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Khel Ratna Award: Rohit Sharma among 4 athletes recommended for India’s highest sporting honour

India's vice-captain and opening batsman Rohit Sharma is among the 4 athletes who have been recommended for India's highest sporting honour -- the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. Along with Rohit Sharma, Asian Games gold medalist Vinesh Phogat, table tennis champion Manika Batra and Paralympic gold medalist Mariappan Thangavelu have been recommended for the Khel Ratna Award. The decision comes after the selection panel met on Tuesday for deciding the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna and other national sports awards.........Read more

Govt’s cyber watchdog warns of large-scale phishing attack today

Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), the government’s cyber watchdog, has warned of large-scale phishing attack across the country, taking advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic. In an advisory issued Friday, CERT-In said that the “phishing campaign is expected to impersonate government agencies, departments and trade associations who have been tasked to oversee the disbursement of the government fiscal aid”. It warned people to be aware of “malicious phishing” emails, text messages, and messages on social media “to provide personal and financial information”. It said there may be several emails, including ncov2019@gov.in, that spoof—or create fake email addresses that impersonate various authorities —which could be used in phishing.........Read more

Meet the wilderness couple who are masters of social distance

Meet the masters of social distancing. The Hardys live completely off-grid in the wildest reaches of the American West. As most people struggle with avoiding others, they're determined to maintain a remote life together to the very end. To leave society behind was a wedding vow Wendell and Mariann spoke only to each other. It was a solemn one, though, and to save for it Mariann spent only $66 on her bridal gown. Once they were married on that winter day 35 years ago, they just started driving. ........Read more

Art Of Living's Sri Sri Ravishankar Launches Social Media Platform Elyments With Super App Ambitions

Ravishankar reiterated about this launch during a recent session with leading investors and industrialists He said that Elyments will include shopping and payment facilities too The app’s interface is similar to Facebook and Instagram, and it also includes WhatsApp-like chats The Indian internet space is crowded enough, but there’s no death new entrants looking to take on global giants like Facebook, Twitter with something unique and innovative. The latest is spiritual organisation Art of Living (AOL) which has launched a new social media app, Elyments, which aims to become a super app in the future.........Read more

100 deaths in 24 hours: India's coronavirus tally tops 81,000, recovery rate improves to 34%

Hundred deaths and more than 3,967 cases of the novel coronavirus were recorded in India in the last 24 hours, ending Friday morning. According to the updated data by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total positive cases of novel coronavirus reached 81,970 on Friday, while the death toll climbed to 2,649. The total coronavirus cases in India on Friday morning included 51,401 active cases, while 27,920 recovered and discharged, the Ministry of Health stated. One patient has migrated, it said. The recovery rate in India has improved to 34.06 per cent.........Read more

Mukesh Ambani's Twins Akash and Isha Held Talks With Facebook: Report

With the pandemic battering assets and oil nosediving, tycoon Mukesh Ambani needed a win to stem the investor exodus from Reliance Industries Ltd., the energy conglomerate he's been trying to reinvent. This week, Facebook Inc. and its Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg delivered just that. The US social-media giant said it will buy about 10% of Reliance's digital assets for $5.7 billion -- its biggest purchase since acquiring WhatsApp six years ago. Months in the making, the all-cash deal involved talks since at least mid last year between trusted lieutenants of Mr Zuckerberg and Mr Ambani -- including the billionaire's elder son Akash -- according to people familiar with the matter. Morgan Stanley led the negotiations and Akash's twin sister, Isha, was also involved in the talks, two of the people said.........Read more

NASA may start using private suborbital flights to train astronauts

Speaking at the Next Generation Suborbital Researchers conference in March, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine explained that the agency was considering private carriers now mainly because previously the possibility simply didn’t exist. “That’s a capability we as a nation have not had until recently,” he said, in remarks reported by Space.com. Indeed, it is not entirely clear we have it even now. Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin have both demonstrated suborbital flights that have skimmed the very verge of space, but test flights and commercial flights to order are very different.........Read more

International Weightlifting Federation President Resigns After Corruption Allegations

German broadcaster ARD has claimed that under Ajan, a culture of corruption took shape that saw top weightlifters seldom taking dope test and responsible officials taking bribe for accepting manipulated urine samples. The documentary has led to IWF launching an independent investigation. In a statement on its official website, the acting IWF president Ursula Papandrea thanked Ajan for his contribution. ........Read more

