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India's Fuel Consumption Falls 46% To Lowest Since 2007

India's fuel demand dipped 45.8 per cent in April from a year earlier, as a nationwide lockdown and travel curbs to combat the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) eroded economic activity. Consumption of fuel, a proxy for oil demand, totalled 9.93 million tonnes - its lowest since 2007, government data showed on Saturday. State fuel retailers in the country sold 50 per cent less refined fuel in the first two weeks of April than the same time a year earlier as the country came to a standstill due to the lockdown that was put in place on March 24.........Read more

Indian Batsmen I Played Against Scored Hundreds For Themselves: Inzamam-ul-Haq

Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq believes that Indian batsmen he played against scored hundreds for themselves instead of the team while the players from his side were exactly the opposite. (More Cricket News) Inzamam was speaking to Ramiz Raja on his Youtube channel, listing the major difference between the two teams during his playing days. "When we played against India, their batting was more powerful than ours on paper. Even (though) our batsmen scored 30 or 40 runs, they were for the team. But for India, even if they scored 100 runs, they played for themselves," Inzamam said.........Read more

Coronavirus Outbreak: With 165 new COVID-19 reports, Maharashtra becomes first state to cross 3,000-case tally

According to sources, the state has reported 165 new COVID-19 cases since last evening alone, out of which107 cases were found in Mumbai, followed by 19 in Pune and 10 in Nagpur. According to the Maharashtra Health Department, a total of 187 people have died in the state due to the coronavirus so far and 295 patients have recovered from the deadly disease. The financial capital of the country, Mumbai, has emerged as the hotbed of the coronavirus spread in the state.The biggest challenge in Mumbai is containing the spread of coronavirus in Dharavi, considered one of the largest slums in the world.........Read more

Lockdown Extended Till May 3, PM Modi Says Implementation to be Super Strict For Next One Week

India will remain under lockdown until May 3, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Tuesday as the number of coronavirus cases crossed 10,000 despite a three-week shutdown. In a 25-minute televised address, the PM said the containment measures have produced a significant outcome in containing the infection so far, and the challenge was to stop the virus from spreading to new parts of the country. "Till May 3, every Indian will have to stay in lockdown. I request all Indians that we stop the coronavirus from spreading to other areas," he told citizens. ........Read more

Sweden challenges Trump and scientific mainstream by refusing to lock down

Much of Europe is still on coronavirus lockdown, with severe restrictions on movement and penalties for those who transgress. But not Sweden. Restaurants and bars are open in the Nordic country, playgrounds and schools too, and the government is relying on voluntary action to stem the spread of Covid-19. It's a controversial approach, and one that's drawn US President Donald Trump's attention. "Sweden did that, the herd, they call it the herd. Sweden's suffering very, very badly," Trump said on Tuesday.........Read more

Why oil prices are crashing and what it means

Saudi Arabia, the world's top exporter, launched a price war over the weekend. The move followed the implosion of an alliance between the OPEC cartel, led by Saudi Arabia, and Russia. The kingdom and Russia came together to form the so-called OPEC+ alliance in 2016 after oil prices plunged to $30 a barrel. Since then, the two leading exporters have orchestrated supply cuts of 2.1 million barrels per day. Saudi Arabia wanted to increase that number to 3.6 million barrels through 2020 to take account of weaker consumption. But Russian President Vladimir Putin, worried about ceding too much ground to American oil producers, refused to go along with the plan and his energy minister, Alexander Novak on Friday signaled a fierce battle to come for market share when he said countries could produce as much as they please from April 1.........Read more

Iraqi prime minister candidate Allawi quits as vacuum looms

Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Allawi withdrew his candidacy for the post on Sunday, accusing political parties of obstructing him, deepening a domestic crisis and threatening an unprecedented power vacuum. His move came hours after parliament failed for the second time in a week to approve his cabinet amid political infighting in the oil producer, where mass protests and deadlock between lawmakers are delaying Iraq’s recovery from years of war. ........Read more

