2020 Mahindra Thar Launched From Rs. 9.8 Lakh [Variant Wise Prices]

The second generation Mahindra Thar created a huge buzz like no other in the recent Indian automotive history upon its global premiere on the Independence Day in August. Today, the all-new model’s prices have been unveiled as it costs between Rs. 9.8 lakh and Rs. 13.75 lakh (ex-showroom). The reservations for the 2020 Mahindra Thar are already underway across Mahindra showrooms present in the country. The new-gen Thar has been made available in LX, AX and AX(O) trims. The first unit of the Thar has already been auctioned out for Rs. 1.1 crore and the proceeds will go for a good cause. The off-roader was on sale for more than ten years as the original model was given the fare well through a Final Edition limited to just 700 units. The new model is based on a heavily upgraded ladder frame chassis and it is longer as well as wider than the previous model with a longer wheelbase stretching 20 mm more at 2,450 mm. The leaf springs are replaced by independent wishbones at front and multi-link rear suspension for better ride quality while the shift-on-fly low-range transfer case has 2H, 4H and 4L options.........Read more

In Letter to Country, PM Modi Speaks of 'Tremendous Suffering' of Migrants in Battle Against Coronavirus

Prime Minister Narendra Modi marked the first anniversary of his second term on Saturday by writing an open letter to his countrymen, asserting that India has started traversing on the path to "victory" in its long battle against COVID-19 while acknowledging "tremendous suffering" of migrant workers among others. In normal circumstances, he would have been in people's midst but the present conditions, a reference to the nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus, do not permit that, he said, explaining the reason for his writing the letter. ........Read more

Flights Operations to Resume Soon as Centre Mulls Exempting Aviation Sector From Lockdown, Claim Reports

While the country is gearing up for the extension of coronavirus lockdown for another two weeks, the government is reportedly mulling to grant relaxation to aviation sector. Reports claimed that restrictions on flight operations likely to be lifted anytime soon, as the after matter was taken up in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s virtual meeting with the Chief Ministers yesterday. Notably, aviation is among the worst-affected sectors amidst the Covid-19 crisis. The decision on removing restrictions from the passenger flights comes when the government is planning to come with certain relaxations to boost economic activities.........Read more

Gold prices hit record high, surpass Rs 43,000 per 10 grams; check what’s fuelling the rally in yellow metal

Gold prices hit a fresh record high on Monday tracking weakness in Indian rupee as the new cases of coronavirus surged in Italy, China, South Korea and Iran. “MCX gold has reached uncharted territory since its trading at multi-year high in the international market. Coronavirus has continued to spread in Iran and South Korea. IMF has said virus outbreak could break economic recovery sharply. Iran has said it is a national level health crisis. Safe haven demand has reached an all-time high again. The sentiment is likely to be positive for intraday today,” Jigar Trivedi, Fundamental Research Analyst – Commodities, Anand Rathi Shares and Stock Brokers said.........Read more

Jeff Bezos’s Girlfriend Gave Their Intimate Chats to Her Brother Who Leaked it to Newspaper, Reveals WSJ

The controversy over Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is turning murkier by the day. Days after The Guardian claimed Bezos’s mobile phone was hacked by Saudi Arabian prince in 2018, a new report, this time by Wall Street Journal, has revealed that it was, in fact, the multi-millionaire’s girlfriend who played a role in their personal chats becoming public. ........Read more

42 malicious apps affected 8 million Android users

Slovak internet security company ESET identified 42 apps on Google Play as belonging to the campaign, which had been running since July 2018. Of those, 21 were still available at the time of discovery.........Read more

