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India, Japan Hold Naval Exercise to 'Promote Understanding' Amid Border Row with China

As Indian and Chinese troops continue to be engaged in an eyeball-to-eyeball situation in the Galwan Valley, Indian and Japnese warships conducted exercises in the Indian Ocean on Saturday. The Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force said that the exercises were conducted to “promote mutual understanding” and comprised of four warships, two from each India and Japan. The Indian navy's training vessels INS Rana and INS Kulish conducted a drill with Japan's JS Kashima and JS Shimayuki. Just before this, the two Japanese ships had conducted a drill with American ships in the South China Sea. 27 JUN, JS KASHIMA (TV 3508) and JS SHIMAYUKI (TV 3513), the JMSDF Training Squadron, conducted an exercise with INS RANA and INS KULISH, Indian Navy at the Indian Ocean. JMSDF promoted mutual understanding with Indian Navy through this exercise. pic.twitter.com/obiXOSVULH........Read more

Roche mixes Actemra with Gilead's remdesivir in COVID-19 trial

Roche plans to test if mixing its anti-inflammation drug Actemra with Gilead Sciences Inc’s anti-viral treatment remdesivir works better against severe COVID-19 pneumonia than remdesivir alone, the Swiss drugmaker said on Thursday. Actemra and remdesivir are being used separately in some settings and clinical trials, with the former drug used to tackle massive immune reactions that sometimes occur in patients stricken with the new coronavirus and the latter aimed at interfering with viral replication. ........Read more

Apple might use its own 5G antenna in its 2020 iPhones

Apple is widely expected to debut its first 5G iPhones this fall, powered by Qualcomm’s X55 modem — thanks to Apple and Qualcomm’s surprise settlement last year that saw the two companies resume business. But a new report from Fast Company indicates that Apple is looking to limit its reliance on Qualcomm, with the iPhone maker said to be exploring designing its own 5G antenna rather than relying on Qualcomm’s existing hardware. It’s not finalized that Apple will actually use its own 5G antenna for its 2020 iPhones. The company is apparently considering two designs: a thinner one using Apple-made antennas, and a thicker one that would feature Qualcomm’s.........Read more

Amritsar School Teacher Makes Indian Flag with 71,000 Toothpicks to Mark the 71st Republic Day

Baljinder Singh took around 40 days to complete the task and used approximately 71,000 toothpicks to create the national flag. When talking about the flag, Singh said he had been thinking of creating something ahead of Republic Day and that’s when he stumbled upon the idea. “For a long time, I had been thinking of doing something which no one has done before. So, I came up with this idea. I want this to be the longest flag. It took me 40 days to complete the flag. At the district level, we will have a Republic Day celebration. I will try to present my flag on the occasion,” Singh told ANI.........Read more

Naseeruddin Shah is 'Frustrated', Says Anupam Kher After 'Clown' Jibe

In an interview with The Wire earlier in the day, Naseeruddin opened up about the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and said his fellow actor Kher, who has been “very vocal” in his support to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its policies, is a clown. Responding to his A Wednesday co-star, Anupam took to his Twitter to share a video message for him, attributing him as “Jenaab Naseeruddin Shah Saab”.........Read more

Asia’s richest man gets richer; Mukesh Ambani adds $17 billion to his wealth

It’s been a good year for Asia’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani. The Indian tycoon added almost $17 billion to his wealth as of Dec. 23, the most in Asia, taking his net worth to about $61 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. In comparison, Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma’s net worth grew $11.3 billion, while Jeff Bezos lost $13.2 billion. ........Read more

US on India's Citizenship law: 'Honour Indian democracy, they have robust debate'

The United States honours Indian democracy as they have a robust debate inside the country on the issues like citizenship and religious freedom, a top American diplomat said Wednesday. "We care deeply and always will about protecting minorities and religious rights everywhere. We honour Indian democracy as they have a robust debate on the issue that you raised," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters at a news conference here at the conclusion of the 2+2 ministerial talks. ........Read more

Indrani Mukerjea claims to have paid $5 million to P Chidambaram, son Karti in bribe, says CBI chargesheet

Indrani Mukerjea has claimed to have paid a bribe of US $5 million to former Finance Minister and Congress leader P. Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram through offshore payments in Singapore, Mauritius, Bermuda, the UK and Switzerland.........Read more

Pakistan Coach Wanted To Commit Suicide After Defeat In CWC'19 Match Against India

Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur said that the defeat against India last week was so painful that he wanted to commit suicide after the match. Pakistan suffered a crushing defeat of 89 runs in Manchester, on June 16, in one the most anticipated clashes of ICC World Cup 2019. “Last Sunday I wanted to commit suicide. But it was, you know, it’s only one performance. It happens so quick. You lose a game; you lose another game; it’s a World Cup; media scrutiny; public expectation, and then you almost go into sort of survival mode. We’ve all been there,” said Arthur. The defeat against India had left millions of Pakistani fans shattered. Various videos and messages went viral on social media where fans were seen cursing and demanding better performances from their team. Some of them even went to the extent of abusing their captain Sarfaraz Ahmed. In the meantime, this kind of a statement from the head coach expresses the kind of pressure that Pakistan team have to deal with. It also resonates how passionate and committed they are to win matches for themselves and their supporters.........Read more

