Chandrayaan-3 To Be Launched In Early 2021 Minus Orbiter, Will Include A Lander & Rover Duo

Chandrayaan-3 is likely to be launched in early 2021. However, unlike , it will not have an orbiter, but will include a lander and a rover, Union Minister Jitendra Singh has confirmed. Just like Chandrayaan-2, (pre-programmed), using multiple sensors, including those designed to help the lander assess its height from the landing spot, decide velocity and keep the craft away from boulders and uneven surface, reports     During this sensor readiness test, an ISRO spacecraft will descend from heights of two kilometres and then seven kilometres over the artificial crater site in Challakere. Its sensors will be tested in the simulation to guide the craft to a safe landing location. The orbiter of the mission is working fine and has been sending data. Singh, who is the Minister of State for the Department of Space, said Chandrayaan-1, ISRO’s maiden mission to the Moon launched in 2008, has sent images which show that Earth’s satellite ........Read more

Reluctant to be Used as Human Guinea Pigs, Russian Frontline Workers Oppose Putin's Covid Vaccine

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a meeting with Mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin, via video link at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia. Vladimir Putin announced the approval of Russia's Sputnik-V coronavirus vaccine on August 11 amid much fanfare, saying it works "quite effectively" in forming a stable immunity. How would he know this? Because the Russian President revealed one of his daughters had already taken it. Speaking on Russian state TV at the time, Putin said his daughter had a slightly higher temperature after each dose of the two-stage coronavirus vaccine, but that "Now she feels well." Russian authorities have singled out teachers -- as well as doctors -- as key workers who will get access to the vaccine first, even before crucial phase 3 human trials have finished. But that's not gone down well with some sections of these frontline workers who don't buy Putin's claims of the efficacy of the vaccine and are reluctant to be used as human guinea pigs. On September 1, Russian classrooms reopened for the first time since March amid the Covid-19 pandemic -- the same day the country surpassed 1 million coronavirus cases. Teachers were meant to be among the first to benefit from Russia's new coronavirus vaccine, especially given the close contact with hundreds of children that they are exposed to on a daily basis. But CNN is learning that few -- if any -- have so far taken up the offer to be vaccinated.........Read more

A herd immunity coronavirus strategy can be 'dangerous,' experts say

After months of effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus in the United States, herd immunity has emerged as a controversial topic. White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Scott Atlas responded to a report on Monday that claimed he is a proponent of a "herd immunity" strategy to combat Covid-19. "I've never advocated that strategy," Atlas said at a press conference in Florida. Such an approach -- similar to what was pursued in Sweden -- would mean that many people nationwide would have to get sick with the coronavirus in order to build up a natural immunity across communities. As the virus spreads and sickens people, many could die in the process.........Read more

Govt Offers $6 Bn Worth Sops To Make India Global Smartphone Manufacturing Hub

The government is offering a production-linked incentive (PLI) worth from 4% to 6% of additional sales of goods made locally over five years, with 2019-2020 as the base year. The government said that it planned to help five global smartphone manufacturers set their production facilities in India with the PLI scheme. This would reportedly include major global players including Apple, Samsung, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, Foxconn, Wistron and Flex, which had shown interest in applying. ........Read more

White House Explains Why It Followed, Then Unfollowed PM Modi On Twitter

The White House Wednesday explained that its Twitter handle typically 'follows' the accounts of officials from host countries for a brief period during a presidential trip to retweet their messages in support of the visit. During President Donald Trump's visit to India in the last week of February, the official Twitter handle of the White House -- @WhiteHouse -- had started 'following' the accounts of President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister's office, the Indian Embassy in the US, the US Embassy in India and the US Ambassador to India, Ken Juster.........Read more

No public gatherings will be allowed in Uttar Pradesh till June 30: Yogi Adityanath

No public gatherings will be allowed in Uttar Pradesh till June 30, almost two months beyond the ongoing national lockdown which ends on 3 May, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Saturday amid concern over the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases. In the state.The decision was taken after CM held a meeting with the chairpersons of 11 committees tasked with handling the outbreak in the state. The order, which will impact large gatherings like marriages, political rallies and social functions, has been described as a necessary measure to control the spread of the virus. The State has so far reported 1,770 cases adding 157 new patients on Saturday alone.........Read more

'This Wasn't Just Flu, We Were Attacked,' Says Donald Trump As US' COVID-19 Deaths Cross 47,000

Struggling to restore normalcy in the US where COVID-19 has claimed the lives of more than 47,000 people and infected over 8,52,000, President Donald Trump has said that the the country was "attacked". "We were attacked. This was an attack. This wasn't just the flu by the way. Nobody has ever seen anything like this, 1917 was the last time," Trump told reporters at his daily White House news conference on Wednesday.........Read more

TVS Motor acquires iconic British motorcycle manufacturing company Norton for £16 million in all-cash deal

TVS Motor Company acquired Britain’s most iconic bike manufacturer Norton Motorcycles Ltd in an all-cash transaction of GBP 16 million on Friday. "The acquisition of assets of Norton Motorcycles (UK) Limited was done through one of the TVS Motor's overseas subsidiaries," the company said in a regulatory filing on Friday evening. Norton TVS said the transaction was concluded by Project 303 Bidco Limited, a newly incorporated company that was acquired by TVS Motor's subsidiary to make the Norton deal.........Read more

India Likely to Reach Coronavirus Peak in First Week of May: Report

India may touch its peak in the number of coronavirus cases in the first week of May, an internal government report stated, after which it is likely to decline gradually. A report of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, gathered by NDTV, pointed out that states like Rajasthan, Punjab and Bihar implemented stringent lockdown measures at an early stage that helped them avoid sharp rise in COVID-19 cases as compared to Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, or Gujarat.........Read more

Coronavirus in India: Italian tourist, who had recovered from Covid-19, dies of heart attack

