Global COVID-19 cases top 22.3 million: Johns Hopkins

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 22.3 million, while the deaths have increased to over 786,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University. As on Thursday morning, the total number of cases stood at 22,322,208 and the fatalities rose to 786,185, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update. The US accounted for the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 5,527,306 and 173,114, respectively, according to the CSSE. Brazil came in second place with 3,456,652 infections and 111,100 deaths.........Read more

PM Modi launches platform for transparent taxation; says focus on seamless, painless, faceless tax system

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched a platform ‘Transparent Taxation- Honoring the Honest’, which, he said will strengthen efforts of reforming the tax system. The platform will ease tax compliance, the PM said on Thursday. Dedicating the new platform to honest taxpayers, PM Modi said, "Honest taxpayers play important role in national development. Faceless assessment, faceless appeal and taxpayer charter part of new platform 'Transparent Taxation Honoring the Honest'." Banking the unbanked, securing the unsecured is our motto, PM Modi added. Prime Minister Narendra Narendra Modi “This platform has big reforms such as faceless assessment, faceless appeal, and taxpayers charter. Faceless assessment and taxpayers charter come in force from today, whereas faceless appeal service will be available from September 25,” the Prime Minister said. Effort is to make tax system seamless, painless and faceless, the PM said. Speaking at the launch, PM said, “There was a time when there used to be a lot of talk about reforms. Sometimes decisions were taken out of compulsion or pressure and were called reforms. Due to this, the desired results could not be achieved. Now this thinking and approach, both have changed.”........Read more

The South Pole is warming at three times the global average, study says

The South Pole has been warming at more than three times the global average over the past 30 years, a new study has found. That could have huge implications for the melting of Antarctic ice sheets, marine life in the region and the rising of global sea levels. The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change on Monday, sheds new light on the most remote region on Earth. While scientists have known for years that the outer regions of Antarctica is warming, they previously thought the South Pole, being located deep in its interior, was isolated from rising global temperatures. ........Read more

Bangar turns down Bangladesh consultant offer

Sanjay Bangar, India's former batting coach, has turned down Bangladesh Cricket Board's offer to become its Test team's consultant citing professional commitments. Bangar, who was offered to become Bangladesh's batting consultant ahead of the two-Test series against Australia in June, declined the role as he signed a two-year contract with Star Sports in the interim.........Read more

Russian Dream Island vs US Disneyland

Russia opened a grand theme park that is being seen as its answer to the United States’ Disneyland. Called Ostrov Mechty (Dream Island) and built at $1.5 billion, it spans 30 hectares in southern Moscow. It is the culmination of six decades of ambition to rival Disneyland, opened in California in 1955. The Moscow Times described it as a “fairy-tale theme park” and said all the stories, characters and attractions in Dream Island are Russian-themed.........Read more

Mysterious radio signal from space is repeating every 16 days

Mysterious radio signals from space have been known to repeat, but for the first time, researchers have noticed a pattern in a series of bursts coming from a single source half a billion light-years from Earth. Between September 16, 2018 and October 30, 2019, researchers with the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment/Fast Radio Burst Project collaboration detected a pattern in bursts occurring every 16.35 days. Over the course of four days, the signal would release a burst or two each hour. Then, it would go silent for another 12 days.........Read more

"Seized Blankets After Due Process": Lucknow Cops On Anti-CAA Protest

Amid fresh protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act or CAA in Lucknow, cops have been accused of taking away blankets and food meant for the protesters holding a demonstration at city's iconic clock tower since Friday evening. Dismissing the allegations in a statement, Lucknow police today said: "Do not spread rumours" but added that "blankets were seized after due process".........Read more

IND vs SL | Special chemical to be sprayed for countering dew effect in Indore

Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) chief curator Samander Singh Chauhan on Monday revealed that a special chemical is being sprayed in the outfield of the Holkar stadium to blunt the dew effect. India will lock horns for the second T20I against Sri Lanka on Tuesday(7 January) in Indore.........Read more

Alphabet grants Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai largest ever stock award, again

Alphabet Inc’s newly instated Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai would receive a hefty $240 million in performance-based stock awards over the next three years, the highest ever promised to any executive of the search giant. Pichai would also take home $2 million in annual salary starting 2020, according to a regulatory filing on Friday. That compares with a $1 salary received by Larry Page in the same role last year.........Read more

Disha case: Telangana govt sets up S.I.T. to probe encounter

The state government on Sunday issued orders for constituting a Special Investigation Team (S.I.T.) to probe the alleged exchange of fire between the police and the four accused in the case of the brutal gangrape and murder of Disha. The government issued the orders for constituting the SIT, headed by Mahesh Bhagwat, commissioner, Rachakonda police, and comprising of seven other members of the ranks of SP, DCP, DSP and inspector. ........Read more

Amid Tourism Push, Saudi Arabia to Impose Fines for 'Indecent' Clothes, Public Display of Affection

Saudi Arabia on Saturday said it would impose fines for violations of "public decency", including immodest clothing and public displays of affection, a day after the austere kingdom opened up to foreign tourists. The interior ministry said it had identified 19 such "offences" but did not specify the penalties, as the ultra-conservative Islamic country begins issuing tourist visas for the first time as part of a push to diversify its oil-reliant economy. "The new regulations require men and women to dress modestly and to refrain from public displays of affection. Women are free to choose modest clothing," a statement said. "The regulations are meant to ensure that visitors and tourists in the kingdom are aware of the law relating to public behaviour so that they comply with it." Saudi Arabia on Friday said citizens from 49 countries are now eligible for online e-visas or visas on arrival, including the United States, Australia and several European nations. Kickstarting tourism is one of the centrepieces of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's Vision 2030 reform programme to prepare the biggest Arab economy for a post-oil era. But the conservative country, which forbids alcohol and is notorious for sex segregation, is seen as an unlikely destination for global tourists aside from Muslim pilgrims visiting holy sites in Mecca and Medina. ........Read more

