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15 Lessons from Failures, Ultimate Guide: Seed Stage Startup Founders

All seed-stage startup founders love their dreams about the future more than other startup founders history of failures The biggest failure happens when tech founders are unable to release the product as they are building it ground up Too much money is like having too much time. Founders lose the focus. It takes a wise man to learn from his mistakes, but an even wise man to learn from others........Read more

COVID-19 may trigger new diabetes, experts warn

A letter published today in the New England Journal of Medicine and signed by an international group of 17 leading diabetes experts involved in the CoviDiab Registry project, a collaborative international research initiative, announces the establishment of a Global Registry of new cases of diabetes in patients with COVID-19. The Registry aims to understand the extent and the characteristics of the manifestations of diabetes in patients with COVID-19, and the best strategies for the treatment and monitoring of affected patients, during and after the pandemic.........Read more

India's Swiggy, Zomato start booze deliveries during COVID-19 lockdown

India’s top two food-delivery startups, Swiggy and Zomato, will begin delivering alcohol in some cities starting from Thursday, as they cash in on the high demand for booze during the country’s coronavirus lockdown. India was among the few countries to restrict liquor and tobacco sales as it announced one of the world’s strictest lockdowns in March. Hundreds of people started queuing up at liquor stores earlier this month when the country eased some restrictions, leading police to resort to baton-charges to disperse crowds in some cases. ........Read more

8 Dead, Thousands Fall Ill After Vizag Chemical Plant Leak; Scary Visuals Go Viral - Gulte

At least 8 civilians died and over thousands feared ill after a huge gas leakage at LG Polymers in RR Venkatapuram in Naiduthota area, Visakhapatnam district in the wee hours of Thursday, the latest. Times of India reported nearly 5000 fell ill. Scary visuals of people lying unconscious on the roads have been going viral on social media since morning. According to the reports, the gas leaked in the radius of 3 to 4 kilometres till Gopalapatnam area. Many people have been complaining of poor the eyesight, breathlessness, rashes in the eyes and stomach pain due to the leak. All the victims have been taken to the KGH hospital in ambulances and on bikes. ........Read more

In grim milestone, United States logs world's highest coronavirus death toll

The United States surpassed Italy on Saturday as the country with the highest reported coronavirus death toll, recording more than 20,000 deaths since the outbreak began, according to a Reuters tally. The grim milestone was reached as President Donald Trump mulled over when the country, which has registered more than half a million infections, might begin to see a return to normality. ........Read more

MHA Blacklists 960 Foreigners Involved In Tablighi Jamaat Activities, Cancels Visas

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Thursday issued a stern notification to the Delhi Police and DGPs of all concerned states to take necessary legal action against 960 foreigners who attended the Tablighi gathering in Delhi’s Nizamuddin by violating the provisions of the Foreigners Act, 1946 and the Disaster Management Act, 2005.........Read more

Telangana Passes Resolution Against CAA, NRC, NPR; 'India's Global Image Hurt,' Says CM KCR

The move comes nearly a month after the Telangana Cabinet, in a meeting chaired by CM K Chandrasekhar Rao, had decided to pass the resolution in the upcoming (ongoing) Assembly session. Moving the resolution in the Assembly, CM Rao expressed concern that the CAA had introduced a ‘religious test’ to acquire Indian citizenship for the first time in the country. Stating that the CAA should be seen in combination with the NPR and that the NPR was the first step towards a nationwide NRC, the Chief Minister said that the NPR-NRC combination may result in the exclusion of a large number of people.........Read more

Trump says he's suspending travel from Europe to US, though citizens and others are exempt

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he was sharply restricting travel to the United States from more than two dozen European countries, a drastic step he framed as an attempt to contain a spreading public health crisis that has engulfed his presidency, caused global market turmoil and disrupted everyday life. In an primetime Oval Office address meant to rebut criticism that he's taken the matter too lightly, Trump framed his announcement as a suspension of "all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days."........Read more

IPL, rest of India-SA series could be played without spectators

In the backdrop of COVID-19 threat, India's sports ministry has issued an advisory to all the National Sports Federations, including the Board of Control for Cricket in India, to "ensure that no public gathering takes place in any sporting event" in the country. The advisory further stated that if the sporting event cannot be avoided, it should be held without the spectators. This could mean that the next two ODIs between India and South Africa (scheduled in Lucknow and Kolkata) and the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League, in part or full, could take place in front of empty stands.........Read more

Mukesh Ambani loses Asia's richest crown to Jack Ma

Indian energy tycoon Mukesh Ambani is no longer Asia’s richest man, relinquishing the title to Jack Ma after oil prices collapsed along with global stocks. The rout, exacerbated by mounting fears that the spread of the novel coronavirus will thrust the world into a recession, erased $5.8 billion from Ambani’s net worth on Monday and dropped him to No. 2 on the list of Asia’s richest people, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Ma, the Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. founder who relinquished the No. 1 ranking in mid-2018, is back on top with a $44.5 billion fortune, about $2.6 billion more than Ambani.........Read more

Fifteen Italians test positive for coronavirus in India

Fifteen Italian citizens in India have tested positive for coronavirus, media said on Wednesday. State broadcaster Doordarshan as well as private TV networks NDTV and CNN-News18 all said 21 Italian tourists had been tested in New Delhi, citing unidentified sources. An Italian had tested positive for the virus in Rajasthan, a health offical said on Monday. ........Read more

Bizarre, ultra-massive star is likely two that merged together, astronomers say

About 150 light-years away from us, there's a star that just doesn't add up. It's known as WDJ0551+4135 and appeared to be a massive white dwarf. White dwarf stars are essentially the dead remains of stars like our sun, once they've burned through all of their hydrogen fuel and outer layers. Usually, they're small and lightweight -- about 0.6 times the mass of our sun, which weighs 4.18 nonillion pounds. This one didn't fit the definition. It was 1.14 times the mass of our sun. That's nearly twice the average mass of a white dwarf star.........Read more

Coronavirus: Quit playing the clown, India facing emergency, Rahul Gandhi tells PM Modi

As India reports new cases of Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, Rahul Gandhi is training his guns once again at the central government. A "true leader", he says, "would be completely focused on averting the massive crisis about to be unleashed by the virus on India and its economy". He didn't name names, but there are no prizes for guessing who he's talking about.........Read more

Mukesh Ambani, Deepak Parekh and Maharashtra Win Top Leadership Awards at IBLA 2020

Touted as one of the biggest business award shows in the country, this year, IBLA was marked by a perfect confluence of business and politics. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addressed questions asked by industry leaders such as Sanjiv Puri (Chairman and MD of ITC), and Pawan Goenka (MD of Mahindra and Mahindra Limited), while Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray took to the stage to felicitate winners such as Mukesh Ambani (CMD, Reliance Industries), Deepak Parekh (Chairman, HDFC) and Rajesh Gopinathan, (CEO and MD, TCS). The late former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was also posthumously given the Hall of Fame Award during the event. ........Read more

Wuhan Woman With No Coronavirus Symptoms Infects 5 Relatives Revealing New Extent of Challenge

A 20-year-old Chinese woman from Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, traveled 400 miles(675 km) north to Anyang where she infected five relatives, without ever showing signs of infection, Chinese scientists reported on Friday, offering new evidence that the virus can be spread asymptomatically. The case study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, offered clues about how the coronavirus is spreading, and suggested why it may be difficult to stop. "Scientists have been asking if you can have this infection and not be ill? The answer is apparently, yes," said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, who was not involved in the study.........Read more

How Oyo Landed In Real Problems Due To SoftBank's Dramatic Overreach

The shortfall, which hasn't been reported before, signals more trouble ahead for SoftBank and one of its most highly touted investments. Perhaps more concerning, the episode reveals a fundamental flaw in SoftBank's investment strategy: Pumping billions into startups and pushing them toward outsized growth often undermines promising businesses. With its chaotic rush to expand in Japan, Oyo infuriated potential partners, alienated workers and jeopardized its reputation with local customers, according to interviews with more than two dozen of them. One incensed local customer went so far as to set up an Oyo Life Victims Association account on Twitter. Similar frustrations have been voiced by customers and hotels in India and other overseas markets.........Read more

