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ISRO successfully launches 100th satellite, f
ISRO successfully launches 100th satellite, first mission after IRNSS-1H failure•At 9:29am today, ISRO successfully launched the PSLV from Sriharikota, its first mission after the failure of IRNSS-1H in August. •The launch vehicle is carrying 31 satellites: 28 from six other countries and three from India, including the countrys 100th. •In a unique feature, they will be launched in two orbits- 30 of them in a 550km-above-earth orbit, and one in 359km-above. Details here.
Hunting for MH370: Malaysia offers $70mn to o
Hunting for MH370: Malaysia offers $70mn to ocean exploration firm•The government of Malaysia has inked a deal with an American ocean exploration firm, Ocean Infinity to launch a new search for the missing flight MH370. •The government has promised to pay the firm a whopping $70m if the hunt is successful. •MH370 had gone missing in 2014 with 239 passengers onboard in one of the biggest mysteries in aviation. •Heres more about it.
Now, Congress and BJP fight it out in Karnata
Now, Congress and BJP fight it out in Karnataka•After Gujarat and Himachal polls are done and dusted, the action has now moved to Karnataka. •Other than Punjab, Karnataka is Congresss last-known bastion. BJP will try to wrest it, as it hardly has any presence in South. •Considering Karnatakas value for both parties, its a slugfest. •In the latest episode, BJP president Amit Shah and CM Siddaramaiah have been exchanging barbs. Sample some here.
Washington renames Russian embassy street aft
Washington renames Russian embassy street after murdered Russian politician•In a new development, the Washington DC City Council has unanimously voted to rename the street which houses the Russian embassy after slain Russian politician Boris Nemtsov. •Nemstov, a vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin was shot dead outside Kremlin in 2015. •Russian politicians have criticized the move with a Russian MP calling it "a dirty trick." •Heres more about it.
CES 2018: The rise of offbeat and bizarre gad
CES 2018: The rise of offbeat and bizarre gadgets•The ongoing Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 at Las Vegas, USA, is witnessing the launch of some truly innovative gadgets and products that go beyond smartphones and laptops and even VR headsets. •The event, that will go on until January 12, is approximately seeing 150 countries in attendance. •Heres more on whats grabbing attention at CES 2018.
Karan Johar announces name of Akshays leading
Karan Johar announces name of Akshays leading lady in Kesari•Karan Johar took to Twitter to announce the name of the leading lady of his upcoming film Kesari with Akshay Kumar, but with a major blooper. •He announced the name of Parineeti Chopra but wrongfully shared the picture of Akshay Kumar while disclosing the name. •Heres what happened.
Pakistani anchor brings daughter on show to c
Pakistani anchor brings daughter on show to condemn 8-year-olds rape•As Pakistan reels with the horrific rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl, a popular anchor hosted news bulletin with her infant daughter on her lap as a protest against the appalling incident. •Kiran Naz delivered a passionate monologue on Samaa TV, strongly condemning the brutal act and how little Pakistan is doing to keep its girls safe. •Read on for more.
What should be Kohlis strategy against South
What should be Kohlis strategy against South Africa?•The first Test in Cape Town left India with a bitter defeat. It gave us a glimpse of bouncy South African pitches and the relentless pace bowling attack of the home side. •The visitors are unlikely to get any respite going into remaining two Tests of the series. Under such foreign conditions, what can Virat Kohli do better as a batsman? Lets see.
Indu Malhotra: First woman lawyer to directly
Indu Malhotra: First woman lawyer to directly become SC judge•Senior advocate Indu Malhotra has made history. •With the Supreme Court collegium recommending her name on Thursday, she will soon become Indias first woman lawyer to be directly appointed as the apex courts judge. •Uttarakhand high court chief justice KM Joseph, who quashed the presidents rule in the state in 2016, has also been elevated to the top court. •Read on for more.
Fastest SUV by Lamborghini arrives in India f
Fastest SUV by Lamborghini arrives in India for Rs. 3cr!•Italian supercar maker Lamborghini has finally launched the much-awaited Urus super SUV (sports utility vehicle) at a price of Rs. 3 crore. •The Urus is the fastest SUV in the world. With a top speed of 305kmph, it can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in only 3.6 seconds. •It is the second SUV by Volkswagen-owned Lamborghini after the 1980s LM002. •Heres more.
CES 2018: Sony unveils new 4K HDR TV series
CES 2018: Sony unveils new 4K HDR TV series•Sony has launched its newest 4K HDR TV family at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year in Las Vegas, USA. •This includes its Bravia A8F OLED and the Bravia X900F LCD series. •The devices come with an in-built support for Android TV and the voice-enabled Google Assistant, and features the proprietary 4K HDR processor X1 Extreme. •Heres all about it.
Bill for increasing green card allocation int
Bill for increasing green card allocation introduced in US•US President Donald Trumps policy changes with respect to immigrants have been in news quite a lot. •In the latest step, a legislation that pushes for a merit-based immigration system has been introduced. •It also increases the allotment of green cards by an impressive 45% annually. •If signed into a law, this move will surely benefit Indian techies. •Heres all about it.
Meet the IAS officer promoting toilet donatio
Meet the IAS officer promoting toilet donation in Assams Jorhat•An IAS officer in Assams Jorhat district has found a unique way to realize Swachh Bharats mission of making India open defecation free by 2019. •He mobilizes community participation to donate toilets to those who cant afford to build them. •Virendra Mittal, Jorhats Deputy Commissioner, the man behind Daan Toilet, is teaching people to use toilet by giving them one. •Heres more about him.
Mumbai-Delhi third busiest air route, but wit
Mumbai-Delhi third busiest air route, but with poor punctuality•The Mumbai-Delhi air route was the third busiest last year with about 130 flights daily, an air travel intelligence company has found. •A total of 47,462 flights operated on the route during the year, OAG Aviation Worldwide Ltd said. •The busiest were South Koreas Jeju-Seoul Gimpo airports (64,991 flights) and Australias Melbourne-Sydney airports (54,519 flights). •However, Mumbai-Delhi had a pathetic punctuality record.
Ram Gopal Varma shoots video with porn star,
Ram Gopal Varma shoots video with porn star, Mia Malkova•Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma recently shot a film with adult movie star, Mia Malkova in Europe, for which he is grabbing headlines. •The actress took to Twitter to share the poster of the film, which has been titled God, Sex And Truth - A Philosophical Treatise Of Mia Malkova. •Notably, Sunny Leone is another adult star who has made it big in Bollywood. •Heres more.
