COVID-19: Know why this virus affects different people in different ways?

Since the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic, we have seen that the virus responsible for the deadly disease affects some people more than others. The elderly and people with underlying health conditions are more vulnerable to infection and also severe . Now a new study from McGill University says that there may be clues as to why this happens. They say the answer may lie in the proteins involved in initiating infection, as the virus binds to host cells of different animals. Greater cellular oxidation with aging and sickness may explain why the elderly and people with chronic illness get infected more often and more severely. Also Read - Till now, more than 60 million people have been infected by the novel coronavirus and around 1.5 million have died from this infection. The virus is also responsible for the disruption of economies and food supply chains across the world. Researchers say that understanding why some animals get infected and others do not could be the key to unlocking new treatments and therapies. In this study, which is published in Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal, researchers analyzed available protein sequences of the virus and host cell receptors across different species to find out why. Also Read - ........Read more

54% Covid-19 Cases in 18-44 Age Group, 51% Deaths Among Senior Citizens: Health Ministry

Health worker Kamal Kumari holds a box containing a pulse oximeter, after collecting it from a family infected with the coronavirus disease, in New Delhi. (Reuters) The Health Ministry on Wednesday revealed that patients within the age group of 18-44 contribute to 54% of total COVID-19 cases. The data came on a day when India's tally of cases galloped past 37 lakh with78,357 new instances of the disease reported in a day. The number of recoveries has however crossed 29 lakh, pushing the recovery rate to 76.98 per cent, the Union health ministry said. Besides the total number of cases, the Ministry’s data showed that 51% deaths are among senior citizens. “54% COVID19 cases are in the 18-44 years age group but 51% deaths are in the 60 years and above age group,” the Health Ministry tweeted. The Ministry further urged citizens to continue to strictly follow the COVID-19 safety guideline. “It continues to be important to observe COVID-19 appropriate safe behaviour of wearing masks/face covers in public, following hand hygiene and cough etiquette,” it said. 54% cases are in the 18-44 years age group but 51% deaths are in the 60 years and above age group. ........Read more

Indian Army Has Captured All Critical Heights South of Pangong Lake in Ladakh: Sources

The Indian Army has captured all positions and posts in the Ridge area on the southern bank of the Pangong lake in eastern Ladakh, government sources told News18 on Wednesday amid escalating tensions on the border with China. “We haven’t entered their (Chinese) location, but dominated our posts. We are in dominating position at this point,” a source said. “India is committed to border security under PM Narendra Modi and we hope China will come for a peaceful border solution now,” the source added. Both countries had held Brigade Commander-level talks on Tuesday in Chushul on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) following the latest confrontation which was triggered by the Chinese military’s “provocative movements” on the southern bank of Pangong lake. China’s attempt to change the status quo on the intervening night of August 29 and 30 was thwarted by Indian troops.........Read more

Even Android 11 is cake

Google’s alphabetical dessert naming scheme was an Android tradition for years, dating back to Android 1.5 Cupcake in 2009. But last year, instead of naming Android Q after an obscure pastry tart or candy, Google made the choice to desert desserts entirely for its public releases in favor of numerical names instead, beginning with Android 10 and continued with the upcoming release of Android 11 this fall.........Read more

Moon may be much more metallic

The Moon might be more metallic than researchers thought. And that comes from no less a source than NASA. The scientists who operate the Miniature Radio Frequency (Mini-RF) instrument on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft have found evidence about the distribution of iron and titanium oxides in the lunar subsurface which, they say, could aid in drawing a clearer connection between Earth and the Moon. Their findings are published in a paper in Earth and Planetary Science Letters. Evidence points to the Moon as the product of a collision between a Mars-sized protoplanet and young Earth, and the Moon’s bulk chemical composition closely resembles that of Earth’s. There are discrepancies, however, and scientists have speculated about what contribution the protoplanet might have made. The Mini-RF team says it has found a curious pattern that could lead to an answer.........Read more

China Struggles to Mollify Relatives of Soldiers Killed on Indian Border

The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) efforts to avoid disclosing how many of its soldiers were killed in a bloody brawl with Indian soldiers in the Himalayas last week are reportedly running afoul of anguished Chinese families who want their government to acknowledge the deaths of their loved ones. CCP officials are struggling to either mollify or silence them. The Indian government disclosed 20 fatalities from the melee, and several Indian officials have claimed China lost over twice as many of its own troops. The Chinese government has acknowledged the deaths of only a few officers so far. ........Read more

"Further Legal Issue, Needs Resolving": UK On Vijay Mallya Extradition

Business tycoon Vijay Mallya, who was denied permission last month to appeal to the Supreme Court in United Kingdom against an extradition order by High Court in London, cannot be sent back unless a "further legal issue" is resolved, the British High Commission has told NDTV, stressing that the "issue is confidential". "Vijay Mallya last month lost his appeal against extradition and was refused permission to appeal to the United Kingdom's Supreme Court. However, there is a further legal issue that needs to be resolved before Mr Mallya's extradition can be arranged," a British High Commission spokesperson told NDTV.........Read more

Maharashtra extends COVID-19 lockdown across entire state till May 31

Reports said that although the lockdown has extended for the entire state, a notification will soon be issued carrying information regarding necessary relaxations of the curbs. Notably, Maharashtra continues to be the epicenter of the coronavirus spread in India where the number of cases has witnessed an even large spike recently. According to the Health Ministry, Maharashtra has the highest number of cases with 30,706 positive cases of infection and 1,135 deaths.........Read more

