World Bank Says Remittances To India Likely To Drop By 23% Due To COVID-19

Remittances to India are likely to drop by 23 per cent from USD 83 billion last year to USD 64 billion this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has resulted in a global recession, the World Bank has said. Globally remittances are projected to decline sharply by about 20 per cent this year due to the economic crisis induced by the pandemic and shutdowns, according to a World Bank report on the impact of the COVID-19 on migration and remittances released on Wednesday.........Read more

Air pollution over North India plummets to 20-year-low amid lockdown, says NASA

Aerosols are tiny solid and liquid particles suspended in the air that reduce visibility and can damage the human lungs and heart. Air pollution over northern India has plummeted to a 20-year-low for this time of the year, according to satellite data published by US space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The US space agency's satellite sensors observed aerosol levels at a 20-year low post the countrywide lockdown, implemented to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.........Read more

Hyderabad Bags PETA India Award for Most Vegan-Friendly City for 2019

Hyderabad bagged the title for its top-notch vegan restaurants, dessert offerings and vegan community. Global interest in a vegan lifestyle has never been higher, and Hyderabad is leading the country in responding to it.........Read more

"Unprecedented In 70 Years": NITI Aayog Vice Chairman On Liquidity Crisis

NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar said the government recognises the problem in the financial sector Describing the current economic downturn as an "unprecedented situation", NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar said, "From last 70 years (we) have not faced this sort of liquidity situation where the entire financial sector is in churn," news agency ANI reported. He also said the government "must do whatever it can to take away some of the apprehensions of the private sector". The comments from the top economist come at a time the country's economy is facing the worst pace of growth in nearly five years. "Government recognises absolutely that the problem is in the financial sector. Liquidity is turning into insolvency. Therefore you have got to stop that," he said. Rajiv Kumar,VC Niti Aayog says,"If Govt recognizes problem is in the financial sector... this is unprecedented situation for Govt from last 70 yrs have not faced this sort of liquidity situation where entire financial sector is in churn &nobody is trusting anybody else." "Nobody is trusting anybody else. It's not just the government and the private sector, within the private sector, nobody wants to lend to anybody else."........Read more

Garg says none in government questioned offshore bonds issue when he was DEA Secretary

The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has asked the finance ministry to reconsider the plan and instead look at issuing rupee-denominated bonds instead of foreign currency bonds. Senior bureaucrat Subhash Chandra Garg. (File Photo | PTI) With a planned foreign currency-denominated sovereign debt issue being blamed for his exit from the Finance Ministry, senior bureaucrat Subhash Chandra Garg on Friday said none in the government had opposed the idea of India's maiden overseas bonds while he was the economic affairs secretary. Garg's surprise shift to the Power Ministry, an event that followed his request for voluntary retirement from government service, was in some quarters being blamed on the Department of Economic Affairs not sufficiently dwelling on the potential downside of issuing foreign currency-denominated sovereign debt. Garg had focussed chiefly on the positives. Refusing to link his seeking voluntary retirement, a year before his superannuation, to his transfer to the relatively low profile Power Ministry, he said that he had conveyed his decision to the Prime Minister's Office on July 18. He had, however, applied for VRS on Thursday morning - hours after the government late on July 24 issued orders transferring him from DEA to Power Ministry.........Read more

Chandrayaan-2 Succesfully Performs First Earth-bound Orbit

The first Earth-bound orbit-raising manoeuvre for the highly anticipated Moon mission Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was successfully performed on Wednesday afternoon. The Earth-bound manoeuvres were performed as per the schedule at 2.52 PM, using the onboard propulsion system for a firing duration of 57 seconds. The new orbit for the journeys onwards will be 230 x 45163 km, the space agency stated. The second Earth-bound orbit-raising manoeuvre will be conducted on July 26, between 1 PM and 2 PM. The grand spacecraft will be hitting the Moon’s surface on August 20, 2018. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) posted the entire schedule of the Mission Plan for Chandrayaan-2 on Twitter. In the run-up to the launch, ISRO chief K Sivan had said that the Chandrayaan-2 will perform 15 manoeuvres in all. Sivan had said that the spacecraft would be making a soft landing on the moon, “it will land on the South Pole. There is a lot of scientific testing to be done regarding the mission. Scientists around the world are looking forward to the launch”. The historic launch of India’s second moon mission grabbed attention globally with politicians, celebrities and even the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) congratulating the ISRO team.........Read more