WhatsApp group chats can be hacked: Researche
WhatsApp group chats can be hacked: Researchers•A team of German cryptographers has discovered that anyone who is in control of WhatsApps servers can infiltrate group chats despite the latter being end-to-end encrypted. •This means that cyber criminals can add new people to WhatsApp group chats without the permission of the group admin, giving them access to unwarranted information. •Heres more on the security flaw.
Rope snaps armymen slither down Dhruv chopper
Rope snaps armymen slither down Dhruv chopper, three injured•Three army soldiers were injured when they were slithering down a rope from a chopper and the rope snapped. •The mishap happened when they were rehearsing for the annual Army Day parade on January 15. •The heli-slithering drill was being conducted at the Parade Ground in Delhi Cantt. •An officer said one of them was grievously injured, but they are all out of danger.
SRK, Cate Blanchett, Sir Elton John honored w
SRK, Cate Blanchett, Sir Elton John honored with Crystal Awards•Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is one of the three winners of the prestigious Crystal Awards this year. He is sharing the honor with actress Cate Blanchett and musician Sir Elton John. •According to its website, the Crystal Awards, sponsored by the World Economic Forum (WEF), celebrate the achievements of outstanding artists who have shown exemplary commitment to improving the state of the world.
Ajit Jain, Gregory Abel: Potential Warren Buf
Ajit Jain, Gregory Abel: Potential Warren Buffett successors at Berkshire•Billionaire investor Warren Buffett-led Berkshire Hathaway promoted its senior executives -Indian-origin Ajit Jain and Gregory Abel- to its board. They are now being considered front-runners in the race to succeed CEO Buffett. •While 66-year-old Jain was named Vice-Chairman for Berkshires Insurance Operations, 55-year-old Abel became Vice-Chairman for Non-Insurance Business Operations. •Buffett called their elevation "part of the movement toward succession." •Heres more.
Kerala woman forcibly converted, trapped as s
Kerala woman forcibly converted, trapped as sex slave for IS•Two persons have been arrested in Kerala for allegedly forcing a 24-year-old woman to convert and planning to take her to Syria as a sex slave for IS terrorists. •The woman has accused her husband of hatching the conspiracy. He is suspected to be in Jeddah. •Meanwhile the two arrested have been charged under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and IPC.
After Karan Johar, Ekta Kapoor is accused of
After Karan Johar, Ekta Kapoor is accused of nepotism•Thanks to Kangana Ranaut, Karan Johar has often faced the heat for being nepotistic. Now it seems that the focus has shifted from him to his producer friend, Ekta Kapoor. •Ekta launched a new show on her web portal ALTBalaji named Haq Se which stars Rajeev Khandelwal and Aanchal Sharma, who happens to be her niece. •Would you call that nepotism? Heres more.
The mysterious case of F1 superstar Hamilton
The mysterious case of F1 superstar Hamilton & social media•Four-time Formula One champion, Lewis Hamilton has mysteriously disappeared from social media leaving the press and 11 million followers wondering what the British driver is up to. •Hamilton, who was quite active on Twitter and Instagram, has deleted all posts from his account on these two platforms. However, his Facebook account remains untouched. •Heres more about his disappearance from social media.
Students outrage over Class 12 routine, CBSE
Students outrage over Class 12 routine, CBSE says gaps impossible•The CBSE routine for Class 12 board exams has caused outrage among students, parents and teachers. There is not enough gap between many papers, they have complained. •For example, humanities students have psychology on April 5, political science on 6 and legal studies on 7. •But CBSE says its impossible to ensure enough gaps with 200 subjects. There are other factors too, it says.
Wrestler and coach Sukhchain Singh Cheema die
Wrestler and coach Sukhchain Singh Cheema dies in road accident•Renowned wrestler and coach, Sukhchain Singh Cheema died in a road accident on Wednesday night. •Cheema belonged to a family of wrestlers. He was the son of Olympian wrestler, Kesar Singh Cheema and father of Arjuna award winning wrestler, Palwinder Singh Cheema. •Before his passing, Sukhchain was running his akhara (coaching center) in Patiala where close to 70 wrestlers receive their training.
After Trump withdraws military aid, Pakistan
After Trump withdraws military aid, Pakistan stops intelligence co-operation•What is deteriorating the relations of US and Pakistan? Are they suffering from the tit-for-tat syndrome? •Earlier, tired of Pakistans dilly-dallying on taking decisive action against terrorism, US President Trump had announced his decision to suspend about $1.15bn security aid to Pakistan. •Now, Pakistan claims to have suspended intelligence co-operation with US. •Ironically, US has not been officially notified of this development. •Heres more.
Suresh Raina named Chennai Super Kings vice-c
Suresh Raina named Chennai Super Kings vice-captain•Suresh Raina may no longer be in the plans of the current Indian cricket fold, but he is still very much a crucial member of the Chennai Super Kings. •The franchise from down south made it very clear when they decided to retain IPLs highest run scorer. Now, they have named Suresh Raina the vice-captain of the team. •Heres more!
Yogis Dabangg UP: 921 encounters, 33 deaths i
Yogis Dabangg UP: 921 encounters, 33 deaths in 10 months•After Yogis ascent as CM, UP police officials have become truly "Dabangg." They might as well give Chulbul Pandey a run for his money. •In about 10 months, they have gunned down 30 "wanted" criminals in 29 encounters. Overall, a whopping 921 encounters were conducted. However, UP Police also suffered losses. Three policemen have lost their lives until now. •Heres all about it.
Will the swadeshi Patanjali go global with Lo
Will the swadeshi Patanjali go global with Louis Vuittons help?•The steep growth of Patanjali has grabbed major eyeballs. Its latest admirer is French luxury group LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, aka Louis Vuitton/LVMH. •The group is willing to infuse $500mn in Patanjali through its L Catterton private equity fund, almost half of its remaining Asia fund. •It wont be easy: Patanjali has projected itself as strictly anti-multinational. But are the times changing?
Shopkeeper of Indian-origin beaten to death i
Shopkeeper of Indian-origin beaten to death in London by teenagers•A 49-year-old shopkeeper of Indian-origin was punched fatally outside his London store on Saturday night by teenagers for refusing to sell them cigarette paper. He died of his injuries in a hospital on Monday afternoon. •London police suspects involvement of three teens in the murder of Vijay Patel. •On Wednesday, a 16-year-old boy was charged in court for murdering Patel. •Read on for more.
