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Aamir Khan's Brother Faissal Khan Says Karan Johar 'Insulted' Him on Actor's 50th Birthday Bash

Faissal Khan, Aamir Khan and Karan Johar The untimely demise of Sushant Singh Rajput has exposed some dark secrets of Bollywood, with a number of actors opening up on discrimination they have faced in the film industry. Aamir Khan's brother, Faisal Khan, is the latest celebrity to weigh in on the controversy. In an interview with , Faisal Khan, who has been busy writing scripts, spoke at length about his career graph and how the bias in the industry exists. “There is bias and groupism in the industry. The entire world is corrupted so the industry is not as pious. Everyone looks out for themselves. If your work flops, they don’t treat you well; they don’t even look at you and it has happened to me. On my brother’s (Aamir) 50th birthday, I was looked down upon by someone, I don’t wish to take the name. But, Karan Johar acted weird with me; he put me down. He insulted me when I was trying to talk to someone and trying to disconnect with the person I was talking to," he said.........Read more

Facebook's India Chief Probed By Parliamentary Panel, Given 90 Questions To Respond In Writing

Amid a raging row over Facebook's alleged political "bias", a Parliamentary panel on Wednesday questioned the company's India head, Ajit Mohan, for over two hours, with both BJP and Congress members of the panel accusing the social media giant of colluding and influencing opinion, a charge denied by the firm. While BJP members raised questions about alleged political links of the Facebook employees, claiming that many of its senior executives have worked with the Congress and its leaders in different capacities, the opposition members asked why content, including videos containing hate speech were still available online and not taken down by the social media giant. Sources said Ajit Mohan was questioned by ruling as well as opposition members of the committee, he gave oral reply to some questions while he has been given nearly 90 questions, to which he has to respond in writing. According to sources, questions were also asked about Mohan's association with Congress Kerala unit during 2011 assembly elections and the UPA government, to which he responded that he was associated as a professional and not in any political capacity. BJP MPs also alleged that those who follow Left ideology, or have worked with the Congress are dominating the third party firms which do fact checking for Facebook and cited many names of the top management of the social media firm and its fact checking partners.........Read more

Prashant Bhushan fined Re 1 for contempt of court

The Supreme Court on Monday imposed a token fine of one rupee against activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan as punishment in the contempt case against him. Bhushan, who has been convicted for two tweets against the judiciary, has to deposit the fine with the Supreme Court registry by September 15, said a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra. Failure to comply would entail a three-month jail term and debarment from law practice for three years, it said.........Read more

What happens if a coronavirus vaccine is never developed?

Instead of wiping out Covid-19, societies may instead learn to live with it. Cities would slowly open and some freedoms will be returned, but on a short leash, if experts' recommendations are followed. Testing and physical tracing will become part of our lives in the short term, but in many countries, an abrupt instruction to self-isolate could come at any time. Treatments may be developed -- but outbreaks of the disease could still occur each year, and the global death toll would continue to tick upwards. It's a path rarely publicly countenanced by politicians, who are speaking optimistically about human trials already underway to find a vaccine. But the possibility is taken very seriously by many experts -- because it's happened before. Several times.........Read more

Made in China, Over 50k PPEs Junked by India After They Failed Quality Test; Came as Donations

China, the world’s main supplier of personal protection equipment (PPE), has apparently sent some poor quality kits to India that have been found to be unusable. However, consignments that failed the quality tests are those received as donations from big private companies in India,/ The ET report quoted a person aware of the matter as saying that these kits were donated to the Indian government. Of 170,000 PPE kits that arrived in India on April 5, about 50,000 failed quality tests. "Two small consignments with 30,000 and 10,000 PPE kits, too, failed tests," the person said. ........Read more

New Zealand says all arrivals must self-isolate

New Zealand's PM has said nearly everyone entering the country from midnight on Sunday must self-isolate to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Jacinda Ardern said the new measure also included returning New Zealanders. The only exemption is for small Pacific islands with no confirmed virus cases. "I make no apologies. This is an unprecedented time," Ms Ardern said, describing the new rules as the strictest in the world. New Zealand has six confirmed cases.........Read more

Scientists successfully created a cybernetic neural network

An international team of researchers spread out over three labs in Switzerland, Italy, and the UK have successfully joined artificial neurons and an organic neuron to form the first operational biological-artificial hybrid neural network. They’ve made a cyborg. The team set out to recreate a classic experiment showing how neurons can “learn” by transferring information through synapses. In a classic neural network, various neurons “light up” in response to stimulus. Over time the neurons will require more or less stimulation to “fire,” thus demonstrating how neural networks adapt and learn.........Read more

Coronavirus: New Zealand confirms first case

New Zealand's health ministry on Friday confirmed the country's first case of coronavirus in a person who recently returned from Iran. The person, who is in their 60s, tested positive in results that were formally reported earlier in the day, the ministry said in a statement. "Although we have our first case of Covid-19, the chances of community outbreak remain low," it said in a statement. The patient is being treated in Auckland City Hospital and is in improving condition, the statement added.........Read more

Microsoft reveals more Xbox Series X specs, confirms 12 teraflops GPU

Microsoft is revealing more specifications about its next-generation Xbox Series X hardware today. The biggest new confirmation is that the Xbox Series X will include 12 teraflops of GPU performance, which is twice what’s available in the Xbox One X and eight times the original Xbox One. This type of performance puts the Xbox Series X beyond most mid-range graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia, and it’s an impressive jump for a game console. It certainly shows that the next-gen Xbox and PS5 are going to go far beyond the Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro.........Read more

Indian inflation likely hit a near six-year high in January: Reuters poll

Indian retail inflation likely rose to a near six-year peak in January as food prices stayed high, according to a small majority of economists in a Reuters poll, which may persuade the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to keep interest rates on hold in the coming months. The Feb. 5-7 poll consensus of more than 40 economists showed India’s annual consumer price inflation is expected to have risen to 7.40% in January, a touch above December’s 7.35% and the highest since May 2014. ........Read more

U.S. declares virus 'emergency,' bans travellers from China

The U.S. said it was declaring a public health emergency and temporarily banning the entry of foreign nationals who had traveled to China over the past two weeks to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Sweeping new restrictions will also be imposed on American citizens, with those returning from the province at the disease's epicentre placed in facilities for mandatory 14-day quarantines, said health secretary Alex Azar. ........Read more

ZeroHedge banned from Twitter after BuzzFeed accuses it of coronavirus conspiracy and ‘doxxing’ a Chinese scientist

The popular news blog ZeroHedge has been suspended from Twitter. While no reason was given, their last tweet referred to speculation the coronavirus could be a bioweapon and BuzzFeed had just accused them of doxxing. The site’s last tweet before the suspension referenced a paper by Indian scientists pointing to uncanny similarities between the 2019-nCoV virus and HIV, which internet researcher Christopher Torres Lugo described as “conspiracy theories claiming that 2019-nCoV is a bioweapon.”........Read more