No reservation for Economically Weaker Section students in AIIMS this year

Despite the Centre’s direction to make Economically Weaker Section (EWS) reservation compulsory, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences hasfailed to introduce the (EWS) reservation for students this academic season. According to sources, the AIIMS authorities had appealed to the Union health ministry to exempt the EWS quota for the current academic season from all academic centres which has been accepted by the centre. “Currently, AIIMS is not in a situation to increase the number of students. The accommodation needs to be done without affecting the present ratio of the unreserved. If the government had told to decrease the number of unreserved then we would have happily done that. But, to get 25 more we need to improve our infrastructure,” said an official on the condition of anonymity. “AIIMS doesn’t have enough hostels, lecture room, laboratories space to fit the students. The existing students are already facing trouble. So how can AIIMS make space for more? Parents have started complaining about the facilities that authorities provide,” the official noted. Apart from Delhi, there are14 other AIIMS in the country — Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar,Patna, Jodhpur, Raipur and Rishikesh.........Read more

Noida Police Detain 60 Foreigners for Illegal Stay, Several Escape From Custody Within Hours

Sixty foreign nationals were detained and faced deportation after police searches in Greater Noida on Wednesday found them staying in the country without documents. Almost all of those held are from eight African countries, including Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Ivory Coast and Angola. Twenty-eight of them were women. The detainees were being held at the district police lines in Surajpur from where they fled, a police spokesperson said without elaborating on how many of them managed to escape. "A probe has been launched into the matter and further proceedings are underway."........Read more

10 rebel Karnataka MLAs told by Supreme Court to appear before Assembly Speaker at 6 pm

The 10 rebel Congress-Janata Dal Secular lawmakers who weren’t getting an early appointment with Karnataka Assembly speaker KR Ramesh Kumar should meet him at 6 pm in his office, the Supreme Court ordered on Thursday. A bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi also ordered that the speaker would have to call on the resignations by the end of day and place his decision on the letters before the bench tomorrow morning. The top court’s order implies that the Karnataka political crisis, which had been kept in a limbo by the speaker, is in homestretch. Follow Karnataka crisis live updates here The bench, responding to concerns about the security of the lawmakers who are sequestered in a Mumbai hotel, said the legislators could request protection from the Karnataka police chief. The top court said the rebel MLAs, if they want, could intimate their decision to resign to speaker Ramesh Kumar. The assembly speaker would have to take a call on the resignation letters during the day. “The order of the speaker will be placed before us tomorrow,” Chief Justice Gogoi said on a petition by 10 Congress-Janata Dal Secular lawmakers who complained that the speaker had been sitting on their resignations to help the HD Kumaraswamy government survive. ‘Man-made disaster’: How Karnataka coalition unravelled.........Read more

HRD ministry to make four-month internship mandatory for all UG courses across India

At present, internships are part of three- or four-year bachelor programmes only in vocational and technical courses. Internship programmes spanning at least four months will soon be made mandatory in all undergraduate courses in colleges and universities across India. The Union Human Resources Development Ministry made the decision based on a five-year vision plan put together by 10 different expert groups. At present, internships are part of three- or four-year bachelor programmes only in vocational and technical courses. As part of the new initiative, the ministry has also asked universities to revise the curriculum of 100 courses to make students more employable from the next academic year. According to the Education Quality Upgradation and Inclusion Programme (EQUIP) report, internships can be with state governments or local administration to study government schemes, with local industry as well as research internships with faculty or researchers at the student’s own institution or elsewhere. “All institutes of higher education will also create opportunities for community engagement by students, especially in services that make use of mechanisms for social engagement of students at the undergraduate level,” the EQUIP report said.........Read more

Sunni board says Shah Jahan gave it Taj ownership, SC asks for papers

The Uttar Pradesh Sunni Wakf Board, which is battling the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for ownership of Taj Mahal, was on Tuesday asked by the Supreme Court to produce documents signed by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to prove its claim over the monument. The board has a week to produce the signatures of the emperor who died in 1666, almost 18 years after the monument he built in the memory of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, was completed.........Read more

Board Members Divided Over CEO Chanda Kochhar

The board of India's ICICI Bank Ltd., which less than two weeks earlier expressed full faith in Chief Executive Officer Chanda Kochhar, is divided over whether to ask her to step down as federal central authorities investigate allegations of impropriety over loans made to Videocon group. The board of India's second-largest private sector bank may meet as early as this week to consider its next course of action, the people said. Kochhar's current tenure as CEO is set to end on March 31, 2019.........Read more