A 69-year-old Italian tourist who had "recovered" from novel coronavirus died at a private hospital in Jaipur, an official said on Friday. The tourist had a massive cardiac arrest late on Thursday night and he passed away, SMS Medical College principal Sudhir Bhandari said. The sexagenarian was a heart and lungs patient, and recovered from COVID-19 at the SMS Hospital, according to Bhandari. The man preferred shifting to a private hospital, so he was allowed to be shifted to the Fortis hospital on Thursday morning, Bhandari said.........Read more

PSL 2020 knockouts postponed amid Coronavirus outbreak

The Pakistan Super League (PSL) has become cricket's latest casualty as the dreaded COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) continues to worsen across several countries. Having played several of the last leg league games at the National Stadium in Karachi, in a closed stadium, the PSL organisers took the call to postpone the final stages of the tournament (the two semi-finals which were scheduled to be held on March 17 and the final, on March 18), to be hosted in Lahore, with immediate effect. ........Read more

'He Waited and Waited', Cousin Shares Behind-The-Scene Story of Jyotiraditya And Rahul Gandhi on Social Media

“I spoke to Jyotiraditya Scindia late night and he told me that he waited and waited but there were no forthcoming appointments given to him by ‘our’ leader. When I had resigned as the President of the Congress in Tripura I had said that the young guard feels ‘orphaned’ and let down after Rahul Gandhi abruptly quit as the President and left us in a lurch,” Pradyot Manikya, Jyotiraditya’s cousin, wrote on Facebook. Pradyot too has left the Congress recently and has floated a new outfit.........Read more

The tourism legacy of the Olympic Games

With a new Olympic city in the spotlight every couple of years, the short-term tourism opportunity and long-term tourism legacy promised by hosting the Games is alluring. But the threat of populating your city with "white elephant" venues that serve no purpose post-Games is increasingly disconcerting. Early this year, concerns were raised about the safety of Rio's 2016 Olympics Park, with a judge even ordering its closure. So why do Olympic venues sometimes get abandoned? And how do cities ensure a positive Olympic legacy for both tourists and locals?........Read more

NRIs Can Acquire 100% Equity in Air India, Says Government

Addressing a press briefing following a cabinet meeting, Javadekar said that the government has approved allowing Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) to “acquire 100 per cent stake in the airlines” as compared to 49 per cent earlier. The Centre’s announcement comes amid the disinvestment process of several state-run companies including Air India, in which the government has been inviting bids to sell 100 per cent of the equity. It must be noted that interested bidders must have a net worth of Rs 3,500 crore.........Read more

Indian Railways’ Bijwasan railway station in Delhi to soon offer airport-like comforts! Top 10 features

World-class Indian Railways Bijwasan station soon! Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation or IRSDC is all set to redevelop the Bijwasan railway station in Delhi into a global-standards transport hub. The station is being redeveloped using the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) mode. The revamping of the station would be undertaken at an estimated cost of Rs 270.82 crore over a period of 3 years. This is part of Piyush Goyal-led Indian Railways plan to provide airport-like facilities at railway stations and also earn non-fare revenue through retail spaces.........Read more

India bowled out for 165 in first Test against New Zealand

India's fast bowler Ishant Sharma took two wickets but New Zealand still held the upper hand at tea on the second day of the first Test on Saturday. The Kiwis reached 116 for 2 at tea after bundling India out for 165. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson comfortably reached 46 with milestone man Ross Taylor (22 bating) also looking good, having hit Ravichandran Ashwin for a six. Ishant Sharma (2/17) was the best Indian bowler on view. He was lucky to get Tom Latham (11) after lunch as the left-handed opener gloved one down the leg-side after being cramped.........Read more

Sachin Tendulkar's 'Carried On Shoulders' World Cup 2011 Moment Wins Laureus Award

"This is a reminder of how powerful a sport is and what magic it does to our lives," Sachin Tendulkar said after his 'Carried on Shoulders' moment after India's World Cup triumph at home in 2011 won the Laureus best sporting moment in the last 20 years on Monday. Tendulkar was shortlisted as one of the 20 contenders for the award, which was decided on the public vote. Thanks to the never-ending love from the Indian fans for the Little Master, he ended up getting the maximum number of votes and was honoured with the prestigious award.........Read more

Oscars 2020 Complete List of Winners: Bong Joon Ho's 'Parasite', Joaquin Phoenix, Renee Zellweger win top honours

we are talking about 92 Academy Awards aka Oscars 2020 being held atDolby Theatre, Los Angeles, California, United States. And the Oscars goes to... 1. ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - Brad Pitt for 'Once upon a Hollywood' Brad Pitt who played Cliff Booth in 'Once Upon A Time... in Hollywood' has been bestowed with Best Actor in a Supporting Role. 2. BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM - 'TOY STORY 4' 'Toy Story 4' creators Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen and Jonas Rivera win Best Animated Feature Film........Read more

Mob outside Jamia raises 'Goli Maro' slogans again, 40 detained

A tense situation prevailed outside Jamia Millia University on Tuesday as another group of people were spotted proceeding towards the university and chanting slogans of desh ke gaddaron ko, goli maro s****n ko (shoot traitors of the country). Police present in the area tried to pacify the mob but had to detain at least 40 people who were raising slogans against anti-CAA and NRC protesters in the region. Most of the people detained at the spot came to protest against anti-CAA agitators from Sonipat in Haryana, according to police. Police have sent all the detained individuals to Kalkaji.........Read more

The divers rescuing a drowning island

Hundreds of fishing boats bob on the bright blue waters surrounding Vaan Island, a tiny strip of land between India and Sri Lanka. The island marks the beginning of a fiercely protected fragile zone, the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve. These waters are home to India’s most varied and biodiverse coastlines. Teeming with marine life, it is home to 23% of India’s 2,200 fin fish species, 106 species of crab and more than 400 species of molluscs, as well as the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin, the finless porpoise and the humpback whale.........Read more

