Explained: Why onions are a new cause of concern in the US and Canada

Onions have become a cause of concern in the US and Canada. Over the past week, health agencies in both countries have put out alerts asking its citizens to discard onions supplied by California-based Thomson International Inc, linking a salmonella bacteria infection with the bulb. The salmonella bacteria resides in animals. When it enters a human body it causes salmonellosis, an infection that attacks the intestine, and can cause diarrhoea, abdominal pain, fever, vomiting, bleeding in stool and nausea. The symptoms of the infection last anywhere between 2 and 7 days. However, bowel function could sometimes takes months before returning to normalcy. In some cases, it spreads the infection from the intestine to the blood stream. The infection hits children, below the age of five, and senior citizens the worst. The good news is less than 1 per cent of infected people succumb to the infection. Salmonella can transmit to humans through contaminated water or food. In this case, the bacteria was transmitting through contaminated onions, cultivated by Thomson International. The US Food and Drug Administration reported on August 1, 2020 that Thomson International recalled red, yellow, white, and sweet yellow onions shipped since May 1. The onions were given to distributors, wholesalers, and major supply in all 50 states of the US, Canada and parts of Columbia. Some of the big chains included Walmart and Kroger.........Read more

The woman who has become India's 'corona voice'

For millions of Indians, Jasleen Bhalla's is a familiar voice. When you dial a phone number in India you don't always hear a ringing as you wait for the other person to answer, but sometimes a piece of music or a message, known locally as a "caller tune". And for the past two-and-a-half months, her warm and soothing tones are the first thing people hear when they make a telephone call. The voiceover artist, with her message instructing Indians how to behave during the pandemic, has come to be known as India's "corona voice". A voice actor for a decade, she is also the voice of a private airline, one of India's biggest telecom companies and the Delhi Metro's airport service - it's her voice that tells you what the next station is and whether the doors will open on the right or the left.........Read more

Pregnant Kerala Elephant May Have Died After Eating Jaggery-Coated Crackers Meant for Wild Boars, Says Forest Official

More than a week after a pregnant wild elephant suffered a painful death in Kerala after consuming a fruit laced with explosives, the forest department said the elephant may have eaten jaggery-coated crackers that farmers use to ward off wild boars and not a pineapple as commonly believed till now. Principal chief conservator of forest and chief wildlife warden Surendra Kumar said that the mother elephant being fed a pineapple filled with crackers is just one of the possibilities. “We don't have evidence of that yet,” he told News18. ........Read more

That Sea Breeze You Love So Much Might Be Filled With Microplastics

In a new study published in the journal PLoS One, scientists from the University of Strathclyde and Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées (CNRS-University of Toulouse) have found that hundreds of thousands of tonnes of microplastics might be swept towards the land annually by sea breeze. In these tiny water droplets, researchers found evidence of microplastics, suggesting that when released into the atmosphere, they can be carried ashore by winds.........Read more

Covid-19: Origin of outbreak remains a mystery at Mysuru firm, health officials approach foreign embassies

The move by the Karnataka health department comes in the wake of forensic analysis of packaging and raw material shipped from China to the pharmaceutical firm Jubilant Generics Ltd, which has a plant in the Nanjangud area of Mysuru region, showing no Covid 19 traces. An April 12 report of the National Institute of Virology of the Indian Council for Medical Research in Pune has thrown up negative results for the novel coronavirus Covid 19 from containers and chemicals exported to the pharma plant at Nanjangud.........Read more

Ayushmann Khurana, Arjun, Parineeti, Ananya and others join Aparshakti's online antakshari amid coronavirus lockdown

Aparshakti went on to tag Neeti Mohan, Darshan Rawal, Akriti Khurana, Tahira Kashyap, Ayushmann Khurrana apart from Jonita. After they participated, these celebs further challenged more artists namely Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra, Shashank Khaitan, Amar Kaushik, Mudassar Aziz, Ananya Panday, Badshah, Lisa Mishra, Parampara Thakur, Maithili Thakur, Huma Qureshi, Varun Sharma, Manjot Singh, Bhumi Pednekar, Nupur Sanon, Pranutan Bahl, Mukesh Chhabra and stylist J Samuel. They all participated and fans had a field day watching these celebs singing their hearts out. All of these videos were posted on their Instagram stories.........Read more

An Expert Explains: Why stronger bodies don’t imply better immunity against coronavirus

This sort of thinking is misguided. Training venues are not always hygienic, athletes and staff travel a lot and not everyone is obsessed with personal hygiene. But to be clear, there is no natural immunity against Covid-19. The human body has no clear idea yet, of how to deal with this. Of course, fit athletes will not suffer the worst of it. They might show fewer dire symptoms and even feel fine-ish. Which can make them even more dangerous carriers of the virus and put their families at risk. So even if they don’t end up on a ventilator, this is no time to boast about how strong and immune a sportsperson is. Everyone is vulnerable. Everyone needs to take utmost precautions and follow protocol.........Read more

