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At heart of Andhra fire, a booming business in Covid care hotels

The 10 patients who were killed in the hotel early on Sunday had bought a daily ‘package’ of Rs 5,000, which included stay and three meals, hot drinks, and snacks. Swarna Palace is one among 43 hotels in — 18 large and 25 small — that have been leased by private hospitals to house patients infected by the novel . In , more than 30 big and small hotels have turned into Covid-19 care centres. As the infection surges in Andhra Pradesh and the regular hospitality industry remains shuttered, ‘Covid care hotels’ have become a booming business here and in neighbouring Telangana, catering to hundreds of people who have the resources for treatment or quarantine in these rooms. “Many hoteliers are leasing their properties to private hospitals, and several hotels have turned themselves into isolation centres for people returning from abroad or from other states, who are compulsorily quarantined for a week or 14 days,’’ a hotelier from Visakhapatnam said. Swarna Palace had been leased by Vijayawada’s Ramesh hospital, which had kept 31 Covid-19 patients in its rooms. Twenty-one patients were rescued by police, firemen, and hotel and hospital staff on Sunday.........Read more

Mission Impossible: 10-Year-Old Steals 10 Lakh in 30 Seconds from Bank in Madhya Pradesh

The young lad clad in rags was seen walking inside the bank at 11 am and CCTV footage of the bank in MP's Neemuch district shows the boy stealthily conducting the theft right under the nose of customers, who were queued up in front of the same cash counter. A further examination of the footage showed, a 20-year-old man, who was inside the bank for 30 minutes, instructing and guiding the boy standing outside. As soon the man saw a cashier leave a counter to move into the next room, the minor walked in, stole two bundles of 500 rupee notes kept on the counter and immediately run away in about 30 seconds. ........Read more

Mumbai hospitals are seeing Kawasaki-like symptoms among young Covid cases

Mumbai has started reporting symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease among young patients with coronavirus. Reports regarding this had first appeared in the West, but it is the first time these symptoms are being reported in India. One such patient, a 14-year-old, was first brought to a private hospital in Mumbai this week with rashes and high fever, two classic Kawasaki symptoms. She subsequently tested positive for Covid-19, and was transferred to ICU on Friday night after her condition worsened. Doctors, who have put her on a high dose of steroids, immunosuppressant drug tocilizumab and immunoglobulins, believe she got coronavirus from her father, who had tested positive last week. The US, UK, Spain, Italy and China have been reporting cases of children with Covid-19 showing Kawasaki-like symptoms since April.........Read more

‘A Mob Destroyed My Coffee Shop And Opened The Door To A Film’ | Outlook India Magazine

Nasir’s eponymous protagonist writes poetry and endearing love letters to his wife. He is a Muslim salesman trying to negotiate his straitened circumstances as sectarianism simmers in Coimbatore. Its 27-year-old director, Arun Karthick, stayed in a Muslim neighbourhood for three years to get the right texture and flavour for the film. Nasir’s world premiere is at IFFR 2020, where it has won the NETPAC award (best Asian feature film). At his hotel close to de Doelen, the main festival venue, Arun talks about the making of the movie, its unique stylistic devices and how he taught himself filmmaking.........Read more

The fascinating history of clinical trials

Clinical trials are under way around the world, including in Australia, testing COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. These clinical trials largely fall into two groups. With observational studies, researchers follow a group of people to see what happens to them. With experimental studies, people are assigned to treatments, then followed. These study designs have come about from centuries of people trying out different ways of treating people. Here are some of the key moments in the history of clinical trials that led to the type of trials we see today for COVID-19.........Read more

Mitron App Suspended from Google Play Store, But Other 'Mitrons' Have Spawned Already

Mitron app, which recently went viral by claiming to be India’s answer to the China-based TikTok, has been suspended from the Google Play Store, states a report by CNBC-TV18. According to the report, the Mitron app has been suspended for violating the Spam and Minimum Functionality developer policies under the Google Play Store, although the developers behind the app can challenge the suspension if they have enough grounds to prove themselves. ........Read more

Sun Pharma to test pancreatitis drug in COVID-19 patients in India

Drugmaker Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd said on Friday it has received Indian regulatory approval to start clinical trials of a pancreatitis drug in COVID-19 patients. The company joins other Indian drugmakers Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd and Strides Pharma Science Ltd that are conducting trials in India for potential drugs for COVID-19, which currently has no approved treatment or vaccine. Sun Pharma said here the pancreatitis drug, nafamostat mesilate, has been "identified as a potential candidate for COVID-19 patients by scientists at University of Tokyo and Leibniz Institute for Primate Research, Germany". ........Read more

Nepal Clears "New Map" Featuring Parts Of Indian Territory: Report

Nepal's Cabinet has endorsed a new political map showing Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura under its territory, amidst a border dispute with India. The move announced by Nepal's Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali came weeks after he said that efforts were on to resolve the border issue with India through diplomatic initiatives. Nepal's ruling Nepal Communist Party lawmakers have also tabled a special resolution in Parliament demanding "return of Nepal's territory in Kalapani, Limpiyadhura and Lipulekh".........Read more

Amid Lockdown, Centre Allows Interstate Movement of Migrants, Tourists, Students Stranded at Various Places

As increasing number of migrant workers at different parts of the country started protesting over the demand of transport arrangement for their travel to their respective home states, the Home Ministry on Wednesday issued fresh guidelines, allowing their interstate travel amid nationwide lockdown. Issuing the order, the MHA said that the migrant workers, who do not have coronavirus symptoms at present, can move to their respective home states. Notably, the order from the Centre comes less than a week before the lockdown is scheduled to end on May 3.........Read more

Largest Ozone Hole Ever Recorded over North Pole Has Now 'Healed Itself' and Closed

A massive hole has opened up in the ozone layer which had opened up above the Artic, because of climate change and the atypically cooler temperatures in the atmosphere above the north pole, for this time of the year, have led to this rapid depletion of the ozone in that region. This ozone hole became the largest one ever recorded in the Arctic region spanning an area of over 620,000 square miles (or 997793.28 kms). But in some positive news since the incident, scientists who have been observing the ozone hole at Copernicus' Atmospheric Monitoring Service (CAMS) has announced that the hole is now closed.........Read more

PM Inaugurates e-GramSwaraj Application And Swamitva Scheme | All You Need to Know

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated e-GramSwaraj portal and mobile application, and Swamitva Scheme on the occasion of Panchayati Raj Diwas. Notably, the Ministry of Panchayati Raj commemorates April 24 as the National Panchayati Raj Day every year, as it was on this day that the 73rd Constitutional Amendment came into force.........Read more

