19 Dead, Several Injured After Bus Collides With Truck in Tamil Nadu

As per the reports, of the 48 passengers in the bus, 19 died on the spot and remaining sustained injuries. The bodies have been taken to Tirupur government hospital. 16 people feared dead in a collision between a private bus and a truck near Avinashi town of Tirupur district. The bodies have been taken to Tirupur government hospital. More details awaited. The incident is known to have taken place when a Kerala state government bus collided head-on with a container lorry near Tamil Nadu’s Avanashi town in Tirupur district.........Read more

Ayodhya verdict: AIMPLB to seek review plea, rejects 5-acre alternative land offer

AIMPLB and the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind announced that it will file a review petition against the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya issue. On the other hand, Zufar Faruqi, chairman of the UP Sunni Waqf Board had earlier stated that he would not file any review petition.........Read more

EU Lawmakers' Visit Part of People-to-people Contact, Not 'Internationalisation' of Kashmir Issue, Says Centre

The visit by EU MPs to Jammu and Kashmir was not at all internationalisation of the issue and such delegations do not necessarily have to come through official channels, the Ministry of External Affairs said.........Read more

'Don't Misinterpret', Jaishankar Defends PM Modi's 'Ab ki Baar Trump Sarkar' Remark

Defending Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asserting a non-partisan stand on his ‘Ab ki Baar Trump Sarkar‘, External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Monday said that the PM Modi used the statement, not with a political intention, but to endear himself with the people of Houston. “I think, please, look very carefully at what the prime minister said. My recollection of what the prime minister said was that candidate Trump had used this (Ab Ki Baar Trump Sarkar). So PM is talking about the past.” he said in response to the question at a news conference in Washington. “I don’t think we should, honestly, misinterpret what was said. I don’t think you’re doing a good service to anybody,” Jaishankar added. Earlier, Jaishankar met the United States Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in Washington, in what happens to be his fourth visit in the past four months. The meeting, that took place at a crucial stage of India’s trade discussions with the US, highlighted discussions on Indo-Pacific issues, counter-terrorism, trade and Afghanistan. Notably, the External Affairs Minister is on a three-day visit to the US during which he met more than 40 of his counterparts in New York. The meeting also follows the recently concluded week-long US visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.........Read more

'A lot of progress has been made': Trump on India-Pak situation, says 'will be meeting PM Modi'

Donald Trump said, "I'll see Prime Minister Modi and we'll be meeting with India and Pakistan, and I think a lot of progress has been made there. A lot of progress." US President Donald Trump ahead of the forthcoming 74th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session has said that a lot of progress has been made between India and Pakistan and that he will be meeting PM Modi during his upcoming visit. Speaking to reporters, Donald Trump said, "I'll see Prime Minister Modi and we'll be meeting with India and Pakistan, and I think a lot of progress has been made there. A lot of progress." Donald Trump will be attending PM Modi's mega diaspora event, 'Howdy, Modi' scheduled in Houston, Texas on September 22. The event is expected to witness a participation of more than 50,000 people, mostly Indian Americans. Earlier on Monday, White House confirmed Trump's participation at 'Howdy, Modi' event and issued a statement saying, “In Houston, President Trump will participate in an event with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India. The event, 'Howdy, Modi! Shared Dreams, Bright Futures' is expected to draw tens of thousands of people." 1. White House confirms Trump's participation at 'Howdy, Modi' event The White House earlier on Monday confirmed that President Trump will attend PM Modi's 'Howdy, Modi' event, scheduled to take place on September 22 in Houston, Texas. ........Read more

Not allowed to meet Sonbhadra victims' families, Priyanka attacks Yogi govt

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday launched an attack on Uttar Pradesh's BJP government after she was not allowed, for the second day, to go to Sonbhadrato meet the families of the victims of a firing incident in Sonbhddra. She spent the night at the Chunar guesthouse in Mirzapur district, turning down all requests of the local administration to return without meeting the Sonbhadra clash victims. The Congress leader has vowed not to return withpout meeting the families of those killed in the July 17 incident. She was, however, successful in meeting two relatives of those killed as they reached the guest house on Saturday morning. "Two relatives of victims have come here to meet me, 15 others are not being allowed to meet me. Even I am not being allowed to meet them. Bhagwan jane inki mansikta kya hai? Aap thoda dawab banayiya, unhe aana dijiye. Mere pichhe pade hain. (God knows what is their (BJP government) mentality," she said. She requested reporters to "put a little pressure on the government."........Read more