Trump Towers launches fourth project in India
Trump Towers launches fourth project in India at Gurgaon•Indias fourth Trump Towers is coming up in Gurgaon, the second biggest in the country after Mumbai. •Each of the 258 apartments in the 50-storeyed buildings on Golf Course Road Extension will cost Rs. 5-10cr. •The developers claim to have sold 20 apartments already. •Though the Trump Organization isnt investing, M3M and Tribeca Developers will develop the project under its license.
CES 2018: Dell launches jewelry line, uses re
CES 2018: Dell launches jewelry line, uses recycled gold•In what has come as a pleasant surprise to users, Dell Computers has partnered with Hollywood actor Nikki Reed to launch a limited-edition jewelry collection. •Notably, the jewelry has been made from gold that has been mined from recycled computer motherboards. •Here is more on the companys newest green venture.
After death threat, armed men reach Salmans R
After death threat, armed men reach Salmans Race 3 sets•Few days ago, a news flourished about a notorious gangster threatening to kill Salman Khan. At that time, the police maintained that there was nothing to worry, but things have taken an ugly turn since then. •On Wednesday, a few armed men reached Salmans film Race 3 sets at Film City, Mumbai and were seen heading towards him, according to Mumbai Mirror. •Heres more.
Hackers target traders in Old Delhi for Bitco
Hackers target traders in Old Delhi for Bitcoins•Ransom demands in Bitcoins are on the rise in India. In recent times, at least three traders in Delhi have been attacked by hackers who encrypted critical files on their systems and demanded Bitcoin payments to decrypt them. •Three FIRs have been filed, but other cases are suspected to have gone unreported. •Syndicates in Nigeria or Pakistan are suspected behind the attacks.
2009 Satyam scam: Pricewaterhouse gets 2-year
2009 Satyam scam: Pricewaterhouse gets 2-year audit-ban from SEBI•Nine years after the Rs. 8,000cr Satyam scam came to light, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) found Pricewaterhouse Network guilty in the fraud. •SEBI banned the global auditing firm from providing audit services to listed companies for two years, starting Apr18. •The company was ordered to pay Rs. 13.09cr and 12% per annum interest from Jan09, around Rs. 14cr. •Heres more.
IIT-Kanpurs Gita super site sees 4,700% jump
IIT-Kanpurs Gita super site sees 4,700% jump in readership•The faculty at IIT-Kanpur is bewildered: readership on a 10-year-old dormant website on Hindu religious scriptures has suddenly surged by 4,700%! •Whereas earlier, it was averaging 500 hits daily, it now gets 24,000, IE reports. •Though the project itself might be controversial, "secular credentials cant be questioned on such a pious initiative," says Professor TV Prabhakar. •Heres more about the Gita super site (www.gitasupersite.iitk.ac.in).
Triple talaq Bill: Centre now considers the o
Triple talaq Bill: Centre now considers the ordinance route•The instant triple talaq issue has placed government in a bind. They have had to consider legal perspective and religious sentiment to reach an appropriate policy response. •However, after Rajya Sabha (RS) lawmakers didnt support their cause, they have decided to go for a temporary solution. The government is now planning to take the ordinance route for criminalizing "talaq-e-biddat" (triple talaq). •Heres more.
More flaws in Aadhaar: Anyone can access your
More flaws in Aadhaar: Anyone can access your bank details•Reports about the lack of privacy and safety in Aadhaar only keep getting worse. •Now an SMS bug has come to light that allows anyone with access to your Aadhaar to find out which bank you have an account with. •Though it might seem harmless at first glance, this could let frauds socially engineer victims and lead to cases of spear phishing. Heres more.
LeT terrorist behind Red Fort attack arrest
LeT terrorist behind Red Fort attack arrested after 17 years•Bilal Ahmed Kawa, a key suspect involved in the December 22, 2000 terror shoot-out at Red Fort, was arrested on Wednesday evening from Delhi airport. •A joint team of the Delhi Police special cell and anti-terrorist squad of Gujarat Police nabbed the 37-year-old suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist after 17 years of extensive search, reported Hindustan Times. •Read on for more.
Kamala Mills tragedy: 1Above owners arrested
Kamala Mills tragedy: 1Above owners arrested after 12 days•Twelve days after a fire in Mumbais Kamala Mills killed 14, the three owners of 1Above pub, where the mishap happened, have been arrested. •Earlier, managers Kevin Bava and Lisbon Lopez were held and questioned why no safety measures were implemented. •Yug Pathak, co-owner of Mojos Bistro where the fire broke out, is already in jail. His partner Yug Tuli is on the run.
Novak Djokovic is ready for his favourite Gra
Novak Djokovic is ready for his favourite Grand Slam•Former world number one and 6-time Australian Open winner, Novak Djokovic has made a strong comeback to the sport after spending 6 months on the sidelines post an elbow injury. •The Serbian beat world number five Dominic Thiem 6-1 6-4 at the at the Kooyong Classic. •Djokovic, who was earlier doubtful about playing the years first Grand Slam, has confirmed his participation.
Pakistan: Protests erupt after 8-year old rap
Pakistan: Protests erupt after 8-year old raped, murdered and dumped•The brutal rape and murder of an 8-year old girl in Kasur, a small town located in Pakistans Punjab province, triggered violent protests. •Two people reportedly died as the police fired at the mob in a bid to control the violence. •The situation in Kasur has been violent since police found the girls body dumped in garbage on January 4. •Heres more about it.
Panama Papers case: 4 more witnesses testify
Panama Papers case: 4 more witnesses testify against Nawaz Sharif•Four more witnesses have reportedly testified against ousted-Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif before an anti-graft court. •The court was hearing the three corruption cases against Sharif and has adjourned hearing on the matter till January 16. •Pakistans Supreme Court (SC) had earlier disqualified him from continuing as PM after the Panama Papers leak revealed his alleged corrupt dealings. •If convicted, Sharif can be jailed.
Akhilesh Yadav: Alliance with Congress is a w
Akhilesh Yadav: Alliance with Congress is a waste of time•It seems former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav has taken his 2017 assembly polls loss quite hard. The SP chief had teamed up with Congress for the polls. •However, after the embarrassing wash-out, Yadav is not interested in an alliance "as of now." He termed the exercise of talks/seat negotiations "a waste of time." •Instead, his present priority is to strengthen the partys organization.
Samsung Galaxy A8+ arrives in India with Rs.
