Amid Ladakh standoff with China, India puts border roads in fast lane

Despite the Chinese army threat, India has decided to go ahead with the construction of roads at the line of actual control (LAC). Defence ministry has asked railways to provide it with 11 trains to send laborers to LAC for the road building activities. The Chinese army, which has entered 3-4 kilometres into Indian territory, at the Galwan area in Ladakh sector is unhappy with the 255 kilometer Darbuk-Shayok-Daulat Beg Oldie road, which connects to base of the Karakoram pass -- the last military post. This road is near Aksai Chin and the Chinese fear that this gives Indian army capability to threaten the Lhasa-Kashgar highway.........Read more

Five asteroids inbound THIS WEEK as 2020’s relentless onslaught continues

According to NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), four of the near-Earth objects are due to fly past the planet on Tuesday, June 2. Kicking things off will be the 108-foot wide 2020 KK7, cruising along at 34,000mph. It is due to skim past the Earth at 4:43am EDT, at a merciful distance of roughly 319,000 miles, or just beyond the Moon. Close one. Next up will be 2020 KD4, measuring 115 feet wide, with a velocity of almost 12,000 miles per hour, which will pass us at 8:47am EDT, at a distance of 2.5 million miles away. The biggest of Tuesday’s bunch, the 144-foot 2020 KF, will shoot past our planet at 24,000 miles per hour some 2.9 million miles away, at 12:00pm EDT.........Read more

NEET Will be the Only Medical Admission Test, SC Rules as it Rejects Minority Institutions' Objections

Putting an end to all speculations, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that NEET shall remain the only uniform entrance test for medical admissions in the country. It further held that minority institutions, deemed universities and all other private colleges must also abide with these regulations and that they cannot claim violation of their rights to admit students since NEET is in the larger national interest. ........Read more

Entire World Praising PM: Shah Tweets Survey Which Puts Modi Ahead of Other World Leaders in Handling COVID-19

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday commended Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his handling of the COVID-19 Pandemic. “Every Indian is feeling safe and trusts his leadership,” Shah asserted in a tweet. “Truth is self evident!,” Shah captioned as he tweeted a survey by a US-based firm of world leaders and their performance in tackling the Coronavirus pandemic. The survey said that PM Modi was ahead of Donald Trump, Angela Merkel, Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron in approval ratings in their respective countries. ........Read more

ICMR advises asymptomatic pregnant women likely to deliver in 5 days to get tested for COVID-19

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has issued an advisory asking all pregnant women likely to deliver in the next five days and residing in cluster or containment areas from hotspot districts be tested for COVID-19 even if asymptomatic. “Asymptomatic pregnant women should be tested in the health facilities where they are expected to deliver and all arrangements should be made to collect and transfer samples to testing facilities. Women should not be referred for lack of testing facilities,” ICMR said.........Read more

World leaders who tested positive for COVID-19

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested positive for coronavirus on March 27 and was quarantined at his home. However, Johnson's condition worsened and had to be hospitalised and moved into intensive care on April 6. The government said that the decision was a precaution and that he had been in good spirits earlier in the day.........Read more

Coronavirus Effect: Election Commission Defers Rajya Sabha Polls Scheduled For March 26

In view of the novel coronavirus outbreak, the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Tuesday deferred March 26 biennial polls to 18 seats in the Rajya Sabha. The development comes a day after Parliament (both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha) was adjouned sine die due to the growing concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the lockdown in several parts of India, including the national capital.........Read more

Kapil Sharma, Hina Khan crowned 'Television Stars Of The Decade'; fans pour in congratulatory messages

Kapil Sharma needs no introduction. The ace comedian, who always manages to leave the audience in splits with his tongue-in-cheek humour, has been crowned with the Television Star Of The Decade (Male) award at Gold Awards. Besides Kapil, TV-turned-Bollywood actress Hina Khan too won the Television Star Of The Decade (Female) award. Hina, who rose to popularity with the show Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, is doing wonders in her professional life. Post quitting the show, the actress went on to feature in some high-rated shows like Bigg Boss 11 and Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2, where she played the iconic role of Komolika. ........Read more

U.S. Congress to advance 'Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy' bill

U.S. congressional committees are due to start voting next week on legislation supporting human rights in Hong Kong, with measures under consideration including annual reviews of the Chinese territory’s special economic status and the imposition of sanctions on those who undermine its autonomy. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a news conference on Wednesday with House members - Republicans and her fellow Democrats - as well as Joshua Wong, Denise Ho and other Hong Kong democracy activists to back the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019.” The activists have spent much of this week in Washington making their case for U.S. support, including testifying at a congressional hearing on Tuesday. “Democrats and Republicans in the House and the Senate enthusiastically support this legislation,” Pelosi said. “We stand with ... all who are fighting for a peaceful, hopeful future.” Leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said the committee was due to mark up - debate and vote on - the bill next week. It is expected to pass, which would send it for a vote by the full House. A spokeswoman for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that committee was also working on its version of the legislation, hoping to hold its markup next week. ........Read more

