Standing up to a Bully: Border Standoff is China’s Single-Minded Attempt to Block India’s Economic Rise

While India and the rest of the world battle a pandemic which originated in China, the Chinese have opened a new battlefront—this one involving troops and weapons along India’s contested border with Tibet. As a result, not since the standoff in Doklam nearly three years ago has the relationship between India and China hit such a low ebb. The coming weeks and months could determine the future of India-China relations, and indeed China’s relationship with the rest of Asia and the world. ........Read more

WHO "Very Much" Sided With China On Coronavirus: Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has said that the World Health Organization has "very much" sided with China on coronavirus crisis, asserting that many people are unhappy with the global health agency and feel that "it's been very unfair". President Trump was responding to a question on allegations by Republican Senator Marco Rubio that the World Health Organization (WHO) showed "favouritism" to China.........Read more

This worm-like creature is the first ancestor on the human and animal family tree

Evidence of a worm-like creature about the size of a grain of rice has been uncovered in South Australia, and researchers believe it is the oldest ancestor on the family tree that includes humans and most animals. The creature lived 555 million years ago. It's considered to be the earliest bilaterian. Bilaterians are organisms with a front, back, two openings on either end and a gut that connects them. They were an evolutionary step forward for early life on Earth. Some of the oldest life on Earth, including those sponges and algal mats, is referred to as the Ediacaran Biota. This group is based on the earliest fossils ever discovered, providing evidence of complex, multicellular organisms.........Read more

Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years in prison after addressing his accusers

Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison Wednesday in a New York courtroom, the culmination of a case that fueled the global #MeToo movement and encouraged women to speak out against sexual abuse. "I really feel remorse for this situation," the former Hollywood producer said, his voice barely audible, as he addressed the court before the sentence was handed down. "I feel it deeply in my heart. I will spend my time really caring and really trying to be a better person."........Read more

'Best in the world' Saha replaces Pant for first South Africa Test

Wriddhiman Saha will play his first international match in 22 months after India captain Virat Kohli confirmed that young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was being dropped for the first Test of India's home season. "Yes, Saha is fit and fine to go, and he's going to start for us, this series, and his keeping credentials are there for everyone to see," Kohli said at a press conference the day before the start of the first Test against South Africa, to be played in Visakhapatnam. "He's played well for us whenever he's got a chance, with the bat also, and it was unfortunate that he was out for such a long period because of an injury, and according to me he's the best keeper in the world, so in these conditions, with what he's done in the past, he starts for us." Pant had stepped into the breach left by unfortunate injuries to Saha, which put him out for way longer than originally anticipated. Pant took the spot with centuries in England and in Australia, the only India wicketkeeper to have done so in either of the countries. However, Pant has come in for criticism in recent times for his shot selection in limited-overs cricket. India coach Ravi Shastri has called for a "rap on the knuckles", and batting coach Vikram Rathour has spoken about the importance of being fearless without being careless. Captain Virat Kohli has also spoken of how youngsters wouldn't get chance after chance in the highly competitive Indian sides.........Read more

Viral visuals driving social media manipulation on YouTube, Instagram: researchers

The success of viral memes, videos and pictures in spreading online disinformation is fueling organized social media manipulation on Instagram and YouTube, researchers at Oxford University said on Thursday. In an annual report on disinformation trends, the Oxford Internet Institute’s Computational Propaganda Research Project said Facebook remained the most popular platform for social media manipulation due to its size and global reach. But a focus on visual content more likely to be shared online means users of Google’s YouTube video platform and Facebook’s Instagram photo-sharing site are increasingly being targeted with false or misleading messages, said Samantha Bradshaw, one of the report’s authors. “On Instagram and YouTube it’s about the evolving nature of fake news - now there are fewer text-based websites sharing articles and it’s more about video with quick, consumable content,” she said. “Memes and videos are so easy to consume in an attention-short environment.” The report’s findings highlight the challenges faced by Facebook, Google and other social media companies in combating the spread of political and financially-motivated disinformation, as tactics and technologies develop and change. A Facebook spokesman said showing users accurate information was a “major priority” for the company. ........Read more

Kashmir is an Integral Part of India: Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind

Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JuH), a religious organisation representing Muslim clerics, on Thursday said Kashmir is an integral part of India and all Kashmiris are their compatriots. “Kashmir is an integral part of India and all Kashmiris are our compatriots. Any separatist movement is harmful not only for the country, but for people of Kashmir as well,” a resolution adopted during the general council meeting of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind said. “We feel it’s our national duty to protect the democratic and human rights of Kashmiri people. Nevertheless, it’s our firm belief that their welfare lies in getting integrated with India. The inimical forces and neighbouring country are bent upon destroying Kashmir,” it said in the resolution.........Read more

Rahul tweets Army dog squad pic with ‘New India’ caption, gets trolled

Congress president Rahul Gandhi Friday courted controversy by tweeting pictures of the dog squad of Indian Army doing yoga and captioning it “New India”, an apparent dig at the Narendra Modi dispensation. The pictures in the tweet showed the Army dog unit and their trainers prostrating.........Read more

5 million tonnes of India’s oil reserves lie uninsured

India is unable to secure insurance cover for about 5 million tonnes of crude oil reserves kept in caverns for any exigency, which also include supplies from sanctions-hit Iran. Global reinsurers are unwilling to provide cover fearing adverse action against them for the breach of US sanctions.........Read more

Westminster car crash treated as terror attack

A man has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences after a car crashed outside the Houses of UK Parliament. The suspect, in his late 20s, is not believed to be known to MI5 or counter-terrorism police and is not co-operating with officers.........Read more

Government opens coal mining to private firms for commercial use, ends Coal India monopoly

The government on Tuesday approved opening up of coal mining to the private sector for commercial use, a major reform in the sector since its nationalization in 1973. Announcing the decision taken by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), coal and railways minister Piyush Goyal said the reform is expected to bring efficiency in the coal sector by moving from an era of monopoly to competition.........Read more

Trump’s immigration proposal wants an end to visa lottery, family-based chain migration

It is time to begin moving towards a merit-based immigration system -- one that admits people who are skilled, who want to work, who will contribute to our society, and who will love and respect our country, the president said, renewing his call for the system that he spoke of first in his 2017 joint address to the Congress.........Read more

Existence of other biometric databases may pose new challenge to Aadhaar

The existence of independent biometric databases means the information the UIDAI holds under lock and key is also scattered among scores of government departments. The real database problem for Aadhaar is not as much with its database but with these other databases.........Read more

India should reduce petrol imports by 2022: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday that India should reduce petrol imports by 2022 when India mark 75 years of freedom, In order to achieve this, state of the art mass transit systems are the need of the hour, he said after inaugurating Magenta line of Delhi Metro in Noida.........Read more

2G verdict: What happens to the 122 licences that SC quashed?

The case heard by the SC arose out of civil liability and it dealt with the question of procedural irregularity. The special court, on the other hand, dealt with criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, illegal enrichment and offenses prescribed under the Prevention of Corruption Act.........Read more

It will be between 'soft bogus Hindutva vs genuine hindutva' in 2019: Subramanian Swamy

Subramanian Swamy on Monday said that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will comfortably win both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elections 2017. He said that 2019 will be perhaps soft bogus Hindutva + failing economy versus genuine Hindutva and anti-corruption.........Read more

CBSE Board Exams 2018: Practical exams to begin on Jan 16, 2018, theory exams date not announced yet

The practical exams for Class 10 and Class 12 are set to begin from 16th January 2018. However, the final dates for the board exams are yet to be released but based on speculation and previous year exam dates, exams will be held in the month of March. The board will most probably announce the dates in this month. ........Read more

Military seeks reversal of govt order capping educational aid to martyrs’ kids

The armed forces have written to the defence ministry seeking the reversal of a government order that has capped educational expenses paid to children of martyrs or disabled soldiers at Rs 10,000 per month........Read more

SC asks Centre to bring law to regulate legal profession, cap lawyers' fees

Expressing concern over growing commercialisation of the legal profession with lawyers demanding "astronomical" fees from litigants, which made it difficult for the poor to access justice, the Supreme Court asked the Centre on Tuesday to bring a law to regulate the field and to prescribe "floor and ceiling of advocates' fees".........Read more

PSPK25 Mobiles To Be Launched

Celkon mobile company has reportedly approached the makers of Agnathavasi with a proposal to launch exclusive mobile phones under PSPK25 name. They are planning to launch fifty thousand units in the first set and increase the production going by the response for them.........Read more