What is chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses chemicals to kill harmful, cancerous cells and prevent them from reproducing. Chemotherapy has become a mainstay for treating rapidly spreading cancers and, combined with other therapies, can help force cancer into remission or keep it from spreading further, said Dr. Deanna Attai, an assistant clinical professor of surgery at the University of California Los Angeles.  Chemotherapy was kind of invented by accident, as a result of research into the effects of poisonous mustard gas. ........Read more

CRPF HQ in Delhi Sealed After Staff Member of Top Officer Tests Positive For COVID-19

The headquarters of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) will be sealed as a staff member attached with one of the top officers tested positive for COVID-19. Notably, cases of coronavirus infection spiked in paramilitary forces CRPF and BSF with the two reporting 136 and 17 cases respectively.........Read more

Govt considers proposal to guarantee ₹3 lakh crore of small-business loans

India is considering a proposal to guarantee as much as 3 trillion rupees ($39 billion) of bank loans to small businesses as part of a plan to restart Asia’s third-largest economy reeling under the impact of a 40-day lockdown, people with knowledge of the matter said. Under the proposal, small businesses will be eligible for an additional 20% of their outstanding credit limit, which will be fully backed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration, the people said, asking not to be identified as the discussions are private. The loans will be extended by banks, financial institutions and shadow lenders, the people said. The government will set up a special fund to pay for any defaults, the people said.........Read more

North Korean media silent on Kim's whereabouts as speculation on health rages

North Korean state media on Wednesday made no mention of leader Kim Jong Un’s health or whereabouts, a day after intense international speculation over his health was sparked by media reports he was gravely ill after a cardiovascular procedure. North Korean media presented a business as usual image, carrying routine reporting of Kim’s achievements, publishing his older or undated quotes on issues like the economy. ........Read more

Study from China: 44% got Covid from people without symptoms

Even as India’s testing strategy banks heavily on testing symptomatic people, a study from China has come to the conclusion that 44 per cent of those who tested positive contracted the disease from an asymptomatic person. They estimated that viral shedding — which is when a person infects another — starts happening two to three days before the onset of symptoms. The study, published in Nature Medicine on April 15, looked at 94 patients with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 admitted to Guangzhou Eighth People’s Hospital and said, “We observed the highest viral load in throat swabs at the time of symptom onset, and inferred that infectiousness peaked on or before symptom onset. ........Read more

Coronavirus: Telangana senior cop, booked for not informing of son's arrival from London, tests positive

A senior Telangana cop has tested positive for novel coronavirus, a day after he was booked for not informing health authorities about the arrival of his son from London. His son had earlier tested positive for coronavirus after his arrival from London. A Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) from Bhadradri Kothagudem district tested positive on Tuesday, The News Minute reported quoting Telangana authorities. The report added that besides the DSP, their 33-year-old female cook has also tested positive for coronavirus. Follow LIVE UPDATES on coronavirus outbreak........Read more

Coronavirus Pandemic: Two-Wheeler Companies Struggling To Clear BS4 Inventory Worth Rs. 4,600 Crore

As the entire country is currently facing a lockdown, the domestic two-wheeler market has been facing several restrictions because of the novel Coronavirus Pandemic. Currently, various two-wheeler companies are under pressure to clear out the remaining BS4 inventory ahead of the BS6 transition, which will come into effect from April 1, 2020. The bike manufacturers are left with BS4 inventory worth Rs 4,600 crore with minimal hope of liquidating the same. Moreover, the two-wheeler makers and dealerships are also providing massive discounts to clear out the huge inventory of approximately 8,35,000 units.........Read more

What Is Skull-Breaker Challenge And Why It Has Parents Worried

A new social media trend called the Skull-breaker challenge has been raising alarm bells everywhere. The dangerous challenge, circulating on video-sharing social media app TikTok, involves two people jumping in the air and later a third, standing between them, does the same. Just as the third person jumps, the other two kick on the person's legs, making the jumper fall. The goal of the bizarre challenge is to make the person in the middle fall on his or her back, hence the name. This fall can cause serious injuries, and as the name suggests, can cause severe head injuries.........Read more

'Tejas': Kangana Ranaut makes for daring fighter pilot in first look

In January this year, Kangana Ranaut announced that she will be playing the role of Indian Air Force pilot in the film titled Tejas. Now, the first look of the actor from the film is out and she nails the perfect look as a daring fighter pilot. In the photo, Kangana is seen walking in style and looks kickass in IAF uniform with a fighter plane in the backdrop. The film is produced by Ronnie Screwvala and it's his ode to Indian Air Force.........Read more

Hockey: Navneet Scores Brace as India Women Finish New Zealand Tour on High, Beat Hosts 3-0

India women’s hockey team registered a comprehensive 3-0 win over New Zealand in their last game of the tour on Wednesday. For India, striker Navneet Kaur scored a brace, while Sharmila scored an impressive field goal to guide Indian women’s team in the final encounter of the five-match series. Navneet found the net in the 45th and 58th minutes, while Sharmila scored a field goal in the 54th minute as India drew curtains on the New Zealand tour on a bright note. After a goalless opening two quarters, Navneet finally broke the deadlock for India in the 45th minute. Sharmila then doubled the lead when she struck a powerful shot past the New Zealand goalkeeper in the 54th minute. Navneet found the net again just two minutes from the final hooter with a beautiful field strike. India began the tour by thrashing New Zealand Development squad 4-0 before suffering close 1-2 and 0-1 defeats to the home senior team.........Read more

India vs New Zealand 1st ODI: Ross Taylor hundred highlights record victory for hosts