"All Countries Will Face This": WHO After China Revises COVID-19 Deaths

The World Health Organization said Friday that many countries would likely follow China in revising up their death counts once they start getting the coronavirus crisis under control. Wuhan, the COVID-19 epicentre, admitted missteps in tallying its death toll, abruptly raising the city's count by 50 percent -- following growing world doubts about Chinese transparency over the outbreak. The WHO said Wuhan had been overwhelmed by the virus, which emerged in the city in December, and the authorities had been too swamped to ensure every death and infection was properly recorded.........Read more

‘Zoom Not a Safe Platform For Video Conferencing,’ Govt Warns Users in Fresh Advisory

In the fresh guidelines, the MHA asked people to adhere to certain security settings in an effort to safeguard their meetings from malicious attackers. The MHA further stated that the guidelines will prevent unauthorised entry in the conference room and even malicious activity by authorised participants on terminals of the other participants. The MHA said it would also avoid DOS attack by restricting users through passwords and access grant.........Read more

Diesel Versions Of 7 Maruti Suzuki Cars Discontinued - Swift To Baleno

With BSVI era approaching, Maruti Suzuki, the country’s largest carmaker, has decided to sell only petrol cars for now and will be adding an electric vehicle to its lineup in near future. So far, the carmaker has been selling a range of diesel-powered models, with the smallest being the Swift and the largest being the Ciaz and the S-Cross. As you would probably already know, the company even launched a new 1.5-litre diesel engine in the Ciaz last year, which replaced the Fiat-origin VGT-equipped 1.3-litre diesel engine of both Ciaz and Ertiga. Moreover, the engine was also supposed to make it to the S-Cross.........Read more

Govt Launches MyGov Corona Helpdesk on Whatsapp - Get WHO Coronavirus Updates

In a bid to reduce panic among citizens in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic in India, the central government on Friday announced launched a WhatsApp helpdesk for users to ask away their queries pertaining to the viral infection and save them from falling prey to misinformation. The helpdesk, called ‘MyGov Corona Helpdesk’, is available for all users on the popular chatting application WhastApp. All a person needs to do to join the chat send a message to the helpline number – 9013151515.........Read more

Coronavirus vaccine test opens with 1st doses

U.S. researchers gave the first shot to the first person in a test of an experimental coronavirus vaccine Monday—leading off a worldwide hunt for protection even as the pandemic surges. With a careful jab in a healthy volunteer's arm, scientists at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Research Institute in Seattle begin an anxiously awaited first-stage study of a potential COVID-19 vaccine developed in record time after the new virus exploded from China and fanned across the globe........Read more

Sunil Joshi, Harvinder Singh likely to replace MSK Prasad, Gagan Khoda in BCCI selection panel

Former India cricketers Sunil Joshi and Harvinder Singh have emerged as the two dark horses to replace MSK Prasad and Gagan Khoda in the senior selection committee, which will be finalized on Wednesday. The Indian squad for the home series against South Africa will be picked by the new selection committee, candidates for which have been shortlisted and will appear before the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) for interviews in Mumbai on Wednesday. The three-member CAC, headed by former India all-rounder Madan Lal, met on Tuesday with BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah.........Read more

Delhi Violence Can't Let 1984 Happen Again, Time to Give Z Category-like Security to Citizens, Observes Delhi HC as Death Toll Rises to 21

As the Delhi High Court hears a plea seeking FIR for those involved in the ongoing violence in Northeast Delhi, it observed that "a situation like 1984 must not be repeated again." The court observed that "it was time to provide Z-level security to citizens, as it was for everyone." As the Delhi High Court hears the plea seeking an FIR against those involved in the ongoing violence in Northeast Delhi, it ordered the incendiary speech made by BJP's Kapil Mishra to be played in court. The clip was played in the presence of all lawyers and DCP Rajesh Deo and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta. Justice Muralidhar said the situation is very unpleasant. "We have all watched videos of some leaders making hate speeches openly. It's on every news channel," he said.........Read more

CBSE Postpones Tomorrow's Board Exams in Northeast Delhi, Schools in Area to Remain Closed on Wednesday

All private and government schools in violence-affected Northeast Delhi will continue to be closed on Wednesday, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Tuesday. Sisodia, also the Delhi Education Minister, said all internal examinations have been postponed by schools. "In violence-affected Northeast district, schools will be closed tomorrow as well. Internal examinations have been postponed. Have requested CBSE to postpone the board exam as well," he said in a tweet. The Central Board of Secondary Examinations (CBSE) said it will postpone the exams scheduled for Wednesday. ........Read more

Shafali, Poonam star as India down Bangladesh

India took a step closer to the 2020 T20 World Cup semifinal qualification courtesy a comfortable 18-run victory over Bangladesh on Monday. Propelled to 142 for 6 by a typical Shafali Verma start, a solid Jemimah Rodrigues hand and a much-needed Veda Krishnamurthy cameo towards the end, the bowlers then stepped up in the second half to add two more points to their tally. Poonam Yadav and Shikha Pandey again played the starring role, stretching their tournament total to seven and five wickets in two outings respectively while Arundhati Reddy chipped in with two too. ........Read more

Motera Stadium: BCCI Shares Aerial View Of

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took to Twitter on Tuesday to share an aerial view of the "world's largest cricket stadium". The Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad is said to have a seating capacity of over 1,10,000, the board confirmed while sharing a picturesque view of the stadium. Earlier, Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) vice-president Parimal Nathwani had posted a few pictures in January 2019, of the then under-construction stadium and claimed that it will have more capacity than the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). MCG is currently the biggest cricket facility in the world with a seating capacity of 90,000.........Read more

'New Decade, New RCB, New Logo!' IPL franchise goes red and bold

After keeping fans in suspense the whole day, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have finally unveiled their new logo. The Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise had a strange day with their social media accounts as they had deleted all its photos across social media. The new logo is bolder with a red backdrop, golden lion and team's name in black. RCB took to their social media and shared a video. They captioned it, "THIS IS IT. The moment you've been waiting for. New Decade, New RCB, New Logo! #PlayBold".........Read more

In a Remote Bastar Village, Eight-year-old Girl Battles Rare Condition That's Turning Her Skin Tree-like

In Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Bastar, which many reports have listed among the most backward districts of the country, an eight-year-old girl is battling a rare genetic disorder that is turning her skin into a bark-like scaly substance. This extremely rare condition is known as the Treeman Syndrome. This is the first reported case in the state of Chhattisgarh. ........Read more