No vaping ban U-turn, says Indian official, as protests fizzle

India’s government has no plan to roll back a ban on electronic cigarettes, an official told Reuters on Saturday, as protests against the move by vapers in six cities drew scant support. India banned the sale and import of e-cigarettes this month, warning of an “epidemic” of vaping among young people. The action has affected users nationwide and the plans of international companies including Juul Labs Inc and Philip Morris International, as well as triggering court challenges by local firms. Protesters convened on Saturday to call for vaping devices to be regulated rather than prohibited. But organisers Association of Vapers India said only about 400 people turned up across six cities, adding that some opponents of the ban feared being targeted by police. “I don’t want my dad to be a smoker”. The government argues the ban is essential to protect people as vaping can lead to nicotine addiction and push users towards consuming tobacco. Vapers say the devices help them stay away from more harmful tobacco cigarettes. ........Read more

Maruti differs with Nirmala Sitharaman, says Ola, Uber not big factor in auto crisis

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that millenials preferring taxi aggregators like Ola and Uber could be one of the reasons for the crisis in the auto sector. But India’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki has said that cab aggregators may not be a big factor in the slowdown. Maruti Suzuki India’s Executive Director (Marketing and Sales) Shashank Srivastava told news agency PTI that the ownership pattern in India still has not changed and people purchase cars with an “aspirational aspect”. “The Ola and Uber factor may not be strong to contribute to the current state of slowdown,” Srivastava said Sitharaman had said that some show that millennials prefer to take Ola, Uber rather than commit to an EMI (equated monthly installment). The Maruti executive said the auto sector saw one of its best times during the surge of Ola and Uber and other cab aggregators. “Ola and Uber came into existence during last 6-7 years. In this period, the auto industry also saw some of its best times. So, what happened only during last few months that the downturn became so severe? I do not think it is only because of Ola and Uber,” Srivastava said.........Read more

Security Agencies on Alert in Kashmir After Intel Confirms Presence of 45 Al-Badr Terrorists

Security agencies in Kashmir have received inputs about the presence of 45 newly recruited Al-Badr militants, who had been receiving arms training. Highly placed sources have told News18 that along with terror groups like Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Muhammad, which are training newly recruited cadres at their own camps, Al-Badr cadres are being given training at its headquarters in Mansehra in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Sources also said that the training of these cadres, which started sometime in the first week of May, is said to have concluded and the Pakistani forces are now looking for a window to bring the cadres in the valley. One of the largest cities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mansehra, lies close to Kashmir and is located less than a 100 kilometres west from its hinterland. This is the same terror group, which had recently been putting up posters in Srinagar's Lal Chowk area, calling for a social boycott of the families of police officers, even warning those who continue to maintain contact with them. ........Read more

Donald Trump Attacks India Over Tariffs on American Products

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday hit out at India, saying that it has long had a field day putting Tariffs on American products. He asserted that it was “no longer acceptable.” Taking to Twitter, Trump wrote, “India has long had a field day putting Tariffs on American products. No longer acceptable!” The comment by Trump comes a week before the scheduled visit of senior officials of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to New Delhi to resume bilateral trade talks. Assistance USTR team will be coming in the next few days to India and will meet MEA & MEITY officials. In the past also, Trump has called India “Tariff King” and publicly raised the issue of “high tariffs” on many US products such as Harley Davidson motorbikes. ........Read more

Bitcoin consumes more energy than Switzerland, according to new estimate

Though researchers acknowledge that reliable estimates are ‘rare’ Bitcoin consumes more energy than the entire nation of Switzerland, according to new estimates published by researchers at the University of Cambridge. An online tool that launched this week called the Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index, or CBECI, estimates how much energy is needed to maintain the Bitcoin network in real time, before using this to calculate its annual energy usage. Currently, the CBECI says the global Bitcoin network is consuming more than seven gigwatts of electricity. Over the course of a year that’s equal to around 64 TWh or terawatt hours of energy consumption. That’s more than the country of Switzerland uses over the same time period (58 TWh per year), but less than Colombia (68 TWh per year). It means Bitcoin accounts for roughly 0.25 percent of the world’s entire electricity consumption. That’s as much energy as all the tea kettles in the UK use over 11 years. It also means that the electricity wasted each year by always-on but inactive electronic devices in the US could power the Bitcoin network four times over. “We want to use comparisons that set the narrative,” one of the co-creators of the CBECI, Michel Rauchs, told BBC News. ”Visitors to the website can make up their own mind as to whether it seems large or small.”........Read more

