The vaccine volunteers

It was after exactly five months and four days that the 64 year-old former top official of a pharmaceutical firm in Pune was stepping out of his bungalow. On August 27, he dressed slowly, washed his hands before wearing gloves, put on an and safety goggles, and then waited for his wife, 59, daughter, 40, to get dressed similarly and join him in the car. All three of them then headed for the Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College and Hospital in Pune — to be part of trials for one of the most promising vaccine candidates against the as yet. “Oh my God, it had been so long,” says the 64-year-old. “I had only been listening to tragic news — another healthcare worker I knew passed away due to Covid. In the car, we switched off the AC, sanitised the seats, disinfected the steering wheel and sat diagonally.” But while the virus might have kept him home all these days, he says he didn’t hesitate on coming to know volunteers were needed for — or Covishield, as it is to be called in India. “There was absolutely no doubt in my mind that I would volunteer.” The 64-year-old has been closely monitoring the progress of the vaccine developed by Oxford University — including the advanced human trials that are already on in Brazil, South Africa and the United Kingdom. In India, the Phase 2/3 trials started on August 25. As part of the pharmaceutical industry, he had seen such trials up close, he says, with his team being part of several research studies.........Read more

Coronavirus cases in India: Record single-day spike of 40,425 COVID-19 cases; nation’s tally crosses 11 lakh

India saw a record single-day jump of 40,425 COVID-19 cases, pushing its tally past the 11-lakh mark on Monday, while the total number of recoveries crossed 7 lakh, according to the Union Health Ministry data. The death toll due to the disease rose to 27,497 with 681 fatalities reported in one day. India’s COVID-19 tally crossed the 11-lakh mark, just three days after it crossed the ten-lakh mark. There are 3,90,459 active cases in the country, while 7,00,086 people have recovered and one person has migrated. The recovery rate stands at 62.61 per cent.........Read more

Plain Truth: Indian Army Is Fully Prepared And Was NOT Caught Unawares In Ladakh; China Risks Losing Face

The Chinese misadventure in Ladakh did not catch the Indian Army unaware as some media reports would suggest. And contrary to perceptions in some quarters, the Indian Army has enough assets on the ground in Ladakh to not only thwart any aggression on the part of China’s People's Liberation Army (PLA), but also give it a bloody nose. India’s defence establishment initiated a military buildup in Ladakh immediately after the Kargil War and stationed a new Corps (the 14 Corps) in Leh. Till then, the Srinagar-based 15 Corps used to look after Ladakh.........Read more

Scientists hunt pandemic hotspots in race to test vaccines

The first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic may be waning. For vaccine developers, that could be a problem. Scientists in Europe and the United States say the relative success of draconian lockdown and social distancing policies in some areas and countries means virus transmission rates may be at such low levels that there is not enough disease circulating to truly test potential vaccines. They may need to look further afield, to pandemic hotspots in Africa and Latin America, to get convincing results. ........Read more

"Aarogya Setu A Sophisticated Surveillance System": Rahul Gandhi

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi today criticised the government over the coronavirus tracking app Aarogya Setu as a "sophisticated surveillance system". The app that was meant for Congress MP Rahul Gandhi today criticised the government over the coronavirus tracking app Aarogya Setu as a "sophisticated surveillance system". The app that was meant for voluntary use when it was launched in early April has been made a must for all private and government employees. If a private firm employee is found without the app on their phone, the head of the company will be held responsible, the centre has said. "The Arogya Setu app, is a sophisticated surveillance system, outsourced to a pvt operator, with no institutional oversight - raising serious data security & privacy concerns. Technology can help keep us safe; but fear must not be leveraged to track citizens without their consent," Rahul Gandhi tweeted today.use when it was launched in early April has been made a must for all private and government employees. If a private firm employee is found without the app on their phone, the head of the company will be held responsible, the centre has said.........Read more

Panasonic Enters Edtech Space To Skill College, School Students For Future Jobs

The Indian arm of Japanese multinational Panasonic has launched CareerEx and Xcelit to enter the Indian edtech market. Both products are aimed at solving the skill development gap in India’s deeptech sector. While CareerEx is designed to help college and university students get training in emerging technologies such as data science, cloud computing, machine learning, artificial intelligence and internet of things (IoT), Xcelit is focused on school students from Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. The products are said to also help schoolgoers in their preparation for competitive exams. ........Read more

Indian Men’s and Women’s Table-Tennis Teams One Win Away From Securing Maiden Olympics Qualification

G Sathiyan, India’s highest-ranked player, took some time to settle down against Luka Mladenovic but other than that it was a straight forward tie for the fifth seeds who next play 11th seeds Slovenia in the all-important round of 16 clash on Friday. If the men’s team reach the quarter-finals, then they will be assured a berth as a team in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics which will be a watershed moment in Indian table-tennis history.........Read more

Earthquake of 6.8 Magnitude Rocks Delhi-NCR, Epicentre in Afghanistan

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake with its epicentre in the Hindu Kush region jolted several parts of north India including Delhi-NCR on Friday evening. “The earthquake of 6.8 magnitude had its epicentre in Hindu Kush,” an official of the Seismology Department said. The Paris-based European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre said the tremors were felt from Tashkent to New Delhi, a distance of nearly 1,500 km.........Read more

Flipkart’s Sachin Bansal buys NBFC CRIDS in Rs 739 crore deal; to take over as CEO

Sachin Bansal has acquired Chaitanya Rural Intermediation Development Services (CRIDS), a non-banking finance company (NBFC) in a Rs 739-crore deal. Following the investment, Bansal will assume the role of CRIDS CEO. Co-founders Samit Shetty and Anand Rao will continue in their role as executive directors, adding to the growth of existing business segments. Bansal will provide additional support to create further impetus to business growth, he said in a statement. Founded in 2012, CRIDS provides financial services to low- and middle-income families who lack access to formal banking through its wholly-owned subsidiary Chaitanya India Fin Credit. Currently operating in five states, the Bengaluru-based NBFC provides two-wheeler loans, housing, small business and education loans.........Read more