62-Year-Old Aarti Chatlani From Bengaluru Wins Grandma Earth Title in Bulgaria

The event reportedly comprised of grandmothers from across the world participating in the beauty contest which was held between January 19 and 23, to showcase their talents. Notably, the sexagenarian was the first one from Bengaluru to take part in this pageant. the national costume one, a talent round and the crowning ceremony. For the first round, she chose to go traditional with lehenga and bridal jewellery. Chatlani performed a dance routine in the talent round and wore a lehenga and bridal jewellery while showcasing the national costume.........Read more

No to NPR, agrees for census: Kerala govt

The state cabinet decided not to implement National Population Register (NPR) in Kerala. However, it has decided to cooperate with census operations. It will ask enumerators to exclude questions on date of birth of the respondents and details of their parents from the questionnaire. The cabinet added that NPR would lead to NRC and there is a huge fear and apprehension among people. The government cited example of Assam, where NRC created a huge problem. ........Read more

'Unconstitutional' to say CAA won't be implemented: Sitharaman

A state assembly has passed a resolution against CAA. It is like making a political statement. We can understand that. They can go ahead, and we will not say no to that. But saying they will not implement it, then it is against the law. It is unconstitutional to say that. She said it is the responsibility of all states to ensure that the law passed in Parliament is executed.........Read more

Xiaomi’s Black Shark 3 specs leaked

In the past, some Android phones have been known to pack outrageous amounts of RAM and storage, and now it appears Xiaomi’s Black Shark could trump them all with its latest phone, Black Shark 3 that is being tipped to bring with it as much as 16GB of RAM. Additionally, the gaming phone is also expected to support 5G networks.........Read more

Aliens Definitely Exist & They Could Be Living Among Us On Earth, Says British Astronaut

“Aliens exist, there’s no two ways about it. There are so many billions of stars out there in the universe that there must be all sorts of different forms of life. Will they be like you and me, made up of carbon and nitrogen? Maybe not. It’s possible they’re here right now and we simply can’t see them”, Sharman told a UK magazine.........Read more

'Occupy Gateway' Protest In Mumbai Called Off After Protesters Forced Out

Hundreds of protesters who gathered at Mumbai's iconic Gateway of India since Sunday night in anger against the mob attack in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) were forced out by the police this morning and moved to Azad Maidan, 2 km away, following which the protest was called off. Kapil Agarwal, a student of TISS, said the protest was successful as "people have responded". He said they will leave Azad Maidan, but the protest will continue.........Read more

Cyrus Mistry says no to chairmanship of Tata Sons

Cyrus Mistry on Sunday said he is not interested in getting back to the Tata Group in any capacity at all, ahead of the Supreme Court's hearing on an urgent petition seeking to set aside the NCLAT order reinstalling him as the group chairman and also in the board of group companies. ........Read more

No Legal Validity Of Resolution Against Citizenship Law: Kerala Governor

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan has rubbished the resolution passed against it by the state assembly. Echoing Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, he said the resolution has no legal or constitutional validity. "Citizenship is exclusively a central subject so this actually means nothing," he said today. ........Read more

80 Crore Damage To Be Paid By Citizenship Law Protesters: Railway Board Chairman

Vinod Kumar Yadav, Railway Board Chairman said, the panels were set on fire, signalling systems were damaged - will be recovered from those involved in arson and violence. This, however, is a preliminary estimate and the figure could go up after the final analysis. The RPF (Railway Police Force) is coordinating with state governments to identify culprits. Once identified, efforts will be made to recover the damage.........Read more

Karvy case: SAT refuses immediate relief to lenders

The Securities Appellate Tribunal on Wednesday refused any immediate relief to top lenders who had petitioned against the transfer of securities held with Karvy Stock Broking Ltd back to the clients. ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and IndusInd Bank had contended that many of these securities have been used to borrow money from them and had asked the tribunal to either get back the securities to them or freeze them in an escrow account. The case pertains to the securities held by Karvy, which were allegedly used by the brokerage for borrowing courtesy the power of attorneys that they had. ........Read more

On The Run From Law, Nithyananda Establishes His Own 'Nation' Called 'Kailaasa' Near Ecuador

Controversial "godman" Nithyananda may have fled India without a passport to save himself from a rape case registered against him in Karnataka. But he has founded a new nation of his own, naming it 'Kailaasa'. And it has its own "passport". Nithyananda has also launched a website of the new "nation", describing it as the greatest Hindu nation on earth. According to reports, Nithyananda has bought an island in Ecuador in central Latin America and has started calling it an independent, new nation.........Read more

NCRB silence on farmer suicides: Reason given by govt fails against earlier data

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs told Parliament last week that the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) had done away with diversified data on farmer suicides in its latest report as many states reported the figure to be “nil”, and hence recording reasons for the suicides was “untenable”. However, an analysis of previous NCRB data shows that states such as Bihar and West Bengal have never sent any data on farmer suicides. Still, the agency published the data with reasons for suicides.........Read more

India Outclass Pakistan to Secure Davis Cup Tie With Unassailable 3-0 Lead

Veteran Leander Paes bettered his own Davis Cup record by winning his 44th doubles match, this time partnering debutant Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, as India blanked Pakistan 4-0 on Saturday to earn a spot in the 2020 Qualifiers.........Read more

Month After Transfer, Former Assam NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela Booked For Alleged Fraud

In its written complaint, Assam Public Works (APW), the NGO, alleged huge corruption and accused Hajela of appointing retired government officials as his advisors at high salaries. There is no record of the nature of job done by the advisors and this expenditure has not been audited by the CAG.........Read more

Why Narendra Modi Avoids Foreign Hotels, Explains Amit Shah

In his personal and public life, Mr Modi has followed a very disciplined regimen. For instance, whenever Mr Modi goes on a state visit abroad, he takes less than 20 per cent staff with him. Similarly, for the official delegation, he has discouraged using a large number of cars, Amit shah said in the Lok Sabha.........Read more

Tamil Nadu: NIA raids 6 locations in connection to IS-like group conspiring Hindu leaders murder

The NIA is investigating the conspiracy to allegedly killArjun Sampath,leader of Hindu Makkal Katchi and his son Omkar by the Islamic State-inspired groups, according to sources.........Read more