Pulwama terror attack mastermind believed to be killed in encounter: Report

The mastermind of the February 14 Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel is believed to have been killed in an encounter in the Tral area of South Kashmir.........Read more

Harmanpreet is a manipulative, lying, immature and undeserving captain : Mithali Raj's manager lashes out at India's T20 captain

Mithali Raj's manager, Annisha Gupta, has lashed out at skipper Harmanpreet Kaur in no uncertain terms for dropping Raj from India's starting line-up against England in the semi-final of the World T20.........Read more

Delhi records worst air quality of year after rampantly bursting crackers

The morning after Diwali. Delhi records worst air quality of year after rampantly bursting crackersDelhi's air quality index jumped to 574, which falls under the "severe-plus category".........Read more

After Yogi's 'Renaming' Spree, Shiv Sena Demands Name Change of Aurangabad And Osmanabad

After UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s decision to rename Allahabad and Faizabad as Prayagraj and Ayodhya. Shiv Sena demanded Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis to rename Aurangabad to Sambhaji Nagar and Osmanabad to Dharashiv Nagar.........Read more

Body of Missing MH370 Reportedly Located in Cambodian Jungle

Pilot Daniel Boyer said he believed he had found the body of the missing MH370 in Cambodian jungle just a few days after he allegedly discovered the tail and the cockpit of the aircraft on Google Maps.........Read more

Bengaluru pips Singapore as top destination for tech companies, startups in Asia

Bengaluru, also known as 'Silicon Valley of India', has emerged as the top destination for tech companies and startups, according to a report by real estate advisors Colliers International. Bengaluru not only emerged as the top destination but also piped Singapore and Shenzhen (China). The top three cities got 61 percent or more on the scoring scale.........Read more

Indian Army to cut 150,000 jobs as force plans to go ‘lean and mean’

The Indian Army is likely to cut over 150,000 troops over the next four to five years under an overarching cadre review that seeks to sharpen the force’s effectiveness and prepare it for future wars.........Read more

Google clarifies tracking users even with location data turned off

After facing criticism over reports that certain Google apps track users' whereabouts even when they turn off location data, the tech giant has revised its Help Page, clarifying that it does track location data in order to "improve Google experience".........Read more

Rajnath Singh to lead ministers' panel on lynching, mob violence; submit report to PM Modi

Amid rising incidents of mobocracy, the government on Monday constituted a panel headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh to formulate appropriate measures and submit a report to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.........Read more

President Macron joins celebration as French fans welcome heroes home after FIFA World Cup win

Hundreds of thousands of ecstatic French fans celebrated the return of their World Cup winning football team on Monday, jumping and chanting "We Are The Champions" as their bus paraded down the Champs Elysees before a special presidential reception.........Read more

Reliance Jio denies allegations that JioPhones imported from China | Gadgets Now

Reliance Jio has rubbished allegations that it was trying to evade import duties by taking alternative trade routes to ship in its 4G feature phone JioPhone, saying it manufactures all those handsets in India.........Read more

Fruit bats identified as source of Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala

The mystery over the Nipah outbreak in Kerala mystery has been solved with fruit bats being identified as the source of the outbreak that killed 17 persons in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts in Kerala, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has confirmed.........Read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Chadli's Late Winner Helps Belgium Seal Deal Against Japan

Nacer Chadli scored a stunning injury-time winner as Belgium fought back from 2-0 down to defeat Japan 3-2 and advance to a World Cup quarter-final showdown with Brazil. Belgium becomes the first team in 48 years to successfully overturn a 2-0 deficit in a World Cup knockout game.........Read more

Stamped by bigotry: Passport officer asks Muslim man to convert to Hinduism, MEA promises action

An inter-faith couple claims they were humiliated by a passport officer in Lucknow, where the person reportedly asked the Muslim man to convert to Hinduism. The couple took to Twitter to express their displeasure and asked External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and the Prime Minister’s Office to intervene. ........Read more

North, South Koreas agree to joint teams for Asian Games 2018 in boost to ties

The two Korean countries agreed to march together under a unified peninsula flag and form combined teams to compete in the next Asian Games 2018........Read more

Prateebha suicide: TN govt announces Rs 7-lakh relief to kin

Prateebha had allegedly committed suicide on June 4 by consuming poison, after she could not clear the National Entrance cum Eligibility Test (NEET)........Read more

Oxford scientists discover a staggering 100 never-before-seen species off the Bermuda coast 

The newly discovered oceanic zone was discovered by Oxford scientists on a research mission to Bermuda carried out by Nekton, an ocean exploration charity. There are over 100,000 underwater mountains in seas across the globe yet less than 50 have been biologically sampled in detail. Seawater blocks radio waves, it is not possible to get satellite images of ocean floors. This means that around 95 percent of oceans is still unexplored!........Read more

Shocking Reasons Behind Rejections in H1-B Extensions?