Peter Mukerjea Gets Bail in Sheena Bora Murder Case, Bombay HC Says Prima Facie No Evidence

Former media baron Peter Mukerjea, an accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, was on Thursday granted bail by the Bombay High Court, more than four years after his arrest. Granting him bail, the court said prima facie there was no evidence to show he was involved in the crime. However, on the request of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the high court stayed its order for a period of six weeks so that the probe agency could file an appeal against the order. ........Read more

Once in Spotlight for Laying Temple's Foundation, This Dalit Boy Has Now Been Nominated in Ayodhya Trust

In a powerful political statement, from a bevy of gurus lined up for the event, the VHP had chosen a Dalit boy from Saharasa in Bihar to lay the foundation stone of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, and of the BJP in national politics. Once Shilanyas was done, Kameshswar Chaupal left Ayodhya for his village in Bihar. Chaupal later contested 1991 Lok Sabha elections from Rosada on BJP ticket, but lost. Chaupal tried his luck for the second time in 1995 Assembly polls. Five years later, he was nominated to the Bihar Legislative Council, where he served for two terms.........Read more

Russia starts production of S-400 missile defense systems for India, ‘all commitments being fulfilled’ despite US pressure

“The Almaz-Antey concern has begun manufacturing the S-400 systems for India, and Russia will deliver the S-400s to India within the timeframe stipulated by the contract,” said Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov, adding that training centers had already been established in India to prepare operators of the missile system. Since Moscow and New Delhi inked a $5.43 billion contract for five S-400 units in 2018, Washington has made numerous attempts to scuttle the deal, warning India the move could restrict the country’s “interoperability” with American systems, and at times even hinting at economic sanctions.........Read more

Thailand Masters: Saina Nehwal Suffers Defeat in First Round as India's Campaign Ends

Top Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal suffered a second consecutive opening round defeat as she went down to Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt of Denmark to bring curtains on the country’s campaign in the Thailand Masters badminton tournament on Wednesday. The fifth-seeded Saina lost to unseeded Kjaersfeldt 13-21, 21-17, 15-21 in a hard-fought 47-minute contest.........Read more

2020 iPhone design tipped: Did Apple just oust big iPhone 12 secret?

The report suggests Apple has filed three design patents in Japan, all of which show an iPhone without the notch, which was popularly accepted as a trend in the industry. While the patents are for user interface, some sketches showing the device from side and top seems unnecessary and suggest the patents are more than just UI changes.........Read more

‘Govt Won’t Move Back an Inch On Citizenship Law,’ Says Amit Shah at Pro-CAA Rally in Jodhpur

Even if all these parties come together, the BJP will not move back even an inch on this issue of Citizenship Amendment Act. You can spread as much misinformation as you want, the Union Home Minister stated. He also came down heavily on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for leading protest rallies against the CAA in the national capital and asked Rahul to read the Citizenship law and come to him for open discussion on the topic.........Read more

Delhi Police arrests 2 for spoofing Amit Shah's landline number to dupe Haryana minister of Rs 3 crore

The Delhi Police Special Cell arrested two people for allegedly attempting to dupe Haryana Power Minister Ranjit Singh Chautala by spoofing Home Minister Amit Shah's residential and office landline number. The two arrested persons have been identified as Jagtar Singh (42) and Upkaar Singh(47). Police, however, have not revealed their role in the case. On December 20, Ranjit Singh Chautala received a call through an app, Crazy Call, which is banned in India. ........Read more

FATF Asks 150 Questions to Pakistan, Seeks Answers on Madrassas Linked to Terror Outfits

Pakistan had submitted a report comprising answers to 22 questions to the FATF on December 6. In a reply, the FATF has now asked Pakistan to submit the answers by January 8 and asked the government to specifically mention the actions taken against madrassas belonging to banned outfits. The organisation has also asked authorities to ensure that the individuals affiliated to terrorist organizations are convicted and sought details of legal actions taken to regulate madrassas operating in the country. ........Read more

The Funniest Tweets Of 2019 That'll Send You Rolling With Laughter

A new year, a new beginning. And while that can be a wonderful process on its own, we also can't ignore the fact we're saying goodbye a whole year that has already given us so much. And on that note,as 2019 comes to an end, we take a look back at the year that was, in funny tweets. ........Read more

Miss Universe 2019 winner is Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi, India's Vartika Singh crashes out

South Africa's Zozibini Tunzi is the Miss Universe 2019. Zozibini and Miss Universe Puerto Rico Madison Anderson were the top two contestants for the Miss Universe title. Miss Universe Mexico is the second-runner up. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray crowned Zozibini Tunzi at the event held in Atlanta on Sunday night. India's Vartika Singh couldn't make it to top ten. 26-year-old Zozibini Tunzi is from Tsolo, South Africa. She is quite active in fight against gender based violence. Her Miss Universe boi describes her as, "She has devoted her social media campaign to changing the narrative around gender stereotypes. She is a proud advocate for natural beauty and encourages women to love themselves the way they are." ........Read more

Maharashtra: BJP Likely to Offer 13 Portfolios, Deputy CM Post as Shiv Sena Softens Stand

Although the saffron party has refused on Sena’s demand for the Revenue and Urban Development Department, it is, nonetheless, considering to give away the deputy chief minister’s position to the ally party. ........Read more

No solution in sight rue around 45 lakh people employed in plastic industry

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to phase out single-use plastic has received an overwhelming response from various sections of society but a sense of ambiguity prevails for around 45 lakh people employed in the plastic industry with no immediate alternative solution available so far. The plastic manufacturing industry associations feel that before the centre decides to ban few single-use plastic items, they should be given time to finish products already manufactured as a sudden ban means big losses for the sector. The government has asked the manufacturers to suggest alternatives but they feel that it requires time and investment to do Research and Development (R&D). As of now, many are clueless about alternative businesses as huge investments have been done in machinery and other ancillary items. Small scale plastic manufactures have already brought down their daily productions keeping in mind the centre’s plan to ban small items like straw, plates and cups. Those employed in the manufacturing units are worried for their jobs keeping in mind declining production since August 15, when the PM first spoke about making the country free from single-use plastic.........Read more

Sharad Pawar Vs ED: Congress, Sena Back NCP Supremo; Section 144 Imposed in South Mumbai