Andhra govt to take over liquor shops from Oct 1 as state moves toward ban

Taking first major step towards imposing prohibition on liquor in the state, Andhra Pradesh government will take over all 3,500 liquor shops from October 1. The government-owned Andhra Pradesh State Beverages Corporation Limited (APSBCL) will take charge of liquor business from next month, Deputy Chief Minister and Excise Minister Naryanaswamy told that the government took over 475 liquor shops under APSBCL from September 1. Earlier this month, government had planned to reduce the liquor outlets from 4,380 to 3,500 and then evenually phase out, IANS reported. The minister further said that the previous government allowed the functioning of 43,000 belt shops which were closed down after Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy became chief minister. He said the government has drawn stringent measures to eliminate illicit liquor shop. He said so far,  4,788 cases were registered for brewing of illicit liquor and 2,834 people were arrested.........Read more

Ravindra Jadeja and Poonam Yadav receive Arjuna Awards

India men's allrounder Ravindra Jadeja and women's wristspinner Poonam Yadav received the Arjuna Award, an honour bestowed by the Indian government to outstanding individual achievements in sports. While Jadeja, currently on tour in the Caribbean, wasn't there to receive the award in person, Poonam received hers from the president of the country on Thursday in New Delhi. Jadeja, 30, and Poonam, 28, were among four cricketers - Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah being the others - recommended for the award by the BCCI in April. They were the only cricketers among the pool of 19 athletes to receive the award this year. Jadeja occupies the fourth place on the ICC rankings for Test allrounders. He struck a half-century and picked up two wickets in India's 318-run victory over West Indies in the North Sound Test and during the World Cup last month, he almost carried India to the final with a flamboyant 59-ball 79 against New Zealand. Poonam, meanwhile, is India's leading wicket-taker in T20Is and is ranked No. 2 by the ICC. She was the world's leading T20I bowler last year with 35 wickets in 25 innings at an average of 14.91 and strike rate of 15.4, including a career-best 4 for 9 in the final of the Asia Cup, which India lost off the last ball.........Read more

'Can't Imagine my Friend Has Gone Away', PM Modi Mourns Arun Jaitley’s Death in Bahrain

PM Narendra Modi, while addressing the Indian community in Manama, remembered former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who passed away earlier in the day following a prolonged illness. “I can’t imagine that I am so far here (Bahrain) while my friend has gone away. Some days ago, we lost our former External Affairs Minister Behen Sushma Ji. Today my friend Arun went away,” PM Modi told the Indian diaspora. The Prime Minister also reiterated his commitment to make India a 5 trillion US dollars economy in the next five years, saying “India has decided that we will multiply the size of our economy by twice in the upcoming 5 years. 5 trillion dollars economy in the target in front of us.” Besides, PM Modi also talked about the successful entry of Chandrayaan -2 into lunar orbit and claimed that the entire world is discussing India’s space missions at present. “All of you know that on Sept 7, India’s ‘Chandrayaan’ is going to land on the surface of the moon. The entire world is discussing India’s space missions today. The world is astonished that how are we able to gain these results in such a small budget, using only our skills,” PM Modi said lauding ISRO.........Read more

Jammu and Kashmir administration announces opening of middle-level schools across Valley from Wednesday

The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Monday announced that middle-level schools across Kashmir Valley will open from Wednesday. Jammu and Kashmir Director of Information and Public Relations Syed Sehrish Asgar spoke to the media in Srinagar on Monday. ANI The decision was stated during a joint press conference in Srinagar, addressed by Director Information and Public Relations, Dr Syed Sehrish Asgar, Deputy Inspector General of Police (CKR), VK Birdi and Director School Education Kashmir, Muhammad Younis Malik. This comes after several primary schools across the Valley opened on Monday. A statement quoted these officials as saying that the presence of staff at all the primary level schools on Monday was an encouraging sign and the administration has decided to re-open all the middle schools across Kashmir on Wednesday. Regarding the availability of supply stock in the Valley, it was informed that the essential services like Food and Civil Services, etc are working continuously. "It was also informed that the Civil Secretariat, Srinagar recorded 98 per cent attendance which is picking up rapidly in other government offices also," the statement read. They said the relaxations are being given by the concerned deputy commissioners in their respective areas, adding no report of any untoward incident was received today during the relaxation period.........Read more

Most Indians feel napping may improve work productivity

A new survey found that most Indians felt napping at work might improve productivity, adding that a nap room could contribute towards better workflow. For the results, Wakefit.co, an online sleep solutions start-up, conducted a nation-wide survey to emphasise the importance of sleep wellness in the workplace. The ‘Right to Work Naps’ survey, conducted with over 1,500 respondents, showed that a 70 per cent of people did not have a nap room at their workplaces and 86 per cent of the respondents confirmed that a nap room would definitely help improve overall productivity at work. The research revealed that 41 per cent of the people surveyed suffered from irregular sleep patterns because of work-related stress and working late at night. “Given the rising sleep-related issues in our country, we felt it was imperative for us to take action and encourage corporates and employees to rally for nap rooms at their workspaces,” said Chaitanya Ramalingegowda, co-founder and Director of Wakefit.co. The survey also found that constant state of work anxiety hampered 31 per cent people’s sleep at night, while almost 20 per cent respondents felt sleepy at work all the time and 51 per cent were drowsy most of the time.........Read more

Telangana govt to inaugurate Kaleswaram lift irrigation project on June 21

Telangana government will inaugurate Kaleswaram lift irrigation project on June 21. Kaleswaram Lift Irrigation Project is built on River Godavari at Kannepalli village, Mahadevpur Mandal, Jayasankar Bhupalapalli district of Telangana. The project with 45,000 acres of ayacut aims at lift irrigates almost 235 TMC of water from river Godavari. ........Read more

Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena vows to block Easter attacks probe

Sri Lanka’s president has told his cabinet that he will not cooperate with a parliamentary investigation into security lapses leading to the Easter suicide bombings. A ministerial source told Sirisena has refused to allow any police, military or intelligence personnel to testify before the committee.........Read more

Google warns Trump administration of US national security risks due to Huawei ban

Alphabet Inc’s Google has warned if the US administration moves ahead with the sweeping ban on Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, it risks compromising national security. While the sanctions are expected to hurt Huawei in the short term, industry experts say it could force the company and other Chinese firms to become self-reliant by developing more home-grown technologies.........Read more

ICC denies Dhoni permission to wear gloves with Army insignia

International Cricket Council declined the Indian Board’s request on Friday to allow Mahendra Singh Dhoni to continue sporting the insignia of the Territorial Army’s parachute regiment on his wicket-keeping gloves. The regulations for ICC events do not permit any individual message or logo to be displayed on any items of clothing or equipment.........Read more

Woman Killed As Terrorists Barge Into Home, Open Fire In J&K's Pulwama

A woman was shot dead by terrorists at her home in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama this morning, the police said. Another civilian identified as Mohd Sultan was injured in the attack. The woman, Nigeena Bano, died on the spot while Mr Sultan is fighting for his life in hospital.........Read more