Supreme Court upholds appointments of central vigilance commissioner and vigilance commissoner

The Supreme Court upheld the appointments of KV Chaudhary as the central vigilance commissioner and TM Bhasin as the vigilance commissioner. They were serious charges against Chaudhary and Bhasin, which were ignored by the three-member appointments committee.........Read more

Indian hockey team thrashes Pakistan in Champions Trophy opener

India thrashed arch-rivals Pakistan 4-0 to get off to a dream start in the Champions Trophy on Saturday as head coach Harendra Singh’s stint began impressively in Breda, Netherlands........Read more

Indu Malhotra sworn in as Supreme Court judge, administered oath by CJI Dipak Mishra

Senior Advocate Indu Malhotra was sworn in as a Supreme Court judge on Friday morning. The swearing-in ceremony of the newly-appointed judge took place at the apex court. Malhotra was administered oath of office by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra. Indu Malhotra is the first woman lawyer to be elevated directly from the Bar to the Supreme Court.........Read more

JEE questions identical to 2016 test in coaching class?

At least nine objective questions in physics from Set C in the JEE were the same as those in the mock test held by a Hyderabad-headquartered coaching class, with even the values in the problems being similar, they said. The information was shared as a forward on Tuesday evening, going viral within hours. Some students have complained to the CBSE-which conducts the JEE-about the "coincidence".........Read more

HIV cell dysfunction discovery sheds light on how virus works

Researchers have discovered that HIV-infected patients experience a dysfunction in a certain type of immune cell: the follicular helper T (Tfh) cell. They believe Tfh cells behave differently when fighting chronic infections like HIV versus when fighting off acute infections like the common cold, potentially making them an easy target for HIV.........Read more

Andaman and Nicobar Command all set to host Indian Navy's MILAN 2018

MILAN is a congregation of littoral navies conducted biennially by Indian Navy at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, under the aegis of the Andaman and Nicobar Command. Besides fostering co-operation through naval exercises and professional interactions, MILAN also provides an excellent opportunity to the participating navies to come together in a spirit of collaboration and mutual understanding to nurture stronger ties.........Read more

Urban farmers are learning to grow food without soil or natural light

Many new urban farming projects still struggle to find suitable green spaces. But people are finding inventive solutions; growing food in skips or on rooftops, on sites that are only temporarily free, or on raised beds in abandoned industrial yards. Growers are even using technologies such as hydroponics, aquaculture and aquaponics to make the most of unoccupied spaces.........Read more

Healthcare plan rollout by October 2; 40% funding by states

The government's ambitious mega health care programme for 10 crore poor families will roll out by October 2 and is to be funded in a 60:40 proportion by the Centre and states, with the premium per family estimated at Rs 1,000-1,200. Ten crore families or 50 crore beneficiaries, classified as 'deprived' in the socio-economic caste census of 2011, will be covered by the scheme. It will be a cashless Aadhaar-linked facility with beneficiaries availing treatment anywhere in the country in empanelled private or public hospitals.........Read more

India's foreign policy has become vibrant, assertive, says Chinese think tank

Rong Ying, Vice President of China Institute of International Studies (CIIS), a think-tank affiliated to Chinese Foreign Ministry, said over the past three years, India's diplomacy has been vibrant and assertive, and has formed a distinctive and unique "Modi Doctrine", a strategy for the rise of India as a great power in the new situation.........Read more

KTM RC390 R Costs INR 6.71 Lakh; Goes Over INR 15 Lakh With The SSP300 Race Kit

Limited to just 500 units overall, this new R version embodies the typical KTM ‘Ready To Race’ spirit and builds on the abilities of the KTM RC 390. Armed with a series of hardware upgrades, the KTM RC 390 R is also perfectly placed to suit extreme track riding use. The R version features fully adjustable WP suspensions at the front and back, providing a different level of adjustments in order to get the KTM RC 390 R perfectly set-up for both rider and riding conditions.........Read more

LV to Invest 3000 Cr in Patanjali?