Before PV Sindhu, Manasi Joshi brought home another gold

Manasi Joshi was just nine when she got interested in badminton. This was in Mumbai where her father Girish Joshi worked at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) as a scientist. Growing up, she tasted success in school and district level tournaments. But Manasi’s life took a tragic turn in 2011 when she met with an accident on her way to work and had to be hospitalised for close to 50 days. Eight years later, the 30-year-old electronics engineer won gold at the Para World Badminton championship in Basel, Switzerland, just hours before PV Sindhu clinched the world title beating Nozomi Okuhara. Manasi defeated statemate and defending champion Parul Parmar in the women’s singles SL3 final, a category that includes players who could have an impairment in one or both lower limbs and have poor walking or running balance. “I worked really hard for this one and I am super happy that all the sweat and hard work has paid off. This is my first gold at the World Champsionships,” wrote Manasi on her Facebook page. 130 crore Indians are extremely proud of the Indian Para Badminton contingent, which has brought home 12 medals at BWF World Championships 2019. Congratulations to the entire team, whose success is extremely gladdening and motivating. Each of these players is remarkable!........Read more

Japan: PM addresses Indian diaspora; restates 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vishwas'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Thursday, addressed the Indian diaspora in Japan during his official visit to attend the G-20 summit. Addressing the gathering, PM Modi said, “I am fortunate to be here once again after 7 months. It is a coincidence that last time I was here, election results were out here and you had shown trust in my dear friend Shinzo Abe. Today when I am here, the largest democracy has shown even greater trust in this Pradhan Sevak.” Incidentally, PM Shinzo Abe was re-elected as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic party [LDP] in September, 2018. PM Modi had visited the far-east nation in October, 2018. Thanking the people for the massive mandate, PM Modi said. “130 Crore Indians formed an even stronger govt. This is big. After three decades, for the first time, a govt with clear majority formed govt for the second time in a row.” Reiterating his commitment on development for all, PM Modi said, “Sabka saath sabka vikas aur usmein logon ne amrit milaya sabka vishwas (Development for all, confidence of all). We are going ahead with this mantra. India will be made stronger.”........Read more

Chhapaak: Deepika Padukone's Look as Acid Attack Survivor Revealed; See Pic

After stunning the audience with her spectacular performance in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's period drama Padmaavat, Deepika Padukone is all set to be back on screen with another project Chhapaak, a film based on the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. ........Read more

Hyundai's Biggest SUV 'Palisade' Leaked Online; Offers Eight-Seat Option

Hyundai recently confirmed that its biggest SUV in terms of footprint would be named Palisade. It can be had in seven- or eight-seat configuration and takes plenty of design inspiration from the HDC-2 Grandmaster concept.........Read more

RBI refuses to state how much destruction of banned notes cost: RTI

The RBI has declined to reveal the cost incurred on shredding banned currency notes worth Rs 15,31,073 crore which returned to banks following demonetization.........Read more

S.P. Vaid Removed As Jammu And Kashmir Police Chief

Jammu and Kashmir police chief S P Vaid was unceremoniously removed late Thursday as the Transport Commissioner and Director General of Prison Dilbagh Singh was directed to look after the force until a regular appointment was made.........Read more

Evacuation begins as Yamuna crosses danger mark, Delhi govt calls emergency meeting

Yamuna river crossing the danger mark in Delhi, authorities on Saturday began to evacuate hundreds of persons affected by the rising water level. Over 10,000 persons have been affected........Read more

Veere Di Wedding Trailer: Kareena, Sonam Invite You To The Wedding Of The Year

The makers of Veere Di Wedding have finally released the trailer and fans can’t keep calm. Helmed by Khoobsurat director Shashanka Ghoshand bankrolled by Rhea Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor and Nitin Dwivedi, the film also has ‘Permanent Roommates’ fame Sumeet Vyas opposite Kareena Kapoor Khan. The makers are planning to release the film on June 1.........Read more

Ssangyong Rexton based Mahindra XUV700 India launch during festive season

Mahindra XUV700 has created quite a buzz in the Indian car market and since the homegrown brand has shown it at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo with the Rexton badge, we have been eagerly waiting for its launch. Now, the SsangYong Rexton based SUV has been spotted in Nashik without any camouflage ahead of its scheduled launch during festive season this year.........Read more

Indian Boxers Shine at 2018 Asiad Test Event, Bag Ten Medals

Salman Shaikh in the 52 kg category, Manish Kaushik of the 60 kg category and Pavitra of the women’s 60 kg category fought their way to gold even after they were guaranteed a bronze without even throwing a punch. Pavitra won 5-0 against Nilawan Techasuep of Thailand, Shyam Kumar defeated local lad Mario Blasius 4-1, while Salman Shaikh also defeated his Filipino rival 5-0. Etias Kha (56 kg), Ashish Kumar (75 kg), Pawan Kumar (69kg) and Ritu (51 kg) had to settle for bronze after losing out in their respective semifinal bouts.........Read more

Karni Sena Chief Says, Withdrawal Of Protest Against Deepika Padukone – Shahid Kapoor’s Film Must Be Some Fake News

Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi, on Saturday, dismissed reports that his outfit has withdrawn protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmaavat” and said it must be some “fake news” circulated by a “fake Karni Sena”. He also said that his group has made the BJP pay – via its loss in theRajasthanbypolls – for not respecting the sentiments of the protesting Rajputs. ........Read more

Renault-Nissan overtakes VW to become world's no.1 carmaker

Renault-Nissan has overtaken Volkswagen to become the world's no.1 carmaker in terms of sales in 2017. While Nissan registered record global sales of 5.82 million last year, Renault clocked 3.76 million units. In 2016, the group acquired a controlling stake in Mitsubishi. The Japanese brand sold 1.03 million vehicles in 2017 bringing the group's final sales tally to 10.61 million units. ........Read more

Paytm valuation pegged at $10 billion after secondary share sale

Paytm, run by One97 Communications Ltd, is likely to be valued at about $10 billion when some existing and former employees sell a part of their shares to new investors. If the share sale goes through, Paytm will cement its position as the second-most valuable internet start-up in India, behind only Flipkart, which is valued at $12.6 billion.........Read more