Ross Taylor hit his 21st ODI hundred while Henry Nicholls and Tom Latham smashed aggressive half-centuries as New Zealand chased down 348 against India to take a 1-0 lead in the first match of the 3-ODI series in Hamilton on Wednesday. This was New Zealand's second-highest successful run chase in ODIs. In 2007, they had gunned down 350 against Australia, incidentally also in Hamilton.........Read more

Budget 2020: You Will Now Pay Rs 1.95 Lakh In Tax On Rs 15 Lakh Income In This Case

According to Budget 2020 proposals, annual gross income of Rs 15 lakh will lead to a tax liability of Rs 1.95 lakh, but there's a catch: the assessee has to give up a range of income tax exemptions and deductions (including Section 80C). First things first, the new income tax slabs proposed in Budget 2020 are optional, subject to certain conditions. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman used the example given above to explain the difference in tax liability for a person not claiming any exemptions. "A person earning Rs 15 lakh in a year and not availing any deductions etc will pay only Rs 1,95,000 as compared to Rs 2,73,000 in the old regime," she said during her Budget speech.........Read more

Nirbhaya case: Supreme Court rejects curative plea

12:04 PM IST Death-row convicts in the Nirbhaya case, on Thursday, took another step, which may delay their scheduled February 1 hanging, by moving a trial court with a plea to adjourn the execution “sine die” saying they are yet to avail their remaining legal remedies even as the Supreme Court dismissed the third curative petition. Of the four convicts, Mukesh Kumar Singh has exhausted all his legal remedies, including the mercy petition which was dismissed by President Ram Nath Kovind on January 17, and the appeal against the rejection was thrown out by the apex court on Wednesday.........Read more

Rajasthan govt tables resolution against Citizenship (Amendment) Act in House

“The CAA violates the provisions of the Constitution. Therefore, the House resolves to urge upon the Government of India to repeal the CAA to avoid any discrimination on the basis of religion in granting citizenship and to ensure equality before law for all religious groups in India.” It said there was “widespread apprehension” over the CAA, NPR and NRC and the exercises were likely to cause “considerable inconvenience… without much tangible benefit”.........Read more

EC acts against BJP's Kapil Mishra for ‘India vs Pak’ tweet, imposes 48-hour campaigning ban

The Election Commission on Saturday imposed a 48-hour campaigning ban on BJP candidate from Delhi's Model Town constituency Kapil Mishra following his controversial tweets, poll panel officials said. The ban order, signed by the Chef Election Commissioner and two fellow Election Commissioners, would come into force from 5 PM on Saturday, they said. While Twitter had taken down one of his controversial tweets on Friday following directions of the EC, an FIR was lodged against him under section 125 of the Representation of the People Act dealing with creating enmity among classes.........Read more

Bharat Bandh: Bank Services Hit; Protesters Block National Highway, Ransack Bus in Bengal

This is the fourth nationwide strike called by 10 central trade unions since the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government came to power in 2014. Nearly 25 crore people are expected to take part in this all-India strike to protest against the government's "anti-people" policies.........Read more

WhatsApp self destruct messages are coming soon and here's the main reason behind it

WhatsApp has become inseparable and WhatsApp groups have made having the app on your phone a basic necessity these days. To make communication among group messages easier, the WhatsApp development team has kept on adding features and refining the existing ones. We have seen replying to specific messages, restricting control over adding new people, stickers and moreover the course of time. ........Read more

To utilise Champions League T20 window, BCCI mulls a mini IPL

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is mulling options on how to best reutilize the erstwhile Champions League window, after the Indian board discontinued the inter-franchise tournament five years ago. A mini-IPL could be on the cards so that existing teams can participate longer than the usual allotted two months and this will also entail that BCCI creates a new revenue stream which will be beneficial for the teams, BCCI and extension of brand IPL.........Read more

Maharashtra Politics: Praful Patel, The One Who Finally Changed Ajit Pawar's Heart

NCP leader and former Union Minister Praful Patel, who, in the November 17 party meet, supported Ajit Pawar’s idea of forming an alliance with BJP, played the most crucial role in getting Ajit to resign as Maharashtra’s deputy Chief Minister.........Read more

IPL 2020 Trade: Full list of players retained and released by teams

With the Indian Premier League 2020 auctions set to take place next month, the eight franchises announced their final list of players retained and released before the bidding process begins.........Read more

The doctor who helped the CIA find Bin Laden

While the doctor is considered a hero in the US, in Pakistan he is seen by many as a traitor who brought humiliation to the country - US Navy Seals had been able to fly in, kill the 9/11 attacks mastermind and get away with his body without even being challenged, far less stopped. ........Read more

Apple kills off new product category that would change the way we live

Reports suggest Apple “terminated” AR glasses project and transferred its members to different teams. From a few months rumours surrounding Apple’s augmented reality (AR) glasses had been doing the rounds. However, it appears that the project has been driven into some unknown and unforeseen issues with a report suggesting that Apple “terminated” the building of these glasses. Apple is believed to have “temporarily stopped” building this new technology and as of now, it is unknown if Apple will double down on interest in the near future. What’s worth mentioning is that several reports claim Apple is on course to develop its AR glasses which could mean that this DigiTimes report has no basis. Since a few months, various media outlets suggest Apple is seeking to develop its own AR glasses and this information has been divulged by noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo as well as Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. The DigiTimes report claims that the team assigned to develop these AR glasses has been disbanded and its members have been relocated to different teams. As per the report, the reason for this project being put on hold was because Apple designer Avi Bar-Zeev quit his job of leading the AR glasses team in January. Bar-Zeev has been known for co-creating the Microsoft HoloLens glasses.........Read more