Samsung Galaxy A8+ arrives in India with Rs. 32,990 price-tag!•South Korean electronics giant Samsung has finally launched the much-awaited Galaxy A8+ (2018) smartphone officially in India at a price of Rs. 32,990. •The latest Samsung Galaxy "A" series device, which was recently released in Vietnam, will go on sale on 20 January exclusively via Amazon India. •From Infinity Display to 6GB RAM to a dual selfie camera, heres all about the smartphone.
Vidya Balan to play Indira Gandhi in her next
Vidya Balan to play Indira Gandhi in her next film•Vidya Balan is reportedly gearing up for her next big film. It will be a biopic on Indias first woman Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi. •According to sources, the film will be produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur under Roy Kapur Films banner. •It will be a tricky movie, even for the uber talented Balan. •Here are the details.
15 dead, 100s injured in California mudslides
15 dead, 100s injured in California mudslides; rescue operation on•At least 15 people have reportedly died in Southern California after the storm-hit region recently witnessed mudslides and flooding. •According to ground reports, the rescue workers are looking for survivors. While around 50 people have already been rescued, the death-toll is likely to rise. •The police have described the scene as similar to that of a "World War I battlefield." •Heres more about it.
CBSE Date-Sheets 2018: Class 10, 12 board-exa
CBSE Date-Sheets 2018: Class 10, 12 board-exams from 5 March!•The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has finally released the date sheets for the upcoming Class 10 and 12 board examinations this year. •Both 10th and 12th board exams start from 5 Mar18. However, Class 10 exams end on 4 April while the Class 12 exams, on 12 April. •The date sheets are available on CBSEs official website. •Heres how to check them!
1984 anti-Sikh riots: SC reopens case, sets u
1984 anti-Sikh riots: SC reopens case, sets up new probe•Even after three decades, justice has still not been served in the 1984 Sikh riots. It was one of the largest persecutions of Sikhs, who were massacred in retribution for PM Indira Gandhis assassination by her Sikh bodyguards. •However, now, SC has reopened the case which was earlier closed by a Special Investigation Team (SIT). •What were the 1984 anti-Sikh riots? We elaborate.
Anti-government Pakistani reporter Taha Siddi
Anti-government Pakistani reporter Taha Siddiqui escapes kidnapping bid•Pakistan made yet another attempt to silence an anti-establishment journalist on Wednesday, though unsuccessfully so. •Pakistani reporter Taha Siddiqui, a prominent voice known for critiquing his countrys government, narrowly escaped a kidnapping bid by armed men in the morning today while on his way to the Islamabad airport. •He narrated his ordeal on Twitter shortly after the incident. •Read on to know more.
After US reportedly loses satellite, SpaceX d
After US reportedly loses satellite, SpaceX defends its role•Responding to reports that it has lost a satellite on a classified mission, SpaceX claimed the Falcon 9 "did everything correctly" and contrary claims are "categorically false." •Aerospace contractor Northrup Grumman had hired SpaceX to launch the "Zuma" satellite into orbit on January 7. •However, government officials said things went wrong when the payload failed to separate from the second stage.
Cricket scout reveals how he selects players
Cricket scout reveals how he selects players for IPL•IPL, in recent years, has paved a way for young cricketers to their entry into the Indian national side. The "IPL breed" of cricketers who made it to the Indian team include Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal. •Considering the exposure and opportunities IPL provides, lets look at its selection criteria as revealed by TA Sekhar, a former cricketer turned cricketing scout.
Kohli, Pujara take a hit in ICC Test rankings
Kohli, Pujara take a hit in ICC Test rankings•Indias top-ranked Test batsmen, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara have slipped down the ICC rankings after the horrendous batting display at Cape Town. •One the other hand, splendid performance by Bhuvneshwar Kumar has rewarded the pacer highly as he jumped 8 places to gain his career-best position of 22 in the latest Test rankings released by ICC. •Here is more about the new rankings.
After Najeeb Ahmed, another student goes miss
After Najeeb Ahmed, another student goes missing from JNU•A research scholar of IGNOU has gone missing from the JNU campus, Delhi police has said. •Mukul Jain, a PhD student at IGNOU, had a co-guide at JNUs School of Life Sciences, and used a laboratory in the campus for research. •Police said some differences had cropped up between him and a woman he had recently befriended. •He was last seen two days ago.
Anushka Sharma doesnt look like a Pari in Par
Anushka Sharma doesnt look like a Pari in Pari•After spending some heavenly moments in various parts of the world, Anushka is all set to resume shooting of her pending films Zero and Sui Dhaaga. •Meanwhile, the first teaser of her movie Pari was unveiled yesterday. It is slated to be released on 2nd March, 2018. Earlier, it was supposed to be released on February 9. •Heres all about the teaser.
Virtual ID, limited KYC: Aadhaar has new two-
Virtual ID, limited KYC: Aadhaar has new two-layer security feature•Days after a major breach was reported in the Aadhaar database, the UIDAI has come up with a new two-layer security system to protect privacy. •Aadhaar holders will now have a Virtual ID and Know Your Customer (KYC) will be limited. •All agencies will incorporate the new system by June 1. •Know how these will make your data safer.
Can PadMan help address Indias period woes?
Can PadMan help address Indias period woes?•In India, condoms and bindis/sindoor are tax-free, but not sanitary pads. •A 12% GST (a tax-slab for luxurious goods) is levied on them. During the indirect-tax regime, it was 13.7%. •Indias first mainstream film on menstruation, PadMan, is about to release, but sanitary pads still remain inaccessible to millions of bleeding women. •Here, we look at Indias period revolution and the long road ahead.
Aanchal Thakur creates history; gets India th
Aanchal Thakur creates history; gets India their 1st-medal in skiing•This girl from Manali, Aanchal Thakur, is making the country proud. •Aanchal Thakur scripted history by becoming the first Indian to win an international medal in skiing. •The 21-year-old won the bronze at the prestigious Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup at the Palandoken Ski Centre in Erzurum in Turkey. •The event was organized by the Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS), skiings international governing body.
"Google Pay" launched; will arrive on Indias
•Google has announced it is integrating all its digital payments services, including the Android Pay and Google Wallet, under a new, unified one called "Google Pay". •The new payment service is aimed at simplifying payments for different online services for international users. •Google has also confirmed that it would be bringing Google Pay services to Google Tez users in India, too. •Heres more.
ICC U-19 World Cup: Summary, teams and format
ICC U-19 World Cup: Summary, teams and format•With its reach being close to 1.3 billion viewers, ICC U-19 World Cup is set to be the most widely watched edition in the tournament history. •The interest, especially for the Indian audiences, has piqued with expectations from a young squad under the mentorship of former great Rahul Dravid. •Lets have a look at what lies on Indias road to U-19 World Cup title.