Sketch Movie Review: Vikram-starrer Sinks Into A Murky Mire

The Vikram-starrer, Sketch, penned and helmed by Vijay Chander, plants its camera in North Chennai's Royapuram to trace the life of a gangster, called Jeeva (Vikram). The subject of cars being impounded is a serious one, well worth the effort of a film, but the tendency to wrap it around silly sequences and unbelievable sub-plots (now pray why will an educated girl be drawn to an uncouth rascal in this time and age? ) pull Sketch into a murky mire. ........Read more

Video showing Jayalalithaa recovering in Apollo hopsital released

The video shows Jayalalithaa sitting up on her bed and drinking from a cup. Since no one was reportedly permitted to see Jayalalithaa prior to her death, the video is being presented as an attempt by the Sasikala camp to lay claim to Jayalalithaa's legacy.........Read more

Jaguar F-PACE Gets 5-Star Safety Rating from Euro NCAP

aguar F-PACE has secured the highest five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP, which further compliments its 2017 World Car of the Year title. The performance SUV, which also won 2017 World Car Design of the Year at the 2017 World Car Awards, scored 93 percent for adult occupant protection, 85 percent for child occupant protection and 80 percent for pedestrian protection.........Read more

Aadhaar to be compulsory for AMCs' clients from Jan, says BSE

Leading bourse BSE today asked asset management companies to ensure that individual clients compulsorily submit their Aadhaar details from January onwards as part of compliance with anti-money laundering rules. ........Read more

Telangana: Cybercrime gangs going rural, phishing cases soar

Several cases have been referred to the CID. So far, around 900 cybercrime cases are registered in the state. Of these, 30 per cent are phishing frauds. Most of the phishing scams take place in rural areas. A few people, who lose small amounts, just lodge the complaint and don’t pursue it.........Read more

Physicists excited by discovery of new form of matter, excitonium

Excitonium is a condensate—it exhibits macroscopic quantum phenomena, like a superconductor, or superfluid, or insulating electronic crystal. It's made up of excitons, particles that are formed in a very strange quantum mechanical pairing, namely that of an escaped electron and the hole it left behind.........Read more

Hackers to exploit AI technology for data breaches in 2018: Symantec

2018 is the first year where we will see AI versus AI in a cybersecurity context. Cyber criminals will use AI to attack and explore victims’ networks, which is typically the most labour-intensive part of compromise after an incursion.........Read more

CBI unearths Rs 396 crore of alleged slush funds after demonetization

The CBI has unearthed Rs 396 crore of alleged slush funds in 84 cases registered by it relating to illicit currency exchange that took place after the government announced demonetization of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes an year ago.........Read more

Don't want to hurt Hindu sentiments, never used word 'terror': Kamal Haasan

I did not use the word terror, the word I used was 'extreme', like some of my fans who love me. I definitely don't want to hurt Hindu sentiments, as I myself belong to a Hindu family,but have taken a different path, said Kamal Haasan.........Read more

India's first home-grown 'Nirbhay' missile ready to strike next week

After two consecutive failures, the Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and chairman Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), S Christopher on Sunday said that the test of Nirbhay missile will be done by next week.........Read more

SC Asks Mamata Banerjee to File Aadhaar Plea in Individual Capacity, Says How Can State Challenge Parliament’s Mandate

The Supreme Court on Monday rebuked the West Bengal government for opposing Centre’s rule to link Aadhaar card with mobile numbers, saying how can a state challenge Parliament’s mandate. The apex court also asked Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to file the petition in an individual capacity. ........Read more

Middleman Michel said he would help me make 'pile of cash': Jaya Jaitly

Arms middleman Christian Michel, who became a familiar name after his name surfaced in the AgustaWestland chopper scam during the UPA's tenure, was around when the Vajpayee government was in office, and suggested to former Samata Party leader Jaya Jaitly that she could "make a pile of money" for the party.........Read more

Won't link my mobile with Aadhaar: Mamata Banerjee

Making no qualms about showing her open defiance against the policies of the Narendra Modi government, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee declared, "I am not going to give my Aadhaar number to [mobile] service providers and if that amounts to getting my service snapped, so be it."........Read more

Kavita Devi Makes History by Becoming First-ever Indian Woman to Sign With WWE

Indian professional wrestler Kavita Devi is going places as she has now become the first Indian woman to sign a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Kavita, who hails from Haryana, has undergone training to be a professional wrestler under the guidance of former WWE champion ‘The Great Khali’ at his Punjab based wrestling promotion and training academy.........Read more

IIM-C, AMU, IIT Kanpur Among 4,717 Institutions That Didn’t File Income Tax Returns

Many premier organisations, educational institutions, NGOs have been named in the list of those who have not filed their annual returns for 2015-16 as mandated by the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010, on time. These include Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), India Habitat Centre, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Infosys Foundation; educational institutions — Indian Institutes of Management in Lucknow and Kolkata, IIT Kanpur, Aligarh Muslim University, Delhi College of Engineering and Lady Sri Ram College for Women among the 4,717 institutions/NGOs.........Read more

Renault to introduce three new products in the Kwid line-up

The French automaker, Renault has confirmed the introduction of three new Kwid models in the company’s line-up of production. Renault Kwid has performed exceedingly well in the Indian market which may have caused the company to extend the Kwid family further.........Read more

Mother shares shocking picture of baby born with intestines on the outside

Ava-Rose Nightingale from Wales was born with a condition called gastrochisis which means her intestines grow outside her body. The disorder prevented her abdominal wall from forming properly before birth and led to her shocking physical state.........Read more

Amit Shah's Son Jay Shah Says Will Sue Website For 100 Crores For Defamatory Story

Jay Shah, the son of BJP Chief Amit Shah, said today that he will sue The Wire, a website, for Rs 100 crore for an article that he says defames him. He has also said he will sue any organisation that discusses or references the allegations.........Read more

NSE to auction investment limit for Rs2,220 crore corporate bonds

The National Stock Exchange (NSE) on Thursday said it will auction investment limits for overseas investors for purchase of corporate bonds worth over Rs2,200 crore on Friday. The auction will be conducted on NSE’s e-bid platform from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm after the close of market hours........Read more

Why is Assamese cringe pop obsessed with policing women's bodies?