Australian Open 2020: Sania Mirza Exits Comeback Grand Slam With Calf Injury

Sania Mirza's first Grand Slam outing after maternity leave ended with an early exit as the Indian ace retired mid-way into her women's doubles first-round match due to a calf injury, on Thursday. (Tennis News) Sania and her Ukrainian partner Nadiia Kichenok, who came into the major after winning the doubles title at the Hobart International, were trailing 2-6 0-1 against the Chinese team of Xinyun Han and Lin Zhu when the Indian called it quits. Sania has injured her leg during practice. She is returning to the circuit after a two-year break.........Read more

Conor McGregor wins in first UFC match in 15 months

Irish mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor was victorious in his first UFC match in over 15 months, with a technical knockout win over American opponent Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor blitzed Cerrone from the opening bell and won the fight less than a minute into the first round.........Read more

Army chief General Bipin Rawat named India's first Chief of Defence Staff

Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat has been named India's first Chief of Defence Staff. General Rawat was named the Chief of Defence Staff just a day before he was to retire from service after completeing a full three-year term as the Chief of Army Staff. General Rawat is the first officer to hold the post of the Chief of Defence Staff, which was set up just days ago. ........Read more

Amazon sellers are buying fake reviews for just R 1,200 each: Report

The companies selling fake reviews to sellers rely on an army of "testers" who buy the products to post the four and five-star reviews online, said the report on Sunday. The testers get the refund for the cost of purchasing the products, in addition to a small fee. The testers buy the products so that the reviews they post get classified as "Amazon Verified Purchases".........Read more

20 Google Products and Services That Shut Down in 2019

This year in 2019 also Google closed down several of its products and services. Google+ (2011-2019) Google+ was started in 2011, Google finally pulled the plug killed on its Facebook-rival Google+ social networking website earlier this year in 2019 due to poor user engagement. Inbox by Gmail (2015-2019) Inbox by Gmail was launched in 2015, this app worked similar to Gmail but was largely a testing ground for new features. Eventually, most of these were integrated into the Gmail app.........Read more

Toyota Vellfire Spied At Dealership, Expected Price Rs. 79 Lakh

Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM), the Indian subsidiary of the Japanese auto giant, is close to launching a high-end MPV that will rival the recently launched Mercedes V-Class. Dubbed Toyota Vellfire, the new model was recently spotted testing on the public roads of the country.........Read more

Bihar government approves proposal for jail term for those who abandon elderly parents

The proposal of Bihar social welfare department has provisions for punishments which could go up to imprisonment if wards do not look after their parents properly in their old ages. The cases against the wards will be registered under the non-bail able section in Bihar after receiving complaints from the elderly parents.........Read more

ICC wants Army insignia removed from Dhoni's gloves

Mahendra Singh Dhoni sporting an Army insignia on his glove during the India-South Africa clash was well appreciated by his fans but the International Cricket Council on Thursday requested the BCCI to have the badge removed, saying it is against its regulations.........Read more

It is official: India's unemployment rate at 6.1%, rises to 45-year high

The government has finally confirmed that unemployment rate in the country is at a 45-year high. Data released by the Union Ministry of Statistics reveal that India's unemployment rate stands at 6.1 per cent. The data released by the government on a day when Narendra Modi 2.0 Cabinet took charge, showed 7.8 per cent of all employable urban youth being jobless, while the percentage for the rural was 5.3 per cent.........Read more

Andhra results: YSRCP's Jagan set to rule state, swearing-in on May 30

People of Andhra Pradesh in their first full-fledged election have chosen Jaganmohan Reddy's YSR Congress. Jagan's party led in 144 seats, TDP in 30 and Janasena Party in 1. According to sources, the party meeting would take place on May 25, while Jagan’s swearing-in is likely to happen on May 30.........Read more

Vivek Oberoi deletes Aishwarya Rai meme, says ‘can’t even think of being disrespectful to any woman’

Actor Vivek Oberoi has deleted a meme featuring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Salman Khan and Abhishek Bachchan about exit polls and has apologised for posting it. Vivek had earlier said he sees nothing offensive about the meme, which was seen as “crass and distasteful”.........Read more