Coronavirus makes namaste greeting a trend

Coronavirus has gone pandemic. With more than 1,24,000 people testing positive and 4,500 deaths registered, the world is scared. However, there is a list of basic precautions including washing your hands for at least 2-minutes and avoiding physical contact with others that needs to be followed to avoid a spread of the virus. As a part of these basic precautions, the world is taking the namaste route. Handshakes and hugs have been replaced with the Indian version of hello for pleasantries. More and more public figures are adopting the namaste to reduce physical contact with others. ........Read more

Indian Railways’ Chittaranjan Locomotive Works creates world record

The Chittaranjan Locomotive Works located in West Bengal produced 402 locomotives in the financial year 2018-19. CLW surpassed their own record of producing 350 locomotives which they had manufactured during the year 2017-18. Shri Praveen Kumar Mishra, General Manager congratulated all the employees and officers of CLW for remarkable production performance in FY 2018-19 and acclaim by Limca Book of Records as World Record. In the current year as well, CLW has already manufactured 350 locomotives on 31st January 2020, in 10 months in 250 working days of current FY.........Read more

Modi, Trump Discuss Totalisation Agreement as India Seeks $12Bn Worth Savings of Its Professionals in US

At the recently concluded visit by US President Donald Trump, India took up the issue of a Totalisation Agreement apart from the H1-B work visa matter pertaining to Indian professionals in the US. Totalisation is broadly the money that Indian professionals contribute to the US social security scheme while they work in America. Many head back home before 10 years, which is essentially the lock-in period before one can withdraw from the social security contribution. Hence, such professionals have to leave their savings behind.........Read more

Coronavirus outbreak: Indians asked to avoid non-essential travel to Singapore

The government on Saturday advised Indian citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to Singapore as cases of novel coronavirus continue to rise across the world. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba to review the status, actions taken and preparedness of states and UTs regarding the management of COVID-19. As on date, 21,805 passengers have been brought under community surveillance. In addition, 3,97,152 flight passengers and 9,695 travellers at seaports have been screened, the ministry said. ........Read more

I-T sleuths unearth Rs 2,000 fraud, Chandrababu Naidu's ex-aide under scanner

The raids began in February 6 and covered six cities in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra and Delhi. One of the people searched was P Srinivasa Rao, the former personal secretary to N Chandrababu Naidu, until recently the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh. The sleuths say they recovered "incriminating evidence" from him. The Income Tax Department's searches revealed that three prominent infrastructure groups based in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana sub-contracted work to bogus firms in an attempt to hide away more than Rs 2,000 crore -- a preliminary estimate.........Read more

Walmart sacks 56 executives in India as part of restructuring

Walmart Inc, the world’s largest retailer, has fired 56 of its executives in India as it restructures in the country. The move underscores the challenges Walmart has faced in expanding its wholesale business in India. The Bentonville, Arkansas-based company currently operates 28 wholesale stores in the Asian country where it sells goods to small shopkeepers, and not to retail consumers. ........Read more

Ecuador denies Nithyananda's request for refuge; says he may be heading to Haiti

Days after news surfaced that fugitive self-styled godman Nithyananda has formed his own country 'Kailaasa' near Equador, the South American country has announced that it has denied self-styled godman Nithyananda's request for refuge and currently he has left the country "presumably Haiti." The fugitive reportedly managed to dodge security agencies and fled to Ecuador via Nepal.........Read more

Government may facilitate loan for MBBS students in private colleges

The NITI Aayog, at the behest of Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, has nudged the Indian Banks' Association to offer educational loans up to Rs 10 lakh per annum to students who get admission for pursuing medicine in private colleges. At present, most banks do not support students getting into private or deemed universities for studying MBBS, fee for which run into Rs 7-20 lakh per annum. ........Read more

J&K: Three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists killed in encounter with security forces in Anantnag

At least three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists have been killed in an encounter with security forces that broke out in the wee hours of Wednesday in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag.........Read more

IAAF World Championships: After an official protest by India, Avinash Sable included in 3000m Steeplechase final

