Good news for state govt: Centre increases states' borrowing limits from 3% to 5% for FY2020-21

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday said that the Centre has now increased the states borrowing limit from 3% to 5% for the Financial Year 2020-21. Nirmala Sitharaman said that the States have so far borrowed only 14 percent of the limit which is authorised to them and 86 percent of the limit still remains unutilised. Several State government had requested that the Centre releases more funds to tackle the coronavirus crisis. "However, Centre has decided to increase borrowing limits of states from 3 percent to 5 percent of Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) for 2020-21." ........Read more

US warships enter disputed waters in the South China Sea, escalating tensions with Beijing

US warships have sailed into disputed waters in the South China Sea, according to military analysts, heightening a standoff in the waterway and sharpening the rivalry between the United States and China, even as much of the world is in lockdown because of the coronavirus. Despite working to control a pandemic that spread from China late last year, Beijing has not reduced its activities in the South China Sea, a strategic waterway through which one-third of global shipping flows. Instead, the Chinese government’s years-long pattern of assertiveness has only intensified, military analysts said. ........Read more

Planning to Evacuate Rest of Stranded Indians From Italy Over Weekend: MEA

“We are planning to evacuate the next batch of Indians from Italy this weekend, further details are being worked out with the civil aviation ministry,” Dammu Ravi of the MEA said. On Sunday, a total of 218 Indians, including 211 students, stranded in coronavirus-hit Italy had arrived in India. Giving further information, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan had said that all of them are being quarantined for 14 days. As per updates, Italy on Wednesday reported 475 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, the highest one-day official toll of any nation since the first case was detected in China late last year.........Read more

India vs Australia 2020, 2nd ODI: India Bounce Back in Rajkot, Defeat Australia by 36 Runs to Level Series 1-1

India showed complete character as the hosts bounced back in Rajkot to win the second one-day international by 36 against Australia at the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) Stadium on Friday. With the victory, India have levelled the three-match series 1-1 with all to look forward to in Bengaluru on January 19. Chasing a competitive 341 that came on the back of half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan, captain Virat Kohli and KL Rahul, Australia were cleaned up for 304 in 49.1 overs. ........Read more

Kartarpur Corridor Opening: Narendra Modi thanks Imran Khan for respecting sentiments of Indians

Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for respecting the sentiments of India while speaking on the occasion of the historic opening of 4.7 km long Kartarpur corridor.........Read more

The 19-yr-old Delhi boy who dismissed Rohit Sharma and castled Shikhar Dhawan in India’s net session

Right-arm medium pacer Keshav Dabas dismissed Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan in quick succession. Keshav, who is the youngest member of his family, plays for Surinder Khanna Cricket Academy.........Read more

Supreme Court Orders Immediate Transfer of NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela to Madhya Pradesh

There are speculations that he may have received a life threat. 48-year-old Hajela, is a 1995 batch IAS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre. Hajela was the officer tasked with supervising the gigantic National Register of Citizens updation in Assam.........Read more

NHA, Google tie up for Ayushman Bharat implementation

The National Health Authority (NHA) has joined hands with Google to collaborate and strengthen the implementation of the government's flagship health scheme, Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY), it was announced on Friday. The two organisations will be working closely to explore various user cases for increasing process efficiencies in day-to-day applications. Google will also support NHA in improving PM-JAY's digital presence and showcasing relevant content to the 50 crore entitled beneficiaries. In addition, Google will also help provide training and support to NHA personnel to build on digital skills. The collaboration will seek to bolster PM-JAY's objective of reaching the poor and vulnerable, reducing their high out-of-pocket health expenditure, and improving access to quality healthcare. "Robust technology is the mainstay of PM-JAY. In various areas such as fraud prevention and detection, claim approvals, the use of technology can help reduce the turnaround time and aiding faster closure of processes will enable the states to implement the scheme more effectively. "We look forward to collaborating with Google to improve our online presence."........Read more

Communication Curbs Add Fresh Challenge to Kashmir Counter-insurgency Operations

In the first six months of this year, Indian security forces eliminated around 120 jihadists in Kashmir. Two dozen of them were killed in June alone, official data reveals. However, only two have been neutralised since August 5. What has changed? Officials in the security establishment say restrictions on internet and mobile telephony services in the Valley have emerged as a fresh challenge as the counter-insurgency grid is striving to communicate with sources and keeping track of militant movements has become more difficult. one in old town of Baramulla district and another in Sopore town of the same district. Internet and mobile phone services in the Valley remain fettered since August 5, the day the Centre withdrew Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and restructured the state into two union territories. “Most of the encounters in the Valley take place because of human intelligence and surveillance of phones,” a top police source told News18. “As phones are not working, our sources are not able to pass on the information and we are not able to keep surveillance.” Sightings of jihadists has shot up, say police sources. ........Read more

Plastic surgery rescues man with ‘devil’s horn’ on head in MP

A 74-year-old man in a Madhya Pradesh village had grown a 4 inch-long ‘Devil’s Horn’ on his head following a skull injury. Doctors in a specialized hospital in district headquarters of Sagar in MP had removed the hardened lump — a rare cutaneous horn — sprouted on the skull of Shyamlal Yadav, a farmer of Patna Bujurg village under Rahli panchayat in Sagar district, in a surgery.........Read more