$5 trillion economy will not come from heaven: Pranab Mukherjee

Pranab said that foundations for India to become a 5 trillion-dollar economy in future, are laid by previous governments including that of Jawaharlal Nehru, Manmohan Singh and Narasimha Rao. Former President Pranab Mukherjee (Photo | Parveen Negi, EPS) Former president Pranab Mukherjee said that the foundations of modern India were laid by our founders who firmly believed in a planned economy, as opposed to today, when the Planning Commission has been disbanded. He was speaking at an event at the Mavalankar Hall, Constitution Club of India in the national capital on Thursday. "Those who criticise Congress rule for 55 years are ignoring where India was at independence, and how far we have come. Yes, others also contributed but the foundations of modern India were laid by our founders who firmly believed in a planned economy, as opposed to today, when the Planning Commission has been disbanded," said Mukherjee. "Those who criticise Congress rule of 50-55 years, they forget that from where we began and where we left. If the Indian economy is to be built to US$5 Trillion, we left a strong foundation of US$1.8 Trillion from almost zero," said Mukherjee. He said that foundations for India to become a 5 trillion-dollar economy in future, are laid by previous governments including that of Jawaharlal Nehru, Manmohan Singh and Narasimha Rao.........Read more

Shhh! No more chirping over GST issues on Twitter

The indirect tax authorities will no longer answer queries on GST by tweet. The government has decided to discontinue the GST@GoI (@askGST_GoI) account launched a year ago.........Read more

Anantnag Terror Attack: Terrorists attack CRPF jawans; 1 killed and 2 injured

A CRPF jawan was killed while two others sustained injuries in a militant attack in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir........Read more

After triple talaq, Centre targets nikah halala and polygamy

The centre is all set to throw its weight behind a clutch of petitions filed in the Supreme Court to declare “nikah halala” and polygamy “unconstitutional”........Read more

What is Cherophobia? This disorder could be the reason for your unhappiness

Cherophobia is a condition where a person has an irrational aversion to being happy. Though the condition is not widely researched or defined, psychiatrists most commonly used criteria in the new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Symptoms associated with cherophobia could include, feeling anxious at the thought of going to any joyful social gathering such as party, concert, or rejecting good opportunities for the fear that something bad will follow.........Read more

IED Blast by Maoists killed 2 Security Personnel in Chhattisgarh

Two security personnel were killed and five got injured when Maoists blew up a vehicle carrying a police party, using an improvised explosive device (IED) in Bijapur’s Kutru area. Bijapur’s special DG, DM Awasthi has confirmed the report. Earlier today, security personnel found a live improvised explosive device during search operations. The explosive device was diffused immediately.........Read more

Twitter suspends 1 million accounts for 'terrorism promotion'

In its latest transparency report, Twitter said it suspended 274,460 accounts between July and December 2017 "for violations related to the promotion of terrorism." The figure is down 8.4 percent from the previous reporting period and is the second consecutive decline.........Read more

Motorola targets to open 1,000 Hubs as their 1st milestone for offline presence in India

Lenovo-owned Motorola has opened 25 Moto Hubs in Kolkata on March 8. The company is targeting one-third of its sales from the organized outlets, and it will later expand its retail presence across the country. The Hubs will not only showcase Motorola handsets but also keep accessories like on-ear and in-ear headphones as well as Moto covers.........Read more

Apple releases new update for Telugu character bug

Apple on Tuesday released a new update to its operating system to address the crash that a Telugu language character bug was causing in several devices. The update has been rolled out for all four of its operating systems iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS.........Read more

IIT alumnus sets up Sanskrit Chair at IIT-Madras for Science, Vedas

The Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M) will soon get a ‘Sanskrit Chair’, attached to the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, to study “India’s legacy of science and technology in the Vedas, with special focus on Sanskrit language”.........Read more

Potentially Hazardous Asteroid That Is Larger Than Burj Khalifa To Fly Past Earth On February 4