What Brexit will mean for travelers

In April 2019, the European Parliament confirmed it had agreed a deal for UK citizens to travel visa-free on a short stay within the borderless Schengen Area that covers most of western Europe. "The transition period, which kicks off from February 1, will mean that travel between the UK and Europe will stay exactly the same until December 31, 2020. "According to the FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), UK nationals can continue to travel to the EU exactly as they do now," says Tom Jenkins, chief executive of the European Tourism Association.........Read more

Anti-CAA resolutions in EU Parliament does not reflect official stand: EU spokesperson

EU Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Virginie Battu-Henriksson, said that the opinions expressed by EU Parliament and some its members was not reflective of the "official position" of the 28-member political and economic union. Close to 600 lawmakers in the 751-member EU Parliament moved six resolutions against the CAA, saying the enactment of the law marked a dangerous shift in India's citizenship regime.........Read more

Kerala nurse working in Saudi hospital diagnosed with coronavirus

A Keralite nurse, working at the Al Hayat National Hospital in Abha, Saudi Arabia, has reportedly contracted the deadly coronavirus. The nurse, who hails from Ettumanoor in Kottayam, possibly got infected when she was taking care of her Filipino colleague, the first person diagnosed with coronavirus in the hospital, according to reports. Furthermore, four other nurses from Kerala have been placed under observation. ........Read more

Noida girl loses Rs 1.5 lakh from credit, debit cards without OTP or PIN

Noida-based Neha Chandra had a shock of her life when, on a New Year vacation to Paris, got her wallet stolen in the Metro and within 15-20 minutes, hackers stole over Rs 1.5 lakh from her debit and credit cards without any OTP or PIN. The three fraudulent transactions -- two on her HDFC debit card worth Rs 52,499.99 and Rs 44,544.24 and one on HDFC credit card worth Rs 52,499.99 were done at the same merchant called ASHANTI, PARIS 10/FR, on New Year's Eve.........Read more

Samsung's fancy new fridge prototype promises to grow your food for you

The growing chamber inside occupies half of a typical French door-style fridge and can accommodate roughly 45 plants, depending on what you grow (cabbage can be a real space hog, after all). Plants come in self-containing pods full of soil that fit snugly into slots on the shelves. Individual irrigation spouts line the trays and pull water through a filtration system in the bottom of the fridge, which is connected to your plumbing like you’d expect for an ice maker.........Read more

China pneumonia outbreak: It's not SARS, so what is it?

Chinese health authorities have not been able to identify a mysterious strain of pneumonia that has infected dozens of people and put the rest of Asia on alert -- although they have ruled out a return of the deadly severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) virus.........Read more

‘Family And Friends’ Provide the Maximum Funding For Startups: RBI Study

Out of 1,246 startups that participated in the survey, around 934 startups had up to INR 1 Cr of capital investment, 511 startups (42%) infused capital up to INR 20 Lakhs each, and 62 startups infused capital above INR 10 Cr. Also, 934 startups had working capital requirements of more than INR 10 Lakh for a year. Only 448 startups (36%) availed loans from Indian banks and other financial institutions, and 21 startups (1.7%) claimed to be taking loans from foreign banks or external commercial borrowings.........Read more

1 In 7 Indians Suffered From Mental Disorders In 2017, Anxiety, Depression Top List: Study

In 2017, 197 million Indians (14.3 per cent of the total population) were suffering from mental disorders, of whom 46 million had depression and 45 million anxiety disorders, according to the study whose findings were released on Monday. The contribution of mental disorders to the total disease burden in India in terms of the disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) increased from 2.5 per cent in 1990 to 4.7 per cent in 2017. Mental disorders were the leading contributor in India to years lived with disability (YLDs), contributing 14.5 pc of all YLDs in 2017.........Read more

IBM's new battery design taps seawater as alternative mineral source

International Business Machines Corp said on Wednesday it has created a battery design that uses materials extracted from seawater and requires no cobalt, as the race to find alternative sources to the expensive mineral intensifies. IBM said it has partnered with the research wing of Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz, battery electrolyte supplier Central Glass and battery manufacturer Sidus for the commercial development of the new design.........Read more

Nirbhaya Case: Buxar Central Jail Prisoners Preparing Hanging Ropes For Convicts' Execution?

Amid fast-paced developments in recent days in connection with the 2012 Delhi gang-rape and murder case, now it is being reported that the hanging ropes, purportedly for the execution for the four convicts on death row, are being prepared by some of the convicted prisoners in Bihar’s Buxar central jail. According to reports, a directive to prepare 10 hanging ropes was sent to jail superintendent Vijay Kumar Arora three days ago. While it was not told whom these ropes are meant for, that the direction came in the wake of the Union Home Ministry recommending President Ram Nath Kovind to reject the mercy petition of one of the convicts, Vinay Sharma, has triggered speculations that the ropes are meant for execution of the four convicts in the case. ........Read more

Death Toll Rises to 43 in Delhi Anaj Mandi Fire; Magisterial Probe Ordered, Ex-gratia Announced

At least 43 people have died as massive fire broke out at a six-storey factory in the Anaj Mandi on Rani Jhansi Road here on Sunday. Over 30 fire tenders have been pressed to the spot to douse the fire and to carry out rescue operations. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. Reports claimed that 50 people have been rescued so far and they are undergoing treatment at LNJP hostpital. Some of the injured have also been admitted to the Safdarjung hospital.........Read more

‘The Rapist is You’: Chile Protest Anthem Against Sexual Violence Goes Viral, India Chapter Today

A Chile feminist anthem protesting against sexual violence has gone viral, with groups of women replicating it across the world. The flash mob organised by the feminist collective LasTesis, was first performed in Chile’s Valparaíso on November 20, and in a few weeks, it has managed to become one of the roaring themes against sexual violence for women across the world. The viral video shows, women of all ages from around Santiago, dressed in black and wearing red scarves and blindfolds, gathered together, chanting and dancing in coordination, “Y la culpa no era mía, ni dónde estaba, ni cómo vestía.” “The fault is not with me, nor where I was, nor how I was dressed… The rapist is you!........Read more