Earthquake hits North East India, no casualty reported by local administration

The entire northeast India observed earthquake jolts that put the normal life there in jeopardize. The epicenter of this earthquake was in Myanmar and its magnitude was 5.1. As per the Seismology Department of India, shivers of an earthquake were observed in Dibrugarh, Dimapur Sadar, Imphal, Silchar and Nagaon. No damage to the public property and any casualty have been reported by the local administration till the report was written. Earlier on August 17th, the earthquake had hit the Indo-Myanmar border region. But, the magnitude of that earthquake was quite low. As per the Seismology Department of India, this earthquake was of 2.1 magnitude recorded at Richter Scale. The local administration reported that there were no damage to the public property or any casualty. The epicenter of August 17th earthquake was in Manipur at Ukhrul district.  On August 16th, Arunachal Pradesh had to face earthquake jolts which had a magnitude of 3.6 on the Richter Scale. Papum Para district of the state was the major center of the earthquake. Various local administrations in the northeast have reported that after the series of earthquake jolts, there is a kind of terror among the people living there and the administration is doing everything to console the public in general.........Read more

Good news for IT professionals, US House removes country-cap on Green Cards

The United States House of Representatives passed a Bill with a thumbing majority to remove the country-limit on employment-based Green Cards that has sent hundreds of thousands of highly-skilled Indian into a waiting line that could theoretically last 100 or more years. The Fairness for High-skilled Immigrants Act, 2019 or HR 1044 passed 365-65 in the 435-member House, reflecting the overwhelming bipartisan support for the plight of those impacted by the country-limit, essentially Indian professionals who came here on H-1B or transferred to it after completing their studies. But the US senate needs to pass the same bill, or a version of it, before it goes to the president’s desk for enactment, removing the country-cap that mandates only 7% of the annual 140,000 Green Cards can go to nationals of any one country. At present, the president’s assent looks easy. Senator Rand Paul, a Republican, has put a hold on the bill, which was introduced for passage under a parliamentary procedure that would have fast-tracked it. Supporters and advocates of the Bill have said all the other 99 members of the 100-member chamber were on board. ........Read more

Government proposes nationwide uniform road tax

The Group of Transport Ministers have proposed a country-wide uniform road tax. At the end of a 2-day meeting, ministers from all the states unanimously voted in favour of this proposal. It has been recommended that motor vehicle tax should be charged on the basis of the invoice price of the vehicle. Also, the rate of road tax be regularized, which is expected to make the process of transferring vehicles from one state to another smoother.........Read more

BHIM UPI transactions touch Rs 1 trillion, big boost for cashless economy

According to National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) data, UPI-enabled app BHIM has recorded approximately 913 million transactions in the financial year 2017-18, crossing the value Rs 1 trillion.........Read more

Govt to sell 76% stake in Air India, invites expression of interest

As part of the disinvestment process, the government will offload 100% of its stake in Air India Express (AIXL), 76% in Air India Limited and 50% equity stake in Air India SATS Airport Services (AISATS).........Read more

Hyundai To Launch It’s First Electric Car Kona In India

The new Kona will be a full-electric SUV. The estimated cost of the car in India would be around 25 lakh rupees. There will be a 39.5-kilowatt lithium-ion polymer battery, and the full charge will have a range of 300 kms. This motor will give Kona a power of 134 bhp and a torque of 395 nm. ........Read more

Horrified by Use of National Flag in Support of Rape and Murder Accused: Mehbooba Mufti

A Hindu Ekta Manch took out protest and raised slogans carrying national flag in Jammu on Friday. They demanded the release of Special Police Officer Deepak Khajuria, who was arrested last week in connection with the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua district.........Read more

Acetylene leak may have caused blast on ONGC ship in Cochin Shipyard

The “tendency to bypass safety procedures and the overconfidence of workers” might have triggered Tuesday’s in the Cochin Shipyard, suggests a preliminary probe undertaken by safety experts, according to officials of the Department of Factories and Boilers. The accident killed five workers — C.S. Unnikrishnan, M.V. Kannan, Gevin Reji, Jayan K.B., and M.M. Ramshad........Read more

15-year-old garbage-collecting cart inventor from UP is going places

A morning school chore sparked an innovative idea for a 15-year-old grade12 student that is bound to make a massive difference, Mandal designed a waste lifting and dumping device that is manual and more efficient to clear the school premises. The Swachhta Cart is easy to handle and operate, and environmentally friendly. It also has a place to keep brooms, water bottle and other things sanitation workers require to get the job done.........Read more

3 Pakistanis named as 'global terrorist' for providing support to LeT, Taliban

Rahman Zeb Faqir Muhammad, Hizb Ullah Astam Khan and Dilawar Khan Nadir Khan named as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) for providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. As a result of today's designation, all property and interests in property of the trio subject to US jurisdiction are blocked and the US citizens are prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.........Read more

J&K: Army successfully foils infiltration bid by Pak terrorists in Tangdhar sector

The Indian Army on Thursday said that an attempted infiltration bid by Pakistan terrorists was successfully repulsed by alert Army troops in Tangdhar Sector in North Kashmir during the early hours of 31 January 2018. The army said that there was a group of four of 4 terrorists who attempted to infiltrate under the cover of darkness and thick jungles in the mountainous terrain in Kalban in Tangdhar sector.........Read more

Union Minister RK Singh Threatens to Slit Throat of Corrupt Officials

Union Minister of State (MoS) for Power RK Singh has courted controversy at a function in Bihar’s Bhojpur after he threatened to slit the throat of corrupt officials. While addressing the special village development campaign organised in his constituency, Singh told officials that development work in the village would be allotted through the transparent tendering system.........Read more

12 Tamil Nadu fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy

Twelve Tamil Nadu fishermen were on Sunday arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly fishing in their waters near Talaimannar. The arrest comes shortly after the island nation proposed a draconian legislation banning fishing in its territorial waters by foreign trawlers.........Read more