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has extended support to Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar, who has been named in a money-laundering case by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a scam at the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Gandhi slammed the Modi government and accused it of being vindictive. Furthermore, he raised question on the timing of the ED action as it comes a month ahead of the forthcoming Maharashtra Assembly election 2019. “Sharad Pawar Ji is the latest Opposition leader to be targeted by a vindictive Government. The timing of this action, a month before elections in Maharashtra, reeks of political opportunism”, tweeted Gandhi. Besides, the Congress, the Shiv Sena, the estranged ally of Bharatiya Janata Party has also backed the NCP chief. “People do not believe on the charges leveled against him. They have faith in Pawar. There is no proof against him,” said senior Congress leader Sanjay Raut. NCP leader Nawab Malik, meanwhile, alleged that NCP workers were being detained in Mumbai and other places across Maharashtra. “Police is detaining NCP workers in Mumbai and in other parts of the state, it is not right. Sharad Pawar will definitely go to ED office at 2 pm today. BJP government is misusing Enforcement Directorate”, said Malik.........Read more

Indian Railways identifies 24 train routes for private players

Indian Railways is planning to involve private players in train operations on several important routes with improved services and amenities for passengers. Sources close to the development said Indian Railways has identified 24 important routes where private players can be invited to operate trains in the coming years. The decision to invite private players for train operations on key routes comes under the 100 days' agenda of Indian Railways. Railway ministry sources said Railways has convened a meeting of its senior officials on Friday under the chairmanship of Member Traffic of Railway Board to decide the operational issues relating to private operations of passenger trains. Among the routes identified for privatisation, Delhi - Katra/Jammu, Delhi - Howrah, Delhi - Chennai, Delhi - Secunderabad, Mumbai - Chennai, Howrah - Chennai, Howrah - Mumbai and Secunderabad - Hyderabad have been proposed for long haul trains. Railways is also mulling getting private players in suburban train operations. For suburban train operations, Railways has identified Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Secunderabad. Intercity routes have also been identified which include Mumbai - Pune, Mumbai - Aurangabad, Mumbai - Madgaon, Delhi - Chandigarh/Amritsar, Delhi - Jaipur, Howrah - Puri, Howrah - Tata, Howrah - Patna, Secunderabad - Vijaywada, Chennai - Bengaluru, Chennai - Coimbatore, Chennai - Madurai and Ernakulam - Thiruvananthapuram.........Read more

PM Modi’s spectacular Houston event delivers multiple messages and one agenda

Narendra Modi gives speeches. He gives good speeches. He gives speeches that charm audiences, energise them, motivate them, and persuade them. And he gives speeches that turn the tide of elections. Indeed, it is his speeches which have contributed — enormously — to the Bharatiya Janata Party’s incredible electoral success in India. But even by his standards, Narendra Modi outperformed himself in Houston on Sunday. With one speech, which lasted just a little less than 50 minutes, Modi leveraged all of India’s strengths — its demography, diaspora, diversity, democracy, economy, the process of modernisation underway in Indian society, and its responsible track record as an actor in the international system. Modi also spoke to different audiences both inside the NRG stadium and outside — President Donald Trump; Democrats; the Indian-American community; citizens back home glued to the speech; Pakistan; and the rest of the world.........Read more

As Opposition Leaders Head To Srinagar, Government Says Stay Away

Sections Restrictions are still in place at many areas of Jammu and Kashmir Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and leaders of other opposition parties will today visit Jammu and Kashmir, where restrictions have been imposed since the centre withdrew special status from the state and divided it into two union territories earlier this month. The Jammu And Kashmir Information and Public Relations Department tweeted political leaders should not "not visit Srinagar as they would be putting other people to inconvenience" at a "time when the government is trying to protect the people of Jammu and Kashmir from the threat of cross border terrorism and attacks..." Among the parties that will be part of the opposition's all-party delegation that will land at Srinagar are Congress, CPI(M), CPI, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Nationalist Congress Party, Trinamool Congress and the DMK, sources said. Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma are the senior Congress leaders other than Rahul Gandhi who will fly to Jammu and Kashmir. Mr Azad was twice stopped at Jammu airport, most recently on Tuesday, and was "forcibly" sent back to Delhi both times. Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury, CPI's D Raja, DMK's Tiruchi Siva, Rashtriya Janata Dal's Manoj Jha and Dinesh Trivedi from the Trinamool Congresswill also be part of the delegation, sources said. Some 400 politicians, including former Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, are under arrest in Jammu and Kashmir........Read more

'No Locus Standi of Foreign Entity', MEA Reacts to US Report on Religious Freedom, Attack on Minorities

After the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rejected US state department’s 2018 International Religious Freedom Report, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has reacted to the report saying that a foreign entity has no locus standi to pronounce on the state of our citizens’ constitutionally protected rights. MEA in its response said that India is proud of its secular credentials, it’s status as the largest democracy and pluralistic society with a longstanding commitment to tolerance and inclusion. “The Indian constitution guarantees fundamental rights to all its citizens, including its minority communities. It is widely acknowledged that India is a vibrant democracy where the Constitution provides protection of religious freedom, and where democratic governance and rule of law further promote and protect the fundamental rights,” said Raveesh Kumar, the Official Spokesperson of MEA.........Read more

Trump abruptly calls off military strikes against Iran after approving them

President Donald Trump abruptly called off military strikes against Iran on Thursday night after previously approving the strikes in retaliation for Iran shooting down a US military drone. The operation was already underway in its initial stages -- ships were in position and planes were in the air -- but no missiles had been fired when the order came to stand down.........Read more

World Archery Appoint Abhinav Bindra In Panel To Select Indian Archers

The World Archery appointed Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra as an “independent person”, on Thursday, to oversee a selection panel which will select Indian archers for the upcoming World Youth Championship in August. The global body of archery had delisted the Archery Association of India, on Wednesday, for unanimously electing two parallel bodies in Chandigarh and New Delhi. ........Read more

Independence of Judiciary Not One-time Pill But State of Affairs That Must Remain Constant, Says CJI

Gogoi, who was addressing the 14th SCO conference of chief justices in Russia’s Sochi, said there was a need to develop and nurture leadership in the judiciary. “Every nation should aspire for an independent judicial system and independence is the very soul of a functioning judiciary.”........Read more

Jet Airways Pilots Seek PM Modi's Help to Save 20,000 Jobs, Ask SBI for Funds

Pilots of cash-starved Jet Airways have appealed to the State Bank of India to release funds worth Rs 1,500 crore for the airline, trade union National Aviator's Guild said. The union also sought help from Prime Minister Narendra Modi in saving 20,000 jobs at stake. ........Read more

Supreme Court sets aside Green Tribunal order, says Sterlite plant in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin can’t be reopened