Renowned luxury brand Louis Vuitton, which is famous for its expensive bags, designer shoes, is likely to invest over Rs 3000 Crore in India's leading Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) brand Patanjali. This will be the biggest-ever foreign investment in India's FMCG brand.........Read more

2G Saga Unfolds: A Raja Slams Former PM Manmohan Singh, Decribes Ex-CAG Vinod Rai as ‘Sutradhar’ of Scam in Yet to be Released Book

Manmohan Singh’s silence was like silencing of our nation’s collective conscience, Raja claims in his book while adding that telecom lobbies had influenced the Prime Ministers Office (PMO). Rai was the ‘sutradhaar’ who created the devious apparition… His report is mere trash, which is unanimously deemed fit for the dustbin and his statements would not have stood the test of cross-examination.........Read more

Photosynthesis began 1.25 billion years ago on Earth, says new study

The world's oldest algae fossils are a billion years old, according to a study which found that the basis for photosynthesis in today's plants was set in place 1.25 billion years ago. The study, published in the journal Geology, may resolve a long-standing mystery over the age of the fossilized algae, Bangiomorpha pubescens, which were first discovered in rocks in Arctic Canada in 1990.........Read more

Over 350 mobile charger factories to be set up in India by 2025: ICA

Indian mobile phone industry expects that the government push to encourage production of battery chargers will lead to setting up of 356 factories that can generate 8 lakh jobs in the country by 2025, says the industry body Indian Cellular Association.........Read more

Lactic acid bacteria can protect against Influenza A virus, study finds

Lactic acid bacteria, commonly used as probiotics to improve digestive health, can offer protection against different subtypes of influenza A virus, resulting in reduced weight loss after virus infection and lower amounts of virus replication in the lungs.........Read more

BCCI fined Rs 52 crore by anti-trust panel

The Competition Commission ruled that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the world's wealthiest national cricket body, abused its position by agreeing to broadcasters' demands that it would not allow a rival to the IPL.........Read more

TVS Apache RR 310S (Akula 310) India Launch in December 2017

The TVS Apache RR 310S is expected to carry a price tag of around INR 1.8 lakh (ex-showroom). The TVS Apache RR 310S will be powered by the same 313cc, single-cylinder, DOHC, liquid cooled, fuel-injected engine that powers the BMW G310R. This engine produces a maximum power of 33.5 BHP at 9,500 RPM and a peak torque of 28 Nm at 7,500 RPM on the BMW G 310 R. ........Read more

19 dead as Typhoon Damrey sweeps into Vietnam days before APEC Summit

Typhoon Damrey killed at least 19 people in central and southern Vietnam on Saturday, the government said, after the storm swept into the country just days ahead of the APEC summit of Asia-Pacific leaders.........Read more

AIMPLB Denies Meeting Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to Settle Babri Masjid Dispute Out of Court

The Babri Masjid-Ramjanambhoomi case is set to be heard from December 5 in the Supreme Court by a bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. According to AIMPLB there has been no mediation attempts been made so far.........Read more

Philippines nab IS operative for radicalizing Indian youth

In what could boost National Investigation Agency’s probe into cases of Islamic State operatives of Indian origin, Karen Aisha Hamidon named in radicalisation of Indian recruits has been arrested in the Philippines.........Read more

Anil Agarwal increases stake in Anglo American to 19%

Billionaire Anil Agarwal has increased his stake in Anglo American Plc to 19 percent, making him the biggest shareholder in the London blue-chip mining company.........Read more

15 bombs recovered in Ahmedabad as PM Modi visits Gujarat

Gujarat police have recovered 15 bombs from Ahmedabad's Dariapur on Saturday morning. All the bombs have been diffused. The bombs were recovered ahead of PM Modi's 2-day visit to Gujarat.........Read more

Setback to 7 IITs, 'Project Vishwajeet' dropped

The Central government has dumped a proposal to pump at least Rs 1000 crore a year into seven top Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) for five years to help them boost research and innovation to earn a place among the top 100 world class institutions.........Read more