2,000 Free iPhones Given to Passengers Aboard Coronavirus-Hit Cruise Ship

The Japanese government has reportedly distributed nearly 2,000 free iPhone units to passengers aboard a cruise ship that was hit by a coronavirus infection outbreak and has been quarantined since then. The iPhone handsets were distributed to passengers and crew of the cruise ship named Diamond Princess, which is currently a quarantine zone for roughly 3,700 people. The objective of distributing free iPhones is to let the stranded passengers get in touch with medical professionals, book an appointment, accept drug requests, and discuss the trauma with psychologists. The cruise ship has become a sort of mobile coronavirus hotspot after more than 350 passengers aboard the ship tested positive for the novel coronavirus.........Read more

Over 1 Million Joined AAP Within 24 Hours Of Delhi Win, Claims Party

Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has claimed that over a million people from across the country have joined the party within 24 hours of its stunning win in the Delhi assembly election. The Delhi-based party has also shared a mobile number on which people can give a missed call to join AAP. "More than 1 million people have joined AAP within 24 hours of our massive victory," the party tweeted. "About 11 lakh people from all over the country have joined the Aam Aadmi Party within just 24 hours of the victory," the party said in another tweet.........Read more

Delhi Results 2020: 63 of 66 Congress candidates lose deposits, DPCC chief Chopra resigns

In what ended up being a bipolar contest between the AAP and the BJP, the Congress was placed at the distant third position on all the city's 66 seats it contested. The Congress had given away four seats to its Bihar ally Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). A candidate loses his or her deposit if they fail to secure less than 1/6th of the total votes polled. Only three Congress candidates - Arvinder Singh Lovely from Gandhi Nagar, Devender Yadav from Badli and Abhishek Dutt from Kasturba Nagar – were able to save their deposits.........Read more

UP Shocker: 7 Killed in Gas Leak in Sitapur, 5 of a Family Among Dead

The deceased include three men, one woman and three children. All of them were sleeping in the carpet factory and belong to Kanpur. They have been identified as Atif, 45, his wife Saira, 42, daughter Ayesha, 12, sons Afroz, 8, and Faizal, 2. The two other deceased are Motu, 75, and Pahalwan, 70. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced a compensation of Rs four lakh each for the kin of the deceased. He also expressed grief over the deaths and has directed officials to ensure action against those found guilty of negligence in the incident.........Read more

2,335 ceasefire violations along LoC in Jammu region from May 2019 till January

A total of 17 Army personnel have died due to avalanches or snow slides in hilly areas, including Siachen, in 2019. "There have been 2,335 incidents of ceasefire violations (CFVs) along Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu region since 30 May, 2019 (formation of current government) till 20 January, 2020," the minister noted in his written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.........Read more

The Netherlands will give citizens up to $4,400 for buying new electric vehicles

According to a report from Dutch news organization RTL, if you live in the Netherlands and buy a new electric car after July 1 this year, you could receive €4,000 ($4,425) towards its cost from the government. If you buy a used, second-hand EV, you could be eligible for €2,000 ($2,211). The €4,000 subsidy is only valid on cars up to €45,000 ($49,744), though. It’s really aimed at the lower end of the market; to get drivers out of small petrol and diesel vehicles and into greener alternatives, which are typically less expensive. ........Read more

What the Earliest Toilets Say About How Human Civilization Has Evolved

While chamber pots and cesspits were invented early on, millennia elapsed between the world’s first cities (about 6,500 years ago) and flushing latrines (between 3,000 and 5,200 years ago). Like most ancient technology, toilets seem to have been independently invented in several cultures — and went through many stages of innovation before becoming loos you’d like to use today. So take a seat — perhaps on your own porcelain throne — and let’s delve into the ancient history of the toilet. It turns out latrines, and their contents, reveal a lot about the people of the past.........Read more

75,000 in Wuhan infected with coronavirus: study estimates

More than 75,000 people—ten times the official tally of confirmed cases—have been infected with the coronavirus in Wuhan, ground zero of a global health emergency, according to research published Friday. The study found that each person infected with the virus, which emerged in December, could have infected two to three individuals on average, and that the epidemic had doubled in size every 6.4 days. ........Read more

Chose providing relief to people and wildfire in Australia, reveals Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar believed that he had made the right decision of coaching Ricky Ponting XI as it was for a noble cause. While Tendulkar will coach Ricky Ponting's XI, West Indies legend Courtney Walsh will be coaching Shane Warne XI and the money raised will go for the bushfire victims relief.........Read more

Should diabetics eat mushrooms?

A study published in the Journal of Functional Foods, states that eating white button mushrooms daily could act as prebiotic by improving microbial community in the gut, which could then improve the regulation of glucose in the liver. Mushrooms also have a low-glycemic index which means they contain low amount of carbs that do not lead to a spike in the blood sugar levels as significantly compared to high carbohydrate foods like bread and pasta. ........Read more

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos's phone 'hacked by Saudi crown prince'

The encrypted message from the number used by Mohammed bin Salman is believed to have included a malicious file that infiltrated the phone of the world’s richest man, according to the results of a digital forensic analysis. Large amounts of data were exfiltrated from Bezos’s phone within hours, according to a person familiar with the matter. ........Read more

Karwa Chauth, Bhaiya Dooj, new culture institute part of Modi govt's cultural vision 2024

To promote “unique Indian traditions” like Karwa Chauth and Bhaiya Dooj that celebrate relationships, the Union Ministry of Culture has proposed to compile a ‘National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage’. “There are innumerable elements of ICH in India which deserve recognition,” according to the ministry’s five-year plan. ........Read more

Human body temperature declined over the past two centuries

The researchers say that the most likely mechanism is a reduction in the human metabolic rate due to environmental factors. One possibility is that improvements in public health over 200 years have reduced the incidence of inflammations, which boosts metabolism. This, combined with people living more comfortable lives in more stable environments means that the body doesn't have to work as hard to stay warm, so the average temperature falls.........Read more

The Major Discoveries That Could Transform the World in the Next Decade

The last decade ushered in some truly revolutionary advances in science, from the discovery of the Higgs boson to the use of CRISPR for Sci-Fi esque gene editing. But what are some of the biggest breakthroughs still to come? Live Science asked several experts in their field what discoveries, techniques and developments they're most excited to see emerge in the 2020s. ........Read more

Can We Deny The Fact That Many Indians Share The Govt’s Vision Of Hindu Rashtra?

If the supporters are asked about their anxiety towards Indian-Muslims, you would always catch them quoting an incident that happened to them or their family members a long time back where they were humiliated, controlled or in someway denied their basic right by an orthodox Muslim. This incident, no matter how many decades old, is still the cause of infuriation in our parents and grandparents.........Read more

The women who sewed the suits for the space race

When Jeanne Wilson was seven, her mother taught her to sew. By age nine, Wilson was designing and making dolls’ clothes. Ten years later, in 1969, she was one of several seamstresses at ILC Dover who made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s spacesuits for the Apollo 11 Moon landing. ........Read more

FASTags Are Now Mandatory From January 15; Here is What to do if You Need to Buy One

Even though the FASTag payment tags were supposed to become mandatory on all national highways from December 15, the government has extended the deadline to January 15, 2020. This means you have more time to buy one of these for your car, if you haven’t already purchased one. ........Read more

8-Year-Old Child Becomes Highest Paid YouTuber of 2019 by Earning $26 Million

An eight-year-old kid named Ryan Kaji was named the highest-paid YouTuber. As per the list, Ryan earned $26 million, that amounts to INR 1,84,81,00,800 (One billion eight hundred forty eight million and fifteen thousand Indian rupees) in 2019 from his YouTube channel Ryan’s World that includes videos on toys and education-related stuff.........Read more

Petrol bombs, wet blankets on tear gas shells: Cops say Jamia protests well-planned

The Delhi Police says Sunday's protests near Jamia Millia Islamia, one of the city's best known varsities, appear to have been well-planned rather than spontaneous. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Kumar Gyanesh (South East) said he personally witnessed protesters placing wet blankets on tear gas shells to reduce their impact. He also said demonstrators hurled petrol bombs at the police. Such things don't happen on the spot, adding that it pointed to a conspiracy. ........Read more