The last 10 seconds of the super-hit Assamese pop song Disco Bhonti is a sequence that few women would find funny. A young woman struts down a wide empty road, while the clothes on her keep morphing – initially, she is dressed in evening dresses, hot pants, brief skirts and glittery gowns, but as she comes to a stop in the penultimate frame, she is attired in a conventional Assamese mekhela-sador. This return to traditional values by the bhonti (which means sister in Assamese) pleases Kussum Koilash, the singer-lyricist of Disco Bhonti, who gives her a thumbs-up – approval that her formerly Western-clad self would never merit.........Read more

Patanjali to enter Dairy and Apparel market this year

“With this launch, Patanjali will in 11 categories. The total market size (of these two categories dairy and apparel) will be Rs 20 lakh crore. We will enter both within this year,” Ramdev said at edible oil conclave ‘Globoil India 2017’.........Read more

Dating apps may cause cancer, say experts

According to dentists, dating apps such as Tinder are increasing people’s risk of catching cancer causing virus through oral sex. Experts say that almost half of adults will be infected with the human papilloma virus (HPV) at some point in their life.........Read more

World Badminton Championships: Kidambi Srikanth loses in quarter-finals

India's Kidambi Srikanth lost his men's singles quarter-final match and bowed out of the World Badminton Championships on Friday. The Guntur player was beaten by top seed Son Wan Ho of South Korea 21-14, 21-18.........Read more

Kashmir separatist Mirwaiz defends terrorism amidst NIA heat

"You may kill one militant, ten more will stand up. So killing them will not kill the sentiment as is evident in their funeral processions. For the past 70 years people of Kashmir are born, raised, live and die with the fact that Kashmir is a disputed place waiting a final resolution," he said.........Read more

Guj RS polls to be held with NOTA says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has said that the Rajya Sabha elections will be held with the NOTA option. The SC refused to stay the implementation of NOTA by the Election Commission of India. A petition had been filed in the SC challenging its implementation on the ground that it was constitutionally invalid. The court said that it would hear the matter in detail on September 18. The RS polls in Gujarat is scheduled for August 8.........Read more

Lucknow Central trailer: Farhan Akhtar and his ‘band’ of brothers want to break free

The fast-paced trailer tells the story of a small-towner who dreams to be a singer. But fate has other plans for him as he gets wrongfully charged for murder. He is put in jail where his life is turned to hell.........Read more

National-level kabaddi player says she was raped

A 16-year-old girl who claims to be a national-level kabaddi player has alleged that she was raped by an athlete on July 9. The girl approached the police with her complaint on Monday after which a case was registered. The girl, a resident of north Delhi, claimed she wasn’t conscious when the incident happened. “She said she only recalls seeing a huge room. She doesn’t know where exactly it happened,” said a senior police officer.........Read more

Twitter working on tools to curb fake news bots

Twitter is working to build new tools and features to stop bots or automated accounts from spreading misinformation, even as its primary strategy is to rely on other users to call out fake news.........Read more

GST Effect: Isuzu MU-X, V-Cross, D-Max Prices Reduced By Up To 12 Per Cent

Isuzu has announced a price reduction across its model line-up in the country. The automaker's flagship offering, the Isuzu MU-X now starts at Rs. 22,38,358 for the base 4x2 variant (ex-showroom, Chennai), a reduction of about 8 per cent in the city.........Read more

Manjula Shetye death: Maharashtra jail officer quits probe after 'sympathetic' messages leaked

A top Maharashtra jail officer on Friday abruptly quit from the investigations into the brawl and death of an inmate at Byculla Jail after social media messages posted by her sympathising with the arrested jail staffers were leaked.........Read more

Housing Co-Founder Rahul Yadav Comes Back To Real Estate, Joins ANAROCK

After multiple attempts at different startup ideas, Rahul Yadav, former CEO and co-founder of has re-joined the real estate. Yadav has been appointed as the Chief Product and Technology Officer of ANAROCK Property Consultants. ANAROCK was launched by industry stalwart Anuj Puri last month.........Read more

Phil Simmons Applies for Team India’s Head Coach Job: Reports

Simmons’ credentials as coach are impeccable, with the 54-year-old having guided Ireland to the 2011 and 2015 World Cups during an eight-year stint, where he also oversaw wins over Test nations like England, Windies and Zimbabwe. Simmons quit the Ireland job in 2015 to take up the Windies coach’s role where he led them to a World T20 title. However, he was sacked by the West Indies Cricket Board in September 2016 due to “differences in culture and strategic approach”.........Read more

T'gana: Home buyers feel GST pinch, ready-to-move-in flats to cost more

Builders have started passing on higher GST to buyers of ready-to-move-in flats. The state government used to collect 5.75 per cent VAT on the real estate sector while the GST which came into effect on July 1 ramped it up to 18 per cent.........Read more

Nike co-founder Phil Knight says not even Tiger Woods could make golf profitable

Woods went on to become the greatest golfer of his generation, and Nike sought to benefit by selling clubs and equipment. But even the celebrity of Woods and his legion of fans weren’t enough to make it break even, said Knight, who left the company’s board last year. Nike exited the category a year ago amid Woods’s fading star power and the sport’s declining popularity.........Read more

Rajini pledges Rs 1 crore for linking of rivers

Weeks after asking his fans to "prepare for war," hinting that he might consider joining politics, the Kabali star today told the visiting farmers that their plea to link up rivers will be represented to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and pledged Rs 1 crore in this regard.........Read more

IBM, Hortonworks Team Up to Make Data Science More Mainstream

A new partnership will combine the Hortonworks Data Platform with the IBM Data Science Experience and IBM Big SQL to give enterprises more powerful tools for analyzing massive volumes of business data.........Read more

Govt to conduct annual job survey, labour bureau study not realistic: Panagariya

The government has responded by setting up a task force led by National Institution for Transforming India (Niti) Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya to device a methodology for timely and reliable employment data.........Read more