30% child courts in India limp along sans full staff

Over a year after the Supreme Court directed for a Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) to be formed in every district to effectively deal with cases of juveniles in conflict with the law, the order is yet to be implemented in every state. About 48 districts don't have a single JJB. Of the 675 districts that have JJBs, 166 lack the staff to function at full capacity. The backlog adds to piling up of legal cases. Though all of Maharashtra's 36 districts have JJBs, only 19 function at full strength. The fact came to light after the Ministry of Women and Child Development filed a status report in the top court as per orders passed on February 9, 2018. As of July 31, 2019, all districts in each state and union territory, by and large, had a JJB. The report pointed the states where the SC order is yet to be a reality — Madhya Pradesh (43 out of 51), Telangana (10 out of 33), West Bengal (19 out of 23), Gujarat (29 out of 33), Arunachal Pradesh (21 out of 25), Delhi (6 out of 10), and Haryana (21 out of 22). As per Section 4(1) of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015, it is mandatory for each district to have one or more JJBs. Similarly, Section 27(1) requires every state to constitute at least one Child Welfare Committee (CWC) in each district. But the Centre found that 43 districts lack even a CWC and 279 don't have adequate staff. ........Read more

Islamabad: MeetinKulbhushan Jadhavg between Indian diplomat and Kulbhushan Jadhav concludes

The meeting between India's Deputy Commissioner to Pakistan, Gaurav Ahluwalia and Indian Kulbhushan Jadhav has concluded in Islamabad. A senior Indian diplomat on Monday met Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is on death row in Pakistan, after Islamabad granted consular access to the Indian prisoner "in line with the ICJ judgement". The venue of the meeting was not disclosed. The meeting came a month after a similar interaction between Indian officials and Jadhav did not materialise amid differences between New Delhi and Islamabad on the terms of the consular access to the retired Indian navy officer.........Read more

Former Madhya Pradesh CM Babulal Gaur passes away

Veteran BJP leader and former Madhya Pradesh CM Babulal Gaur passed away on Wednesday morning. He was 89 and was suffering from indifferent health for sometime. Gaur died after suffering from cardiac arrest at Narmada hospital in Madhya Pradesh capital city Bhopal. He was CM of the state between 2004-2005 and later served as Minister in the Shivraj Singh Chauhan government. For the last week, Gaur was in the hospital after his blood pressure dipped. Babulal Gaur's health progressively took turn for the worst despite best efforts from doctors and he passed away on Wednesday morning. Gaur was born in Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh and was initially part of trade union movement before joining active politics. He was a ten times MLA from Govindpura constituency. Shivraj Singh Chauhan paid his tributes to Babulal Gaur dubbing his death as 'end of an era' in MP politics.........Read more

Deadly Virus Spreads Worldwide, Claims First Death in Canada

Hundreds of cases of the West Nile Virus have been reported so far this year and 22 people have already died as a result of the mosquito-borne infection.........Read more

Govt ignored defence procurement procedure in Rafale deal, says Chidambaram

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram accused the Centre of ignoring the defence procurement procedure and “bypassing” several committees to secure the Rafale deal.........Read more

Article 35 A: SC adjourns hearing petitions challenging validity, to hear matter on August 27

SC adjourned hearing petitions challenging the validity of Article 35 A which empowers J&K state’s legislature to define ‘permanent residents’ and provide special rights. The SC will hear the matter on August 27.........Read more

Government to raise printing of Rs 500 notes by five times

Briefing the media, S C Garg, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs said, "We print about 500 crores of Rs 500 notes per day. We have taken steps to raise this production 5 times. In next couple of days, we'll have a supply of about 2,500 crores of Rs 500 notes per day. In a month, supply would be about 70,000-75,000 crore. Earlier on Monday, there were complaints of cash shortage in eastern Maharashtra, Bihar and Gujarat. This was almost a month after ATMs in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana had run dry. Since Tuesday morning, similar reports started emerging from different parts of the country,........Read more

Govt issues fresh affiliation norms for ITIs

The government has introduced new affiliation norms for over 13,000 Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) across the country to reinvigorate their ecosystem towards ensuring strict compliance to curb the mushrooming of unauthorised institutes.........Read more