No 5-star hotel for new MPs in drive for cost-cutting

Newly elected members of Parliament (MPs) will not be staying in five-star hotels this year while they await their official accommodation, as part of the Lok Sabha secretariat’s cost-cutting measures. Instead, they will have to make do with their respective state guest houses or the newly renovated Western Court, the state-run transit hostel in the heart of the capital.........Read more

After Rahul tweet, Oxford Dictionaries says ‘Modilie’ word doesn’t exist

A day after Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted that there is a new word in the English Dictionary called “Modilie,” the official Twitter handle of Oxford Dictionaries said no such word exists. Gandhi had also sent out another tweet on Thursday. “‘Modilie’ is a new word that’s become popular worldwide. Now there’s even a website that catalogues the best Modilies! (sic)” linking to a website, modilies.in. ........Read more

New Delhi asks Islamabad to beef up security of Indian mission in Pakistan

The communication dated May 3 also comes amid continued harassment of Indian diplomats in Pakistan. In the latest intimidation, two Indian diplomats were locked in a room in Gurdwara Sacha Sauda in Farooqabad, Sheikhupura, in April. They officials were asked not to visit the holy site and were dealt with aggressively by Pakistani security agencies, prompting New Delhi to raise the harassment with Islamabad. ........Read more

Cyclone Fani to Develop in Severity by April 30, Warning Issued to Fishermen

Cyclone Fani is likely to develop into an “extremely severe cyclone” in two days, the India Meteorological Department has said. A warning has been issued to coastal areas of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha to brace for strong winds, rainfall and rough seas.........Read more

Interpol takes up India’s red notice on fugitive Zakir Naik

A high-powered panel of global law enforcement organisation Interpol last week took up India’s request for issuing a so-called red notice against fugitive Indian Islamic preacher, Dr Zakir Nai. He fled India after the terrorists, who attacked a Dhaka cafe and killed 22 people in July 2016.........Read more

KL Rahul & Hardik Pandya Handed Fines of 20 Lakhs Each for Misconduct

The BCCI Ombudsman DK Jain has directed Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya and batsman KL Rahul to pay a sum of Rs 1 lakh each, to widows of 10 constables in paramilitary forces who have lost their lives on duty and deposit Rs 10 lakh each in the fund created for promotion of Cricket Association of Blind (CAB) as fine for their misconduct on TV show, 'Koffee with Karan'. ........Read more

No Vote Cast in 90 Booths in Srinagar Lok Sabha Seat

The Srinagar constituency comprising eight assembly segments recorded zero turnout in as many as 50 polling booths. The majority of these booths were located in Eidgah, Khanyar, Habba Kadal and Batmaloo. ........Read more

Intel says it will exit the 5G phone business as Apple and Qualcomm strike multiyear deal

Intel has decided to leave the 5G mobile modem market to focus its efforts more on 4G and 5G modems for PCs and smart home devices, as well as its broader 5G infrastructure business. The announcement comes just hours after Apple and Qualcomm struck a surprise settlement.........Read more

22 killed as rain, thunderstorm hit Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh

While 16 people died in Madhya Pradesh, six deaths were reported from Rajasthan. Gujarat also received unseasonal storms and rain causing injuries and devastation in several parts.........Read more

India highest recipient of remittances at $79 billion in 2018: World Bank

India retained its position as the world’s top recipient of remittances with its diaspora sending a whopping $79 billion back home in 2018, the World Bank said in a report. India was followed by China (USD 67 billion), Mexico (USD 36 billion), the Philippines (USD 34 billion), and Egypt (USD 29 billion).........Read more

IPL 2019: Ravichandran Ashwin 'Mankad' Controversy - MCC Delivers Verdict

The MCC, the cricket lawmakers, have released a statement regarding Ashwin's 'Mankad' run-out of Jos Buttler in the IPL, insisting that the rule is essential. Without it, non-strikers could back up at liberty, several yards down the pitch and a law is needed to prevent such action.........Read more

Abhinandan Varthaman returns to his squadron in Srinagar

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan last month and returned to India two days later, has gone back to his squadron in Srinagar though he is on a four-week sick leave.........Read more

400 flights affected daily due to Pakistani airspace closure, Air India worst-hit

Pakistan had shut down all of its airports and had completely closed its airspace following the airstrikes for five days and has now partially opened its airspace. Around 400 flights are affected daily and Air India is the worst-hit of the airlines due to this.........Read more

Chidambaram lauds Modi govt for National Highway building programme, bid to clean up Ganga

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram lauded the BJP-led Centre for making a determined effort to clean up River Ganga, about which he 'felt proud'. The top leader also credited the NDA government for "succeeding" in its National Highway building programme........Read more

Roger Federer wins 100th Title After Defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in Dubai Championships Final

20-time grand slam winner claimed the 100th title of his career after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday at the Dubai Championships. Federer claimed a record eighth trophy at the Aviation Club.........Read more

After Twitter, Parliament Panel Summons Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram

After Twitter, a parliamentary panel has summoned representatives of Facebook, its messaging services WhatsApp and photo-sharing app Instagram to appear before it early next month and discuss concerns over safeguarding "citizens' rights on social media".........Read more

For safety of passengers, now RPF personnel to have dedicated berths in premier trains too

Indian Railways has earmarked dedicated seats/berths for security personnel in premier trains too. This comes a year after Railways created dedicated berths for onboard government railway police or RPF in regular express trains. ........Read more

The magnetic field near the Arctic is acting weird

The pole moved maybe about 1,000 kilometres [621 miles] between 1900 and 1990, and it’s also moved about 1,000 kilometres between the late 1990s and today.........Read more

Centre vs Mamata LIVE: Supreme Court Directs Kolkata Police Chief to Appear Before CBI

Supreme court orders Rajeev Kumar to appear before CBI. No coercive steps including arrest shall be taken against Kumar. Chief Secretary, DGP and Kumar to file replies. SC to hear the case next on February 20. ........Read more

Emiliano Sala: Body seen in search for missing footballer

A body has been seen in the wreckage of the plane which was carrying missing footballer Emiliano Sala, the UK's Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has said.........Read more

SC sends plea challenging ‘Hindu prayers’ in Kendriya Vidyalayas to Constitution bench

The Supreme Court sent a petition challenging the recital of Hindi and Sanskrit prayers by Kendriya Vidyalaya students in the morning assembly to a Constitution bench. ........Read more

Harmone-eating macrophages behind high blood pressure, finds new study

The specialised white blood cells called macrophages are key to the body's immune system and they 'eat' molecules of a powerful hormone known as endothelin, which in turn leads to hypertension, found scientists.........Read more

Sabarimala row: Over 3,200 arrested since 3 Jan hartal in Kerala; violence rocks Kannur; houses, shops of BJP-RSS, CPM leaders attacked - Firstpost