Indonesia’s Mount Agung volcano threatens to erupt, shuts Bali airport

Mount Agung volcano is spewing dark gray ash and threatening to erupt. The authorities raised the volcano’s alert to the highest level on November 27, 2017, and expanded an exclusion zone to 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the crater. The eruption forced the shut down of the international airport in Bali, leaving thousands of tourists stranded.........Read more

GES: IT Employees In Hyd Told To Work From Home

Some of the IT firms located at Madhapur here have asked their employees to work from home today and for the next two days keeping in view restrictions put in place for the global summit being attended by US President Donald Trump's daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump.........Read more

Mukul Roy quits TMC’s working committee; says will resign from party, Rajya Sabha after Durga Puja

Former Trinamool Congress number two and Rajya Sabha MP, Mukul Roy, finally announced his separation from Trinamool Congress. Roy, one of the founding members of the party, has resigned from the working committee and announced that he will quit Rajya Sabha and primary membership after the Durga Pujas.........Read more

ED arrests billionaire and meat exporter Moin Qureshi in money laundering case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested controversial meat exporter Moin Qureshi late Friday night in connection with a money laundering probe against him and others. The billionaire has been questioned multiple times in the past by the agency after it registered two FIRs under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).........Read more

Top Lashkar commander Ayub Lelhari believed killed in encounter in Pulwama

Top Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Ayub Lelhari has been gunned down by security forces in an encounter that broke out between them and terrorists in Banderpora area of Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir.........Read more

Show of strength by TTV Dhinakaran with 20 MLAs, declares himself Jaya’s heir

It was a major show of strength for ‘ousted’ AIADMK (Amma) General Secretary TTV Dhinakaran at Madurai on Monday. While 20 MLAs paraded before the cameras, the venue at Melur saw over 20,000 supporters, in what has come as a major shot in the arm for Dhinakaran even as the AIADMK factions led by Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami and former CM O Panneerselvam appear closer to a merger. ........Read more

Barcelona Give Neymar Permission to Leave For PSG in Record-Breaking Rs 1672 Crore Deal

Neymar transfer saga finally looks to be drawing to a close as the Brazillian star is expected to complete his transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.........Read more

CAG finds deficiencies in defence pension system

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has found glaring deficiencies in the defence pension system, including incomplete accounting of expenditure, and flaws in the authorisation process.........Read more

Asian Athletics Championships: India’s Sudha Singh wins gold in 3,000-metre steeplechase

Sudha Singh won gold with a superb performance in the women’s 3,000-metre steeplechase at the Asian Athletics Championships here on Saturday. Sudha finished at the top of the podium with a time of nine minutes and 59.47 seconds.........Read more

Varanasi to become 100 per cent clean energy city before Germany’s Munich: Govt

"In this way, the World’s oldest city (Varanasi) can also become the first major city to be powered fully by clean energy," a statement issued by Power Ministry said.........Read more

Gujarat: Mahatma Gandhi’s school to be shut down and turned into a museum

Rajkot’s Alfred High School, where Mahatma Gandhi studied between 1880 and 1887, will soon be shut down as the students and teachers have been handed leaving certificates. The Gujarat government had issued a notification regarding the matter in August 2016, when it was decided that the school will be converted into a museum.........Read more

Deepak Jayakumar stakes claim to aunt Jayalalithaa’s Poes garden home and properties

After the political tussle in Tamil Nadu quieted down since the swearing-in of Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy since the dramatic trust vote in the Tamil Nadu Assembly, now another rebellion has erupted with Deepak Jayakumar, Jayalalithaa’s nephew, staking claim to her Poes Garden residence and other properties, and denouncing the leadership of AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran and Dr S Venkatesh, the nephews of the incarcerated general secretary of the party, VK Sasikala.........Read more

India will produce Grand Slam champions if associations sponsor senior players, says Leander Paes

“In India, we can be 15, 16 [and] 17 years old and win on the world stage. The talented youngsters that shine in the juniors can be Australian Open champions, Wimbledon champions, US Open champions [and] Asian champions,” stated Paes, giving a much-evident example of the Indian juniors dominating the circuit, only to have a sporadic presence in the mainstay of the seniors’ tournaments.........Read more

Noida scam: If he got rich, would we be running shops, says Anubhav Mittal’s granddad