Cauvery Verdict: Supreme Court reduces Tamil Nadu's share to 177 TMC

Originally awarded 192 TMC water to Tamil Nadu has been reduced to 177tmc with SC order. 14.75 TMC extra water has been given to Karnataka to provide drinking water to Bengaluru city. In its landmark judgment on key water dispute, the Supreme Court says ‘rivers are national resources’. The top court also said that no single state can claim exclusive right over an inter-state river simply because it originates from that particular state.........Read more

2018 Bajaj Dominar launched at Rs. 1.42 lakh

Bajaj Auto Ltd. has announced the launch of the 2018 Dominar. The bike is now offered with Gold Dust alloy wheels and three new colour options - Rock Matte Black, Canyon Red and Glacier Blue. The 2018 Bajaj Dominar is priced at Rs. 1,42,109 (ex-showroom, Delhi) and Rs. 1,56,270 for the ABS version.........Read more

One of World's Biggest Drug Companies Just Abandoned Alzheimer's And Parkinson's Research

Pfizer, the world's third-largest drugmaker, has announced it is ending research to discover new medications for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. The move, which will eliminate hundreds of research positions across the pharmaceutical giant's roster, casts an even darker shadow outside the company – dashing the hopes of millions affected by neurological disorders, whose dreams of finding a treatment just got that much more desperate.........Read more

Google Pay is the latest digital payment platform by Google; merges Android Pay and Google Wallet in one solution

Google has just launched its latest online payment service with the name ‘Google Pay’. According to the announcement post on its blog, Pali Bhat, the VP of Product Management for Payments at Google clarified that Google is merging Android Pay and Google Wallet under this new brand to integrate the user experience so that users don’t get confused.........Read more

Marvel wants you to write own comics

Marvel announced Create Your Own, a new platform that allows fans to create original comic strips using Marvel characters and stock background illustrations. The tagline is “Your Own Marvel Universe.”........Read more

Pradyuman murder: Class 11 boy to be tried as adult, rules juvenile board

The lawyer of Pradyuman Thakur's family said that the convict will be considered as an adult during subsequent proceedings. Thanking the judiciary for the decision, Pradyuman's father Varun Thakur said, "We always knew that the journey is long but we will go till the end to get justice for my child and all other children who might be vulnerable". ........Read more

Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh Elections Results Show India is Ready For Reforms, Says PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday evening addressed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers in Delhi after party's victory in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections. Expressing his delight on the elections results in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, PM Modi thanked people of the two states for choosing 'Vikas'. PM Modi said the election results are a slap in the face of those who claimed that GST would affect the poll outcome.........Read more

Microsoft issues patch for bug in Windows Malware Protection Engine

Microsoft has released a security patch to fix a flaw in its Windows Malware Protection Engine that, if left untreated, can exploit a memory corruption error in the malware scanning tool and hack your system.........Read more

Padmavati: Rajput group threatens protests in UK, makers say no release for film abroad on Dec 1

A functionary at Viacom 18 said there was no plan to release the film globally without it being cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). The film was cleared by the UK censor board without any cuts. But we are waiting for censor clearance in India. Till then we will not release the film anywhere.........Read more

Govt to simplify income tax laws, sets up task force under taxman Arbind Modi to study overhaul

After overhauling indirect taxes, the government on Wednesday formed a task force to draft a new direct tax law to replace the existing Income Tax Act, which has been in force since 1961. Eight years after he first helped draft a new direct tax code for India, top taxman Arbind Modi has been asked to do the task again to meet the contemporary economic needs of the country.........Read more

India's plan to sell stakes in producing fields to hit state explorers' profit

India plans to offer stakes of up to 60 percent in oil and gas fields owned by state energy companies that are already in production to private firms, five sources with knowledge of the matter said, a move that would hit revenues of state explorers.........Read more

India becomes largest generator of energy from renewable sources

India became the largest generator of energy from renewable sources, generating 10.2 billion units in June. This includes electricity generated from solar, wind, biomass and small hydroelectric units. This is 26 per cent more than 8.1 BU of energy generated in June 2016, and 17 per cent more than the 8.6 BU of energy generated in May 2017.........Read more