See: Indian scientists image novel coronavirus using a microscope

Scientists in India have managed to observe the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (Sars-CoV-2), popularly known as the novel coronavirus, under a high-powered microscope. The microscopy image was taken from the throat swab sample of the first laboratory-confirmed novel coronavirus patient in India. The laboratory-confirmed novel coronavirus case was reported on January 30 in Kerala. The findings of the microscopy analysis of the throat swab have been published in the latest edition of the Indian Journal of Medical Research (IJMR).........Read more

Hantavirus Treatment: Here's How You Can Easily Protect Yourself From This Virus

However, there is no need to worry, because unlike the novel coronavirus, hantavirus is not airborne and chances of you getting infected with it, are pretty slim. Also, hantavirus is not a new virus as it has been around for several years now. As per the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hantavirus is a family of viruses which spread mainly by rodents and human beings can only get infected if they come in contact with rodent urine, feces or saliva. But of course, one should be aware of the ways how to protect oneself from it. And as they say, prevention is better than cure. Prevention........Read more

'Don't Have Space for Likes of Him': Road in JNU Gets Named After VD Savarkar, Students Call it Shameful

A road in the JNU campus has been named after VD Savarkar, the Hindu nationalist leader known for promulgating the philosophy of Hindutva. The practice of naming roads started some time back during the Jawaharlal Nehru University's Executive Council meetings. The decision to name a road 'VD Savarkar Marg' was taken in November 13 last year. The same meeting — that took place out of campus — had also decided to hike the hostel fees for students. ........Read more

COVID-19: 83 confirmed cases in India till now

In India, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the country is 83, with two deaths till now. The Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare under the central government has launched a helpline number: +91-11-23978046 for coronavirus-related inquiry and support. There are also separate helpline numbers for the different states and union territories. Outside of China, more than 44,000 cases (6,703 new), and 1,440 deaths (310 new) have been confirmed, with countries like Italy (17,500+ cases), Iran (11,300+ cases), and South Korea (8,000+ cases) facing the worst situations of the lot. ........Read more

With no buyers, Jet lenders to seek 90-day extension for resolution

The Committee of creditors (CoC) of Jet Airways want the deadline for the insolvency process to be extended by another 90 days. The decision was in-principle agreed upon at a meeting on Thursday. The 270-day deadline for the airline’s resolution ends on March 15. Lenders have not received any concrete resolution plans so far, despite at least three parties having expressed interest. Besides the issue of Jet’s erstwhile slots, talks with potential buyers have “come to a standstill” due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak, sources said.........Read more

Meet the Japanese wheelchair dancer who dreams of performing at Olympics ceremony

Whirling, spinning, reaching, grasping - Japanese wheelchair dancer Kenta Kambara's emotive performances are wordless testimony to artistic passion and possibility. Born with spina bifida, a disorder that paralysed his lower body, Kambara aims to perform at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics opening or closing ceremonies, seeking to send a message to disabled and able-bodied people alike: it's okay to be different. "If you can't walk with your legs, it's okay to walk with your hands. If there is something you want to do but cannot, it's okay to find another way," Kambara, 34, a computer systems engineer and father of a two-year-old daughter, told Reuters. ........Read more

South Korea's coronavirus cases climb above 7,000, most cases traced to church

South Korea’s coronavirus cases jumped above 7,000 on Saturday, up by 448 from the previous day, with more than half of the total number linked to a secretive church at the center of the country’s outbreak, health authorities said. The death toll rose by two to 46, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). Since mid-February when a woman tested positive after attending services at a branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in the southeastern city of Daegu, the number of infections has exploded in South Korea, giving it the most cases outside China. ........Read more

Bharat Bandh Today: Bhim Army Chief's Call for Shutdown Gets Support in UP, Bihar & Delhi

The call by Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad for nationwide bandh on Sunday, the February 23 seems to be getting widespread support from multiple political and social outfits. The Dalit leader has called for a shutdown against the Supreme Court ruling that states were not bound to provide reservation in government jobs and quota in promotion. Issues like Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Register for Citizens (NRC) and thrashing of Dalits in recent past have also been included in the bandh call. ........Read more

What’s the number of Indians living abroad & which country hosts most of them?