The Supreme Court said the Sterlite plant in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin can’t be reopened and set aside the National Green Tribunal order. There were violent protests in May last year against the closure of the Sterlite unit.........Read more

Shutdown in Valley after Kashmiris harassed over Pulwama attack

A shutdown was observed in Srinagar and adjoining areas as a mark of protest against reported attacks or targeting of Kashmiris outside the state, days after a suicide attack on a CRPF convoy killed at least 40 soldiers.........Read more

As Akhilesh, Mayawati Desert Congress, Here's Why a Triangular Contest May be Tactical in UP

Arch rivals Bahujan Samaj Party and Samajwadi Party inched closer to an alliance in Uttar Pradesh for the 2019 elections without the Congress.........Read more

Decided Not To Allow Driverless Cars In India: Nitin Gadkari - NDTV CarAndBike

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said, " We have decided not to allow driverless cars in India." Presently, there are 30 lakh people who are getting employment in the Automobile industry and we need to create more employment potential as our country's population is very high.........Read more

UIDAI asks banks not to discontinue Aadhaar payment system

The UIDAI on Friday asked banks not to discontinue the Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AEPS) as it may create an obstruction in the delivery of welfare benefits. ........Read more

JK: Jawan, two militants killed in Kulgam encounter

Three militants and an army jawan were killed in two separate encounters in Jammu and Kashmir’s Tral and Kulgam district. aAms and ammunition recovered from the encounter site.........Read more

Honda's First EV In India Will Have 150-200 Km Range

Honda has been making moves to bring up a zero-emission vehicle for India by 2023-24. Honda is said to be keen on driving along the competition instead of arriving late to the party and the first EV will have a range between 150 and 200 km. ........Read more

Several Flights Delayed at Mumbai Airport as Air India Contractual Ground Staff Goes on Strike

Several national and international flights at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai witnessed a delay following a strike by the contractual ground staff of Air India Air Transport Services Limited (AIATSL).........Read more

Supreme Court allows all southern states to burst crackers for 2 hours on Diwali morning

The Supreme Court allowed all southern India states to burst crackers for two hours on Diwali morning. The order came on a petition by the Tamil Nadu government requesting the court to let the state burst crackers for two hours.........Read more

Delhi Court Frames Molestation Charges Against RK Pachauri

A Delhi court Saturday framed molestation charges against RK Pachauri, former Director General of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in the alleged sexual harassment case, lodged against him by his former colleague. ........Read more

Singer Shweta Pandit Accuses Anu Malik of Sexually Harassing Her; Composer Denies

Singer Shweta Pandit has accused Anu Malik of sexually harassing her when she was 15. Pandit has recounted her ordeal and called Malik a "pedophile". She has also thanked Mohapatra for calling him out and urged others who have been exploited by him in the past, to speak up. ........Read more

4 Army Jawans Booked for Raping Deaf-Mute Woman in Military Hospital for Over 4 Years

Four Army jawans have been booked for allegedly raping a speech and hearing impaired 30-year-old woman over a span of four years at the military hospital in Khadki near Pune. The woman, who is a widow and has a 12-year-old son, told the police she complained to various administrative officials in the hospitals but her pleas went unanswered.........Read more

The 3 Asian countries in the race to legalise medical marijuana

Southeast Asian countries Thailand, Malaysia and Philippines are looking to catch up with their western counterparts in legalising the Marijuana for medical purposes.........Read more

Indian Roads Are Turning Deadlier For Pedestrians, At Least 56 Die Everyday In Accidents

Indian roads are turning deadlier for pedestrians. Government data show the number of fatalities shooting up from 12,330 in 2014 to 20,457 in 2017 a jump of nearly 66%. It translates to 56 pedestrians dying daily last year, despite policymakers and authorities talking about prioritising pedestrian safety.........Read more

$65 million Chinese painting leads one of Asia's largest ever art auctions

The abstract work "Juin-Octobre 1985" by the Chinese-French painter Zao Wou-Ki sold for a record 510 million Hong Kong dollars ($65 million), leading one of Asia's largest ever art auctions.........Read more

Kerala: Stray dogs abet spread of leptospirosis

Rather than rats, stray dogs and cattle which are more close to human beings spread epidemics like leptospirosis (rat fever), says experts. Domestic animals have been immediate carriers of all epidemics in flood-hit regions and it is better to be careful while handling your pets.........Read more

2 Kerala officials arrested in Wayanad for embezzling relief material

Two Kerala government officials, S Thomas and MP Dinesh were arrested by police after stopped by residents at a relief camp in Panamaram village while they were loading the relief materials into a vehicle saying that they were moving the materials to another camp in the village.........Read more

Ace Odia Actor Debu Bose Passes Away at 75 After Prolonged Illness

Veteran Ollywood actor Debu Bose passed away at the age of 75 on Wednesday. The Odia actor, who worked extensively in films and television shows, died last night at a private hospital in Hyderabad.........Read more

Kerala floods recovery to take years as 10,000 km of roads washed away, 1 lakh houses damaged

The Kerala government estimates about one lakh buildings, which includes people’s houses, have been damaged, over 10,000km of highways and roads and hundreds of bridges have been washed away, and crops in millions of hectares of land have been lost in the floods. ........Read more

Death Toll Nears 100 in Kerala as State Reels Under One of Worst Floods

Nearly 100 people have lost their lives in what is one of the worst floods in the history of Kerala. The Skymet Weather Services has predicted heavy rainfall for the next twenty-four hours in the state. PM Modi is expected to visit Kerala today.........Read more

Maruti Suzuki building website to challenge CarWale, CarDekho

Maruti Suzuki is building a website where car buyers can compare prices, in a direct challenge to platforms such as CarWale and CarDekho, which provide similar services.........Read more

Will stay away from no-trust motion: TDP MP

Anantapuramu YDP MP J.C. Diwakar Reddy, who did not attend Parliament on Wednesday, said he would continue to stay away when the no-trust motion moved by the TDP is taken up for discussion, and also during the entire Monsoon session.........Read more

CBSE re-evaluation process opens from Friday

CBSE has reintroduced the option of seeking a re-evaluation of answers for this year’s Class XII and X exams. Candidates can apply online for the process, which begins with rechecking of answer sheets, from Friday.........Read more

Kerala Nipah outbreak: One suspected case reported in Mangalore, neighbour states on alert

A day after ten people lost their lives in Kerala to the infection caused by rare Nipah virus, one case with similar symptoms has been reported from Mangalore in Karnataka. The samples have been sent for further tests.........Read more