Centre Recommends Rejection of Nirbhaya Rapist's Mercy Plea, File Sent to President Kovind

The union home ministry has sent a recommendation rejecting the mercy petition filed by one of the convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya rape and murder case to President Ram Nath Kovind. The move comes on a day the victim’s family made an emotional appeal for justice following the controversial encounter of four accused in a similar rape case in Hyderabad. ........Read more

PNB Scam Pegged At Rs 25,000 Crore, 1,381 LoUs Issued Fraudulently To Nirav Modi

In a fresh revelation, a total of 1,561 Letters of Undertaking (LoUs), valued at Rs 28,000 crore, were issued by PNB to the fugitive diamond merchant, according to Belgian auditor BDO, commissioned by PNB in February 2018. It also found that 21 of 23 exporters in whose names the LoUs had been issued were controlled by Nirav Modi and subsequently, 193 LoUs of the value of Rs 6,000 crore were mis-utilized for making payments to the bank.” ........Read more

Shiv Sena lauds Sharad Pawar, dubs him 'margdarshak' of 'Maha Vikas Aghadi'

With Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray set to take oath as Maharashtra's chief minister, the party on Thursday heaped praises on NCP chief Sharad Pawar and termed him 'margdarshak' (guide) of the new government in the state. ........Read more

The Galaxy Fold is still extremely fragile, and Samsung knows it

The updated Samsung Galaxy Fold is finally making its way into the world after a months-long delay by Samsung to shore up its hardware when it became apparent from review units (including The Verge’s) that the foldable phone was too fragile. Unfortunately, it seems that the “fixed” version of the Fold is still extremely fragile. And based on a new video Samsung released begging owners to treat their new phones with a “special level of care,” Samsung knows it. A new durability test from popular YouTube channel JerryRigEverything proves it. With the first iteration of the Fold, there were multiple issues that reviewers encountered, like dust getting into the hinge and damaging the display, nicks and dings on the soft plastic, and the accidental removal of a thin display layer that looked like (but was not) a screen protector. Samsung reportedly fixed most of these issues with the 2.0 Fold by extending the top screen layer beneath the bezels so it would be impossible to peel it off, shrinking down the gaps by the hinge, and adding plastic caps to prevent dust or debris from getting in.........Read more

Xiaomi will soon offer loans in India using Mi Credit services

China’s Xiaomi is poised to launch a consumer lending business in India in the coming weeks, making an ambitious tilt at the booming financial services market where data privacy concerns and fierce competition present formidable challenges. The stakes are high for the world’s fourth largest mobile phone vendor, whose business model relies on low-margin hardware sales with services as a key long-term profit centre. The company reported disappointing second-quarter earnings on Tuesday and its shares are trading at slightly over half their 2018 IPO price Xiaomi is betting it can leverage its number one position in India’s smartphone market to tap into the country’s lucrative but crowded financial services sector. Yet, the mounting public concern over data privacy, which has forced tech giants like Google and Facebook to change the way they do business, could make it a bumpy road for the Chinese firm. Indeed, Xiaomi’s approach to data collection and privacy has raised eyebrows among some of those familiar with its international expansion plans. The company remains a small player in financial services in its home country, according to documents seen by Reuters. Xiaomi faces ferocious competition across Asia from banks, global tech giants, fintech startups and others who are scrambling for position in the region’s booming digital economy.........Read more

Indians Highest Smartphone Data Users Globally at Average 9.8 GB Per Month, Says Swedish Telecom Maker Ericsson

In an interesting revelation, Indians have become the highest average data users per smartphone. The limit at the end of 2018 for each mobile has reached 9.8 GB per month, which is the highest across the globe, says a new study by Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson. Ericsson predicts that this figure is likely to double to 18 GB per month per smartphone by 2024.........Read more

DigiCop, an online database to track stolen mobiles, vehicles

The Chennai City Police is compiling a database of mobiles reported stolen in southern States, which will be loaded in the recently launched app ‘DigiCop’. It will come in handy for prospective buyers and police to verify if a phone was stolen. The app was developed by Think Infinity on the instructions of the city Police Commissioner. ........Read more

ICC World Cup 2019: Bangladesh stuns predictable West Indies to win by 7 wickets

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan scored his second century in as many World Cup matches and Liton Das cracked an unbeaten 94 as they thumped twice champions West Indies by seven wickets. Chasing 322 for a famous victory, Shakib took complete control with an unbeaten 124 off 99 deliveries, as his ninth ODI century guided Bangladesh home with 51 balls to spare.........Read more

Nitish Kumar Gears Up to Fill Opposition Void, Targets Pan-India Presence With JDU Expansion

After deciding to stay away from the Narendra Modi 2.0 government at the Centre, the Janata Dal United (JDU) leader Nitish Kumar has decided to embark on his party’s expansion and capacity building plan at the national level to have its pan-India presence. Holding the post of Bihar chief minister for the past over 13 years, Nitish intends to emerge as the most-accepted leader of the left-of-the-Centre politics in northern India, particularly in the Hindi heartland. ........Read more

MLA Jignesh Mevani booked for ‘defaming’ school through ‘fake’ video

A case was registered against Gujarat independent MLA Jignesh Mevani for allegedly sharing a fake video on social media and defaming a private school in Valsad. Principal of the school, Vijal Kumari Patel, Thursday lodged a complaint against the legislator at Valsad town police station, saying the video that he circulated did not belong to her school and that he defamed her school and the teachers working there.........Read more

10 Indian cities among hottest places in world, Rajasthan’s Churu highest at 50.3 degrees

Boiling temperatures continued to prevail across northern parts of the country as 10 Indian cities featured among the top 15 hottest places on the planet in the last 24 hours. Rajasthan's Churu, which recorded a maximum temperature of 50.3 degree Celsius on Monday, was on top of the list.........Read more