There are over 1.36 crore Indian nationals living abroad, according to data tabled by the Ministry of External Affairs in Lok Sabha. The highest number of Indians abroad are living in UAE (34,20,000). The UAE is followed by Saudi Arabia (25,94,947), US (12,80,000), Kuwait (10,29,861), Oman (7,79,351), Qatar (7,56,062), Nepal (5,00,000), UK (3,51,000), Singapore (3,50,000) and Bahrain (3,23,292).........Read more

Paytm rolls out all-in-one payment device

Paytm, India’s leading digital payments player, unveiled new products to target businesses and ward off rising competition from Google Pay, Walmart Inc.-owned PhonePe and Amazon Pay. Paytm introduced a stand that displays QR check-out codes that comes with a calculator and USB charger, a so-called sound box that provides voice confirmations of transactions, cloud software to streamline inventory management, and a point-of-sale device with built-in scanner and printer. The latter accepts payments through debit and credit cards as well as as Paytm and rival apps.........Read more

21 Killed After Bus Collides With Auto Rickshaw In Nashik, Vehicles Fall In Well

At least 21 people were killed when a speeding state transport (ST) bus collided with an auto-rickshaw, causing both the vehicles to fall into a roadside well in Maharashtra's Nashik district on Tuesday, the police said. More than 18 people also suffered injuries in the accident which took place at around 4 pm at Meshi Phata on the Malegaon-Deola Road in the North Maharashtra district, around 200 km from here, an official said. ........Read more

After outrage, IRCTC to reinstate Kerala food items as per 'local taste and regional preferences'

The Indian Railway Catering And Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) said that it would reinstate all the earlier food items from Kerala on its menu, two days after its decision to exclude popular Malayali food items triggered widespread protests, especially in the social media. IRCTC, in a tweet, said due to the demand from passengers and representations received, it has fully authorized its local offices in zones and regions to bring more items as per the "local taste and regional preferences within one week" as snack meals. IRCTC has also informed that all the food items served earlier will be restored. ........Read more

India among top 10 FDI recipients, attracts $49 bn inflows in 2019: UN report

India was among the top 10 recipients of Foreign Direct Investment in 2019, attracting USD 49 billion in inflows, a 16 per cent increase from the previous year, driving the FDI growth in South Asia, according to a UN report. The Global Investment Trend Monitor report compiled by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) states that the global foreign direct investment remained flat in 2019 at USD 1.39 trillion, a 1 per cent decline from a revised USD 1.41 trillion in 2018. ........Read more

Zomato Acquires Uber Eats India Business in All-Stock Deal Days After Raising Rs 353 Cr from Antfin

Zomato said it has acquired the Indian business of Uber Eats in an all-stock deal that will give Uber 9.99 per cent stake in the Indian food delivery and restaurant discovery platform. Uber Eats in India will discontinue operations and direct restaurants, delivery partners, and users of the Uber Eats apps to the Zomato platform. In a regulatory filing to BSE, Info Edge (India) - a shareholder in Zomato - said its shareholding in Zomato will stand reduced to about 22.71 per cent on fully converted and diluted basis upon closing of the transaction.........Read more

Home Ministry Sends Nirbhaya Convict's Mercy Petition to President, Recommends Rejection

The Union Home Ministry on Friday forwarded to President Ram Nath Kovind the mercy petition of one of the convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape case, recommending its rejection, officials said. Mukesh Singh, one of the four death row convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case, had filed the mercy petition a few days ago.........Read more

Amazon Alexa Told This Lady to Kill Herself Because Humans Are Bad For The Planet

A 29-year old Student paramedic, Danni Morritt, got the shock of her life when the Amazon Alexa assistant advised her to kill herself in order to save the planet. Morritt was studying and asked the Amazon Echo Dot speaker to tell her about the cardiac cycle. This is when Alexa apparently went on this whole rant about how humans are bad for the planet. ........Read more

Not Proper if we Don't Believe our Judges, Says SC on Juvenile Detention in J&K

The apex court, after perusing the committee’s report, said that four high court judges have visited all the jails in J&K and they have clearly stated that no minors have been illegally detained there. It would not be proper if the court does not believe its own judges, said the bench headed by Justice NV Ramana. The bench said this when senior advocate Huzefa Ahmadi, appearing for petitioner Enakshi Ganguly who has alleged that minors were detained there post the abrogation of provisions of Article 370, insisted that he should be given time to respond to the committee’s report. The bench granted liberty to the petitioners to approach the appropriate forum if they have any grievance over alleged detention of minors in Jammu and Kashmir. There have been various allegations of J&K Police picking up minors and making them pay for their meals. Police claimed that minors were not detained. ........Read more

Won't Perform Last Rites Till CM Yogi Adityanath Visits Us, Says Unnao Rape Victim's Family