1,286 cases have been registered and 3,282 people arrested in connection with the violent incidents since the 3 January hartal called against the entry of two women into the hill temple.........Read more

India vs Australia: Mayank Agarwal to Make Debut in Melbourne Test as Rahul, Vijay Dropped

Mayank Agarwal is set to be handed his Test debut on the third Test against Australia in Melbourne on boxing day. India have axed both openers (KL Rahul and Murali Vijay) while Australia recalled all-rounder Mitchell Marsh axing Handscomb.........Read more

Trouble Ahead For Mallya as he Faces Bankruptcy Charges in UK Court

Vijay Mallya could be in fresh trouble as he faces bankruptcy proceedings in a London court as the State Bank of India (SBI) and 12 other lenders seek to recover £1.145 billion given as loans to Kingfisher Airlines.........Read more

1984 anti-Sikh riots: Cong leader Sajjan Kumar held guilty, gets life imprisonment

The Delhi HC has reversed the trial court’s order acquitting Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case and has held him guilty. The court has directed him to surrender by December 31, 2018, and has also slapped a fine of Rs 5 lakh........Read more

It’s Time to Support PM Modi, All Those Trying to Maintain Peace: US Message to Pakistan

In a strong message to Pakistan, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has said it is time for everyone to support the efforts of the UN, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and all those who are trying to maintain peace in South Asia.........Read more

Pro-Khalistan posters plastered, Referendum 2020 planned day before Kartarpur corridor inauguration in Pakistan - NewsX

Pro-Khalistan posters have been put out and a meeting of the separatists ‘Referendum 2020’ planned in Kartarpur at a time when Navjot Singh Sidhu and Union Ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri leave for Pakistan to attend the ceremony. ........Read more

Who is Abhijit Bose? WhatsApp's new India head to build 1st full country team outside US

Facebook-owned social media messenger WhatsApp announced the appointment of India-region head Abhijit Bose. He has been assigned to build WhatsApp's first full country team outside of California and will be based in Gurgaon.........Read more

Sabarimala protests LIVE updates: Police have asked me to return to Pune, says activist Trupti Desai

Sabarimala Temple opened Friday evening for a two-month long pilgrimage season amid tight security, activist Trupti Desai said that she has been asked by the state police to return to Pune.........Read more

Toyota Innova Crysta Rival Kia Carnival Coming - Report

Kia plans to bring Carnival in the Indian market by 2020 and would be placed directly against the Toyota Innova Crysta in the market. The Kia Grand Carnival is quite bigger in size than the Toyota Innova Crysta. The price is expected to be around Rs. 2-3 lakhs more expensive than the Innova Crysta.........Read more

NASA aerosol map shows the beauty of nature's fury amidst fires and storms

From a ground-level perspective, blazing wildfires and different varieties of storms are terrifying displays of nature's might. But viewed from space, through the right (computer-enhanced) eyes, they're all things of beauty.........Read more

No ATM to be refilled after 9 pm from February 2019

Home Ministry says No ATM will be replenished with cash after 9 pm in cities, 6 pm in rural areas and 4 pm in Naxal-hit areas from February 2019. It also directed that every cash van shall have one driver, two armed security guards, two ATM officers or custodians during transit.........Read more

Ramesh Powar appointed Indian women's cricket team head coach

Former India spinner Ramesh Powar was today named head coach of the women's national team till the ICC World T20, scheduled to be held in November.........Read more

INX Media case: HC extends interim protection from arrest to Chidambaram

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday extended till September 28 the interim protection from arrest granted to senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on his pleas seeking anticipatory bail in the INX Media case.........Read more

UIDAI launches virtual identification number feature allowing users to generate a VID to safeguard their Aadhaar numbers

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) launched its Virtual Identification (VID) number feature on 2 April 2018. UIDAI introduced this number so that Aadhaar holders can use it in place of their original Aadhaar number to maintain privacy while availing services.........Read more

I-T department freezes Navjot Singh Sidhu's bank accounts over tax dispute

Cricketer-turned politician and Punjab tourism minister Navjot Singh Sidhu's bank accounts have been frozen by the income tax department after he lost an appeal related to his tax assessment. ........Read more

Star Indian Shuttler Kidambi Srikanth Appointed as Deputy Collector by Andhra Pradesh Government

Star Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth was on Thursday appointed as a Deputy Collector by the Andhra Pradesh government. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu handed over the appointment letter to him in Amravati in the presence of former All-England champion and celebrated badminton coach Pullela Gopichand.........Read more

ICICI Bank Clarification on RBI Penalty: The Bank Continues to Give Utmost Importance to Regulatory Compliance

In the clarification the Bank has stated, “ICICI Bank had continued with the sales from HTM category for a few weeks during the quarter ended March 31, 2017, due to a genuine misunderstanding on the timing of the applicability of RBI’s direction in this matter.........Read more

Supreme Court's Constitution bench to decide validity of Nikah Halala, polygamy among Muslims

The Supreme Court, which had last year declared instant triple talaq among Muslims unconstitutional, has also sought the Centre's response to the challenges to polygamy among Muslims and the Nikah Halala. A notice to the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has also been sent by the Supreme Court.........Read more

Australia abolishes skilled expat workers’ visas popular with Indians

The most popular route to Australia the subclass 457 visa category for skilled overseas workers has been abolished by the Australian government. Instead, a new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa has been introduced from March 18.........Read more

Totally agree with decision to appoint Ravichandran Ashwin as captain, says KXIP owner Mohit Burman

Kings XI Punjab owner Mohit Burman has expressed confidence that his side will give one of their best performances ever. The side, which will be led by Ravichandran Ashwin who was bought at the auctions in January for Rs 7.8 crore, will be the only team in the season to have a bowler as the captain.........Read more

INX Media case: SC extends relief to Karti from ED arrest until March 26

The Supreme Court on Thursday extended till March 26 the interim relief granted by the Delhi High Court to Karti Chidambaram from arrest in the INX Media money laundering case lodged by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).........Read more

RBI report says demonetisation led to fall in households’ financial assets

As a proportion of gross domestic product (GDP), the total amount outstanding in households’ financial assets fell from 95.2% of GDP in September 2016 to 89.2% by end-December 2016. At end-September 2017, the latest date for which the data is available, this metric was still below what it was in September 2016.........Read more

Muslims Never Tried to Sell India, we Will Live And Die Here, Says AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi

Addressing a public gathering in Pune, he said, “We have been threatened for the past 70 years. But now we are not willing to get frightened. The most you can do is kill us, then do it. But if we live, we will live here and if we die, we will die here.”........Read more