Gurugram court says juvenile who ‘killed’ 7-year-old school boy to be tried as an adult

A 16-year-old accused in a Gurugram school murder case will be tried as an adult, a special children’s court ruled on Monday. The Class 11 student of a private school in Gurugram’s Bhondsi is accused of slitting the throat of a Class 2 student in a toilet on September 8 last year.........Read more

New vehicles to have high security plates from Jan.1

The HSRP was first made mandatory in some States 13 years ago but failed to take off. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) last week published new draft rules that make it mandatory for automobile manufacturers to provide, and dealers to affix, the “security licence plate, including the third registration mark” for all new vehicles manufactured on or after January 1 next year.........Read more

Government Of India Extends FAME Scheme For Six More Months

The government of India has decided to extend the current FAME scheme or Faster Adoption And Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles till 30th September 2018. The Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises recently issued a notification to this effect. The government hopes that it will be able to launch the second phase of FAME. The amount allocated for subsidy has not been disclosed yet, but the government believes that it will be sufficient, at least for the next six months.........Read more

CWG 2018: Manpreet to Lead Indian Hockey Team, Sardar Dropped

Midfielder Manpreet Singh is set to lead Indian men’s hockey team at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games while the experienced former captain Sardar Singh has been left out of the 18-member squad. Chinglensana Singh Kangujam will vice-captain India, who open their campaign against Pakistan on 7 April.........Read more

Chidambaram moves Supreme Court over CBI, ED raids

Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram told the Supreme Court that frequent raids on his premises and harassment of him and his family by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) were a “total farce”.........Read more

Amid row, singer Papon quits as judge in reality show

Assamese singer Papon on Saturday decided to step down as a judge on the reality show in the wake of controversy around kissing a minor girl. Papon said he has been falsely implicated in the case.........Read more

Apple tops Fast Company's World's Most Innovative Company ranking, Reliance Jio ranked first in India

Cupertino-based technology giant Apple has been selected the most innovative firms in the world by Fast Company, an American business and technology magazine. The recently launched Indian telecom player Reliance Jio secured the 17 position in the list of the World's Most 50 Innovative Companies (MIC) for 2018, for 'putting India on the fast track'.........Read more

Kia SP Concept SUV India Launch Sooner Than Expected

Kia Motors is speeding up the process to introduce the new SP compact SUV in the Indian market and the SUV could be launched in the country sooner than expected. The company has taken this decision after receiving a tremendous response for the SP Concept at the Auto Expo 2018.........Read more

WB first state to opt out of ‘Modicare’, Mamata says 'won’t pay for it'

Slamming the Narendra Modi government for declaring a health insurance scheme -- Modicare -- without consulting the states, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday decided to opt out of the scheme.........Read more

Varun Gandhi wants rich MPs to forgo salaries

BJP MP Varun Gandhi has urged Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to initiate a "movement" where rich MPs forgo their salaries for the remaining term of the present (16th) Lok Sabha. The term of the lower House will end in May next year. A voluntary exercise such as this will send a positive message across the nation regarding the level of sensitivity that we possess as elected representatives.........Read more

BJP and RSS members are like terrorists: CM Siddaramaiah

He told reporters at Nagavalli, near Chamarajanagar, that there are terrorists in the BJP, RSS and Bajrang Dal also. My government will not tolerate anyone who works like a terrorist and creates problems in society. Be it Popular Front of India (PFI), Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) or Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), we will initiate action against all those who try to create problems.........Read more

We don't want to be identified on the basis of our religion say Assam's indigenous Desi Muslims

The community insists that their ancestors were the first people in the area to convert to Islam in the 13th century – following in the footsteps of Ali Mech, a tribal man widely regarded by historians as the first person in the region to have embraced Islam. It is a mobilisation of sorts to let everyone, including the government and nationalist organisations, knows that we are indigenous people of Assam, not migrants, Hamid said.........Read more

Google’s Project Zero team discovered critical CPU flaw last year

Google’s Security team announced what they have done to protect Google Cloud customers against the chip vulnerability announced earlier today. They also indicated their Project Zero team discovered this vulnerability last year. The good news is that if you are using Google Apps/G Suite, you don’t need to take any action. Other Google Cloud users will have to take some steps to mitigate their risk. ........Read more

Modi is taking credit for something the Saudi govt has done: Owaisi on women going to Haj

India News: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said that PM Modi's "taking credit" for an existing Saudi regulation that allows women over the age of 45 to go to Haj without a close male relative. Owaisi was referring to the fact that the Saudi government was 3 years ahead of India in changing the rule for women over 45.........Read more

KTR Receives 'Special Invitation' From Switzerland

Telangana Industries and IT Minister KT Rama Rao have got a big surprise. He has been invited to attend the two-day annual conference of the World Economic Forum (WEF) to be held from January 17 at Davos in Switzerland.........Read more

Kim Jong-Un claims North Korea will become strongest military power in the world

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un vowed to "win victory in the showdown" against the US with his rapidly advancing nuclear arsenal, State media said on Wednesday, after the country's latest missile test heightened global tensions........Read more

Jayalalithaa fingerprints verification: Does privacy outlive death, asks Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has thrown open the floor for debate on whether an individual’s fundamental right to privacy subsists after death. The question rose in a challenge raised against a Madras High Court order to produce the Aadhaar data records of the late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for verification of her fingerprints.........Read more

Tejas Not Capable Enough, Believes IAF But Here’s How It’s Far Superior Than JF-17- Jointly Developed by Pakistan, China

The armed forces are not in favour of proposed versions of indigenous advanced versions of Tejas, light combat jet, and main battle tank Arjun. The Indian Air Force is yet to give final operation clearance to Tejas, which has been in the development mode since almost 30 years.........Read more

Shubh Mangal Saavdhan's Bhumi Pednekar Lost 25 Kilos in Just 4 Months!