It is heard that associates with lesser experience are facing more rejections and are being sent back to India, while their skill set is also being considered in rare cases. Many other H1-B and L1 employees reportedly faced rejections in extending their visas, because their graduation background doesn't fit to be eligible for an H1B visa, say a non-IT background. While the H1-B turned green card holders are the hotcakes, H1-Bs whose Green card is still under process have become the targets for visa rejections unless they have a specialized skill set that fits to H1-B criteria.........Read more

Kedarnath Temple opens for devotees

Devotees are all set to start their pilgrimage to the famous shrine in Garhwal Himalayas. The portals of Kedarnath are all thrown open for the devotees with several new features after six months of winter break. These features include a daily laser show on Lord Shiva for more cherishable experiences. ........Read more

India’s Manika Batra and Mouma Das lose doubles final as they settle for silver

Following their star performances in the team event, Manika Batra and Mouma Das have lost their women’s doubles Table Tennis final and settled for the silver medal. The duo was completely outplayed by the Singaporean duo of Tianwei Feng and Mengyu Yu as they lost 11-5, 11-4 and 11-5.........Read more

IT Dept serves notice to Singhvi’s wife for unaccounted money paid to Nirav Modi

Income Tax Department today served a notice to the wife of Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi for unaccounted money paid to jeweller Nirav Modi. The person named has made purchases worth approximately Rs 1.5 crore for which there is a proper tax invoice mentioning the PAN number of Anita Singhvi. These payments have been made by cheque.........Read more

Eicher Introduces Skyline Pro Electric Bus In India

Eicher Skyline Pro Electric Bus Launched In India: Eicher Trucks and Buses has introduced its first-ever electric bus, the Skyline Pro in the Indian market. The Eicher Skyline Pro electric bus will deliver a driving range of 177km on a single charge.........Read more

Will declare war: Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP frustrated over Budget 2018

Soon after the Budget presentation, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu held a tele-conference with party MPs and instructed them to put pressure on the Central government in Parliament over the injustice done to Andhra Pradesh. "We are going to declare war. We have three options - one is to try and continue, two is our MPs resign and the third is to end the alliance. We will decide in the meeting with the chief minister on Sunday," TDP parliamentarian TG Venkatesh.........Read more

National Bravery award: India salutes 16 children for their valour, sacrifice

Following the tradition of honouring brave children from across the country during the Republic day celebrations, India on Tuesday announced the names of 16 children to be honoured with the National Bravery award. The award is broadly classified into five categories, including the Bharat award, Sanjay Chopra award, Geeta Chopra award, Bapu Gaidhani award and the General National Bravery award.........Read more

West Bengal wins 'rossogolla war' against Odisha

Both states claimed to have invented the dessert, but it was West Bengal that obtained the 'Geographical Indications of Goods Registration' (GI) tag for it. That officially makes the rossogollaa Bengali invention.........Read more

Former rebels in Meghalaya turn to tambola for sustenance

A group of former rebels, who held guns to fight for a separate state in Meghalaya, plans to sell tickets of a traditional tambola-like board game to earn a living, saying they are frustrated at the lack of the comprehensive rehabilitation package as promised by the government.........Read more

Suzuki to showcase GSX-S750, V-Strom 650 at 2018 Auto Expo

According to a media report, Suzuki is likely to launch two new bikes in 2018. The Japanese bike maker will reportedly launch the GSX-S750 and showcase the V-Strom 650 at the 2018 Auto Expo. ........Read more

Japan to Engage India, Australia, US to Propose China’s OBOR-like Project

India is opposed to China's 'One Belt One Road' initiative as it will pass from Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir. If the plan between the four nations materialises, it will help India to neutralise China's bid to establish an economic dominance in the region through its OROB project.........Read more

Air India privatisation: Govt said to prefer an Indian buyer

The government is finalising the Air India privatisation process in which it will likely sell the airline’s various businesses in parts. It would prefer selling state-owned Air India to a domestic buyer.........Read more

Indians play key role in Gravitational Wave detection

Unlike several big ticket global science projects where India joined in late, LIGO, which has detected four gravitational waves+ since 2015, has had Indian scientists contributing significantly. In fact, the larger project will also see an observatory in India. The planned LIGO-India observatory, that received in-principle approval from the Union cabinet in February 2016, has made rapid progress, scientists associated with the project say.........Read more

Before and after: A look at how India’s Fifa Under-17 World Cup venues have changed