16.65 crore PAN, 87.79 crore bank A/c linked to Aadhaar: Govt

As on March 5, a number of Aadhaar cards linked with PAN is 16,65,82,421. Further, as on March 2, 87.79 crore current accounts and savings accounts have been linked with Aadhaar, Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.........Read more

Adani Mundra project: First, Rs 200-crore fine cancelled. Now, officials find company did no wrong

In 2013, the environment ministry under the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government decided to impose a penalty on the Adani Group’s waterfront development project at Mundra in Kutch, Gujarat, of Rs 200 crore, or 1% of the project cost. After five-and-a-half-years later, environment ministry officials have internally reported that the project did not violate any regulations or cause any damage to the environment. ........Read more

Bacteria that causes flesh-eating infections could fight skin cancer

A study by the University of California San Diego found a strain of Staphylococcus bacteria that stopped tumour growth in mice and could be used to treat and prevent skin cancer in humans. This unique strain of skin bacteria produces a chemical that kills several types of cancer cells but does not appear to be toxic to normal cells.........Read more

Lashkar-e-Toiba WhatsApp Group Link Traced To 15-Year-Old In Rajasthan

Based on a complaint from a Lucknow youth on Sunday who claimed to have received a link to join a WhatsApp group created in the name of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant group, the UP Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) traced the link to a 15-year-old Class 9 boy from Bhilwada, Rajasthan.........Read more

Four South Indian film industries likely to shut down

The Tamil film industry is likely to shut down on March 1 — the third time in a span of a year, after four South Indian film industries jointly raised a red flag over the “exorbitant fee” charged by digital distribution companies such as the Chennai-based Qube Cinema Technologies.........Read more

Cryptocurrency Traders In India In A Fix After Some Banks Closed Bank Account Of Exchanges

In a rare instance, customers are facing issues wherein amount has been debited from their bank account for credit to exchanges on which they undertake trading in virtual currencies including bitcoins but the same is not showing in the account of exchanges. Earlier some of the banks have been reported to suspend the accounts of major bitcoin exchanges on fear of illicit transactions in them.........Read more

Hackers have walked off with about 14% of big digital currencies

In less than a decade, hackers have stolen $1.2 billion worth of bitcoin and rival currency ether, according to Lex Sokolin, global director of fintech strategy at Autonomous Research LLP. Given the currencies’ explosive surge at the end of 2017, the cost in today’s money is much higher.........Read more

Centre to launch portal to redress online abuse, fraud

The Ministry of Home Affairs is all set to launch a web portal where people who have faced online abuse and victims of cyber crimes like financial frauds could register complaints on a real-time basis. The Centre also plans to give access rights to banks on the portal to address cases of fraudulent transactions online.........Read more

Russia charges Pentagon with training ex-ISIS fighters

US special operations troops are secretly harboring and training former fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) at the remote American base in Al Tanf, Syria near the strategic nexus of the country’s borders with Iraq and Jordan, according to a report issued by the Russian military command.........Read more

PV Sindhu Spearheads India's Campaign at Hong Kong Open

Playing her fifth successive tournament in little over a month, Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu will have to battle exhaustion when she leads India's challenge at the USD 400,000 Hong Kong Super Series.........Read more

India has highest number of pregnant women with deadly Strep bacteria

The top five countries by numbers of pregnant women colonised with Group B Streptococcus (GBS) worldwide in 2015 were: India (2,466,500), China (1,934,900), Nigeria (1,060,000), the US (942,800) and Indonesia (799,100), researchers said.........Read more

70 per cent people want scrapped Rs 1,000 notes back, claims survey

Ten months after the note-ban which saw the scrapping of the 1,000 and 500 rupee notes, nearly 70 per cent of the population want the Rs 1,000 banknotes back, says a survey.........Read more

INX Media case: Two of India's former regulators may come under CBI lens

The Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) is in the news for what seems to be one of its controversial decisions. But that news can potentially become even more controversial if attention is focused on who all were at its helm at the time and, therefore, responsible for the decisions that FIPB took – the first one in 2007 and the second one in 2008.........Read more

India cricket news: BCCI planning for tri-series, featuring England and Australia in Florida, USA

The Board of Control for Cricket in India is always on the lookout for spreading the wings of cricket, far and wide, popularising the sport in various parts of the world. India played a three-match T20 series against West Indies in the US in 2016, and the BCCI is said to be mulling the idea of playing in the country once again.........Read more

As an Engineer He Earned Rs 24 Lakh. As a Farmer He Earns Rs 2 Crore!

In 2007, Sachin also started his PhD in developmental economics. This was when the spark of entrepreneurship ignited in his mind. Thoughts like why he was working for someone else and not for himself kept disturbing him while he was still climbing the ladder of success in his corporate life.........Read more

ACB initiates inquiry against Kejriwal on bribery charges

According to a source, the inquiry was initiated on the basis of Mr. Mishra's complaint alleging that Mr. Kejriwal had received a sum of ₹.2 crore from his Cabinet colleague Satyendar Jain in this presence on Friday.........Read more

Replace VIP with 'Every person is important': PM Modi in Mann Ki Baat

The concept behind the 'New India' is that EPI should replace VIP. EPI means Every Person is Important. We should accept the importance of 125 crore Indians," said Modi, asking people to collectively strive to flush out the VIP culture.........Read more

Could Parkinson's disease start in the gut?

Parkinson's disease may start in the gut and spread to the brain via the vagus nerve, according to a study published in the April 26, 2017, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The vagus nerve extends from the brainstem to the abdomen and controls unconscious body processes like heart rate and food digestion.........Read more

Wikipedia Founder, Jimmy Wales, Launches WikiTRIBUNE, A News Website With ‘Evidence-Based Journalism’

The website of WikiTRIBUNE states that the news platform will make sure that the audience reads “fact based articles that have a real impact in both local and global events”. It also mentions what sets WikiTRIBUNE apart from other news platforms and these are the sources mentioned with every news, a free and ad-free website, equal treatment to community and journalists and full transparency.........Read more

Ban meat at public meetings like Germany, PETA requests PM Modi

Animal rights organisation PETA India on Monday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take meat off the menu from all government events, taking a cue from the German Environment Minister’s initiative to ban all meat products from public meetings.........Read more

Google, Facebook among 162 firms that urged a US court to block Trump's latest travel ban order

Google, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, Snap and more than 150 other tech companies in the Unites States on Wednesday urged a federal court to block the Donald Trump administrations’s latest attempt to ban people from six Muslim-majority nations. The Silicon Valley majors, including SpaceX, Uber and Spotify, filed a brief at the US District Court of Appeals against Trump’s second travel ban order, saying it will inflict “substantial harm on US companies.........Read more

A European Security Agency Claims Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi May Have Been Arrested By Russians