Ford close to JV deal with Mahindra in India: sources

Ford Motor Co (F.N) and Mahindra & Mahindra (MAHM.NS) are likely to sign a deal next week to form a joint venture in India, in a move that will see the U.S. carmaker end most of its independent operations in the country. The two companies have for months been structuring the deal to create a new entity in which Ford will hold a 49% stake, while Indian rival Mahindra will own 51%, Reuters reported in April. Under the deal Ford will transfer most of its automotive assets and employees in India to the new company, but the carmaker will retain an engine plant in Sanand in the western state of Gujarat, according to the two sources, who asked not to be named as the talks are private. A Ford spokeswoman did not comment directly on the deal, but said the company was engaged with Mahindra “to develop avenues of strategic cooperation that help us achieve commercial, manufacturing and business efficiencies”. Mahindra did not respond to a request for comment. By shifting to a joint venture, Ford is changing its decades-old India strategy focused on running an independent operation. Under pressure from shareholders to make profits, the U.S. carmaker has been globally restructuring its businesses with an aim to save $11 billion over the next few years. ........Read more

SC allows Yechury to visit J&K, five-judge Constitution Bench to hear pleas regarding abrogation of Article 370

SC passed orders despite stiff resistance from Centre. Supreme Court on Wednesday heard a clutch of petitions regarding abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. It hasissued notice to Centre and others and says that a five-judge Constitution Bench will hear all the petitions related to abrogation of Article 370, in the first week of October.The issue of communication blockade in Jammu and Kashmir will be heard next week. It has also allowed a student from Jamia Milia to allow to Anantnag to visit his parents and has instructed that the person should be provided police protection if required. Despite vehement opposition from the government lawyers, Supreme Court has allowed CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury to go to Srinagar and meet his party man who is unwell. Supreme Court allowed CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury to visit J&K and meet his party leader and former MLA, Yousuf Tarigami. Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi said "We will permit you to go, you are the general secretary of a party. Don't go for anything else" SC said that if a citizen of the country wants to visit another citizen, we can't restrict them. Supreme Court said that the visit of Sitaram Yechury should only be to meet party leader Yousuf Tarigami as a friend, and not for any political purpose. SC gave this rider after SG Tushar Mehta said that the visit could be for political purpose.........Read more

Javed Akhtar Demands Public Hanging of Accused in Aligarh Toddler's Murder

Noted Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar on Friday demanded public hanging for those involved in the brutal murder of a two-year-old girl in Tappal area of Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh. This case should be fast tracked in the courts by daily hearings . Any one can guess the inevitable and obvious verdict of any court on this most heinous crime possible . Wish he could be hanged publicly.........Read more

Astrology for diagnosis: This Jaipur hospital's methods are outta this world

A hospital in Jaipur, Rajasthan, uses astrology to find out what ails its patients. One of the Doctor says When a patient comes, he is subjected to astrological evaluation & astrological diagnosis. The medical & astrological diagnoses are then compared. Treatment is done with advanced technology but we take the help of astrology for diagnosis. Patients are satisfied.........Read more

Gujarat: 15 Dead as Many Jump Out of Burning Commercial Complex in Surat

At least 15 people have been killed in a fire that broke out in a four-storeyed commercial complex of Surat, Gujarat. Classes of a coaching institute were being held in the top floor of the building when the fire broke out and several people are said to be still stuck inside the building. As many as 18 fire tenders have rushed to the spot to douse the flame.........Read more

Former Kolkata Top Cop Faces Arrest in Saradha Case as SC Orders Withdrawal of Protection in Seven Days

In a major setback to former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in the Saradha chit fund scam, the Supreme Court on Friday said the protection from arrest will be withdrawn after a week. The court in its order said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will act in accordance with law, thus giving a free hand to the agency to arrest Kumar.........Read more

J&K: Two Terrorists Killed in Encounter With Security Forces in Shopian's Hind Sita Pora

Two terrorists were on Sunday killed in an encounter with the security forces in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir. The encounter broke out during wee hours on May 12. The security forces had laid a cordon and search operation in the area after receiving specific inputs about the presence of 2-3 terrorists in the area.........Read more

Pour me another: India’s alcohol intake up 38%

Indians are drinking more than ever before, with the annual per capita alcohol consumption going up by 38% in seven years to 5.9 litres (ltr) in 2017, up from 4.3 ltr in 2010, according to a new study on harmful alcohol use in 189 countries.........Read more

‘Will remove Article 370, it blocks integration of Kashmiris’: Ram Madhav

We are all committed to removal of Article 370 because we see it as a big hinderance in the process of emotional integration of the people of Kashmir valley with the rest of the country. It creates an emotional barrier.........Read more

Do Not Interact With Media Without Prior Approval of CMD: Air India to Employees

Cash-starved Air India has issued a gag order for its employees, cautioning them of ‘appropriate action’ if they interact with the media without prior authorisation in writing from the airline chief. Furthermore it stated that the employees have to make a request through proper channel and then explicit approval of the chairman and managing director (CMD).........Read more

Sri Lanka puts all police stations in Colombo on high alert following reports of lorry, van carrying explosives

Sri Lanka on Tuesday placed all police stations in Colombo on high alert as police were hunting for an unidentified container truck and a van, believed to be carrying explosives. A warning issued by the Director of Security at the Colombo Harbour.........Read more

BJP Never Saw Critics As "Anti-National", LK Advani's Message In Blog

LK Advani, benched by the ruling BJP ahead of the April-May national election, broke his silence in a blog titled "Nation First, Party Next, Self Last", in which he said that the party never regarded its critics as "enemies" or "anti-nationals". ........Read more

Not seeking independence for Tibet, reiterates Dalai Lama

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama reiterated that he is not seeking independence for Tibet, but would prefer a "reunion" with China under mutually acceptable terms.........Read more