The sister of the deceased Unnao rape victim said on Sunday her family will not perform the last rites unless Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath arrives in her village and assures of strict action against the accused. The body of the rape victim who succumbed to severe burn injuries in a Delhi hospital on Friday night arrived in her native village here on Saturday. Her sister said the last rites would be performed only in the presence of Adityanath. "I personally want to speak to Yogi Adityanath," she said.........Read more

Honouring APJ Abdul Kalam, UN celebrates birthday of 'People's President' on 15 Oct as World Students Day

Kalam's legacy will be fragmented without noting his role as a teacher. His endeavours were not just limited to teaching, but his contribution as scientist and science administrator in nations's civilian space program and military missile development efforts were well recognised.........Read more

Dangerous apps on Play Store reach 300 million users

Despite Google’s best efforts, malicious apps continue to run riot on the Play Store. The more apps are taken down, the more new apps with malware show up. ESET security researcher Lukas Stefanko threw light on an analysis that shows that 172 dangerously harmful apps were found on the Store, and they collectively had over 335 million installs. Be it the rise of malicious apps, or the recent trend of researchers calling out these apps, or both, but it is the Play Store’s reputation that is taking a hit as more and more people grow insecure of what is safe and what is not on the shelves of Google’s app market. While the Play Store continues to launch countermeasures to stop such apps from getting to the play store, and as the brand continues to hunt down existing malicious apps, it is usually down to the end-user to ensure the safety of their phone. A few practices to include to ensure a malware-free phone would be to install only apps that you need, get apps only from trusted sources and be careful while browsing on the web and coming across ads.........Read more

No Need to Ban Petrol, Diesel Vehicles as EVs Gaining Momentum: Nitin Gadkari

Allaying fears of the automobile industry, Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, on September 23, said that there is no need to ban petrol and diesel vehicles as electric mobility has picked up momentum on its own and all buses would be electric in two years. Earlier, government think-tank Niti Aayog had reportedly proposed that after 2030, only electric vehicles (EVs) should be sold in India. Later, Union ministers, including Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, tried to allay the fear of automobile manufactures in the country by denying that. A panel headed by Niti Aayog Chief Executive Officer Amitabh Kant had earlier suggested that only EVs (three-wheelers and two-wheelers) with an engine capacity of up to 150cc should be sold from 2025 onwards. ........Read more

JeM Threatens to Bomb Several Railway Stations And Temples Across Country on Dussehra

In a major menace, Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) has, in a letter, threatened to blow up railway stations and temples across several parts of the country during Dussehra on October 8. As per the letter, the terror outfit is likely to target 11 railway stations and six temples across the country. The terror organisation has said that it will avenge the killings of its militants by blowing up railway stations in India. The few named targets in the letter include railway stations in Rewari, Hisar, Kurukshetra, Mumbai City, Bengaluru, Chennai, Jaipur, Bhopal, Kota and Itarsi, and temples in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, MP, UP and Haryana. Following the threat, security has been beefed up at Rewari railway station and other possible targets. Meanwhile, the Haryana Police is also probing the matter. Narendra Singh, Sub-Inspector, Railway Police Station, Rohtak said, “We have started an investigation. All necessary precautions are being taken & there is no need for people to panic.” It must be noted that Rohtak Railway Superintendent had received the aforesaid letter, scribed in Hindi, on September 14, news agency ANI said. According to the railway official who received the letter, the letter was signed by one Masood Ahmed.........Read more

Pakistan using terrorists as proxies to create instability in J&K: PoK activist

A political activist has lambasted Pakistan for creating turmoil in Jammu and Kashmir for decades by using terrorism as a tool to set its agenda. Sardar Saghir, a leader of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) told Tanveer Ahmad, a local journalist, that Pakistan has been using terrorists as proxies to create instability in Jammu and Kashmir. "The indigenous movement of Kashmir's liberation was sabotaged in 1947 (by Pakistan) by sending Pashtun tribal forces in the region. In the late 1980s, when the people of Jammu and Kashmir launched another movement, it was highjacked (by Pakistan) in 1989 by forming terror groups such as Hizbul Mujahideen and Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen," Saghir said. "Later, Hafiz Saeed's Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) was also brought in. In 1992-93, we condemned these non-state actors, which were brought in by Pakistan's spy agencies. It has sabotaged our peaceful struggle. The world community is now looking it as an act of terrorism," he added. Click here for Kashmir LIVE Updates Saghir is one of the vocal activists in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), where people are suffering from persecution and terrorism. "After the 9/11 incident, strict measures were taken against terrorism and our peaceful struggle was backtracked. However, we continued to protest. When Pakistan was pressurised by the international community then besides LeT, they further started promoting Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) headed by Maulana Masood Azhar."........Read more

