Indian software developers were 46% more productive in 2020: Report

There was significant growth in developer productivity in India according to the State of the Octoverse 2020 report by GitHub. As per the report, developer productivity grew 46 per cent year-over-year (YoY) in 2020. A subsidiary of Microsoft, GitHub provides hosting for software development. There was a growth of 103.1 per cent YoY in the total number of active students on the platform. The number of open-source contributors from India on the platform has also increased by 5.2 per cent this year, as per the report. Globally, the platform has witnessed a 35 per cent increase in the number of software repositories created than last year. Contributions from developers across the globe to open-source projects has also increased by 25 per cent in 2020. “We see increased development work—both time spent and amount of work—across all time zones we investigate,” the report said.........Read more

SC orders CBI probe in Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case, asks Maharashtra to assist

The Supreme Court Wednesday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate the ’s death case and asked Maharashtra to assist with the probe. The Mumbai Police will now hand over all the evidence collected in the case so far to the investigating agency. The top court also upheld the FIR registered in Patna by Sushant’s father K K Singh. “FIR registered at Patna was correct and reference to CBI is lawful. The Bihar government is competent enough to transfer case to CBI for investigation,” Justice Hrishikesh Roy said. The bench further said, “The state of Maharashtra refused the option to challenge the order and that the jurisdiction of the Mumbai Police conducting probe under Section 174 CrPC (enquire on suicide) is limited.” “If any other case is registered regarding Sushant’s death, the same shall be probed by CBI only,” the court added. The court was hearing a plea filed by actor to transfer to Mumbai the FIR filed in Patna in connection with the case. Rhea had moved the apex court after Patna police lodged an FIR on Sushant’s father’s complaint, accusing her and five others of abetment to suicide, cheating, criminal breach of trust, criminal intimidation and wrongful confinement.........Read more

Do not buy vegetables from Muslims, Deoria BJP MLA kicks up row with communal remarks

As the surging coronavirus cases and ongoing lockdown across the country take a toll on common man and their livelihood, a BJP MLA from Deoria has once again stoked the communal cauldron advising people to not buy vegetables from Muslim vendors. A video of Uttar Pradesh BJP MLA Suresh Tiwari has surfaced in which he can be heard saying, “Keep this in mind and I am saying this openly, no one should buy vegetables from Muslims”. Suresh Tiwari is a BJP MLA from Barhaj assembly seat in Deoria district of Uttar Pradesh.........Read more

No tax on EPF withdrawals amid covid-19

Considering the financial stress that many salaried individuals might be facing because of covid-19 pandemic, government allowed special provision for withdrawal from Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) account on 20 March 2020. Since announcement Employees’ Provident Fund organization (EPFO) has processed about 1.37 lakh claims disbursing an amount of about ₹2.8 billion. The remittances of the moneys have already started taking place. Typically, funds withdrawn from EPF account before the completion of five years of continuous service attract tax, except in certain conditions such as a medical emergency or where the employee or the employer wind up their business or for any other reason beyond the control of the employer.........Read more

Modi could impose lockdown, Trump doesn't have that power: Fareed Zakaria on why US failed to control Covid-19

According to American foreign affairs analyst Fareed Zakaria, the failure is essentially due to the federal structure of the country. Fareed Zakaria maintained that the decentralised nature of US federalism is its weakness and having a strong central government at the time of a crisis is important -- a strength India has. "Modi is able to put a national lockdown in place, Trump does not even have the authority to do that," Zakaria said comparing the two countries.........Read more

Neuromorphic computing chip could smell explosives, narcotics, and diseases

Researchers from Intel and Cornell University made the breakthrough by equipping Intel’s neuromorphic test chip Loihi with neural algorithms that mimic what happens in your brain when you smell something. This enabled the system to recognize the smell of each hazardous chemical from just a single sample. The study could pave the way to a vast range of applications of neuromorphic computing, which mimics the brain’s basic mechanics to make machine learning more efficient. Intel believes the “electronic nose systems” could be used by airport security to detect weapons and explosives, by police and border control to find narcotics, by robots to monitor gases pimped out into the atmosphere, and by the makers of smoke detectors to improve their products. ........Read more

Coronavirus Takes Atleast Five Days to Show Symptoms, New Research Finds

People infected with novel coronavirus take five days on average to start showing symptoms of the virus, disease analysts at Johns Hopkins University said on Monday, in the largest such study of known cases worldwide. A 14-day monitoring and quarantine period for people who have been exposed to infection is advised. Some state health agencies are recommending people isolate themselves for that period after returning from any international travel.........Read more

Indian boxers Pooja Rani, Vikas Krishan book berths in Tokyo Olympics

Asian champion Pooja Rani (75kg) and the seasoned Vikas Krishan (69kg) on sunday, became the first set of Indian boxers to qualify for this year's Tokyo Olympics by advancing to the semifinals of the continental qualifiers. While fourth-seeded Rani notched up a facile 5-0 win over Thailand's Pornnipa Chutee, Krishan endured a tough one against third-seeded Japanese Sewonrets Okazawa before prevailing in a unanimous verdict against the Asian silver-medallist. ........Read more

PM Modi will not quit Twitter, Facebook. Here's what he plans to do

Narendra Modi made it clear that he is no mood to let go of his account but he will give away my social media accounts to women whose life and work inspires the people in India. PM tweeted, "This Women's Day, I will give away my social media accounts to women whose life and work inspire us. This will help them ignite motivation in millions. Are you such a woman or do you know such inspiring women? Share such stories using #SheInspiresUs." This was the first time that Modi, who has more than 130 million followers across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, has spoken about quitting the sites.........Read more

Delhi Riots: As normalcy returns in national capital, locals distribute food to the injured

Normalcy seems to be returning in Delhi after days of violence over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) marked certain areas, especially in the northeast district, in the national capital. In these trying times, a positive image of brotherhood and social harmony, much in need, was also witnessed in Delhi. Throughout Thursday, locals were seen distributing food and necessary supplies to those who were injured in the riots and now lay recuperating at the Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) hospital in the national capital.........Read more

'All Big Terrorists are Born in Deoband': Giriraj Singh Fires Another Offensive Against CAA Protesters