NASA captures images of 'most intense' solar flares

Two high-intensity solar flares were emitted on September 6, the second of which was the most intense recorded since the start of this sun cycle in December 2008, NASA said. These radiation flares, which can disrupt communications satellites, GPS and power grids by reaching the upper Earth atmosphere, were detected and captured by the US Space Agency's Solar Dynamics Observatory.........Read more

Sasikala visited Hosur MLA’s house near jail: report

Karnataka Deputy Inspector General of Police D. Roopa has dropped another bombshell in her report to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) by claiming that she had reliable information of jailed AIADMK interim general secretary V.K. Sasikala visiting a house of Hosur MLA, near the Parappana Agrahara Central Prison in Bengaluru.........Read more

Zika virus stifles pregnant women's weakened immune system to harm baby, study finds

The Zika virus, linked to congenital birth defects and miscarriages, suppresses a pregnant woman's immune system, enabling the virus to spread and increasing the chances an unborn baby will be harmed, a Keck School of Medicine of USC study finds.........Read more

USB devices may 'leak' information to hackers, explains study

USB connections - the most common interface used globally to connect external devices to computers - are vulnerable to information 'leakage', making them even less secure than thought, a study has found. Researchers from University of Adelaide in Australia tested more than 50 different computers and external USB hubs and found that over 90 per cent of them leaked information to an external USB device.........Read more

Eggs containing fipronil found in 15 EU countries and Hong Kong

Fifteen EU countries as well as Hong Kong and Switzerland have received eggs contaminated with the insecticide fipronil, the European Commission says. A row has erupted over how long Belgian and Dutch authorities have known about the contamination. Eggs, coming mainly from the Netherlands, have been found to contain a fipronil, a substance used to kill lice and ticks on animals that is banned by the EU for use in the food industry.........Read more

NIA ropes in tax officials to probe terror funding using trans LoC trade

Taking the probe further up a notch to nail those funding terror using trans LoC trade, the National Investigation Agency has roped in tax officials. Based on a request made by the NIA, the Centre allowed officers of the Indian Revenue Service to help the agency in its probe.........Read more

‘Rukmini’ keeps eye on dancing ‘dragon’ at sea

With China increasing its naval presence in the Indian Ocean Region amid the ongoing Sikkim stand-off, the Indian Navy is keeping an eye on the ‘dragon’ with the help of its ‘eye in the sky’, Gsat-7, the Navy’s own dedicated military satellite that was launched on September 29, 2013.........Read more

Abu Dhabi airport now exempt from US laptop ban

The capital of the United Arab Emirates became the first city to be exempt from a US ban on laptop computers being in the cabins of airplanes coming from the Mideast, the country’s flag carrier said.........Read more

Insulting question by TV anchor led to planning of PoK surgical strikes, says Manohar Parrikar

Speaking before a gathering of industrialists in Panaji, the Goa Chief Minister said, "The surgical strikes against militants in PoK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir) was planned 15 months in advance."........Read more

Delhi Assembly Passes Resolution to Reserve 85% Seats for Local Students in DU

The Delhi assembly on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution to reserve 85 percent seats for the students belonging to Delhi in the colleges funded by the Delhi government, which are affiliated to the Delhi University (DU).........Read more

Barclays bank wants to bring bitcoin ‘into play’

British multinational bank Barclays has been in discussions with regulators about bringing digital currencies like bitcoin into service, CNBC reported citing the bank's UK chief executive Ashok Vaswani.........Read more

India's buffalo meat exports in April drop 11.4 percent

India's buffalo meat exports in April dropped 11.4 percent from a year earlier to 86,119 tonnes, a government body said on Tuesday, as a strike by abattoirs and an appreciating rupee hit shipments.........Read more

Two years of AAP govt: Model clinics give healthcare a new face in Delhi

Over five months, 110 mohalla clinics have treated 8 lakh patients, as per the government data. The AAP government showcased this as a path breaking achievement and received international acclaim. However, insiders believe that the project is still in its nascent stage and is far from being a game changer for health sector. ........Read more