Zomato CEO Taunts Restaurant Association Chief as Discounts Row Continues

After couple of letters from Zomato failed to pacify Rahul Singh, President of the National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI), to stop the #logout campaign, Zomato Founder, CEO, and Chief of Product Deepinder Goyal took to Twitter on Thursday in a bid to embarrass him for the "Gold" programme of The Beer Cafe. "I welcome the NRAI president, Rahul Singh embracing the Gold standard at his own restaurants. Welcome to Gold, Rahul!@NRAI _India," he said in a tweet that had images describing the benefits that The Beer Cafe offers its customers under the "Gold" programme. Zomato has been accused by the NRAI of "unethical" deep discounting practices for its "Gold" programme.........Read more

JP Nadda Appointed As BJP's Working President

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentary board has on Monday appointed the former Minister JP Nadda as the party's working president, making him the second top boss of the party. Amit Shah, the Home Minister of India, will however remain as BJP's chief. After Shah, Nadda is considered to be the biggest strategist in BJP and he proved it multiple times.........Read more

Hypersonic jet aims for London-NY in 90 mins

US aviation start-up Hermeus reveals plans for a hypersonic jet that would travel at five times the speed of sound. That could whisk passengers from New York to London in 90 minutes or less. Based in Atlanta said it has obtained finance from seed funders and private investors to develop a plane that will travel at Mach 5 -- five times faster than Mach 1, the speed of sound.........Read more

Mahindra XUV300 Receives 4000 Bookings Ahead Of Launch

Mahindra is all set to launch the XUV300 in the Indian market. Bookings for the car had opened in January 2019 and the company has now said, that the XUV300 has already received 4000 bookings. ........Read more

Sunanda Pushkar case: Trial against Shashi Tharoor to begin on February 21

A Delhi sessions court will begin hearing from February 21 the Sunanda Pushkar death case in which her husband and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor is facing abetment to suicide and cruelty charges. ........Read more

Delhi Court Orders Further Probe in FIR Against Owaisi For 2014 Hate Speech

Delhi’s Karkardooma Court on Tuesday ordered further investigation into an FIR filed against All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimin (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi in an alleged hate speech delivered by him in 2014.........Read more

Former Facebook manager calls out company for bad treatment of black employees

Former Facebook partnerships manager Mark Luckie argues that Facebook has a “black people problem” that involves the mistreatment of black employees. He cites incidents where managers or colleagues called their co-workers “hostile” or “aggressive.”........Read more

4 BSF Personnel Among 6 Injured in IED Blast in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur Dist

Four BSF jawans, one DRG and a civilian were injured in an IED blast in Bijapur Ghatti (7 kms from Bijapur) in Chhattisgarh. All injured have been admitted to a hospital in Bijapur.........Read more

White House pulls CNN reporter Jim Acosta's pass after contentious news conference

The White House said it's suspending the press pass of CNN reporter Jim Acosta after a press conference today in which he pressed President Donald Trump with multiple questions.........Read more

Supreme Court to hear Ayodhya case in January, refuses UP govt’s early hearing request

The Supreme Court on Monday turned down requests from the Uttar Pradesh government for early hearing in the Ayodhya case and said it will decide on the bench that will hear the case only in January next year.........Read more

Tanushree Dutta claims Nana Patekar sexually harassed her, says everyone knew but did nothing

A day after revealing that she had been mistreated on the sets of a 2008 film, actor Tanushree Dutta has alleged that Nana Patekar sexually harassed her. His reputation for sexual misconduct is well known in the Hindi film industry, but no one questioned him.........Read more

Supreme Court refuses to reconsider 2006 order on SC/ST quota for promotions

The Supreme Court declined to refer the 2006 judgment, which ended quotas in promotions for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes, to a larger bench but ruled that there was no need to provide “quantifiable to show the communities needed the affirmative action.........Read more

Gary Stead appointed New Zealand cricket coach

Gary Stead has been appointed as the replacement for Mike Hesson, who resigned from the post in June 2018 citing personal reasons, for the role of New Zealand’s cricket coach.........Read more

Yogi Govt Recommends CBI Probe in Yamuna Expressway Multi-crore Scam

The Uttar Pradesh government has recommended a CBI probe in the purchase of land in Mathura for Yamuna Expressway project. The scam reportedly caused a loss of Rs 126 crore to the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA).........Read more

