Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine status check: Scientists mull vaccine as nasal spray; Oxford jab by October

Even though pharmaceutical companies have launched generic versions of Remdesivir and Favipiravir for Covid-19 treatment, which help in reducing the viral load, a proven cure for the novel coronavirus is still elusive. However, if University of Oxford is to be believed, a top scientist has said its experimental Covid-19 vaccine is on track for release in October. Besides Oxford University, China National Biotec Group (CNBG) has also kicked off phase-3 clinical trials in the United Arab Emirates of its inactivated Covid-19 vaccine candidate.........Read more

Scientist Shares How to Grow 5 Vegetables in a Single Pot & Save 90% Water

The luscious garden, that belongs to Dr Chandrashekhar Biradar, thrives with 50 types of natural fruits, flowers, and vegetables grown through multi-layer farming on his 50 square feet rooftop garden. It’s next to his kitchen. Some of the plants include tomatoes, cherries, Russian Persimmon, brinjals, peas, bananas, beans, chillies, okra, sweet potatoes, eggplant, cabbage, carrots, broccoli, gourds, cucumbers, spinach, salad greens, herbs, onions, peppers, radish, pumpkins, apples and so on.........Read more

Lockdown: Moody's warns of rating downgrade if India's fiscal metrics weaken

“This would probably happen in the context of a prolonged or deep slowdown in growth, with only limited prospects that the government would be able to restore stronger output through economic and institutional reforms," the rating agency said in its credit opinion. A marked and long-lasting weakening in the health of the financial sector would both raise associated fiscal costs should the government need to support some financial institutions, and increase the risk that growth remained too low to prevent a rise in the debt burden, Moody's added. As of now, Moody’s has assigned Baa2 sovereign rating to India with a negative outlook.........Read more

Fear of Job Loss, Anxiety & Abuse: India Sees A 20% Rise In Mental Illness Cases Amid Lockdown

A recent survey conducted by Indian Psychiatry Society revealed there has been a 20 percent rise in mental illness cases, with at least one in five Indians suffering from it. Also Read - Haryana Govt Launches Helpline Number For Students to Overcome Stress During Lockdown The study claims that people are particularly stressed because of the fear of losing their jobs, businesses, etc due to the lockdown. The trauma is particularly greater for people who live alone, or have been recently separated from their loved ones.........Read more

'Was Needed to Keep India Safe,' PM Defends Lockdown; Apologises For Inconvenience to People

I know that some of you are angry with me as well, but these tough measures were needed to win this battle,” he said, defending his decision to impose the lockdown. Remarking that the battle against COVID-19 was a ‘tough one,’ he said that it, nevertheless, required such harsh decisions and was important to keep the people of India safe.........Read more

India may restrict imports of palm oil, other goods from Malaysia

India’s government was angered after Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said last month at the United Nations that India had “invaded and occupied” Jammu and Kashmir and asked New Delhi to work with Pakistan to resolve the issue. ........Read more

Engineers Day 2019: Remembering M Visvesvaraya on his 158th birth anniversary

Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, a scholar, statesman, educationist and the most celebrated engineer in India, was born 158 years ago today in the village of Muddenahalli in the Kingdom of Mysore (now in Karnataka). This day, every year since 1968, is celebrated as the Engineers Day in India, to recognise the contribution of engineers' in the development of the nation. Visvesvaraya was responsible for the construction of Krishna Raja Sagara Dam in Mysore. He was the chief engineer in the project. He was also the chief designer of the flood protection system of Hyderabad. He also designed and patented the automatic weir floodgates, which were first installed at the Khadakwasla reservoir in Pune in 1903. He is believed to have transformed Mysore into the 'model state' of the India. Mi Visvesvaraya His achievements, especially for the flood protection system in Hyderabad, were recognised by the Indian government, and he was awarded a Bharta Ratna in 1955. He was also awarded the British Knighthood by Kind George V.........Read more

