encounter with security forces in Tral area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday, police said. A senior police officer said the bodies of the terrorists were yet to be recovered and that the exchange of fire continued.........Read more

The CIA has lots of ways to hack your router

According to new documents published by WikiLeaks, the CIA has been building and maintaining a host of tools to do just that. This morning, the group published new documents describing a program called Cherry Blossom, which uses a modified version of a given router’s firmware to turn it into a surveillance tool. Once in place, Cherry Blossom lets a remote agent monitor the target’s internet traffic, scan for useful information like passwords, and even redirect the target to a desired website.........Read more

Post Kabul attack, Afghan Cricket Board cancels friendly matches with Pakistan

Following yesterday's Kabul attack that claimed more than 80 lives and left scores injured, the Afghan Cricket Board (ACB) has called off all the friendly matches with Pakistan, including the previously agreed terms of mutual cricketing relationship with the country.........Read more

Mahindra XUV500 Special Edition Unveiled At Automobile Barcelona

A special edition variant of the Mahindra XUV500 was showcased at the recently concluded Automobile Barcelona. The special edition model had a two-tone colour scheme and a few cosmetic updates.........Read more

Tejas Express returns with smashed LCDs, stolen headphones and soiled toilets

However, it seems like we Indians don't know how to use things in a civil manner. On its maiden journey from Mumbai to Goa, train windows were smashed, headphones were stolen and the toilets were soiled..........Read more

Now, Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali eyes power generation using ‘bull power’

The group has been involved in research for the last one and a half years on the idea that was coined by Balkrishna, who is the Managing Director of Patanjali. Balkrishna said that the motive is to maximise the utilisation of animals and also to stop them from being sent to slaughterhouses. He further said that the concept will aid the poor as electricity generated though the ‘bull power’ will be affordable to all.........Read more

Disabled people need not stand for national anthem in theatres: SC

The Supreme Court on Tuesday exempted the categories of disabled persons from standing during national anthem before screening of a film. In its earlier order, the apex court had ordered that every person has to stand during the screening of national anthem. The court also issued notice to the Centre on the plea seeking Vande Mataram essential for all educational institution.........Read more

Escalating US role in Syria, Trump orders strikes on Assad airbase

Fifty-nine Tomahawk missiles were launched from the USS Porter and USS Ross striking multiple targets - including the airstrip, aircraft and fuel stations - on the Shayrat Air Base, which the Pentagon says was used to store chemical weapons.........Read more

Infosys responds to Narayana Murthy, defends COO Pravin Rao's salary hike

On the objections raised by co-founder and former chairman N R Narayana Murthy, Infosys said the country's second-largest software exporter said it views the statement by Murthy as "important feedback" and will continue to work with all stakeholders to ensure long-term interest of the company.........Read more

Eight coaches of Mahakaushal Express derail near Mahoba in UP, 50 injured

About 50 people were injured when eight coaches of the Jabalpur-Nizamuddin Mahakaushal Express (12189) derailed in the early hours of Thursday near Kulpahad station in Mahoba district of Uttar Pradesh.........Read more

Android O Developer Preview: Here is how you can manually install the upcoming Android version

Google officially announced the next update for its mobile Android operating system on 21 March. Android Nougat will be succeeded by Android O. Along with the announcement, Google released factory images for the first developer preview of the upcoming update which is expected arrive this fall.........Read more

Here’s why we will all be buying a BlackBerry again

The new BlackBerry phones are coming out thanks to a licensing agreement with TCL. Thus no legacy baggage, a fresh approach, brand new hardware, new pricing, no mistakes of the previous kind. The BB KeyOne, the phone that was showcased at MWC was the perfect showcase of that. Absolutely gorgeous looking, great new features, fantastic hardware that can compete with any other Android phone and beat it, excellent optics, differentiators like a fingerprint scanner in the space bar and multiple other standout features.........Read more

Telangana government allows only unmarried women in social welfare residential colleges, says ‘married women a distraction’

In a shocking notification, the Telangana government has stated that only unmarried women are eligible for admission social welfare residential women’s degree colleges in the state. The government has said that the notification has been issued as ‘married women are a distraction’.........Read more

Newfound 3.77-Billion-Year-Old Fossils Could Be Earliest Evidence Of Life On Earth

The straw-shaped "microfossils," narrower than the width of a human hair and invisible to the naked eye, are believed to come from ancient microbes, according to a new study in the journal Nature. Scientists debate the age of the specimens, but the authors' youngest estimate - 3.77 billion years - would make these fossils the oldest ever found.........Read more

Burden of proof not on us: India on China’s demand for solid evidence against Masood Azhar

Hitting out at China for demanding “solid evidence” for getting JeM chief Masood Azhar banned by the UN, India on Thursday said the extent of his actions were “well-documented” and the “burden of proof” was not on it. Talking to media after his extensive interactions with top Chinese officials and talks at the upgraded strategic dialogue co-chaired by him, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said the talks were “useful” in conveying India’s concerns and priorities on key issues.........Read more