With just under 20 days to go for the Fifa Under-17 World Cup 2017 to go, the six venues have been renovated, upgraded and re-designed keeping in mind India’s exposure to a global audience. Problems have abounded aplenty, especially in Kerala but with the World Cup almost upon us, let’s take a look at the six stadia and how they’ve been changed.........Read more

The inside story of how Netflix transitioned to digital video after seeing the power of YouTube

It wasn’t the first time that Netflix had evaluated an internet-only option, but only in the mid-2000s did data speeds and bandwidth costs finally reach the point where asking users to download an entire movie online no longer seemed like a crazy idea. The initial thinking was that we would create and supply customers with a “Netflix box” that they could use to download movies overnight to watch the next day. It was incredibly difficult to acquire the download rights to movies, just as it was difficult to create the new box and service, but by 2005, we were finally ready to launch.........Read more

Abhinav Mukund's Powerful Message On Colour Bias Wins Applause

The Indian opener spoke about how people were always obsessed about the colour of his skin, "I have been travelling a lot within and outside our country since I was 15. Ever since I was young, people's obsession with my skin colour has always been a mystery to me. Any one who follows cricket would understand the obvious. I have played and trained day in and day out in the sun and not once have I regretted the fact that I have tanned or lost a couple of shades. It is simply because I love what I do and I have been able to achieve certain things only because I have spent hours outdoor. I come from Chennai probably one of the hottest places in our country and I have gladly spent most of my adult life in the cricket ground."........Read more

The red U11 is HTC’s phoenix phone

This particular variant of the HTC U11 — officially branded as Solar Red — is better described as having the color of fire. It’s never one single tint of anything: there are yellows, pinks, various tones of orange, all dancing across the rear glass cover in response to the light. The metal frame is a darker shade of red that contrasts fantastically well with the lighter glass, making for a sophisticated, deeply intriguing appearance.........Read more

Centre Planning To Merge Thousands of Anganwadis with Schools to Save Cost

Union Ministry of Human Resource Development is in talks with the Women and Child Development Ministry to merge thousands of anganwadis with schools across the country on the lines of Rajasthan government’s move.........Read more

A blood soaked Sanjay Dutt in Bhoomi's first look is truly exhilarating

One of the most awaited films of 2017, Omung Kumar’s ‘Bhoomi’ produced by Bhushan Kumar and Sandeep Singh is all set for its release on September 22nd. The teaser poster of the film which was unveiled today has caught the attention of fans & critics alike.........Read more

Renowned cartoonist Mangesh Tendulkar passes away at 83

Renowned cartoonist Mangesh Tendulkar passed away on Monday in Pune at 83 years of age. Tendulkar was suffering from bladder cancer for the last three years and was admitted to Ruby Hall Clinic on Sunday after he complained of pain.........Read more

As Iraq takes back Mosul, no word on 39 abducted Indians as yet

The fall of Mosul from the hands of the Islamic State has brought hope to the families of the 39 Indians who were taken hostage in 2014.........Read more

IOC conducts special inspection of depots in North-East

PSU major Indian Oil Corporation is carrying out a surprise inspection at its retail outlets in the North-East to detect any irregularity after some cases were reported from a few states in India.........Read more

Govt plans linking promotions of IPS officers to their physical fitness

The proposal to make high fitness levels mandatory for promotion of IPS officers has already been circulated to all states and Union Territories for their comments. The states were reportedly asked to revert with their views and suggestions by July 3, but are yet to respond.........Read more

Ex-PM David Cameron & Prince William implicated in World Cup corruption scandal – FIFA report

The newly published full version of a report on the FIFA 2018/2022 bidding process alleges the former UK PM tried to persuade South Korea to trade votes in a clear violation of FIFA ethics rules. The publication comes after the report was leaked to German media.........Read more

Disqualification sword hangs on 21 AAP MLAs as EC refuses to drop ‘office of profit case’

In a major blow to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Election Commission of India on Saturday refused to drop the 'office of profit case' against 21 AAP MLAs.........Read more

Sexual desire stimulant herb racket busted in Mumbai, 33,000 kg of grass seized

With its natural habitat - spread across Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, parts of Pakistan and China - constantly shrinking and its wild population almost gone, the Indian government has declared it a threatened plant variety.........Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: New leaks hint at a display larger than the Galaxy Note 7

The leaked video reveals a display size of 6.3-inch which is slightly larger than the predecessor but still measures lesser than the Xiaomi Mi Max 2.........Read more

North Korea warns of 'bigger gift package' for U.S. after latest test

The missile launched on Monday was equipped with an advanced automated pre-launch sequence compared with previous versions of the "Hwasong" rockets, North Korea's name for its Scud-class missiles, KCNA said. That indicated the North had launched a modified Scud-class missile, as South Korea's military has said.........Read more

Nasa to release details of first mission 'to touch the sun'

Nasa is set to make a major announcement about its first mission “to touch the sun”. The agency wants to send a spacecraft closer to the sun than ever before, where it will face extreme temperatures and radiation levels. It will speak about Solar Probe Plus at an event on Wednesday, which will be livestreamed on Nasa Television and the agency’s website from 4pm BST.........Read more