India to get Swiss bank details of all Indians from September

India's fight against suspected black money stashed abroad will get a major boost this September in the form of first set of detailed financial information about all Indians having Swiss bank accounts, including those closed since last year. The details that Switzerland would share with Indian tax authorities under the Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) framework would include account numbers, credit balance and all kinds of financial income for each Indian client of every Swiss financial institution. The first set in September would be followed by further despatches on a yearly basis, according to Switzerland's Federal Department of Finance (FDF). This would be in addition to details already being shared by Switzerland with India for nearly 100 Indian entities, including individuals and enterprises, on submission of prima facie evidence of their financial wrongdoings, under a bilateral pact for administrative assistance on tax matters. Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedhran also said in written reply to a Lok Sabha question on Wednesday that India will start receiving information on automatic basis from September about financial accounts held in Switzerland by Indian residents.........Read more

BJP MLA's Daughter Alleges Threat to Life Over Marriage to Dalit Man

Daughter of an Uttar Pradesh BJP lawmaker posted a video on social media alleging that her life was in danger from her father after she married a Dalit man. In the video, she also asked the UP police for security, reports said. Sakshi Misra, 23, is the daughter of Rajesh Misra, the MLA from Bithari Chainpur in Bareilly district. She uploaded a video on social media on Wednesday. In the video, she uses nicknames of her father and brother, “Pappu Bhartaul” and “Vicky Bhartaul”, to refer to them. “Honourable MLA Pappu Bhartaul ji and Vicky Bhartaul ji, please live and let us live in peace… I am married, and hence, wearing sindoor and not just for the sake of fashion,” she says in the video. To watch video, click here She appealed her father to stop sending goons after her, saying that she was tired of hiding around.........Read more

Supreme Court to hear plea against India deporting Rohingya Muslim refugees to Myanmar

The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear a PIL seeking identification and deportation of all illegal immigrants and infiltrators including Bangladesh nationals and Rohingyas. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta took note of submission of lawyer and BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay that his plea, which was filed in 2017, be listed for an urgent hearing. "It would be listed for hearing on July 9," the bench, which also comprised Justice Deepak Gupta, said. Ashwini Upadhyay, in his plea, has also favoured the Centre's stand to identify and deport to Myanmar around 40,000 illegal Rohingya Muslims staying here. The plea has sought a direction to the Centre and the state governments to identify, detain and deport all illegal migrants and infiltrators, including Bangladesh nationals and Rohingyas. "The large-scale illegal migrants, particularly from Myanmar and Bangladesh, have not only threatened the demographic structure of bordering districts but have seriously impaired the security and national integration, particularly in the present circumstances," the plea said. The plea alleged there was an organised influx of illegal immigrants from Myanmar through agents and touts facilitating illegal immigrants Rohingyas via Benapole-Haridaspur and Hilli (West Bengal), Sonamora (Tripura), Kolkata and Guwahati. "This situation is seriously harming the national security of the country," it said.........Read more

I&B ministry, Telangana govt served NHRC notices over actor Sri Reddy’s protest

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday served notices on the Information and Broadcasting ministry and the Telangana government, calling for detailed reports on the alleged sexual exploitation of women in Tollywood. The NHRC took suo motu cognizance of media reports about aspiring Telugu actor Sri Reddy stripping in public in Hyderabad on Saturday to protest casting couch in the film industry.........Read more

Fund crunch hits ISRO programmes

The shortfall is so stiff that the Department of Space (DoS) does not have enough money at the moment to "initiate advance actions for procurement of materials and renewal of fabrication contracts" for the next phase of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) missions. The DoS sought nearly Rs 16,569 crore from the MoF but received Rs 10,783 crore in the 2018-19 Budget.........Read more

Kedhav Jadhav ruled out for rest of season with a hamstring injury

Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Kedar Jadhav was on Monday (April 9) ruled out of the rest of the Indian Premier League (IPL) due to a hamstring injury which he suffered in the season-opener against Mumbai Indians on Saturday. Jadhav has suffered a grade two tear, coach Michael Hussey informed.........Read more