TN Islamic group linked to Lanka Easter blasts decries ‘terrorist’ tag

The deadly Easter terror attack in Sri Lanka that claimed 253 lives has put Tamil-speaking Islamist groups on either side of the Palk Strait under the scanner. The National Thowheed Jama’ath (NTJ) is one of the prime suspects that the Sri Lankan government banned in the immediate aftermath of the eight serial blasts, for which the Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility. ........Read more

Panagriya warns of urban-rural schism over Rahul's Rs 72,000/year scheme

Former NITI Aayog vice chairman Arvind Panagariya has said the implementation of the Congress Party's ambitious 'Nyay' scheme not only poses a "fiscal challenge" to India's economy but also has a "serious incentive problem".........Read more

Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra Navnirman Sena Bows Out of Lok Sabha Elections

The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), led by Raj Thackeray, has decided not to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. MNS may declare support to the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in the MNS rally on March 19.........Read more

2019 Honda Civic Launched In India; Prices Start At Rs. 17.70 Lakh

The all-new 2019 Honda Civic has been launched in India, with prices starting at ₹ 17.70 lakh and going up till ₹ 22.30 lakh for the top-end variant. The Honda Civic makes a comeback after 7 years and it's the 10th generation that makes its way to India. ........Read more

May pushes for cross-party Brexit consensus

Theresa May is to meet MPs to try to find a way forward for Brexit, after her slim victory in the no-confidence vote. The PM saw off a bid to remove her government from power by 325 to 306 votes, the day after her plan for leaving the EU was rejected.........Read more

The world’s first foldable phone is charmingly awful

The Royole FlexPai becomes the first foldable smartphone in the world. Measuring 7.8 inches diagonally, this is an Android tablet in its extended mode which becomes two, not just one, Android phones when it’s flexed closed.........Read more

Supreme Court seeks response from Anil Ambani on Ericsson's contempt petition

The Supreme Court issued a notice to Reliance Communication Ltd (RCom) Chairman Anil Dhirubhai Ambani and others on a contempt petition filed by Ericsson India over non-payment of its dues.........Read more

In a First, China Lands Spacecraft on Far Side of Moon: Reports

China has added a feather in its cap by landing a spacecraft on the far side of the Moon. This is the first time in the history of mankind that a vehicle has been landed “on the side of the moon that perpetually faces away from the Earth.........Read more

Toyota Announced Price Hike of Upto 4% From January 2019

Toyota officially announced that the company is likely to increase the price of all models up to 4 per cent due to the rising manufacturing cost, and it is effective from January 1, 2019.........Read more

Telangana Polls: Sonia Gandhi Corners KCR at Maiden Rally, Claims Congress Paid Price For Creating New State

In her maiden rally, United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi attacked Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) for not doing anything for the farmers and youths in the last four years.........Read more

Onion Price Hits Rock Bottom, Sells at Re 1 Per Kilo in Karnataka

The onion price has hit rock-bottom in the last one week and the growers are literally crying in Karnataka. A kilogram of onion costs just a rupee at wholesale markets in the state.........Read more

New Just Cause 4 X018 Trailer Makes The Game Look Even More Crazy

With every trailer and new gameplay feature they release, Just Cause 4 manages to look even more over-the-top and ridiculous in its execution. Avalanche Studio's next open world game aims to outdo everything they've done from the last game by several degrees.........Read more

Terrorism most serious violation of human rights, emanating from beyond our borders: India at UN

India at the UN said that terrorism is the most serious violation of human rights emanating from beyond its borders, urging the global community to take a resolute action against the menace in all its forms and manifestations.........Read more

Anti-aging drug cocktail teases significant lifespan extension in early experiments

Research has found that a novel drug cocktail almost doubled the lifespan of a microscopic worm, the largest drug-induced lifespan extension in an animal ever reported. The study suggests that pharmacological intervention to help us live longer could be a realistic proposition.........Read more

Paytm tops UPI payments with over 33% market share

Alibaba and SoftBank-backed Paytm on Monday said it registered over 137 million UPI transactions in September, becoming the leading contributor to Unified Payments Interface (UPI) payments with over 33 per cent of the overall market share.........Read more

China Defends Terrorist Masood Azhar, Justifies UN Veto Of India's Move

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has defended Beijing's repeated blockage of India's bids at the United Nations to list Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. China argues that the issue lacks "consensus" among the members of the UN Security Council as well as the "directly concerned" parties - India and Pakistan.........Read more

Air pollution may be behind intense rainfall, flash floods, says IIT study

Air pollution particles lead to change in the physical properties of monsoon clouds, which can lead to more intense rainfall, flash floods and unusual gaps in the progression of monsoon rainfall, say scientists from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur.........Read more

Aadhaar Software Hacked, Database Compromised: Congress

An investigation revealed that the Aadhaar database, which contains the biometrics and personal information of over one billion Indians, "had been compromised by a software patch which disables critical security features of the software used to enrol new Aadhaar users".........Read more

Asian Games 2018: China’s weightlifting ban upheld

China and eight other countries, including Asian Games participant Kazakhstan, were suspended last October for 12 months. Weightlifting has been under pressure from the IOC to eliminate endemic doping or be banned from the Olympics.........Read more

Parliament Monsoon Session LIVE: Rajnath Singh condemns mob lynching incidents, Congress stages walkout from LS

Home Minister Rajanth Singh condemned the mob lynching incidents in the country. Blaming fake news and false information on social media, Singh put the onus of maintaining law and order on the state governments. Expressing their dissatisfaction with the home minister, few members of Congress staged a walkout.........Read more

Storm Toll Rises to 127, UP, Rajasthan Worst Hit; Another Storm Likely Soon, Says Met Dept