HP and KPMG collaborate to announce secure and affordable invoicing platform called "GST Solution"

HP India, in collaboration with KPMG, on Monday launched a secure and affordable invoicing platform called "GST Solution" to help millions of traders and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) move seamlessly to the new GST regime.........Read more

India 'thinking big' and 'moving big', US lawmakers told

India is "thinking big and moving big" to catch up fast on development as it lags behind its giant neighbour China, offering tremendous opportunities to a country like the US, American lawmakers have been told.........Read more

BMW silently launches the 330i, priced from Rs. 42.4 lakh | Team-BHP

Thank you to BHPian Akshay1234 for sharing this information with other enthusiasts!BMW appears to have silently launched the 330i petrol in India. The company's official website now has an updated price ...........Read more

Resignation and allegations of ‘hurt’ hit AAP

Amid growing criticism, both external and internal, the Aam Aadmi Party saw its Okhla MLA, Amanatullah Khan resign from the party's political affairs committee and the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia, conveying hurt the party felt by the actions of senior party leader Kumar Vishwas.........Read more

5 Indians jailed for fraud in Singapore

Five Indian nationals were jailed here on Monday for making fraudulent Goods and Services Tax (GST) refund claims amounting to 167,253 Singapore dollars. Kothandaraman Gnanam (29), Karunanidhi Rajesh (32), Ramaiyan Karthikeyan (44) and Waithiyalingam Karunanidhi (61) were each jailed for three years and three months.........Read more

Muslim law board calls for social boycott of those misusing triple talaq; issues code of conduct

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Sunday declared a “social boycott” of those Muslims misusing triple talaq. It also issued a code of conduct (instructions for talaq) for all community members to follow while awarding talaq.........Read more

Shreyas Iyer called up as cover for Kohli

Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer has been called up to Dharamsala as cover for Virat Kohli, who still hasn't completely recovered from his shoulder injury. Iyer is expected to join the team on Friday, the eve of the match when greater clarity on Kohli's fitness is expected.........Read more

McDonalds India's app leaking 2.2 million users data

According to cybersecurity start-up Fallible, "The McDonald’s India app, McDelivery is leaking personal data for more than 2.2 million of its users which includes name, email address, phone number, home address, accurate home co-ordinates and social profile links."........Read more

Potential for using Li-Fi in India is simply enormous: PureLifi’s Harald Haas

The potential for using Li-Fi in India is simply enormous. Two examples illustrate the point. Connecting rural communities to the internet: Li-Fi technology in conjunction with solar cells as receivers offers solutions that could deliver communications and access to the world wide web in a way that the current free space optical (FSO) systems on their own cannot do. ........Read more

Sarkar 3 trailer OUT: Amitabh Bachchan is ANGRIER than ever, Jackie Shroff, Yami Gautam complement him in this political drama!

Amitabh Bachchan in his ‘Sarkar’ bearing is powerful, intense and absolutely fantastic! A villain (Rohi Hattangadi) is introduced in the first scene itself which pique are interest! Amit Sadh’s rebellious, violence loving brattish character is interesting. We also dig Jackie’s cigar loving character who means business in the movie.........Read more

First look of Karanvir Bohras short film on Rajiv Gandhi looks promising

In the first look, Karanvir and Priya re-created an old photograph of Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi enjoying ice-cream from a ice-cream vendor near India Gate. The actor spoke to Mid-Day about the film and said, "This is a tribute to them (Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi). We have fictionalised a few things, though. There is no political agenda to grab eyeballs. It is a simple film, made to create a different content for audiences. I'm an actor, but sometimes, you come across an idea that you don't wish to wait for someone to back."........Read more

To take up US visa issue, Government seeks data from Nassom

At a meeting chaired by commerce minister Sitharaman it was suggested that the industry body like Nasscom should collate the data and assess the likely impact of the proposed changes in the US visa regime........Read more

Reliance Jio has been allotted mobile numbers in the 6 series by DoT

The department has reportedly issued the company 60010-60019 MSC codes in Rajasthan, 60020-60029 MSC codes in Assam and 60030-60039 in Tamil Nadu. Jio has also got the 9-series MSC codes in Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, and the 8-series MSC codes in Kolkata and Maharashtra, TelecomTalk reports.........Read more

Educated woman having sex multiple times after being promised marriage is not rape, rules Kerala HC

The Kerala high Court has, in one of its latest verdicts, said that educated women cannot cry rape if they have had premarital sex multiple times with a man because he has promised them marriage. This comes just weeks after the Bombay High Court ruled that an educated girl who has consented to premarital sex must be responsible for her decision, and that promise of marriage cannot be considered inducement in every case.........Read more