GST commissioner, eight others arrested in bribery case

Sansar Chand, a 1986-batch Indian Revenue Service officer, posted as the commissioner, two superintendents of the department, one personal staff and five private people were nabbed by the CBI in a late-night operation spread across Kanpur and Delhi.........Read more

President Kovind hopes for passage of triple talaq bill

My government has introduced the bill on triple talaq in the Parliament. I hope the Parliament will pass it soon. After the bill is enacted, the Muslim women can live a life of dignity and without fear, Kovind said addressing a joint sitting of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, at the commencement of the Budget Session.........Read more

Asean summit: India positions itself as China alternative

The Asean-India summit, to mark 25 years of a partnership will be an occasion for India to showcase itself as an attractive alternative to China which is the overwhelming power in the region. India will emphasize that it is attuned to what is believed to be the "Asean way of doing business" and committed to the idea of the "centrality" of Asean.........Read more

India's mobile consumption is higher than the US and China together

India has now become the country that consumes highest data in the world. What’s astonishing is that the data consumption of Indians is higher than that of US and China people put together. The statistics have been revealed by none other than Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on Twitter.........Read more

May defeated in parliament over Brexit blueprint

Prime Minister Theresa May’s government was defeated on Wednesday, when MPs forced through changes to its Brexit blueprint that ministers said could endanger Britain’s departure from the European Union.........Read more

Saudi Arabia says cinemas will be allowed from early 2018

Saudi Arabia said on Monday that public cinemas would be allowed in the conservative kingdom and the first cinemas were likely to open early next year.........Read more

India ready to launch 5G network services at par with global timeline: Manoj Sinha

The Centre now wants to draw level with the rest of the world on 5G, which is a next-generation mobile technology that is expected to have a higher demand once introduced. The government has already approved 5G technologies testbed that will be anchored by IIT Chennai as India seeks to take part in development as well as local manufacturing of the 5G devices.........Read more

After New York City and London, ISIS threatens to attack Paris and make 'New Year's Day hell'

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group had released posters warning of a terror attack in New York City at Christmas time. And now, the terror group has threatened to attack Paris on New Year's Day in a brand new digitally created propaganda poster.........Read more

2017 Mahindra Scorpio Facelift Launched In India; Prices Start At Rs 9.97 Lakh

The new Scorpio facelift comes with significant cosmetic changes along with loads of features, mainly to the cabin. The most significant upgrade to the new Scorpio has been made to the engine, which now produces 20bhp more and the company has introduced a new 6-speed manual gearbox.........Read more

Suzuki Intruder 150: Clear Images Reveals Design And Other Details

Suzuki Motorcycle India is all set to make an entry into the cruiser segment with its new Intruder 150. This model will rival the likes of Bajaj Avenger 150 and 220 Cruise. Suzuki is expected to launch the motorcycle on November 7, 2017, with a price tag of around Rs 90,000 to Rs 95,000 ex-showroom.........Read more

LIC puts $1 billion bid for shares in New India Assurance IPO

The initial public offering (IPO) of state-owned The New India Assurance Co. Ltd (NIA) on Wednesday was fully subscribed on the back of a $1 billion (approximately Rs6,500 crore) bid by Life Insurance Corp. of India (LIC).........Read more

Nokia 2 launched in India, to be available from mid-November

HMD Global launched the budget smartphone from Nokia series – Nokia 2. Being cheapest in the series, the handset targets those customers who are looking for all the basic features in a handset. Nokia 2 runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS. It has a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) resolution LTPS screen with 16:9 aspect ratio and boasts of a 4100mAh battery.........Read more

Biggboss Hina Khan Makes Cheap Comments on South Heroines

It can’t be said whether she was instructed by the organizers or it was a voluntary act, she nonetheless commented that heroines who work in south films are asked to put on weight as cine goers there like chubby heroines. She added that heroines are asked to bulge up and gyrate in sarees.........Read more

Dinesh Karthik credits Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri for comeback

Dinesh Karthik gave full credit to Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri for keeping faith on him. While Speaking on his innings, he added that it became tough to pick the spinners when the ball got old as it gave an odd turn for the bowler. All in all, he ended by quoting that he will take confidence forward.........Read more

Assam Govt Rolls out New Tourism Policy

The ‘Tourism Policy of Assam 2017′, effective from January next year till December 2022, gives special emphasis on making the state a destination of film making by offering a range of incentives to movie producers.........Read more

Denmark Open: PV Sindhu crashes out in first round, Saina Nehwal moves ahead

Olympic and World Championship silver medallist shuttler ​Sindhu failed to break the rhythm of world number 10 Chen to go down fighting 17-21 21-23 in a 43-minute women's singles match.........Read more