At least 127 people were reported dead in the thunderstorms that wreaked havoc over parts of the country on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday. Several houses collapsed and trees and electricity poles were uprooted. UP and Rajasthan were worst hit with as many as 112 casualties reported. There is a high probability that winds will intensify in the next 48 hours in Rajasthan, which may lead to another dust storm. It will affect areas of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan border, especially Karauli and Dholpur,” Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) scientist Himanshu Sharma told.........Read more

Motihari: 27 Killed as Bus Overturns, Catches Fire; Four Rescued

At least 27 people died as the bus they were travelling in caught fire at Motihari in East Champaran district of Bihar. The fire was caused after the bus overturned on its way to Delhi from Muzaffarpur. The incident happened on national highway 28 near Moga Hotel in Kotwa area around 3 PM as the driver attempted to save a two-wheeler.........Read more

First List of Congress Candidates For Karnataka Assembly Elections

The ruling Congress party on Sunday released its first list of candidate for Karnataka Assembly elections 2018. It declared 218 candidates in its first list for Karnataka polls, withholding names for remaining six seats of the 224-member house. The first list of Congress candidate contains the names of 112 sitting MLAs. As per the list of Congress candidates, incumbent Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will contest from Chamundeshwari in Mysuru, where he had contested seven times since 1983 and won five times.........Read more

Future electric cars could recharge wirelessly while you drive

Electric vehicles may one day be able to recharge while driving down the highway, drawing wireless power directly from plates installed in the road that would make it possible to drive hundreds—if not thousands—of miles without having to plug in. While the idea may sound like science fiction, University of Colorado Boulder engineers are working to bring it closer to reality.........Read more

Jeff Bezos is now worth more than Bill Gates ever was

Jeff Bezos's net worth reached $105.1 billion on Monday on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index as Inc shares added to a 12-month surge that's lifted the online shopping giant's market value by almost 57 percent.........Read more

A 5,000-year-old carving of what could be a supernova has been unearthed in Kashmir

In an interesting find, Indian astrophysicists have unearthed a nearly 5,000-year-old rock carving in Kashmir which, they believe, is the oldest record of supernova and sky chart found in human history.The rock carving, known to be the earliest form of human expression, found in Burzahama region in Kashmir is on an irregular stone slab with a size of about 48 cm by 27 cm.........Read more

India And Pak Protestors Demonstrate Outside Pak Embassy in US Against Mistreatment of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s Wife

Some Indian and Pakistani origin activists held a protest in the United States capital Washington against the mistreatment of Kulbhushan Jadhav‘s wife and mother in Pakistan. The demonstration was carried out outside the country’s embassy.........Read more

​Amazon must pay €250m in unpaid tax says EU

Amazon will be asked to pay €250 million in back taxes after the European Commission (EC) ruled that Luxembourg gave the company "illegal tax benefits" worth that amount. The EC said Luxembourg had granted "undue tax benefits" to Amazon of around €250m, and wants the country to recover the money. "Luxembourg must now recover the illegal aid," the EC said.........Read more

Ronaldo cries foul as his appeal is rejected

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo will have to serve his five-match ban for pushing a referee after the Spanish sports court (TAD) rejected his appeal against the length of the suspension, Spanish media reported citing court officials.........Read more

88 more die in floods in Bihar, U.P. and Assam

Floods continued to wreak havoc in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Assam which reported 88 more deluge-related deaths on Sunday, while West Bengal heaved a sigh of relief in the absence of major rainfall.........Read more

Centre appoints Dipak Misra as next Chief Justice of India

Justice Dipak Misra has been appointed as the next Chief Justice of India. The centre made the appointment. Justice Misra who takes over by Justice J S Khehar will be sworn in on November 27. Justice Misra is the third from Odisha after Justices Ranganath Misra and G B Pattanaik to become CJIs.........Read more

AIIMS to set up North India’s first government-run skin bank

In a major step towards availability of skin for reconstruction surgeries, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) will soon start North India’s first government-run skin bank facility. Taking note of the gap between demand and supply of skin donation the Institute is working with IIT-Delhi to develop "artificial skin".........Read more

In India, the Underworld-Politician-Police Nexus Is Clearly Visible – and Visibly Ignored

Retirement brings overnight enlightenment for some Indian Police Service (IPS) officers. “There are more criminals in the Kerala police at the IPS level than at the civil police officers’ level” is what outgoing Kerala DGP T.P. Senkumar said last month on the day of his retirement. Speaking after the farewell parade, he said if 1% of civil police officers (constables) have a criminal nature, this number reaches 5% at the IPS level.........Read more

India likely to raise sugar import tax to 50 percent

India, the world's biggest sugar consumer, is likely to raise import duty on the sweetener to 50 percent from 40 percent in an attempt to restrict cheaper flows of the commodity from overseas, a government official said on Friday.........Read more

From Wonder Woman to Dark Knight, Meet the Indian Woman Making Waves in Hollywood

Following a stint in freelancing where she worked with a lot of companies, international films like Gandhi of the Month, The Dark Knight Rises & Mission Impossible 4 walked into her life.........Read more

Researchers developed a new microscope to find cancer cells

A new microscope developed by researchers at the University of Washington might change that. It uses a super powerful light to optically "cut" through the area and see what's inside in around 30 minutes, so that surgeons can know whether that tissue sample still contains cancerous cells.........Read more

Facebook to produce own TV series, games

Facebook is starting production on high-quality television series and gaming shows to be broadcast on its platform, one of the social media giant's executives said. The online platform, which has around two billion monthly users worldwide, is working on the project with a small group of partners and hopes to start putting out episodes of its forthcoming series by the end of the summer, ........Read more

Monsoon session of Parliament from July 12

The monsoon session of Parliament may be convened for a month from July 12, five days before the date of President's election in which over 776 MPs are eligible to vote. ........Read more

Italian Open wrap: Wins for Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Rohan Bopanna, Venus Williams in their respective categories