RBI, govt may give banks more time to switch to IndAS

Banks and non-banking financial companies are due to switch to Indian Accounting Standards (IndAS) from 1 April 2018. The government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) may postpone the implementation of new accounting standards for banks because of the legislative changes and additional capital requirements the process would entail.........Read more

Padmaavat 'bakwas', don't watch it, Asaduddin Owaisi tells Muslims

Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi has described the controversial Hindi film Padmaavat as 'bakwas' (waste) and urged Muslims not to watch the film that revolves around legendary Rajput queen Rani Padmavati and emperor Alauddin Khilji.........Read more

1984 anti-Sikh riots: Supreme Court re-opens an investigation into 186 cases

In a major development, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed to re-investigated 186 anti-Sikh riot cases, closed earlier by the SIT. The Supreme Court said it would set up a three-member committee, headed by a retired High Court judge, for re-investigation of the cases.........Read more

Govt reduced energy subsidies by over Rs 82,000 cr in 3 years, but discoms remain largest beneficiaries - Firstpost

The Central government reduced its energy subsidies — financial benefits provided to boost energy production and consumption — by over Rs 82,000 crore ($15 billion) between 2013-14 and 2015-16, a drop of 38 percent.........Read more

Toyota loses legal battle over ‘Prius’ trademark

Toyota didn't launch the Prius in India until 2010. By then, a Delhi-based auto spare parts maker was operating under the name - Prius Auto Industries. The company had been using the names Prius, Toyota, Toyota Innova and Toyota Device for its products. However, the Supreme Court of India has rejected Toyota's plea for exclusive trademark rights over the 'Prius' brand name. ........Read more

International Monetary Fund Sees Salutary Benefits From Demonetisation in India

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday said that it has observed benefits in the medium-term from the demonetisation exercise which India carried out in November 2016. IMF also said there are potential benefits which are moving forward.........Read more

NASA's Kepler space telescope makes discovery using machine learning from Google

NASA will announce the discovery made by Kepler, which has been searching for alien worlds since 2009, on 14 December. Machine learning is an approach to artificial intelligence, and demonstrates new ways of analysing Kepler data.........Read more

Scientists Are Slowly Unlocking The Secrets Of The Earth's Mysterious Hum

The hum is everywhere. Its ultralow frequencies have been recorded in Antarctica and Algeria, and - as announced this week by the American Geophysical Union - on the floor of the Indian Ocean. We still don't know what causes it. Some have theorized that it's the echo of colliding ocean waves, or the movements of the atmosphere, or vibrations born of sea and sky alike.........Read more

Nasa is going to fly to Mars and try and find aliens once and for all

Nasa has revealed the rover that it hopes will find aliens on Mars once and for all. The new, much improved unmanned vehicle will head to the planet as part of the Mars 2020 mission. As it does, it will look for signs of ancient microbial life on the planet, which has until now been presumed to be uninhabitable.........Read more

IFFI head of jury Sujoy Ghosh resigns after I&B ministry pulls out two films

Filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh says he has resigned as head of the jury of IFFI’s Indian Panorama section following the controversy over the removal of Malayalam movie S Durga and Marathi film Nude films from the final selection.........Read more

Aval movie review: Siddharth film has its flaws, but it’s devilishly frightening

Aval manages to create the kind of atmosphere that’s very unlike the horror culture in Tamil cinema. The eeriness is built gradually and the build-up to the film’s best stretch, which unfolds a few minutes before the interval, is nothing short of exemplary, leaving us genuinely frightened. The second half has its flaws, but is a cut above most horror films.........Read more

Apex court okays new worship norms for Lord Mahakal temple in Ujjain

The norms approved by the apex court were made by the temple authorities to stop wastage of edible items. The Supreme Court had formed a committee of experts that visited the Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain recently. The committee has recommended restricting certain offerings by devotees to save the Shivling.........Read more

Uttar Pradesh Madarsas to Implement NCERT Syllabus; Maths, Science to be Made Compulsory Subjects

In a move aimed at improving the quality of education in state madarsas, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to introduce National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) books in the Islamic educational institutions.........Read more

Amid sex CD row, arrested journalist Vinod Verma says this is 'just the tip of the iceberg,'

Senior journalist Vinod Verma who has been arrested for allegedly blackmailing a Chattisgarh minister in connection with a 'sex CD' said, "This is just the tip of the iceberg". Verma made the comment when he was taken to Mana police station in Raipur on Saturday night,........Read more

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Gianni Infantino Terms India a ‘Football Country’

FIFA Under-17 World Cup, India’s first world stage football tournament, is nearing its end. It has been somewhat successful in bringing India on the world map of football. And now FIFA president Gianni Infantino has declared that “India is a football country now.”........Read more

Sebi probes agents cashing in on unclaimed shares of deceased

Sebi has launched a probe into a scam which involves agents who make a killing by illegally transferring shares from the account of a deceased holder, which are in physical form and have not been claimed by the nominee or legal heir, into illegal accounts.........Read more

Now, 'starvation' deaths of three brothers due to lack of Aadhaar reported from K'taka

According to a report, three brothers in Karnataka died of hunger as they did not have an Aadhaar card to avail foodgrains under the government's PDS.........Read more

Skoda Banned From Using Monte Carlo Name In India

The Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo edition was launched in India less than a couple of months back. A district court issued the ban a few days ago that cites trademark infringement by the automaker as the trademark for the 'Monte Carlo' nameplate lies with a clothing and apparel manufacturer from Punjab.........Read more

Intercourse or Sexual Act With Wife Below 18 Years of Age Will be Considered Rape: SC

The Supreme Court on Wednesday pronounced that intercourse or sexual act by a man with his wife below the age of 18 years will be considered as rape. The verdict came on a plea filed by an NGO, Independent Thought, challenging the exception to the rape law that permits intercourse or sexual act by a man with his wife........Read more