Modi’s ambitious infrastructure fund gets $1-billion steroid from Abu Dhabi after 2-year lull

Narendra Modi’s ambitious National Investment and Infrastructure Fund has got a major boost with the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority committing to put in up to $1 billion (about Rs 6,500 crore) and becoming its first significant shareholder, after being largely dormant for nearly two years since it was launched.........Read more

Bihar Museum's newly opened premises offer world-class display for state's cultural heritage

The Bihar Museum showcases the state’s heritage and its contribution to world civilization — from Buddha and Mahavir, to the Nalanda University, the Bihari diaspora (known as girmitiya labourers) of the 19th and 20th centuries, and Mahatma Gandhi’s first satyagraha from Champaran. Also highlighted here, are the philosophy of Chanakya and the reign of Emperor Ashoka.........Read more

Hire IITians, MCA grads as cyber crime sleuths: Niti Aayog report

Graduates from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) colleges or those who have a Master of Computer Applications (MCA) degree should be recruited as cyber crime investigators, India’s top policy-making body Niti Aayog suggested as part of measures to overhaul India’s police.........Read more

New Zealand tour of India 2017: Here's the full schedule of ODI, T20I series

Mumbai will host the first ODI against the Kiwis on October 22 while the second game will be played in Pune on October 25. The venue for the third ODI on October 29 will be hosted at Kanpur's Green Park Stadium. The three T20 Internationals against the visiting New Zealand side will be held in New Delhi (Nov 1), Rajkot (Nov 4) and Thiruvananthapuram (Nov 7).........Read more

Gauri Lankesh becomes first Indian journalist to win Anna Politkovskaya Award

Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh, a strident critic of religious extremism who was shot dead last month, has been awarded a prestigious global award, given in the memory of a slain Russian reporter and political activist.........Read more

India is unprepared to handle a massive cyberattack, says an IT security firm

India has a talented workforce and access to all the tools to safeguard its systems against data breaches, yet the country is unprepared to handle a massive cyber attack like 'WannaCrypt' or 'Petya,' a top executive from global IT security firm Sophos has said.........Read more

Pvt varsities cleaner than govt institutions

HRD minister Prakash Javadekar released the findings of the Swachhta Ranking of the Higher Educational Institutions-2017, in which nearly 3,500 public and private higher educational organisations have participated. OP Jindal Global University, Sonipat, secured the top position, while Manipal Universitys Gujarat campus was placed second in the survey.........Read more

Govt issues alert for email-based Locky ransomware

The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) on Saturday issued an alert on its website about an email-based ransomware, Locky, which is in circulation through over 23 million messages. The ransomware, which spreads through spam mails, scrambles the contents of a computer or server and demands payment in bitcoins to unlock it.........Read more

Audi launches A6 & Q7 Design Editions

Audi India has launched new trim versions of its A6 executive luxury saloon and Q7 full size SUV. Audi’s limited edition Design Edition models come equipped with additional equipment and features to add a dose of fresh appeal to the cars.........Read more

HBO social media hacked in latest cyber security breach - BBC News

HBO's Facebook and Twitter accounts have been compromised in the latest cyber security breach to hit the firm. A group called OurMine appeared to take control of the main HBO accounts, as well as those for the network's shows including Game of Thrones.........Read more

Nawaz Sharif resigns: Who could be Pakistan's next PM?

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was Friday ousted from the top office by the Supreme Court, but as the head of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party he will be able to nominate his successor.........Read more

Govt asks states to file FIRs over violence in name of cow protection

Considered holy by many Hindus, cows have gained in importance since Prime Minister Narendra Modi stormed to power in 2014 as several BJP-ruled states enacted strict laws to punish cow slaughter.........Read more

Washing up: Vijay Mallya laundered Rs 1,301.67 crore, says Enforcement Directorate

Fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya laundered Rs 1,301.67 crore though various shell companies in India and abroad, according to a complaint by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) before the special court for Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).........Read more

Not In My Name protestors will hold a vigil in Delhi's Jantar Mantar to mourn Amarnath deaths

The Not In My Name campaigners, who organised the nation-wide protests against lynchings and communal violence on June 28, will hold a vigil in Jantar Mantar on Tuesday evening, this time to mourn the deaths of the seven Hindu pilgrims who were killed by militants on their way to Amarnath on Monday.........Read more

Here comes India's data behemoth: GSTN will handle 320 crore transactions a month