Court allows Pehlu Khan lynching case to be reopened

The Rajasthan police would reinvestigate the cow smuggling case against three people including two sons of Pehlu Khan, the 55-year-old dairy farmer who was lynched in 2017 for allegedly transporting bovines illegally, after a local court in Alwar’s Behror on Thursday gave them the go-ahead for it. Inspector general (Jaipur range) S Sengathir said they had filed an application on July 5 in the court of additional chief judicial magistrate (ACJM) in Behror seeking permission to reinvestigate the case. “Pehlu Khan’s family raised some valid objections after we filed the charge sheet [in the case] against the three. We moved the application in the ACJM court to seek permission to reinvestigate the case in light of the objections.” Pehlu Khan’s sons, Irshad, 25 and Arif, 22, also moved an application in the court on July 5 pointing out that the police investigation ignored certain facts in the case. The copy of the application in which the two said they bought cattle from Jaipur’s weekly cattle market for their dairy. “We gave police medical certificates that proved that the cattle were milch cows but police ignored that during its investigation,” the application said. Irshad had earlier said that they had expected justice from the Congress government in Rajasthan and not a charge sheet. Also read | After filing charge sheet, Rajasthan Police seek court’s nod to reinvestigate Pehlu Khan lynching case.........Read more

Karnataka crisis: Even as Congress and JD(S) ministers resign to save govt, DK Shivakumar leaves for Mumbai

Congress-JD(S) look to salvage government. In a dramatic development, all JD(S) and Congress Ministers have resigned in Karnataka in order to reconstitute the HD Kumaraswamy cabinet. This is done in order to accommodate some of the dissident MLAs in order to placate them in a last-ditch attempt to save the JD(S) and Congress alliance government in the state. On Monday morning, even as Congress leaders huddled in Deputy CM G Parameshwara's house to decide on a strategy to save the government. another MLA who was part of the alliance resigned. Sources have confirmed to Zee Media that 7 more MLAs will be joining the dissidents in the evening. The chartered plane will land in Mumbai around 7 PM. Roshan Baig is likely to be one of the MLAs joining the dissident group. Earlier, Mulbagal MLA Nagesh sent his resignation letter to CM Kumaraswamy and Karnataka speaker. He was one of the independents who was inducted into the cabinet in the June 12 expansion. Clearly, that didn't stop him from switching sides, which looks to be most likely. Later in the day, he went to Mumbai.So far, 14 MLAs have resigned in the last few days, out of which 10 are from Congress, 3 from JD(S) and 1 Independent and now the government is in minority.........Read more

Earthquakes are a dire warning the Big One is still a threat

According to geologists, a major earthquake along the San Andreas Fault is likely "overdue." The southern San Andreas Fault has typically seen large earthquakes every 150 years, according to the US Geological Survey. And since the last large earthquake there occurred in 1857, the southern segment of the fault "is considered a likely location for an earthquake" in the coming years. A major 7.9-magnitude quake in San Francisco in 1906 means there's a slightly lower chance of a major earthquake happening in the northern part of the state, the USGS website said. Many residents, like Steve Rios of Riverside, California, are acutely aware of the threat. "I would honestly say it's something Californians are always cognizant of because of the San Andreas Fault being here," he said. "We're standing on two different (sides) of the fault line," he pointed out. "It's kind of a scary feeling."........Read more

Forty of 50 cooperative banks in Uttar Pradesh hit by fraud; loan amounts forged, subsidy money siphoned off

This is a classic case of swindling of taxpayers money by bank officials that took place during the erstwhile regime of Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav, which was buried in files until now. A recent probe has unearthed that at least 40 of the total 50 co-operative banks in Uttar Pradesh has been hit by fraud involving various modus operandi like forging loan amounts, siphoning of subsidy money from beneficiary accounts in connivance with bank officials, fictitious fixed deposits and embezzlement of money recovered from the accounts declared as Non-Performing Assets (NPAs). Co-operative and regional rural banks play a crucial role in the rural financial system of the country and are expected to take care of the expanding and diverse credit needs of agriculture and rural development. More than 50 percent of the rural credit is disbursed by the co-operative banks and the National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD) is responsible for the regulation and supervising of the functions of these banks.........Read more

Goa airport services suspended temporarily after fighter jet drops fuel tank on runway

All flight operations at Goa's Dabolim International Airport have been suspended for two hours on Saturday afternoon after a detachable fuel tank attached to a MiG-29K aircraft fell on the runway, spilling fuel and causing minor damage to the landing and take-off strip.........Read more

Ajit Doval Reappointed National Security Advisor For Five Years, Given Cabinet Rank in Central Govt

National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval was on Monday awarded cabinet rank in Government of India in recognition to his contribution in the national security domain. He has been given cabinet rank in recognition of his contribution in the national security domain.........Read more

Facebook Claims it Removed 14 Million Terror-related Content Related to IS, Al-Qaeda And Their Affiliates

Social media giant Facebook claimed that it has deleted over 14 million “pieces of terrorist content” on its platform till September this year that was related to the Islamic State (IS), Al Qaeda and their affiliates.........Read more

SC quashes plea challenging triple talaq ordinance

The Supreme Court Friday dismissed a petition challenging the triple talaq ordinance, promulgated by the government in September. The apex court said it did not find it necessary to interfere in it.........Read more

India raises interest rate on small savings schemes

India has raised the interest rates on small savings schemes for the December quarter after the central bank raised interest rates last month.........Read more

Government knew of Johnson & Johnson faulty hip implants, took almost two years to ban