Triggering a fresh controversy, Union Minister and BJP motormouth leader Giriraj Singh has called Deoband a 'gangotri of terrorism', saying the likes of Hafiz Saeed come from the Uttar Pradesh town. His comments came in the backdrop of protests against the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act in the region. Deoband is a town in Saharanpur where women have been protesting against the CAA at Idgah ground since January 27. Some clerics tried to appeal them to end the stir. However, they were greeted with slogans of 'go back' and a few angry women threw bangles at them. ........Read more

Here’s how much it costs to run a Starbucks store in India and how much it earns

As per a report by Kotak Institutional Equities, a single Starbucks store in India earns a tad over ₹93,000 per day - taking its monthly earnings to around ₹30 lakhs. But not all that is in the cash counter can be pocketed. An average Starbucks store shells out ₹6 lakhs as rent. The bad news is that rentals are going up. Last year, the rental expenses of the Tata Starbucks JV went up by 35%. This is true even as the outlets of Starbucks are getting smaller. Adding employee and raw material costs, only a part of the ₹30 lakhs can be counted in as profit. In fact, for the first time last quarter, Starbucks’s profit margins took a hit leaving less in the hands. ........Read more

'Why Has no Shaheen Bagh Protester Fallen Sick or Died Until Now,' Dilip Ghosh Courts Controversy

He said while people are “committing suicide” in his state due to panic over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the proposed countrywide National Register of Citizens (NRC), he asked why is nothing happening to Shaheen Bagh protesters demonstrating under the open sky in Delhi’s chilly winter. ........Read more

SC reinstates woman employee who levelled charges at ex-CJI

The Supreme Court has reinstated in service a woman staffer who had raised sexual misconduct allegations against former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. she had joined duty and proceeded on leave. All her arrears too have been cleared. The woman, who joined the Supreme Court in May 2014, had claimed victimisation for resisting unwelcome advances when she was posted at the residence office of former CJI Gogoi in October 2018. ........Read more

Income Tax havens: These seven countries have no income tax

On the other hand there are some countries with minimal and virtually no income tax at all. Such countries are either tax havens or they are countries whose economies are highly dependent on natural resources like oil. The revenues obtained from these oil rich countries stabilise their economies to a degree that they can do without collecting income tax from their residents. ........Read more

Supreme Court Issues Notice To UP Govt Over Changing Allahabad's Name To Prayagraj

The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government over changing the name of Allahabad to Prayagraj. The notice was issued while the top court was hearing a public interest litigation that challenged the name change. In 2018, the Yogi government had announced the name change in view of the Ardh Kumbh Mela. Allahabad was named in 1575 by Mughal Emperor Akbar, who called it Illahabas meaning the abode of God. Before Allahabad, the region was known as Prayag. Apart from Allahabad, the name changing spree also included other towns.........Read more

Here's The Real Reason Mark Zuckerberg Is So Afraid Of TikTok

TikTok’s 2019 installs represent 44 percent of the 1.65 billion downloads that the app has had to date, All that makes TikTok an existential threat to Facebook, which is under constant pressure to maintain user growth across its services. And though Facebook has sought to copy some of TikTok's features in its own apps, those efforts have yet to take off. Meanwhile, Zuckerberg has gone out of his way to say that TikTok, which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance, deserves more scrutiny. ........Read more

Hollywood actor Martin Sheen recites Tagore's poem at climate change protest

The event was a weekly climate change protest that is organised by Jane Fonda. On stage, Sheen exclaimed, "Clearly, the world will be saved by women. Thank God they outnumber us men," while applauding Jane Fonda. In an encouraging speech, Sheen added, "We are called to find something in our lives worth fighting for. Something that unites the will of the spirit with the work of the flesh. Something that can help us lift up this nation and all its people where the heart is without fear and the head is held high, where knowledge is free".........Read more

Over 52 lakh missed calls received in support of CAA, says Amit Shah

52,72,000 missed calls have been received on a special number in support of Citizenship Amendment Act from verifiable phone numbers, total 68 lakh calls have been received, Shah said. The party is also carrying out a 'door-to-door' reach-out campaign to explain the provisions of the citizenship law to the masses. ........Read more

2020 Tata Harrier with AT And Sunroof Could Launch Soon In India

Apart from the launch of the new premium hatchback Altroz and top of the line SUV Gravitas, the company will be banking on a facelifted Nexon, an updated Harrier with options like automatic transmission and sunroof, and BS-VI versions of the Tiago and Tigor, as well as some critical commercial vehicle models to generate volume momentum.........Read more

Pope Francis says sorry after slapping woman's hand: I lost patience

Pope Francis has apologized for hitting the hand of a well-wisher who grabbed his hand and yanked him towards her. In his new year's wishes to the public in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican City on Wednesday, Francis confessed to losing his patience with the woman while he was strolling in the square on Tuesday night to admire the Vatican's Nativity scene. ........Read more

Psychologists Explain How To Stop Overthinking Everything

Thinking about something in endless circles — is exhausting. While everyone overthinks a few things once in a while, chronic over-thinkers spend most of their waking time ruminating, which puts pressure on themselves. They then mistake that pressure to be stress. “There are people who have levels of overthinking that are just pathological,” says clinical psychologist Catherine Pittman, an associate professor in the psychology department at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. ........Read more

2 Army Soldiers Killed after Avalanche Hits Patrol Team in Southern Siachen Glacier

At least two soldiers of the Indian Army were killed after an avalanche struck a patrol team operating at an altitude of approximately 18,000 feet in the Southern Siachen Glacier sector in the Union Territory of Ladakh early on Saturday.........Read more

Hyderabad Horror: 14 Days of Judicial Custody For Accused; Details of What Happened in One Hour Emerge

The accused in the rape and the murder case of the veterinary doctor in Telangana has been sent to 14 days of judicial remand on Saturday amid violent protests across the country.........Read more

Much of Mumbai at Risk of Being Wiped Out by Rising Seas by 2050, Says New Research

The new projections suggest that much of Mumbai, India’s financial capital and one of the largest cities in the world, is at risk of being wiped out. Built on what was once a series of islands, the city’s historic downtown core is particularly vulnerable. ........Read more

French Open 2019: Rankireddy-Shetty Enter Semifinals, Saina Knocked Out

The pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty sealed their place in the men’s doubles semifinals while Saina Nehwal was knocked out in the quarterfinals of the women’s singles event in Paris.........Read more