Reports state that the asteroid is about 1.1km wide – making it longer than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which stands at 0.8km. It is the largest space rock to slip past Earth in 2018. It might be noted that an asteroid that comes within 4.6 million miles of Earth is called “potentially hazardous” by Nasa. Fortunately, NASA is confident that this asteroid won’t collide with Earth.........Read more

Adani buys Reliance's Mumbai power business for Rs 13,251 crore

The total deal value is at Rs 13,251 crore. This comprises of business valued at Rs 12,101 crore and regulatory assets approved so far of Rs 1,150 crore. In addition, regulatory assets under approval estimated at Rs 5,000 crore and net working capital on closing estimated at Rs 550 crore will flow directly to RInfra.........Read more

Water on Mars mystery solved? Scientists believe this is the reason why water on the Red Planet disappeared

Scientists believed that water flowed freely on Mars, but nobody knew where it disappeared. Earlier researchers pointed out that water evaporated into space after the collapse of the planet's magnetic field billions of years ago. A new study claims that basaltic crusts formed by lava may have absorbed all the water.........Read more

NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar retires

During his tenure as NGT chief, he passed several landmark orders and judgements. These include the ban on 10-year-old diesel and 15-year-old petrol vehicles, the slew of directions for rejuvenation of the Ganga and Yamuna, the demolition of illegal hotels in Himachal Pradesh and the ban on plastic items in Delhi, Haridwar and Punjab.........Read more

1,800 Chinese Troops Staying in Doklam Area For The First Time in Winter

n the freezing winter, around 1,800 Chinese troops have now virtually established a permanent presence in the Doklam area, near the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet trijunction. They have constructed two helipads, upgraded roads, pre-fabricated huts, shelters and stores in the high-altitude region.........Read more

Now, government to start mapping your address digitally

The department of posts – which is under the ministry of communications — has ordered a pilot project that will accord a six-character alphanumeric digital address for every property for three postal pin code locations.........Read more

Windows Store rebranded to Microsoft Store in Windows 10

Microsoft is rebranding its Windows Store to the Microsoft Store today. The software maker is rolling out a new Store update to Windows 10 testers on the Release Preview ring that includes the name and logo change. While the store won’t change much apart from by name, Windows 10 users will notice that the taskbar icon for the store now has a shopping bag and Microsoft’s company logo.........Read more

Tata Nexon SUV Launched In India; Prices Begin At Rs. 5.85 Lakh

The Tata Nexon has been launched with both petrol and diesel engines and it's the first subcompact SUV from the company's stable. The new sub-4 metre SUV will be available in four variants - XE, XM, XT, and XZ+ and will be available in five colours namely Moroccan Blue, Vermont Red, Seattle Silver, Glasgow Grey and Calgary White. The Nexon will be manufactured at the Ranjangaon plant, the same plant where the Jeep Compass is made, and will be available on sale across all Tata Motors showrooms in India.........Read more

IT raid on Coffee Day's V G Siddhartha, son-in-law of S M Krishna

Income Tax officials on Thursday are carrying out raids on properties owned and connected to V G Siddhartha, Chairman and Managing Director of the Coffee Day Group and son-in-law of former Karnataka Chief Minister S M Krishna.........Read more

M&M partners Ford in drive for e-cars

Homegrown utility vehicle major Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) and Ford have decided to collaborate again, after a 1995 tie-up to facilitate the American carmaker’s entry into India ended in 2005. This time, the firms would explore joint development of products, especially electric and connected vehicles. ........Read more

'Unemployed' Lalu Yadav Floating Stories On Congress Split, Says Nitish Kumar

Mr Kumar suggested that Lalu Yadav, who is "unemployed" after being dumped by him two months ago, is making such allegations to "demoralise the Congress" to ensure the party's state unit remains under his influence.........Read more

Blue Whale Challenge Claims First Life in Uttar Pradesh; 13-year-old Found Hanging

The fatal online Blue Whale game has claimed its first victim in Uttar Pradesh’s Hamirpur district, police said on Monday. Parth Singh, 13, was found hanging in his bedroom in Maudaha village.........Read more

India sees over 15% growth in foreign tourist arrivals

The highest number of tourists arrived from Bangladesh (20.12 per cent), followed by the US (16.26 per cent), the UK (10.88 per cent) and France (3.01 per cent), said the statement which was released on Wednesday.........Read more