Fake news order: PM Modi wants guideline spiked; Smriti Irani says more than happy to engage with Press

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry on Tuesday withdrew its press release which stated that journalists who “created” or “propagated” fake news would have lost their accreditation with the government. Following the withdrawal of the press release, Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani tweeted that the PIB accreditation guidelines asking Press Council of India and News Broadcasters Association to define and act against ‘fake news’ have generated debate.........Read more

Educated youth more likely to be unemployed

The unemployment rate among educated youth in India is higher than their uneducated counterparts and the situation only worsens with an increase in education level. One key reason is that educated people are less likely to accept informal work even when there is a limited supply of regular, salaried jobs. ........Read more

CES 2018: Toyota Showcases e-Palette Concept Car

Toyota Motor Corporation showcased the e-Palette Concept Vehicle at the CES 2018 which is designed to meet the demands of future multi-mode transportation and business applications. The e-Palette Alliance will leverage Toyota's proprietary Mobility Services Platform (MSPF) to develop a suite of connected mobility solutions and a flexible, purpose-built vehicle.........Read more

Nepal rejects India's offer to jointly remeasure Mt Everest

Nepal has rejected India's offer to jointly re-measure the height of the world's highest peak Mount Everest following the massive earthquake in 2015 and will carry out the exercise on its own, the top official of the Himalayan nation's survey department has said.........Read more

British PM Theresa May forces her own deputy to resign after pornography scandal

British Prime Minister Theresa May forced her most senior minister, Damian Green, to resign on Wednesday after an internal investigation found that he had made misleading comments about pornography found on computers in his parliamentary office.........Read more

Hope no Arvind Kejriwal Will Emerge From my Movement Again, Says Anna Hazare

Social activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday said he hoped that no Arvind Kejriwal emerged from his movement again. He also alleged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress are guilty of failing to act on the Jan Lokpal bill while speaking at a rally in Agra district of Uttar Pradesh.........Read more

No stay on Jallikattu, SC to examine if it can get constitutional protection

A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Rohinton Nariman, while reserving orders on a batch of petitions challenging the law, indicated that a five-judge Constitution bench will examine whether Jallikattu can get constitutional protection as a `traditional and cultural right’ under Article 29 (1).........Read more

Hundreds at IIT Kanpur use drugs, insiders aid peddling: Probe

"The investigation has revealed the role of 'insiders', including security personnel, temporary staff and also students, in peddling drugs on the campus," institute acting director Prof M Agarwal said.........Read more

Aiyar apologises for Neech remark, says Hindi not his mother tongue

Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar on Thursday apologised for Neech remark and said that Hindi is not his mother tongue. Clarifying his remarks, Aiyar said: "I never meant low born. In English there is a clear distinction between low and low-born. The meaning that Modi is drawing out of this is not my concern."........Read more

Anna Hazare announces protest against Centre on March 23

Anti-graft activist Anna Hazare Tuesday announced a protest against the government on March 23, next year, as he is upset over the non-appointment of Lokpal for the last four years. ........Read more

Tibet wants to stay with China, says Dalai Lama

Speaking at an interactive session hosted by the Indian Chamber of Commerce here, he said, "We are not seeking independence... We want to stay with China. We want more development." He added, "Tibet has a different culture and a different script... The Chinese people love their own country. We love our own country."........Read more

Terror Attack at BSF Camp in Srinagar, 4 Jawans Injured; 1 Terrorist Killed, 2 Holed up

Four Border Security Force (BSF) jawans were injured after at least three terrorists attacked a BSF’s 182nd battalion camp on Tuesday near the Srinagar airport. While one terrorists has been killed, two terrorists are reported to have been holed up inside a building near the camp. Terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility for the attack.........Read more

New Rs 5, Rs 10 coins to be introduced with Rs 100 coin

The Central government on Tuesday announced that it will introduce Rs 100 coins this year to mark the birth centenary of MG Ramachandran, the late AIADMK founder and former chief minister of Tamil Nadu.........Read more