With nearly 80 lakh users, 1.2 lakh transactions in a second and 320 crore transactions in a month, GSTN needs to have a mind-boggling capacity. It has designed its system so that it can handle 60,000 users per second. It can increase the capacity if the traffic increases. ........Read more

Bajaj Pulsar NS160 Launched in India; Priced at Rs. 82,400

Bajaj has launched the Pulsar NS160 in India at Rs. 82,400 (ex-showroom, Pune). The company decided to have soft launch for the bike instead of a formal launch event. The Pulsar NS160 has already started arriving at dealerships across the country.........Read more

‘Is this the azadi we are fighting for?’ Anger, disbelief among kin of J-K cop lynched by mob

“What state we have reached that we kill a person outside a mosque on an auspicious night without any reason? Is this what the religion has taught us?” asked a close relative of Pandith at their home in old city Nowpora.........Read more

Film Review: Tubelight

Salman and Kabir Khan attempt another ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, but ‘Tubelight’ cannot rise above its desperate need to be liked........Read more

Pak army giving 'artillery cover' to armed intruders in J&K: Army

The Army on Thursday accused their Pakistani counterpart of engineering infiltration of armed terrorists into Kashmir, saying these groups were being provided active support, including covering fire, during their infiltration bids at the Line of Control.........Read more

NASA to launch world's first mission to Sun in 2018

NASA is set to launch the world's first mission to the Sun next year, that will explore our star's atmosphere and answer questions about solar physics that have puzzled scientists for over six decades. ........Read more

Chetan Bhagat accused of plagiarising his latest bestseller, One Indian Girl

While author Chetan Bhagat’s one book has made its way in Delhi University curriculum, his another bestseller has run into trouble with a Bengaluru based author accusing him of plagiarism, a charge denied by him.........Read more

Wipro lays off several hundred employees on 'performance' grounds

The move comes on the heels of larger rival Cognizant, which has about 75% of its employees in India, initiating a process of eliminating 6,000 jobs, which represents over 2% of its total workforce.........Read more

CBSE to act against schools that force ‘costly’ books from pvt publishers on kids

Schools across the country have been warned against forcing students to buy expensive textbooks produced by private publishers, rather than those belonging to the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)........Read more

Soon there could be jail term for not standing up for national anthem

Bhopal resident Shyam Narayan Chouskey - who had on November 30, 2016 persuaded the Supreme Court to issue a controversial order directing all cine-goers to stand up for the national anthem played before the movie - Tuesday told the judges that there should also be some punishment for violation of the court directive to ensure strict compliance. ........Read more

Apple will replace the 4th generation iPad with the iPad Air 2

Customers who need to replace their fourth generation iPad will now get a newer and more capable iPad Air 2 as a substitute from Apple Stores and authorised service providers, a media report said. Apple is doing this because the company has no stock left of the aging and now discontinued fourth generation iPad.........Read more

Flipkart’s Sachin, Binny Bansal lose billionaire status after funding round

Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal, co-founders of India’s most valuable internet firm Flipkart, lost their billionaire status after the e-commerce firm’s valuation fell in its latest funding round. Their fortunes are now worth $650-750 million each after Flipkart’s valuation reduced to $11.6 billion in its funding round of $1.4 billion announced on Monday,........Read more

No positive response by govt on lifting of flying ban on MP

The issue of assault of an Air India staffer by a Shiv Sena MP resonated in the Lok Sabha today, with his party demanding revocation of a ban on his flying but it got no positive response from the government which justified the action by the airlines.........Read more

AI federation bars 'rowdy' Gaikwad from flying

Shiv Sena Member of Parliament Ravindra Gaikwad who assaulted an Air India official has been barred from flying by the Federation of Indian Airlines. The decision was taken in the wake of an outrage followed by complaints after the MP confessed on camera that he had hit an airline official with his sandal 25 times.........Read more

SC refuses Advani's plea in Babri case

The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused a plea by senior BJP leader L K Advani to adjourn for four weeks the hearing on a CBI petition challenging a trial court's decision to drop criminal conspiracy charges against him and several other leaders in the Babri Masjid demolition case.........Read more

Not many changes in GST rates say officials

There will not be many changes in the goods and services tax (GST) rates compared to what’s prevailing in the current indirect taxation regime, according to officials. They also said the rates would not be inflationary because foodgrains are likely to be exempted. ........Read more

Do not have enough money to settle Rs 9,000-crore loan: Vijay Mallya tells Supreme Court

Fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya on Thursday told the Supreme Court that he did not have enough money to pay the Rs 9,000 crore he owes banks in the country. The banks had asked the Supreme Court to direct Mallya to bring back the $40 million (around Rs 267 crore) that he had received from British liquor company Diageo Plc. Mallya told the court that all of his assets had been attached by the government authorities, and hence he had no money to pay the money he had loaned from the banks.........Read more