Kerala to look into Andhra Pradesh Disha Act for safety of women

A Kerala Minister on Saturday made it clear that they have no issues in looking into the recently passed Andhra Pradesh Criminal Law (Amendment) 2019 Bill, christened 'AP Disha Act' and the Andhra Pradesh Special Court for Specified Offences against Women and Children. It was early this week, that Andhra came out with the new law, which states that anyone convicted in a rape case could be hanged, and the judgement should be made within 21 days if clinching evidences are there.........Read more

'Will Give Indians Reaching UK Same Preference We Give to EU Nationals': Priti Patel on Post-Brexit Plan

Britain's Indian-origin Home Secretary Priti Patel, who hit the UK general election campaign trail last month, on Sunday promised stronger ties between India and UK once the Brexit deal is finalised. “Once we get Brexit done we will be able to give Indians coming to the UK the same preference that we give to the EU nationals. Patel said she’s looking forward to “buildng a living bridge with India and strengthen ties” between the two countries. ........Read more

Hyderabad rape accused misled us, snatched weapons; killed in retaliation: Top cop

"Two of the four snatched our weapons and attacked the police party with stones and sticks which led to police issuing a warning. They were asked to surrender but they didn't. In retaliation, all four died due to bullet injuries," said Cyberabad Commissioner VC Sajjanar. "Law has done its duty," the Cyberabad Commissioner said on questions being raised on encounter by the police.........Read more

Compare JNU’s revised fee with that of other central varsities: HRD Minister to committee

The Human Resource and Development (HRD) ministry has asked the high-powered committee appointed by it to compare the fee structure of JNU, after the second rollback, with other central universities, an official said on Wednesday. The ministry communicated this to the three-member committee in a letter written on Tuesday. “We have sought a clarification on the matter. The members will have to analyse the fee structure of different universities and get back to us. They have not been given any deadline,” the official said.........Read more

While one kept in dark, other rises from the dark; Govt declassifies all files related to Netaji Bose

Accomplishing and fulfilling the promise, the Modi led NDA government has de-classified all records related to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Azad Hind Fauj and placed them in the National Archives of India. Tangled in mystery and controversy over the death of Netaji Bose, NDA govt would now unravel the mystery of his disappearance on 18 August 1945.........Read more

India vs South Africa: Ashwin, Jadeja rock South Africa after Mayank Agarwal 215

India took the upper hand in the first Test in Vizag after Mayank Agarwal's 215 and Rohit Sharma's 176 helped the hosts declare at 502 for 7 on the second day. Soon after the declaration, R Ashwin snared South Africa opener Aiden Markram, who has 4 hundreds and 6 fifties in an 18-Test career. By the end of the second day, he and Ravindra Jadeja had reduced South Africa to 39/3 having sent back Theunis de Bruyn (4) and nightwatchman Dane Piedt (0) too with India clearly the happier side. India were 202 for no loss overnight after rain and bad light had forced early stumps on the opening day Wednesday. Rohit Sharma led the charge for India on Day 1 with a hundred in his first innings as a Test opener while Mayank Agarwal was happy to play second fiddle. On Thursday, Rohit and Agarwal continued to grind South Africa after India had opted to bat first in the opening match of the 3-Test series. With rain predicted for most of this week, it was important for India to accelerate. And Rohit Sharma, one of the most dangerous openers in the shorter format, took the initiative. After Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal became only the 3rd Indian pair to add 300 plus for the first wicket, Rohit closed in on a maiden Test double hundred. He is the only man with 3 double hundreds in ODIs and it would have been a great way to mark the beginning of a new role in the traditional format.........Read more

Afghan voters brave attacks as presidential election begins

Voting began on Saturday to elect a president for Afghanistan with more than 9 million registered voters potentially heading to the polls amid attacks in several cities. Fourteen candidates are registered but the race will likely come down to incumbent President Ashraf Ghani and his former deputy Abdullah Abdullah. The winner will play a crucial role in the country’s quest to end the war with the Taliban and the resumption of talks between the insurgents and the United States that were called off earlier this month. The hardline group, which controls more of the country than at anytime since its regime was toppled in 2001, has threatened voters to stay away from the election or face dire consequences. To protect voters and polling stations from Taliban attacks, tens of thousands of Afghan forces were deployed across 34 provinces. About 9.6 million of Afghanistan’s 34 million people are registered to vote for one of the 14 candidates at around 5,000 polling centers that will be protected by some 100,000 Afghan forces with air support from U.S. forces. “Bravado gets defined when one musters courage to cast their vote in Afghanistan,” said Roya Jahangir, a doctor based in the capital of Kabul. Jahangir said she and her husband will cast their votes even if it means standing in long queues for hours. “We hope this time there is no fraud — otherwise voters will feel cheated once again.” ........Read more

'No Question of Ignoring Him': BCCI Selector Reveals Reason Behind Dhoni's Absence From T20I Squad

MS Dhoni’s absence from the 15-man roster announced on Thursday to take on the strong South Africans in the three-match T20I series at home once again captured everyone’s attention. Just moments after the selectors announced the T20I squad, several pundits started questioning whether Dhoni has been ignored for the home series or the writing was on the wall is clear for the former skipper. Quashing all rumours, a national selector has revealed that the ace wicketkeeper has actually given the five wise men time to build the team with an eye on the 2020 World T20 in Australia. According to the selector, the 38-year-old has promised to take a call on his career only once Team India’s future was in safe hands and the selectors convinced that they have the required bench strength in the keeping department. The source also added that it was indeed surprising to see how the former skipper’s position is debated every other day and it was time that all rumours were put to rest because Dhoni being the team player that he is, will never come out and answer the detractors.........Read more

Sindhu, Praneeth script historic first for India in Badminton World Championships

Sindhu, Praneeth enter World C’ship semifinal in a historic first for India. After the drought, the deluge.That principle can safely be applied to Indian badminton after an epochal 120 minutes inside St Jakobshalle in Basel on Thursday. For the majority of 2019, the nation’s shuttlers have been like anaemia patients. Gone were the gains of the last few years. Confidence was at a low. There were more questions than answers. Memories of triumphs were small dots in the rearview mirror. But PV Sindhu — who now has a record-equalling five medals at the World Championships — and Sai Praneeth created new memories in one of the great days for the sport in the country. It is, after all, the first time that two athletes from India will win men’s and women’s singles medals at one World Championships. The 24-year-old Indian went long, went short and tried to hit the chalk down both flanks. She basically threw the entire kitchen along with the sink at Tai, but had little to show in return. During the changeover, a switch was silently flicked on. Sindhu did not look back as she played two lights-out games. The win — 12-21, 23-21, 21-19 — means Sindhu, who will face China’s Chen Yu Fei for a place in the final, has equalled Zhang Ning’s record haul of five medals at Worlds.........Read more

McDonald’s faces flak on social media over serving halal meat

After food delivery platform Zomato, McDonald’s is now facing a major backlash from Twitterati over whether the fast food company serves jhatka or halal meat to its customers. After a Twitter user asked McDonald’s India whether their restaurants are halal certified, the company said it does serve halal meat to its customers. “The meat that we use, across our restaurants, is of the highest quality and is sourced from government-approved suppliers who are HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) certified”. “All our restaurants have HALAL certificates. You can ask the respective restaurant Managers to show you the certificate for your satisfaction and confirmation,” McDonald’s India tweeted. “I don’t want to eat needlessly cruel halal meat. What option do I have? Or should I not eat at McDonald’s?” The response irked many users who blasted the fast food major for serving halal meat to a nation where 80% people are non-Muslims. ........Read more

BCCI Ombudsman Reduces Sreesanth's Lifetime Ban For Alleged Spot-Fixing to Seven Years

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Ombudsman, Retired Justice D.K. Jain has reduced the lifetime ban of tainted Indian cricketer Shanthakumaran Sreesanth for an alleged spot-fixing scandal to seven years, on Tuesday. Jain’s decision comes after the Supreme Court, in March this year, had set aside the lifetime ban of Sreesanth which was imposed by the BCCI’s disciplinary committee. The apex court had directed the board to take fresh actions and reconsider the length of a new ban on the cricketer. In response, the BCCI had argued that since the disciplinary committee was not operational anymore the ombudsman appointed by the Court should be given the responsibility to find a solution. On Tuesday, Jain said, “I am of the view that banning Sreesanth from participating in any kind of commercial cricket or from associating with any activities of BCCI or its affiliates, for a period of 7 years with effect from September 13, 2013, i.e. the date from which the period of ban imposed by the Disciplinary Committee had commenced, will meet the ends of justice.”........Read more