From Selling Water for 5 Paise, This Man Set up an Industrial Gas Business Worth Rs 25 Crore

I remember that when I was in class 2 or 3, I used to sell glasses of water in the local market, each serving at five paise, recounts Nitin. I have sold vegetables and local bakery products through my school years. I was too young to say if it was just about the money, but I liked doing business. Being able to run a business gave me immense satisfaction.........Read more

US officials from 6 states arrested hundreds of undocumented immigrants

Hundreds of undocumented immigrants from a dozen Latin American countries have been arrested in at least six US states this week, following President Donald Trump's executive order to broaden the scope of immigration enforcement targets. Among them 161 arrests were made in Los Angeles and some 200 in Atlanta, said local media reports. The authorities didn't reveal the total number of the arrests. ........Read more

Bhopal: Chief of probe into SIMI jailbreak resigns, MP govt rejects it

Bhopal witnessed high drama after SIMI judicial commission chief justice (retd) SK Pandey resigned on Saturday evening, but the state government refused to accept his resignation. In the first week of November, the state government had issued a notification for instituting a judicial inquiry into the jailbreak and the alleged encounter, with justice Pandey heading the one-man inquiry commission. According to the terms of reference for the inquiry, it had to be completed in within three months and the report had to be submitted to the state government.........Read more

Hyderabad HC split, delimitation high on K Chandrasekhar Rao’s agenda

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao will not confine his Delhi visit to merely pressing for categorisation of Scheduled Castes quota; he will also concentrate on pending issues like division of the High Court and delimitation of Assembly constituencies. Mr Rao will be leading an all-party team to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday.........Read more

Demonetization is an unguided missile fired unilaterally by govt: Amartya Sen

Nobel laureate Amartya Sen on Saturday termed note ban as an unguided "missile" fired "unilaterally" by the government without adhering to the democratic conventions. " Every now and then we get missiles fired by the government unilaterally. Demonetization one fine morning is of course just such a missile where there are reports coming in of hardships and suffering though it is not quite clear where the missile has landed," Sen said.........Read more

Atal Pension Scheme may be tweaked; maximum entry age to be raised to 50

The government may tweak the Atal Pension Yojana by adding more slabs of guaranteed pension and raising the maximum age limit for entering the scheme to 50 years. The current maximum guaranteed pension is Rs 5,000 per month. “All suggestions are being deliberated. One is to add slabs in the minimum guaranteed pension amount. The highest slab could be up to Rs 10,000,” said a government official, who did not wish to be named. ........Read more

World's fastest-growing economy sees wild fluctuations in foreign exchange reserves

The reserves stood at $359.67 billion as of December 23 2016, according to the last update for the year by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) released on Friday. Foreign currency assets (FCAs), which form the biggest component of the reserves, stood at $335.9 billion while gold reserves were $19.98 billion.........Read more

Viral Video: 'Patriotic' Pakistani actress Mahira Khan takes a dig at India and Bollywood

A video of Pakistani actress Mahira Khan, who is set to make her Bollywood debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in 'Raees', has gone viral. In the clip, Mahira can be seen taking a dig at India and Bollywood. Watch it here........Read more

These are Apple's 'conditions' to manufacture iPhones in India

pple wants the government to relax labelling rules so that it doesn't have to print product-related information directly onto devices to avoid cluttering up their minimalist design. That's one of the concessions Apple has sought after expressing its intention to start manufacturing in India, an official said.........Read more

Avatar-style walking robots become a reality in South Korean lab

AFPEngineers test humanoid Method-2 in a lab of the Hankook Mirae Technology. The hulking human-like creation bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the...........Read more

Surat: IT dept raids former tea seller's office, seizes Rs 400 crores cash

The Income Tax Department on Saturday raided the premises of city-based tea seller-turned-financier Kishore Bhaijyawala and seized cash worth approximately Rs 400 crores, including cash, bullion, jewellery and property papers from his possession.........Read more

New diamond harder than a jeweller's diamond, cuts through ultra-solid materials

The Australian National University (ANU) has led an international project to make a diamond that's predicted to be harder than a jeweller's diamond and useful for cutting through ultra-solid materials on mining sites.........Read more

One item Digital India must urgently address – strengthening data security and privacy rights

With this push for digital payments, and many of its most important governance reform initiatives such as the banking-for-all Jan Dhan Yojana, Aadhaar and Digital India well underway, the government can no longer ignore these issues. India is among the top five nations most vulnerable to cyber attacks. As government policy and programmes increasingly move to digital platforms, citizens could find themselves vulnerable to data misuse and without any rights to protect that information and data.........Read more

Kolkata: FBI team arrives to interrogate Islamic State operative Musa

A seven-member team of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States, have arrived in West Bengal to interrogate ISIS operative Musa. The team arrived at the National Investigation Agency (NIA) office in Kolkata on Thursday afternoon.........Read more