These Two Techies From Bengaluru Are Busting Fake News and Exposing Spam on the Internet

It was Shammas, an IBM employee, who came up with the concept in 2015. “I am an avid social media user,” he says. “I realised that so many of the stories circulating on Facebook and Whatsapp were complete hoax. But convincing people can be difficult without proof.”........Read more

India eyes record satellite launch as Asia's space race heats up

Forget the US versus Russia. The real space race is taking place in Asia. India, China and Japan have all outlined bold space exploration plans for 2017 and beyond. Smaller powers, like South Korea, also want to get in on the act with ambitions of their own.........Read more

Silicon Valley's Tesla mulls India entry this summer

Silicon Valley-based electric car maker Tesla is mulling an entry into the Indian market sometime this summer, a little over a year after the company began taking orders for its upcoming Model 3 sedan from customers in the country."Hoping for summer........Read more

ONGC's Rs 78,000-cr investment in Andhra Pradesh to be credit negative: Moody's

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation's (ONGC) planned Rs 78,000-crore investment for development of oil and gas discoveries in Andhra Pradesh will be credit negative and lead to an upfront increase in leverage, Moody's Investors Service today said. ........Read more

Queen marks 65 years on British throne

Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to reign for 65 years on Monday. Her Sapphire Jubilee is being marked with ceremonial gun salutes at London's Green Park and the Tower of London, and in several other locations across the United Kingdom. The bells at Westminster Abbey in central London will be rung at 1pm in honor of the occasion.........Read more

Harbhajan Singh's profound video message to Shahid Afridi gives India-Pakistan rivalry new colour

Harbhajan's message has come as a surprise to many for the simple fact that India and Pakistan share a fierce rivalry. The constant trouble in the border, never ending political insinuation from either side stemming from an ugly partition have always played their parts in almost every duel in sports fields.........Read more

Instagram is testing multi-photo posts in the latest beta, but it's pretty broken right now

Looks like Instagram is testing the ability to add multiple photos to a single post in the latest Android beta build. This feature will allow you to create an album in your timeline, something that could prove pretty handy if the service is your photo-sharing spot of choice.........Read more

Gujarat: Discovery of severed calf's head triggers riots and arson in Surat

Officials said police personnel had to resort to baton-charging and launching tear-gas shells on the crowd. A police officer was injured during the violence and around 20 Bajrang Dal activists have been detained for setting several butcher shops ablaze.........Read more

Flipkart aims to halve monthly spend to $20 million

Flipkart aims to cut its monthly expenditure by half as India’s largest online retailer prepares to raise fresh capital of Rs 3,400-5,400 crore ($500-800 million), according to two people aware of the developments. The company, which is keen to shore up its reserves, could settle for a valuation of $10-12 billion, according to the sources. This will mark a down round from a high of $15.2 billion when it last raised capital in 2015. ........Read more

DMK’s Stalin taken into custody for halting train, CM assures ordinance

Thousands continued to stage protests on Friday against the ban on Jallikattu as the Tamil Nadu government said it has drafted an ordinance to ensure that the bull-taming sport is held in the state. Protesters have thronged Chennai’s signature Marina Beach, and cities and towns across the state. The crowd was disappointed after the Centre dodged the state’s appeal for an ordinance to skirt the court ban on the bull-taming sport, which activists claim amounts to animal cruelty.........Read more

WhatsApp finally supports Android Nougat: Here’s what’s new

Popular messaging app WhatsApp will now support the Android Nougat notification system fully. As of now, this latest upgrade is not available for everyone but is available only for beta testers who use Android.........Read more

Apple leaps into AI research with improved simulated + unsupervised learning

Corporate machine learning research may be getting a new vanguard in Apple. Six researchers from the company’s recently formed machine learning group published a paper that describes a novel method for simulated + unsupervised learning. The aim is to improve the quality of synthetic training images. The work is a sign of the company’s aspirations to become a more visible leader in the ever growing field of AI.........Read more

Political parties received Rs 102 crore in donations in 2015-16

National political parties received over Rs 100 crore in 2015-16 in the form of donations above Rs 20,000, the limit above which funding sources have to be disclosed, as per a report. The BJP led the pack at Rs 76.85 crore from 613 donations while Congress declared receiving Rs 20.42 crores from 918 donations.........Read more

Apple, Netflix, Microsoft, Amazon and IBM may have to pay 'Google Tax' in India

India became the first nation to tax digital transactions when it introduced the equalisation levy of 6% — also known as the Google tax — on the advertising revenue of multinational web companies in June. Now, based on feedback from senior tax experts, the government is widening the ambit of the levy. ........Read more