Ram Madhav alarms Telugu CM and Telangana CM

RSS and BJP supremo Ram Madhav has sent shivers down the spines of Chandrababu Naidu and KCR with his recent announcement that information is being collated on the corruption in the regime of the TRS and TDP governments.........Read more

Durga Idol Immersion: Calcutta High Court Pulls up Mamata Banerjee Government Over Directive, Says Let People Live in Harmony

The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday pulled out the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal over its Durga idol immersion. Mamata had issued a notification imposing restrictions on Durga idol immersion due to Muharram. The court, while hearing a plea against the directive, said that the Mamata administration must not create communal distinction and let people live in harmony. The court also asked why two communities can’t celebrate together.........Read more

Widening current account deficit a new worry for Modi government, RBI

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday showed India’s current account deficit (CAD) rose sharply to a four-year high of $14.3 billion, or 2.4% of GDP, in the April-June quarter. It was $3.4billion, or 0.6% of GDP, in the preceding quarter. Current account deficit is the difference between the value of goods and services a country exports and imports. A higher CAD is not necessarily bad if the bulk of it is on account of such imports that help exports and growth and is financed through higher inflow of foreign direct investment. Historically, in the Indian context, a CAD below 3% of GDP is considered sustainable. On the face of it, therefore, a CAD of 2.4% in April-June may not appear worrisome. But a closer scrutiny of why and how the deficit widened so fast will call for remedial measures that must be taken without losing time.........Read more

World Championships: Gaurav Bidhuri enters semis; promises to better Vijender, Shiva's record

Gaurav Bidhuri assured India a medal at the World Boxing Championships after the wildcard entrant defeated Tunisia's Bilel Mhamdi to enter the semifinals at the mega-event.........Read more

Doklam stand-off: China snubs Rajnath's outreach, says there will be 'utter chaos' if their forces enter India

China on Tuesday warned that there will be 'utter chaos' if its troops entered India. It said India's claim that Chinese building road in Doklam is a potential threat to New Delhi was "ridiculous and vicious".........Read more

India grants Pfizer patent on pneumonia vaccine in blow to aid group

India has granted Pfizer Inc a patent for its powerful pneumonia vaccine Prevenar 13, in a blow to some health groups that said this would put the treatment out of reach of thousands in poorer nations.........Read more

IISER gets centre for high-end cancer research

To promote research work in life sciences, the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research (IISER), Pune, has set up an excellence centre that will help in analysis of hundreds of biological samples, simultaneously. With this centre, biologists are set to take cancer tumour research to a new level. The Centre of Excellence, which was inaugurated by K N Ganesh, director, IISER (Pune), on Wednesday, has been set up by PerkinElmer, in association with IISER.........Read more

Government seeks parliament approval for $1.7 billion extra spending

The Indian government on Wednesday sought parliament's approval to spend an extra 106.5 billion rupees ($1.65 billion) in new spending in the fiscal year to March 2018, on top of an earlier approved spending of $333.3 billion in the annual budget.........Read more

'India is well equipped to defend itself against China,' says Swaraj

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said that while China is trying to change the status quo in the Doklam tri-junction area", India is well equipped to defend itself and doesn't feel threatened in the least.........Read more

How to Make a Solar Eclipse Viewer

The moon will pass directly between the sun and the Earth on Monday, Aug. 21, causing a total solar eclipse. If you want to see it happen, learn how to build a simple eclipse viewer out of a shoe box.........Read more

CBFC Chief Pahlaj Nihalani slams IIFA Awards, calls it a paid holiday for B-Town stars!

The chief of Centeal Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Pahlaj Nihalani has slammed the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards, saying that the awards event lost its significance when Amitabh Bachchan decided to opt out of it back in the year 2011. He also called IIFA an "international farce".........Read more

India exports tuk-tuks or 'auto rickshaws' to Africa - BBC News

The tuk-tuk or "auto rickshaw" - a traffic-dodging staple on the streets of India - is starting to make its way across Africa. Indian manufacturer Atul has assembly plants across the African continent and is promoting it as an economical transport alternative.........Read more

TCS Lucknow to shut down, crisis on 2,000 IT professionals

The Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is preparing to bid farewell to Lucknow as the staff members on Wednesday claimed they were informed by their team leaders that the company is wrapping up the work at the centre. At least 2,000 employees will be affected by this shift where 50 percent are women.........Read more

10 Indians killed in house fire in Saudi Arabia

At least 10 Indians were killed and six others injured today when a major fire ripped through a windowless house in Saudi Arabia. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi said officials of Indian consulate in Jeddah are rushing to Najran following the incident.........Read more

Two Indian-Americans plead guilty in US call centre scam

Two Indian-Americans on Saturday pleaded guilty to the charges of their involvement in a massive telephone impersonation fraud and money laundering scheme in the US perpetrated by India-based call centres.........Read more

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA launched at Rs 30.65 lakh - AutoPortal

Mercedes-Benz has launched the 2017 GLA at an introductory price of Rs. 30.65 Lakh (Ex. Showroom) in the country. The GLA facelift is available in four trim levels – GLA 200 d Style, GLA 200 Sport, GLA 200 d Sport, GLA 200 d 4Maitc. The new model made its first debut at the North American International Auto Show and gets slight updates to its exterior as well as interior. The GLA facelift will compete with the likes of the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Volvo V40.........Read more

Report details how scammers are abusing App Store & Search Ads

The post outlines that some “developers” are taking advantage of Apple’s in-app purchase feature, combined with App Store search ads, to game users into subscribing to illegitimate services. This includes apps such as virus scanners, password generators, and VPN apps.........Read more