Deal to buy 200 Kamov helicopters in focus during Modi's Russia visit

Russia will push India to buy 200 Kamov KA-226T light utility helicopters during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's trip to country next week. The negotiations between the two countries are expected to pick up pace in the $1 billion joint manufacturing deal, which is already delayed by almost a year. Russian President Vladimir Putin will be hosting Narendra Modi for bilateral talks at the Eastern Economic Forum. Modi is the chief guest of this annual gathering in Vladivostok, which invites the global political and industrial leader to promote investment in the eastern region of Russia which is full of untapped resources. "We are hopeful that this meeting between President Putin and Prime Minister Modi will bring new development in our KA-226T project. A major push will be made definitely. All technical and commercial talks are already finished. All RFPs (request for proposals) done; twice already. But then until now, the contract is not signed. Quite obviously this question will be discussed in Vladivostok," Victor N Kladov, director for international co-operation and regional policy at Rostec said, according to the ToI. Rostec is the Russian government-owned conglomerate which oversees Russian defence and advanced defence manufacturing companies, including the manufacturers of KA-226T choppers. ........Read more

Maruti Suzuki Announce Job Cuts For Over 3000 Temporary Employees: Here’s Why!

Maruti Suzuki has announced that over 3000 temporary employees have lost their jobs. The company has stopped renewing contracts of such employees due to the continuing slowdown in the Indian auto industry. However, LiveMint reports that R C Bhargava, Chairman, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) has insisted that the permanent employees have not been affected by the job cuts in the company. He went on to state that contract workers will be hired when the demand for the products increase in the future. "This is a part of the business, when demand soars, more contract workers are hired and reduced in case of low demand." He further went on to confirm the job cuts by stating, "around 3,000 temporary workers have lost jobs with Maruti Suzuki." He also cautioned, that the slowdown in the auto industry will impact a larger scale than just automakers in the country. The industry creates jobs in various fields including sales, service, insurance, financing, petrol pumps, transportation and more; all of which will also be affected by the declining sales. Having said this, Maruti Suzuki is expecting the auto industry to regain its momentum during the upcoming festive season in the country. The positive growth which is expected will be partly due to the lower base effect.........Read more

Parupalli Kashyap, Sourabh Verma Enter Quarterfinals at Canada Open

Indian shuttlers Parupalli Kashyap and Sourabh Verma dished out gritty performances to progress to the men’s singles quarterfinals of the USD 75000 Canada Open Super 100 tournament here. Sixth seed Kashyap, a former Commonwealth Games champion, fought for an hour and 24 minutes before quelling a stiff challenge from China’s Ren Peng Bo 23-21 21-23 21-19, while reigning national champion Sourabh eked out a 21-13 15-21 21-15 win over another Chinese Sun Fei Xiang. Kashyap, who had reached the semifinals of India Open, will take on France’s Lucas Claerbout while Sourabh will lock horns with Li Shi Feng of China next. “Tough win today .. Happy to get through to the quarters,” Kashyap tweeted after the match. Sourabh too was happy with his performance. “Quite happy with my performance today … executed the strategy well through out the match. Would like to thank amrishshinde for helping me from the sidelines,” Sourabh wrote on his twitter handle. Amrish Shinde, a part of the panel of coaches at the Gopichand academy, has travelled with the team to Canada. ........Read more

Wahhabism confronted: Sri Lanka curbs Saudi influence after bombings

Sri Lanka is moving to curtail Saudi Arabian influence, after some politicians and Buddhist monks blamed the spread of the kingdom’s ultra-conservative Wahhabi school of Islam for planting the seeds of militancy that culminated in deadly Easter bomb attacks. On April 21, nine Sri Lankans blew themselves up in churches and luxury hotels, killing more than 250 people and shocking the country a decade after its civil war ended. Sri Lanka has since arrested a Wahhabi scholar and is poised to take over a Saudi-funded school. The government also says it will monitor previously unchecked money flows from donors including prominent Saudi families to mosques on the Indian Ocean island. “Nobody will be able to just make donations now,” said Muslim cabinet minister Kabir Hashim, who has urged Muslim communities to look at how radical ideas could have spread. He said the Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs would oversee donations. The outcry in Sri Lanka is the latest sign that Wahhabism, which critics deem a root cause of the jihadist threat, is under pressure internationally. Jihadist organizations, including Islamic State - which claimed responsibility for the Easter bombings - follow an extreme interpretation of Islam’s Salafi branch, of which Wahhabism was the original strain. ........Read more

PM Modi holds ‘extremely fruitful meeting’ with Xi Jinping on sidelines of SCO summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday said he had an “extremely fruitful meeting” with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the SCO Summit here and discussed the full spectrum of bilateral relations as they vowed to work together to improve the economic and cultural ties.........Read more

Olympian, Ex-Minister Offers To Replace Rahul Gandhi As Congress Chief

Hockey Olympian and former union minister Aslam Sher Khan has offered to replace Rahul Gandhi as the Congress President for a period of two years. Aslam Sher Khan is the first leader to stake claim to the post after Rahul Gandhi offered to step down at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting in Delhi on May 25 following the party's poor performance in the Lok Sabha elections. ........Read more

A laptop filled with six of the world’s most dangerous viruses is on sale for more than $1 million

Some of the world’s greatest artworks are known for their elaborate backstory or complex history, but not many are actively dangerous to those who own them. ‘The Persistence of Chaos’ might be an exception. Created by internet artist Guo O Dong, this piece of art is an ordinary laptop filled with six of the world’s most dangerous pieces of malware. It’s perfectly safe as long you don’t connect to your Wi-Fi or plug in a USB.........Read more

Monsoon to hit Kerala coast on June 4, expected to be below average: Skymet

Monsoon rains are expected to arrive on the southern Kerala coast on June 4 and deliver less rainfall than average in 2019, the country’s only private weather forecasting agency said on Tuesday, dampening prospects of higher farm and economic growth in the $2.6 trillion economy.........Read more

SC refuses to hear Congress MP's plea seeking action against Modi, Shah for poll code violations

The Supreme Court refused to hear Congress MP Sushmita Dev's plea seeking action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah for alleged poll code violations. However, the apex court gave Dev the liberty to file a fresh plea against various Election Commission (EC) orders rejecting complaints of Model Code of Conduct (MCC) violations by Modi and Shah during campaigning.........Read more

Nirmala Sitharaman Smells Congress Ploy Behind Imran Khan's 'Endorsement' of PM Modi