Centre Extends Ban on LTTE For Its 'Anti-India Posture'

The Union Home Ministry has issued a fresh notification extending the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) over its strong anti-India posture and the threat it poses to the nation. The ministry added that LTTE had been clandestinely working towards Tamil Eelam, a proposed independent state for Tamils, and undertaking fundraising activities for the same.........Read more

India issues note verbale to Pakistan over harassment of diplomats

India has lodged a strong protest with Pakistan over several incidents of alleged harassment of Indian High Commission officials in Islamabad between March 8 and 11, and demanded an immediate investigation into them.........Read more

IAF Strikes Conducted For Political Gains, India Lost Aircraft Worth Crores: Farooq Abdullah

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference (NC) patron Farooq Abdullah kicked off a storm by saying that the airstrike by India on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26 was nothing but a gimmick as the Lok Sabha Elections are in the offing.........Read more

2019 Geneva: Tata Buzzard 7-seater SUV breaks cover

Alongside the global debut of the new Tata Altroz was the new 7-seater option from the Tata stable in the form of the new Tata Buzzard, previously codenamed H7X. The new Buzzard is essentially the 7-seater version of the recently launched Tata Harrier and is based on the same Omega Arc platform.........Read more

Anti-fake rules in draft e-commerce policy to help lower originals' cost

According to the draft regulation, online retailers will have to give trademark owners, like a brand or a reseller, the option to approve the sale of every product that carries their trademark listed for sale on the portal. Moreover, companies should seek the trademark owner's authorisation to sell luxury products and cosmetics on their platforms.........Read more

Israeli spacecraft poised to become first privately funded lander on the Moon

The Monn lander "Beresheet", created by an Israeli nonprofit called SpaceIL. The company is a relic of the now-defunct Google Lunar X Prize competition. While the contest ultimately ended without a winner, SpaceIL a finalist in the competition pressed onward with its mission, and now the company is ready to see its lander fly.........Read more

Subhash Chandra Fights Mess That Erased $1.6 Billion of Zee's Value

Media tycoon Subhash Chandra scrambled over the weekend to stem a crisis that wiped $1.6 billion off his flagship Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd.'s market value on Friday and threatened to derail his plans to sell a stake in the company.........Read more

Reservation bill to ensure 10% quota for poor passed in Lok Sabha, PM Modi thanks Opposition | 10 points

Lok Sabha passed the Reservation Bill to provide a 10 per cent quota to the economically weaker sections, irrespective of their religion or caste, thus including the upper castes as well. ........Read more

"Seriously" Considering Running For 2020 Presidency, Says Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu lawmaker in the US Congress, has said that she was "seriously" considering running for the White House in 2020. Ms Gabbard, who converted to Hinduism early in her life, is highly popular among Indian-Americans.........Read more

Tamil Nadu: Police arrest people for bursting crackers outside allotted time slots on Diwali

Tamil Nadu Police have arrested at least seven people and booked nearly 200 others for bursting crackers during Deepavali festivities and not sticking to the allotted time slots. They are arrested under sections 291, 188, and 268 of the Indian Penal Code.........Read more

India Suffer Embarrassing Innings Loss in Second Test at Lord's

India suffered an embarrassing 159-run innings defeat in the second Test against England after yet another batting failure on day four at Lord's, leaving the struggling visitors 0-2 behind in the five-match series.........Read more

Nervous Congress waits for Pranab Mukherjee's RSS speech

India News: A Congress leader said Mukherjee’s very presence at the RSS camp could prove to be bad optics for Congress and the ‘secular’ camp. Senior leader C K J........Read more

Daler Mehndi Convicted in 2003 Human Trafficking Case, Sentenced to 2 Years in Jail, Gets Bail

Popular singer Daler Mehndi was convicted and sentenced to a two-year jail term in a case of human trafficking by a Patiala Court on Friday.However, the famous singer was granted bail by the court later. Talking to reporters after the court verdict, Daler Mehndi said he will approach a higher court against his conviction.........Read more