Meet the Villagers Who Protect Biodiversity on Top of the World

Dangwen comes from Yunta, a village located in Sanjiangyuan, Qinghai Province on the Tibetan Plateau. Sanjiangyuan, is a 4,00,000 km² area that serves as an important habitat for rich and unique biodiversity, and a watershed of the three largest rivers in Asia, the Yellow, Yangtze and Mekong, which serve a billion people downstream.........Read more

Flipkart investors stay divided over valuation

Mutual fund investors such as Morgan Stanley, Fidelity Investments, Valic and Vanguard Group Inc.—which together hold a small stake in Flipkart—are still divided over the valuation of India’s most valuable internet start-up, which recently raised $1.4 billion in fresh capital.........Read more

Pakistan Fears Indian Influence in Afghanistan, Says US Intel

According to the report, during a recent hearing at the Senate Armed Services Committee, “US intelligence chiefs gave a candid assessment of the situation in the war-torn country.........Read more

Single smart card for entry to all tourist sites by year-end

Though the Centre is planning a similar initiative, Karnataka will be the first state to introduce it independently. Talks with the states archaeological department are on to start it at heritage sites at the earliest. Talks are also being held with the Ministry of Culture for other sites. A lot of back-end work is being done like syncing QR codes and swipe machines to create a centralised system. We are also tying up with banks on this.........Read more

In the dense forests of Khunti how opium is grown to fund naxalites

In the dense forests of Khunti district in Jharkhand, there are villagers who are walking back home with quick money. It is quite strange when a large number of villagers from the state of Jharkhand have migrated to other places in search of employment, this small district has the population intact.........Read more

Army destroys Pak posts, government says 'such actions needed to ensure peace in J&K'

The government has strongly backed Army's action of destroying Pakistani posts along the LoC to counter terrorism in the valley.........Read more

Benami deals: After I-T raids, ED arrests CA of Lalu Yadav's daughter Misa

The Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday arrested Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav's daughter Misa Bharti's Chartered Accountant (CA) Rajesh Agarwal, in connection with the money trail scam of around Rs 8000 crore.........Read more

Nano fiber feels forces and hears sounds made by cells

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a miniature device that's sensitive enough to feel the forces generated by swimming bacteria and hear the beating of heart muscle cells.........Read more

Role for India still available if changes mind on Belt and Road initiative: Chinese media

India's refusal to join China's high-profile Belt and Road initiative is "regrettable" but New Delhi's boycott will not at all affect the cooperation in infrastructure development among its neighbouring countries, a report in a state-run newspaper said today.........Read more

Mumbai Indians almost assured of top-two finish

With only four league matches left, we still do not know the final four yet. Since only Mumbai Indians have sealed a playoff berth, let's look at what the other teams need to do to make it to the qualifiers........Read more

21 killed in Pakistan suicide attack, Senate deputy chairman injured

The deputy chairman of Pakistan’s upper house of parliament was injured and 21 people were killed when a suicide bomber targeted a convoy in the restive Balochistan province on Friday.........Read more

HC upholds evidence tampering charge against Ansals

The Delhi High Court on Friday upheld a trial court’s order framing charges of tampering of evidence against real estate barons Sushil and Gopal Ansal in the Uphaar fire case. A bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul held that there was adequate material before the trial court which justifies framing of charges against Ansals and others.........Read more

Parts of Asia will grow old before getting rich, IMF warns

Asia’s rapidly aging population means the region is shifting from being the biggest contributor to the global workforce to subtracting hundreds of millions of people from it, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).........Read more

Maternity benefit also covers those already on maternity break

The labour ministry on Monday clarified that the employees already on maternity leave will be eligible for enhanced paid leave under the amended Maternity Benefit Act, which came into force on April 1. The amended Maternity Benefit Act was enforced on April 1, 2017. There was a confusion that whether the employees already on maternity leave would get the benefit under amended law or not.........Read more

Daimler, Volvo making India an export hub for its heavy vehicles

Daimler AG and Volvo AB are likely to feature among the biggest success stories of the Make-in-India drive, with the two marquee names in the global heavy-duty transport industry using the South Asian nation as their export hub for large trucks and luxury buses. ........Read more

North Korea fails in fourth successive attempt to test-fire ballistic missile

North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday, the South Korean and US militaries said, defying warnings from the United States and the reclusive state's main ally, China, which have tried for years to rein in its arms programmes.........Read more

Sex ratio in India will dip to 898 girls for 1,000 boys in 2031: Report

The sex ratio in India will dip to 898 girls for 1,000 boys in 2031 from 939 in 2011 as India’s proportion of youth in the total population will fall, a new government study has projected. A ministry of statistics and programme implementation report while quoting data from the Census and World Bank said that the negative aspect of youth in India was that the sex ratio among them has been consistently decreasing since 1991.........Read more

NCLT dismisses Cyrus Mistry's petition against Tata Sons

The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) on Monday dismissed a waiver plea and petition filed by former chairperson of Tata Sons Ltd, Cyrus Mistry. The petition was filed against Tata Sons seeking waiver of eligibility condition for moving before the NCLT. The final order is stated to be issued on Friday........Read more

Malala Yousafzai to be United Nations Messenger of Peace

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has selected Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai to be a UN messenger of peace, the highest honor bestowed by the UN chief on a global citizen.........Read more

Aadhaar must to file I-T returns, processing PAN card

Even as the Supreme Court has in successive orders, declared that the Aadhaar card cannot be made mandatory, the government on Tuesday made quoting the national ID number mandatory for filing Income Tax returns and also processing of Permanent Account Number (PAN) applications from July 1, 2017.........Read more