Center approves 100% FDI in single-brand reta
Center approves 100% FDI in single-brand retail under automatic route•The government has approved 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in single-brand retail and construction development without government approval and relaxed norms for other sectors, including aviation. •Real estate broking is also eligible for 100% FDI under automatic route as it doesnt amount to real estate business. •Find out the details of what the new rules will mean for businesses.
Foreign airlines can invest up to 49% in Air
Foreign airlines can invest up to 49% in Air India•Earlier, a parliamentary panel advised the government to defer Air Indias (AI) privatization. They urged them to give 5yrs for AIs revival. •However, PM Modis cabinet is in no mood to entertain these suggestions. They have gone ahead and allowed foreign investment up to 49% in Air India. •But, they did clarify that AIs "substantial ownership" and "effective control" will be with Indian nationals.
Is singing a Hindu prayer in KVs permissible?
Is singing a Hindu prayer in KVs permissible? SC decides•The SC has sent a notice to the Center over the Hindi prayer sung in Kendriya Vidyalayas (KV) around the country in the morning, which, according to a petitioner, promotes Hinduism. •But government schools cant propagate any religion, the SC observed, asking why the prayer should be continued. •"Its a serious constitutional issue," the court said. •But what makes the prayer unconstitutional?
Swiss store evacuated after iPhone battery ov
Swiss store evacuated after iPhone battery overheats, one injured•Cases of phone batteries exploding have become common. But evacuation of a store because of it is rarely heard of. •Something like that happened in an Apple store on Zurichs Bahnhofstrasse. Customers and employees were evacuated when an iPhone began emitting smoke during repairs. •Fire personnel and police rushed to the spot. •One person sustained burns on his hand. Seven others received medical treatment.
Hrithik Roshan turns 44: A superstar in and o
Hrithik Roshan turns 44: A superstar in and out•Hailed as a Greek god, Hrithik Roshan has time and again proved his mettle as an actor. From being a boy with a speech disorder, today he is Bollywoods trusted superstar. •But what makes him stand out from the rest is his demeanour: be it films or controversies, Hrithik has always handled everything in a dignified manner. •Heres more about him.
This Mumbai couple seeks active euthanasia. I
This Mumbai couple seeks active euthanasia. Is it justified?•An elderly Mumbai couple have sought the presidents permission for active euthanasia: with no children to take care of them, they fear falling terminally ill and not being able to "contribute to society." •The presidents office has said it would respond in some time. •But what might work against them is that they arent sick. •Active euthanasia isnt legally allowed in India anyway.
#CES2018: Worlds first smartphone with in-dis
#CES2018: Worlds first smartphone with in-display fingerprint sensor is here!•Neither Apples iPhone nor Samsungs Galaxy device, but a Vivo smartphone will have the worlds first under-the-screen fingerprint scanner. •Vivo has unveiled a phone with an in-display fingerprint sensor at the ongoing CES-2018 in Las Vegas. •Weve been hearing rumors that Apple and Samsung are striving to bring the next-generation fingerprint recognition technology first, but Vivo beat the giants in the race. •Heres more!
Indian journalists nicked silverware from Lon
Indian journalists nicked silverware from London hotel. And got caught.•Indians have a knack for displaying awkward behaviors. Like when people stopped to retrieve their luggage on a crashlanding Emirates flight. •Or when senior journalists, accompanying WB CM Mamata Banerjee on a recent trip to London, decided to nick silverware from a luxury hotel. •The only problem was, they were clearly captured on CCTV, leading to an embarassing confrontation. •Heres what happened.
World Bank predicts "enormous growth" for Ind
World Bank predicts •The World Bank has upgraded Indias estimated GDP growth this fiscal year to 6.7% instead of the 6.5% estimate by the Indian government. •In 2018-19, it will rise to 7.3%, making India the worlds fastest growing economy again, the Global Economic Prospects said. •The next two years, it will rise at 7.5%. •This is thanks to an "ambitious government undertaking comprehensive reforms."
Five bogies of Patna-Mokama Express catch fir
Five bogies of Patna-Mokama Express catch fire, no casualty•A fire broke out and gutted five bogies and the engine of the Patna-Mokama passenger express last night when it was station at the Mokama Railway Station, reported India Today. •There was no casualty. •East Central Railway said the incident hadnt impacted train movement. •According to reports, the blaze was triggered by a short circuit.
AR Rahman is the new brand ambassador of Sikk
AR Rahman is the new brand ambassador of Sikkim•Recently, music maestro AR Rahman was crowned the brand ambassador of the Himalayan state of Sikkim. •The official declaration was made by Chief Minister, Pawan Kumar Chamling at the inaugural ceremony of the Sikkim Red Panda Winter Carnival 2017-18 at Paljor Stadium, Gangtok. •Heres to the man and the magic he creates.
ISRO-TeamIndus contract terminated: End of In
ISRO-TeamIndus contract terminated: End of Indias private Moonshot mission?•Indias only Google Lunar XPRIZE (GLXP) finalist, Bengalurus space-tech startup TeamInduss Moonshot mission hit a major roadblock. •The Ken reported TeamInduss PSLV launch contract with ISROs commercial arm Antrix -for the $30mn GLXP by landing a rover on Moon before 31 Mar18- was called off. •Its impossible for TeamIndus to secure another contract, says the report. •Is TeamIndus out of the private Moon race?
Is Apple planning to launch its biggest iPhon
Is Apple planning to launch its biggest iPhone in 2018?•People have enough reasons to expect something novel from Apple this year and Apple knows it too. •Speculations are rife that Apple might be gearing up to launch its biggest ever iPhone in 2018. •A report by Business Insider predicts that it will release 3 new iPhones this year, including a super-sized 6.5 inch phone. This handset could exhibit Apples excellence in display technology. •Heres more.
Meet the man behind compulsory national anthe
Meet the man behind compulsory national anthem in cinema halls•It is no longer mandatory for cinema halls to play the national anthem before film screenings, the Supreme Court ruled today, revoking its November 2016 order. •This new SC ruling dismisses the 13-year long fight of Shyam Narayan Chouksey, whose PIL was behind the November 2016 verdict. •As questions over forced patriotism loom large, we introduce you to Chouksey and his struggle.