Hirakhand Express derailment in Andhra: NIA books Maoists on Centre's orders

The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is presently investigating the case of the Hirakhand Express train derailment in Andhra, has reportedly booked a case against Left-wing extremists. "The Centre is of the opinion that the derailment was an act by Left extremists and this is an offence that comes under the NIA Act, 2008."........Read more

Link all mobile numbers to Aadhar within 1 year: SC tells Centre

The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Centre to ensure that the Aadhar number of every phone subscriber should be registered within a year. The SC set an outer limit of 1 year for the Centre to register details of each mobile phone subscriber including those with pre-paid connections.........Read more

Court re-examines death penalty to four Nirbhaya accused

Kindling hope in the minds of four convicts in the Nirbhaya case, the Supreme Court said it will re-examine the death penalty awarded to them by the trial court which was upheld by the Delhi High Court. Giving sudden twist to the sensational case, a bench headed by justice Dipak Misra took the decision after accepting the submission of amicus curiae Raju Ramachandran. ........Read more

Kambala verdict deferred: Karnataka HC asks petitioners to come back after Supreme Court's ruling on Jallikattu

The Karnataka High Court on Monday (January 30) adjourned the hearings on Kambala — a buffalo race native to Karnataka that it had banned in November last year — and said that it would rule on it after the Supreme Court's verdict on Jallikattu had been delivered. ........Read more

Kejriwal spends night at ex- militant’s house, kicks off political row in Punjab

Kejriwal, who is campaigning in Punjab ahead of February 4 assembly elections, secretly arrived in Moga on Saturday night after addressing a rally in Zira and retired for the night in the house of an acquitted Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) militant Gurinder Singh, top police sources said.........Read more

Kaspersky Lab says India is at risk of security attacks because of poorly secured infrastructure

“Poorly secured Industrial Cybersecurity Solutions (ICS) is nothing new but now attacking them provides direct benefit to the hackers. There will be more attacks in ICS sector,” Diaz told reporters here. He added that Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) had learnt from mistakes and now their deployment would be more silent in those poorly monitored systems. APT usually refers to a group, such as a government, with both the capability and the intent to target, persistently and effectively, a specific entity.........Read more

China has the world's highest number of internet users at 731mn

The number of Internet users in China – already the world’s highest – reached 731 million in December, authorities said, as e-commerce drives consumer demand across the Asian giant. Total Internet users rose 6.2 percent from the end of December 2015 and equals the entire population of Europe, the government-linked China Internet Network Information Center ........Read more

Mamata turned out 'harsher' than Left in my case: Taslima

Exiled Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen said she had hoped that the situation in West Bengal would improve for her to return after Mamata Banerjee took over as the chief minister in 2011 but she found the Trinamool Congress supremo........Read more

Govt bars cooperative banks from accepting deposits under new tax amnesty scheme

The government has barred cooperative banks from accepting deposits under the new tax amnesty scheme PMGKY, a move that comes amidst the Income Tax department uncovering anomalies post demonetisation.........Read more

US, Indian navies sharing information on Chinese subs, says Pacific Command chief

Admiral Harry B Harris, Commander of the United States Pacific Command, Wednesday said that US and Indian navies have been sharing information on the movement of Chinese submarines and ships in the Indian Ocean. He also said India should be concerned about the increasing Chinese influence in the region.........Read more

Girls In 'Crazy Sumit' Kissing Videos Deny Molestation, Said They Knew About Prank

The three "kissing prank" videos made by a 21-year-old prankster known as "Crazy Sumit" and his friend Satyajeet Kadyan were shot with the girls' consent, the police said on Tuesday. The girls said they were not even being forced by Sumit to kiss them that was the part of "prank" video shooting. They were not molested by him, Singh said.........Read more

Australia appoint Sridharan Sriram as spin consultant for India Test tour

Cricket Australia roped in former India cricketer Sridharan Sriram as spin consultant for the four-Test tour of India starting next month. Australia also appointed former England spinner Monty Panesar to guide their main spinner, Steve O'Keefe, ahead of the series.........Read more

Free ATM transactions: Cutting free ATM withdrawals to three being considered

If you thought not being able to withdraw as much as you wanted to from ATMs was painful, here's some more worry coming your way. The government is considering a proposal to reduce the free withdrawals by more than half to just three, instead of the nearly 8-10 now, including from banks where one has accounts. ........Read more

Taiwan Scrambles Jets, Navy As China Aircraft Carrier Enters Taiwan Strait

Taiwan scrambled jets and navy ships on Wednesday as a group of Chinese warships led by China's sole aircraft carrier sailed north through the Taiwan Strait, the latest sign of heightened tensions between Beijing and the self-ruled Taiwan.........Read more

Smoking costs world economy $1 trillion, to kill 8 mn a year by 2030

Smoking costs the global economy more than $1 trillion a year, and will kill one third more people by 2030 than it does now, according to a study by the World Health Organization and the U.S. National Cancer Institute published on Tuesday. "The number of tobacco-related deaths is projected to increase from about 6 million deaths annually to about 8 million annually by 2030, with more than 80 percent of these occurring in LMICs (low- and middle-income countries)," the study said.........Read more