SC dismisses Katju's plea to quash Parliament resolution against him

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the plea of former apex court judge Justice Markandey Katju seeking quashing of a resolution passed by Parliament condemning his remarks made in a blog on Mahatma Gandhi and Subhash Chandra Bose.........Read more

India gets ready to test nuclear-capable Agni-V ICBM that can hit northern China

India is getting ready to test its Agni-V intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in its final operational configuration from Wheeler Island off Odisha after two years. Defence sources said preparations were on in full swing to launch Agni-V towards December-end or early January.........Read more

Pankaj Advani wins 11th World Billiards Championship title

Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani has won his 11th World Billiards (150-Up format) Championships title in the summit clash in Bengaluru, Karnataka yesterday. He defeated multiple world champion Gilchrist by six games to three in a gripping final contest, to wrap up his 16th world title overall. In the semi-finals earlier today, …........Read more

Heart problems tied to increased risk of suicide

Acute coronary syndrome, which includes problems ranging from a heart attack to a type of chest pain called unstable angina, has previously been linked with depression and an increased risk of poor health and death, the researchers write in the Journal of the American Heart Association.........Read more

Demonetisation effect: Budget smartphones worst hit, as overall sales dropped by 90 percent at the start

According to an Indian Express Online report, the initial hit to such devices was as high as 90 percent. In an interview with IE, Director of Inter Technologies, Keshav Bansal said that the initial week after demonstration saw a dip of 90 percent in smartphone sales. However, Bansal added that the market has recovered a bit (as it will take some time to totally recover) and the fall right now is around 60 to 70 percent. He said that he does not see the recovery happening for a few months and hence it will show in the quarterly reports of sales figures. He told that the worst hit were phones which cost in the Rs 4,000 to Rs 6,000 range, as they are purchased using cash mainly, IE reported.........Read more

Chances of early death increase even with one cigarette a day

“Even smokers who consistently smoked less than one cigarette per day were more likely to die in our study than never smokers,” Inoue-Choi said by email. Tobacco smoking poses a major public health challenge and claims about five million lives each year worldwide, researchers note in JAMA Internal Medicine.........Read more

Indelible ink at banks to stop people from hoarding cash, creating panic

The government will use indelible ink like during elections to prevent people from making more than the permissible number of times cash withdrawal from bank counters, it was announced on Tuesday.........Read more

DU professor Nandini Sundar booked for tribal man’s murder

An FIR was lodged against DU Professor Nandini Sundar, Archana Prasad (JNU Professor), Vineet Tiwari (from Delhi’s Joshi Adhikar Sansthan), Sanjay Parate (Chhattisgarh CPI (Marxist) State Secretary) and others along with Maoists for the murder of Baghel based on the complaint of his wife on Saturday,” said Inspector General of Police (Bastar Range) SRP Kalluri.........Read more

IIT Kharagpur researchers develop software to allow those with motor disorders access the net

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur have designed a software that enables those with neuro-motor disorders to access the web, play games and participate in social networking with ease.........Read more

The Hyperloop is turning out to be much more expensive than Hyperloop One expected

Tech Crunch/FlickrHyperloop One founder and chairman Shervin Pishevar.Hyperloop One is already seeking more funding for its high-speed transportation system,........Read more

Qualcomm nears $37 billion deal to buy NXP Semiconductors: report

Qualcomm Inc is nearing a deal to acquire NXP Semiconductors NV for around $37 billion, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday, as the US company seeks to expand the reach of its chips from phones to cars. The deal would make San Diego-based Qualcomm, which supplies Android smartphone makers and Apple Inc, a bigger supplier to the automotive industry as it grapples with slowing smartphone sales and stiff competition from Chinese and Taiwanese rivals.........Read more

All is not well: Yadav divide out in open at Lohia anniversary

The feud in the ruling Samjwadi Party’s first family was out in the open at an event held to mark the 49th death anniversary of party ideologue and socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia on Wednesday.........Read more

Google Launched 'Code Next' to Train a Legion of Black and Latino Coders

Google started a pilot program for Code Next at the beginning of the year, inviting about 70 ninth-graders into a lab not far from downtown Oakland. Students visited the lab twice a week from January through June to pursue projects ranging from coding and game development to 3D modeling. The company says 86 percent of the current class is black or Latino, and roughly evenly split among boys and girls.........Read more

Indian army asked for wish-list; troops demand rifles, ammunition, bulletproof jackets and more