Note-ban data puts 'super-rich' on tax sleuths' radar

The data related to 1.01 crore bank transactions, in which old notes amounting to more than Rs 10 lakh crore were deposited during the 50 days of demonetization, might land potential tax evaders in soup. The Finance Ministry's specialised data mining team has pointed out that India's 'super-rich', who put in Rs 80 lakh or more, deposited half of the total cash via one only per cent of the total transactions.........Read more

BCCI warned by Arun Jaitley against stubborn stance

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has waned BCCI against stubborn stance. He said that BCCI should focus on three or four recommendations of the Lodha Panel Committee, suggesting that if the quantum of disagreement is too large, the court will not consider points.........Read more

Tata Motors and Volkswagen's alliance likely to be called off

The alliance is likely to be called off as Volkswagen and Skoda are increasingly sceptical about the AMP platform, which is not proving to be as cost-effective as expected........Read more

Volkswagen Tiguan To Be Launched In India In May 2017

Volkswagen has already announced its line-up for India this year and the first car of the lot to hit the market will be the all-new Volkswagen Tiguan SUV. VW will launch the car in India in May 2017 while bookings for the SUV will begin in April.........Read more

Swiss parliament votes to ban burqa

Switzerland has moved a step closer to imposing a nationwide “burqa ban” after politicians approved a draft bill by just one vote. A new law proposed by the right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP) received 88 votes, with 87 against and 10 abstentions in the country’s lower house of Parliament on Tuesday.........Read more

WikiLeaks Founder's Deteriorating Health In The Spotlight After Records Release

It’s that pain that lead the source close to Assange to grow worried enough to speak out ahead of the medical report’s release. “I spent nearly five hours within the embassy last weekend and his situation is concerning,” the source, who asked not to be identified by name to protect their relationship with Assange, told BuzzFeed News. “We talked for a few hours and when I hugged him to say goodbye, I could feel a very tense and big knot on his right shoulder. Because he has no access to a medical center we don’t know what that is — but it could possibly be seriously malicious, such as a cancer.”........Read more

Spurt in dengue cases in Kanpur, 250 policemen among affected

There is a spurt in dengue cases in the city with 769 people including 250 police personnel having tested positive for the vector-borne disease. However, the authorities maintain that there is no need to panic and all arrangements are being made to prevent breeding of mosquitoes and check the spread of the disease........Read more

Is this the future of flying? Boeing tests 'blended wing' plane

Boeing is developing the plane alongside Nasa, and testing it at the Nasa Langley Research Center's 14- by 22-Foot Subsonic Tunnel in Virginia. Tests will continue until the end of September.........Read more

People run away with cots from Rahul’s UP ‘khat sabha’ after his speech

Chaos struck a gathering Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi addressed on Monday after people carried home cots the party had organised for a ‘khat sabha’ before launching a 2,500km ‘kisan yatra’ in election-bound Uttar Pradesh.........Read more

Tomoko Kikuchi's translations: From Japan with (lots of) love for India

Tomoko Kikuchi's translations: From Japan with (lots of) love for India on the eve of Hiroshima-Nagasaki bombing anniversary........Read more

Why is Pakistan's Azadi Express train covered with posters of Burhan Wani?

Posters of Burhan Wani, the 22-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen commander who was shot dead by military forces on 8 July, have been reportedly posted on Pakistan's Azadi SpeThe train will go to Karachi from Peshawar on 14 August........Read more

'Madaari' is an erratic act

An unusual plot and a consistently dazzling pivotal performance from Irrfan give Madaari its edge, but nothing that the storyline and the actor bring to the table can prevent the film from being disappointingly underwhelming.........Read more

Vedanta revises terms for merger with Cairn India

Per the revised terms, Cairn India minority shareholders will receive one equity share and four redeemable preference shares with a face value of Rs10 in Vedanta........Read more

BCCI Starts English Language Course for Umpires

The course has been designed by the British Council along with the ICC and is aimed at equipping the match officials with requisite communication skills.........Read more