Encephalitis claims 34 more kids in 3 days at UP hospital

In an unstoppable cycle of deaths in the peak season for Japanese Encephalitis and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, 34 more children died between Monday and Wednesday evening at BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur.........Read more

BMW i8 roadster expected to debut at Los Angeles show

BMW will launch a convertible version of its plug-in hybrid i8 sports car next spring. The i8 roadster is expected to be unveiled in November at the Los Angeles auto show before going on sale in the U.S. and other markets in early 2018. BMW has been hinting at a convertible version of the i8 since 2012, when it showed the i8 Concept Roadster with eDrive.........Read more

Kia Motors to bring Hyundai Creta competitor, and three other products

South Korean car manufacturer Kia Motors is all set to debut in Indian market with a mid size SUV to take on the likes of Hyundai Creta in the second half of 2019. The first model would be a mid-SUV to take on the likes of the Hyundai Creta. The subsequent product line-up will be a combination of sedans, hatchbacks and SUVs.........Read more

Warren Buffet has $100 billion in cash, and he doesn’t want it

It’s a milestone Warren Buffett probably wishes he weren’t approaching. Berkshire Hathaway Inc., the conglomerate he’s run for more than five decades, reported that it held just shy of $100 billion in cash at the end of the second quarter.........Read more

Moeen Ali Shines as England Beat South Africa in Fourth Test to Win Series 3-1

Moeen Ali on Monday shone with his five-wicket haul (5/69) as England beat South Africa by 177 runs to clinch the Test series 3-1 at Old Trafford. This is England’s first home series win over South Africa since 1998. South Africa were bowled out for 202 runs on the fourth day.........Read more

Ranbir Kapoor Slams Karan Johar, Blames 'Koffee with Karan' For Exploiting Bollywood Stars

I am tired of Koffee with Karan. I was forced this season. I told Karan I don’t want to come in and me and Anushka were actually going to protest and get the film industry together to stop this because it’s not fair. He is making money out of us. We come and we get screwed through the year. It’s not right.........Read more

Major tech companies align with Apple against Qualcomm's bid to ban the import of iPhones

A lobbying group that represents Alphabet Inc’s Google, Inc, Microsoft Corp, and Facebook Inc filed comments with the U.S. International Trade Commission. They argued that barring Apple from importing foreign-assembled iPhones that use Intel Corp chips, as Qualcomm has requested, would cause “significant shocks to supply” for phones and would hurt consumers.........Read more

Nagaland political crisis: Shurhozelie Liezietsu fails to turn up for floor test; House adjourned

Former chief minister TR Zeliang, leader of the rebel NPF MLAs, was present in the House along with his followers. The motion to prove the majority of the chief minister could not be taken up as he was not present and the House was adjourned sine die, Speaker Imtiwapang said. The speaker said, he will report the proceedings of the House to the Governor.........Read more

Tata Sons names Aarthi Subramanian as Chief Digital Officer

Tata Sons recently appointed Aarthi Subramanian as the group’s Chief Digital Officer, as per this PTI report.  At Tata, Subramanian will drive digital adoption across group companies as well as the group's digital initiatives, the report said. Subramanian will report to N Chandrasekaran, Chairman of........Read more

Central Railway to Run 60 More Special Trains During Ganpati Festival

The Central Railway will run 60 more special trains to clear the extra rush of passengers during Ganpati Festival. It was directed by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in addition to 142 specials already announced. The railways will run Pune–Sawantwadi Road Weekly specials, Panvel–Sawantwadi Road weekly specials, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus–Karmali weekly specials and Mumbai–Chiplun Tri-weekly specials. The booking opening date for these trains have not been decided yet.........Read more

China sends troops to Djibouti for opening of military base

China began construction of a logistics base in strategically located Djibouti last year that will resupply naval vessels taking part in peacekeeping and humanitarian missions off the coasts of Yemen and Somalia, in particular.........Read more

Tata Safari Dicor Has Been Discontinued

Tata Motors has discontinued the Tata Safari Dicor in the Indian market. Tata Safari Dicor was available in two variants - LX 4x2 and EX 4x2 and was powered by a 2.2-litre Dicor turbo diesel engine that made about 140 bhp of max power and 320 Nm of peak torque while mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.........Read more

Supreme Court expands ban on cattle trade for slaughter across India, govt says new rules by August-end