Four terrorists killed after they attacked CRPF camp in J&K's Bandipora district

Four terrorists were killed on Monday morning in retaliatory firing after they attacked a CRPF camp in Sumbhal town in Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir.........Read more

Mahesh Babu did stunts in 'Spyder' without a body double:Rupin

Mahesh has done some fabulous stunts which we never thought an actor could do. But, Mahesh did it all by himself without any body double, We were all quite stunned.........Read more

Huawei is facing a ban in UK for their smartphones

Huawei is facing a ban for their smartphones in the UK and won’t be allowed to sell their phones there any time soon. The move came after a judgement was passed by a UK High Court when Unwired Planet, a patent holding company from Openwave Systems also acquired intellectual property from Ericsson.........Read more

Will accept the list of 721 'illegal' Indians from US after verification: Sushma Swaraj

The US has given a list of 721 people claiming they were illegal migrants from India, but the government has not accepted it and would allow their deportation only after proper verification, union minister Sushma Swaraj said.........Read more

Medical researchers are building India's first map of infectious diseases, one patient at a time

This is all part of a project to study infectious diseases in India, their causes, prevention and cure, and – in a first – to build an interactive heat map of these diseases. A heat map is the representation of data in the form of a map or diagram, with different colours indicating the intensity of the subject they represent.........Read more

Goa's BJP-led government wins floor test with support from 22 legislators

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government in Goa smoothly won a crucial Supreme Court-mandated floor test today with 22 votes in favour of it in the 40-member Assembly. That gave the BJP-plus combine a majority - it needed 21 - and allowed the Manohar Parrikar-led government to continue.........Read more

Google just made the internet a tiny bit less annoying

Google launched “Invisible reCAPTCHA,” a service that works as a background bot-sniffer—without a human having to do anything. (The beta version launched last November, according to Google.) “Powering these advances is a combination of machine learning and advanced risk analysis that adapt to new and emerging threats,” the company said in a video. Whether a website makes use of the new, invisible reCAPTCHA or just the box-checking version, Google says that if they think something’s fishy, a user will still face more challenges.........Read more

WhatsApp beta separates voice and video call actions, relocates attachment icon

The most obvious change is the new attachment button placement in the text box, next to the camera. You won't have to reach out to the top of the screen to send a document, location, contact, or some sort of media anymore. And it makes a lot more sense: now everything you can share in a chat is there in the bottom row: attachments, camera (which gets a new icon), and voice messages. The attachment overlay also shows on the bottom of the screen now.........Read more

Bopanna and Paes in Davis Cup team

Rohan Bopanna and Leander Paes may be compelled to fight on the same side of the court, as the selectors chose a six-member squad for the Asia-Oceania Davis Cup tie against Uzbekistan to be played in Bengaluru from April 7 to 9.........Read more

No hike in Transport Allowance and Dearness Allowance; HRA raised to 30 per cent says 7th pay commission

The Committee on Allowances accepted the 7th Pay Commission recommendations about the Transport Allowance (TPTA) and said there will be no hike. The panel, however, decided to raise the House Rent Allowance or HRA to 30 per cent. ........Read more

India slips to 143 in economic freedom index: US thinktank

The Heritage Foundation in its Index of Economic Freedom report said despite India sustaining an average annual growth of about 7 per cent over the past five years, growth is not deeply rooted in policies that preserve economic freedom.........Read more

Edappadi Palanisamy: Seven things to know about Palanisamy who can be the next Tamil Nadu CM

Palaniswami, a four-time MLA from his native Edappadi constituency, is the state minister for highways and minor ports. He comes from the powerful Gounder community. ........Read more

India lifts their second T20 Blind World Cup thrashing Pakistan by 9 wickets

The Indian blind cricket team successfully defended its Twenty20 World Cup title in Bengaluru on Sunday, defeating arch-rivals Pakistan in the final of the second successive edition. The two teams had clashed in the 2012 edition final as well with India emerging triumphant.........Read more

Here's the complete list of nominees of the 59th Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards 2017 will recognise the best artists and songs for records released between October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016. Anything after that will go in the 2018 Grammy Awards. At the 2017 Grammy Awards, the performers include earlier winners like Adele and Katy Perry, with Adele crooning her song 25 from the album of the same name that has been nominated for Album of the Year. ........Read more

Shocking! BSF Soldier Tej Bahadur Has 17% Pakistani Friends On Facebook

Border Security Force (BSF) soldier Tej Bahadur Yadav, whose video complaint about bad food at his unit triggered a row, is claimed to have 17 per cent Pakistanis as friends on Facebook.........Read more

Ajay Tyagi was appointed as the new SEBI Chief

Tyagi was appointed as the new SEBI Chief on Friday. A 1984-batch IAS Officer from the Himachal Pradesh Cadre, Tyagi will be taking over from UK Sinha whose tenure ends on March 1, 2017.........Read more

A Big relief for Sasikala now, Supreme Court Not to Take up DA Case This Week

In a relief of sorts for VK Sasikala, the Supreme Court will not be taking up the Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case, in which Sasikala is accused number two, this week. The matter is likely to be listed in the top court next week. If convicted, Sasikala will not only lose the CM’s chair, for which she is currently battling O Panneerselvam, but will also be barred from electoral politics for a fixed duration.........Read more

Researchers determine why the ocean has absorbed more carbon over the past decade

With the ocean absorbing more carbon dioxide (CO2) over the past decade, less of the greenhouse gas is reaching the Earth's atmosphere. That's decidedly good news, but it comes with a catch: Rising levels of CO2 in the ocean promote acidification, which breaks down the calcium carbonate shells of some marine organisms.........Read more

Fallout 4's 58GB High-Resolution Texture Pack Is Out Now On PC

Fallout 4's high-resolution PC texture pack has landed on Steam. You can grab it right here (via NeoGAF). As announced previously, the texture pack is meaty, requiring 58 GB of hard drive space. "Experience the wasteland like you've never seen it before with the Fallout 4 High-Resolution Texture Pack! From the blasted buildings of Lexington to the shores of Boston Harbor and beyond, every location is enhanced with ultra-deluxe detail."........Read more