Facebook to unveil new versions of Portal video chat devices

Facebook Inc plans to release new versions of its Portal video chatting devices this autumn. The launch came amid concerns over Facebook’s privacy and content moderation practices that have led some people to abandon the service and the company to warn of thinning profits.........Read more

Lassipora Encounter: 4 Suspected JeM Terrorists Killed , AK Series Rifles Recovered

Four terrorists have been killed by security forces in Panjran, Lassipora area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Friday. Three AK-series rifles have also been recovered from their possession. The militants reportedly belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) outfit........Read more

Monsoon Likely to Hit Kerala on June 8, Heat Wave to Continue: IMD

The Southwest monsoon, which was expected to hit Kerala on June 6, is now likely to be delayed by two more days and reach Kerala by June 8, said the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), on Wednesday. Thunderstorm and dust storm accompanied with gusty winds (30-40 kmph) at isolated places is very likely over Haryana, Delhi, Punjab and West Uttar Pradesh.........Read more

Get Well Soon Messages, 'Jai Shri Ram' Post Cards and Changed Profile Pics

The row between the Bharatiya Janata Party and Trinamool Congress over the ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogan shows no signs of abating with the saffron party now deciding to send ‘Get Well Soon’ messages to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.........Read more

Congress spokespersons to stay away from TV debates for a month

Amid political uncertainty within the party following the severe drubbing it received in the Lok Sabha elections, Congress on Thursday barred its spokespersons from representing the party on news channel debates for a month. This came after Rahul Gandhi, who became the Congress president in 2017, offered to step down from his post at the Congress Working Committee.........Read more

EC overrules Lavasa 2-1, won’t record dissent from within panel

Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa’s demand to record dissent or minority views as part of the EC’s orders on violations of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) was rejected Tuesday at a meeting of the full Commission.........Read more

US deploys carrier, bombers to Middle East to send ‘clear message’ to Iran

The Trump administration is deploying a carrier strike group and bombers to the Middle East in response to troubling “indications and warnings” from Iran and to show the United States will retaliate with “unrelenting force” to any attack.........Read more

Three Girls Raped, Killed and Buried in the well by Serial Killer in Telangana

The case of a missing 14-year-old girl has led to the discovery of deep, dry wells in Hajipur village of Telangana, around 100km outside of Hyderabad, that turned out to be a graveyard for three young lives. Skeletal remains of the three girls, aged between 11 and 17, have been found inside the abandoned wells in the last few days.........Read more

PepsiCo buys peace with potato growers

PepsiCo India said it has proposed to amicably settle with people who were unlawfully using seeds of its registered variety. It said the farmers may become part of its collaborative potato farming programme or can sign a deal and grow other varieties.........Read more

Facebook Stories somehow hits 500 million daily users

The new metric is the first time Facebook says its Stories product, which it initially ripped from Snapchat and deployed with wild success on Instagram, has reached parity in the main app and Messenger with its implementation on both Instagram and WhatsApp.........Read more

EC Issues Fresh Show-cause Notice to Azam For Making Inflammatory Remarks

The Election Commission has issued a fresh show-cause notice for making allegedly inflammatory remarks at various places in Uttar Pradesh in the past few days. The EC has given Khan 24 hours to respond to the notice, saying that prima facie, he is guilty of violating the provisions of the model code of conduct.........Read more

Nine earthquakes hit Andaman and Nicobar Islands in a span of two hours

Nine medium intensity earthquakes, with a magnitude ranging from 4.7 to 5.2, hit the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, all in a span of two hours, according to the National Centre for Seismology.........Read more

Apollo hospital's plea opposed by Jayalalitha's death probe panel

An inquiry commission probing late Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa's death submitted in the Madras High Court that the Apollo Hospital could not seek to stall its proceedings at a stage when 90 per cent of hearing was over and that too after participating in it.........Read more

India least worried about false content on Internet: Report

while large percentages in other countries were concerned about exposure to false information or harmful content, India was the least concerned — only 55 per cent of adults. In fact, in India, 81 per cent believed mobile phones had mostly helped them.........Read more

Govt should answer questions on air strikes: PC

Former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram asked the NDA Government to “make the effort” to clear the doubts over Balakot air strikes if “we want the world to believe” the operation that struck the JeM terror camps deep inside Pakistan rather than indulging in “Opposition-bashing.”........Read more

Pakistan Army Hiding Bodies, Clearing Evidence From Jaish-e-Mohammad Balakot Camp: Reports

Hours after Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 jets annihilated Jaish terrorists' hideouts in Paksitan-occupied Kashmir, reports suggest that the Pakistan Army is clearing the scene of bombing at the Balakot camp to deny India's claims furtheron.........Read more

Centre moves 100 companies of paramilitary forces to Srinagar amid massive crackdown

The Centre airlifted an additional hundred companies of paramilitary forces to Srinagar to boost security build up after police detained JKLF chief Yasin Malik Friday night and arrested dozens of Jamaat-e-Islami workers in the Valley.........Read more

Ahead of Lok Sabha polls, President Kovind signs triple talaq ordinance for third time

The ordinance making the practice of instant triple talaq a penal offence for Muslim men was issued for the third time. The Law Ministry said President Ram Nath Kovind has signed The Muslim Women Second Ordinance, 2019.........Read more

UP Budget: Yogi government pegs Rs 447 crores for building cow shelters

An arrangement of Rs 200 crore for 'Kanha gaushala' and destitute cattle shelter scheme in urban areas while 247. 60 crore has been proposed the construction of 'gaushalas' in rural areas.........Read more

ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2020 fixtures announced

The fixtures for the men's and women's T20 World Cups, both standalone events to be held in Australia in 2020 are announced. Australia will face Pakistan on Oct 24 at SCG. The final will takes place on Nov 15 at MCG.........Read more

Google fined €50 million for GDPR violation in France

France’s data protection regulator, CNIL, has issued Google a €50 million fine for failing to comply with its GDPR obligations. This is the biggest GDPR fine yet to be issued by a European regulator and the first time one of the tech giants.........Read more

Send powerful message: Rahul Gandhi writes to Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee on opposition rally he will skip

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has written to West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee extending his support to the mega opposition rally on Saturday.........Read more

SC asks Lokpal search committee to recommend ombudsman name by Feb-end

The Supreme Court fixed a February end deadline for the search committee on Lokpal to recommend the panel of names for appointment of the first anti-graft ombudsman of the country.........Read more

AAP-Congress reach deal, to support Yashwant Sinha

The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party will contest on three seats each of the seven constituencies in Delhi and leave one for the rebel BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, in the coming Lok Sabha Polls.........Read more

Sabarimala Showdown: Protests in Kerala After Two Women Enter Hill Shrine; BJP, Congress Slam CM Vijayan

Protests erupted at different places in Kerala after two women in their 40s entered the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala. The activists of RSS-led Sabarimala Karma Samithi and BJP blocked roads and forced closure of shops at several places.........Read more

Sohrabuddin encounter case: Court acquits all 22 accused citing lack of evidence 

A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Mumbai acquitted all the 22 accused in Sohrabuddin encounter case on Friday (December 21) citing lack of evidence.........Read more

Mattis quits, says his views aren't 'aligned' with Trump's

Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned on the heels of President Donald Trump's plans to withdraw troops from Syria, citing irreconcilable policy differences in a move that took Washington by surprise.........Read more

Imran Khan pitches for dialogue with India, says war not a solution to Kashmir issue - NewsX

Pakistan PM Imran Khan said that Kashmir issue cannot be solved through war but only through dialogue between the 2 countries. This has come amid the ongoing controversy over Pakistan minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s googly comment.........Read more

US, China declare 90-day halt to new tariffs, White House says

China and the United States have agreed to halt additional tariffs as both nations engage in new trade negotiations with the goal of reaching an agreement within 90 days.........Read more