WhatsApp launches India tip line to curb fake news during polls

WhatsApp said has launched a tip line for Indians to submit rumours and uncertain information, in the latest step by the messaging service to combat false news in India during the national election.........Read more

Apple’s next iPhone might be able to wirelessly charge other devices

Apple’s next iPhone might include the ability to charge other devices wirelessly off, allowing you to share a bit of your battery life in a pinch. The forthcoming iPhone might come with a new charging cable and the 18W charging port that comes with the iPad Pro, although it won’t utilize USB-C.........Read more

'SP-BSP alliance can defeat BJP on its own, don't need you': Mayawati to Congress

In a clear message to the Congress party, BSP supremo Mayawati said that the BSP-SP alliance can alone defeat the BJP in the forthcoming general elections. She asserted that the Congress should feel free to contest in all 80 seats in UP.........Read more

Google launches the next version of Android—Android Q—in beta

Google released a preview of the next version of Android, codenamed "Android Q." The final release should happen sometime toward the end of the year, but for now we get a work-in-progress build that will get several new versions throughout the year. ........Read more

Jaish chief Masood Azhar 'alive', says Pakistan media

India's most wanted terrorist and Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar is "alive", a Pakistani media report said on Sunday, quoting unnamed sources close to his family.........Read more

Pope Francis leads biggest ever show of Christian worship in Arabian peninsula

As many as 135,000 Catholics attended the mass on Tuesday, which was the highlight of the historic trip of Pope Francis to the United Arab Emirates. The Pope exhorted the faithful to promote peace in the region.........Read more

IL&FS employees held hostage by staff in Ethiopia? India checking report

India has asked Ethiopian to investigate a report that employees of an Indian company, Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS), have been taken hostage by staff in Ethiopia.........Read more

Five drown in Cauvery river in Tamil Nadu, flood alert across 12 districts

Five people washed away by a flood while bathing in the Cauvery river in Salem district following the release of excess water from the Stanley reservoir of the Metur dam.........Read more

Trump still sees June 12 Singapore summit with Kim

U.S. President Donald Trump said that things are moving “very nicely” towards a summit on June 12 in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.........Read more

Railway Vendor Fined Rs 1 Lakh After Viral Video Shows Train Toilet Water Used In Tea

The incident reportedly took place in December 2017 on board at the Hyderabad Charminar Express at Secunderabad railway station. Although the video does not show the actual transfer of toilet water into the tea/coffee dispenser, a man can be seen entering and exiting from the toilet on the train with the tea/coffee containers. Taking cognisance of the video, the South Central Railway (SCR) announced that the vending contractor has been fined Rs 1 lakh for allegedly using toilet water in tea and coffee cans.........Read more

Opposition trying to paint Modi government as anti-Dalit

Those promoting these agitations want the government to be seen as anti-Dalit. But sorry, we are not giving them the opportunity. We are with SC/STs. For those who want to make political capital out of a social guarantee given by our Constitution, I am really disappointed… that instead of fighting for (SC/ST) rights, they are building distrust… For the last 60 years, you (the Opposition) haven’t done anything for them, Sitharaman said.........Read more

Khelo India School Games: 12 U-17 athletes fail dope test, 5 of them gold medalists

NADA has notified 12 athletes who failed dope tests during the inaugural Khelo India Games. Among those who have tested positive are four wrestlers, three boxers, two gymnasts and one athlete each from judo, volleyball and athletics.........Read more

Aadhaar Linking Deadline For Insurance Policies Extended

Insurance regulator IRDAI (Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority) has extended the deadline for linking 12-digit unique identity number Aadhaar with various insurance policies until the Supreme Court decides on the matter.........Read more

Kohli to play county cricket as preparation for England Tests

BCCI has granted Virat Kohli permission to play county cricket this summer, ahead of India's five-Test tour of England beginning in August. The decision might mean that Kohli misses India's one-off Test against Afghanistan, which is scheduled between June 14 and 18 in Bengaluru.........Read more

Soon, India defence attaché at US navy Bahrain command

The officials added that the Pentagon has also agreed to have an Indian military representative at the Defence Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), a US government unit that funds private companies working on cutting-edge defence technologies.........Read more

BSF officers with ‘lavish’ lifestyle, membership of costly clubs to be under scanner

Border Security Force (BSF) officers who lead a "lavish" lifestyle or are members of costly clubs would be identified as "suspects" under a new vigilance drive initiated by the force that guards sensitive Indian borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh.........Read more

Government blocking the appointment of the most deserving judge to SC: Justice AP Shah

Former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court A P Shah on Friday said the central government was blocking the appointment of “most deserving judge” Justice K M Joseph to the Supreme Court as recommended by the collegium.........Read more

Karti sent to CBI custody in INX Media case till March 9

Karti Chidambaram, the son of former Union minister P Chidambaram, was sent to three-day police custody by a CBI court in Delhi. The order was passed after the CBI had sought the remand of Karti who was arrested in connection with the INX Media case.........Read more

Major Aditya Kumar not named in Shopian firing FIR: J&K government tells SC

In a big U-turn, the Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday told the Supreme Court that Major Aditya Kumar's name was not mentioned in the FIR filed against Army personnel involved in the Shopian firing.........Read more

Stop Calling Snapchat a Social Network

First, it was the rampant copycatting of Stories. Then, the spectacular failure of Spectacles. Then the Great Millennial Migration to Instagram. And the redesign so universally hated that more than a million people signed a petition to undo it. Oh, and that tweet from Kylie Jenner—queen of the teens and formerly the most popular person on Snapchat—declaring that Snapchat was over and done.........Read more

As Assam publishes first list of verified citizens, dejection as many fail to find their names

The partial draft verified that 1.9 crores of the 3.29 crore individuals who applied to be included in the register were citizens of India. The rest of the names are yet to be verified. No one at this stage has been declared to be an illegal migrant – whom the process seeks to identify and eventually deport.........Read more