Hyderabad based startup Smartron announces investment in Volta Motors to develop electric vehicles

Smartron, a Hyderabad-based start-up, Monday announced that it will invest in Volta Motors, a Chennai-based automotive company that is designing and developing sustainable electric vehicles. This company will be eventually christened as Tron Motors, a Smartron Company. It, however, did not disclose the investment figures.........Read more

Toyota Reportedly Approaching Technology Partnership Agreement With Suzuki

The advent of driverless cars has brought together many companies across the world in an endeavour to further develop the technology. The latest pair reportedly on its way to announcing a partnership are Toyota Motor Corp and Suzuki Motor Corp. According to business daily Nikkei, the two are approaching an agreement to develop technology, including self-driving. The publication adds that the two companies could announce a deal as soon as Monday.........Read more

Bengaluru ATM attacker who hacked woman with a machete caught after 3 yrs

Superintendent of police, G Srinivas, on Saturday identified Madhukara Reddy, a local criminal from Chittoor district, as the accused who attacked 45-year-old Jyothi Uday in an ATM booth in November 2013. “We got information that Reddy visits Madanapalli (a small city in Chittoor) as he is a native of the town,” Srinivas said. “When he visited this time, we nabbed him and he confessed to having committed the crime in Bengaluru.”........Read more

Beauty and the Beast Trailer Is Finally Out and It Is Absolutely Magical

The final trailer of Disney's highly anticipated Beauty and the Beast is out and it is absolutely magical. Featuring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the beast, the film has been directed by Bill Condon. A musical, the film has the lead actors doing their own playback. The film also features Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci and Audra McDonald. It will release in theatress on March 17th. So getset to witness one of the finest fairy tales that one has ever read and relive the magical love story.........Read more

Alibaba's financial arm acquires MoneyGram for $880 million

Ant Financial, e-commerce giant Alibaba's financial arm, has reached an agreement to acquire American money-transfer major MoneyGram for $880 million, in a deal that will expand the firm's business in the US after India and Thailand. The acquisition of MoneyGram is a significant milestone in our mission to bring inclusive financial services to users around the world.........Read more

This may be the world's most expensive dual-SIM Android smartphone

Luxury smartphone maker Vertu has launched its latest smartphone, dubbed Constellation. The company has so far not revealed the price of the smartphone set to be launched on February 10. However, going by the prices of its earlier smartphones, Vertu Constellation is sure to not come cheap. The company's earlier launched Signature Touch phone has a starting price tag of Rs 500,000.........Read more

BSNL to set up 1,000 hotspots across Kerala as spectrum for 4G was too expensive

Public-sector BSNL is all set to set launch 1000 high-speed Wi-Fi hotspots across the state to address the challenges posed by its absence in the 4G data services. Kerala Circle CGM of BSNL, R Mani told reporters here that the proposed hotspots would provide 4.5G speed and it would be commissioned within a months’ time. Huge cost to buy the 4G spectrum was the hindrance for the state-run service provider to plunge into 4G service but it is expected to happen by this March.........Read more

RBI raises cash withdrawal limit from ATMs to Rs 10,000 per day from current Rs 4,500

The RBI has enhanced cash withdrawal limits from ATMs and current accounts with immediate effect. Customers can now withdraw Rs 10,000 per day from automated teller machines, as against Rs 4,500 earlier.........Read more

Baghdad suicide car bomb blast kills 32

A suicide car bomb attack in a densely-populated neighbourhood of Baghdad on Monday killed at least 32 people and left dozens wounded, police and hospital officials said. Many of the victims were daily labourers waiting for jobs at an intersection in Sadr City, a sprawling majority Shiite neighbourhood in the northeast of the capital that has been repeatedly targeted.........Read more

RS passes bill on rights of differently-abled, discrimination may earn upto 2-yr jail term