Parliamentary Panel: Stop complimentary ticke
Parliamentary Panel: Stop complimentary tickets for luxury trains•Want to know why the Railways balance sheets show such abysmal numbers? Well, it seems one reason may now be out in the open. •A Parliamentary panel report has revealed that complimentary passes and less occupancies in luxury trains like Maharaja Express and Palace on Wheels are negatively impacting Railways finances. •The committee asked railway officials to stop providing complimentary passes with immediate effect.
Khattar-government spends Rs. 3.8L on 10 copi
Khattar-government spends Rs. 3.8L on 10 copies of Bhagavad Gita•Move over 2G and Coalgate, we have a new scam in making - the "Gita scam." •It has now surfaced that Haryanas Manohar Lal Khattar government bought copies of Bhagavad Gita at Rs. 38,000 each. These were gifted to VVIPs during the International Gita Mahotsav organized in 2017. Normally, they are sold at just Rs. 150-250. •Why did they cost so much? Find out.
Three Delhi PCR cops punished for changing cl
Three Delhi PCR cops punished for changing clothes on road•Three PCR personnel in Delhi have been sent to District Lines for allegedly changing clothes on the road and speaking rudely to a senior cop. •The senior saw them changing clothes publicly, and asked them to do it at a public toilet. •However, since he was in plainclothes, they didnt know who he was and asked him to mind his own business. Heres more.
Former employee sues Google for "extreme" dis
Former employee sues Google for •A former Google employee, fired by the tech giant in August, is suing the company over its alleged discrimination against white men. •The employee, software engineer James Damore, had made headlines with his internal "anti-diversity" memo that made controversial claims, one among them being gender gap is a result of biological inferiority. •He is joined by another plaintiff, former Google engineer David Gudeman.
#CES2018: Facebooks Oculus, Xiaomi partner fo
#CES2018: Facebooks Oculus, Xiaomi partner for two standalone VR headsets•In a surprise move, at the ongoing CES, Facebooks Oculus VR has announced a partnership with Xiaomi for building standalone VR (virtual reality) headsets. •Oculus stated Xiaomi is the global hardware partner for its Oculus Go headset announced last year. Additionally, they will also launch another new headset called "Mi VR Standalone" in China. •The announcement was made during Qualcomms press conference. •Heres more.
Anurag Kashyap thanks CBFC and Smriti Irani f
Anurag Kashyap thanks CBFC and Smriti Irani for Mukkabaaz•As Anurag Kashyaps directorial Mukkabaaz got a U/A certificate from the CBFC, he said he is grateful to censor board chief Prasoon Joshi for a "reasonable, rational and empowering experience". •Kashyap also thanked I&B Minister Smriti Irani for "providing him with some space to express himself in a free and fearless manner through his movie." •Here are the details.
Man who set himself ablaze after Kohlis early
Man who set himself ablaze after Kohlis early dismissal dies•65-year old Babubal Bairva, a retired railway employee who set himself on fire after Virat Kohlis dismissal in a test against South Africa, had died, News18 reports. •Bairva was apparently upset when Kohli got out after just five runs. •After Indias loss to Pakistan in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, a fan in Bangladesh committed suicide by jumping in front of a train.
31 satellites to be launched by ISRO on Janua
31 satellites to be launched by ISRO on January 12•ISRO is all set to launch 31 satellites from its spaceport located in Sriharikota on January 12. The launch will carry Cartosat and other satellites, including 28 from the US and five other countries. •This launch is going to be ISROs first mission this year. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40) would launch these satellites. •Here are the details.
Book Indane LPG cylinder on Facebook and Twit
Book Indane LPG cylinder on Facebook and Twitter! Heres how•Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has allowed consumers to book LGP cylinders via SMS, phone or online, but now it has expanded the service to even Facebook and Twitter! •Only customers of Indane, IOCs LPG brand, will be able to use the service. •It will make things easier for the millions of Indians who use Facebook and Twitter. •Heres how to use the new facility.
To Farhan Akhtar, the charming powerhouse of
To Farhan Akhtar, the charming powerhouse of talent, happy birthday!•Call it a compliment or a curse, but despite a 17-year-long prolific career, the most memorable movie of Farhan Akhtar is still his debut, Dil Chahta Hai, a film that defined cool for an entire generation at the turn of the century. •As Farhan turns 44 today, we celebrate the director we miss, the actor we adore and the singer we dont listen to.
How to apply for Aadhaar for your minor kid
How to apply for Aadhaar for your minor kid•Many nursery schools in Delhi have mandated Aadhaar of kids for admission this time. •The Directorate of Education had earlier said Aadhaar number of the parents would suffice, but several schools have mandated Aadhaar number for kids too, refusing to accept even enrolment number. •The last date for application is January 17. •Heres what you should do to get Aadhaar for your kid.
Controversial selection of Pappu Yadavs son i
Controversial selection of Pappu Yadavs son in Delhi T20 squad•Politician Pappu Yadavs son Sarthak Ranjan has been selected in Delhis T20 squad for the Syed Mushtaq Ali inter-state T20 competition without having played any competitive cricket this season. •Controversially, Ranjan was chosen ahead of the likes of Unmukt Chand and Hiten Dalal who performed for the U-23 side. •The 3-member selection committee included Atul Wassan, Hari Gidwani, and Robin Singh Junior. •Heres more.
Jignesh Mevani holds "Hunkar Rally" in Delhi
Jignesh Mevani holds •After being elected Gujarat MLA, Jignesh Mevani has hit the ground running. His speech on the 200th anniversary of the Bhima-Koregaon violence whipped up a furore, prompting an FIR. A Mumbai event where he was to address youngsters was cancelled. •However, Mevani is undeterred. Despite no police permission, he has proceeded to hold the Hunkar Rally in Delhi. •Here are the details.
Bootleggers may now get death penalty in UP
Bootleggers may now get death penalty in UP•Bootleggers dealing in illicit liquor might soon face the death penalty or life imprisonment in Uttar Pradesh after the governor cleared a bill for the same. •This makes UP the third Indian state to have the death sentence for bootleggers after Delhi and Gujarat, if spurious liquor leads to loss of life. •The UP Excise (Amendment) Bill, 2017, also has provisions for hefty fines.
Yusuf Pathan suspended by BCCI after failing
Yusuf Pathan suspended by BCCI after failing dope test•Doping is considered a serious offense in any sport and athletes often pay a hefty price for testing positive for banned substances. •BCCI is obviously taking this seriously and has now asked the state association of Baroda not to pick Indian all-rounder Yusuf Pathan for the recently concluded Ranji trophy, after he tested positive for a banned substance last year. •Here are the details.