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman alleged that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement endorsing his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for a second term could be a ploy by the Congress to oust him. ........Read more

3 Naxals, CRPF Jawan Killed in Encounter in Jharkhand's Giridih

Three Naxals were killed in an encounter with troops of the 7th CRPF battalion in Jharkhand’s Giridih district about 185 km from state capital Ranchi. The CRPF forces were carrying out a special operation in the forest area of Belbha Ghat, when the encounter broke out. One CRPF jawan was also martyred in the attack.........Read more

Five Injured in Shelling At Kashmir's Poonch District, Govt Suspends Cross-LoC Trade With Pakistan

Five persons, including an army porter, were injured as there was heavy firing and shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu & Kashmir. In the backdrop of these incidents of shelling, the cross-LoC trade along the Poonch-Rawalakot route was suspended.........Read more

Giriraj Singh Lands Himself in Fresh Soup, Shares Stage With Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Rape Case Accused

Ahead of Lok Sabha elections, Union Minister Giriraj Singh has landed himself in a soup for sharing stage with former Bihar minister Manju Verma, who is out on bail in Muzaffarpur shelter home case.........Read more

Mamata Banerjee's Party Drops 'Congress' From Logo, Now Just Trinamool

Twenty-one years after officially separating from the Congress, Mamata Banerjee-led TMC has removed the grand old party's name from its logo. However, it will remain registered with the Election Commission as Trinamool Congress.........Read more

Sumalatha to contest Mandya LS polls as an independent

Actor Sumalatha Ambareesh announced that she will contest the elections from the Mandya Lok Sabha constituency as an Independent candidate. She will be taking on Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy's son Nikhil, who is the JD(S) candidate.........Read more

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas wins Australian Grand Prix

Valtteri Bottas upstaged his Mercedes world champion team-mate Lewis Hamilton to blitz the field and win the season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix in a sizzling performance.........Read more

Kia Motors India Start Trial Production Of New Compact SUV At Anantapur Plant

Kia Motors India has rolled out the production version SUV based on the SP Concept from its Anantapur facility as part of the trial production which will be going on sale later this year in India.........Read more

Toll plazas to be shut soon!

Instead of collecting money from the outlets, vehicles will be installed with "On-Board Unit" which uses 'RFI' technology. So when a commuter travels from one city to another on the highways, this 'On-Board' unit takes a note of it and deducts money from the commuter's bank account.........Read more

8 dead, several missing after boat capsizes in Karnataka's Karwar, rescue operations on

At least eight persons were dead and several others missing after a boat carrying 24 tourists capsized in Arabian sea at Kurumgad island of Karnataka's Karwar district.........Read more

Online sale of medicines to be banned soon; here's why

The sale of medicines online will soon be banned in India after the Delhi High Court ordered the restriction and asked the Narendra Modi government and all the states to implement the order.........Read more

Nation pays homage to martyrs of Parliament attack

The nation today pays homage to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives while defending the dignity of our country i.e parliament house in the terror attack on this day in 2001.........Read more

Sunil Arora takes charge as Chief Election Commissioner of India

Sunil Arora, 62, on Sunday took charge as Chief Election Commissioner of India. He succeeds OP Rawat, who demitted office on Saturday. The CEC of the Election Commission holds office for a tenure of six years or till the age of 65 years. ........Read more

CBI Gets Nod to Prosecute Chidambaram in Aircel-Maxis Case, But Can't Arrest Him Till December 18

The CBI on Monday informed a Delhi court that it has procured the requisite sanction from the authorities concerned to prosecute P Chidambaram in the Aircel-Maxis case. The court, however, extended the protection granted to Chidambaram and his son Karti from arrest till Dec 18. ........Read more

Jabong to lay off 200 employees, to be merged with Myntra: Report

Walmart will lay off nearly 200 employees at Jabong and integrate the online fashion retailer into Myntra. The Jabong site will continue to run, but the traffic from the website will be directed to Myntra.........Read more

Scientists vote on new way to measure a kilogram

The reason for a proposed change to the International System of Measurement (SI) units, is that over time the prototype(Le Grand K) has lost atoms and therefore mass because it is "susceptible to damage and environmental factors," ........Read more

#MeToo accused actor Alok Nath expelled from top film body CINTAA

Actor Alok Nath, accused in several #MeToo accounts, has been expelled by the Cine and TV Artists Association (CINTAA) till further notice for not showing up before the committee.........Read more

President Kovind dismisses plea to disqualify 27 AAP MLAs

President Ramnath Kovind is learnt to have dismissed a plea to disqualify 27 ruling Aam Admi Party MLAs of Delhi for allegedly holding the office of profit by being appointed as chairpersons of Rogi Kalyan Samitis attached to various city hospitals.........Read more

Father's nicotine use can cause cognitive problems in children and grandchildren

A father's exposure to nicotine may cause cognitive deficits in his children and even grandchildren. Exposure of mothers to nicotine and other components of cigarette smoke is recognized as a significant risk factor for behavioural disorders.........Read more

Rain, cloudburst block many highways in Himachal; all schools in Punjab shut tomorrow

Heavy rains in parts of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh killed six people and blocked roads. Many roads including several national highways have been blocked due to landslides across the state. The tourist town of Manali has been cut off from district headquarters Kullu and rest of the state.........Read more

Rupee sinks to 72.91 per USD

The rupee on Wednesday collapsed to a lifetime low of 72.91 against the dollar at the interbank foreign exchange market. Escalating trade war concerns, consistent dollar demand from banks and importers, mainly oil refiners, following higher crude oil prices, kept the rupee under pressure.........Read more

Google agrees to comply with RBI’s data localization norms

Technology giant Google has agreed to comply with the data localization norms set by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) but has sought an extension of the deadline to put a proper mechanism in place.........Read more

Assam’s Dipankar Talukdar Crowned Mister Model of the World Star in Myanmar » Northeast Today

Dipankar Talukdar from Guwahati, who represented India in the Mister Model of the World pageant held at Myanmar, was crowned Mister Model of the World Star in the Grand Finale of the pageant.........Read more

Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder of the militant Haqqani network dead: Taliban

Taliban announced Jalaluddin Haqqani, the founder of the militant Haqqani network, one of the most powerful and feared groups in the Afghan insurgency, has died after a long illness.........Read more