'Reduce School Bag Weight, No Homework For Classes 1-2': MHRD To States, UTs

MHRD has also fixed the allowed weight limit for students. The weight of the school bag of classes 1 and 2 students shall not exceed 1.5 Kg. The allowed weight of school bags for classes 3 to 5 students is 2-3 Kg, for classes 6 to 7 students is 4 Kg, for classes 8 to 9 students is 4.5 Kg, and for class 10 students is 5 Kg. ........Read more

Punjab CM Amarinder declines Pakistan’s Kartarpur invite, Navjot Sidhu says will attend

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh has declined Pakistan’s invitation to attend the foundation stone laying for the Kartarpur corridor even as his minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has decided to attend the occasion.........Read more

Madhya Pradesh Elections: BJP Expels 53 Rebel Candidates For Refusing to Withdraw Nominations

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday expelled 53 candidates in Madhya Pradesh who had refused to withdraw their nominations before the deadline was over.........Read more

2nd T20I: Rohit Slams Record Ton, Bowlers Shine as India Thump Windies to Clinch Series 2-0

Rohit unbeaten knock of 111 propelled the hosts to a daunting total of 195/2 in 20 overs. Later, Indian bowlers produced a clinical display one more time and never really allowed the men in maroon to get on with the tall chase of 196.........Read more

Skoda Kodiaq Laurin & Klement Launched In India, Priced At Rs. 35.99 Lakh

Skoda India today announced the launch of the top-of-the-line Laurin & Klement variant of the Kodiaq, at an introductory price of ₹ 35.99 Lakh (ex-showroom, India). Powering the SUV is the same 2.0 TDI diesel engine that generates 148 bhp and develops 340 Nm of torque. ........Read more

SC ban on firecrackers: Over 8 lakh people involved in industry stare at unemployment

The Supreme court ban on firecrackers has left the future of 8 lakh workers engaged in the industry at Sivakasi (Tamil Nadu) is at stake. Sivakasi is home to 1,000 fireworks factories, which accounts for 90 per cent of firecracker production in the country........Read more

Muzaffarpur Shelter Case: SC Pulls up Bihar Govt, CBI Over Delay in Arrest of Ex-minister's Husband

The Supreme Court termed the investigation reports of Muzaffarpur Shelter case as "Shocking, Horrible and Scary" and also asked the Bihar Govt and the CBI, why the delay in arresting Chandra Shekhar Verma?........Read more

Vishal ‘stands with Chinmayi and Tanushree Dutta;’ actor to form a committee to ‘protect’ female artists

Actor Vishal has announced to form a committee in order to look into all the sexual harassment cases that have emerged in the film industry during the ongoing #MeToo campaign.........Read more

Tanushree Dutta files police complaint against Nana Patekar and Ganesh Acharya

Tanushree Dutta has now filed a complaint against Nana and has also named choreographer Ganesh Acharya in the incident. She said that Nana behaved inappropriately on the sets of a song sequence for the film.........Read more

Rare bottle of Macallan whisky sells for a record $1.1 million

Bonhams in Edinburgh auctioned off a 60-year-old Macallan Valerio Adami 1926. It sold for a record $1.1 million to a collector in Asia who bid by phone. In 1986, Macallan produced 24 bottles of the whisky, commissioning Adami, an Italian painter, to design labels for 12 of the bottles.........Read more

Indonesia earthquake and tsunami death toll surpasses 830

As rescue workers comb through chunks of concrete and lumber searching for survivors, Indonesian officials say that 832 people were killed in a powerful earthquake and tsunami on the island of Sulawesi. The death toll has continuously risen and authorities say more bodies could still be recovered.........Read more

Narendra Modi inaugurates Sikkim's first airport in Pakyong; commercial operations expected to begin on 4 October - Firstpost

Narendra Modi inaugurates Sikkim's first airport in Pakyong and is the 100th airport of the country. Located around 60 km from the India-China border, the airport is spread across over 201 acres and is located on the top of a hill about two km above Pakyong village at 4,500 feet above sea level.........Read more

Kerala nun rape case: Bishop Franco Mulakkal in police custody till Sept 24, bail plea dismissed

Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who has been arrested for allegedly raping a nun, on Saturday was sent to police custody till September 24. His bail application has also been dismissed. ........Read more

India spec Nissan Kicks design sketch revealed

The first sketches of the Indian spec Nissan Kicks have been revealed, which mainly highlight the SUV’s bold design. The Nissan Kicks will be an all-new SUV for the Indian market which will sit higher in the range than the ageing Nissan Terrano.........Read more

Kerala floods: 29 dead, 54,000 homesless; CM conducts aerial survey

Landslides, flood triggered by incessant rain in most parts of Kerala has claimed 29 lives, left 54,000 homeless. Over 15,600 people have been evacuated from the affected areas and around 500 relief camps have been set up.........Read more

Sonia Gandhi, Deve Gowda and I can unite Opposition: Sharad Pawar

Sharad Pawar compared the current political situation to 1975-77; argued that disillusionment has set in against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, like it had against Indira Gandhi; and suggested that the Opposition focus should be on state-wide alliances instead of a national alliance.........Read more

Delhi HC says habitually doubting husband of having affair is basis for divorce

Habitually suspecting husband of having affairs with other women amounts to mental cruelty and is grounds for divorce. The Delhi High Court recently set aside a lower court order granting judicial separation to a couple with about 30 years of marriage because the wife was overtly suspicious of her husband that made it difficult for the couple to live together.........Read more

India can do a Silicon Valley in 5 years: World Bank.

India has the potential to innovate on the lines of Silicon Valley but it needs to do more for expanding the innovation ecosystem as it aspires to become a middle income country, World Bank India head Junaid Kamal Ahmad said.........Read more

Demand for Cauvery board: AIADMK launches a hunger strike in Tamil Nadu; Palaniswamy, Panneerselvam begin fast

The entire AIADMK Cabinet will participate in the strike. Chief Minister K Palaniswamy and his deputy O Panneerselvam launched the hunger strike in Chennai, while other ministers and party leaders led protests in districts across the state. The party has nominated seven functionaries from Puducherry including MLAs to observe fast in the neighbouring union territory on the issue.........Read more

39 Indians killed in Mosul: Intel agencies knew of deaths in 2014; Govt waited for liberation before announcement

The hunt for the missing Indians began in June 2014 when Indian embassy in Baghdad informed Ministry of External Affairs that they lost contact with 40 construction workers in Mosul. Friendly intelligence services informed Indian counterparts that after capturing Mosul, Islamic State carried out mass executions in the city and barring Sunni hostages, others may not have survived.........Read more

H-1B visa application to begin from April 2, premium processing stopped

Petitions for H1-B visas, popular among Indian IT professionals, will be accepted from April 2. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) also announced the suspension of premium processing of all H-1B petitions, which are subject to the annual caps.........Read more

Nasa reveals stunning new pictures of Jupiter

Jupiter is covered in intense, massive storms far more complex than anyone had expected, Nasa has revealed. The geometric clusters of cyclones that cover the planet's poles are just one of the various discoveries reported by scientists studying data sent back from Nasa's Juno spacecraft, which is circling the planet. The team has seen the cyclones churning in Jupiter's deep atmosphere in far greater detail than ever before........Read more

No special category status for Andhra Pradesh, says Centre

Flicking aside the protests and pressures that the Telugu Desam has exerted inside and outside Parliament to force the Centre to accede to its demand of special category status for Andhra Pradesh, the Central government on Tuesday made it clear that this demand will not be met.........Read more

PNB Fraud: CBI Arrests Internal Chief Auditor of Bank’s Brady House Branch

The internal auditor is identified as MK Sharma. He was reportedly responsible for auditing the systems and practices of Punjab National Bank’s Brady House Branch, from where fraudulent Letters of Undertaking (LoU) were issued to firms promoted by Modi and Choksi.........Read more

RBI Introduces Ombudsman Against NBFCs

To promote conducive credit culture among the Non-Banking Financial Companies and to regulate the credit system of the country to its advantage, it is necessary to provide for a system of Ombudsman for redressal of complaints against deficiency in services concerning deposits, loans and advances and other specified matters.........Read more