#CES2018: Google partners with LG, Sony for A
#CES2018: Google partners with LG, Sony for Assistant-powered •To stop Amazons Alexa from taking over the smart speaker space, Google has -at the ongoing CES-2018 in Las Vegas- announced its bringing the AI-powered Assistant to a ton of home speakers. •What caught attention were four Assistant-enabled tablet-like touchscreen smart speakers called "Smart Displays" from LG, Lenovo, Sony, and JBL. •These devices will be enabled by Google. •Heres more.
Smuggling ring busted: Jet Airways attendant
Smuggling ring busted: Jet Airways attendant nabbed with $480,200 cash•The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has busted an elaborate scheme to illegally convert black money into gold. •The racket came to light with the arrest of a Jet Airways crew member, who was caught with $480,200 (Rs. 3.21cr) in cash on a Delhi-Hong Kong flight yesterday. •The interrogation of stewardess Devshi Kulshreshtha led the DRI to a travel company owner, allegedly the mastermind.
Ricky Ponting named Australias assistant coac
Ricky Ponting named Australias assistant coach for T20Is•Cricket great and former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has been appointed Australias assistant coach for the upcoming T20I tri-series against New Zealand and England later this month. •The 43-year-old will assist head coach and former team-mate Darren Lehmann; he will look to set straight Australias poor record in the shortest format of the game. •Heres more.
Arrest UIDAI, not journalists: Edward Snowden
Arrest UIDAI, not journalists: Edward Snowden on Aadhaar breach FIR•Edward Snowden, famous whistleblower, has lashed out at the Indian government over Aadhaar, which has "destroyed the privacy of a billion Indians." •He was responding to reports that an FIR had been filed against The Tribunes journalist responsible for exposing a massive breach in Aadhaar. •Snowden had some advice for the government: "Want to arrest those responsible? They are called @UIDAI."
Remembering Noble prize-winner Har Gobind Kho
Remembering Noble prize-winner Har Gobind Khorana on 96th birth-anniversary•Though the actual birthdate of Nobel laureate Har Gobind Khorana is unknown, according to his official documents, he would have turned 96 today. •To honor the renowned biochemist, Google has changed its logo in 13 countries to a doodle of him and his work. Its been created by Bengaluru-based illustrator Rohan Dahotre. •Heres all about the scientist who built the first synthetic gene.
Playing national anthem not mandatory in thea
Playing national anthem not mandatory in theatres: SC•The SC has revoked its November16 order, ruling playing of national anthem in cinema halls isnt mandatory. •It had earlier questioned why people have to "wear patriotism on (their) sleeves." •The Center said yesterday that the SC "may reconsider" the original order. It has set up an inter-ministerial committee to examine the matter and present a report in six months.
India v/s SA: Analyzing Indias failure in 1st
India v/s SA: Analyzing Indias failure in 1st Test•After a close fight in the first Test at Cape Town, India succumbed to a 72 run loss as South African bowlers tore apart the Indian batting line. •18 wickets fell on day 4 of the Test, with South Africa having the last laugh, despite losing Dale Steyn to injury. •Here are a few things that went wrong for India at Cape Town.
Two terrorists killed in Anantnag, three neut
Two terrorists killed in Anantnag, three neutralized in 24 hours•Security forces neutralized two terrorists in an encounter at Larno area of Kokernag in Anantnag, Kashmir. •Three terrorists have been eliminated in the Valley in 24 hours. Earlier, one was killed in Budgam district. •The latest phase of Operation All Out had been launched as a cordon and search operation, which turned into an encounter when the terrorists opened fire.
China helps Pakistan to build bunkers along R
China helps Pakistan to build bunkers along Rajasthan border•After its machinations failed to work in Kashmir, Pakistan is now trying to make things difficult for India on the western front. South Asias "enfant terrible" is getting help from its "all-weather friend" China. •Intelligence agencies have obtained photographs taken in Pakistan. They show huge construction activities near the Rajasthan border. The BSF has taken note of this and flagged it to higher authorities.
Telegram app gearing up to launch own cryptoc
Telegram app gearing up to launch own cryptocurrency•Popular private messaging app Telegram is creating its own Blockchain platform "Telegram Open Network" (TON) and native cryptocurrency "Gram" to enable payments on its app and beyond. •For TON and Gram, Telegram is trying to raise funds in an enormous ICO (Initial Coin Offering), said TechCrunch. •Demand is expected to be high, considering its an ICO by a well-established global messaging platform. •Heres more.
Kapil Mohan, creator of Indias iconic Old Mon
Kapil Mohan, creator of Indias iconic Old Monk rum, dead•Kapil Mohan, the creator of Indias iconic Old Monk rum and former chairman of Mohan Meakin Ltd, passed away on January 6 at his Ghaziabad residence, reportedly after a cardiac arrest. •He was 88, and is survived by wife Pushpa. •The Padma Shri awardee had been unwell for several years and had handed over functioning of his companies to nephews Hemant and Vinay.
Salvadoreans must leave US by 2019, says Trum
Salvadoreans must leave US by 2019, says Trump administration•The Trump administration has asked at least 200,000 people from El Salvador in the US to pack their bags by September 9, 2019. •It cancelled their Temporary Protected Status (TPS) which were granted after the country was hit by an earthquake in 2001. •These permits had so far allowed them to live and work in the US. •What does this mean? Read on.
AAPs journey: From common mans party to just
AAPs journey: From common mans party to just another party•Mahatma Gandhis non-violent and truth-inspired Satyagraha freed us from the Britishers. About 60 years later, a similar non-violent pan-India movement tried liberating us of corruption. •Due to one of the leaders, Arvind Kejriwal, this movement graduated into a political party called Aam Aadmi Party. •But, after 5yrs, AAP is no longer the common mans party. Instead, it is like every other party. Heres why.
Karan Johar speaks about the Khans, praises A
Karan Johar speaks about the Khans, praises Ajay Devgn•Karan Johar, who is known for his unfiltered opinion, has recently spoken at length about the Khans and their success. •Karan said the reason for the success of Khans - Aamir, Salman, Shah Rukh- and other actors such as Ajay Devgn and Akshay Kumar is the fact that they have managed to stay true to their audiences. •Heres more on what he said.
Before 2019 polls, will government lure middl
Before 2019 polls, will government lure middle-class with tax sops?•In its final budget before 2019s general elections, the NDA government will probably woo the middle class with tax sops. The middle class has traditionally been NDAs main voter-base. •The government may raise the tax slabs and provide additional benefits for health insurance. •Though the middle class will be rewarded, the countrys fiscal position should be considered. •Heres more on what can be expected.