How blue light accelerates blindness

The blue light emitting from the digital devices can affect your eye’s retina and lead to age-related macular degeneration, an incurable eye disease that results in significant vision loss starting on average in a person in his 50s or 60s, is the death of photoreceptor cells in the retina.........Read more

Bribe-giver set to get equal punishment as bribe-taker

Lok Sabha on Tuesday cleared the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2018, enhancing the punishment for corruption by public servants and those who might wish to bribe them.........Read more

Rahul Gandhi claims Emmanuel Macron said no secrecy clause in Rafale deal; France clarifies

The French government, in a statement on Friday, denied Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s claim that President Emmanuel Macron had told him that there was no secrecy clause binding on the Rafale deal and had also said it could be communicated to the public in India. ........Read more

‘Mobocracy cannot be allowed’: Supreme Court recommends new law against lynching

The Supreme Court asked Parliament to consider creating a new penal provision to deal with incidents of vigilantism, saying that mobocracy cannot be allowed in the society,........Read more

Coca Cola founder used to sell 'Shikanji', owner of McDonalds ran a dhaba, says Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi said, "Owner of Coca Cola sold 'shikanji' in America. The owner of McDonalds used to run a 'dhaba'. at OBC Convention.........Read more

"Muslims Don't Believe In Photos, Why Worry Over Jinnah Portrait": Ramdev

Yoga guru Ramdev is the latest to join the row over a portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). He said Muslims, who do not give importance pictures or idols, should not worry about portraits of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, adding that the Pakistan founder is good for his country but can "never be an ideal figure to those who believe in India's unity and integrity.........Read more

Security agencies taken by surprise as 45 youths join terror groups in J&K

According to the top brass of the security establishment in the state, Shopian and Kulgam in south Kashmir have emerged as a major hub by respectively accounting for 12 and 9 of the 45 youths, including an MBA and a PhD scholar, have joined terrorism this year till mid-April. The other areas of south Kashmir which have witnessed youths taking to terrorism are Anantnag (seven), Pulwama (four) and Awantipura (three). ........Read more

Maruti Baleno Facelift To Get New Diesel Engine

The report states that the Maruti Baleno facelift will be launched in the Indian market in the first quarter of 2019. The facelifted Maruti Baleno will also get a new diesel engine, whereas the petrol engine will remain unchanged as compared to the current model. The 1.5-litre engine developed by Suzuki will be BS-VI complaint and the entire product portfolio of Maruti Suzuki will utilise the same engine by 2020. Maruti Suzuki will launch the Ciaz facelift and the Ertiga facelift before the introduction of the Baleno facelift.........Read more

Soumyajit Ghosh Suspended Following Rape Accusation, Won't Participate In Commonwealth Games

One of India's premier table tennis players, Soumyajit Ghosh, was on Friday placed under provisional suspension by the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI), after a complaint of alleged rape was filed against him by a teenaged girl in a police station in Barasat in West Bengal.........Read more

Lab notes: Researchers decipher antibacterial mechanism of naturally occurring chemical

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, have found out the mechanism that underlies antibacterial properties of a natural compound called chlorogenic acid which occurs in several plants including coffee.........Read more

T.T.V. Dhinakaran announces party name

T.T.V. Dhinakaran announced his party name on Thursday. He named it Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam. Mr. Dhinakaran unveiled his party flag that had black, white and red stripes and the image of late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa at the centre.........Read more

The Bitcoin bubble has popped before!

Cryptocurrencies have had a rough week: the value of bitcoin plunged to a mere 50 percent of its 2017 peak, and other currencies, such as Ethereum, Ripple, and Litecoin have seen double-digit losses compared to their heights from last year. It also witnessed the collapse of BitConnect, an anonymously operated crypto exchange that had been repeatedly accused of running a Ponzi scheme via its proprietary BCC currency.........Read more

Wacom’s new 32-inch Cintiq Pro is at least four times bigger than an iPad

Wacom announced over the summer that the company would be adding 24-inch and 32-inch Cintiq Pros to its lineup, and the flagship tablets debuted tonight at CES for the first time. They feature edge-to-edge glass screens and work with the Pro Pen 2 stylus, which boasts 8,192 pressure sensitivity levels.........Read more

No takers in BCCI to host Sri Lanka Test matches

There seems to be no takers for the three Test matches to be played against Sri Lanka in India during the 2017-18 season. This has come to light on the eve of Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) tours, fixtures and programme committee meeting in Kolkata to be held on Tuesday. The panel is expected to deliberate on venues for the upcoming home season against Lanka.........Read more

Beijing may deploy troops to East Africa hot spot, says Chinese envoy

China is already one of the biggest contributors to UN peacekeeping forces around the world, with over 2,500 troops deployed in global missions. There is no UN presence in either Djibouti or Eritrea, but earlier in July China deployed an unspecified number of troops to Djibouti to man its first overseas military base. The US also maintains a base in the country at Camp Lemonnier, its only one on the African continent.........Read more

Shab movie review: Raveena Tandon in Onir’s darkest film on love and betrayal

This is a complicated story with numerous sub-plots that seem rather overwhelming. Onir’s expertise at handling the darkest subjects with sensitivity and the actors’ impressive performances ensure you have a sinfully extravagant film at hand.........Read more

Zimbabwe end 16-year win drought against Full Member

In 2001, the last time Zimbabwe won a bilateral ODI series away from home against a Full Member - in Bangladesh. Earlier that year, they also beat New Zealand 2-1. This win in Sri Lanka is only their third bilateral away series win against a Full Member team out of a total of 29 series.........Read more

Identity politics: Gorkhaland is to Mamata what Kashmir is to Modi

The idea of dividing West Bengal is a politically charged idea that engenders much emotion. Since 1986 – when the first Gorkhaland movement broke out – the ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist) made sure to project themselves as the protector of West Bengal’s territorial integrity. In Siliguri, there were reports that the Communists was even sponsoring Bengali ethnic organisations such as Jana Chetana, in order to count the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha on the ground.........Read more

Fresh move to impeach Justice Nagarjuna Reddy

Over 60 members of the Rajya Sabha, cutting across party lines, have submitted a motion seeking initiation of impeachment proceedings against Justice C.V. Nagarjuna Reddy of the High Court for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.........Read more

India, Pakistan should engage in direct dialogue: US on Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution

India and Pakistan should engage in direct dialogue to reduce tension, the US urged both the nations as they are facing each other at the International Court of Justice over the death penalty given to Kulbhushan Jadhav.........Read more

BMW 8-Series Coupe concept teased

BMW has teased the 8-Series Coupe concept, ahead of its official unveiling that has been scheduled for May 26 at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. It will be showcased as a design study concept, while production version is expected to be introduced in the market sometime next year. This information was revealed by the Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW - Herald Kruger.........Read more

Flipkart makes $1 billion informal offer for Snapdeal

India’s largest online marketplace Flipkart has made an informal offer to buy struggling smaller rival Snapdeal for $1 billion in an all-stock deal, amid persistent differences between Snapdeal’s largest investor SoftBank Group and two other key shareholders.........Read more

Yogi Adityanath govt denies permission to Allahabad High Court for CMs trial

The Yogi Adityanath government has denied permission to Allahabad High Court for the chief ministers trial in the 2007 Gorakhpur riots case.........Read more

Apple becomes world's most valuable public company after market cap crosses $800 billion

In yet another milestone, Apple’s market capitalisation briefly soared past $800 billion threshold, making it the first company ever with such a mammoth valuation. Apple’s shares closed up 2.7 percent for the day at $153.01, taking the company to a market value of $797.8 billion.........Read more

Supreme Court gives death sentence to four Nirbhaya gangrape convicts

The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the death sentence of the four convicted in the sensational December 16, 2012 gangrape and murder of Delhi’s Nirbhaya.........Read more

Terrorism, sports can't go together: Sports minister after India denies Pakistan wrestlers visas

Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Tuesday said “terrorism and sports cannot go together”, hours after the Pakistan Wrestling Federation claimed that they have been denied visas for the Asian Championship, which will be held in New Delhi between May 10 and 14.........Read more

The free-for-all in Syria will make your head spin

Syria's civil war is not only one of the bloodiest conflicts in the world today, it's also one of the most complicated. It started out as an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, but now it's a free-for-all. ISIS controls a big chunk of the country, but they are under attack from all sides.........Read more

Boris Johnson Says UK Likely to Strike Syria if Asked by US

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Thursday that the U.K. will probably join the United States in further military action against Syria if asked to do so, whether or not Parliament gets a vote on it.........Read more

Uthappa propels Knight Riders to No. 1

A turbo-charged fifty from Robin Uthappa, and a relatively more sedate one from Gautam Gambhir helped Kolkata Knight Riders overhaul 182 and reclaim the top spot in the league........Read more

UK broadcast regulator finds Times Now guilty of biased coverage

United Kingdom’s broadcast regulator Ofcom has found Times Now guilty of breaching its broadcast code by not presenting news with due impartiality. And now, fearing shutdown in UK, Times Global has been giving assurances to the regulator that its presenters would not present any personal views and that they would conduct training programs to sensitise their staff on presenting unbiased news.........Read more

Apple Officially Opens Doors to Its App Accelerator in Bengaluru

Phil Schiller is in India this week to mark the official opening of Apple's App Accelerator in Bengaluru, a venture that was announced by CEO Tim Cook during his visit to India last May. The centre in the Yelahanka area of Bengaluru has already hosted a few developers, and starting Friday, any registered Apple developer can apply via the accelerator's website, and benefit from the advice of the experts at hand on a wide variety of topics like app design, marketing, as well as deep-dive sessions of Apple technologies like Metal, and detailed feedback on their existing apps.........Read more

Fiat 500 limited edition launched globally in honour of its 60th anniversary

Fiat 500 limited edition launched globally in honour of its 60th anniversary. Under the hood, the Fiat 500-60th is being offered in three petrol variants. The first one is a 1.2-litre engine churning 69hp, the second one is powered by a 0.9-litre TwinAir engine producing 85hp and lastly another 0.9-litre TwinAir engine churning out 105bhp. The transmission is taken care of by Fiat’s Dualogic gearbox alongside a manual gearbox.........Read more

SBI merger impact: 47% of associate banks' offices to shut down

"Out of the five head offices of the associate banks, we will retain only two. Three head offices of the associate banks will be unbound along with 27 zonal offices, 81 regional offices and 11 network offices of the associate banks," SBI Managing Director Dinesh Kumar Khara told .........Read more

Digital clutter left by apps is making smartphones vulnerable: Survey

Increased digital clutter, owing to an explosion in the usage of apps, is leaving smartphones vulnerable to security threats, a new survey said on Monday. Conducted by cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab across 17 countries, it showed that users typically install 12 Android apps every month but delete only 10, in effect adding two apps to their device on a monthly basis.........Read more

A new refugee and immigration executive order will be signed by Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump is expected to sign a new refugee and immigration executive order on Wednesday, a day after addressing lawmakers at a joint session of Congress. The administration official was not authorised to discuss the rollout of the new order publicly and insisted on anonymity.........Read more

Over 5 Crore Indian People Suffer From Depression: WHO

The total number of people living with depression in the world is 322 million. Nearly half of these people live in the South-East Asia Region and Western Pacific Region, reflecting the relatively larger populations of those two Regions which include India and China.........Read more

Will never sell weapons to Pak that could change balance of power in the region: Russia

Russia has made it clear that it will never sell weapons to Pakistan that could potentially change the balance of power in the Indian subcontinent. “All reports arguing that Russia could also sell Su-35 fighter jets to Pakistan are false… Islamabad would want to buy these aircraft and other Russian weapons, but Moscow is unlikely to agree on anything more than a transfer of a limited number of fighter and transport helicopters in future,” the Russian official told.........Read more

Cyrus Mistry losing ground to Tata Sons, but legal battle far from over

While it may seem that Mistry’s family firms are losing ground, the battle is far from over for two reasons—one, NCLT has yet to pronounce its final judgement on the petition and two, so far, both tribunals have not gone into the merits of the issue but only with pleadings and investigative agencies have not presented their fact-finding reports.........Read more

Anonymous issues guide to hacking Trump's beloved Android phone, and it's easier than you might think

The most ‘powerful’ man in the world is using a phone that is out of date and has received no security updates for at least two years. Security experts are already worried that the phone will be used to spy on Trump and to make matters worse, hacker collective Anonymous has just issued a simple guide to hacking Trump’s phone. A guide that literally anyone can follow.........Read more

“Artificial Leaf’ Developed By Dutch Scientists Recreates Photosynthesis And Helps Make Medicine; Can Avert Food Shortage In The Future?