Malegaon blast a step towards establishing 'Hindu Rashtra', Court accepts NIA contention

A special NIA court, while ordering that Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Lt Col Prasad Purohit and other accused in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case will stand trial on terror charges, has said it was accepting the agency's contention that they wanted to establish a "Hindu Rashtra" and the blast was a step towards achieving this goal.........Read more

Paytm takes on WhatsApp, launches ‘Inbox’, in-app messaging feature

India’s largest digital wallet app Paytm is all set to take on Facebook-owned WhatsApp as it announced the launch of in-app messaging facility called Inbox, the feature enables users to chat with friends and family as well as send and request money. Inbox is now live for Paytm for Android users.........Read more

TCS defends US visa use in anti-white worker bias case

As India’s Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. is squeezed by the Trump administration to reduce the use of overseas workers for U.S. jobs, the information technology outsourcing giant is also fighting claims in court that its hiring practices are anti-American.........Read more

Video gamers better at learning, explains study

People who play video games regularly are better learners, say scientists who found that gamers performed significantly better in a learning competition showed increased activity in the relevant brain regions. ........Read more

Rahul Gandhi to be Congress chief soon after Diwali, says Sachin Pilot: 'Elevation has been in pipeline for long'

Rahul Gandhi may take over as the Congress president shortly after Diwali, Rajasthan leader Sachin Pilot said on Sunday, stressing that the time had come for the party vice-president to lead from the front. The Gandhi confidante also said the last names of leaders should not be treated as a disqualification in politics. It was the performance of a leader that ultimately decided his worth, as a surname could only take him “so far”.........Read more

Cheque bounce cases need to be tackled with firm hand, says court

Metropolitan Magistrate Ashok Kumar said cheque bounce cases were unduly clogging the dockets of the courts leading to docket explosion and extraction of judicial time which could have been given to other cases. The court also said that due to the dishonest issuance of cheques, the credibility of such instruments was eroding.........Read more

Gunman 'opens fire on congressmen at charity baseball practice', multiple injuries

A man armed with a semi-automatic weapon opened fire on a group of Republican congressman as they were practicing baseball - an apparently deliberate attack on some of the most powerful politicians in the country.........Read more

NHPC, SJVN rally on reports of bailout package to hydropower sector

Shares of state-owned electric utilities companies such as NHPC and SJVN rallied more than 5% each in early morning trade on reports that the government has decided to provide a Rs 16,000-crore bailout package to the hydropower sector, drowning under a spate of stalled and stressed projects.........Read more

Researchers make breakthrough discovery in fight against bowel cancer

New research led by Queen's University Belfast has discovered how a genomic approach to understanding bowel (colorectal) cancer could improve the prognosis and quality of life for patients.........Read more

Pro Kabaddi League 2017: Nitin Tomar, Rohit Kumar emerge as top buys on day 1 of PKL 5 auction

On the day 1 of the auction, Nitin Tomar became the costliest player in the history of PKL as he was bought by the new franchise Uttar Pradesh for Rs 93 Lakh. Meanwhile, star allrounder Manjeet Chillar and raider Rohit Kumar, raised eyebrows as they were sold for a whopping Rs 75.5 lakh and Rs 81 lakh respectively.........Read more

Heart diseases cause the one-third deaths worldwide, study

Cardiovascular diseases is an alarming threat to the global health. A recent study has revealed that heart diseases account for nearly one-third of deaths worldwide. "It is an alarming threat to global health. Trends in CVD mortality are no longer declining for high-income regions and low- and middle-income countries are also seeing more CVD-related deaths," said Gregory Roth, Assistant Professor at the University of Washington. ........Read more

Rohtak gangrape: Two police officers suspended, one transferred for lapses in investigation

Two Haryana Police officers have been suspended because of negligence in the investigation into the recent gangrape and murder of a Dalit girl in Sonipat, Haryana, One officer was also transferred for lapses in the probe.........Read more

Could the Closest Extrasolar Planet Be Habitable? Astronomers Plan to Find Out

The extra-solar planet known as Proxima b has occupied a special place in the public mind ever since its existence was announced in August of 2016. As the closest exoplanet to our Solar System, its discovery has raised questions about the possibility of exploring it in the not-too-distant future. And even more tantalizing are the questions relating to its potential habitability.........Read more

King Arthur movie review: God save the king from Guy Ritchie’s idea of Arthurian legend

Guy Ritchie’s new film King Arthur: Legend of the Sword just doesn’t work -- plot defies logic, performances are below par and several bad directorial decisions sink the period drama so deep that even a seething Jude Law can’t lift it up.........Read more

Justice Karnan maybe in Nepal or Bangladesh, want President to appeal to ICJ: Legal aide

Calcutta high court judge CS Karnan might have escaped to Nepal or Bangladesh and his team is preparing to approach the President for relief, his legal adviser said on Thursday, the latest twist in an unprecedented face-off in India’s higher judiciary.........Read more

Italian police seize painkillers shipped from India for Libyan ISIS militants

Italian police said the consignment had come from India and would have been used for two purposes: to help finance Islamist terrorism and for use by jihadist fighters as a stimulant and to heighten resistance to physical stress.........Read more

IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla: No extension to be given to Pune and Gujarat

IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla announced that Pune and Gujarat will not be given automatic extension following the return of suspended CSK and RR next year even if it is decided to turn the IPL into a 10-team affair from the 11th edition. ........Read more

China offers to rename China-Pak Economic Corridor to allay Indian concerns

Even as India shows no sign of changing its decision to keep off the international conference China has called for later this month to promote its flagship One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative, Beijing has for the first time offered to re-name the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) – a key component of OBOR – to allay Indian objections.........Read more

Floods drive nearly 1,900 from homes in Canada’s Quebec

Flooding caused by unusually persistent rainfall has driven nearly 1,900 people from their homes in 126 municipalities in the Canadian province of Quebec, authorities said on Sunday. ........Read more

Quantum experiments probe underlying physics of rogue ocean waves

By precisely controlling the quantum behavior of an ultracold atomic gas, Rice University physicists have created a model system for studying the wave phenomenon that may bring about rogue waves in Earth's oceans.........Read more

PV Sindhu wins, Saina Nehwal bows out of Asian Badminton Championships

Olympic silver medallist P.V. Sindhu defeated Dinar Dyah Ayustine of Indonesia to advance to the next round while ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal took a first round exit from the Badminton Asia Championships tournament as she suffered a defeat against Japan’s Sato Sayaka.........Read more

No more jobs for Indians in Australia: 457 Visa programme abolished

Australia on Tuesday abolished a visa programme used by over 95,000 temporary foreign workers, a majority of them Indians, to tackle the growing unemployment in the country. The programme known as 457 visa allows business to employ foreign workers for a period up to four years in skilled jobs where there is a shortage of Australian workers.........Read more

US aircraft carrier-led strike group headed toward Korean Peninsula

A US aircraft carrier-led strike group is headed toward the Western Pacific Ocean near the Korean Peninsula, a US defense official confirmed. The move of the Vinson strike group is in response to recent North Korean provocations.........Read more

Memorandum of Procedure stuck, Collegium starts to clear names for HCs

The SC collegium, headed by Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar, is moving forward with its recommendations without waiting for final resolution of the new Memorandum of Procedure.........Read more

Royal Enfield Bullet 500 EFI Introduced; Priced At Rs 1.62 Lakh

The fuel-injected Royal Enfield Bullet 500 now meets Bharat Stage 4 (BS IV) emission regulations which came into effect from 1 April 2017. The recent Supreme Court order banning the manufacture, sale and even registration of any vehicle not meeting these regulations meant Royal Enfield had to update those models which did not meet the BS 4 emissions criteria. The engine of the updated Bullet 500 remains the same, but power and torque have marginally increased, thanks to the new technology. The Royal Enfield Bullet 500 is now available in three shades - Marsh Grey, Forest Green and Black.........Read more

Initials, punctuations on PAN card make linking with Aadhaar a pain

Millions of people across the country could be facing the problem as the Centre insists on linking the two accounts by July 31, a prerequisite to filing tax returns. With manual intervention unable to rectify even minor differences, chartered accountants are flooded with SOS messages.........Read more

India snubs US offer, reiterates position of bilateral redressal of Indo-Pak issues

India today made it clear that its position of bilateral redressal of all India-Pakistan issues has not changed, in a veiled snub to the US which suggested that it may "find its place" in efforts to de-escalate Indo- Pak tensions.........Read more

Singapore blocks visas for Indian IT professionals

While the focus has been on the US, visas for IT professionals to work in Singapore have dropped “to a trickle”, prompting the government to put on hold the review of the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) citing violation of the trade pact.........Read more

McLaren Unveils Radical New Wrap Option For 570GT — Bird-Brained Or Featherweight Brilliance?