In news from the men’s singles section of the Italian Open on Thursday, Novak Djokovic eased into the quarterfinal after a 6-4 6-4 win against Roberto Bautista Agut. Rafael Nadal also moved into the quarters after beating Jack Sock 6-3 6-4. Meanwhile, there was a big upset in the same category as third seed Stan Wawrinka was sent packing by John Isner 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 in a Round 3 match. This is the second huge upset in the men’s singles category since Andy Murray had already crashed out in Round 2.........Read more

‘Honesty bigger than needs’: Delhi taxi driver who returned bag worth Rs 8 lakh

22-year-old taxi driver Debendra Kapri walked into the Domestic Airport police station in Delhi and returned a bag containing valuables worth Rupees 8 lakhs including gold jewellery, electronic gadgets and foreign currency. Kapri had dropped off a Kashmiri passenger from the airport to Paharganj and had discovered a bag left behind even as he forgot what the passenger looked like. ........Read more

Anantnag bypolls: EC directs Chief Electoral Officer to hold emergency meeting with all political parties

The Election Commission of India has directed the Chief Electoral Officer to hold an emergency meeting with all political parties in Jammu & Kashmir after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) demanded postponement of the Anantnag bypolls in the wake of the violence in Srinagar on Sunday.........Read more

Emflux Builds India's First Electric Superbike

Emflux Motors, a Bengaluru-based technological start-up, is in the process of designing and developing what will be India's first electric superbike. The electric sportbike will be comparable to 600-650 cc motorbikes with internal combustion engines in terms of performance, with a top speed of 170 kmph and 0-100 kmph acceleration in just 3.5 seconds.........Read more

Racer Ashwin Sundar and his charred to death after BMW catches fire in Chennai

Racer Ashwin Sundar and his wife Niveditha were charred to death when their BMW caught fire after ramming into a tree on the Santhome High road in Chennai on Saturday morning.........Read more

Tarak Mehta passes away at the age of 87

Tarak Mehta, best known for his Gujarati column, Duniya Ne undha Chasma and a tv series based on the same, Tarak Mehta ka Oolta Chasma passed away on Wednesday morning at the age of 87 due to prolonged illness.........Read more

Uber and Ola drivers in Bengaluru have gone on indefinite strike, demand better incentives

Over one lakh drivers attached to two cab aggregators began an indefinite strike in Bengaluru on Wednesday, demanding better incentives and stopping attachment of new cabs which they said affects their bookings, even as some of them ransacked a Uber office in Bengaluru.........Read more

AI wins poker tournament by successfully tricking professional players

Artificial intelligence has reached a new milestone, with a program beating four professional players in a poker tournament lasting 20 days. Libratus, an AI program developed by a team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, took on Dong Kim, Jimmy Chou, Daniel McAulay and Jason Les at no-limit Texas Hold’em in a Pittsburgh casino, eventually taking $1.76 million (£1.4 million) in chips. ........Read more

Sania Mirza-Barbara Strycova in final of Apia International

Sania Mirza and Barbara Strycova thrashed America's Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova from Kazakhstan 6-1, 6-2 in just 51 minutes.........Read more

David Guetta’s Bengaluru concert cancelled due to security issues

In a heartbreaking news for the music lovers, David Guetta’s Bangaluru concert has been cancelled due to the ‘law and order’ situation in the city. The news was confirmed on the official Facebook page of Sunburn festival. The organisers announced that the event that was planned to happen tonight could not go ahead as planned after the authorities advised them against it.........Read more

Formula One latest news: Mick Schumacher starts quest to follow father’s legacy

Mick Schumacher is well on his way to follow his father, Michael Schumacher, after signing a deal with Prema Powerteam to race in the Formula Three European Championship in 2017. The move is expected to boost his stock as he works his way to the F1.........Read more

Land Rover Considers Petrol-Powered Range Rover Sport For India

Land Rover India recently imported a single model of the Range Rover Sport powered by a V6 petrol engine for homologation. Considering currently only the SVR variant is powered by a petrol engine, this indicates the Range Rover Petrol could be on the cards for India. The Range Rover Sport imported to India is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 Supercharged petrol engine.........Read more

Nobel physics prize awarded to three for topology work

British-born scientists David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz were awarded this year's Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for work that "revealed the secrets of exotic matter," the prize committee said.........Read more

Former Italian President and PM Carlo Azeglio Ciampi Dies at 95

ormer Italian president, prime minister and central bank governor Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, has died, the government said, on Friday. He played a key role in guiding the country into the European single currency. He was 95 and had been ill for some time.........Read more

Norway's PM Attacks Facebook 'Censorship' Over Vietnam Photo

The image, which was of a naked girl fleeing from a napalm attack, was also deleted from Prime Minister Erna Solberg's own Facebook profile.........Read more

Abhinav Bindra officially bids adieu to shooting, says 'it's time to move on'

Abhinav Bindra, India's lone individual Olympic gold medallist, on Sunday officially announced his retirement from shooting, saying 'it is time to move on and hand over the baton to the younger generation.'........Read more

For Jaipur's Popular Ex-Royals, Fight Over Rajmahal Palace-Hotel Goes Very Public

The former royals of Jaipur will be seen protesting today on the streets of the city in an escalating battle over the Rajmahal Palace hotel, which has in the past hosted Queen Elizabeth, Lord Mountbatten and the Shah of Iran.........Read more

Ravi Jaipuria’s $5-billion dream

PepsiCo bottler RJ Corp’s chief Ravi Jaipuria sees dairy and retail as sectors that will drive growth for the company........Read more

Can Money Buy Happiness?