Adani Transmission to buy Reliance Infrastructure’s Rs1,000 crore power assets

Adani Transmission has agreed to buy Reliance Infrastructure Western Region System Strengthening Scheme power transmission assets of about 3,100 circuit km........Read more

British Independent Film Awards: All the major winners, right here

American Honey, Under the Shadow and I, Daniel Blake were among the winners at the British Independent Film Awards in London on Sunday, scooping some of the top prizes at the...........Read more

SYL Canal: Supreme Court deals blow to Punjab, Cong MLAs resign

The Supreme Court says Punjab has no right to unilaterally terminate water-sharing agreements over the Satluj Yamuna Link Canal with neighbouring states........Read more

India pulls out all stops, 6 note verbales, for 'spy' Kulbhushan Jadhav

India has issued not 1, or 2, but as many as 6 note verbales to the Pakistan foreign ministry for consular access to alleged India spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, top government sources have told TOI.........Read more

Startups not a waste: Why retailers must learn to live with e-tailers

Kishore Biyani talks of start-ups being a waste since they are losing money, but brick-and-mortar firms lose money too—and that’s money borrowed from banks; start-ups, on the other hand, are burning PE money........Read more

India may get 5G with the rest of the world

India stands a chance to get 5G technology with the rest of the world as the country enters an era of Internet of Things (IoT), Telecom Secretary J S Deepak said.........Read more

World's largest gorillas 'one step from going extinct'

The world's largest gorillas have been pushed to the brink of extinction by a surge of illegal hunting in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and are now critically endangered, officials said Sunday.........Read more

Rafael Nadal stunned by 22-year-old Lucas Pouille in fourth round of US Open 2016

Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal was sent crashing out of the US Open, falling in a five-set thriller to 22-year-old Frenchman Lucas Pouille.........Read more

3 Most Common Types Of Cancer In India And How To Detect Them Early Enough

Each year, India reports more than a million new cases of cancer. Chances are that there were many more that remained undetected. This is a huge challenge that needs to be addre ed because mo........Read more

Tripura guv upset over renaming of Bengal, says Hindus will be hounded out

Tripura governor Tathagata Roy said after the renaming to Bengal, Hindus will be driven out from the West Bengal like they were from East Bengal, a reference to what is now Bangladesh.........Read more

Manohar Parrikar's comments on Aamir Khan show how hate vitiated business - Firstpost

Businesses and, in turn, economy can thrive only in an environment of tolerance. It is high time the Modi government understood this........Read more

Islamic State claims responsibility for Nice truck attack

"The person who carried out the operation in Nice, France, to run down people was one of the soldiers of Islamic State," the news agency Amaq, which supports Islamic State, said via its Telegram account.........Read more

CBI raids Mangalore SEZ commissioner; Rs 1 crore seized

In a major seizure, CBI today claimed to have recovered about Rs one crore in cash from the residence of the then Development Commissioner, Special Economic Zone, Surat during searches conducted after a case of disproportionate assets was registered against him.........Read more

Rare Indian rhinos face growing threat from poachers

As night falls over the lush plains of India's Kaziranga national park, a small group of lightly armed forest guards sets out on foot to protect the world's largest population of one-horned rhinos.........Read more

Dead Rising 4 Is a Timed-Exclusive for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC

Microsoft has confirmed Dead Rising 4 won't be exclusive to Xbox One and Windows 10 forever.........Read more

Scientists find a way to turn plastic into fuel

Chinese chemists have devised a system to turn polyethylene into liquid fuel, paving the path for a new way to get rid of plastic waste instead of dumping........Read more

A.C. Thirilogachander: A legend is no more

Famous filmmaker A.C. Thirilogachander died of age-related complications on Wednesday afternoon. He was 86 and is survived by his son and daughter. He had not been keeping good health and was so frai........Read more

Ravi Shastri, Sandeep Patil Ahead of Anil Kumble in India's Coach Race

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday outlined the process for selecting the head coach of the Indian cricket team by shortlisting 21 applicants out of 57 for the post.........Read more

Viewpoint: India's nuclear lobbying and an increasingly isolated Pakistan

India's nuclear lobbying with the support of the US is increasingly isolating Pakistan, which has fallen out with most of its neighbours, writes Ahmed Rashid.........Read more

The distribution of IPL’s uncapped Indian players

In the IPL, for every Virat Kohli who has represented India, there’s a Pravin Tambe who hasn’t. Here’s a profile of the uncapped Indian player in the IPL........Read more

Computer generated math proof is largest ever at 200 terabytes

A trio of researchers has solved a single math problem by using a supercomputer to grind through over a trillion color combination possibilities, and in the process has generated the largest math proof ever—the text of it is 200 terabytes in size. In their paper uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, Marijn Heule with the University of Texas, Oliver Kullmann with Swansea University and Victor Marek with the University of Kentucky outline the math problem, the means by which a supercomputer was programmed to solve it, and the answer which the proof was asked to provide.........Read more