British carmaker McLaren has revealed a brand new wrap option for its 570GT and lets just say it takes the idea of being featherweight a bit too seriously. For those of you crying 'fowl', MSO uses 10,000 carbon-veined fake wings for the wrap which takes 300 hours to be made and applied.........Read more

Rahul gandhi – Inki (TN farmers) awaaz na Hindustan ki sarkar aur na hi PM ko sunayi deti hai

Congress VP Rahul Gandhi meets TN farmers protesting for drought relief funds at Jantar Mantar . He told PM has given debt relief to richest people in the country, why not for people who have built this country, the farmers . Also he said -Inki (TN farmers) awaaz na Hindustan ki sarkar aur na hi PM ko sunayi deti hai. PM ki zimedaari hai ki inki baat sunein: Rahul Gandhi........Read more

Sunaina Singh Appointed Vice Chancellor of Nalanda University

President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed Sunaina Singh, currently head of the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) in Hyderabad, as the new vice chancellor of Nalanda University.........Read more

Nokia's Android smartphones to be available globally; coming soon to India

Finnish tech firm Nokia, which made a comeback with three Android-based phones -- Nokia 6, Nokia 5, Nokia 3 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) -- has confirmed that the handsets will be available globally this year.........Read more

CBI ex-chief's plea for recall of probe order dismissed

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a plea by former CBI director Ranjit Sinha to recall an order to investigate his role for prima facie scuttling the investigation in coal scam cases.........Read more

Sports Ministry clears move to make doping a criminal offence

The Sports Ministry has cleared a proposal to make doping by athletes a criminal offence, in sync with laws that govern the usage of narcotics, senior officials of the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) and the ministry told The Indian Express. The proposed legislation is aimed at punishing coaches and manufacturers, too, who in many cases have been known to supply athletes with performance-enhancing substances.........Read more

Reliance Jio’s another freebie: This offer will remain free even after Happy New Year offer ends on March 31

To soften the blow, Reliance Jio had rolled out its Jio Prime membership plan from March 1. But apart from all these, Reliance Jio will also continue its free caller tune offer for its subscribers. The offer was free during the Happy New Year scheme, and will still be so after it ends on March 31. This offer will be valid for a month after activation.........Read more

Next-gen Volkswagen Polo will look like this: Spied uncamouflaged; when is it coming to India?

The Polo, a popular hatchback of the German carmaker, has been spotted in its sixth-generation avatar for the first time, giving a clear picture of the changes adopted by the model. And interestingly, there was not even a hint of camouflage.........Read more

Ice creams to get costlier this summer

Input costs for ice creams have gone up considerably in the last one year; skimmed milk powder prices have moved from Rs 140 a kg last year around the same time to over Rs 240 a kg now. Besides, prices of sugar, another key ingredient in ice creams too have risen by around 30-40 per cent, and milk fat prices have grown by around 35 per cent, say players.........Read more

India PC market recorded 4.22 million shipments in 2016; down 12.9%: IDC

The consumer PC market recorded 4.22 million units in 2016, with an year-on-year decline of 12.9 percent over 2015. With high inflation and ongoing fiscal consolidation, consumer sentiment remained frail until first half of 2016, IDC India Associate Research Manager Client Devices Manish Yadav said.........Read more

From Amazon, Flipkart to Snapdeal, 49 e-commerce firms log over Rs 16,000 cr in losses; Jabong, OLX buck trend

Indeed, a slowing economy and the recent cash crunch have dampened demand as has the sharp reduction in discounts. For the year to March 2015, losses for a clutch of 49 companies crossed R16, 000 crore; only a handful of firms — BookMyShow, Jabong and Olx India — reported a profit. Media reports talk of how Snapdeal is strapped for cash and how critical it is for the company to raise funds.........Read more

Centre shoots down bill to increase salary of Delhi MLAs by 400 per cent

The Bill proposes an increase in the basic salary of MLAs from current Rs 12,000 to Rs 50,000 and the overall monthly package to scale up to Rs 2.1 lakh as against the existing Rs 88,000. Returning the bill for the second time, the ministry has asked for more clarifications regarding the provisions included in the bill.........Read more

Small percentage of infected people responsible for ebola epidemic: study

Most of the people infected with Ebola in the West Africa epidemic that began in 2014 got sick through contact with a small number of "superspreaders" with the disease. In fact, 61 percent of those infected with the disease caught it from people accounting for just three percent of those who got sick, the researchers said.........Read more

Samsung files patent for a flexible display with mechanical hinge

It’s been a while now since we have been learning about Samsung’s foldable and bendable displays. The company has filed multiple applications to register patents for such devices triggering speculations about foldable smartphones becoming reality sooner or later. Now, a recently unearthed patent application reveals a similar concept of a flexible display, however, it comes with a hinge of a difference. This flexible display is supported by a hinge!........Read more

Kamal Haasan Backs Panneerselvam, Says 'Sasikala Reality Hurts Me'

Actor Kamal Haasan today joined his voice to the thousands objecting to what they call the foisting of VK Sasikala on them as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and said O Panneerselvam should be allowed to continue. "Why not let Panneerselvam go on for some time? He has done his job fairly well," Mr Haasan said, adding that if the people do not like him, they have the "mandate to throw him out of power". Calling the present situation a "bad climax", he said "Sasikala reality hurts me"........Read more

1 Day, 119 Centres, 44,000 Students, 35,000 Experiments: The Grand Story of Bastar Science Experiment

Taking this into consideration, the Department of Education led a project in the Bastar district of Chattisgarh that recently culminated into a one-day science fair, where over 44,000 students from 637 government schools in the district showcased more than 35,000 experiments and working models at 119 cluster centres.........Read more

Pak Army releases video song ahead of 'Kashmir Day' to express 'solidarity' with people of state

In an unusual move, Pakistan Army released a video song in solidarity with the people of Kashmir, hours ahead of Kashmir Day which is observed annually in the country on February 5. Titled ‘Sangbaaz (stone-pelters)’, is a song expressing solidarity with the youth of Kashmir. Its lyrics urge India to leave Kashmir.........Read more

This Wheelchair-Bound 24-Year-Old Plays Basketball, Trains Others And Is A Talented Marathoner

Born and brought up in Gaya, Bihar, Shailesh had always been good with sports. One day, after a football match, Shailesh injured one leg. So, he asked his friend to help him to the room. But as they were struggling to reach the room, his friend lost balance and they both fell, hurting Shailesh in the spine.........Read more

Former Chelsea star Frank Lampard retires at 38

Former England and Chelsea midfield star Frank Lampard said he was retiring Thursday at the age of 38 after turning down "a number of exciting offers" in Britain and abroad.........Read more

Romania protests grow over corruption decree - BBC News

The Romanian capital, Bucharest, has seen one of its largest ever anti-government protests after a decree was passed that could free dozens of officials jailed for corruption. A crowd of at least 150,000 was reported outside government offices late on Wednesday and rallies took place in other towns and cities.........Read more

Withdrawal of service charge on railway bookings and 12 more things about the railway budget 2017

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's rail budget focussed on rail safety and improving infrastructure. Apart from allocating a massive corpus for rail safety the railways is also looking to eliminate unmanned broad guage to increase safety........Read more

Jat agitation: Peaceful protest on january 29 in Haryana

Trashing the decision of a khap mahapanchayat in Sonipat to defer the call for January 29 Jat stir in the state, another mahapanchayat of prominent khaps at Nandal Bhawan on Friday reiterated their decision to hold the peaceful agitation at its scheduled time. A khap mahapanchayat held in Sonipat on January 25 had announced …........Read more