NGT refuses to lift ban on 10-year-old diesel vehicles in Delhi-NCR

The National Green Tribunal on Thursday dismissed the Centre's plea seeking modification of its order banning ten-year-old diesel vehicles in Delhi-NCR. The Tribunal noted that emissions from diesel vehicles is carcinogenic in nature and one diesel vehicle causes pollution equivalent to 24 petrol vehicles or otherwise 40 CNG vehicles.........Read more

X-ray Study Shows Older Stars May be More Supportive to Life

Astronomers have long understood that there is a link between a star’s magnetic activity and the amount of X-rays it emits. When stars are young, they are magnetically active, due to the fact that they undergo rapid rotation. But over time, the stars lose rotational energy and their magnetic fields weaken. Concurrently, their associated X-ray emissions also begin to drop.........Read more

MBBS, BDS seat quota request for Tamil Nadu board students rejected by Madras high court

The Madras High Court (HC) has quashed the Tamil Nadu government order reserving 85% of MBBS and BDS seats for state board students and only 15% for Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and other boards.........Read more

Amazon To Soon Get Final Nod From DIPP To Invest $500 Mn In Food Retail

Amazon will soon get DIPP approval to invest the proposed $500 Mn amount in a wholly-owned food retail venture in India, over a five-year period. Post DIPP approval, Amazon can then stock locally produced food items and sell them online. This will further give impetus to Amazon’s plans of opening food retail stores in India.........Read more

Scientists borrow from electronics to build circuits in living cells

A team of UW synthetic biology researchers have demonstrated a new method for digital information processing in living cells, analogous to the logic gates used in electric circuits. They built a set of synthetic genes that function in cells like NOR gates, commonly used in electronics, which each take two inputs and only pass on a positive signal if both inputs are negative.........Read more

Security experts find clues to ransomware worm's lingering risks

Two-thirds of those caught up in the past week's global ransomware attack were running Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system without the latest security updates. Researchers are struggling to try to find early traces of WannaCry, which remains an active threat in hardest-hit China and Russia, believing that identifying "patient zero" could help catch its criminal authors.........Read more

Jethmalani's remarks 'scandalous', let Kejriwal step into box: Delhi HC

The Delhi High Court on Thursday termed as "scandalous" certain remarks made by Arvind Kejriwal's lawyer Ram Jethmalani against Arun Jaitley during his cross examination in a civil defamation suit filed by the Union Minister.........Read more

Raneh waterfall awarded Best Holiday Award

The picturesque Raneh waterfall near Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh has been awarded the Best Holiday Award for 2017. The award was given to Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation by the country’s well-known Travel and Information Portal Holiday IQ at a ceremony in New Delhi on May 15.........Read more

'Take India Seriously, It's Becoming China 2.0': New Warning for Beijing

China should take competition from India seriously as the Indian economy may see "explosive" growth in the future, raising prospects of it becoming "China 2.0", according to a Chinese think-tank. The world's second-largest economy should develop an effective counter growth strategy otherwise it may end up becoming a "bystander" to watch India's success.........Read more

Kerala becomes easy target for Islamic State as radicalised youth turn to home for jihad recruitment

The 21 Kerala youth who joined Islamic State and were believed to have died in Afghanistan are not only alive, they seem to be turning Kasargod in Kerala into a recruitment zone for the Muslim radical group........Read more

Here’s why seasoned entrepreneur Constantin Bisanz decided to invest in wellness

Constantin Bisanz is no stranger to success: In 2011, he sold his fifth company to eBay for $220 million. But as a believer in holistic wellness yoga and meditation, Bisanz wanted his next venture to help people lead healthier lives. His company, Aloha, does just that through easy-to-incorporate protein powders, snack bars, and teas, as well as recipes for healthy meals.........Read more

Mamata backs Kajol over beef row

In a reference to Bollywood actress Kajol, who clarified after being trolled on social media that she had eaten buffalo meat and not beef, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said it was a dangerous situation where even popular actors were forced to explain what they have consumed.........Read more

EVM row: Election Commission to call meeting of all political parties, intends to use VVPAT machines for upcoming polls

Amid the ongoing debate over the alleged rigging of electronic voting machines (EVMs) used for polls, the Election Commission of India decided to convene an all party meeting to address the doubts among the political outfits. The meeting would be called soon, said Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Naseem Zaidi. He further added that the polling body intends to use voter verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines for all upcoming elections, in order to address the doubts among a section of political parties and voters.........Read more

Vinod Khanna passes away at the age of 70 after battling cancer

Vinod Khanna breathed his last at a hospital in Girgaon, Mumbai on Thursday morning. The actor was 70. Khanna was admitted to the hospital on March 31. His elder son Rahul Khanna had stated that the actor was suffering from severe dehydration and that the situation was quickly brought under control. However, word had it that Khanna was getting treatment for cancer instead.........Read more

Did A Comet Impact Push Humans Into Technological Overdrive?

About 14,500 years ago, Earth began transitioning from its cold, glacial self to a warmer interglacial state. However, partway through this period, temperatures suddenly returned to near-glacial conditions. This abrupt change (known as the Younger Dryas period) is believed by some to be the reason why hunter-gatherers started forming sedentary communities, farming, and laying the groundwork for civilization as we know it – aka. the Neolithic Revolution.........Read more

‘I should’ve been acquitted; I’ve suffered a lot,’ says Sadhvi Pragya after getting bail

"If there would have been someone else in my place, I am sure he/she would not have survived till now. I have suffered a lot," she added. She has spent nine years in jail and is suffering from cancer as well.........Read more

Ensure safety of Kashmiri students, they are equal citizens of India: Rajnath Singh to states

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday called upon all states to ensure the safety of all Kashmiris anywhere in the country, insisting that they are equal citizens of India. His appeal comes a day after six Kashmiri students studying in Mewar University, Rajasthan were injured following a scuffle with locals at a market in Chittorgarh district. “I appeal to all states, they should ensure safety of all Kashmiris anywhere in country. They are also equal citizens of India.”........Read more