The Dipartimento Europeo Sicurezza Informazioni (DESI), or European department for security and information, claimed on Tuesday that they have accurate information that the self-proclaimed Caliph has been nabbed by Syrian and Russian forces somewhere in northern Syria.........Read more

Railways to export locomotives, train sets worth Rs 680 cr to Sri Lanka

Indian Railways will supply modern locomotives and train sets worth Rs 680 crore to Sri Lanka, in the largest export order for the public transporter. Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES), a railways PSU, has secured its largest export order from Sri Lanka Railways for the supply of 10 broad gauge diesel locomotives and six DMU (diesel multiple units) train sets. DMU train sets do not require separate locomotive as the engines are incorporated into one or more of its coaches.........Read more

PM honours 1817 mutiny martyrs

Felicitating 16 families of unsung heroes of 1817 mutiny against the British rule in Odisha, Modi, who is here to attend the BJP conclave, rued unfortunately, narratives of our great freedom struggle were restricted to a few families, a few dynasties and a few events in our country. But, the freedom struggle was a peoples movement filled with sagas of dedications and sacrifices spanning over 700 to 800 years. ........Read more

Somalia's military rescues 8 Indian crew members held hostage by pirates

The sailors of a ship hijacked last week were rescued after regional forces surrounded their pirate captors in a small village outside Hobyo town, Abdullahi Ahmed Ali, said the town's mayor. Four pirates were arrested during the operation, he said.........Read more

Bowlers' strangle, Maxwell flash gives Kings XI success

The Kings XI Punjab bowlers restricted Rising Pune Supergiants to a total of 163 which Glenn Maxwell, on captaincy debut, helped overhaul with an over to spare........Read more

Govt appoints former RAW chief Rajinder Khanna as OSD in NSCS

Rajinder Khanna, former chief of the country's external intelligence agency RAW, was today appointed Officer on Special Duty in the National Security Council Secretariat. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Modi has approved the appointment of Khanna as OSD (Neighbourhood Studies) in the Council's secretariat on contract basis for a period of one year, an official order said.........Read more

How wearing a police uniform changes the thought process

New research from a team of cognitive neuroscientists at McMaster University suggests that simply putting on a uniform, similar to one the police might wear, automatically affects how we perceive others, creating a bias towards those considered to be of a low social status.........Read more

CNG, LNG may replace petrol and diesel in future

The future for diesel demand in the country looks bleak as alternate fuels like compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) take centre stage. Companies in India are now experimenting with options to run trucks on LNG and two-wheelers on CNG. Experts expect if these trials are successful they will further dent demand for diesel products. Truck transport in the country alone is a significant contributor to diesel demand. ........Read more

This picture of the Nintendo Switch and Wii U is kind of mind-blowing

Both the Switch and the Wii U GamePad have 6.2-inch screens, but the newer system is dramatically thinner and more portable. This is despite the fact that the Switch screen unit actually contains the entire console hardware; to play it on the TV, you plug it into a dock with simple video-out capabilities, whereas the Wii U GamePad gets its images wirelessly beamed from a separate console.........Read more

Airbnb is giving away a tool for making neat app animations

Lottie is an iOS, Android, and React Native library that renders After Effects animations in real time. “Lottie allows engineers to build richer animations without the painstaking overhead of re-writing them,” the team wrote in a blog post. “With Lottie, digging through frameworks for reference, guessing durations, manually creating Bézier curves, and re-making animations with nothing more than a GIF for reference will be a thing of the past.”........Read more

2017 Toyota Corolla Altis to Launch in March

A refurbished version of the Toyota Corolla is set to be launched in India in March this year. The exterior of the sedan has been tweaked to look sharper than before. The basic profile of the car has been retained, but the front takes inspiration from Toyota’s latest design language, that involves sleeker headlamps and a slimmer grille.........Read more

Bindra, Gopichand In Sports Ministry's Eight-Member Olympic Task Force

India's lone Olympic gold-medallist Abhinav Bindra and national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand have found a place in an eight-member Task Force of the Sports Ministry to draw up an action plan for the next three Olympic Games. The other five members of the task force are School Sports Promotion Board head Om Pathak, hockey coach S Baldev Singh, who runs an academy in Shahabad, G L Khanna (Professor and Dean of Exercise and Physiology at Manav Rachna International University at Faridabad), journalist Rajesh Kalra and Sports Authority of Gujarat Director General Sandeep Pradhan.........Read more

Budget Session likely from Jan 31; General Budget to be tabled on Feb 1

the first part of the Budget Session will commence on January 31 with Presidential Address and Economic Survey. The Budget for next fiscal will be tabled on February 1 and the Sessions will end on February 9.........Read more

This is how much porn you can find on Tumblr, according to researchers

The internet's porn bubble is largely disconnected from the more PG-13 websites, like Facebook, Instagram or YouTube. There's very little overlap in these public forums, partly because of communal responsibility in case children are reading, and partly because sex can be a private matter. An Italian study has recently looked into the prevalence of pornography on microblogging website Tumblr and image sharing website Flickr.........Read more

Surgical strike aftermath: Pak crowd throws stones at Indians during Beating Retreat ceremony at Wagah Border

Surgical strike aftermath: Pak crowd throws stones at Indians during Beating Retreat ceremony at Wagah Border - The BSF has asked for a flag meeting with their Pakistani counterparts, reported ANI.........Read more

World Heart Day: Heart disease creeping up on young people

The youth from urban areas are increasingly becoming susceptible to heart attacks. It is therefore safe to say that heart ailments do not only affect a certain demographic – the middle-aged. People in their 20s are no longer the exception, but are worryingly becoming the norm.........Read more

Scientists Name Aboriginal Australians Oldest Civilization on Earth

According to a recent DNA study performed by Australian scientists, the ancestry of indigenous Australians stretches back roughly 75,000 years. The study involved DNA sampling of 83 Aboriginal Australians and 25 Highland Papuans from Papua New Guinea. Research revealed that the ancestors of modern Aboriginal Australians departed from the African continent some 75,000 years ago, when climate conditions in Africa changed.........Read more

India not likely to introduce vaccine for dengue this year due to limited data, clinical trials

The licensed vaccine, Dengvaxia, has became available in Mexico, Brazil, the Philippines and El Salvador. “Consultations and discussions are under way but we are unlikely to introduce the vaccine in the country this year,” Dr Soumya Swaminathan, director general of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), told........Read more

Vladimir Putin's Party Wins Huge Majority In Russian Duma:

President Putin's United Russia party has won a huge majority in parliamentary elections, partial results showed on Monday. With nearly 90 per cent of the votes counted, the party had 54.3 per cent of ballots, securing it at least 338 seats in the 450-member parliament. It was followed by two parties who back decisions made by the government -- the Communists and ultranationalist Liberal Democratic Party.........Read more