Her routine included running, working on machines, functional training, swimming and Bollywood dancing. An avid lover of dance, Bhumi believes dance serves as a great way to do cardio, and is an incredible way to tone up if someone wants to infuse a fun element into their otherwise monotonous workout routine. ........Read more

Ahmedabad court bars The Wire from writing on Jay Shah's businesses, website says it will challenge 'gag order'

The report noted that the court took the decision to protect Jay's right to live with dignity. Nevertheless, the injunction was issued without hearing the arguments of the news website.........Read more

Narendra Modi to Launch Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan

PMGDISHA is government initiative with an objective to impart digital literacy among the people residing in rural areas. It is an important initiative under Modi’s vision of ‘Digital India’ that intends at making one person in every family digitally literate.........Read more

Endometriosis Linked With Increased Risk of Various Complications During Pregnancy

Research has found that pregnant women with endometriosis have an increased risk of complications during pregnancy and at delivery, suggesting that women with the condition should be more closely monitored. The results of this large analysis showed that women with endometriosis had a higher risk of preterm birth, miscarriage, cesarean delivery and placenta previa, which is when a baby's placenta partially or totally covers the mother's cervix and can cause severe bleeding during pregnancy and delivery.........Read more

US government orders federal bodies to discontinue software developed by Russia's Kaspersky Lab

The United States Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday ordered all federal agencies and departments to remove security software of Russian company Kaspersky Lab from their networks. The Donald Trump administration claimed that the cyber security firm’s software could jeopardise national security.........Read more

Men, women and risk of developing Alzheimer disease: Is there a difference?

Are female carriers of the apolipoprotein E ?4 allele, the main genetic risk factor for late-onset Alzheimer disease, at greater risk of developing the disease than men? A new article published by JAMA Neurology examines that question.........Read more

MV Agusta Announces 2018 Model Updates

The updates include quite a few mechanical changes to the three-cylinder engine which makes the bikes meet the new Euro 4 regulations. MV Agusta has tried to strike a good compromise between meeting the Euro 4 norms and keep performance almost at par with the older models.........Read more

Army jawan killed in Pak firing near LoC

An Indian Army jawan was killed today in firing and mortar shelling by the Pakistani troops in Rajouri sector of Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, the defence spokesman said here.........Read more

Amarnath yatra terror attack: Manhunt on for mastermind Ismail; LeT over-ground workers tailed pilgrims for 2 days

Seven Amarnath pilgrims were killed while twelve including three policemen were injured after militants attacked a yatri bus and a police party in Anantnag along the Jammu-Srinagar Highway in south Kashmir on Monday.........Read more

Chris Gayle returns to Windies side for T20I against India

Fearless opener Chris Gayle has been included in the 13-man West Indies team which will play a T20 international match against India at Sabina Park in Kingston on Sunday, July 9. He last played a T20 International for West Indies in April 2016, in the World T20 final against England in Kolkata.........Read more

Meet The Emerging International Boxer Whose Mother Sells Vegetables To Make Ends Meet

Jamuna Bodo is a 19-year-old international boxer who brought India many medals without any special facility or resources for training available in her village. She won gold in the 2nd Nations Cup International Sub-Junior Girls Boxing Tournament held in Serbia in 2013. Jamuna is the youngest daughter of Nirmala Bodo who is a vegetable vendor in the village.........Read more

The matter between Kumble and Kohli should have been handled a lot better - Ganguly

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has said that the differences between former coach Anil Kumble and captain Virat Kohli had not been handled properly. Ganguly is a member of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) that is tasked by the BCCI with identifying India's new coach, and had zeroed in on Kumble last year.........Read more

N Srinivasan Set to Represent TNCA at BCCI SGM

N Srinivasan will represent Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) at the BCCI's special general meeting to be held in Mumbai on June 26. TNCA's executive committee has nominated Srinivasan to be the association's representative at the meet, an official said.........Read more

Who is Ram Nath Kovind?

A chamar leader from rural Kanpur, Ram Nath Kovind was chosen as the NDA's presidential candidate by the BJP in fitness with its dalit scheme of things ahead of the next parliamentary elections.........Read more

How to start incorporating machine learning in the enterprise arena

The world is long past the Industrial Revolution, and now we are experiencing an era of Digital Revolution. Machine learning, artificial intelligence, and big data analysis are the reality of today’s world.........Read more

Lexus India Launch Live Updates: RX 450h And ES 300h Prices

Lexus will finally make its Indian debut today with the launch of the RX 450h SUV and the ES 300h sedan. After Lexus India's impending arrival was announced in February 2016, we caught the RX 450h and the RC F on camera here. The hybrid SUV was spotted out and about in India at least once more since then. It must be noted that while the RC F coupe is not likely to add its name to the list of Lexus' cars in India today, the Lexus RX 450 h will arrive as the brand's flagship model in India. Here are the live updates from the Lexus brand's launch in India:........Read more

We need a software revolution for the greater social good

Five years ago, tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist Marc Andreessen famously wrote, “Software is eating the world.” It’s hard to think of more prophetic words coming out of Silicon Valley, and new players that have software at their core continue to reinvent entire industries. Uber disrupting the taxi industry, and Airbnb, the hospitality industry, are just two examples.........Read more

New Rs 10 notes with more security coming soon

The Reserve Bank (RBI) will soon issue Rs 10 denomination notes with enhanced security features for circulation. The RBI on Thursday said the banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi series-2005 are to carry inset letter 'L' on both number panels, bearing the signature of Governor Urjit Patel.........Read more

President gives nod to wage payment via cheques or e-transfer

The Central and state governments can now specify industrial units and other establishments to pay wages either through cheques or by electronically transferring into the workers' bank accounts, as per a new law.........Read more

Mohandas Pai a former Infosys board memeber fired on Narayana Murty

Pai, who served as a board member of Infosys from 2000 to 2011, also said it was a "mistake" on the part of N R Narayana Murthy to "focus on only founders becoming leaders (CEOs)" which led many people to quit the company.........Read more

Inspired by Lord Vishnu’s Sudarshan Chakra, Brahmos working to develop reusable missiles

Talking to The Tribune, Mishra said that the boomerang missile, going at a speed of more than Mach 10, would have a capacity to deliver the warhead, assess the destruction of target, come back and get ready to be used again. The late President APJ Abdul Kalam, also known as Missile Man, had dreamt of a high-end missile programme that could be reused, as the Sudarshan Chakra is believed to be. It is a highly challenging project but the technological advancements by Indian scientists in the field of supersonic missiles have the capacity to accomplish it,” Mishra told The Tribune.........Read more

PepperFry eyes Rs 3,500-cr gross merchandise value, breakeven in 3 years

Pepperfry, the largest online furniture and home product marketplace, has set a target of achieving breakeven over the next three years when the five-year-old startup expects a gross merchandise volume (GMV) of around Rs 3,500 crore. "Having already achieved our December 2016 GMV of Rs 1,000 crore as early as October, we are hopeful of reaching the Rs 3,500 crore-GMV milestone over the next three years and also turn profitable," Pepperfry co- founder and chief executive Ambareesh Murthy told.........Read more

Demonetization effect: Core sector growth falls to 4.9% in Nov from 6.6% in Oct 2016