After an official protest was lodged by India, Avinash Sable has been included in the final of the men's 3000m Steeplechase at the IAAF World Athletics Championships, the Athletics Federation of India tweeted. Avinash included in finals after India's successful appeal@kaypeem @StanByMe28 @rahuldpawar @BhutaniRahul Sable broke his own national record and finished 7th in the third heat but could not finish higher after he fell twice during the race for no fault of his own. Both the falls were triggered by reigning junior world champion Takele Nigate of Ethiopia. The 24-year-old Indian clocked 8 minutes 25.23 seconds to finish 20th overall out of 44 athletes who completed the race. Sable had to jump over another competitor as four-five athletes had fallen over each other. 30.19. The Athletics Federation of India later filed an appeal, saying that Sable was blocked twice during the race, and he got a favourable decision.........Read more

The Matrix, unplugged! Bengaluru boy designs game to help overcome gadget addiction

The fourth-year student from the International Twining Undergraduate Product Design program at NICC International College of Design, Bengaluru, has come up with JOMO (Joy of Missing), a game that furthers an understanding of the many adverse effects of technology and which keeps a check on the excessive use of smart phones. ........Read more

Indian College Intern Gets 60 Months in Jail for Providing Tech Support to Telemarketing Scam

A college intern from India was sentenced to 60 months in prison for providing tech support to a telemarketing scam that duped close to two dozen people of nearly a million dollars. Bishwajeet Kumar Jha, 21, and several other interns from the same college in India who were in the US on hospitality industry internships defrauded a number of individuals of their retirement savings.........Read more

Tamil Nadu government allows shops to remain open 24 hours a day

In a move largely welcomed by traders, shops and commercial establishments in Tamil Nadu, employing at least 10 people, can now stay open for 24 hours all through the year. The notification says an employee can’t be made to work more than eight hours on any day and more than 48 hours in a week. ........Read more

Govt revises draft education policy after massive outrage over Hindi imposition, Hindi not mandatory

A mid massive outcry over Hindi being made a compulsory language in all non-Hindi speaking states, the HRD ministry has climbed down and tweaked the draft National Education Policy to say that students are free to choose any language they wish to study in.........Read more

Japan, South Korea tighten grip over Indian steel imports

Free trade treaties with Japan and South Korea allow tax free imports from the two nations, giving them an edge over others. Steel imports from Japan in April jumped 27% to 116,000 tonnes from the same month year ago, while Korean imports rose 15% percent to 245,000 tonnes.........Read more

Narendra Modi can't remove Article 370, 35A despite huge victory - Farooq Abdullah

National Conference President Farooq Abdullah on Friday said that no matter how powerful the electoral mandate of Prime Minister Narendra Modi might have been, he cannot remove Article 370 and 35A. Abdullah said Congress President Rahul Gandhi will win the Amethi seat after five years and stage a comeback.........Read more

Islamic State claims it has established a province in India, calls it Wilayah of Hind

he Islamic State (IS) claimed for the first time that it has established a "province" in India, after a clash between militants and security forces in Kashmir killed a militant with alleged ties to the group. IS's Amaq News Agency late announced the new province, that it called "Wilayah of Hind".........Read more

Emperor Naruhito ascends throne as Japan's Reiwa era begins

Japan's new emperor, Naruhito, has formally ascended to the Chrysanthemum Throne, replacing his father, Akihito, who had abdicated a day earlier. During the special ritual in the palace's Matsu-no-Ma state room, an almost exclusively male audience saw Naruhito, 59, take possession of royal regalia and seals, including a sacred sword, that provide ceremonial proof of his ascension.........Read more

Google India, SEA VP Rajan Anandan quits, to join Sequoia Capital

Rajan Anandan, Google South East Asia and India Vice President, will leave the firm at the end of April. Vikas Agnihotri, country director, sales, will replace Anandan in the interim for Google India.........Read more

Fitch cuts India GDP growth forecast for FY20 to 6.8%

Fitch Ratings cut India’s economic growth forecast for the next financial year starting April 1, to 6.8% from its previous estimate of 7%, on weaker than expected momentum in the economy.........Read more

Google reports zero-day exploit in Windows 7, Microsoft yet to release patch

Microsoft has a zero-day vulnerability in Windows 7 that remains unpatched, Google revealed in a blog post. It’s one of two zero-day vulnerabilities that, along with one in Google Chrome, hackers were exploiting to send malicious code to users. ........Read more

Bhima Koregaon Case: No Relief For Five Activists as SC Sets Aside Bombay HC Order

The Supreme Court set aside Bombay High Court order refusing to extend the 90-day deadline to file the charge-sheet against five activists in Bhima Koregaon violence case........Read more

57 Fake Doctors 'Treated' Patients for 4 Years in Maharashtra, Traced to Same College and Batch

In a shocking incident, the Maharashtra Medical Council has busted a clutch of 57 doctors who submitted fake Post Graduation degrees – all procured in the name of the same medical college – in order to get registration from the council. ........Read more