Court rejects plea to restore Trump's travel ban

A federal appeals court early Sunday rejected a request by the Justice Department to immediately restore President Trump’s targeted travel ban, deepening a legal showdown over his authority to tighten the nation’s borders in the name of protecting Americans from terrorism.........Read more

CEOs said Trump would change in office. They're being proved wrong

PayPal (PYPL, Tech30) founder Peter Thiel, who is now a Trump adviser, helped popularize the idea that his comments and statements should be taken seriously, but perhaps not literally. Thiel supported Trump even though he disagreed with his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.........Read more

IPhone SE to be assembled in India

Apple is looking to produce lower-cost iPhone SE at its upcoming facility in Bengaluru as it looks to gain a price advantage in the market in which it has been a fringe player so far. For this, Apple is seeking a 15-year tax exemption from the government to make India a hub for exporting the devices rather than just producing devices for the local market, according to officials at the commerce ministry. Apple is facing a challenge of rising input costs in China, apart from the government increasingly cracking down on foreign companies.........Read more

Nepal gets 249 mn aid for road project from India

The roads are Birendra Bazaar-Mahinathpur, Janakpur-Yadukuwa, Manmat-Kalaiya-Matiarwa (0-15 km road), and Manmat-Kalaiya-Matiarwa (15-26.660 km road). The projects are being implemented under Postal Highway Project in Nepal with the Indian government grant assistance of NRs 8,000 million.........Read more

'Dangal' crosses Rs 385 crore in India, Aamir Khan feels 'touched'

Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan, whose sports drama film "Dangal" is running successfully in theatres and has raked in over Rs 385 crore at the box office, says he is "touched and humbled" by the films success.........Read more

Hyderabad's Laddu Bhai Has Been Helping Young Kids Cross the City's Busy Streets for 35 Years!

If you are in Hyderabad, and happen to be in an area called Mir Chowk, then chances are you will be able to spot a 55-year-old man helping people cross the road. His name is Christopher and he has been helping children and those in need, cross the traffic-laden roads of Hyderabad for the last 35 years.........Read more

Sound sleep is important for well-being of immune system

If lack of sound sleep is making you sick then may be your immune system is getting affected, warns a study.The findings, published in the journal Sleep, showed that chronic short sleep shuts down programs involved in immune response of circulating white blood cells.........Read more

Berkeley scientists unveil new form of matter known as time crystals

n a research paper published in Physical Review Letters, Norman Yao, a UC Berkeley assistant physics professor has described how to create a new form of matter known as time crystals, and how to measure their various properties. The new form of matter can have various phases, such as the solid, liquid and gas states of water. Two independent groups following the blueprints provided by Yao have managed to create time crystals in labs.........Read more

Sanjay Leela Bhansali attacked, set vandalised during Padmavati shoot in Jaipur

“We have learnt that the filmmakers are portraying the film as a love story between Alauddin Khilji and Padmini, which is a blatant distortion of history. That is why we stopped the shooting and told the makers that we won’t let them continue unless they make changes,” said Narayan Divrala, district president, Karni Sena.........Read more

Chennai police evicting pro-jallikattu protesters on Marina Beach

The police, who issued a press release in the early hours of Monday, said the protest had been staged in a disciplined and peaceful manner without causing inconvenience to the general public and hindrance to the traffic.........Read more

No Jallikattu in Madurai due to lack of preparations

Jallikattu, Tamil Nadu's bull taming sport, will not be held in Alanganallur in Madurai district on Sunday despite a government nod as no preparation has been done, the organisers said. "The Supreme Court had laid the guidelines for holding Jallikattu. But there was no time to carry out the work (to hold it)," an official of one of the groups fighting for Jallikattu........Read more

DC Design To Launch Custom Kits For Royal Enfield Bikes

DC Design will be launching a new sub-brand DC2, offering custom kits for motorcycles. The DC2 range will offer high-end parts in glass, metal, carbon fibre and magnesium. The goal is to offer these custom parts individually or as a whole to add value and accessorise a motorcycle. The first product of the DC2 line-up is the Carbon Shot, using the iconic Royal Enfield Bullet as the base for this custom design.........Read more

Indian CEOs most confident on short-term revenue growth: Survey

Chief executives officers in India are among the most confident lot when it comes to short-term revenue growth and also have ambitious hiring plans for the next 12 months, says a survey released. Global Consultancy PwC's 20th annual survey of CEOs worldwide showed that as many as 38% are very confident about their company's growth prospects in the next 12 months compared to 35% seen last year.........Read more

Syrian President Assad personally linked to chemical weapons attacks for first time

A joint inquiry for the United Nations and global watchdog the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) had previously identified only military units and did not name any commanders or officials.........Read more

Google Chrome topples Internet Explorer as the most popular internet browser; find out how

It's time for Microsoft to take drastic steps if it still wants to stay relevant in the internet browsers market. Google, meanwhile has replaced it at the top with its Chrome browser.........Read more

BJP eyes AIADMK ties as Sasikala likely to replace O Panneerselvam

Sources said the Centre has information that at least 35 AIADMK MLAs would resign from the Assembly, which would rob the party of its majority, or form a splinter group and join the Opposition DMK. Sources in the Union home ministry said in-charge Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao has been told to take steps to avoid a split in the AIADMK at least till the elections to the posts of Indian President and Vice-President are completed in July and August.........Read more

I-T dept asks for details of cash deposits in months before demonetisation

Seeking to analyse the banking transactions in months before the demonetisation, the income tax department has asked banks to report cash deposits in savings accounts between April 1 and November 9 last year. Besides, banks have also been directed to ask the account holders, who did not furnished PAN (Permanent Account Number) or Form 60 (for those without PAN) at the time of opening bank account, to do so by February 28 this year.........Read more

Amar Singh gets Z security cover with immediate effect

In a sudden move, the Ministry of Home Affairs has awarded the Z category security cover to Amar Singh. The decision is an interesting one by the NDA government, which, since coming to power, has downgraded the Rajya Sabha MPs cover several times before completely withdrawing it in June this year.........Read more