The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended to whole of the country the Madras high court order that put on hold the Centre’s notification banning sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter, a move that had triggered howls of protest.........Read more

To counter Indian Army, Lashkar, Jaish, Hizbul to fight as one entity

As the Kashmir Valley will witness the completion of one year since Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani died, an Intelligence Bureau dossier speaks of 200 terrorists being trained in Pakistan. What is interesting is that the three major terrorist groups Lashkar-e-Tayiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Hizbul Mujahideen would now function as one solitary unit.........Read more

Ambedkar University first cut-off list at 100%, second list to be out on July 10

Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD) has set 100% as cut-off percentage for some of its undergraduate programmes out ranking the notorious cut-off list of Delhi University (DU).........Read more

Students of over 50 Hyderabad schools, colleges found taking drugs

Authorities here have asked as many as 27 colleges and 26 schools to take steps to check use of drugs by their students after a probe found that over 1,000 students, some of them as young as 13 are using ‘high-end’ drugs like LSD and MDMA, an official said on Wednesday. Advisories were sent to …........Read more

Royal Enfield collaborates with four bike custom builders | Team-BHP

Royal Enfield has announced a collaboration with four custom-building companies with an aim to boost the motorcycle customization industry in the country. The collaborated customizers include TNT Motorcycles, Inline Three, Bull City Customs and Bombay Custom Works.........Read more

Three Pakistani men father almost 100 children: Pakistan has the highest birth rate in South Asia as country’s population surges

Three men have fathered nearly 100 children – 96 to be precise. On bringing the issue of economical and social parameters, they remain unaffected. They simply say – Allah will provide. One of the strongest influences in the Islamic country has been the belief that their religion prevents family planning. ........Read more

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV Review

The VW Tiguan review is something we were waiting to share with you and it is finally here. The second-generation Tiguan is the latest product from Volkswagen India and we got to spend a few hours driving this new SUV and here is our first impression of the same.........Read more

Judy malware: Here is the complete list of infected Google Play Store apps

In what would be one of the biggest malware stories of our time, the security researchers at Check Point had unearthed an Android malware campaign that could have infected up to 36.5 million Android users to date. The malware called “Judy” has spread or rather had been spreading, undetected over the past year in the form of 41 applications that have been available for download on the Google Play Store.........Read more

Shakespeare's influence on India being showcased in UK

William Shakespeare's relationship with South Asian countries, including India, is being showcased in an exhibition in the UK, which offers a glimpse into the bard's enduring influence on the cultures and lives of the people.........Read more

Cattle trade rules: Buffaloes likely to be removed from govt’s ‘no slaughter’ list after protests

The Centre is understood to be having a rethink on its order restricting the sale of animals, including cows and buffaloes, for slaughter following the stiff opposition from some states, including Kerala. The government is likely to exempt buffaloes from the ‘no slaughter’ list, an official said on Monday.........Read more

Kapil Mishra vs Arvind Kejriwal: Income-Tax dept launches probe against AAP

The Income-Tax (IT) department has launched a probe after the sacked Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra on Sunday accused Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of 'massive' financial irregularities.........Read more

Pakistan's Younis Khan to coach Afghanistan after retirement

Pakistan cricket legend Younis Khan is all set to become the next coach of Afghanistan cricket after he retires from all forms of cricket after the ongoing Test series against the West Indies. Atif Mashal, the head of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) confirmed that Younis had agreed to the role and will soon take over as coach. ........Read more

Jhulan Goswami is highest wicket-taker in women’s ODIs

Fast bowler Jhulan Goswami is now the highest wicket-taker in one-day internationals in the women’s game. Goswami, who now has 181 wickets in 153 matches, surpassed the world record held by Australia bowler Cathryn Fitzpatrick (180).........Read more

Naidu elected governing council

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday expressed happiness on being elected as the president of Governing Council of UN-HABITAT and said it is an opportunity to work towards a new urban future.........Read more

Student Stabs 4, Kills 1 Near Texas University

In what can be called a bizarre yet fatal attack, a student with a large hunting knife resembling a machete stabbed at least four people in the Monday afternoon in the University of Texas campus.........Read more

Sasikala Threatens to Commit Suicide If Probe Ordered on Jaya's Death

Sasikala warned him of committing suicide if the photos or videos of Jaya's last days from hospital comes out, AIADMK, O Panneerselvam, Sasikala, Tamil Nadu, Palaniswami, Jayalalithaa........Read more