China urges diplomatic solution to US-N Korea feud

China has called on the US and North Korea to find a peaceful solution to rising tensions after a war of words erupted after the North conducted a series of missile and nuclear tests in defiance of UN sanctions........Read more

Rajnath Called 1984 Killings ‘Genocide’, Now MEA Objects When Canada Does the Same

Though the Indian government on Friday rejected a resolution passed by the legislative assembly of Canada's Ontario province describing the 1984 massacre of Sikhs as ‘genocide,’ the motion's supporters liberally used quotes of Indian Home minister Rajnath Singh to justify the resolution's........Read more

UP farm loan waiver: SBI report sees Rs 27,420 cr hit on banks

"Taking this as a proxy for UP as well, around Rs 27,419.70 crore will have to be waived off in case the farm loan waiver scheme is implemented for the small and marginal farmers, for all banks," The report said the UP government's total revenue for 2016-17 is Rs 3,40,255.24 crore, according to revised estimates, and if Rs 27,419.70 crore are to be written off, this is around 8 per cent of the total revenue.........Read more

Yogi Adityanath issues first order: No ruckus in the name of celebration

While talking to senior administrative officers, including DGP Javeed Ahmed chief secretary Rahul Bhatnagar, principal secretary (home) Debashish Panda, Yogi Adityanath said,”Utsav ke naam par upadrav nahin hona chahiye (Public order should not be disturbed in the name of celebrations).........Read more

Jat quota agitation: Delhi gears up for traffic chaos as thousands gather at Jantar Mantar

Morning traffic in central Delhi is likely to go for a toss as thousands of people from the Jat community would assemble at Jantar Mantar to press for their various demands, including reservations in government jobs and educational institutes.........Read more

Over 20 per cent Indians suffer from diabetes, hypertension

A government health survey conducted across 26 states and Union Territories has found that more than a fifth of India’s 125-crore population suffers from diabetes and hypertension. According to the National Family Health Survey-4, whose results were released on Tuesday, the overall incidence of diabetes was 20.3 per cent and that of hypertension 22.2 per cent. While there would be some commonality in the data — some people suffer from both — the actual numbers exceed the estimations.........Read more

Amina Mohammed to take charge as new deputy UN Secretary General

Mohammed, who was appointed by Antonio Guterres on December 15, 2016 as his deputy, was supposed to assume office on January 1, when Guterres took office as the new UN secretary-general. However, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari requested her to complete some ongoing responsibilities, as the Nigerian minister of environment, that she was handling at that time, thus leading to her delayed move to assume her new role at the United Nations.........Read more

Here Is Why Azam Khan Told Voters To Vote For BJP But Not BSP

But when he reached the rally venue at Narendranagar area, he saw blue flags of the Bahujan Samaj Party flying on houses of Muslims and backward classes. By the time Khan reached the dais, his mood had already gone sour. Clearly angry with what he saw, Khan said something that shocked everyone in the rally, including Pandey.........Read more

Kerala man smashes 124 coconuts in a minute with bare hands, sets world record

In an event held at the Sobha City Mall in Thrissur, Domanic – an employee of Kerala State Road Transport Corporation – smashed 124 coconuts with his bare hands in less than a minute only to supplant the previous record-holder, Muhamed Kahrimanovic of Germany who had smashed 118 coconuts within a minute.........Read more

Facebook To Insert Ads In The Middle Of Videos

Facebook has announced that they will start putting ads midway through videos. We guess if you grew up watching TV then you know that ads halfway or quarter way through your shows are to be expected. According to Facebook, the feature is now live but they are calling it a “test” for now.........Read more

18-year-old woman run over by train ‘while trying to escape rape attempt’ in Madhya Pradesh

The woman had gone to relieve herself close to the railway tracks in Govindpura village of Datia district at around 5.30am on Monday when two men from the village tried to rape her, the father said. His daughter ran but was hit by a train.........Read more

Jogging reshapes heart tissues

The findings showed that just a single session of endurance exercise -- activities that increase breathing and heart rate such as walking, jogging, swimming -- increased the expression of genes that are used to repair damaged DNA and helped remodel heart tissue.........Read more

Indian snacks ready to conquer the world

Dosa masala burgers, jaljeera and aam panna drinks, masala oats — these are just a few products in portfolios of snack-makers, even the multinational ones. Parle expects Indian snacks to overtake ‘Western’ ones in the next 2-3 years. Marketers also say consumers are correlating healthy food with something inherently Indian and are starting to favour munchies that use ingredients common in Indian kitchens. ........Read more

JuD forcing Hindus in Pakistan to protest against ‘detention’ of Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed

Days after Mumbai attack mastermind and Jammat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed and four others were put under detention in Lahore in Punjab Province, Hindu population in Pakistan were forced by the terrorist group to protest against the Nawaz Sharif government's move.........Read more

Razer acquires Nextbit, the company behind the first cloud-based smartphone

Gaming laptop maker Razer has acquired Nextbit — the company behind the first cloud-based smartphone Robin. While financial details of the acquisition have not been disclosed, Nextbit announced that it will continue to operate as an independent division inside Razer, and will focus on mobile design and experiences. Founded by former executives from Google and HTC, Nextbit only has one smartphone to its name, which was released last year.........Read more

Bernie Ecclestone's time as Formula One CEO over; Liberty Media removes him after takeover

Bernie Ecclestone played an important role in helping Formula One become the sport that it is today. He has been the face of Formula One for the last four decades or so, but the 86-year-old has been shown the doors after American firm Liberty Media completed the takeover of F1. The deal, which is valued at $8 billion, was finalised on Monday.........Read more