U-turn in Supreme Court leads to differences within Sabarimala board

Differences have cropped up within the Sabarimala temple administration, a day after it sprung a U-turn in favour of the Supreme Court’s September 2018 verdict allowing women of childbearing age to enter the Kerala hilltop shrine.........Read more

BSP leader offers Rs 50 lakh for beheading of BJP MLA for remarks against Mayawati

Former BSP MLA from Thakurdwara, Vijay Yadav announced that he would give Rs 50 lakh to the person who beheads Sadhana Singh, the BJP MLA in the thick of controversy for calling Mayawati ‘worse than a eunuch’.........Read more

Election Commission mulls legal action on claims that its EVMs can be hacked

The EC said it was examining the possibility of taking legal action on claims made at a press conference in London that the EVMs used by the electoral body could be hacked and that the 2014 Lok Sabha polls were completely rigged.........Read more

Dolby made a secret app for recording studio quality audio on your phone

Dolby has been quietly testing a new mobile app for recording and cleaning up audio under the codename “234." The app, which was available through a website sign-up form.........Read more

India takes ‘note’ of Trump hint at curbs over Russian arms deal

India has “taken note” of US President Donald Trump’s overnight statement that India would soon know if it would be hit by punitive sanctions stemming from a US domestic law aimed at curtailing arms purchases from Russia........Read more

Nanophotonic light sails may travel at relativistic speeds

One day in the not-so-distant future, light sails may hurtle through space at speeds of around 20% of the speed of light (or 60,000 km/sec), propelled not by fuel but rather by the radiation pressure from high-power lasers on Earth.........Read more

Axis Bank to soon process payments over WhatsApp

India's third largest private sector bank Axis Bank today said it would soon be able to process payments over the popular chatting application WhatsApp. The bank also termed the Unified Payment Interface (UPI) as a "huge opportunity."........Read more

RBI slaps penalty of Rs 30 mn on Axis, Rs 20 mn on Indian Overseas Bank

The Reserve Bank today said it has imposed a penalty of Rs 3 crore on Axis Bank for violation of NPA classification norms, and Rs 2 crore on Indian Overseas Bank for not complying with the KYC regulations.........Read more

ISRO Launches Its 100th Satellite, Cartosat-2 With 30 Others, in One go on PSLV-C40 From Sriharikota

The co-passenger satellites consist of one micro and nanosatellite each from India with three micro and 25 nanosatellites from six countries — Canada, Finland, France, Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The total weight of all the 31 satellites carried on board PSLV-C40 is about 1,323 kg.........Read more

Microsoft halts security updates for certain AMD machines after Meltdown and Spectre patches cause issues

Microsoft, which pushed out patches for Meltdown and Spectre within days of the issue going public, has now been forced to pause the rollout of the updates to certain AMD-powered machines. In the course of the update, it was discovered that machines with certain AMD processors were unable to boot after the update.........Read more

Banks may sell loans in RBI’s second list to ARCs in absence of bidders

In the absence of suitable bidders, banks may choose to sell to asset reconstruction companies (ARCs) many of the 28 stressed loan accounts the central bank asked them to resolve by 13 December or send to bankruptcy courts for the launch of insolvency proceedings.........Read more

Reliance Jio to acquire mobile business assets of RCom

The deal is slated to bring relief to RCom which is reeling under debt of around Rs45,000 crore. Reliance Jio or its nominees will acquire assets under four categories—towers, optic fiber cable network (”OFC”), spectrum and media convergence nodes (”MCN”) from RCom and its affiliates.........Read more

Subscribers can re-verify their mobile phone numbers with Aadhaar number using OTP, tweets UIDAI

UIDAI in a tweet has announced that from 1 December onwards the subscribers can re-verify their mobile phone number with their Aadhaar card number through a one-time password (OTP). So the users need not go to a retail outlet of a telco, rather they can do it wherever they are. Moreover, the user does not have to go submit their biometric details as well.........Read more

Nintendo Reveals SNES Classic, to Come With 20 Vintage Games

Nintendo has revealed the classic SNES console. The miniature version of the SNES home consloe will come pre-loaded with all-time favourites such as Super Mario World, Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Donkey Kong Country.........Read more

Narada sting: ED issues fresh summons to Narada CEO Mathew Samuel

The Enforcement Directorate has issued fresh summons to Narada news CEO Mathew Samuel in its money laundering probe, initiated after a sting operation purportedly showed several TMC leaders, including MPs and ministers, taking money.........Read more

AWKWARD! Priyanka Chopra was asked 'Who has a bigger dick'

The host embarrassed her with 'who has a bigger dick among two- Dwayne Johnson or Zac Efron?' Certainly, Priyanka was uncomfortable with it and escaped it saying, 'this isn't part of the question.' ........Read more