At a time when the armed forces along the borders and those tasked with internal security are at a high level of alert against terrorist strikes, a long pending move is taking shape. Formations on the ground, long-used to making-do with what was available on the ground are in the reckoning.........Read more

Flipkart, Amazon claim record sales numbers in ongoing shopping festivals

Flipkart Internet Pvt. Ltd and Amazon India both claimed record sales numbers in their respective festival sales events over the weekend in what is turning out to be a fierce battle for supremacy in India’s e-commerce market. Flipkart says sold more than half a million products within an hour on the first day of Big Billion Days; Amazon claims a billion hits in first 14 hours of Great Indian Festival........Read more

Pakistans new nuke threat: Why India has to worry

The buddy-buddy relations between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama were evident at the Oval Office on June 7-their seventh meeting in two years. But the ghost of Pakistan hovered in the room like a Betaal, as an Indian official put it, likening our north-western neighbour to the irksome character in the ancient fable. India had recently lobbied successfully to get the US Congress to put a temporary hold on the sale of eight nuclear-capable F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan by refusing to subsidise their cost.........Read more

India Vs. Pakistan Nuke Threat Can Spill Over To US, Russia, & China Conflict

With the latest string of terrorist attacks in disturbed area of Kashmir, India and Pakistan are on the verge of starting another war that could probably culminate into a nuclear WW3. Both the nations already have fought three wars in 20th century alone and a fourth seems pretty much on the way.........Read more

Condemning Uri terror attack, France, Russia score direct hits against Pakistan

The international condemnation of the Uri terror attack that killed 18 soldiers saw two of the five Permanent Members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) - France and Russia - openly mention either Pakistan or Pakistan-based terrorist outfits.........Read more

Paris Bomb plot foiled: 3 women held in custody

French prosecutors have placed three young women under formal investigation over a foiled attack near Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Ines Madani, 19, Sara Hervouet, 23, and Amel Sakaou, 39, were broug........Read more

Tesla makes Autopilot safer, smarter with major update

Tesla's Autopilot has been under tight scrutiny since its first fatal crash this year, but the system is getting a major update that Elon Musk says could drop the accident rate by half.........Read more

Putin a better leader than Obama: Donald Trump

Donald Trump declared on Wednesday that Russia’s Vladimir Putin had been a better leader than U.S. President Barack Obama, as the Republican presidential nominee used a televised forum to argue he was best equipped to reassert America’s global leadership. Trump suggested at the event in which he and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton made back-to-back appearances that U.S. generals had been stymied by the policies of Obama and Clinton, who served as the Democratic president’s first secretary of state.........Read more

The Five Indians to Watch Out For at Rio Paralympics 

The Indian team has 18 athletes which include a Paralympic Games gold medallist Devendra Jhajharia (Javelin Throw) and a gold medallist (high jump) at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix — Mariyappan Thangavelu.........Read more

Gujarat Dalits put BJP govt on notice, protest march to reach Una on Independence Day

Seeking strong measures to check atrocities against them, leaders asked Dalits to give up disposing dead cattle and stop cleaning sewers to “send a strong message” to the state government.........Read more

CPI(M), RSS workers hacked to death in Kerala’s Kannur

North Kerala’s Kannur district, notorious for red-saffron clashes, erupted again on Tuesday, claiming two lives. A CPI(M) worker was stabbed to death in Payyanur in wee hours and later an RSS worker was killed in similar fashion.........Read more

How Britain can reverse its Brexit vote to come out of the turmoil

The country has a few options for how it might remain in the EU. One being simply not doing it as it is not legally biding. A Scottish veto might stop it, third option is doing the referendum all over again. Fourth option is to exit in name only.........Read more

Pakistan cant conquer Kashmir through war: Hina Rabbani Khar

Pakistans former foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Sunday said that Pakistan could not conquer Kashmir through war and the only way out was dialogue between Islamabad and New Delhi.........Read more

Rohan Bopanna Explains Why he Didn't Want Leander Paes as Partner in Rio

Rohan Bopanna said he respected AITA's decision to team him up with Leander Paes for 2016 Rio Olympics. He, in an earlier statement, had stated that their style of play was 'not compatible'. latest Olympics 2016 news........Read more

JLR global sales up 18% to 44,946 units in May

Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) on Tuesday reported an 18 per cent rise in global sales at 44,946 units in May. The company’s sales rose 28 per cent in the China region, eight per cent in North America, 23 per cent in the UK and 24........Read more

French Open 2016: Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray set up blockbuster final at Roland Garros

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will meet in a Grand Slam title clash for a seventh time on Sunday in the French Open final.........Read more