Facebook, WhatsApp to be regulated, DoT tells Supreme Court

The Centre informed the Supreme Court on Wednesday that it would soon formulate a regulatory regime, similar to one existing for all telecom operators, for Over-The-Top (OTT) services like WhatsApp, Facebook, Skype, WeChat and Google Talk.........Read more

Trai CONFIRMS Reliance Jio's 4G download speed almost double of that offered by rivals

Amid a tussle between leading telecom firms over broadband speed, data published by telecom regulator Trai shows that Reliance Jio tops the chart with almost double the download speed of those offered by its nearest rivals -- Idea Cellular and Airtel.........Read more

Towards A New Understanding Of Dark Matter

Unlike stellar black holes, primordial black holes originated in high density fluctuations of matter during the first moments of the Universe. They can be much larger, or smaller, than stellar black holes. PBHs could be as small as asteroids or as large as 30 solar masses, even larger. They could also be more abundant, because they don’t require a large mass star to form.........Read more

Is censorship of films justified?

When we see films from the West, they are rated — this film needs parental guidance, this film is rated this and that. So a certain age or a certain demographic is thought suitable to watch the film. In our country, we have U/UA/A certificates. The need is to certify the films. But to censor the film is something which inevitably seems contrary to freedom of artistic expression. It is a bit problematic to think of CBFC as a censor board.........Read more

IPhone 8, Samsung Galaxy S8 beware! LG V30 is a killer device with dual-selfie camera, SD835, 6GB RAM

LG V30 will be powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset along with 6GB RAM and dual-camera setup both at front and back of the device. This will also make it the first smartphone to have dual-cameras on both sides, unless another company makes the approach first.........Read more

Terror funding: Islamabad to face heat at Paris meet this weekend

ISLAMABAD’S FAILURE to choke the funding of jihadist groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Muhammad will be discussed at a five-day meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an international consortium against terror financing, set to begin in Paris on February 19, diplomatic sources told The Indian Express. The meeting could lead to the initiation of steps that would lead to greater scrutiny of Pakistan-origin transactions across the global financial system.........Read more

Government appoints 10 IIM Directors

The directors of 10 Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), including that in Bangalore, have been appointed by the government. Professor G. Raghuram will be the director of IIM- Bangalore, Besides him, Shailendra Singh and Dheeraj Sharma will be the head of IIM in Ranchi and Rohtak, respectively. Bharat Bhasker has been named the Director of IIM-Raipur. Mahadeo Prasad Jaiswal and L S Murty will be heading the premier business schools in Sambalpur and Nagpur.........Read more

IAAF extends doping ban on Russian athletes

A doping ban on the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) was extended, after an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) taskforce recommendation was approved by the world athletics governing body's council, the media reported.........Read more

Universal screening for diabetes, hypertension and cancer

THE Union Health Ministry has decided to implement universal screening for diabetes, hypertension and three types of cancer for everyone over 30 years in 100 districts where the original UPA plan for a similar screening exercise failed to take off. The project is known to have been pushed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who last year had set a deadline for the Ministry to come up with a screening framework for cancer. ........Read more

Theresa May tries to limit fall-out from Donald Trump's 'Muslim ban'

Theresa May has confirmed most UK citizens will not be affected by Donald Trump’s “Muslim ban” in a frantic bid to prevent a broad backlash against the policy from damaging her government. Her early reluctance to criticise it came after she was the first foreign leader to visit Mr Trump at the White House, where the pair were pictured holding hands and the President delighted Ms May by expressing a desire to sign a quick post-Brexit trade deal with the UK.........Read more

As theatres bleed, Pakistan to lift Bollywood ban

Nadeem Mandviwalla, owner of Atrium Cinema in Karachi, had earlier said that 70% of their business comes from Bollywood and Hollywood. "We can survive a temporary suspension. But, if it continues, cinema owners might have to shut shop," he had said.........Read more

Nobody has right to dilute realty law passed by Parliament: I&B Minister Venkaiah Naidu

A mid reports of dilution of key provisions of new realty law by some states, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today said it should be implemented in true spirit and nobody has the right to dilute the law passed by Parliament. He said everybody will get appreciation if the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act is implemented in true spirit.........Read more

Now, a robot to assist you at HDFC Bank

HDFC Bank, the country's second largest private one, will be using robots at its branches, to assist customers.Nitin Chugh, their country head for digital banking, said more 'humanoids' would be deployed after seeing the response from customers.........Read more

World's first-ever solar panel road has finally seen the light of day in Normandy village!