Reliance plans major expansion at world's largest oil refinery complex

The Reliance Industries, operator of the world’s largest refining complex, is considering expanding its oil processing capacity by over 40 percent by 2030. Reliance may expand the capacity at its dual refinery complex in Jamnagar in Gujarat by 30 million tonnes a year to 100 million tonnes per year. The plans signal that Reliance remains bullish on the outlook for India’s fuel demand even as the government is considering plans to electrify all of the country’s vehicles by 2032. Still, India’s demand for diesel and gasoline to power existing and expecting combustion engine vehicles will likely remain strong as its population grows and becomes more wealthy.........Read more

Remission of type 2 Diabetes is clearly possible

A body of research putting type 2 diabetes patients on a low calorie diet has confirmed that the condition is reversible. For many patients it can be reversed with sustained weight loss of around 15 kg, ........Read more

No, We Can't Control Hurricanes from Space

"We have no real idea how to control weather in the sense of a hurricane," John Moore, a scientist at Beijing Normal University, told "All that realistically can be done is changing the thermodynamics of the system, which largely means changing the sea-surface temperatures." ........Read more

Four Aadhaar linking deadlines you should not miss

There are certain deadlines that you need to meet related to your Aadhaar in order to avoid pain in the coming year, 2018. Here's the list of various deadlines set by the government regarding Aadhaar. ........Read more

Why Face ID won’t give you the legal protection of a passcode

Apple has some technical features that might make this harder. The iPhone X isn’t supposed to unlock if your eyes are closed, for example, and since iOS 11 reportedly lets you disable Touch ID on the fly, you might be able to do the same for Face ID. But from a legal perspective, you’re less secure unlocking a phone with your face — or just about any biometric mechanism — than with a passcode.........Read more

1984 riots: SC forms body to examine SIT decision to close 199 cases

The Supreme Court today appointed a supervisory body of two former-apex court judges to scrutinise the SIT decision to close 199 cases in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots matter. A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra also asked the body to examine the SIT's decision to close additional 42 riots- related cases.........Read more

Rainfall in Earth's tropical regions will increase due to global warming: NASA

Globally, rainfall is not related just to the clouds that are available to make rain but also to Earth's "energy budget" - incoming energy from the Sun compared to outgoing heat energy. High-altitude tropical clouds trap heat in the atmosphere. If there are fewer of these clouds in the future, the tropical atmosphere will cool.........Read more

Sitaram Yechury roughed up by a man in New Delhi

Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury was roughed up by a young man at a press conference in New Delhi. Enraged members of the CPI(M) pounced on him and an accomplice and thrashed them before handing over the pair to police. Both were said to be from the Hindu Sena.........Read more

Researchers develop magnetic implant to provide new drug delivery method

A team of Canadian researchers have developed a magnetic drug implant that could offer an alternative to patients, especially the diabetics, who are struggling with numerous pills or intravenous injections.........Read more

In Kerala Medical College Classroom, She Was Set On Fire

A 20-year-old student was doused with petrol and set on fire in full view of other students at a medical college in Kerala's Kottayam on Wednesday. Her assailant had set himself on fire as well. Both had suffered serious burn injuries and died in hospital.........Read more

Pitch and outfield safe, Test match is on: TNCA Secretary

The fifth and final Test match between India and England will start as per schedule on December 16 at the Chepauk stadium despite the severe cyclone Vardah that lashed the Tamil Nadu capital on Monday evening. But, the sight screen has been badly damaged, the bulbs of the floodlights blown off and a number of air-conditioners damaged.........Read more

Mallika Sherawat tear-gassed, beaten up in Paris apartment: Report

Bollywood actor Mallika Sherawat was reportedly tear-gassed and beaten up by three masked intruders in her Paris apartment.........Read more

Buldhana: One of the 12 minor tribal students raped at knifepoint for 6 months

Panic, shock and anger surround the families of the tribal girls who were allegedly raped by their school staffers in Buldhana, Maharashtra, as the police continue their probe. On Friday, DNA had reported that 12 girls, aged between 12 and 14 years, had been allegedly raped in their boarding school in Hivarkheda village. The rape accused include peons, teachers, and even two headmasters. In fact, one of them was allegedly raped for six months at knifepoint.........Read more

Pandya's debut three-for sets up India's six-wicket win

Sharing the new ball in conditions that initially encouraged seam and swing, Hardik Pandya and Umesh Yadav ran through New Zealand's top order to set India up for a six-wicket win in the first ODI in Dharamsala........Read more

De Niro Goes Off On Trump: 'I'd Like To Punch Him In The Face'