Google took down 1.7 billion misleading ads in 2016

"Bad ads promote illegal products and unrealistic offers and can trick people into sharing personal information and infect devices with harmful software. They pose a threat to users, Google's partners and the sustainability of the open web itself".........Read more

TN Traders not to sell soft drinks made by MNCs

Starting March 1, traders in the State will not sell popular soft drinks and mineral water brands of multinational companies. They will instead encourage Indian brands. Tamil Nadu Vanigar Sangangalin Peramaipu president A.M. Vikramaraja said the whole of February would be spent on educating traders and consumers about the evils of these foreign brands.........Read more

China to set up world's highest altitude telescopes in Tibet

China is setting up the world's highest altitude gravitational wave telescopes in a Tibet prefecture close to Line of Actual Control with India with a budget of $18.8 million to detect faintest echoes resonating from universe which may reveal more about the Big Bang theory. Construction has started for the first telescope, code-named Ngari No 1, 30 km south of Shiquanhe Town in Ngari Prefecture, said Yao Yongqiang chief researcher with the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.........Read more

BCCI Has Lost Face Internationally After This Entire Saga, Says Sunil Gavaskar

When asked to name a person, who thinks is the most suitable to take the job on interim basis and can bear the brunt in this crisis situation, he said, "BCCI has got a very good bench strength to take up the bigger rolls and one name that comes to my mind is Sourav Ganguly." "Remember, in 1999-2000 when Indian cricket was gripped by the match fixing saga, Ganguly was given the Indian team captaincy and he turned it around."........Read more

Businesses can soon cash in on Aadhaar-enabled payments: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Aadhaar-enabled payment is going to become a gamechanger. The customer need not have a mobile phone. Only one (biometric) smartphone with the shopkeeper, enter your Aadhaar number and press your thumb, and the payment is done. We are just finalising it, the entire architecture, the ownership etc, (after which) we will launch it. Almost 30 crore Indians don’t have mobile phones, this is a transformative measure which will make everything transparent. ........Read more

Scientists accelerate immune response to tuberculosis in mice

New research findings provide insight into the immune system pathways that may be key to developing an effective tuberculosis (TB) vaccine. The study, to be published Thursday in the journal Nature Communications, was supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health.........Read more

Ex-Maharashtra CM Chavan suggests introduction of Rs 200 notes

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has suggested that currency notes of Rs 200 denomination should be introduced and said that there was no need to bring into circulation Rs 1,000 notes again. Related Post Modi and Shah to address CMs of BJP-ruled states Jharkhand CM launches blistering attack on Nitish Mamata criticises Centre for …........Read more

Karunanidhi admitted to Kauvery Hospital in Chennai

Karunanidhi health: DMK president M Karunanidhi was admitted to Kauvery Hospital at Alwarpet in Chennai on Thursday morning for "optimisation of nutrition and hydration," the hospital said in a release.........Read more

Terror Attack Near Army Camp In Jammu and Kashmir's Nagrota

A soldier has been injured in a terror attack near an army camp in Nagrota, 20 km from Jammu, on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway. A gun battle between army and the terrorists is on.........Read more

Illness, heart attacks killing more BSF men than border ops

More BSF personnel have died of heart attack and other illnesses than in action on the borders and anti-Naxal operations in the past two years, according to official data.........Read more

Google starts labeling fact-check articles in news articles

The web is a great vessel to spread information to everyone, but not all of that information is created equal. Between hoaxes, mis-informed articles, sensa... by Rita El Khoury in Google, News........Read more

After BMW and cash rewards, silver medallist PV Sindhu bags Rs 50 crore deal

PV Sindhu became the first Indian woman to win silver in Rio Olympics, and the shuttler, as a result of this, has been receiving cash rewards and other gifts. Sindhu, after her stupendous performance in Rio, has signed a three-year deal worth Rs 50 crore with a sports management company -- Baseline.........Read more

7th Pay panel award to spur savings more than consumption: UBS survey

Global brokerage UBS has taken a contrarian line to the general view that the 7th Pay panel award would boost demand, saying the move is expected to drive savings more than consumption. According to a UBS Evidence Lab report, the Central Pay Commission (CPC) may not help an urban demand recovery in the second half of this financial year.........Read more

Apple Wants To Patent A Paper Bag

Yep, like a shopping bag. No, it doesn't have a touchscreen or a microchip in it (nor a headphone jack, naturally). Yes, it will be white, in keeping with Apple's pristine aesthetics. Take a look at the picture above, which is some of the artwork submitted with the patent application. Looks like a pretty standard paper bag from a store, doesn't it? Yes, it sure does.........Read more

Gau rakshaks in Gurgaon apply for arms licenses, cite threats

Gau rakshaks, or cow protectors in Gurgaon, Haryana have applied for arms licenses citing security concerns.According to them, an arms license is now a necessity for them as they are facing threats from armed cow smugglers.........Read more

India Inc to spend Rs. 20,000 crore on advertising this festive season

Sluggishness in e-commerce spending would likely be offset by phone makers, automobiles and FMCG companies and Reliance Jio.........Read more

IPhone optimism blasts Apple stock to 2016 high

After sinking to a two-year low in July, shares of the world's most valuable listed company have since rebounded 25 percent.........Read more

Kapil Sharma, Irrfan Khan May Face Action Over Illegal Construction

In more trouble for comedian Kapil Sharma, who has kicked up a row through his bribe tweet, Oshiwara Police on Monday registered an FIR against him for alleged unauthorised construction at his flat in suburban Goregaon.........Read more

India’s Top Steel Producer Posts 5th Straight Loss Amid Glut

Steel Authority of India Ltd., the nation’s biggest producer, reported a fifth consecutive quarterly loss as a global glut of the metal continued to weigh on prices. The stock plunged the most in 11 weeks.........Read more

PepsiCo ends 11-year-old endorsement contract with MS Dhoni

While Dhoni endorsed nearly 18 brands in 2016, it has slipped down to 10 now.........Read more

India preparing to install Israeli radar technology throughout the LoC - Kashmir Valley

India is preparing to install the Israeli radar technology in the jungles of the Indian-held Kashmir and along the Line of Control (LoC), Indian media reported. Representatives from India's Border Security Force (BSF) are due to visit Israel as part of the acquisition of the detection system. During the trip, the Indian forces would receive training on the system's operations. The radar is equipped with high-sensitivity sensors that can track human and vehicular movement in areas of dense foliage, the Indian media added. The Indian government would established a 24/7 control room to monitor the signals received from the Israeli technology installed throughout the Kashmir Valley and the Line of Control (LoC) between India and Pakistan.........Read more

Live: Hardik Patel released from jail, gets hero’s welcome

Hundreds of people started to pour into Surat on Friday morning as crowds gathered outside the Lajpore Central Jail, where Patidar protest leader Hardik Patel is set to walk out before noon after nine months behind bars.........Read more

India may buy Boeing P-8I aircraft for $1 billion: 5 facts about the ‘hawk eyes’ of Indian Navy to counter China

PM Narendra Modi has reportedly cleared an over $1 billion deal to acquire four more Boeing P-8I (Poseidons) long-range surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft from US........Read more

Wipro to deploy AI platform Holmes to do the job of 3,000 engineers

The move is part of Wipro’s larger plan to generate $60-$70 million in revenue by selling the artificial platform to new and existing clients this year........Read more

BSE to sell up to 30% stake by FY17-end

BSE will hold an AGM on 24 June to seek shareholder approval for the share sale, could raise around Rs1,300 crore........Read more

The Modi Sarkar, Under the Shadow of a Swamy

The BJP president and finance minister were stampeded into holding a press conference on the PM's academic qualifications. Both came out looking unconvincing and diminished. But such is the allure of confrontation that sobriety and reasonableness become dispensable qualities. This is the Swamy........Read more

Nepal & India: Relations at a new low?

Nepal's neighbour, and especially its MEA and RAW bureaucracy who together worked on the mediation and the subsequent political developments along with the Nepali actors, were seen as a 'patron' of democracy in Nepal.........Read more

Those who completed PhD before 2009 eligible for teaching jobs

Those students who had completed their PhD before 2009 through regular method will be eligible for teaching jobs without appearing for National Eligibility Test, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani said today.........Read more