Two deputy CMs to balance work, caste equation

BJP leaders M Venkaiah Naidu and Bhupendra Yadav waited till Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Rawat was sworn in before initiating the process of announcing Yogi Adityanath as the next CM of UP, along with Keshav Maurya and Dinesh Sharma as deputy chief ministers.........Read more

Trivendra Singh Rawat front runner for Uttarakhand CM post, Manoj Sinha in race to be Uttar Pradesh CM

Trivendra Singh Rawat, a leader with RSS background, has emerged as the front-runner in the race for the coveted chief minister’s post in Uttarakhand. He is likely to be elected the leader of the BJP legislature party in the hill state on Friday. The swearing-in ceremony will take place in Dehradun on Saturday in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.........Read more

Paytm does a U-turn, rolls back 2% fee on recharge via credit cards

“Keeping the millions of customers and merchants’ interests as utmost priority, the company has decided to remove the two per cent fees and announced that it will be use a series of features and constantly target the misuse. The company is also strengthening the team which focuses on identifying and blocking various types of misuse".........Read more

SC orders Gopal Ansal to surrender on March 19

The Supreme Court has ordered Gopal Ansal to surrender on March 19 in the Uphaar fire tragedy case, dismissing his plea that he not be sent back to jail. Gopal, who faced jail time for around four-and-a-half months, had sought relief on the ground of parity claiming that he was a 69-year-old and that he would suffer irreparable damage to his health if sent to prison.........Read more

Aadhaar payment: Forget debit and credit cards, now pay bills with your thumb

An Aadhaar card-linked payments system was launched on Tuesday that will allow customers to ditch their debit and credit cards and pay using fingerprints or eye scan. Aadhaar Pay, a new Android-based smartphone app, will also eliminate the fee charged by private card companies such as “MasterCard” and “Visa”.........Read more

More than half of under-5 kids in India are anaemic

In a stark and chilling reminder of the realities of life in India, the recently released family health survey (NFHS 4) results show that over 58% of children below five years of age are anaemic, that is, they suffer from insufficient haemoglobin in the blood, leaving them exhausted, vulnerable to infections, and possibly affecting their brain development.........Read more

Media trial goes wrong: 'Molesters' of Rohtak sisters acquitted by court, boys mull defamation suit

The court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Harish Goyal discharged Kuldeep, Mohit and Deepak were discharged as no charges were filed against them. Their counsel said that said they were considering filing a defamation suit against the girls. Meanwhile, the girls’ lawyer said they would challenge the judgement in the High Court.........Read more

Pakistan makes a U-turn, won’t send back ‘spy’

Two months after Pakistan’s top foreign affairs official Sartaj Aziz said there was inadequate evidence against the alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, Islamabad ruled out his extradition and said an FIR had been registered against him.........Read more

Indian unicorns being seen as career graveyards, say headhunters

Indian unicorns have an image problem: after the funding slowdown and exodus of high-profile executives over the past year, many are increasingly being seen as career graveyards by potential hires, say headhunters. Flipkart Ltd, Snapdeal (Jasper Infotech Pvt. Ltd) and Ola (ANI Technologies Pvt. Ltd) are the worst offenders, in that order. Since the end of 2014, the three have hired some 20 executives at the senior vice-president level (the second highest executive level) from other industries and Silicon Valley, according to Mint research. Of these, 14 have already left, with Flipkart seeing eight exits. If executives at lower levels are included, the record looks worse.........Read more

Two ABVP activists held for attack on JNU students

Two alleged Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists have been arrested for allegedly attacking two Jawaharlal Nehru University students minutes after the protest march against the saffron student outfit concluded on Tuesday.........Read more

SBI to offer 30-month salary as VRS to five associate banks staff

Under the bank's voluntary retirement scheme (VRS), the employees would get 50% of the pay for the residual years of service, subject to a ceiling of 30 months of salary. Employees who have attained 55 years of age or completed 20 years of service can avail the scheme.........Read more

New version of US travel ban to spare green card holders: Trump official

The president is contemplating releasing a tighter, more streamlined version of the first (order). And I will have opportunity to work (on) a rollout plan, in particular to make sure that there's no one in a sense caught in the system of moving from overseas to our airports, Kelly said at the Munich Security Conference.........Read more

Fifa chief Gianni Infantino dismisses fears of hooliganism in Russia during 2018 World Cup

Fifa president Gianni Infantino said Thursday he was not worried about hooliganism at next year's Russia World Cup, amid growing fears the tournament could be blighted by fan violence.........Read more

RBI lifts cash withdrawal limit from March 13

From March 13, there will be no limit on cash withdrawal from savings bank accounts, the RBI said in a release. The RBI had put limit on withdrawal from bank accounts in the wake of demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes on November 8.........Read more

Stop Sasikala from being sworn in as CM tomorrow, says PIL filed in SC

A PIL was moved in the Supreme Court on Monday seeking to restrain AIADMK leader V K Sasikala from being sworn in as Tamil Nadu chief minister on Tuesday on the ground that the apex court was likely to pronounce within a week the judgment in a corruption case, in which she is an accused.........Read more

Should a rethink on divorce attract contempt action? Delhi HC has its doubts

After signing an agreement to file for divorce by mutual consent, will either of the spouses face contempt proceedings if they have second thoughts? That is the question the Delhi High Court asked recently while referring a batch of eight separate divorce petitions to a larger bench. Given the “contradictory views” taken in earlier rulings, Justice Manmohan expressed “serious doubts” on the practice of the courts hauling up spouses for contempt if they reneged from their earlier stand of divorce by mutual consent during the six-month “cooling off” period.........Read more

Sports ministry revokes suspension of IOA

The sports ministry said that it was revoking the suspension of deemed recognition of IOA handed down on December 30 last following its admission of "faux pas" while making Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala as life presidents.........Read more