UPI upgrade aims to let India’s smartphone users make payments using Aadhaar-linked fingerprints

The United Payments Interface, a digital application that allows users in India to transact across 30 banks using their smartphones, is set for a big overhaul. It may allow users to authenticate transactions using the scans of their irises or fingerprints linked to their Aadhaar numbers, according a draft paper published by the National Payments Corporation of India.........Read more

YouTube Live now lets you directly stream iPhone apps

The biggest addition is that iOS users will now be able to live stream apps directly from their iPhones and iPads to YouTube Live, allowing you to share your screen with viewers. (That can be something like playing a game or drawing a picture.) Users will also be able to use the front-facing camera and microphone to add commentary or reactions to their streams. The updated screen casting works with any apps that support Apple’s ReplayKit framework.........Read more

Good news! Finance Ministry extends deadline, file Income Tax Returns till October 31st

In what can be termed as a huge relief for many taxpayers, the Finance Ministry has extended the deadline for filing Income Tax Returns till October 31st. Earlier, the last date of for filing IT returns and Audit Reports was September 30th.........Read more

Blue Whale panic: Across India, police find little connection to online suicide game

Media reports have blamed the computer challenge for prompting several youth to kill themselves. But the authorities are sceptical.........Read more

Brain scan study adds to evidence that lower brain serotonin levels are linked to dementia

In a study looking at brain scans of people with mild loss of thought and memory ability, Johns Hopkins researchers report evidence of lower levels of the serotonin transporter—a natural brain chemical that regulates mood, sleep and appetite.........Read more

Dhoni, Sundar vault Pune into the final

On a slow pitch, Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary and MS Dhoni led Rising Pune Supergiant to 162, a score they defended by 20 runs via Washington Sundar's 3 for 16, clearing their path to the IPL final........Read more

RBI clean note policy: Reserve Bank of India guidelines on how to change soiled, scribbled, torn notes

Soiled, torn and scribbled currency notes have become a big headache for the customers, majority of whom get it from the ATMs. While in the past such notes were readily accepted by merchants and banks, post demonetisation and the introduction of new Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 currency notes, the banks are refusing to exchange these soiled, scribbled currency notes. A good number of these notes are of Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 denomination.........Read more

Samsung Galaxy S8 to feature Sony batteries: Report

Samsung is impressed with Sony’s lithium-ion battery packs and plans to use it on its flagship smartphones. This corroborates a previous rumor that all but confirmed that Samsung’s third-party battery supplier was a Japanese company. With Samsung in talks with Sony, it shows that the company plans on diversifying its battery supply chain and reduce the risk of any faults with future units.........Read more

Meet Vijay Kowshik who blows life into glass

Kowshik is the pioneer of glass art in India - be it blown, fused, slumped or what have you. He has crisscrossed the globe to help restore or create glass art. Glass is the medium he uses to express himself - his angst, his confusions, his innermost feelings. No wonder then that the exhibition is titled "Parsing - The Mind's Eye".........Read more

NSG aspirant India to host meet on combating nuclear terrorism

In a major boost to its NSG bid, India will host a key meet on nuclear security next week which will be attended by delegated from over 100 countries. The MEA in coordination with the Department of Atomic Energy is hosting the Implementation and Assessment........Read more

In a first, US gives anti-ISIS Syria force armoured vehicles

The delivery appears to be the first under President Donald Trump's administration, though the original decision pre-dates his January 20 inauguration, and comes after he gave the US military 30 days to deliver a plan to "defeat" IS.........Read more

Man who made 'ransom call' to missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed's kin interrogated

A man, who was arrested for allegedly making a ransom call to missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed's relatives demanding Rs 20 lakh for his release, was interrogated by police at length on Sunday. Even though Najeeb's family had yesterday denied receiving any ransom call, the missing JNU student's cousin Sadaf Musharraf on Sunday claimed that her father had indeed received such a call around January 15 and had informed police about........Read more