It isn't really as complicated as it seems. Can Money buy Happiness? Philosophically NO but realistically YES.I will try and answer this with a small anecdote that changed my opinion on this eternal question.  I was in Cambodia about three years ago and decided to take a boat ride on the Tonlé Sap lake. My boat pilot or the guide was a young Cambodian chap, married and had a fou........Read more

CBI files chargesheet in Antrix-Devas deal, names ex-ISRO chief Madhavan Nair

The CBI today filed a charge sheet in the Antrix-Devas deal case naming ex-ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair and other senior officials who have been accused of facilitating 'wrongful' gain of Rs 578 crore to private multi-media company Devas by Antrix, the commercial arm of ISRO.........Read more

Woah, The Modi Govt. Just Put An ACTUAL Breastfeeding Woman In Their Newspaper Ad!

This is pretty revolutionary for a culture like ours which is still unwilling to have open conversation about sex and the body.........Read more

India Today Impact: Rattled Rajasthan govt wakes up, orders probe into dying cows at govt cowsheds

Rajasthans Vasundhara Raje government has been rattled by an India Today expose showing the appalling condition of government-run cowsheds in the state. Hours after an India Today report put to light the awful condition of Rajasthans biggest cowshed in Hingonia, the administration has swung into action.........Read more

Germany explosion: Blast outside migration office in Zirndorf

According to German media, a suitcase was source of the blast outside Bundesamtes für Migration in Zirndorf, Bavaria.........Read more

Sachin Tendulkar sought favours from defence minister Manohar Parrikar

Cricket star and Rajya Sabha Member Sachin Tendulkar, sought favours from defence minister Manohar Parrikar over a security dispute.........Read more

MS Dhoni cheated of over Rs 20 crore by Spartan Sports

Australian sports manufacturing giant Spartan Sports have a history of defaulting on payments.........Read more

$1.2-bn payout: Docomo goes to HC

Japanese telecom major moves Delhi High Court to enforce international arbitration ruling against Tata Sons........Read more

Punjab: Youth manifesto, sacrilege controversy put brakes on soaring AAP graph

Till recently, the Aam Admi Party’s political campaign graph had been going up steadily in Punjab ahead of the state assembly elections early next year, but the 'Youth manifesto' fiasco at Golden Temple Amritsar and the sacrilege controversy on the ........Read more

Vineet Nayar, Adar Poonawalla among 5 Indians who feature in Forbes Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy list

Five Indians, including two couples, have featured in Forbes Asia's Heroes of Philanthropy list announced by the magazine on Thursday. The list honours 40 philanthropists from 13 countries across Asia Pacific.........Read more

Why religious conversion didn’t always help South Africa’s Indian community

Religious conversion sometimes has the added bonus of upward social mobility. But for many in South Africa's Indian community it had the opposite effect.........Read more

Film review: ‘The Legend of Tarzan’ has dodgy politics but stunning visuals

David Yates’s very serious movie about Edgar Rice Burroughs’s fictional character sets the adventure in the backdrop of the colonisation of Africa.........Read more

Global Markets Lose $2.1 Trillion in Brexit Rout

The Brexit vote sparked eight per cent losses in the Tokyo and Paris bourses, nearly seven per cent in Frankfurt and more than three per cent in London and New York.........Read more

Rs 6,000 cr worth highway projects get approval

Highway projects worth about Rs 6,000 crore including four projects on hybrid annuity model have been approved for construction by the Expenditure Finance Committee today.Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) headed by Road Transport and Highways........Read more

Mahanagar Gas IPO gets subscribed 64.42 times

On the lower price band of `380 per share, the public issue received bids worth `42,555.95 crore across investor categories........Read more

Nico Rosberg Wins European GP to Extend Formula One Title Lead

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel took second place, 16.6 seconds behind, with Force India's Mexican Sergio Perez in third place after overtaking Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari on the last lap.........Read more

ENT doctor, a Sanatan member, held in Dabholkar murder case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) made its first arrest in the Narendra Dabholkar murder case late on Friday evening.........Read more

Woman from Kolkata abducted in Kabul; officials trying to secure early release

Indian woman, hailing from Kolkata, was abducted in Afghanistan's Kabul, reports said. According to a report by CNN-News 18, the woman was identified as Judith D'Souza and the report added that she was working as a senior technical advisor for an NGO Aga Khan Development Network.........Read more

Fish eat plastic like teens eat fast food, researchers say

Young fish become hooked on eating plastic in the seas in the same way that teenagers prefer unhealthy fast food, researchers say.........Read more

Akhilesh Yadav requests media to blame him too once in a while so that people don’t forget he is CM

Akhilesh Yadav has asked news media to blame him occasionally for law and order situation in UP so that people don't forget that he is the actual CM of UP........Read more

Sania Mirza/Ivan Dodig Enter Semi-Final of French Open

She might be out of the women’s doubles draw but Sania Mirza has ensured she reaches the business end of the French Open this year. Partnering Croatia’s Ivan Dodig, Sania has marched into the semi-finals of the mixed doubles draw.........Read more

Giant pandas have a secret 'superpower'

And we've only just discovered what it is........Read more

Big Boy Toyz Launches Indias Largest Car Showroom

The multi-storey facility will be able to house more than 100 vehicles!........Read more

Not everybody can play extraordinarily like Pelé or Sachin: AR Rahman on composing for sporting greats - Firstpost

AR Rahman has both cricket and football on his mind these days, as he is scoring music for Pele: Birth of a Legend and Sachin: A Billion Dreams.........Read more

Startups face heat: Now Zomato's billion dollar valuation slashed by half - Firstpost

Zomato Media Pvt Ltd has now been valued at $500 million by HSBC Securities ........Read more

Watch | South Korea unveils ‘Zika-proof’ Olympic uniforms

Reuters With these ‘Zika-proof’ uniforms, South Korea is hoping to protect its athletes ahead of the summer Olympics kick off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. An outbreak of Zika has been linked to numerous cases of the microcephaly birth defect in Brazil...leaving some athletes wary of attending the Games. Han Hye-lyoung, a member of South Korea’s hockey squad, says everyone will have to be vigilant. With their uniforms sorted for the Olympic ceremonies, all the athletes need to do now... is keep on practicing.........Read more