Under Rajiv Gandhi, India was ready with H-Bomb to counter Pakistan's nukes

India under Rajiv Gandhi made preparations in 1985 to test a hydrogen bomb in response to Pakistan’s nuclear programmes, recently released US documents showed. Concerned about the possibility of a nuclear arms race in South Asia, the Ronald Reagan administration wanted to send an emissary to mediate between the two neighbours and help ease tensions. ........Read more

How viral open-source startups can build themselves into enterprise-IT powerhouses

In the last several years, hordes of new enterprise-IT upstarts have popped up in Silicon Valley, with some drawing lofty valuations from investors. They’re driven by new, more-advanced technologies in areas such as databases, software development, networking and cloud computing. And many are taking aim at old-school, IT incumbents like Dell, EMC, Oracle and IBM.........Read more

Tata AIA to buy 70 per cent stake in PNB Metlife

According to the minutes of a board meeting, Tata Sons along with it’s partner AIA Group will place a non-binding bid to acquire a 70 per cent stake in PNB Metlife up to the tune Rs 2,700 crore and then merge it with Tata AIA Life Insurance Company.........Read more

Just 1% Indians pay Income Tax: NITI Aayog's Amitabh Kant

Chief Executive Officer of NITI Aayog Amitabh Kant today said just one per cent of India's more than 1.25 billion population pays Income Tax and the country cannot afford as high as 95 per cent of its economy making cash transactions.........Read more

Indian Premier League 2017 in real danger, says BCCI

“The International Management Group (IMG) begins work on IPL every year at the beginning of October. They’re not on board yet. The opening ceremony is usually planned five to six months in advance.There’s no word on it. It’s absolute chaos,” a senior BCCI functionary told.........Read more

Maruti Suzuki Ignis To Be Launched In India By Early 2017

While Maruti Suzuki was earlier expected to launch the Ignis sub-compact crossover in India during the festive season 2016, the Vitara Brezza and Baleno's production constraints lead the company to postpone the launch.........Read more

Cash crunch deals blow to separatist-sponsored violence; traders keen on business in Kashmir Valley

The stone-pelters in Kashmir Valley have been impacted by the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes. According to the Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM), the move by the Narendra Modi government has indeed broken the back of separatist sponsored violence. MRM is an affiliate organisation of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and has RSS pracharak Indresh Kumar as its liaison with the Sangh.........Read more

Sebi bars 8 companies from market

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on Friday barred as many as eight “vanishing” companies and 40 directors from accessing the capital market for the next five years for violating listing agreement. Vanishing companies are those that failed to file statutory returns with the Registrar of Companies and stock exchanges for two years. Besides, the companies and their directors are not traceable.........Read more

Astronomers observe a supergiant fast X-ray transient prototype

(—A team of astronomers led by Enrico Bozzo of the University of Geneva, Switzerland, has recently studied a prototype of a supergiant fast x-ray transient (SFXT), designated IGR J17544-2619. The researchers investigated its spectral variability during outburst and quiescence, as this source exhibits one of the most extreme levels of X-ray variability among other objects in the same class. The findings were presented in a paper published Oct. 9 on more

Italian Olympic Committee suspends Rome's 2024 bid after city council withdraws support

Rome's withdrawal would leave only Los Angeles, Paris, and Budapest, Hungary, in the running for the 2024 Games. The IOC will select the host city in September 2017. It would also mark the second time in four years that a Rome bid has been withdrawn or interrupted. In 2012, then-premier Mario Monti scrapped the city's bid for the 2020 Olympics because of financial concerns.........Read more

Digital App Distributor AppsDaily Secures $3.75 Mn From Kalaari Capital, Qualcomm Ventures, Others

Mobile app development and distribution company, AppsDaily Solutions Pvt. Ltd has raised $3.75 Mn (INR 25 Cr) from existing investors and founders of the company. Existing investors that parti...........Read more

At Apollo’s gates, priests, prayers and conversations with the faithful

On Greams Lane, the day begins long before dawn breaks. Policemen and journalists who spent the night outside the gates of Apollo Hospital walk to a tea shop on Greams Road that opens at 4 a.m. “There is someone who comes daily to check on the Chief Minister. He is physically handicapped; the AIADMK supporters ignore him. I share with him whatever food the hospital serves us,” said a policeman, striking up a conversation.........Read more

Nepal to talk with SAARC members to press for holding summit

SAARC Chair Nepal has said it will hold discussions with member-states and take “necessary” steps to hold the next summit, which was postponed after five countries, including India, pulled out citing........Read more

Islamic States fall puts US at greater risk, says FBI

The United States is likely to face a higher risk of ISIS-inspired attacks over the next two years as the group loses land in the Middle East, a top official with the Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Wednesday.........Read more

Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 Review

Soccer is upon us. Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 has arrived, with FIFA trailing close behind. And, perhaps most visibly of all, the clattering circus of the soccer season itself--which both FIFA and PES must increasingly reflect and celebrate in order to stay relevant--has emerged from summer hibernation. And in terms of representing the global event,........Read more

Immigrants contribute $2 trillion to US economy; Indians ‘the most entrepreneurial’ of all groups

Immigrants have contributed $2 trillion to the US economy in 2015-16 and Indians are "the most entrepreneurial" of all groups, a new report has claimed challenging the premise that immigrants are a drain on the world's largest economy.........Read more

Aliens Found? Hubble’s Europa Photos Reveal 'Surprising Activity'

Long thought to contain a subsurface ocean potentially capable of supporting life, Europa will be the subject of a NASA news conference on Monday. he Hubble Space Telescope has kept a close eye on the Jovian moon ever since 2012, when it first observed plumes of water vapor erupting from Europa’s south pole. The geysers reached 120 miles into space, leading scientists to speculate that collecting samples from the moon could be easier than they initially speculated.........Read more

‘James Bond’ Ajit Doval is shaping Modi’s foreign policy

He spent seven years undercover in Pakistan, recruited rebels as informants in Kashmir, and once disguised himself as a rickshaw driver to infiltrate a militant group inside India’s holiest Sikh temple. Now some consider Ajit Doval the most powerful person in India after Prime Minister Narendra Modi.........Read more

Militants attack Army's battalion headquarters in Baramulla; at least 10 jawans injured

Terror struck an Army camp in North Kashmir's Uri town when militants stormed a battalion headquarters in the wee hours ton Sunday, leaving at least 10 Army men injured.Though it was not immediately known if there was any casualty, reports said that some army men suffered burn injuries.........Read more

Will Unitech be able to tide over the crisis?