Sahara-Birla papers: Blow to Rahul Gandhi, SC finds no 'conclusive evidence' for probe against Modi

Supreme Court on Wednesday threw out a petition filed by NGO 'Common Cause'​ seeking a probe into the IT raids on Sahara and Birla in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi and certain politicians name came up, dealing a blow to an opposition leader who had latched on to the case. A panel of judges headed by Justice Arun Mishra and also comprising Justice Amitava Roy found that there was too little evidence to go on, deflating Rahul Gandhi's warnings late last year that he would cause an "earthquake" by unveiling proof that Modi was corrupt.........Read more

Flaws put lives of soldiers at risk, says army report

At a time when military is increasingly coming under attack in Jammu and Kashmir, an army report has pointed out at least 50 gaps --- ranging from body armour, night-vision gear to flawed fuel storage --- that pose a threat to soldiers’ lives. If the army doesn’t make fuel storage safer at its forward bases, it could risk the lives of thousands of soldiers. Militant strikes can cause greater damage not because of their sophistication but because tens of thousands of litres of fuel is being stored in make-shift shelters, says the document.........Read more

After note ban, Prime Minister Narendra Modi defends laws against benami property

Dismissing the criticism of frequent changes in rules after demonetisation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday alleged that those who cannot endorse corruption and black money openly are relentlessly finding fault with his government. He vowed to take forward the fight against unaccounted money and corruption by implementing a strong law against benami properties. Related …........Read more

Amid rush for white money, Pune businessman converts cash into black

While several businessmen with hoards of black money have come under the lens for exchanging illegal tenders with legitimate currency notes using intermediaries, here is a case of a Pune-based industrialist who has been caught converting his legitimate income into black money—the transaction is over Rs 200 crore.........Read more

Cap on ATM withdrawal to be eased after Dec 30, says MoS Finance

Minister of State for Finance Santosh Gangwar has said that the current restrictions on ATM withdrawals will be removed after December 30 and added that there are sufficient cash to cater to people's needs.........Read more

India's groundwater reserves at depletion risk: study

Excessive pumping of water for drinking and agriculture could deplete groundwater resources in parts of India, southern Europe and the US in the coming decades, a new research has warned. New modelling of the world's groundwater levels found that aquifers - the soil or porous rocks that hold groundwater - in the Upper Ganges Basin area of India, southern Spain and Italy could be depleted between 2040 and 2060. Excessive pumping of water for drinking and agriculture could deplete groundwater resources in parts of India, southern Europe and the US in the coming decades, a new research has warned. New modelling of the world's groundwater levels found that aquifers - the soil or porous rocks that hold groundwater - in the Upper Ganges Basin area of India, southern Spain and Italy could be depleted between 2040 and 2060.........Read more

Why doesn’t Rahul Gandhi expose Modi’s corruption outside Parliament: Kejriwal

Demonetisation: Arvind Kejriwal asked Rahul Gandhi to “expose” the Prime Minister if he has proof against Modi, saying Congress and BJP indulge in such “friendly...........Read more

Tiny satellites to measure hurricane winds

It sounds like something from a sci-fi movie -- a plane carries a rocket high in the sky, releases it, and the rocket fires into space, later deploying mini satellites that will eventually help improve hurricane forecasts. The scenario will take place in real life Wednesday at 8:20 a.m, when an aircraft similar to a commercial airliner carries a Pegasus rocket to about 40,000 feet and releases it. Boosters will propel the rocket into space, where it will deploy eight small satellites into orbit to provide better hurricane predictions back here on Earth.........Read more

Yasin Bhatkal, 4 other Indian Mujahideen men convicted for Hyderabad twin blasts

A special court held Yasin Bhatkal and four other Indian Mujahideen men guilty on Tuesday in the 2013 Hyderabad twin bomb blasts case. Pronouncing the judgement, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) special court fixed December 18 for announcing the quantum of punishment for the five IM operatives. The five accused found guilty are Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi, Bhatkal alias Mohammed Ahmed Siddibappa, Tahseen Akhtar alias Monu, Pakistani national Zia ur Rehman alias Waqas, and Ajaz Shaikh.........Read more

Home Ministry renews Teesta Setalvad NGO’s FCRA licence

In a surprise move, the union home ministry has renewed the FCRA or foreign contribution regulation account licence of activist Teesta Setalvad’s NGO, Citizen for Justice and Peace (CJP). The non-government organisation (NGO) run by Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand was under the scanner for alleged misuse of grants to survivors of 2002 Gujarat riots following which it was put under the prior permission category by MHA in July last year.........Read more

One in three households in India owns a two-wheeler

The proportion of car-owning households in the country was 5%, according to the 2011 census data. That proportion has more than doubled, and stands at 11% today as per the ICE 360° survey 2016. The proportion of two-wheeler owners has increased 15 percentage points to 36%, while the proportion of bicycle owners has increased 13 percentage points since 2011 to 58%, the survey shows.........Read more

Meet 11-year-old Praggnanandhaa, who could be world’s youngest Grandmaster

IN THE crowded verandah of Ramesh Babu’s one-storey apartment in Padi, on the outskirts of Chennai, is a purple-rimmed bicycle, its wheels smeared with fresh mud and earth. It belongs to Babu’s 11-year-old son Praggnanandhaa, one of the several gifts he received when he became the world’s youngest International Master in October.........Read more

Tatas look to bring back veterans to head key group companies

According to sources, some of the senior executives who have been approached include former Tata Steel managing director Hemant Nerurkar, former Tata Industries managing director Kishore Chaukar and former Tata Motors MD Prakash Telang. The group plans to bring them in non-executive roles, or in similar functions which could be individually etched, the sources added.........Read more