Johnson & Johnson recalled its faulty hip implant on August 24, 2010, but it took Indian regulators almost two years to ban its import and cancel its licence.........Read more

Russia: US sanctions are 'categorically unacceptable'

The Russians described the Trump administration's decision to impose further sanctions against Russia following the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK earlier this year as "categorically unacceptable" and "illegal," and has vowed to "work on retaliatory measures."........Read more

Kohli defends team selection in 3rd ODI after first bilateral series defeat as captain

Indian captain Virat Kohli defended his team selection after India faced first bilateral series defeat under his captaincy in ODI cricket. India made two changes from the second ODI, surprisingly dropping Lokesh Rahul, Kaul to get Dinesh Karthik and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar.........Read more

IOA drops 20 Members From Pencak Silat Asian Games Squad

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) dropped 20 athletes out of 22 from the Pencak Silat team for the upcoming Asian Games, alleging fake credentials, prompting the national federation to threaten legal action.........Read more

Govt officials refuse to use EVs made by Mahindra & Tata

Senior government officials have refused to use electric vehicles (EV) supplied by Mahindra & Mahindra and Tata Motors says that the car's overall performance is not up to the mark.........Read more

Rumours on Apple making VR and AR Headsets with 8k display

Apple is making a VR and AR headset that would combine both technologies and use the company’s proprietary chips. The report describes a dream headset with technology that doesn’t exist so far on the market and there will be an 8K display for each eye, which seems ambitious, considering the best VR headsets on the market now barely reach 4K per eye. The headset will have cameras that detect the surroundings. It’s supposedly going to connect to a dedicated box through a high-speed, wireless tech called 60GHz WiGig. The box will be powered by a 5-nanometer proprietary Apple processor.........Read more

India's GDP growth at 7.3% in 2018-19, backed by GST, demonetization: ADB

India's growth is expected to pick up to 7.3 percent in fiscal year (FY) 2018 and 7.6 percent in FY2019, following the estimated 6.6 percent in FY2017, says a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report. In its new Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2018, ADB forecasts that the impact of demonetization of high-value banknotes has dissipated and the full implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will bolster growth through 2019.........Read more

US suspends security assistance to Pakistan

The United States announced Thursday it was suspending security assistance to Pakistan for failing to take "decisive action'' against Taliban militants targeting US personnel in neighboring Afghanistan.........Read more

'Steve Jobs' is an Italian company — and Apple can't do anything about it

After years of legal battles, a pair of brothers Vincenzo and Giacomo Barbato have successfully managed to win a legal battle against Apple, earning the right to call their company “Steve Jobs,” after Apple’s iconic founder. The pair is set to continue working on products under the Steve Jobs brand, with including bags, t-shirts, jeans, and other fashion accessories.........Read more

Bank of America, HSBC among banks with apps infected by huge security flaw leaving customers open to hacking

Researchers use Spinner to analyse 400 security-sensitive Android and iPhone apps and found that 9 apps had this flaw, including two of the largest banks in the world: Bank of America and HSBC," adding that the security flaw has left tens of millions of users vulnerable to hackers.........Read more

Kumbh Mela gets UNESCO tag

The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage under the UN body inscribed Kumbh Mela on the "Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity" at its 12th session in Jeju, South Korea.........Read more

Kopardi rape and murder case: All accused sentenced to death

Ahmednagar District and Sessions court has awarded death sentence to all convicted in Kopardi rape and murder case which triggered massive protests in Maharashtra. The victim, who belonged to the Maratha community, was found murdered after being raped on July 13 at Kopardi village in Ahmednagar district. The accused had inflicted injuries all over her body and broken her limbs before throttling her, police said.........Read more

1,200 Jeep Compass SUVs recalled in India over airbag issue

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) India has issued a recall of an estimated 1,200 Jeep Compass SUVs for an airbag issue. The front passenger side airbag will be replaced as loose fasteners may have been left behind during the assembly process of the airbag module, which may pose a hazard if the airbag deploys during an accident.........Read more

Wriddhiman Saha wants to replace MS Dhoni in India's ODI squad, play 2019 World Cup

India's wicketkeeper in the longest format Wriddhiman Saha wants to give a competition to the present glovesman Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who at present has firmly occupied the slot in the ODIs.........Read more

Forget Aadhaar, there's a bigger privacy risk you have already taken

Those who protest against Aadhaar, the 12-digit biometric identification number, due to privacy concerns and risk of data theft, may have missed the elephant in the room — the smartphone. Indians run a bigger risk of data theft and loss of privacy through their smartphones. ........Read more

Inbox for Android now has an ‘all inboxes’ view for keeping tabs on multiple accounts

Google’s Inbox app is a fantastic way to keep track of your emails, but it does lack quite a few core features from Google’s standard Gmail application. Now, Google is quietly adding a new view to Inbox for Android which lets users see all of their email accounts in a single view.........Read more

Why women feel the cold more than men

According to many researchers, women feel the cold more than males, but their bodies are better at conserving heat when the weather turns colder. They are able to do this by shutting off blood flow to the skin and extremities to maintain their core temperature at 37 degrees. A drop below 35 degrees can cause hypothermia. As most of our biological temperature sensors are located in the skin, we feel cold if our extremities are cold, however warm our internal organs may be.........Read more

In a first, EC to use paper trail for Nandyal byelection

The Election Commission is introducing a new method in the Nandyala Assembly by-election in Andhra Pradesh to be held August 23 in which a voter could see the party or symbol for which he voted for.........Read more