After a bland new year, Bhutan is reversing an import ban on India’s toxic chillies

That’s because in July last year, the Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regularity Authority (BAFRA) had banned the import of chillies from India. The ban followed a laboratory test conducted by BAFRA which found that all three varieties of the imported chillies (hybrid, teransani and akashi) indicated the presence of chlorophenol—a pesticide classified as moderately toxic by the World Health Organisation. In addition to chillies, Bhutan’s agriculture minister, Yeshey Dorji, said that BAFRA would also ban the import of cauliflowers and beans from India for failing to meet food safety standards.........Read more

Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa claims MGR legacy, to form new party

Former Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa's niece J. Deepa on Saturday announced that she would launch her own party and expressed confidence that the AIADMK cadre would support her. Addressing the people who had gathered in front of her house, Deepa asked the cadre to be calm. The centenary celebrations of AIADMK founder MGR, who worked for the upliftment of the poor, would be celebrated from January 17. “On that day, with his blessings, we will function together”.........Read more

Richard Verma to quit as US envoy before Donald Trump takes charge

US ambassador Richard Verma, a political appointee by the Obama Administration and the first Indian-American to hold the post, is set to demit office before 20 January when Republican Donald Trump takes over as American President. 48-year-old Verma, who played a quiet but key role in deepening Indo-US ties, will quit before the president-elect assumes charge as his team said the envoys, who are political appointees, will not be given any “grace period” beyond Trump’s inauguration day.........Read more

Arvind Panagariya raises first red flag on tax harassment

Arvind Panagariya, vice chairperson of Niti Aayog, is learnt to have written to the Prime Minister’s Office highlighting the need to codify rules to ensure that people, especially women, are not made to suffer for having deposited old notes between November 8 and December 30.........Read more

Scholarships to be directly linked to bank accounts from March 1

The University Grants Commission (UGC) is in the last leg of its efforts to completely move from the manual processing of the students claims to online processing. It is also going to implement the transfer of study grants into the bank accounts of the beneficiaries under the direct benefit transfer (DBT) programme, nearly two years after the government created a Public Finance Monitoring System (PFMS) seeking the UGC to get data of all beneficiaries uploaded on it.........Read more

Andy Murray loses to David Goffin in Abu Dhabi

World No 1 Andy Murray went down 7-6 (4), 6-4 to David Goffin in the semi-finals of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on Friday (Dec 30) for his first defeat to the rising Belgian. The Brit will next play Milos Raonic in the third-place playoff.........Read more

Jharkhand mine collapse: Warning ignored, caved in 4 hrs later

THE FIRST warning came at 4 pm, nearly four hours before it happened. There was another alert around 6 pm, when a big chunk of mud broke loose. And then, close to 7.45 pm, it happened. The day after, as eyewitnesses recounted the hours leading to the collapse at Eastern Coalfields Limited’s Lal Matia mines in Jharkhand’s Godda district, rescuers were still pulling out the bodies. Ten, at last count, when search and rescue operations were halted following reports of another mudslide and dense fog. And, at least 14 more workers still trapped inside, their chances of survival dim.........Read more

Saibaba temple at Shirdi gets Rs 31.73 cr in donations post demonetisation

These donations include Rs 4.53 crore in the scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes and Rs 3.80 crore in the new Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 notes denominations, said Sachin Tambe, one of the trustees of the Saibaba Sansthan.........Read more

New tech to make credit cards, mobile transactions hack proof!

Scientists are developing better ways to prevent everyday radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology used in passports, credit cards and mobile transactions from being hacked.........Read more

Stressful jobs can actually help polish your problem solving skills

Is stress at your workplace affecting your life? A new study finds that stressful jobs can make you find ways to solve problems and work through ways to get the work done, instead of making something debilitating, it can actually be something that is energising.........Read more

SBI Buddy vs Paytm: SBI's 'desi' Buddy takes on 'somewhat Chinese' Paytm with banner of patriotism

State Bank of India (SBI) is taking on mobile wallet Paytm with its own app Buddy, and the competition is set to heat up with India's largest lender putting up banners in several places across the country on how its own app is better than the rival. And patriotism seems to play a big part in the strategy.........Read more

New Study Says Proxima b Could Support Life

Ever since the ESO announced the discovery of an extra-solar planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, scientists have been trying to determine what the conditions are like on this world. This has been especially important given that fact that while Proxima b orbits within the habitable zone of its sun, red dwarf like Proxima Centauri are known to be somewhat inhospitable.........Read more

NGT announces fine of Rs 10K for throwing solid waste in public places

Anyone who throws waste over any drain or public place shall be liable to pay environmental compensation at the rate of Rs 10,000 per default, a bench headed by NGT chairperson...........Read more