Slow sales and project delays, liquidity issues and repayment pressure from lenders, rise in customer complaints and court orders to open escrow accounts to closely monitor expenditure and execution—everything that could possibly go wrong has happened in the case of realty firm Unitech Ltd.........Read more

Sarwan set to retire from international cricket

Former West Indies captain Ramnaresh Sarwan is set to announce his retirement from international cricket in Guyana on Thursday. Sarwan's last international match was an ODI against India at The Oval during the 2013 Champions Trophy. He has made 286 international appearances for West Indies in his career.........Read more

No NSG for India if Pak is not allowed: China

China on Tuesday made it clear that it would oppose India's entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), unless the cartel opened its door to Pakistan too.........Read more

Soon all cars to come with overspeeding alert system, airbags

Government will soon make it mandatory to put an overspeeding warning system with beeps or continuous alarms and airbags in all cars, while cameras would be also installed on roads to check errant drivers.........Read more

Donald Trump has done damage, ISIS is rooting for his victory: Hillary Clinton

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Sunday said the "damage" done by her rival Donald Trump needs to be undone after the elections and underlined that the real estate tycoon's "ignorance" towards Russian President Vladimir Putin is "dangerous". "We already know he (Trump) has done damage. We already know, from experienced intelligence and counter-terrorism experts, that leaders within ISIS are rooting for his victory," Clinton said.........Read more

Porn books still sought-after in Internet age

Even the resident of the Playboy Mansion has hung his legendary bunnies and realised that size does not matter; even a 10-inch screen can provide a discerning gentleman access to erotica.........Read more

Zara founder Amancio Ortega overtakes Bill Gates as the World’s richest; daughter Marta set to take over empire

Zara founder Amancio Ortega left Bill Gates behind and became the world's richest man. The Spaniard who is Europe's richest is now at the top of the world richest list.........Read more

US likely to sell Guardian drones to India, say sources

The move comes after India was designated a 'major defence partner' of the US in June. According to sources, the US administration believes that an approval of such a major military sale would help in "sealing India-US defence relationship".........Read more

Overweight personnel 'public embarrassment': Indian Army

“The issue has serious ramifications, not only affecting combat readiness but also leading to avoidable ailments resulting in reduced life span in addition to public embarrassment due to slovenly appearance in uniform,” the instruction, sent to all commands on August 8 read.........Read more

After Indian economy hits a new low, the growth for this year will be near 8 per cent: Shaktikanta Das

After Indian economy hits a new low, the growth for this year will be near 8 per cent: Shaktikanta Das - The good news is that India retains the title of the fastest growing economy, outpacing China.........Read more

Is Haji Ali ruling heralding a new kind of feminist movement in India?

The question is not whether women would want to occupy mosques, or even the tomb of the dargah, but whether the opportunity to do so exists.........Read more

Wipro’s memo to engineers: To earn more, learn more

Wipro believes the new strategy will eventually help put it back on the growth pedestal........Read more

How many traders does India really have?

Revised tax data reveals the numbers of traders to be a small proportion of the 20 million demat accounts required for trading in the stock market........Read more

Cyberbullies as vulnerable to depression as victims, say Psychologists

Suicides have considerably increased in the past few years owing to cyber-bullying as the victims are unable to cope with the public shame and depression.........Read more

Ketan Mehta to pick the India's Oscar entry for 2017

The Film Federation of India (FFI) has initiated the process to choose the film, which will officially represent India at the 89th Academy Awards next year. And the deadline for submitting entries for the foreign film category Oscar is October 1. Ketan Mehta has been approached to head the 17-member jury which comprises technicians and........Read more

Sebi gets Rs 390 cr as fee from market participants in FY16

Regulator Sebi received Rs 390.87 crore as fees from securities market participants, including foreign portfolio investors whose contribution more than doubled in 2015-16 compared to the previous fiscal.........Read more

An experiment with power

Prepaid electricity in Manipur reduces power theft; improves supply.........Read more

Gau Rakshas defiant

Neither Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s condemnation of cow vigilante groups nor the Union Home Ministry’s advisory to State governments that “no person can, under any circumstances take the law into their own hands and that any person or persons doin........Read more

New leak releases personal data of 200 Democrats

Researchers believe Guccifer 2.0 is a front for a prominent hacking group with ties to the Russian military intelligence agency.........Read more

Kerala engineering student builds ‘Iron Man’ suit for science project

The bright youngster’s paper on the project was selected from amongst applicants belonging to 13 countries.........Read more

German government to propose ban on burqa in public places

The list of new measures also includes a proposal to deport Islamic preachers who incite violence or acts of terror.........Read more

Sacked AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa, husband and son booked on sexual harassment charge

Sacked AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa, husband and son booked on sexual harassment charge - Sasikala Pushpa's former domestic help has registered a complaint of alleged illegal detention and sexual harassment.........Read more

First plane to be made in India may fly out of Maharashtra

The state will allot 46-acres of land in Palghar to Amol Yadav (40), a Jet Airways pilot, for building 20-seater commercial planes.........Read more

Who's watching Jason Bourne?

Fictional spy's return to big screen brings along crucial questions on mass surveillance and privacy........Read more

Xbox One S is Out; Should Sony Follow Suit with PS4 Slim?