A team lead by Timothy Noël from the Eindhoven University of Technology has materialized the long cherished dream of the humanity and science. Many times, the scientists tried to recreate the photosynthesis process artificially, but couldn't gain any major success. It is found that solar energy which plants use to perform photosynthesis is such a low quantity of energy in which a chemical reaction can't be carried out in the lab. It should be noted that when the amount of energy required increases, the cost of production also increases and the product becomes expensive.........Read more

US abstains as UN demands end to Israeli settlements

The United States on Friday allowed a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlement construction to be adopted, defying extraordinary pressure from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government in alliance with President-elect Donald Trump.........Read more

According to Sanjay Dutt, Salman Khan is an ‘arrogant’ guy

Sallu and Dutt were once close and wouldn’t shy away from expressing their mutual love and respect in public. During Dutt’s difficult days, when he was in jail, Sallu had even declared that he wouldn’t party till the time his ‘good friend’ was out on bail. But time and drastic changes in their respective lives have pushed them afar. At a recent event, Sanjay was asked to describe people in one word and when Salman’s name popped up, Munna Bhai spared no time in branding Sallu Bhai as someone ‘arrogant’.........Read more

2017 Bajaj Pulsar 180, 150, 135 LS Launched With BSIV Engines And New Colour Options

Bajaj Auto has launched the 2017 Pulsar range in the country including the Pulsar 135 LS and Pulsar 180 that get BSIV compliant engines, while the 2017 Pulsar 150 gets the aesthetic upgrades but continues with a BSIII motor.........Read more

Porsche Macan R4 Launching On November 15

The Macan will get a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged motor, that puts out 252PS of power and 370Nm of torque. Paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, the petrol motor propels it to 100kmph in just 6.7 seconds. Keep the pedal buried into the floor, and it will keep going till it hits 229kmph.........Read more

Riding on Hexa, Kite 5, Nexon, Tiago, Tata Motors targets to become 3rd biggest PV maker by 2020

Home-grown car maker Tata Motors received a much needed reboot with the launch of Tiago hatchback. The first car bearing the new Impact design language has went well with the customers. Buoyed by the response, the company is planning for a product onslaught with the target to become third biggest passenger vehicle maker in the country by 2020.........Read more

Cauvery Meeting Fails, Tamil Nadu Rejects Karnataka'€™s Proposal

The meeting over ongoing Cauvery dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu chaired by Union Minister Umar Bharti ended without any result. While Karnataka proposed a central team that will assess water availability in both the states, Tamil Nadu rejected this proposal.........Read more

Indian Law is Yet To Transition Into the Age of Artificial Intelligence

The explosion of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at its Cape Canaveral launch pad on September 1 and the crash of Tesla’s driverless car in June are powerful reminders that while technology driven by artificial intelligence (AI) is advancing at a dizzying pace, regulators cannot lag behind.........Read more

Ruchika Girhotra case: After 26-year fight, Anands ‘partially satisfied’ with verdict

“We used to avoid going to court in the same vehicle as we feared being killed in an accident. SPS Rathore was DGP and close to then CM Om Prakash Chautala. It was mental torture during those days,” remembered Madhu Prakash.........Read more

A Cold War Spy Story in the Himalayas, From the Sixties

In 1965, Captain Manmohan Singh Kohli, an officer in the Indian navy, led a group of CIA and IB officials on an arduous trek across 125 kilometres, for a covert mission to spy on China’s nuclear capability. They changed course a month into this arduous trek after encountering a severe avalanche and the story was soon forgotten. The abandoned mission only came back into the news, after a leak in the 1970s, when questions were raised in parliament about the dangers of the lost plutonium.........Read more

In just seven days, this Indian firm can tell cancer patients the ideal course for their treatment

Mallikarjun Sundaram spent much of his childhood traipsing across Tamil Nadu, pulled along by his father’s job in the excise department. Money was tight, so Sundaram, the sixth of seven brothers, had an ordinary schooling at Tamil-medium government institutions in Sivakasi and Madurai. In Class 8, he attended his first English-medium school in Mumbai, where he had moved to in 1983 to live with an elder brother soon after their father’s death. Another tragedy awaited the family.........Read more

The Ghostly Power of the RSS is Haunting the Indian State

Rahul Gandhi, whose remarks in general have nothing out of the ordinary, at least speaks his mind without equivocation. To heckle him, as RSS zealots do, for allegedly taking a U-turn on his statement about the murder of Mahatma Gandhi seems a common enough tactic with them – turning things upside down and making things hazy with law and logic. Actually, the courts have confronted him with a quandary: mere clarification of his position on the RSS’s involvement in the Gandhi murder won’t do. He must either tender a full and formal apology, or face trial. He has chosen to take the bull by the horns. There is no real contradiction in the position he has taken.........Read more

Akhilesh Yadav gives back ministries to Shivpal, keeps hold on UP poll tickets

Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday forged an uneasy truce between his chief minister-son Akhilesh and brother Shivpal to end a damaging power struggle in the party five months ahead of the state election.........Read more

Deborah Herold wins 2 gold medals in Track Asia Cup

Cyclist Deborah Herold is leading India's charge at the Track Asia Cup, and the 21-year-old won two gold medals in the event on Wednesday at the Indira Gandhi velodrome in New Delhi. India has won three gold medals, two silver medals, and one bronze so far in the event which concludes on Friday.........Read more

Anger in Kerala as Amit Shah Turns Onam into 'Brahminical Vamana Jayanti'

RSS and BJP workers in Kerala appear to find themselves in an embarrassing situation following the Amit Shah’s ‘Vamana Jayanti’ greeting on the eve of Kerala’s Onam festival. Onam is a week-long festival that commemorates the homecoming of the mythological lower caste King Mahabali, whose rule was ended by Brahmin boy Vamana, an avatar of Vishnu.........Read more

End of globalisation?