“We came to know from news that my grandson is fond of luxury cars and is even trying to flee the country. All this is false. In fact, if he cheated people and made so much money, would he have left us eke out a living with these small shops here? I believe that he will come out clean,” Ved Prakash said.........Read more

Probe reveals ISI spy gathered skills during stint with NATO

The probe being conducted into the ISI’s spying ring in India has revealed that one of the accused had worked with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in Afghanistan. Gulshan Kumar who was arrested for being part of the spying ring was also running an illegal telephone exchange in Uttar Pradesh through …........Read more

Govt offers to buy 200 foreign fighter jets - if they're Made-in-India

A deal for 200 single-engine planes produced in India - which the Air Force says could rise to 300 as it fully phases out ageing Soviet-era aircraft - could be worth anything from $13-$15 billion, experts say, potentially one of the country's biggest military aircraft deals.........Read more

HIGH ALERT! Multi-Agency Centre warns of two suspicious boats coming from Pakistan to India

Amid growing Indo-Pak tension along LoC, India's Multi-Agency Centre (MAC) has issued warning to many states including Gujarat and Maharashtra. The Multi-Agency Centre has warned the states about suspicious movement of two boats from Pakistan's Karachi to Gujarat and Maharashtra. Noteworthy, a Pakistan boat was seized off Gujarat coast on Sunday. Also, nine sailors were by the authorities. Indian Coast Guard ship 'Samudra Pavak' had apprehended this Pakistani boat off Gujarat coast.........Read more

Glenn Maxwell Powers Australia to World Record Score in T20 Cricket

Glenn Maxwell scored an unbeaten 145, the second highest individual score in T20Is, to help Australia score 263/3, the highest ever team total. latest Cricket news........Read more

2017 Nissan GT-R Pre-Bookings Open: 'Godzilla' in Just Rs 25 Lakh

The 2017 Nissan GT-R will come with a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 puts out 552 bhp at 6,800 rpm and 635 Nm of torque – which equals to 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds.........Read more

New app aims to create awareness about India's armed forces with a thrilling game format

What is the highest officer rank in the Indian Navy?’, my phone screen reads and I can see the seconds ticking by as I struggle to think of the correct answer. I’m pretty sure it’s ‘Admiral of the fleet’ and holding my breath, I tap on the option with my finger. ‘Correct answer’, ........Read more

Neutrality, strong RSS background helped Vijay Rupani become Gujarat CM

Neutrality in the BJP's turf war and Gujarat's conflict was critical in Vijay Rupani's rise as CM........Read more

Superheroes in a Karmic Battle | OPEN Magazine

What the nameless soldier tells us about the morality as well as sociology of wars past and present........Read more

France considering to ban foreign funding of mosques

The French government has come under increasing criticism for failing to prevent atrocities, including the attack in a Normandy church........Read more

New HIV drugs lock virus in immaturity

A team of researchers has found that a new type of HIV drug, currently being tested, works in an unusual way.........Read more

Test your smarts on ‘undead’ genes and our magnetic sixth sense

Take the Science Quiz and test your knowledge of the week's hottest science news.........Read more

New AI system beats human in aerial combat simulation

In a breakthrough, an artificial intelligence (AI) system has emerged victorious against a human expert during a high-fidelity air combat simulation.........Read more

Indian schoolgirl recreates periodic table with 90 global issues

A 17-year-old Indian school girl came up with an imaginative way to remember all the elements on the periodic table for her science class. The aspiring artist decided to recreate the periodic table to highlight 90 global issues, using the acronym of........Read more

Aid to Dying: What Jainism – One of India's Oldest Religions – Teaches Us

The practice of Sallekhana or Santhara by Jains is carried out in stages, by gradually giving up solid food, liquid food, and finally, even water.........Read more

Polio virus resurfaces in Hyderabad after 5 years

The Telangana government on Tuesday sounded a “global emergency” after an active strain of wild polio virus was detected in a water sample collected from a drain prompting it to airlift two lakh vaccines from Geneva to innoculate more than three lakh children in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy district........Read more

Why a Rs 1,400-crore Lendi irrigation project in Nanded hanging fire for 30 years

The inter-state Lendi irrigation project between Maharashtra and Telangana has been in a state of limbo for the past 30 years. Here is why........Read more