Bixby feels more like a return of the old Samsung than a path to the future

It’s disappointing to see Samsung revert to old habits, especially when there are so many other things to like about the S8. The company could make this easier on its customers by allowing them to uninstall Bixby or reprogram the button to do other functions (like, say, launch the far faster and more capable Google Assistant). But it doesn’t seem like that’s going to happen anytime soon. Samsung actually actively blocks workarounds that are developed to make the Bixby button do something else.........Read more

Miss Diva 2017: Beauty Pageant Entry Form | Apply Online for Miss Diva 2017 Beauty Contest

Miss Diva 2017 Beauty Pageant Entry Form: Why do you want to participate in the Femina Miss Diva 2017 Beauty Pageant? Are you a Natural Born Female? Upload Your Photos and How Would You Describe Yourself?........Read more

RBI to soon circulate new pink-green Re 1 notes

The Reserve Bank of India will soon circulate one rupee notes while the existing notes and coins will also continue. The new notes, which have been printed by the government, will be pink-green in colour with the representation of the one rupee coin on the reverse of the note.........Read more

This Is The Only Place On Earth That Has An Internet Speed Of 91GBPS!

This speed can be experienced in one and only NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Headquarters in Washington D.C.........Read more

Govt asks citizens on banning bitcoins

The government on Monday sought public opinion on whether Bitcoin, recently in news for hackers demanding this mode of payment to rectify Ransomware encrypted data on computers, be banned in India.........Read more

Baahubali Piracy: Pirates Demand 2 Cr Ransom

A group of cyber criminals claimed that they have acquired Baahubali 2 from satellite and they will not stop circulating until a ransom is paid to them. Two crores are what they have demanded.........Read more

I-T dept raids Lalu Prasad Yadav's associates in Rs 1,000cr benami deals

The Income Tax department on Tuesday carried out raids at 22 locations in Delhi-NCR on companies and people associated with RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in connection to benami land deals worth Rs 1,000 crore.........Read more

Let’s talk about racism | Don’t call us ‘chinky, momo, chowmein,’ says a Northeastern woman

Hate crimes against Northeastern people are treated as isolated cases by law-enforcement agencies and are being ignored by most Indians.........Read more

Alwar gau rakshak attack did not happen: Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday told Parliament that no incident, as reported in the media, took place in Alwar, Rajasthan. Naqvi was responding to Congress MP Madhusudan Mistry’s statement that cow safety volunteers or gau rakshaks had attacked vehicles transporting cattle and killed a man, besides injuring several others.........Read more

TTV Dinakaran is AIADMK's candidate for RK Nagar bypolls

The seat fell vacant after the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. AIADMK deputy general secretary T.T.V. Dinakaran would contest the R.K. Nagar bypoll, scheduled for April 12, party presidium chairman K.A. Sengottaiyan announced here on Wednesday.........Read more

Saudi King's Month-Long Journey In Asia With Traveling Court Of 1,000

Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz's month-long journey through Asia has been eye-catching because of its scale. The world's most powerful royal is touring seven countries with a traveling court of more than 1,000 people, including 25 princes and 10 ministers. The entourage's total baggage weighs a reported 506 tons.........Read more

New Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 could have touchscreen and many new features

After the launch of the Maruti Suzuki Ignis, Baleno and Vitara Brezza, the company has turned its focus to the entry-level hatchback segment and will introduce a completely new Alto 800 with more features and safety equipment........Read more

Nearly 50,000 people die every year due to snakebite in India

Conflict with snakes has always existed. However, in the last decade or so, with the advent of social media, people’s tolerance of snakes has dropped. India loses over 50,000 people a year to snakebites.........Read more

Chinese fighter Zulpikar not to fight with Vijender Singh

Indian boxing star Vijender Singh will not fight as scheduled opponent for his next fight, China's Zulpikar Maimaitiali, got out of the April 1 contest without specifying any reasons. However, the bout will take place in Mumbai as scheduled as IOS Boxing Promotions are in talks with other champions in Vijender’s weight category, and the opponent will be announced soon. The Vijender-Zulpikar super middleweight contest was to be a double Asian title fight.The Indian's WBO Asia-Pacific belt and the Chinese boxer's WBO Oriental title were to be on the line in a winner-takes-all bout. Vijender's promoters IOS Boxing Promotions said Zulpikar has refused to specify his reasons for pulling out, merely telling them he would prefer to fight Vijender later in the year. However, Vijender will be in action on April 1 nonetheless as his promoters are now talking to other international boxing champions in the same weight category.Vijender, who is training in Manchester under Lee Beard, had overwhelmed Tanzania’s Francis Cheka in his title defence in December. He is undefeated in the circuit and the April 1 bout will be his third pro fight in the country, the earlier two being held in Delhi.........Read more

Slow online sales makes Pepperfry to setup its offline outlets

Online furniture store Pepperfry is gearing up to expand its offline presence by launching a number of brick-and-mortar outlets over the next 12 months, following a similar push by rival Urban Ladder, which plans to launch its own experience centres and is on course to widen its offline distribution channels.........Read more

Afghanistan handed Islamabad list of 32 terrorist camps

The development comes days Pakistan handed Afghanistan a list of 76 militants allegedly operating from Afghan soil. Pakistan's move was prompted by last Thursday's suicide bombing at the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Sufi shrine in Sindh. The attack killed dozens.........Read more

DMK to vote against Palaniswami in tomorrows trust vote in Tamil Nadu assembly: Stalin

Stalin said, "Palaniswami is supposed to show he has the numbers to prove his majority in the confidence vote on the floor of the House tomorrow. In AIADMK's regime, there has been a complete breakdown of law and order in the state. So to show our opposition, we will participate in the assembly and vote against him."........Read more