H-1B visa concerns: IT stocks slump, top 4 companies lose over Rs 22,000 crore in market valuation

Shares of Infosys lost 2.50 per cent, TCS went down by 2.18 per cent and Wipro dipped 2.18 per cent on BSE. The three companies along with HCL Tech — together lost over Rs 22,000 crore in market valuation.........Read more

'Drastic’ changes in I-T returns will invite scrutiny, warns tax department

The income tax department has cautioned assessees that the provision under law for revising tax returns cannot be misused for carrying out drastic alterations of declarations or fudging of accounts, warning that such manipulations could attract scrutiny, penalty and prosecution.........Read more

Demonetisation: Road ministry proposes Rs 5 to Rs 100 coupons as new currency at toll plazas

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has proposed that high-security coupons be used as small denomination currency at toll plazas.........Read more

New Changes In Twitter: Approach Against Cyber Bullying and Harrasment, Will This Be a Straightforward Solution?

The challenge is keeping up enforcement or monitoring the abusive conduct because this social networking giant happens in public and in real time and another thing, unlike Facebook, users doesn't have to provide real names. So Twitter has to take its step and make a new approach to focus on the most crucial needs in controlling and reporting cases that threaten human dignity and hateful trending topics.........Read more

Cyclone Kyant may hit coastal AP, Odisha in 48 hours

Andhra Pradesh and Odisha braced up on Wednesday to meet any eventuality of a cyclone possibly hitting their coast, even as experts said the intensity of the brewing storm will be known in the next 48 hours.........Read more

High Pollution Over India Shocked American Astronaut, Who Spent One Year In Space

There was one day last summer, the summer of 2015, when I was in space I saw the eastern side of China was perfectly clear. And I’d never seen that before in all of my time in space, and I’d spent well over a year in space, total, at that point.........Read more

MakeMyTrip to buy Ibibo Group’s India travel business for $720 million

Online travel firm MakeMyTrip Ltd has agreed to buy Ibibo Group’s travel business in India for $720 million in stock, creating one of the largest travel companies in the country. The deal will bring all brands of the Nasper and Tencent-backed Ibibo Group such as Goibibo, redBus, Ryde and Rightstay under MakeMyTrip. Together, Ibibo and MakeMyTrip processed 34.1 million transactions in 2015-16, the latter said in a statement.........Read more

IRCTC plans insurance cover for mobiles, laptops

Buoyed by the success of the 92 paise travel insurance policy for passengers, IRCTC is now planning to launch another scheme for passengers' gadgets like mobile phones and laptops.........Read more

40 percent Indians will be too scared in a self-driving car to be productive

Self-driving cars are the future, and they clearly have an edge over standard cars when it comes to safety and mobility. But a study is trying to find if Indians are ready for it for these innovations. The study asks the question — “What would people do when they are travelling in a self-driving car?” While being free of driving should ideally let one do other productive activities, but researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle said that nearly 40 percent of Indians said they would be so apprehensive that they would not attempt any activities in such vehicles.........Read more

India's Team Indus In Top 3 Of Google Lunar XPrize, Could Send First Private Rover To The Moon

t's in the DNA of humanity itself. We always work harder and do better when there's an incentive involved, no matter how audacious the target might seem. Which gave birth to the Google Lunar XPrize (GLXP), a competition that challenges innovators and entrepreneurs to develop low-cost methods of robotic space (lunar) exploration. This will be the first non-government experiment to fly to the moon since 1976. More importantly, an Indian company (the only one) is in the top 3 - Team Indus!........Read more

Another film leaked: This time it’s Emraan Hashmi’s Raaz Reboot

Emraan Hashmi-starrer horror flick Raaz Rebooot is he latest victim of piracy. The Vikram Bhatt film was leaked online late Tuesday.........Read more