Oscars 2017: AR Rahman in the Academy Awards race again

Music Maestro AR Rahman has done India proud again by making it to the nomination list of Oscars in the Best Original Score category for the film Pele: Birth Of A Legend. This time around, he is competing with 145 others in the same category. Also, the song Ginga from the same film, has been shortlisted in the Original Song category along with 91 other songs.........Read more

Banks' association leader calls for Urjit Patel's resignation

The Vice President of the All India Bank Officers Association, which represents over 2.5 lakh senior bankers, has called for the resignation of Reserve Bank of India Govenor Urjit Patel, in the wake of the "havoc" caused in the aftermath of the government's move to demonetize Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 bank notes, a report in The Indian Express, said.........Read more

Yadav vs Yadav: Mulayam back as Samajwadi party face; fires another salvo at Akhilesh

Yadav vs Yadav: Mulayam back as Samajwadi party face; fires another salvo at Akhilesh - SP supremo says the party will project itself, and not any individual as its face for upcoming elections........Read more

5 things you need to know about the record-breaking Air India flight

Air India recently set a new world record by flying 15,300 kilometres in 14 hours and 30 minutes, from Delhi to San Francisco.........Read more

Sony PlayStation event: Start time, where to watch and what to expect from the PS4 Neo and PS4 Slim

New PlayStation consoles are coming in September and November, joining next month's PlayStation VR headset.........Read more

Usain Bolt donates all his $20 million Olympic earnings to his school

Following his return to Jamaica from the Rio Olympics 2016, the gold medalist sprinter Usain Bolt donated all the $20 million he earned in the Olympics to his high school William Knibb Memorial in Falmouth, Jamaica. According to the Jamaica Press, this is to help the athletic programme of the school as the programme was........Read more

Neymar gets permission to stay in Brazil

Barcelona striker Neymar will not rejoin his club on Wednesday as planned and will stay in Brazil to play two games with his national football team in the qualifying round of the 2018 World Cup........Read more

Active participation of women in sports can improve global health

Researchers from the University of Queensland suggest that getting more girls and women to play sports would improve health around the world.........Read more

India rushes a team of terror apologists to Nice to take stock of the situation

A special 15-member team of Indian terror apologists flew to Nice late yesterday night to provide support and counseling to the accomplice(s), if any, of the truck attacker. However, if the person had acted alone, then they would skip this step and go straight to the next part of identifying the reasons that provoked [...]........Read more

After years of using white, English-speaking models, Micromax seeks pride in Hindi

Micromax is looking to strike a chord using local languages. In a series of commercials for its Canvas Unite series of smartphones, India’s second-largest handset maker Micromax is promoting local Indian languages. In the process, it is brushing asi........Read more

Intelligence sources alert India of Orlando-style lone wolf attacks

The threat of lone wolf attacks motivated by jihadist propaganda online, similar to the recent Orlando gay club shooting, is high.........Read more

Ecommerce major Amazon gets India Post stamp honour; check out why

India Post, on Friday, released ‘My Stamp’ to mark the third anniversary of e-commerce major Amazon’s presence in India.........Read more

New India Coach: Process-Driven Selection a Step in Right Direction

A key appointment like this without due process of selection could possibly have drawn SC's ire, which the BCCI, already on the back foot, was obviously not keen to stoke further.........Read more

Modi Stock Still High; Maya, Akhilesh Gear up, Congress Eyes Gandhi Storm

Uttar Pradesh is gearing for a triangular fight between the BJP, BSP and Samajwadi Party with the Congress trying to make a mark.........Read more

Key accused in 2008 Bengaluru blasts hiding in Peshawar: report

KP Sabeer, allegedly linked to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) had fled India on a fake passport in November 2008.........Read more

MEA official meets deceased Congolese national's family

India today assured the family of the Congolese national, who was killed in a brawl here on May 20, of a speedy trial in the case and prosecution of all those responsible for the crime as per law.........Read more

After 2 years, 62% give Narendra Modi government a thumbs up- The Times of India

Two years into its term, the Narendra Modi government has been rated by 62 per cent of metropolitan Indians as having done a good or very good job in a survey done exclusively for TOI. That's a touch lower than the 67 per cent who voiced the same opinion a year ago. Modi himself was perceived by nearly half the respondents in the survey (47 per cent) as being a strong leader who wants to deliver. The survey was conducted by IPSOS, a global market research company in India's eight biggest cities - Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune and Ahmedabad. The 1,348 people polled were aged 18 to 45. Following are the responses to some questions asked during the survey.........Read more

| Video | Bajrang Dal's open dare: Conducts armed self-defence drills in Ayodhya | India Videos | - India Today

Bajrang Dal's mock drill in Ayodhya comes across as a riot like situation where volunteers are being trained to use sticks, guns and even swords against any unforeseen terrorist attack to prevent the construction of Ram temple.........Read more

Why do Indians have so little sex?

Because there is a problem with the Indian man. He is incompetent and does not understand intimacy, emotion or what women want........Read more