Chaos At Toshiba: $6.3 Billion Write-Down, Chairman Resigns, Bankruptcy Looms

The chaos at Toshiba, the Japanese corporate giant, deepened Tuesday, with its chairman resigning and the company saying it would book a $6.3 billion loss related to its U.S. nuclear business.........Read more

If BJP voted to power in UP, all criminals will be in jail within 6 months: Modi

Urging voters of Uttar Pradesh to give BJP a chance, Modi said if his party is voted to power, all anti-social elements would be behind bars within six months.........Read more

BharatNet: Internet services will be present in all 2.5 lakh gram panchayats by end of 2018

Internet services are expected to be provided to all the 2.5 lakh gram panchayats by the end of next year, government told Lok Sabha today, adding that the net connectivity is being strengthened to promote "less cash economy".........Read more

Iranian Boy, 5, Detained At US Airport For Hours. White House Feared 'Security Risk'

A five-year-old Iranian-origin boy was reportedly detained for hours at an airport near Washington following President Donald Trump's immigration order with the White House saying he might have posed a "security risk".........Read more

2017 Toyota Vios Launched, Likely to Come to India

An updated version of the Toyota Vios has been revealed for international markets. This is the third time the Vios has been updated. Toyota is expected to bring the next-gen model to India sometime in the near future. The Indian version may get retuned versions of the Etios’s 1.5-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel engines.........Read more

Chinese Military Expert Defends China's Missile Deployments in South China Sea

A Chinese military expert defended China's deployment of surface-to-air missiles in its controlled islands in the disputed South China Sea, saying the military move is "completely reasonable" in the wake of the US' powerful maritime presence in the region.........Read more

Man behind Aamir Khan's Dangal look to reveal secrets in book

"The Dhurandhar Fat-Loss Diet", Dr Nikhil Dhurandhar talks of a thoughtfully- constructed, scientifically-based diet that strategically harnesses the muscle-preserving and hunger-reducing power of protein from non-vegetarian as well as vegetarian food sources.........Read more

Sun Pharma to acquire Novartis’s cancer drug Odomzo for $175 mn

India’s largest drug maker Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd has inked a pact with Switzerland-based Novartis AG to acquire the latter’s branded cancer drug Odomzo for an upfront payment of $175 million. Under the agreement, Sun Pharma will get global marketing rights for the product and Novartis will receive certain additional milestone payments.........Read more

Ashwin beats Kohli to ICC Player of the Year award

After a year full of incredible performances in all the formats of the game, Ravichandran Ashwin has won the ICC Cricketer of the Year Award for the first time in his career. The off-spinner has become the first Indian to win this award since Sachin Tendulkar received it in 2010.........Read more

Airbnb seeks to raise an additional $153 million 

Airbnb Inc is looking to raise an additional $153 million as an extension of a recent funding round, boosting its coffers as the company pushes forward with global expansion.........Read more

No plans to step down as chairman of Tata Trusts, Ratan Tata clarifies

Ratan Tata, interim chairman of Tata Sons, said today that contrary to media reports, he has no plans to step down as chairman of Tata Trusts "at this point in time." Tata Trusts, which control 66% in Tata Sons, is the holding company of the $108-billion Tata Group. ........Read more

Facebook plans to invest $20m in affordable housing projects

Facebook has agreed to invest $20m in affordable housing initiatives after facing intense criticism for failing to help low-income residents in Silicon Valley where the technology boom has exacerbated displacement and gentrification. The corporation, which is pushing forward with a massive campus expansion in northern California, announced on Friday a partnership with community organizations aimed at funding affordable housing construction and assisting tenants facing eviction........Read more

In a first, Indian cricketers sport their mothers names on ODI jerseys

In a special initiative, all the members of the Indian cricket team are wearing jerseys bearing their respective mother's name instead of their own in the ongoing fifth and final ODI against New Zealand. This initiative is part of a new campaign started by STAR INDIA highlighting the role of mothers in our lives........Read more

Bihar road rage: SC stays Patna High Court's order to grant bail to Rocky Yadav

The Supreme Court has stayed Patna High Court's order which had granted bail to Rocky Yadav, in Aditya Sachdeva murder case. Yadav, he will now have to go back to jail. The Bihar Government had approached the Supreme Court on Monday and had sought cancellation of the bail granted to Rocky Yadav in connection with the murder of Aditya Sachdeva in a road rage case in Gaya earlier on May 7.........Read more

Japan's crazy underground bike vaults

Over the past five years, cycling has become a go-to means of transport in Japan. To de-clutter sidewalks full of parked bikes, one Tokyo company is taking parking underground.........Read more

Indian-American donates $1.1mn to campaign; Trump pledges strong Indo-US ties

The Republican Hindu Coalition (RHC) chief, Shalabh Kumar, donated $1.1 million to the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign and brought the billionaire to headline his charity event in the Little India of New Jersey in Edison on Saturday.........Read more

White house petition to declare Pakistan 'state sponsor of terror' sets new record

The White House petition seeking to designate Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism, has become the most popular US petition so far. The online action supports a bill sponsored by Texas Congressman Ted Poe along with Californian representative Dana........Read more

SBI, PNB may pick stake in Rs 500 crore credit enhancement fund

Government is considering roping in two-three banks, including SBI and PNB, to pick up stake in IIFCL-anchored Rs 500-crore Credit Enhancement Fund announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the budget this year.........Read more