CBI brings ‘evidence’ from US in Rs 1,350 crore Embraer deal probe

Top CBI sources said that a team had recently gone to the US to collect evidence on Embraer which could be useful in proving the corruption charges in the deal signed in India. “The documents are now being scrutinised,” said an official.........Read more

NASA releases breathtaking image of Earth and Moon taken from Mars

The image was taken by High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to calibrate HiRISE data, since the reflectance of the moon's Earth-facing side is well known. The image combines two separate exposures, but they were processed separately to effectively show all details visible on Earth and Moon. Moon is comparatively darker than Earth and would barely be visible if shown at the same brightness scale as Earth.........Read more

Passengers movie review: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt romanticise selfishness

Passengers could have been one of the best films of our time. Millions of miles away from Earth, we could have gotten a window into the psyche of humanity: why do we do the things we do, how desperate are we for a connection and a purpose or can selfishness ever be justified? However, all we got was a sloppy excuse that suddenly turned into an adventure flick in the last and most important 30 minutes.........Read more

Jammu and Kashmir: 59 youths joined militancy post Burhan Wani's killing

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday said that a total of 59 youths in the Valley joined militant ranks after the killing of Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8 last year. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said in a written reply to the question by MLA Mubarak Gul in the state Assembly........Read more

Nandita Das and husband Subodh Maskara separate after seven years of marriage

From Farhan Akhtar-Adhuna Bhabani to Arbaaz Khan-Malaika Arora, 2016 saw several Bollywood couples separate. Now, the New Year of 2017 has started with a shocking split too. Actress Nandita Das and her husband Subodh Maskara have split after seven years of marriage........Read more

Envoy calls for objective approach to Israel as new UN chief Antonio Guterres takes charge

Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon on Sunday said the only request he had for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who took over the same day, was to be “objective”, He said since the UN system creates a “negative energy” against his country, he wanted Guterres to be “able to withstand the tremendous pressure against Israel that exists inside the UN”.........Read more

Weight loss surgery strongly linked to food intolerance: study

Researchers examined data on 249 extremely obese patients who had what’s known as laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, which reduces the stomach to a small pouch about the size of an egg.Two years after surgery, these patients had lost about 31 percent of their total body weight on average. But compared to the control group of 295 obese people who didn’t have operations, the gastric bypass patients were far more likely to experience indigestion and an inability to tolerate multiple foods.........Read more

5G promises to transform the world again

I saw what a 5G future looks like — ultra-fast, always on connectivity, making life more simple. A world based on data and collaboration, with automated intelligence and sensor-equipped surroundings, becomes a canvas to create businesses, to educate, and to make life more efficient.........Read more

Selection Process in Military Has Never Been Only About Seniority

For instance, all cadets joining a military academy may have the same basic date of entry. However, only a few would pass out of the academy with a penalty ranging from six months to 18 months due to relegation as a result of failure in academics, injuries sustained during training, lowering of medical category and conduct unbecoming of an officer cadet – which includes moral turpitude. Such cadets are superseded by their term mates who joined on the same date.........Read more

BSNL starts 'unlimited calling' offer for Rs 99 | Gadgets Now

State-run BSNL has announced unlimited calling offer for its pre-paid customers along with limited free data usage amid free call offers from private competitors like Reliance Jio. "BSNL has introduced unlimited local and STD BSNL to BSNL with 300 MB data for only Rs 99 with validity of 28 days for its prepaid mobile customers".........Read more

WHO says lack of funds hindering efforts to counter Malaria

"In 2015, malaria funding totalled $2.9 billion, representing only 45 percent of the funding milestone for 2020 ($6.4 billion)," it said. The United States provided about 35 percent of all malaria funding in 2015, while governments of countries with malaria provided about 32 percent, and Britain provided 16 percent. "We are definitely seeing progress," said Dr Pedro Alonso, director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme, ahead of the report's launch in London. "But the world is still struggling to achieve the high levels of programme coverage that are needed to beat this disease." ........Read more

Modi government stings 500 bank branches; bad days ahead for corrupt bankers: Report

Under the direction of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government has reportedly conducted sting operations in around 500 branches of banks across the country. ABP News reports that CDs of the sting operations have been sent to the Union Ministry of Finance and proper action against erring bank officials would be taken at an appropriate time.........Read more

Ratan Tata Says Mistry Was Given A Chance To Step Down Voluntarily, Mistry Calls That A 'Lie'

The Tata Sons and Cyrus Mistry feud is getting uglier and uglier by the day with both camps exchanging increasingly personal barbs, following the bitter boardroom ouster of former chairman Mistry more than a month ago. Ahead of extraordinary general meetings (EGMs) of the six Tata group firms called to remove Cyrus Mistry as director, Tata Sons interim Chairman Ratan Tata on Wednesday told shareholders that the continued presence of the ousted executive in respective boards is a serious "disruptive influence" and can make the companies "dysfunctional"........Read more

What Sachin Tendulkar’s radical suggestions of home and away Tests could mean for cricket

Sachin Tendulkar has once again given some great suggestions to improve cricket. Just like previous occasions, all his proposals dare the administrator to be bold and think outside the box.........Read more

Indian users complacent when it comes to cyber security: Norton Report

Consumers in India may be increasingly becoming aware of the cyber threats they face but their online behaviour is often contradictory and puts them at risk to ransomware, malware and attacks from cyber criminals, according to a latest report from Norton by Symantec. Norton released its annual Norton Cyber Security Insights Report today and its India findings show that while consumers here love public Wi-Fi, they don’t fully understand the accompanying risks.........Read more

India a leader in tsunami warnings

'Tsunami' became a household name in the country about a decade ago when the devastating seismic sea waves killed 10,000 people in a few minutes in southern India and at least 230,000 people lost their lives in the December 26, 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.........Read more

Russia invites India to join Fast-Neutron Reactor Project

Russia has invited India to join in developing next-generation nuclear reactors and to participate in its fast-reactor research project, an official of Rosatom, the country's state atomic energy corporation, has said. The multipurpose fast research reactor project, known by the Russian acronym MBIR, is coming up as the International Research Center in Dimitrovgrad located in the Ulyanovsk region. ........Read more