64 Pakistani Hindu migrants Indian Citizenship delayed by Intelligence Bureau report

Intelligence Bureau report delays Indian citizenship to Pakistani Hindus - About 18 days ago, the district administration had set up the camp for granting citizenship to these people........Read more

Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Attended Our Programmes, Claims RSS on Invite to Mukherjee

Pranab Mukherjee will address the Third Year Sangha Shiksha Varga (SSV) on June 7, which is held at the RSS headquarters annually in Nagpur.........Read more

I’m Kalki avatar, can’t come to office: Gujarat govt officer

A Gujarat government official has claimed that he is Kalki, the tenth incarnation of Vishnu, and can’t come to office because he is conducting a “penance” to “change the global conscience”. ........Read more

UN chief urges Syria, Israel to halt 'hostile acts'

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Syria and Israel to halt all hostile acts in light of their recent conflicts of rocket firing and missile strikes. Earlier on Thursday, Israel carried out missile strikes in Syria on what it said was Iranian military targets, in retaliation to a rocket attack on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights which, Israel said, was launched by the Iranian forces.........Read more

Khap panchayats ruling against inter-caste marriage of adults ‘absolutely illegal’: SC

The Supreme Court has held as “absolutely illegal” any attack by khap panchayats or associations against adult man and woman opting for an inter-caste marriage. Further, the apex court added that if the Centre does not step in to ban such panchayats then it would have to step in.........Read more

Smith blames Australia's poor decisions for India loss

Australia skipper Steve Smith has blamed his team's poor decision making under pressure after their demoralising 4-1 loss to India in the one-day internationals. The visitors suffered a seven-wicket thrashing in the final ODI in Nagpur on Sunday to slip to third in the world rankings. They started the series in second spot.........Read more

Like mice, humans might soon have their brains controlled externally

Imagine someone remotely controlling your brain, forcing your body’s central processing organ to send messages to your muscles that you didn’t authorize. It’s an incredibly scary thought, but scientists have managed to accomplish this science fiction nightmare for real, albeit on a small scale, and they were even able to prompt their test subject to run, freeze in place, or even completely lose control over its limbs. Thankfully, the research will be used for good rather than evil, for now at least. ........Read more

Reliance Jio JioPhone deliveries to start during Navratri

The phone is expected to arrive in the markets during the auspicious festival of Navratri, starting September 21. Jio is planning to deliver a lakh of handsets every day to meet rising demands. About 10 millions of registrations have been recorded with retail outlets, acording to reports. Analysts suggest Jio will be able to sell around 40 million feature phones by the end of December this year.........Read more

Bajaj Auto India & Triumph Motorcycles Announce Partnership

Bajaj Motorcycles has announced a global association with Triumph motorcycles. Mr. Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director, Bajaj Auto Ltd. and Nick Bloor, CEO, Triumph Motorcycles Ltd. signed the non-equity partnership. The primary objective of this collaboration is to develop a range of mid-capacity motorcycles while benefitting from the collective strengths of both the companies. Further details on this partnership would be announced at a later stage.........Read more

Jaguar has officially unveiled the XE SV Project 8.

Created by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations, the XE SV Project 8 is a shot across the bow of the German establishment as it packs a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 600 PS (441 kW). The engine is connected to an eight-speed Quickshift transmission which allows the super sedan to rocket from 0-60 mph in 3.3 seconds before hitting a top speed of 200 mph (321 km/h).........Read more

Walking regularly can help improve brain function

A moderate-intensity walking regimen may reduce symptoms of mild cognitive impairment that are linked to poor blood vessel health in the brain, a small study suggests.........Read more

US Judge Approves Additional $1.2 Billion Deal In Volkswagen Dieselgate Scandal Case

In a new development in the infamous Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal that rocked the automotive community a few years ago, a federal judge in California has ruled that he would approve a $1.2 billion settlement for a section of the cars that were affected by the emissions cheating. The settlement is for the last 80,000 cars that are fitted with the larger 3-litre diesel engine that was also included in the Dieselgate scandal along with the now infamous 2-litre Volkswagen group engine. The $1.2 Billion additional settlement will take the total settlement from the Volkswagen group to a record setting $22 Billion.........Read more

Osmania University Centenary Celebrations Worsen Feud Between Students and KCR

The reason for KCR’s silence at the event is said to be reports that suggested the Osmania student community would raise slogans and disturb his speech at the event, unhappy with his government’s education and employment policy.........Read more