It was supposed to be a quick, neutral video shot for a bipartisan campaign encouraging Americans to do their civic duty: vote. In less than a minute, De Niro called the Republican presidential nominee "a dog," "a pig," "a con," "a bulls--t artist . . . who doesn't know what he's talking about" and "an idiot."........Read more

DGCA lifts ban on Galaxy Note 7 in-flight usage: Samsung

Samsung can breathe a sigh of relief as the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Friday lifted restrictions on in-flight use of the Samsung Galaxy Note7, manufactured after September 15, 2016.........Read more

How HDR works

For the basics about what HDR is, check out What is HDR for TVs, and why should you care?. The short version is an HDR TV, when showing special HDR content, has a wider dynamic range (i.e. contrast ratio), along with more steps in brightness (for smother transitions and more detail in bright and shadowy areas). Also, usually, HDR is paired with Wide Color Gamut (WCG), which offers a greater range and depth of colo........Read more

Drones Are Writing Tickets For Traffic Police On Highways In China

Police drones from China reportedly auto-detect activities of these violations, and once they do, they will fly lower and snap a shot, More than 30 violations were recorded on the first day two of the one-meter-long drones were tested in Sichuan, a southwestern province in China, when a few sought to use an emergency lane to cut lines amid heavy holiday traffic........Read more

The science of smartphone batteries and how to keep them charged

Whenever a new iPhone gets announced, there's one feature that every Apple lover is hoping for: improved battery life. We may not agree on headphone jacks, but we all want smartphones that can hold more juice. How else are we supposed to catch all those Pokémon? The latest video from the American Chemical Society gives some tips for making your battery last longer -- all informed by chemistry, of course.........Read more

Ice Cores From Melting Glaciers Will Be Stored In Antarctica

Scientists from France and Italy are building a library of samples taken from melting glaciers. As part of the Protecting Ice Memory project, the researchers are collecting ice cores from glaciers around the world and bringing them to Antarctica to be buried more than 30 feet underground.........Read more

Man who sold kidney for iPhone 6 now sells off his brain to buy iPhone 7

Even as news of people selling their spare kidneys for purchasing iPhone and Coldplay tickets is getting increasingly common, Tashani Yadav, a hardcore Apple fan who had sold his kidney to purchase iPhone 6 a couple of years back, now sold his brain to buy the new iPhone 7. Tashani is a call center employee who earns Rs. [...]........Read more

Vyapam whistleblower seeks arrest of Ram Naresh Yadav. Tries to self immolate

A man tried to self-immolate himself outside Raj Bhawan in Bhopal on 7 September. Manoj Tripathi, an RTI activist, was demanding the arrest of the former Governor Ram Naresh Yadav in the Vyapam scam.........Read more

If You’re Not Outside Your Comfort Zone, You Won’t Learn Anything

You need to speak in public, but your knees buckle even before you reach the podium. You want to expand your network, but you’d rather swallow nails than make small talk with strangers. Speaking up in meetings would further your reputation at work, ........Read more

Chandigarh, Sikkim park make it to UNESCO's World Heritage List

UNESCO today listed Chandigarh and Sikkim's national park home to the world's third highest peak Mount Khangchendzonga among its World Heritage Sites, approving all three nominations linked to India this session.........Read more

Study maps transmission of MERS virus in South Korean hospital from one 'super-spreader' patient

Tracing the movements of patients at a South Korean hospital has helped identify how Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus was transmitted from a single super-spreader patient in an overcrowded emergency room to a total of 82 individuals over three days including patients, visitors and health-care workers. The study, published today in The Lancet, maps the transmission of South Korea's first outbreak of MERS virus and the case of highest transmission of MERS virus from a single patient outside the Middle East.........Read more

Could Dragons in Westeros Fly? Aeronautical Engineering and Math Say They Could

A bit of basic physics, aerodynamics, and some working knowledge of human physiology can tell you a lot about Westeros.........Read more

| Video | Essar leaks: Here's how VVIP phones were intercepted | India Videos

Alleged phone tapping of VVIPs by Essar group was done at Delhi and Mumbai through BPL and Hutch servers.........Read more

Civil aviation policy passed: Cabinet okays Rs 2,500 cap on one-hour flights, scraps 5-year rule

Civil aviation policy passed: Cabinet okays Rs 2,500 cap on one-hour flights, scraps 5-year rule - The Union Cabinet has finally passed much-awaited civil aviation policy.........Read more