Read what Ambedkar wrote on why Brahmins started worshipping the cow and gave up eating beef

Ambedkar's conclusions, based on an analysis of various religious texts, will seem more than deeply ironical to anyone who studies contemporary India, for the father of Indian Constitution argued that Brahmins who once had no compunctions against slaughter of animals, including cows, and were the greatest beef-eaters themselves, not only gave up beef-eating but also started worshipping the cow as a deliberate strategy.........Read more

Flipkart to acquire eBay India; raise up to $2bn funding

India’s biggest ecommerce company Flipkart is acquiring eBay’s operations here in a deal structured as part of a $2 billion capital raising. This replenishes its war-chest in its fight with Amazon for market share on its home turf.........Read more

KCR's Dream Project to Burn a Hole in People's Pockets

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao's Dream Project, Mission Bhagiratha which is aimed at supplying purified drinking water to every household in the newest state of the country once the project is completed in 2018 will not be offered for free.........Read more

Grofers Partners With Reliance Fresh, Starts Operations In 5 New Cities

Gurugram-based hyperlocal grocery delivery startup, Grofers has forged a pan-India partnership with Reliance Fresh. In the first phase of a nationwide rollout, the partnership will bring Reliance Fresh stores in 14 cities onto the Grofers platform. Grofers users will be able to order from categories including groceries, fruits, vegetables and general merchandise from Reliance Fresh and Reliance Smart Outlets.........Read more

After losing $20 billion over 17 dismal years, General Motors may finally quit Europe

The last time General Motors made a profit in Europe was the 20th century. GM’s European division—which produces Opel and Vauxhall-branded cars—has lost money every year since 2000. Over those 17 years, the losses add up to a whopping $20 billion.........Read more

I would like to be the president of Real Madrid someday: Rafael Nadal

Spanish tennis legend Rafael Nadal, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest tennis players ever, is also a huge football fan. Rafa, who recently suffered a heartbreaking loss to old nemesis Roger Federer in Australian Open final, has revealed that he plans to be the president of Real Madrid someday.........Read more

Steamer service to revive navigation in Agra Canal after 143 years

“The water taxi project is being seen as a pilot project. Based on the response, further course of action will be decided. The problem with steamer service between Delhi and Agra is non-availability of adequate water in the canal. It is also being assessed whether this plan will be viable in terms of investment and travellers will give preference to waterway route, while the Yamuna expressway is more convenient and time saving,” said an official from Inland Waterways Authority of India.........Read more

Tata Motors to bring new Tiago model, more cars in its quest to grab No 3 spot

Tata Motors is readying a twin of its Tiago hatchback, but with an extended boot, for a March launch to take on Maruti Suzuki's upcoming new-generation Dzire and a facelifted version of Hyundai Motor's Xcent. Having wrested the No. 4 position in the Indian passenger vehicle market in 2016, thanks to Tiago's success, Tata Motors is now looking to unseat Mahindra & Mahindra from the third spot. ........Read more

Avalanches in Kashmir leave Army officer, four of a family dead

An army officer and four members of a family were killed in avalanches in Ganderbal and Bandipora districts of Kashmir on Wednesday. An avalanche hit an army camp at Sonamarg in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district this morning, a police official said. He said an army officer — Major Amit of High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS) — was buried under the debris of the avalanche. An army official said one soldier had died after getting trapped under the avalanche. However, the official did not reveal the rank and name of the soldier who lost his life in the incident.........Read more

Indian households have record gold hoard of Rs 24,000 tonnes worth $800 bn

Indian households, together the world’s largest hoarders of gold, hold a record 23,000-24,000 tonnes of the prea record 23,000-24,000 tonnes of the precious metal, worth at least $800 billion, despite a sharp fall in international prices from their peaks in 2011, according to a comprehensive study of the Indian market by the London-headquartered World Gold Council (WGC). The value of the holdings is based on (conservative) international prices, which doesn’t factor in a 10% customs duty. The value would be substantially higher in the rupee term.........Read more

Snapdeal in talks with SoftBank to raise funds at lower valuation

Snapdeal, run by Jasper Infotech Pvt. Ltd, has initiated discussions to raise fresh funds largely from existing investor SoftBank Group Corp. at a significantly lower valuation than the $6.5 billion peak it touched in its previous round, three people familiar with the matter said. Snapdeal and SoftBank have discussed a valuation range of $3-4 billion, but the online marketplace is still trying to attract new investors at a higher valuation, the people mentioned above said on condition of anonymity.........Read more