Why associate bank employees are unhappy as five banks merge with SBI

The biggest grievance is the provident fund (PF) benefit which is being extended to these employees is with effect from April 1, 2017, as against their dates of joining, which they claim is unfair. All employees of the five associate banks have been given new offer letters pursuant to the merger.........Read more

Humans watch a billion hours of YouTube every single day

YouTube users are now watching more than a billion hours of videos every single day, the company has announced. Put back-to-back, that's more than 100,000 years of footage, split between the millions of YouTube users across the world.........Read more

Cheaper version of Nokia 6 is coming and it's going to be just as amazing

HMD Global is expected to release a budget smartphone cheaper that the Nokia 6, which got tremendous response in China during the first flash sale. According to the latest leak on GFXBench site, a toned down version of Nokia 6 dubbed as Nokia Heart has been spotted.........Read more

Jallikattu: Hope These Are Actors, Not Cops, Says Kamal Haasan About Chennai Videos

Actor Kamal Haasan said today that a series of videos uploaded on social media that show policemen indulging in arson in Tamil Nadu has left him "shocked". NDTV cannot verify the authenticity of the videos, which have been tweeted by Kamal Haasan and other celebrities like actor Arvind Swamy.........Read more

Donald Trump signs order withdrawing US from Trans-Pacific trade deal

President Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order pulling the United States out of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade pact negotiated and signed by 12 countries but not yet implemented. The order marks the first of a series of actions Trump could take to either renegotiate or cancel trade deals he believes had led to, or will lead to flight of American jobs and manufacturing, such as NAFTA, signed with Mexico and Canada.........Read more

Indian-American Ajit Pai may head US body that deals with cellphone spectrum and broadcasting

Ajit Pai, a commissioner in the US communications regulatory agency, has met President-elect Donald Trump amid speculation that he could head the body that deals with cellphone spectrum and broadcasting. Trump’s spokesperson Sean Spicer said on Tuesday that the meeting with Pai, who is the Republican nominee on the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), took place on Monday.........Read more

BJP Sends A Letter To EC Against Samajwadi Party's Free Smartphone Scheme

BJP today filed a petition before the Election Commission against the Samajwadi Party's smartphone distribution scheme, saying it amounted to the violation of the Model Code of Conduct in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.........Read more

It’s Official: Our Future Climate will be Terrible with Breaking of 400 ppm CO2 Threshold

The safe level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is 350 parts per million. This dubious first was made certain when atmospheric ppm, which usually falls in September, remained above the critical 400 ppm threshold. October to December normally see high concentrations of carbon dioxide.........Read more

Red sand boa or mythical 'double headed' snakes, Kerala reptile smugglers' favourite

The arrest of six people in Kerala’s Kottayam district on charges of smuggling the red sand boa, is a breakthrough, but unlikely to make much of a dent in putting an end to the illegal trade. Commonly known as the ‘two-headed snake’ because of its blunt tail that resembles a head, the red sand boa has been a favourite with smugglers as the reptiles fetch a lot of money. In 2009 two red sand boas were stolen from Thiruvananthapuram zoo, but no such incident has been reported from zoos in the state since.........Read more

Healthcare, BFSI leading our cloud adoption in India: Microsoft

Technology giant Microsoft today said sectors like healthcare, banking, financial services and insurance as well as startups are among the leading users of its local cloud services in India. The US-based company, which had launched its local data centres in India in September last year, said state governments are also experimenting with the cloud platform to solve challenges in education, healthcare and agriculture.........Read more

BP sells 8.5% stake in Castrol India

Castrol Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of BP Plc, sold 8.5% equity stake in Castrol India Ltd in a block deal on Tuesday. With this second tranche of equity divestment in Castrol India, BP will now hold 51% stake in the India lubricant........Read more

This tea-wine will give you a kick

The aromatic flavour of tea in the morning prepares you for the day. The same tea will now give you a kick, thanks to a bunch of scientists who made a wine from the brew. Rich in health boosting chemicals, the tea-wine has been created by a Himalayan laboratory that is set to transfer the technology to a firm in Mozambique. Two Indian units in Pune and Hamirpur are interested too. ........Read more

EXCLUSIVE | 'Rock On 2!!' first look: Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal, Shraddha Kapoor go black, bold, boho!