BSE, NSE seek reports from Tata firms after Cyrus Mistry letter alleges likely $18-billion writedown

India's leading bourses, the National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange, on Wednesday issued notices to a number of the Tata Group's companies listed under the indices. They sought a clarification on ousted Tata Sons' chairman Cyrus Mistry's claims that the conglomerate faced a $18-billion (Rs 1.15-lakh crore) writedowns, or reduction in value of assets, PTI reported.........Read more

Indian-origin Researcher Creates Real 3D-printed Hands With Fingerprints

Creating a 3-D replica of someone's hand complete with all five fingerprints and breaking into a secure vault sounds like a plot from a James Bond movie.........Read more

Uber invests Rs200 crore in Xchange Leasing

Ride-hailing service Uber Technologies Inc. has significantly stepped up investment in car-leasing company Xchange Leasing India Pvt. Ltd, pumping Rs200 crore into the company between June and September.........Read more

This Bengaluru startup is making fully functional prosthetics using nothing but cane

Founded in October 2015 by robotics professional Arun Cherian, the Bengaluru-based start-up Rise Legs is making prosthetics using cane. The company recently showcased its products at the world's first Cybalathon, an Olympics for bionic athletes, and finished in the seventh and eight spots.........Read more

Indian banks' bad loans mountain grows, risks delaying clean-up, cost spiral

Stressed loans in India's banking sector crossed $138 billion in June, central bank data reviewed by Reuters shows, an increase of nearly 15 percent in just six months that suggests a state clean-up effort will take longer and cost more than expected. Fixing the mountain of bad debt weighing down India's banks is vital for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government to revive weak credit and investment growth and put a faltering recovery in Asia's third largest economy on a firmer footing.........Read more

Thane call centre racket claims life of US woman

The multi-million dollar call center racket allegedly claimed the life of an elderly American woman, who was threatened after refusing to meet the demands of the call centre employees posing as US revenue officials.........Read more

UK Says No to Sikh Regiment, Is Religious Segregation Necessary?

With British Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon ruling out a separate Sikh Regiment in the British Army, the UK Sikh community is taking this news with a pinch of salt. Giving his reason, Sir Fallon has said that he is “a little wary” of any military units segregated by religion. He has, however, reiterated that the services should ensure they recruit at least 10 percent of recruits from a black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background by 2020.........Read more

WhatsApp rolls out new Snapchat-like features for Android users

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is rolling out new features for Android users. The company has brought out the image doodling feature out of beta mode for public release. The update also allows Android users to add emojis to express themselves. The users just need to select a brush size or font style by dragging left on the colour selector. The new editing tools appear whenever a photo or video is shared (old as well as and new ones).........Read more

First Made-In-India Jeep To Be Rolled Out From Fiat's Pune Plant In 2017

The first-made-in-India Jeep, Compass, will be rolled out of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' India plant in Ranjangaon, Pune in the first half of 2017. Production of the all-new Jeep Compass, which premiered last month, has already started at the company's assembly plant in Goiana, Pernambuco, Brazil.........Read more

Here’s How start-ups’ success can be measured

The problem with excessive and premature hype is that the euphoria is often followed by disillusionment. The soaring valuations of copycat e-commerce start-ups in the last three years has been reminiscent of the dotcom spurt at the end of the last century. The dotcom bust, when it happened, was spectacular and in India, the failure of nearly 40% of the early start-ups has left a bit of a bad taste in the mouth. So is this the beginning of the end for ‘Start-Up India’? Not at all........Read more

PM Modi speech: Soon Pakistan will attack Pakistan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday threw an open challenge to Pakistan in his first public address in Kerala’s Kozhikode since the Uri attack in which 18 soldiers were killed. Modi said, ” India is ready to fight you. If you have strength, come forward to fight against poverty.”........Read more

Who Are Donald Trump's Supporters?

As Election Day draws near and GOP candidate Donald Trump continues to retain a loyal supporter base, many wonder who these voters are and what motivates them. Here are some key facts to know........Read more

SRM University Chancellor T.R.Pachamuthu Arrested in Admission Fraud

However, Madhan disappeared in May this year after purportedly writing a note that the money collected from the parents has been given to the SRM group.........Read more

How Hindi evolved as the language of rebellion against classicists and casteists

The powerful embedded language with abuses to define and wound those they feared and disliked. But the outcastes soon gave back as good as they got.........Read more

Tech giants like Google, Microsoft to soon provide desi email addresses

At a meeting convened last month, the government asked email service providers to enable users to sign up for addresses in local languages, starting with Hindi.........Read more

Women with PCOS highly prone to diabetes, says new AIIMS report

A recent study by All India Institute of Medical Sciences reveals that insulin resistance is an integral part of PCOS, placing women with the disorder at a high risk for diabetes.........Read more

WhatsApp loses to Hangouts with group chat invite links

Google has silently added a feature to its Hangouts app which will allow users to create and share a link to any group conversation. The feature was first rumoured to come on the popular messaging app, WhatsApp.........Read more

S Sharath back as Tamil Nadu chief selector

P Subbiah, Ram Prakash also retained; D Girish replaces C Hemanth Kumar in the five-member selection panel........Read more

Ganapathi's son files complaint in court against George, 2 IPS officers

With the police refusing to register an FIR in connection with the suicide of DySP M K Ganapathi, his son filed a private complaint in the Additional Civil Court here on Monday naming Bengaluru Development Minister K J George as the first accused.........Read more

Woman raped in hospital by ward boy, guard

A 22-year-old woman undergoing treatment for depression was allegedly forced into an empty room, gagged to ensure she doesn't scream for help and raped by two hospital workers late on Monday at SHKM Government Medical College in Mewat, the Haryana........Read more

‘Self has no space or time’

One of his disciples, T.K. Sundaresa Iyer, in his book, “At the feet of Bhagavan,” narrates an episode. A poor couple from Peru, who considered Sri Ramana as Christ, was determined to meet him. So th........Read more