There is growing antagonism to the trade liberalisation that is seen to bring benefits to corporations rather than to workers, at a period in history when secure employment is seen to be the biggest prize of all.........Read more

First openly gay Miss America contestant shines light on LGBT issues

The first openly lesbian Miss America contestant will not only vie for the crown at the 95th annual pageant in New Jersey this weekend, she will also aim to spotlight the injustices faced by gay and transgender people.........Read more

Sully review: Eastwood’s drama is turbulent, but Tom Hanks nails the landing

Sully review: Tom Hanks leads a fantastic cast in director Clint Eastwood’s retelling of Captain Chesley Sullenberger’s real life heroism.........Read more

Atal Bihari Vajpayee rules NDA schemes, becomes India's most celebrated living neta

The Modi government has taken a series of steps to celebrate Vajpayee, a pioneer of right-wing politics in India and one of the founding fathers of Jan Sangh, later BJP.........Read more

How Balochistan gave birth to the best of Bollywood

Bollywood, our cinematic Shangri-La, has a strange connection with Balochistan. Perhaps the most famous Indian actor that Balochistan lays claim to is Amjad Khan.........Read more

The 1947 War Hero Who Sacrificed His Life For Kashmir

Brigadier Rajinder Singh, independent India’s first war hero, sacrificed his life to keep Kashmir in India. ........Read more

MH370 plunged into ocean at high speed: Report - Times of India

MH370 plunged into the ocean at high speed — up to 20,000 feet a minute — reinforcing analysis that the missing Malaysia Airlines jet crashed in the current search zone, a report said on Tuesday. The Boeing 777 disappeared on March 8, 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people onboard.........Read more

'My Daughter Was Harassed at Christ University'

Many Christ University student and their family members in Bengaluru are narrating their experiences with the institution\'s \'strict rules\' and took the social media to raise their voice against \'discriminatory orders\' and objectionable act of some teachers. One of victim\'s mother alleged that her daughter was harassed at the campus. \........Read more

Trade advisory issued against Chinese firms

Indian embassy alarmed by issues such as supply of sand, stones, salt, bricks and even mud in lieu of chemicals, silicon carbide, aluminium ingots, plastics and polymers........Read more

Here’s how Centre looks to boost gas supply to your door

In a move that could boost natural gas supplies to northern and eastern states, the finance ministry is understood to have agreed to offer capital grant to India’s flagship natural gas transportation firm GAIL...........Read more

I can't be neutral, Punjab's interest paramount: Sidhu on resignation

Sidhu has been on the sidelines of Punjab politics as well as the state BJP for a long time now and his antagonism with SAD and BJP leadership is well-known........Read more

India-bound Jaguar F-Pace Specifications Revealed; Launch in Festive Season

Jaguar's first-ever SUV, the F-Pace, is all set to hit the Indian roads and well and it will be here by Diwali this. The F-Pace is not a sedan on stilts, it isn't a plush little crossover, and nor is it a soft-roader. Yes, the concept of Jaguar coming out with an SUV is a bit alien but the F-Pace brushes aside all the doubts you ever had. Jaguar was very sure it needed a Crossover/SUV given the massive growth that space has been seeing.........Read more

I Suspect The Chinese Hand Behind Kashmiri Separatist Militancy

Kashmiri militant Burhan Wani, who was killed recently, is being hailed as a hero by many people. However, I regard him as only a pawn who was being used by some people. But which people? Some........Read more

Arunachal crisis: Kalikho Pul parades 40 supporters before media

A day after SC called dismissal of Congress govt in Arunachal Pradesh as "illegal", Kalikho Pul who was ousted from post paraded 40 supporters before media.........Read more

Researchers reveal how bacterial cell wall adapts to threatening environments

Researchers at Umea University in Sweden have published new findings on the adaptation of the bacterial cell wall in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.........Read more

Reliance Lyf 4G Phone With Free Data Will Cost You Only Rs 2,999

Reliance is not only going aggressive with its Jio 4G data service, but also making the Lyf phones as affordable as possible. According to the company, any consumer can now buy the Reliance Lyf 4G phone starting from as low as Rs 2,999. The phone get........Read more

At least 30 killed in torrential rains in Uttarakhand, Centre rushes NDRF teams

The Centre on Friday rushed rescue teams of National Disaster Response Force to Uttarakhand, which has been hit by torrential rains and landslides, and assured the hill state of all necessary help. Union home minister Rajnath Singh spoke to chief minister Harish Rawat on phone and took stock of the situation.........Read more

Delhi Metro seeks public suggestions on fare revision

Delhi Metro seeks public suggestions on fare revision........Read more

CBI registers case against 9 Income Tax officials

NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against nine senior Income Tax officials, including Principal Commissioner Income Tax...........Read more

Aadhaar to include domicile, caste data

The Centre has asked all states to take immediate steps to link caste and domicile certificates to be issued to school students with Aadhaar number.........Read more

North Korea test fires two powerful, mid-range missiles in violation of UN resolutions

Nuclear-armed North Korea conducted two back-to-back tests of a powerful new medium-range missile on Wednesday........Read more

Cloud storage vs local storage: Is the Nextbit Robin better than its Android counterparts

The Robin's cloud connected storage offers little benefits compared to locally stored data and all of that app, photo and video juggling to save storage space will leave you stranded when you need to access something quickly.........Read more

UK troops use Bollywood music as new weapon against ISIS - The Economic Times

The idea came after the Pakistani-born intelligence officer with British Army said that Bollywood tunes would annoy ISIS, which considers it un-Islamic.........Read more

Mathura lab report on Dadri meat may deepen communal fault-lines in poll-bound UP

Police and prosecution officials have said that the report will not affect their case against the alleged killers of Akhlaq.........Read more

Govt approves over Rs 5,530 crore for infra boost in 111 cities

The Centre has approved an investment of over Rs 5,530 crore for providing basic infrastructure in over 110 cities across six states under AMRUT scheme for the current fiscal.........Read more

Avian Flu Strikes Bidar: No Need to Panic, Says Experts

BENGALURU: After bird flu was reported from Bidar in north Karnataka, authorities and experts have reassured people that there is no need for panic as adequate ...........Read more

I Don't Celebrate Success: Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh says his expenditure is mostly on his lifestyle.........Read more

Interlinking of rivers: an idea with flaws

The stark differences in water availability in the river basins in the country has thrown up the idea of interlinking of rivers, but this project is not foolproof.........Read more

Akshay Kumar on Hrithik-Kangana's legal battle: Everyone is having fun at their expense

Hrithik Roshan and Kangana Ranaut's battle doesn't seem to end anytime soon and has only got murkier by the day. After Sonam Kapoor and Vidya Balan, Akshay Kumar has also opened up on Hrithik-Kangana's much-talked about legal spat.........Read more