The anticipation has finally ended. Sharing a candid camaraderie, Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal, Shraddha Kapoor, Purab Kohli and Shashank Arora laugh, play and bond together in the exclusive still. ........Read more

India's Balochistan plan- 'Don't stop till Pakistan gives up'

India will ensure that Pakistan answers to the entire world about the atrocities it commits in Balochistan. Ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised the Balochistan issue, several former diplomats have been consulted on how to move forward on this issue.........Read more

Rio 2016: China Misses Gymnastics Gold for 1st Time in More Than 30 Years

An "empty brain" contributed to China leaving Rio without any gymnastics gold medals, its worst showing since returning to the Games in 1984, after three competitors missed out on podium places on Tuesday.........Read more

Rio 2016: PV Sindhu Stuns World No 2 to Enter Women's Singles Semis

Faced with a much higher rated opponent, the 21-year-old from Hyderabad scripted a 22-20, 21-19 victory over the former World No.1 at the Riocentro Pavilion 4 here on Tuesday.........Read more

Antrix-Devas deal: India to appeal against Hague tribunal’s verdict

India will appeal against the verdict of the Hague tribunal in Antrix-Devas deal case, in which the international court had declared the annulling of the contract as “unfair” and “inequitable” and as........Read more

Cockroach 'milk' to be transformed into a food supplement?

Energy-rich cockroach 'milk' may someday be transformed into a food supplement worthy of human consumption, new research indicates.........Read more

Is Imran Khan pushing for army takeover of Pakistan?

The word in Islamabad is that Imran Khan hopes to become an army-installed Prime Minister, having failed to win the post electorally........Read more

BCCI to create digital injury monitoring system

The idea was proposed at a recent workshop for physios headed by renowned physiotherapists from Australia Patrick Farhart, along with Andrew Leipus, at the NCA........Read more

Kashmir unrest: Restraining forces, but can’t allow anti-national activity

Saying that while security forces have been asked to exercise restraint in the Valley, where violent protests erupted after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Kumar Singh Thursday ........Read more

Oil and 'Outsiders': Outrage in Assam Over the BJP’s Decision to Privatise Oil Fields

Ever since the 1980s, keeping "outsiders" out of the oil industry has been a deep sub-nationalist issue in Assam.........Read more

IIT Gandhinagar Gives Lessons in Carpentry and Plumbing to People of Grassroots

In this unique outreach initiative, the youth from the grassroots will receive training from IIT-Gn’s mechanical engineering lab and electrical engineering lab.........Read more

Do CT scans really cause cancer?

CT scans deliver a hefty dose of ionising radiation. But the benefits outweigh the risks – most of the time.........Read more

Gay celebs cite right to life, move SC against Sec 377

In what could lend more heft to the fight for their rights, leading lights of the LGBT community have moved the Supreme Court seeking quashing of Section 377 of IPC to protect their sexual preferences, saying these are part and parcel of the right to life.........Read more

Google, FB quietly move toward automatic blocking of extremist videos

The move is a step forward for companies that are eager to eradicate violent propaganda from their sites ........Read more

23 AAP MLAs Have Only Cleared School Exams

TThough Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has claimed his party MLAs are "educated and very well qualified", the affidavits filed with the Election Commission show that 23 AAP MLAs have only cleared the school exam at different levels while........Read more

Tata receives 15,000 bookings for Tiago

The long feature list and the reasonable price of Tiago may have made many customers choose it over its rivals. Its chief rivals include cars like the Hyundai i10, the Maruti Suzuki Celerio and the Chevrolet Beat.........Read more

Jason Gillespie squashes reports linking him to role of Australia's fast bowling coach | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

Jason Gillespie squashes reports linking him to role of Australia's fast bowling coach - Jason Gillespie, Australia's bowler, has squashed reports that surfaced earlier in the day, that said that he was nearing the role of becoming full-time fast bowling coach of the national team.........Read more

Facebook denies report about biased trending section, supressing conservative news – Tech2

So, according to some former workers trending stories were suppressed, especially stories that were conservative.........Read more

Big MNCs approach Kejriwal for degree verification and background checks of new hires

Several major MNCs operating in India have approached Delhi CM Mr. Arvind Kejriwal to provide his services for background checks and degree verification of potential recruits.........Read more

NDA’s Black Money Act creates more Vijay Mallyas, is soft on tax officials and experts - Firstpost

The black money law is distressingly myopic about two key players in the generation of black money, especially those parked overseas — the taxman (assessing officer/AO) and the tax consultants (charted accountants)........Read more

Uttarakhand High Court stays disqualification of 9 rebel Congress MLAs

In a big boost to the Congress and its leader Harish Rawat ahead of the crucial floor test on Tuesday, the Uttarakhand High Court today rejected the petition filed by nine rebel Congress legislators in which they had challenged their disqualification by the Speaker.........Read more