New Fallout 4 Patch Fixes Nuka-World Quest-Breaking Bug

Bethesda today released a new patch for Fallout 4 on PC and Xbox One that makes tweaks to the base game and the Nuka-World, Far Harbor, and Contraptions Workshop expansions. Update 1.7.19 for Fallout 4 makes "general updates to mods," Bethesda said in a forum post. No specifics were provided, but this could be related to the new comment moderation tools for mod authors that Bethesda discussed earlier this week.........Read more

Uran terror scare was hoax: Schoolgirl reveals her 'sighting' of armed men was a prank

After some children from Uran Education Society's school claimed to have spotted a group of suspicious armed men in Pathan suits, panic spread across various parts of Maharashtra. The Western Naval Command had issued a "highest state of alert" along the Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane and Raigad coasts where several sensitive establishments and assets are located. The elite commandos from National Security Guard (NSG) and state police's specialised Force One were also roped in for the investigation.........Read more

Men who marry smart women live longer

Professor Whalley argued that a combination of the correct diet and an intellectually stimulating environment act as a bulwark against the disease. He made the following comment, which has since been cited by several news organisations as the basis for a theory which argues men marrying intelligent women decrease their chance of dementia: “The thing a boy needs to do if he wants to live a longer life is marry an intelligent woman. There is no better buffer (to dementia) than intelligence.”........Read more

YouTube launches its new social network, and it doesn’t suck

YouTube isn’t television; it’s better. The best YouTube channels are a conversation between creators and their audience, and a change leaked a few weeks ago but announced today officially acknowledges that.........Read more

EC to disqualify 21 AAP MLAs over ‘office of profit’? BJP, Cong think so

The fate of 21 AAP MLAs as Parliamentary secretaries hangs in balance with Election Commission yet to decide on the ‘office of profit’ charge against them.........Read more

Watch: Ajay Devgn is intense in title track of Shivaay

Mithoon, Mohit Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh, Megha Sriram, and Badshah all make an appearance in the video.........Read more

Coldplay in Mumbai: Concert entry will cost you nothing but signing for social change

Coldplay in Mumbai: Concert entry will cost you nothing but signing for social change - The event will kick start on November 19 in Mumbai.........Read more

Pakistan squandered golden opportunity to 'liberate' Kashmir in 1965 war, says Pak writer Yasser Latif Hamdani

The decision to replace a top army officer led to Pakistan's defeat and "squandering" of last chance to "liberate" Kashmir, says Pakistani writer Yasser Latif Hamdani.........Read more

Outgoing RBI governor Rajan promotes independent central bank

In his last public speech before leaving the office, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan made a vigorous case for a strong and independent central bank that can say ‘no’ to highest echelons.........Read more

Why e-commerce consolidation is no panacea

Despite the euphoria around Flipkart’s recent acquisition of Jabong, there are far bigger issues that could define the next phase of growth of Indian e-commerce........Read more

China wont accept arbitration on India border dispute: PLA General Luo Yuan

Comparing the South China Sea issue to the boundary dispute between India and China, a former Peoples Liberation Army General has said that Beijing would not accept any arbitration on issues concerning its territorial sovereignty.........Read more

Brain behind 2007 kidney racket is back to his tricks - Mumbai Mirror -

Brijendra Bisen, arrested on Thursday in connection with the aborted Hiranandani kidney transplant, was the main accused in the ’07 scandal too in which nearly 50 beggars from all over the state lost their kidneys.........Read more

City based agro startup to change the way we farm

The farming sector in the country has been a neglected paradigm with only a few taking the initiative to add value to the sector. But one of the biggest hurdles that progressive farmers face while starting their own venture is the lack of information at their disposal.........Read more

“Lord Shiva drank poison to save the universe, which confirms he is an AAP supporter” : Kejriwal

The Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal made a sensational revelation today that Lord Shiva is actually an AAP supporter. A study conducted by AAP's internal committee confirmed this claim Addressing a press conference, the AAP supremo said, ........Read more

Maharashtra Cabinet reshuffle: Fadnavis allocates portfolios at midnight, MoS Home for Shiv Sena

Maharashtra Cabinet reshuffle: Fadnavis allocates portfolios at midnight, MoS Home for Shiv Sena - After a marathon meeting till Saturday night Devendra Fadnavis eventually released the list of portfolio allocation just before boarding the flight to Russia........Read more

A limited right to free speech is not enough

Percy Bysshe Shelley famously called poets the “unacknowledged legislators of the world”. Christopher Hitchens—part of the cohort of writer provocateurs that emerged from England in the 1970s (Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis and James Fenton were some of........Read more

New brainstem model reveals how brains control breathing

Scientists from Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, have discovered how the brain controls our breathing in response to changing oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the blood.........Read more

No interest in 2nd term as they send me to Papua New Guinea while PM visits US: Pranab Mukherjee

According to our reliable sources, the exact reason President Pranab Mukherjee is not opting for 2nd term is the kind of countries the current NDA government is making him visit. The President visited Papua New Guinea and Ghana recently while PM Nare........Read more

44 Years Ago

Homage to the awesome thing that was released this day 44 years ago. What is this? Cracked by: __cracked_by__ Answer: Intel 4004........Read more

Netaji never labelled a war criminal by British: PMO files - Times of India

It reveals that the UN’s Central Registry of War Criminals and Security Suspects (CROWCASS) had no reference to Netaji, setting to rest speculations that Bose figured on the list, which possibly made him wary of returning to India post-1945.........Read more

BJP wants PAC debate on AgustaWestland deal

The BJP on Wednesday said the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) should discuss the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam even as the central audit watchdog held its first meeting after it was reconstituted earlier this month.........Read more