Microsoft's latest Xbox One S has hit retail this week; TNT debates whether it would be a good idea for Sony to follow up with a slimmed-down PS4.........Read more

Volkswagen, Tata Motors in talks to make small cars

Tata Motors might partially or fully develop a low-cost small car to be later sold under the Volkswagen brand in emerging markets........Read more

What You Need to Know Before Reporting Rape

There is no one kind of rape. The December 16 gangrape or the ‘Nirbhaya’ rape case is a cruel reminder of how headline creators love irony. And the vengeance with which it’s plagiarized by lazy copywriters is an ode to its brilliance.........Read more

Russia loses appeal against Olympic ban on its track and field athletes

A Russian appeal against the country's ban from the Olympic Games track and field athletic events for widespread doping has been rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport ........Read more

Nokia could soon launch two smartphones with QHD displays and Snapdragon 820 chipsets

If a recent post from a Weibo turns out to be true, we could soon be seeing the launch of not one, but two new smartphones from Finnish smartphone maker, Nokia.........Read more

Rajasthan HC rejects interim bail plea of Asaram in rape case

The Rajasthan High Court on Monday rejected the interim bail plea of self-styled godman Asaram, facing rape charge, on health ground.........Read more


Mahesh Babu who is down and under with failure of 'Brahmotsavam' is looking to bounce back with his next project under AR Murugadoss direction. Apart........Read more

Digital India? Country slips 2 ranks to #91 on World Economic Forum's network readiness list

Digital India? Country slips 2 ranks to #91 on World Economic Forum's network readiness list - While the political scenario and regulatory framework in India has improved, some key concerns remain, WEF's report said.........Read more

How 'super-spreader' patient transmitted MERS to 82 people

A single super-spreader patient in an overcrowded emergency room transmitted the MERS virus to 82 individuals over a period of three days, according to new study that maps the transmission of South Korea's first outbreak of the deadly virus.........Read more

Asian condom manufacturer adds world’s smelliest fruit to its flavour range

For those who don’t know, durian has such a horrible stench that it has been banned on Singapore’s rail network and in some public places.........Read more

'Sultan' Review: One of Salman's career best portrayals matched by Anushka's outstanding act!

'Sultan' Review: One of Salman's career best portrayals matched by Anushka's outstanding act! - Salman's crowning glory.........Read more

TBI Blogs: Meet the Man with Cerebral Palsy Who Is Fighting to Save Tigers

He has even helped poachers from the Moghiya tribe discover an alternative source of income........Read more

Apple is being sued for $10 billion for stealing the iPhone's design

Apple is being sued for $10 billion for stealing the iPhone's design - Thomas Ross claims the company stole the design for the iPhone from a patent he filed 15 years prior.........Read more

Maiden flight of Su-30 MKI with BrahMos missile successful

The first carriage flight of Su-30 MKI aircraft with BrahMos missile was successfully undertaken at HAL Airport in Nashik on Saturday, with the integration making the fighter aircraft a lethal weapon delivery platform for the Indian Air Force.........Read more

The Rolls-Royce Vision 100 concept is completely, irredeemably ridiculous

Rolls-Royce is a marque known for being exceptional, and today it truly lived up to its name with the unveiling of a new Vision 100 concept car. It's part of parent company BMW's centenary...........Read more

Bopanna officially enters top-10, secures direct entry for Rio

Indian tennis star Rohan Bopanna today officially returned to top-10 in the ATP ranking doubles chart, securing a direct entry into the men's doubles event of the Rio Olympic Games.........Read more

Bionic leaf turns sunlight into liquid fuel

New Delhi, Jun 3 (UNI) The days of drilling into the ground in the search for fuel may be numbered, because if Daniel Nocera has his way, it''ll just be a matter of looking for sunny skies.........Read more

Rampant pollution in Hyderabad industrial areas

On the UN-declared World Environment Day on June 5, observed the world over, it has become a ritual to think of the most contaminated sites, from the point of view of environmental degradation.........Read more

Kabali cinematographer G.Murali interview

We know 'Thalaivar' is going to be back and soon! With 'Kabali's release round the corner, we speak to the cinematographer of the movie G.Murali about the movie and what to expect from the next Superstar flick. Here you go!........Read more

Kiran Bedi appointed Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry - Times of India

BJP leader and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi has been appointed Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, a Rashtrapati Bhawan communque said on Sunday.........Read more

This Is The Only Desi Version Of The 'Game Of Thrones' Theme Song You Need To Listen To

By now you have heard all the possible versions of 'Game Of Thrones' title music. The Coldplay version, the one played on the violin, the Metal version, the Cello cover, the one played by the Queen's........Read more

Congress Raps Digvijaya for Advocating 'Major Surgery' After Poll Rout

A few hours after the Congress rout in Assam, West Bengal, Kerala and Tamil Nadu on Thursday, Singh had called for a 'major surgery'.........Read more

Eye on UP polls, RSS reaches out to Mayawatis vote bank

The efforts of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the BJP........Read more

Growing local support for militancy has J&K cops worried - Times of India

wo months ago in the February chill, when most people usually stay warm inside with their kangris, a group of Kalashnikov wielding militants on motor bicycles stomped through a massive funeral for a Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist in a village graveyard of........Read more

JNU sedition row: Kanhaiya fined Rs 10,000, Umar Khalid rusticated for one semester - Times of India

JNU has imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on its students' union leader Kanhaiya Kumar and rusticated fellow student Umar Khalid for an event organised on February 9 where anti-national slogans were allegedly raised. Both were arrested and booked under sedition charges; they were later released on bail.........Read more

Anupam Kher Has Announced A New Film And It's Closely Related To His Politics

Anupam Kher, the Indian right wing's new poster-boy, has announced that he will make a film on the plight of Kashmiri Pandits. Economic Times reports that Kher has joined hands with Ashoke Pandit, a f........Read more

These Damning Figures About The Indian Judiciary Will Make You Want To Cry Too

NEW DELHI -- Over the weekend, Chief Justice of India Tirath Singh Thakur implored Prime Minister Narendra Modi to double the number of judges serving in Indian courts. Speaking at a conference o........Read more