Twitter suspends JuD chief Hafiz Saeed's account for anti-India tweets

Indian security agencies reportedly accused Saeed of inciting violence through his Twitter handle.........Read more

Madhya Pradesh: Babulal Gaur, Sartaj Singh resign from their posts after Cabinet expansion

Madhya Pradesh: Babulal Gaur, Sartaj Singh resign from their posts after Cabinet expansion - The two senior minister tendered theri resignation on Thursday to Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan.........Read more

Sharmila Tagore, Deepa Mehta Among Oscar Academy's New Members

The Academy invited a record 683 new members -- 46 per cent female and 41 per cent persons of colour -- as it aims to diversify following criticism of its largely white and male membership.........Read more

LIC Chairman S K Roy resigns prematurely, reasons for exit unknown

LIC Chairman S K Roy resigns prematurely, reasons for exit unknown - SK Roy was appointed as chairman by previous UPA government in June 2013, he resigned nearly two years ahead of completion of his five-year term.........Read more

Kamal Nath writes to Sonia Gandhi to be relieved of Punjab charge; Congress accepts his resignation

Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath wrote to party chief Sonia Gandhi, expressing his desire to be relieved from the charge of poll-bound Punjab in view of the raging controversy over his recent appointment because of his alleged role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Gandhi accepted his resignation.........Read more

Instagram rolls out algorithmic feed - and says it will be permanent

Instagram is ditching the chronological feed. Over the next month, the Instagram feed will begin to show you ‘the moments you care about first’ rather than displaying them in the order they come.........Read more

Houseful 3 hits theaters across 100 cities; army deployed to rescue victims trapped inside theaters

Thousands of movie goers had a traumatic experience on Friday morning after Sajid-Farhad much awaited movie Housefull 3 hit the theaters. It was just another Friday morning for movie buffs as they entered a multiplex in Mumbai with popcorn and Pepsi.  Cheers and laughter echoed all around as they watched the trailers of the [...]........Read more

Johnson and Johnson's baby powder has become the company's unavoidable cancer - Firstpost

For the second time, Johnson and Johnson has paid millions of dollars in damages to women with claims that the company was negligent in warning users that prolonged use of its baby powder could increase risk of ovarian cancer........Read more

2016 Honda Activa-i Launched With New Colours; Priced at Rs. 46,596 - News

Introducing its seventh model for the 2016 calendar year, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) has launched the updated Activa-i in the country with prices starting at Rs. 46,596 (ex-showroom, Delhi). The scooter gets three new colour options.........Read more

Istanbul: Walking through the greatest empires

Life can't be all that bad, whatever happens, I can always take a long walk along the Bosphorus.........Read more

French Open 2016, Day 1 Live: Kyrgios, Nishikori, Halep headline opening day at Roland Garros - Firstpost

Here's a look at some of the most exciting matches on the opening day of French Open.........Read more

What you need to know about India's newly launched ballistic missile defence

Prompted by Pakistan's strategic missile force and employing obsolete air defences, forces India's hand.........Read more

Nintendo to unveil new 'Zelda' game at E3 | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

Nintendo to unveil new 'Zelda' game at E3 - A new game in Nintendo's "Legend of Zelda" series in currently in the works and is expected to unveiled at E3 (Electronic Entertainment Show).........Read more

TV actor Iqbal Khan gets into a spat at show’s press conference - Times of India

TV actor Iqbal Khan got into a verbal spat with a few mediapersons on Saturday in Delhi........Read more

PU question paper leak mastermind held

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has arrested Shivakumaraiah, the mastermind behind the II PU Chemistry question paper leak racket.........Read more

12 JeM terror suspects detained by Delhi Police

Delhi Police has detained 12 persons suspected to be linked with a terror outfit planning an attack in the city and recovered explosives from their possession after a series of overnight raids in the national capital and neighbouring states.........Read more

The Pakistan Army's Curious Punjab Operation

For an offensive supposedly aimed at terrorists, the military has selected some odd targets.........Read more

The Ongoing Saga of the China-India Border Talks

No one seems to expect actual progress at the talks -- but there's still good reason to hold them.........Read more