In a first of its kind, Normandy village in France has made claims to have the world's first solar panel road. The ecology minister of France, Ségolène Royal, inaugrated a 1km (0.6-mile) route in the small village of Tourouvre-au-Perche covered with 2,800 sq m of electricity-generating panels. The route is expected to be used by around 2,000 motorists in a day during the 2-year test period. After this it will be established if the route can generate adequate amount of energy to lighten up village of 3,500 residents.........Read more

RSS affiliate to launch national campaign against triple talaq

The Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM), a group affiliated to the RSS, has announced a nationwide campaign to attract Muslim women voters by raising the issue of triple talaq. It will also implore its supporters to vote keeping the nation in mind and not caste or religion. MRM is going to hold ‘Jalsas’ in different districts of UP to speak to Muslim women and seek their support over the issue. RSS national executive member and MRM ‘margdarshak’ Indresh Kumar and MRM national convener Mohd Afzal will address these Jalsas.........Read more

Smartphone manufacturers given two more months for adding 'panic button' feature

"On the request of mobile device manufacturers, we have extended the period for implementing panic button in new handsets by two months ... the players had made a request saying they have unsold inventory of mobile phones without the panic button ... so we have given them an extension till February 28," Telecom Secretary J S Deepak told .........Read more

Gut microorganisms affect our physiology

Researchers have found evidence that could shed new light on the complex community of trillions of microorganisms living in all our guts, and how they interact with our bodies.........Read more

Cyanogen Inc is shutting down CyanogenMod, team forks project into LineageOS

Cyanogen Inc (cyngn) has announced that it is discontinuing support for CyanogenMod (CM), and that nightly builds will be not be available from 2017. The code will still be open source for anyone who wants to build CM personally. Cygn makes the Cygn OS, built over the Android OS and with powerful customisation features. CM an open source community made project, that was supported by Cygn. Even though Cygn has stopped supporting the project, the team hopes to keep the initiative alive, and continue the work of eight years.........Read more

Freedom 251, iPhone 7 and Redmi Note 3 were the most searched phones of 2016 on Google

Among the most search mobile phones, there was a new name this year. Freedom 251, the Rs 251 phone, that was announced earlier this year clearly dominated the search results. It even beat the likes of Apple's iPhone 7 which came in at second spot and Samsung which was at no.5 spot. Here is the complete list of the top trending mobile devices in 2016.........Read more

Google, Samsung, Oculus, HTC, Sony partner to create a Global VR Association

Google, HTC, Oculus, Samsung, Sony and Acer have come together in a partnership to create the Global Virtual Reality Association (GVRA) which aims to 'unlock and maximise VR's potential'.........Read more

Every 3rd Indian migrant, most headed south

According to Census data released on Thursday, southern states, especially Tamil Nadu and Kerala, have shown the highest increase in migrant population. With 45.36 crore migrants in India, every third citizen of the country is a migrant. Of these, 69 per cent are women, majority of whom have cited marriage or having migrated with their husbands as the reason for their translocation.........Read more

Coimbatore engineer designs humanoid robot to help out people in banks

A Coimbatore-based software engineer and designer has come up with a unique creation that could help us deal with the crisis that is over-crowded banks, confusing directions and unhelpful bank employees. This humanoid robot will wipe your troubles at the banks, maybe even help you with demonetisation FAQs.........Read more

UN Security Council hits North Korea with toughest-ever sanctions

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously imposed its toughest sanctions on North Korea, placing a cap on the hermit state's key coal exports after its defiant nuclear tests. The new sanctions resolution - which was spearheaded by the United States and came after three months of tough negotiations with fellow veto-wielding council member China - passed by a 15-0 vote.........Read more

Deutsche Telekom routers targeted in global hacking attack

Hackers attacked Deutsche Telekom customers’ routers, causing as many as 900,000 of the carrier’s more than 20 million landline subscribers to lose service........Read more