Apple CEO Tim Cook's pay slumps along with iPhone sales

Apple penalised CEO Tim Cook for the iPhone maker's first sales slump in 15 years with a 15 per cent pay cut. Cook still did extremely well, with a compensation package valued at $8.7 million for Apple's fiscal year that ended on September 24, according to a regulatory filing made Friday. But the amount was down from nearly $10.3 million in the prior year. ........Read more

How a Street Sweeper and His Wife Built Britain's Largest Indian Food Empire

Laxmishanker Pathak and his wife, Shanta Gaury, were pioneers of the food revolution that made Indian cuisine one of Britain’s most popular cuisine. The couple, who began by making Indian snacks in a tiny kitchen, went on to found the Patak’s, Britain’s biggest Indian food brand.........Read more

Everyone Should Dump Email And Use Couriers Instead: Trump

WASHINGTON — As Barack Obama began preparing to leave office, the first smartphone-toting U.S. president ordered his team to upgrade the White House's aging technology for his succe or. New computers...........Read more

'Car-o-bar' crackdown: Public consumption of liquor can land you in jail in Delhi

The Delhi government is enforcing the Delhi Excise Act come November 7 and punishment includes fines and a jail term for those found drinking alcohol in public.........Read more

Scientists identify bacterial genes that could lessen severity of malaria

Researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, have identified a set of bacterial genes that may help them find ways to lessen the severity of the disease malaria.........Read more

Ola ties up with BMW India for luxury ride hailing

The German carmaker will provide Ola operators with attractive pre- and post-sales options to enable the scaling up of the platform's luxury car fleet........Read more

Religion can’t dictate upon rights of individuals: Govt on Uniform Civil Code

Union finance minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday asserted that religion cannot dictate upon the rights of an individual and attacked the Congress over its stand on the Uniform Civil Code, saying it was the constituent assembly controlled by the party that had envisaged a common civil law for all Indians.........Read more

Taliban starts a major attack on northern Afghan city of Kunduz

Taliban fighters mounted a coordinated assault on the northern city of Kunduz overnight, attacking from four directions and entering urban areas and threatening a repeat of the operation in which they seized the city exactly a year ago.........Read more

Gambhir back in Test squad after two years

Opening batsman Gautam Gambhir has returned to India's Test setup two years after playing his previous international, in place of the injured KL Rahul, for the remaining home Tests against New Zealand........Read more

Experiment proves future drones may not need batteries

Dr. Samer Aldhaher of the Imperial College London thinks he has the answer, kinda. Aldhaher created a prototype of a lightweight, battery-less drone that hovers in place and sucks power from a transmitter below. The drone is only capable of hovering and making small side-to-side movements, but the prototype proves the utility of wireless power technology.........Read more

Doomed stars emit cosmic ‘echoes’ while devoured by black holes

Astronomers may soon be able to detect black holes better by following flares of light “echoed” through cosmic dust. Two new NASA studies suggest that as the stars are sheared apart, a flare of energy in the form of ultraviolet and X-ray light is emitted. This light in turn is absorbed by surrounding dust clouds, which in turn re-emits that light.........Read more

India down to 112th spot on World Economic Freedom Index

India has slipped by 10 positions to 112th, out of 159 countries and territories, as it "fared badly" across categories including legal system and regulation, according to the Economic Freedom of the World: 2016 Annual Report.........Read more

Three reasons why Rez Infinite is the perfect PlayStation VR game

It’s still early days for VR game development, but one thing almost everyone can agree on is that you need to design games from the ground up — porting 2D games to headsets rarely works well. Rez...........Read more

Cauvery water row: Karnataka on the boil again; one killed in police firing

Cauvery water row: Karnataka on the boil again; one killed in police firing - SC orders release of 12,000 cusecs of water to TN; Attacks on Tamils in Bengaluru; Metro, night train services suspended; State cabinet to hold emergency meet today........Read more

7 militants killed in J&K as Army foils infiltration bid along LoC

Seven militants and a policeman were killed in two separate encounters on Sunday in Baramulla and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir. Meanwhile, the civilian death toll in the Valley rose to 78........Read more

'Stale Laddoos, No Thanks': Actor Pawan Kalyan Attacks Andhra Package

It was his second public meeting in less than three weeks. And Pawan Kalyan, Telugu hero and chief of the Jana Sena was clear in naming the villain - the BJP, who, he accused of "giving two stale laddoos" to the state of Andhra Pradesh.........Read more

Centre seeks views on simultaneous Lok Sabha-State polls

The government has sought the views of the people on holding simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and the State Assemblies, following the debate sparked by the statements of the Prime Mi........Read more

Clues to your personality appeared before you could talk

Long before you could express yourself with words, you were giving away the signs of your adult temperament. Christian Jarrett explains how.........Read more