Demonetisation a Gimmick to Distract from Ineffectual Governance, Say Civil Society Members

As the unorganised sector continues suffering, civil society members, bankers and politicians remain sceptical of demonetisation's impact on black money.........Read more

Evidence not believable, court said in case linked to 3 of killed SIMI men

Coming down harshly on Madhya Pradesh police and the investigating officers, the court acquitted one of them, Akeel Khilji, under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).........Read more

Fake cheque racket busted in Mumbai, 7 held

Mumbai, Oct 26: seven people of a gang were arrested for allegedly cheating 150 companies and several banks of lakhs of rupees by creating duplicate cheques and honouring them in fake accounts. Worli Police seized 550 cheques of 62 banks, 19 cheque books and 10 ATM cards from the accused. Police said, one Faizan Shaikh …........Read more

Hitler's secret Nazi base discovered in Arctic

Scientists have discovered a secret Nazi base built on direct orders from German dictator Adolf Hitler located 1,000 kilometres from the North Pole.........Read more

Putin’s puppet to sleazy campaign: Trump, Clinton trade barbs in last debate

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton clashed on abortion rights on Wednesday as they opened their third and last US presidential debate with a substantive policy discussion on the Supreme Court and the top issues it faces.........Read more

Telangana govt finalises land for dry ports to help increase exports

The TS government has zeroed in on locations for setting up dry ports. These dry ports will help increase exports from the state from the present Rs 1 lakh-crore to Rs 1.50 lakh-crore per year.........Read more

Oliver Hart, Bengt Holmstrom win Nobel prize in economics

British-born Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmstrom of Finland won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for their contributions to contract theory, shedding light on how contracts help people deal with conflicting interests.........Read more

Flipkart plans to raise up to $1 billion fresh funds

Flipkart will look for new investors to lead the next round, the three people said on condition of anonymity. The company hasn’t decided the final amount yet, but will look for at least $500 million and up to $1 billion in fresh funds, the three said.........Read more

Five lessons for founders

Fundraising is something all of us as entrepreneurs worry about constantly and discuss pretty much whenever we meet. A lot of people think you should meet..........Read more

'This law has ruined us': How Nitish Kumar's prohibition policy risks alienating Mahadalits

The poorest Dalits, many of whom make alcohol for a living, have been hit hardest by the Bihar government's liquor ban.........Read more

Authorities impose curfew at three places in Kashmir Valley on Thursday

Authorities on Thursday imposed curfew at three places in the Kashmir Valley on Thursday as separatists extended their protest shutdown till September 8. “Curfew has been imposed in areas falling u........Read more

Used car market is now 1.2 times bigger than the new car market

Used car market is now 1.2 times bigger than the new car market. Indian Blue Book launched the 1st edition of the 'India Pre-Owned Car Market Report 2016'.........Read more

Mahindra Launches DiGiSENSE Vehicle Connect System In India

Mahindra has launched a mobile/tablet app or desktop based vehicle connect system for its vehicles in India. The new system, named DiGiSENSE, has been rolled out first for commercial vehicles across Mahindra's portfolio, from LCVs to trucks to construction vehicles and tractors.........Read more

Studying Heart Disease In Astronauts Yields Clues But Not Conclusive Evidence

When James Irwin suffered his first heart attack at age 43 - just two years after walking on the moon - NASA doctors dismissed any connection with his trip to space, during which he had experienced short spells of irregular heart rhythm.........Read more

Gurgaon Asks Delhi To Stay Away As Monster Jams Freeze City

Gurgaon, the hub of multinational companies, today urged people from Delhi to stay away after monster jams caused by rain on Thursday and flooding of roads.........Read more

Inter-State Council meeting: Narendra Modi asks States to focus on intelligence sharing for internal security

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked the States to focus on intelligence-sharing to help the country stay “alert” to, and “updated” on, internal security challenges. Addressing the Inter-........Read more

Sexual Harassment Victims Can Get 90 Days Paid Leave

Women central government employees who have filed complaints of sexual harassment can now get a paid leave of three months during the pendency of inquiry, the government has said.........Read more

How India Nearly Gave in to US Pressure to Enter the Iraqi Killing Zone

In the summer of 2003, senior ministers like L.K. Advani and a number of Indian strategic commentators kept up a steady drumbeat calling for the country to send troops to help the Americans. But Atal Bihari Vajpayee kept his cool and refused.........Read more

Milos Raonic Stuns Roger Federer To Reach Maiden Wimbledon Final

Milos Raonic defeated third seed Roger Federer 6-3, 6-7 (3/7), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 to reach his maiden Grand Slam final . latest Tennis news........Read more

Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Bajirao Mastani Bag Top Honours at IIFA

The Bollywood titans of 2015-- Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Bajirao Mastani-- emerged victorious at the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards 2016 with the Salman Khan-starrer winning best picture while Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus taking home best director gong.........Read more

With two divisions in Tests and a 13-nation ODI league, cricket could be set for a revolution

Will cricket go the football way? Over the last few days, the International Cricket Council, the governing body of the sport, has been making plenty of noise about reforms which could potentially change the way the game is played. They have been care........Read more

An estimated revenue of Rs 10 lakh from B2B services alone: Growth story of Pick My Laundry

Getting reliable laundry service is a common problem for many working professionals who live away from home. Gaurav Agarwal, Co-founder of Pick My Laundry,........Read more

Researchers find new ways to make clean hydrogen and rechargable zinc batteries

A Stanford University research lab has developed new technologies to tackle two of the world's biggest energy challenges - clean fuel for transportation and grid-scale energy storage.........Read more