The Real Logic Of The ‘Useless’ Rs 2,000 Note: It’s A Stopgap Currency, Born To Die 

The first purpose of the Rs 2,000 note is to quickly fill the void created by demonetisation. A Rs 2,000 note replaces four Rs 500 notes and two Rs 1,000 notes. The printing order for 3.5 billion pieces of Rs 2,000 notes (probably already completed or near completion) is meant to replace half the currency demonetised (Rs 14 lakh crore) in one shot. If money is the lifeblood of commerce, it is meant to replace the blood lost quickly. It is not meant to be hugely transacted on a daily basis.........Read more

Pak freezes accounts of 5,100 terror suspects, including JeM chief Azhar

Authorities in Pakistan have frozen bank accounts with more than Rs 400 million of over 5,100 terror suspects, including JeM chief Masood Azhar who is under........Read more

Nasa New Zodiac Signs, Dates, Meanings: What Is The 13th Zodiac Ophiuchus?

When the NASA New Zodiac Signs emerged, many were confused since this would mean that their astrological sign will change. With that, it might not fit their personality anymore. Aside from that, many are also asking what is the 13th Zodiac sign.........Read more

As India gets expensive, Uber looks at Latin America - The Economic Times

Uber operates in more than 65 cities in Latin America, and Macdonald’s planning to double that by the end of next year. He began overseeing the region a little over a year ago, and the number of rides has increased 10-fold in that time, rising to 45 million trips in August. "We just had to turn it up a little bit more," he said. "And then once we started getting the momentum, people were like, ‘holy shit, Brazil could be a top five business for us.’" Today, Brazil is Uber third biggest business .. ........Read more

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) spotted on Zauba; expected to launch in India soon: Price, specifications and features

The Galaxy A8 (2016) smartphone was launched in South Korea last month and is expected to launch in India soon. The smartphone is likely to compete with the likes of OnePlus 3, Honor 8, and LeEco Le Max 2.........Read more

Pathankot, Uri attacks stark reminder of times we live in; force ready to take up any challenge: IAF Chief

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha on Saturday said that the terror attack in Pathankot and Uri are a stark reminder of the times we live in, and added, that the Indian Air Force is ready to counter such attacks in the future.........Read more

California earthquakes discovered much deeper than originally believed

Scientists in California have found that earthquakes can occur much deeper below the Earth's surface than originally believed, a discovery that alters their understanding of seismic behavior and potential risks.........Read more

FPI flow touches $1.7 billion during July-Sept quarter

Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) have snapped up stocks worth $ 7.02 billion in 2016 so far, twice the amount that flowed in during the corresponding period of 2015. The tab of $ 1.7 billion in September is the highest in the last six quarters.........Read more

Amazon India to open 'seller cafes' to offer on-ground help ahead of festive season

We are opening 24 ‘seller cafes’ in cities and towns to offer on-ground support to sellers to help them getting ready for the festive season. Sellers can use this to set up a new account for imaging or cataloguing help, or any other issues that they face, he added.........Read more

US media firm Liberty Media to buy Formula 1

US firm Liberty Media is buying the racing business Formula 1, with Bernie Ecclestone to remain as chief executive.........Read more

US expresses concern over human rights situation in PoK

Expressing concern over human rights situation in Pakistan occupied Kashmir, the United States has called for working out differences peaceably and through a valid political process.........Read more

Animals Starving in Venezuela Zoos

The country’s poor economy, triggered by a drop in the price of oil, has led people as well as zoo animals to go hungry.........Read more

Illustrations: Indian women's fashion from the early 20th century and before

A 10-page booklet by a French illustrator provides an insight into what women's clothing looked like through the ages.........Read more

Google may launch its own handset to take on Apple

In a move to take on Apple's dominance in the high-end smartphone market, search engine giant Google may release its own handset by the end of this year........Read more

Yeddyurappa Faces Revolt in Karnataka BJP Over 'Dictatorial' Style

These leaders have alleged that the former chief minister is taking decisions........Read more

‘Brahman Naman’ director Q talks about the ’80s, sexual repression, and the state of indie cinema

Written by Naman Ramachandran and based on his formative years as a quizzer, the 95-minute satire explores the sexual adventures of three needy nerds who can answer obscure questions but cannot crack the greatest mystery of all: how do they lose........Read more