1.2 bn people at Zika risk in India, says study

At least 2.6 billion people, over a third of the global population, live in parts of Africa, Asia and the Pacific where Zika could gain a new foothold.........Read more

Nissan to launch Terrano AMT soon - CarWale News

Renault recently introduced the Easy-R AMT gearbox in the new Duster’s RxL and RxZ variants. The Nissan Terrano built on a similar platform will also soon be offered with the similar Easy-R AMT transmission system. Along with boosting sales, the new upgrade will help Nissan stay abreast with competition. .........Read more

Reliance Jio effect: Airtel cuts 4G price by up to 80%

To avail this benefit, Airtel customers will have to recharge with Rs 1,498 against which they will get 1GB of 4G or 3G mobile internet usage valid for 28 day.........Read more

No more secrets! Bobby Darling speaks out about sex change and marriage

No more secrets! Bobby Darling speaks out about sex change and marriage - Ex-Bigg Boss contestant and B-town actress Bobby Darling who got married on February 8 with her long-term boyfriend, Ramnik Sharma.........Read more

Govt signals all-party talks on Kashmir next month may include separatists

Decks appeared to clear on Saturday for a meeting between Kashmiri separatists and members of an all-party delegation scheduled to visit Srinagar early next month.........Read more

Baloch protesters come out on streets in Germany, raise slogans against Pakistan, wave Indian Tri-colour

On a day when Pakistans Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appointed 22 parliamentarians to lead propaganda on Kashmir, Islamabad had to face major embarrassment in Germany. Baloch people living in Germany staged a protest in Leipzig city accusing Pakistan Army and the Sharif government of committing atrocities on the people of Balochistan.........Read more

Do you know why Lord Krishna wears a peacock feather on his crown?

Do you know why Lord Krishna wears a peacock feather on his crown? - While the Lord wears many ornaments, his constant accessory is a peacock feather in his hair. Have you ever wondered why Lord Krishna wears a peacock feather?........Read more

Turkey invited Pakistan to participate in next-gen TFX fighter program

Turkey invited Pakistan to participate in the development of the Turkish Aerospace Industries’ next-generation TFX multi-role fighter program.........Read more

MNS objects to 'MS Dhoni: The Untold Story' getting dubbed in Marathi

Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra Navnirman Sena's cine wing fears 'MS Dhoni: The Untold Story' dubbed in Marathi may set unfair competition for regional films........Read more

Once upon a time, there was cricket

Rio Olympics marks a defining moment for Indian sports: the beginning of the end of cricket’s hegemony........Read more

New nano-material promises 2GB data speed per second

Researchers from KAUST in Saudi Arabia developed the new nanocrystalline material that rapidly makes white light out of blue light.........Read more

Pakistan invites India for talks on Kashmir

Pakistan's advisor on foreign affairs said last week that a conference of envoys of Pakistan earlier this month had agreed that Pakistan seek talks with India. The invitation was extended amid tension in bilateral ties due to the war of words between the two nations over the issue.........Read more

Rio Olympics: Indian hockey team eye semi-final berth after 36 years

Indian hockey team is a win away from Rio Olympics semi-final berth as they on a formidable Belgium in a quarter-final clash on Sunday........Read more

Apple is launching an invite-only bug bounty program

Apple is planning a new bug bounty program that will offer cash in exchange for undiscovered vulnerabilities in its products, the company announced onstage at the Black Hat conference today............Read more

Mulayam scolds his party men for falling behind BJP and BSP in making controversial statements

Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav has lashed out at his own party’s leaders today for falling behind rivals BSP and BJP in making controversial statements.........Read more

Xiaomi Redmi Pro launched with deca-core Helio X25 SoC, dual rear cameras and more

Xiaomi has launched the much rumoured Redmi Pro at an event in China today. The metal clad Redmi Pro will come in three variants with different storage and chipsets. The base model priced at RMB 1499 (approx Rs 15,200) will have the Helio X20 chipset........Read more

Model villages: Why Modi's pet rural development scheme is not working

Close to two years after its launch, there seem to be few takers among parliamentarians for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's flagship rural development scheme, the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, which aimed to develop at least three “model villages” ........Read more

'Cyborg' robot built with sea slug muscle, 3D printed parts

'Cyborg' robot built with sea slug muscle, 3D printed parts - Compared to mammal and bird muscles, which require strictly controlled environments to operate, the slug's are much more adaptable.........Read more

US Open boosts prize money to record $46.3 mn

"We are proud that this year`s US Open will offer the richest purse in tennis history," said USTA president Katrina Adams.  ........Read more

India extends $92 million line of credit to Tanzania

Tanzania, India sign five agreements, including one for providing a line of credit of $92 million in the water resources sector........Read more