The bill, which was moved in Upper House earlier this month by Social Justice Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot, also gives effect to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and related matters.........Read more

To remove Nusli Wadia, Cyrus Mistry, Tata Motors files caveat in Bombay High Court

Tata Motors Ltd on Tuesday has filed caveat against Nusli Wadia and ousted Tata Sons chairperson, Cyrus Mistry in the Bombay High Court. A caveat is filed to ensure that there are no ex-parte orders in a case. Tata Motors has called an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) on December 22 to seek shareholders’ approval for removing Mistry and Wadia as directors of the company. Wadia has claimed that he has been targeted for his “independence of mind and action” and he is not required to act in their interest as he does not serve the Tata group in any capacity.........Read more

Deutsche Bank cuts ties with 3,400 clients in global markets division

Deutsche Bank’s global markets division will cut ties with about 3,400 clients in its debt and equities sales activities, the bank said on Friday. Deutsche Bank will immediately cease debt sales services to some financial institutions and hedge funds as well as equity sales activities, the execution of equities trading orders and equity structuring activities for some clients, a spokesman said, citing an internal memo.........Read more

The religious brain reacts to God like a drug

The neural circuitry involved in feeling religious experiences has been identified. Brain regions associated with reward lit up when devout Mormons said that they were feeling the Spirit. The brain areas that responded included reward circuits that respond to romantic love, appreciation of music, cocaine and methamphetamines.........Read more

Modi Govt Spent Rs 10 Crore on Demonetisation Ad Campaign

Quoting an unnamed sources, the report said that expenditure on demonetisation is lesser than ads of other government schemes such as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan for which the government allegedly paid Rs 100 crore. This expenditure was 23 percent of the total advertising budget of Rs 170 crore allotted to the ministry of information and broadcasting.........Read more

Ranchi Rays buy Gurbaj for $99,000 in HIL 2017 closed bid

Gurbaj Singh turned out the most expensive buy in the closed bid for Hockey India League 2017, picked up for a whopping $99,000 by Ranchi Rays. German forward Christopher Ruhr was the costliest among foreign players, going for $75,000, also to Ranchi Rays.........Read more

Many Telecom Operators Have Executed 100-Day Call Drop Plan, Says COAI

 "Many of the operators have executed the 100-day plan. There is substantial reduction in call drop problem now," Mathews told IANS ahead of Communications Minister Manoj Sinha's November 1 meeting with CEOs of telecom companies to take stock of the call drop issue.........Read more

Patna Kidnapping: SSP Manu Maharaj Walked 15 Km And Lead The Operation For 10 Hours

Patna police have rescued two brothers kidnapped from the Patna airport premises after an encounter with the alleged abductors in the Maoist-dominated Kajra hills in Lakhisarai district, about 160km east of Patna. The whole operation was led by Patna superintendent of police Manu Maharaaj. An IPS officer from 2005 batch, he is known as Singham of Patna.........Read more

One of the world’s largest legacy tech companies is going all out to woo India’s startups

“It is important for us, our market, our business, and our customers that we are out there and work with young companies and learn in the process,” Mehrotra, vice-president for strategy and growth initiatives across Asia at IBM, said. “The best ideas don’t necessarily come from within.”........Read more

Airports in border states, Delhi, Hyderabad put on high alert

following cross-LoC surgical strikes by the Indian army in PoK, high alerts have been issued to civil airports in western states and important ones like those in Delhi, Hyderabad and Bengaluru.........Read more

Sofia Vergara is world’s highest paid TV actress again; Priyanka Chopra is 8th

Sofia Vergara of Modern Family is the highest paid TV actress in the world for the fifth year in a row. Priyanka Chopra stood at eighth position for her work in Quantico.........Read more

So-Called “Employment Protection Legislation” Is Bad News for Workers

A sloppy economist looks at the recipients of government programs and declares that the economy will be stimulated by this additional money that is easily seen, whereas a good economist recognises that the government can’t redistribute money without doing unseen damage by first taxing or borrowing it from the private sector.........Read more