The growth performance of core sectors namely--coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertilisers, steel, cement and electricity--fell from 6.6% in October to 4.9% in November 2016 owing to the demonetization move. This however comes across as a healthy performance when compared to the 0.6% growth rate in the same period last year. PTI reported that coal, steel and electricity helped the core industries achieve higher growth against last year's low numbers.........Read more

Well played! 'Dalit' Vinod Kambli hits BJP MP out of the park for dragging him into casteism row

Vinod Kambli is embroiled in a new controversy with a BJP MP dragging his name into allegations that there is discrimination in BCCI's selection process. The former India cricketers response is straight-forward and brilliant. Read on to find out what he had to say...........Read more

Physicists confirm the precision of magnetic fields in the most advanced stellarator in the world

Physicist Sam Lazerson of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has teamed with German scientists to confirm that the Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) fusion energy device called a stellarator in Greifswald, Germany, produces high-quality magnetic fields that are consistent with their complex design.........Read more

Donald Trump calls state election recount a 'scam'

Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, won Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin by a total of just over 100,000 votes. The razor-thin victories in those states pushed him above the 270 votes needed for victory in the Electoral College.........Read more

Tata Sons replaces Cyrus Mistry as TCS chief

Tata Sons, the largest shareholder in Tata Consultancy Services, on Thursday morning informed the bourses that Cyrus Mistry has been replaced as the chairman of the software major. Ishaat Hussain, a director on the board of TCS, has taken over as the new chairman till a new candidate is appointed in his place.........Read more

Apple's new MacBook Pro might ditch regular USB ports

Apple has long been rumored to be preparing to launch an updated MacBook Pro model this year. While the company's iPhone event came and went without a mention of Macs, recent rumors have suggested...........Read more

Utterly Butterly Wonderful: The Story of India's Most Loved Ad Icon, the Amul Girl

A much-loved icon of modern India, the deliciously witty Amul girl turns 50 this October. Since her inception in 1966, this cheerful blue-haired little moppet in a red polka-dotted dress has wowed the nation with her sometimes tongue-in-cheek, occasionally controversial and always enjoyable one-liners in billboard and print ads. One of India’s longest running ad campaigns, this is also probably the only ad campaign in the country with an unchanged theme and style for almost 50 years now.........Read more

Flipkart senior vice-president Anand KV exits

Anand, who was one of Flipkart’s dozen-plus senior vice-presidents, left in August, one of the two people said. Prior to Flipkart, Anand spent over 18 years in the satellite broadcasting and television industry across the Middle East, Hong Kong and India in companies such as Star India Pvt. Ltd, Tata Sky Ltd and Hathway Cable and Datacom Ltd.........Read more

Yum Brands to return $13.5 billion to shareholders by 2019

Yum said it had bought back $5.2 billion of shares as a part of its previously announced capital return program of $6.2 billion, reducing its share count by 16 per cent.........Read more

Indian army gives green signal for the release of video footage of surgical strikes

India's armed forces have given the green signal to the government to use the video footage of the surgical strikes against terror camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) in any manner it sees fit to make New Delhi's case. The final decision on this rests with the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).........Read more

SC warns Unitech of contempt in Greater Noida flats case

The Supreme Court on Thursday warned Unitech bosses of contempt if the real estate giant failed to hand over to three buyers the plots of land promised in lieu of flats in a Noida project........Read more

Balochistan: Did Pakistan use chemical weapons on locals after PM Modis I-Day speech?

Pakistani Army, activists claimed, used chemical weapons on residents of Balochistan after PM Modi raised the issue of human rights violation in the restive province........Read more

Two in every five Indian married women face sexual violence

Nearly 52% of the women who faced violence were in the age group of 21-25 years, according to the Indian Journal of Community Medicine.........Read more

DRT tells Diageo to deposit amount payable to Vijay Mallya with tribunal

The tribunal said that if Diageo is liable to pay any amount as per its agreement with Vijay Mallya, the same should be deposited with the DRT........Read more

Kashmir situation remains volatile, four cops injured in grenade attack in Kulgam

The attack comes at a time when the valley is witnessing protests following Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani's killing earlier on July 8.........Read more

AirAsia India promoters to invest Rs 234 cr in airline

Airline earlier approved issue of fresh shares valuing Rs 234 cr to its two main owners, Tata Sons & AirAsia Malaysia, on a rights basis........Read more

Scientific research: Are these the dark ages in the Muslim world?

A survey of Muslim institutes of higher learning finds them lagging behind the rest of world when it comes to providing quality science and tech education.........Read more

Constant exposure to artificial lights could be affecting our health

A study shows that exposing mice to artificial light for long periods of time causes health problems. Turning off the lights could improve our health.........Read more

South Sudan clashes: Warring factions declare ceasefire in Juba as fears of civil war grow

Eight people have been killed and 67 injured at the UN's so-called "Protection of Civilian" sites in Juba since Sunday.........Read more

Pokhran-II delayed Tejas project, says former scientist

On July 1 when Tejas, India’s indigenously built Light Combat Aircraft, took off from an IAF facility in Bengaluru, a septuagenarian scientist sitting thousands of miles away in the north Bihar distr........Read more

10 Indian startups with women founders

Women have been equally involved in the Indian startup scene, having founded (or co-founded) some of the most well-known ventures.........Read more

N.S. Vishwanathan assumes charge as new RBI Deputy Governor

“The Government of India, on June 29, 2016, appointed him (Mr. Vishwanathan) the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India for three years,” an RBI release said, adding that he has taken charge.As........Read more

Bluetooth 5.0 Is Coming Soon and It Will Be Faster Than Ever

Smartphone users across the globe can feel excited by the news that Bluetooth is set for a big overhaul this year. The Bluetooth 5.0 standard is in the works, and in all probability will be available on phones by early 2017.........Read more

The curious case of soaring real estate and property prices in Indian cities

It is a very strange thing, the price of real estate in India, and I wish someone would explain to me why this mismatch of value in this one area exists.........Read more

Stuck between life and death on Delhi’s roads

Traffic congestion in the Capital has increased response time of emergency vehicles such as fire tenders, ambulances and police vans........Read more

Astronauts have entered an inflatable habitat on the space station for the first time

This week, astronauts successfully entered the International Space Station’s first inflatable habitat...........Read more

Motorola announces Moto G4, G4 Plus; Moto G4 Plus price starts at Rs 13,499 – Tech2

Motorola has brought two variants to the table this year, the G4 and the G4 Plus.........Read more