Ringing Bells, maker of Freedom 251, to launch new phones: Top points to note

Ringing Bells' Freedom 251 will be delivered to customers from tomorrow, but the company's recent statement don't inspire confidence.........Read more

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Is Working on His First Book; Coming in 2017

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is writing his first book. Titled Hit Refresh, the book will be released through Harper Business in 2017. Hit Refresh follows three storylines - Nadella's personal journey of transformation, the change that is taking plac........Read more

At least 32 killed in suicide bomb attack at Istanbul airport

A triple suicide bombing and gun attack at Istanbul's Ataturk airport killed at least 32 people and left scores wounded.The attackers began spraying bullets at airport guards at the terminal entrance and a shootout erupted before they blew themselves up one by one........Read more

Indiabulls Housing Finance to raise Rs 300 crore

Indiabulls Housing Finance today said it is planning to raise Rs 300 crore through issuance of non-convertible redeemable debentures.........Read more

Indian Army warns Rs 40,000 crore Arunachal border road could be a liability

A 1,500-km proposed highway along the China border in Arunachal Pradesh connecting remote areas of the hill state has hit a roadblock with the Army raising objections fearing that it could be a strategic blunder due to its proximity to China in case of a confrontation.........Read more

Amid NSG row, India, China postpone crucial financial talks scheduled next week

India and China have postponed a high-level June 27 financial dialogue that was to be held in Beijing during Finance Minister Arun Jaitely 5-day visit which begins on Thursday.........Read more

Pakistan lobbying to stop India’s NSG bid, says Sartaj Aziz

Pakistan is lobbying “effectively and pro-actively” in all member countries of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) over India’s efforts to join the 48-member exclusive club, Pakistan’s top foreign affairs advisor has said.........Read more

US President Barack Obama Backs India's NSG Bid

Obama underlined that India needs technology which is critical for its progress and prosperity.........Read more

'Fountain of youth' pill could be available in just two years

Scientists at McMaster University, Ontario, hope the cocktail of nutrients may prevent and even reverse neuron loss in patients - halting conditions such as Alzheimer's.........Read more

Watch: Brit astronaut Tim Peake shares stunning time-lapse of Venus rising behind the Aurora

Watch: Brit astronaut Tim Peake shares stunning time-lapse of Venus rising behind the Aurora - With just three weeks left at the International Space Station (ISS), British astronaut Tim Peake is making the best of his time.........Read more

Apple’s Tim Cook meets Narendra Modi, discusses manufacturing in India

Tim Cook expresses interest in tapping talent in India in meeting with PM Narendra Modi as Apple looks to boost iPhone sales........Read more

Deepika in three-member archery side for Olympics

India already has one individual spot for the Olympics in the men’s archery during the world championships last year.........Read more

ED to ask depositories to freeze shares owned by Vijay Mallya

The enforcement agency is looking to ensure that no big deals or transactions, such as the one Mallya struck with Diageo for Rs 500 crore, take place........Read more

Now, a biopic on Bihars Super 30 and its founder Anand Kumar

Bollywood's fascination for biopics continues with noted director announcing a film on Bihar mathematician Anand Kumar of Super 30 fame in Patna on Monday........Read more

TDP All Set For A Divorce With BJP?

Now that the BJP high command's stand on special status to Andhra Pradesh is loud and clear, its 2014 poll partner and the ruling party in AP, the TDP government, is in extreme pressure from all corners to severe all ties with BJP........Read more

Sania-Hingis inch closer to fifth title of 2016 season after storming into Madrid Open final | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

Sania-Hingis inch closer to fifth title of 2016 season after storming into Madrid Open final - This will be the second consecutive final for the Indo-Swiss pair after ending runners-up in Stuttgart.........Read more

Five Lakh People Die of Cancer Annually in India: Government

NEW DELHI: Cancer claims five lakh lives in India annually, government said in Lok Sabha today.        Noting that there is no age-wise data of cancer patients,...........Read more

IPL: Steve Smith heads home from with wrist injury

Cricket Australia said Smith had laboured due to pain in his right wrist for the past week while playing for Rising Pune Supergiants’ in the Twenty20 tournament.“From the information we have so far, t........Read more

It’s KO No. 5 for Vijender

Indian boxing star Vijender Singh’s power-packed punches went unchallenged yet again as he notched up his fifth successive knockout win by battering Frenchman Matiouze Royer here on Saturday. Vije........Read more

Listen carefully for hints of the next global recession

Economists are good at measuring the past but inconsistent at forecasting future events, particularly recessions. That’s because recessions aren’t caused merely by concrete changes in the markets. Bel........Read more