Kangana Ranaut wants to be Chetan Bhagat's 'One Indian Girl'

Kangana, who had received a manuscript of Chetan Bhagat’s latest, 'One Indian Girl,’ reportedly was so impressed by its modern, urbane female protagonist and its portrayal of feminism, that she immediately picked up her phone and called up the writer, to tell him, “Did you really write this? It's a wonderful book, a must-read! I'm definitely playing the lead whenever you turn the book into a film."........Read more

Netaji did not die in air crash: AIFB national secretary Saini

All India Forward Bloc national secretary VP Saini on Sunday contested the claim of a London-based website that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose died in a plane crash in Taiwan in 1945, terming it "wrong" and "part of the conspiracy" against the revolutionary leader.........Read more

AAP MLA jailed for 18 months over labourer's death at his factory

A day after it sacked a minister allegedly caught in a sex scandal, a Delhi court sentenced Pawan Sharma, an AAP legislator, to 18 months in prison over a death at a factory owned by the MLA.........Read more

Why Rahul is now ready to face trial for 'RSS killed Gandhi' remark

Congress is trying hard to reclaim lost ground and win back the support of minorities and other groups that have deserted it.........Read more

Super Star Learnt Telugu in Just 1 Week

Malayalam and Telugu are two different languages totally and hardly have any similarities. Notwithstanding the difficulty........Read more

‘I’ll Die Fighting’ Said Sumegha, Journalist Who ‘Dated’ Cancer

On Friday, Sumegha Gulati, a journalist and reporter ended her long-drawn battle with cancer. Gulati was an independent journalist who often wrote for The Indian Express, Scroll, and Caravan. She was also a regular contributor for The Quint........Read more

Jaguar Land Rover Showcases Autonomous All-Terrain Driving Technology

The British manufacturer had forayed into autonomous technology for its vehicles a while ago. Recently, it showcased brand new innovative research technologies which will allow its future autonomous cars to drive over any terrain unhindered. Jaguar Land Rover has spent millions of pounds into its Autonomous All-Terrain Driving research project.........Read more

The real tragedy: There will never be a solution to the Kashmir problem

We are not Canadians or British who would conduct a referendum to decide on a state’s demand to secede.........Read more

Use of DNA Fingerprinting in Indian Criminal Law

Share on FacebookShare on Twitter In this blog post, Abhiraj Thakur, a 1st-year student of NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, writes about the DNA fingerprinting technology which is widely used to secure convictions. This technique being reliable and accurate should be adopted at full scale in India. However, our country still suffers from some issues which ...........Read more

Ford Endeavour 2016 Review: The Most Desirable Beast For Now

From Sunil Shetty of SUV's, the 2016 Ford Endeavour is now the Salman Khan of SUV under Rs 30 lakhs in India.........Read more

No Indian Cricketer Involved in Alleged Rape in Zimbabwe: MEA Sources

India's cricket tour of Zimbabwe was on Sunday hit by a massive controversy after an official associated with one of the sponsors of the series was arrested for alleged rape even though he pleaded innocence to the charge.........Read more

China is not opposed to India's NSG bid, we will convince Beijing: Sushma Swaraj

China is not opposed to India's entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has clarified. She said Beijing is only focussed on criteria procedure to India's membership to the elite nuclear club.........Read more

Very hot drinks 'probably' cause cancer: UN agency

Drinking very hot coffee and other drinks "probably" causes cancer of the oesophagus, a UN agency said Wednesday, but lifted suspicion from a cup of joe at "normal serving temperatures".........Read more

Why are Indian Muslims using the Arabic word ‘Ramadan’ instead of the traditional 'Ramzan'?

It’s that time of the year again. As the annual month of dawn-to-dusk fasting begins, people everywhere are girding their social media loins to fight the inevitable lexical war that’s about to break out: Ramzan or Ramadan?........Read more

Wearable artificial kidney may replace dialysis, shows new clinical trial

The findings provide proof of concept that a wearable device along these lines could be developed as a viable, novel dialysis technology.........Read more