Behind Rafale deal: Their Strategic role in delivery of nuclear weapons

With India and France expected to announce the Inter-Government Agreement (IGA) for Rafale fighter jets in the next few days, the clinching factor behind Delhi deciding to buy even only 36 French aircraft has become clearer. The long-delayed deal is being finalised because India has identified the French fighters for their ‘strategic’ role — to deliver nuclear weapons. The Indian Air Force (IAF) currently has 32 fighter squadrons against an authorisation of 42, and many of them, particularly the MiGs, are reaching the end of their service in this decade. Thirty-six Rafales, to be inducted between 2019 and 2023, will make for only two squadrons. This still leaves a huge gap, to be filled by either the indigenous Tejas fighters, or another foreign fighter such as the Swedish Gripen or the American F-16, both of which have offered to ‘Make in India’. Although there is a follow-up clause in the IGA for buying an additional 18 Rafales, the numbers still fall short of the 126 Rafales India had originally planned to buy under the previous UPA government. According to officials who spoke to The Sunday Express on condition of anonymity, the deciding factor in buying the Rafales, even in such small numbers, was its ability “to be used as an airborne strategic delivery system”. In other words, Rafale is expected to be the chosen fighter plane for the delivery of nuclear weapons in a strike role. “The French Air Force, Armee de l’ Air, is shifting from Mirages to Rafales for its nuclear strike role this year. They have already started the process, and although our nuclear delivery systems are different from theirs, it does tell us that Rafale is suited for that task,” said a defence official. “The French Mirage-2000s have been modified for the delivery of our strategic arsenal. France has continued to provide maintenance, spares and technical support for these Mirages, which may not have been the case with some other foreign countries. We expect the same degree of cooperation from France when we modify and use the Rafales for that role,” said another official. At present, IAF is supposed to use modified Mirage-2000 fighters in a nuclear strike role. But these upgraded Mirages are scheduled to be phased out of service from 2030 onwards. According to officials, a replacement for them would be needed, and India’s comfort with Paris on these matters makes it logical to go with Rafales for this critical task. Meanwhile, sources have confirmed that India has extended an invite to the French defence minister, Jean Yves Le Drian, to visit Delhi next week. Although a formal confirmation from Paris was not received till Friday, the two sides are expected to announce the signing of an IGA for 36 Rafales next week. Following a Cabinet Committee on Security approval, a contract, if things go as per schedule, should be signed within 45 days. An advance of 10-15 per cent of total contract value is expected to be paid to the French government at the signing of the contract. During his visit to Paris last April, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the purchase of 36 Rafale fighters in a government-to-government deal with France. This followed a decade-long process of trials and selection of Rafales for the 126 Medium Multi Range Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) tender, which could not be concluded. The MMRCA tender was formally withdrawn by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar later last year. India and France underwent a series of negotiations over the price of the 36 fighters, and the two sides agreed to a final price of about Euro 7.87 billion a few weeks ago. Although all the fighters will be made in France, Rafale will invest 50 per cent of the value of the deal as offsets in India. The delivery of the first fighter aircraft is scheduled for 2019.........Read more

Bollywood and India Inc. are both awful at feminism

IA Bollywood celebrity is asked if she identifies as feminist; she demurs, but adds that she’s all for equality between the sexes. And then her denial of feminism becomes the news, inspiring headlines and prompting much eye-rolling among urban Indians who do identify as feminist .........Read more

Chandrababu Naidu welcomes Jaitley's announcement of special package for AP

: On Wednesday Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu welcomed Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's announcement of a financial package for Andhra Pradesh and said he would have been happier had the Centre granted special status to the state.........Read more

Gau-rakshaks, Goa Rebellion: BJP-RSS Ties in the Time of Power

The message many felt was made public to assuage many ruffled feathers after Praveen Togadia’s recent diatribe against Prime Minister Modi’s take on cow vigilantes.........Read more

Signalling a shift: PM Modi reaches out to Kashmiris

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday signalled a course-correction in his government’s approach towards the prevailing unrest in Kashmir. Or so it seemed from his remarks to a delegation of opposition parties from Jammu and Kashmir.........Read more

Indian scientists find new ancestor of man

Andaman's Jarawas and Onges are descendants of a completely new family of early men unknown to science so far, an Indo-Spanish team of researchers claimed on Monday on the basis of their genetic studies.........Read more

38 writers returned their Sahitya Akademi awards, Centre tells HC

The Centre informed on Monday the Delhi High Court that 38 writers have returned their Sahitya Akademi awards in protest against the Akademi’s alleged “indifference” over the murder of its member and author M M Kalburgi.........Read more

Banks consortium moves SC, files contempt petition against Vijay Mallya

The consortium moved to the apex court against Mallya for not disclosing his assets.........Read more

Naga Chaitanya’s Premam set for August 12 release

Naga Chaitanya-starrer Telugu coming-of-age romantic drama Premam will hit the screens worldwide on August 12.........Read more

IS' Bollywood extortion plan? Mum top cop says info primary

Mumbai police commissioner Dattatray Padsalgikar today said the information that the alleged Indian wing of ISIS had planned to target Bollywood stars for extortion was........Read more

CJI's claim on need of 40,000 judges not based on scientific research: Gowda

The government today said the report cited by the Chief Justice of India to claim that the country needed 40,000 judges was not based on any scientific research but maintained it has hastened efforts to fill up vacancies in Supreme Court and the high courts.........Read more

The Important Mathematics Lost in Translation

The Kerala school derived an important mathematical proof - and then fizzled out.........Read more

AgustaWestland scam: 'Invisible hand was guiding action of CBI,' says defence minister in Rajya Sabha - Times of India

Replying to the August debate in Rajya Sabha, the defence minister said that the country wants to know as to who instigated, supported and benefited from corruption. We can't let this pass.........Read more

Fallout 4's Massive Far Harbor Expansion Gets Release Date, New Trailer

Here's when the Far Harbor expansion is coming and what it looks like.........Read more

'78% of sewage generated in India remains untreated'

Analysis and reporting by Centre for Science and Environment and Down To Earth magazine reveal how Indian cities are disposing of excreta in an unsafe manner........Read more

Mask Dance of Arunachal Pradesh

Northeast Indian dances show a unique medley of folk culture and tribal dance forms. Also, the influence of offshore countries like Korea, Japan, Nepal gives NE Indian dances a distinct character. Arunachal Pradesh is one state where you could get to see some typical dances of Northeast India. The use of ‘Mask’ in the various dances of Arunachal makes those dances a real spectacle to watch out for. The dances are intricately linked with Nature and in most of the dances, we get to see celebrations based on ‘Nature’ theme. Inter-play of the emotions of chivalry, bravado, rustic innocence is well depicted through these mask dances. To know more about these dances, read on........Read more