Potentially harmful chemicals widespread in household dust

Household dust exposes people to a wide range of toxic chemicals from everyday products, according to a study led by researchers at Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) at the George Washington University. The multi-institutional team conducted a first-of-a-kind meta-analysis, compiling data from dust samples collected throughout the United States to identify the top ten toxic chemicals commonly found in dust. They found that DEHP, a chemical belonging to a hazardous class called phthalates, was number one on that list. In addition, the researchers found that phthalates overall were found at the highest levels in dust followed by phenols and flame retardant chemicals.........Read more

Apple’s iMessage store goes live with stickers and apps for iOS 10 messages

Apple's iMessage App Store is a big part of the many changes arriving with iOS 10 today. While the software update won't be available until around 1PM ET / 10AM PT, Apple has opened up the iMessage...........Read more

Explaining why the universe can be transparent

Two papers published by an assistant professor at the University of California, Riverside and several collaborators explain why the universe has enough energy to become transparent.........Read more

'Don't Breathe' Is a 'Near Masterpiece'

Starring Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette and Daniel Zovatto Rated R Four out of five stars The world should’ve known writer/director Fede Alvarez would give us something like "Don’t Breathe" when he successfully remade "Evil Dead" three years ago. There was a reason "Evil Dead" creator Sam Raimi and...........Read more

Global investors line up to buy stake in Mu Sigma

Software and analytics giant Palantir Technologies is also in negotiations to acquire the shares held by General Atlantic and Mu Sigma CEO.........Read more

Rajkumar Rao - Manoj Bajpai's Aligarh wins over the audiences at MISAFF 2016

Aligarh screened at Toronto MISAFF 2016. Rajkumar Rao elated with the positive response from the audiences.........Read more

Salwinder Singh, SP Cleared in Pathankot Attack, Accused of Rape

SP Salwinder Singh is on the run following the rape case which was registered against him on Thursday.........Read more

In a Marriage-Obsessed Country, Meet India's Asexual Community

Far removed from the narrative of India’s young who are apparently having lots of sex (a claim typified in those yearly India Today sex surveys), there’s a community that doesn’t like sex at all. Detests it even. Welcome to the world of India’s asexu........Read more

If We’re Going to Search for Sanjeevani, This is How to Do It

We have to ensure that Uttarakhand's new project stays true to the spirit of a scientific pursuit and doesn’t end up being yet another botched experiment.........Read more

Do you think only smoking kills? Not exercising is as dangerous

Eating healthy or not smoking is not enough, you’ve got to exercise too if you want to lead a long and disease-free life, say researchers.........Read more

2.17 lakh houses made under JNNURM, Rajiv Awas Yojna vacant

Over two lakh houses, constructed under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) and Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY), have been lying vacant across the country, the government told the Rajya Sabha today.........Read more

Income Tax department to issue 7 lakh letters for large non-PAN transactions

The I-T department has with the help of in-house computer techniques, grouped such non-PAN transactions and identified 7 lakh high-risk clusters.........Read more

5 things Amitav Ghosh said about climate change thatll shock you

The author is shedding a whole new light on the climate change crisis in his new book, The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable.........Read more

Global biodiversity drops 'below safe limit' across 58pc of Earth's surface

An analysis of global data suggests biodiversity loss is substantial enough to question the ability of many ecosystems to support human societies.........Read more

Siddaramaiah says reservation in private sector necessary, but hypocrisy much?

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah may say that he supports reservations in the private sector, but his government has booked cases against students who made precisely that same demand some months ago.........Read more

One chart shows how the skill development mission has provided jobs to less than 5% of those trained

For the past some years, whenever one talks of India, the phrase "demographic dividend" always crops up. A developing country with more than 600 million people under the age of 25 is bound to be the envy of its ageing neighbours, particularly as thei........Read more

Fallout 4 in VR will drop an atom bomb on your brain

That means just about any VR game you play today involves standing in one spot (or physically moving within the HTC Vive's roomspace boundaries), and teleporting around a virtual environment with a point-and-click system, rather than using a gamepad........Read more