Pope to mothers: Feel free to breastfeed in S
Pope to mothers: Feel free to breastfeed in Sistine Chapel•Pope Francis is renowned for propagating a modern way of thinking that often goes against the traditions of the Roman Catholic Church. •Speaking to new mothers recently, the Pope said that they are free to breastfeed their hungry infants inside the Sistine Chapel. •Women in several countries are harassed for public breastfeeding, although perceptions are starting to change. •Heres more on what he said.
Tiger Zinda Hai makes an entry to Rs. 500cr c
Tiger Zinda Hai makes an entry to Rs. 500cr club•Salman Khan and Katrina Kaifs Tiger Zinda Hai has been unstoppable at the box office, right from the first week. •After becoming the second highest box-office opener ever for the Hindi film industry, the film has now entered the Rs. 500cr club. •Seems like this logic-less yet action-packed flick has appeased the audience hugely. •Here are the details.
Records broken in 1st Test SA vs India
Records broken in 1st Test SA vs India•South Africa won the 1st Test of the three-match Test series against India at Newlands, Cape Town by 72 runs. •In a well-fought match, Vernon Philander won it for the hosts with a terrific bowling figures of 6/42 which include the crucial wickets of Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay, and Rohit Sharma. •Here, we take a look at the important statistics of the 1st Test.
See Rashtrapati Bhavan beyond its main gate.
See Rashtrapati Bhavan beyond its main gate. Heres how•Rashtrapati Bhavan, the splendid residence of the Indian President, is now open to public. •Yes, no more clicking photos at the gate with the architectural wonder obscured in far background. •President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday tweeted a video of the palace, inviting all Indians worldwide to visit his home. •Heres all you need to know to check Rashtrapati Bhavan off your bucket list.
Its the battle of Pads but Akshay Kumar doesn
Its the battle of Pads but Akshay Kumar doesnt care•After a series of controversies, Deepika, Shahid and Ranveer starrer Padmavat is finally releasing on January 25. •Co-incidentally, Akshay Kumar starrer Padman is also releasing on the same day. It will be a clash of biggies in the Republic Day weekend, but Akshay is not fazed by it. •Heres how things have transpired.
Dear Subramanian Swamy, why art thou so homop
Dear Subramanian Swamy, why art thou so homophobic?•A celebrated homophobe, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy is known for his plain disdain for the LGBTQ community. •Over the years, he has called being gay several things, among them a handicap, genetic flaw and a mental disorder that needs to be cured. •As the Supreme Court mulls once more the constitutional validity of IPC Section 377, which criminalizes homosexuality, Indias sanskari neta strikes again.
Anushka is back to India; Team Zero has the b
Anushka is back to India; Team Zero has the best-surprise•After having a fairytale wedding in Tuscany, two grand receptions in Delhi and Mumbai, a heavenly honeymoon in Finland and accompanying Virat to Cape Town, Anushka Sharma is back to the grind to resume shooting for Zero, her next big film with Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif. •Anushka took to Instagram to announce her arrival and how the crew welcomed her. •Heres more.
30 establishments in Delhis Khan Market may b
30 establishments in Delhis Khan Market may be sealed•Thirty establishments in Delhis Khan Market are facing closure for civic violations: the NDMC says they havent paid use conversion charges. •The one-time fee is levied for mixed use of property. •Last month, over 50 establishments were closed in Defence Colony and Chattarpur for the same reason. •In Khan Market, several establishments operate shops on lower floors with eateries on the upper floors.
Top cigarette maker promises to quit producti
Top cigarette maker promises to quit production. But will it?•How should you feel when the worlds biggest tobacco company says its quitting production? •Phillip Morris International (PMI), a transnational industry leader and the maker of Marlboro, has promised to do just that. •In full-page newspaper ads in UK, PMI said it will replace cigarettes with alternatives like e-cigarettes. •But as they say, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Ripple co-founder now richer than Oracle, Goo
Ripple co-founder now richer than Oracle, Google co-founders!•The meteoric rise of Ripple cryptocurrency, XRP, made Ripple Co-Founder and Executive Chairman Chris Larsen one of the USs top five richest people. •Larsen holds 5.19bn XRP and 17% stake in Ripple. After XRP hit $3.84 (4 January), his net-worth reached $59.9bn (on paper), meaning hes richer than Oracle Co-Founder Larry Ellison ($58.9bn), Google Co-Founders Larry Page ($50.8bn) and Sergey Brin ($49.3bn). •Heres more!
Honeypreets mother sends defamation notice to
Honeypreets mother sends defamation notice to Rakhi Sawant•In a rather bizarre move, Honeypreet Insans mother has now sent a legal notice to actress Rakhi Sawant seeking an apology from Rakhi for defaming her daughter, reports a news agency. •Honeypreets mother, Asha Taneja has demanded an apology within 30 days. Otherwise, Rakhi will be liable to pay Rs. 5 crore for defaming Honeypreet. •But, what did Rakhi say? Here are the details.
Major fire in Bellasis Road apartment, reside
Major fire in Bellasis Road apartment, residents blame illegal activities•A major fire erupted at the Zia Apartment on Bellasis Road in Mumbai at noon. No casualty has been reported. •The fire broke out in the basement. Many people stranded on the upper floors were rescued. •Residents have been shifted to the nearby Anjuman Girls High School. •Locals said they had complained about illegal commercial activities in the basement, but no action was taken.
Defending champion, Serena Williams withdraws
Defending champion, Serena Williams withdraws from Australian Open•Former world number one and Australian Open defending champion Serena Williams has withdrawn from the first grand slam of the year. •The 36-year-old American, who played her first match post child-birth in Abu Dhabi, needs more time to play competitive tennis. •She is the third big name, after Andy Murray and Japans Kei Nishikori, to withdraw from the tournament.
Union budget to be presented on February 1
Union budget to be presented on February 1•Parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar announced that the Parliaments budget session is set to begin on January 29. The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs has recommended that the budget be presented on February 1. •On January 29, President Kovind will address the joint sitting of the House. The Economic Survey will also be tabled. •Meanwhile, the parliaments winter session has ended today. •Heres more!
US East Coast freezes under bomb cyclone
US East Coast freezes under bomb cyclone•The East Coast of the US reeled under unsually cold weather with heavy winds and snowfall as a bomb cyclone hit parts of Florida, Georgia, Boston, New York, South and North Carolina and other regions. •Thousands of flights were delayed or cancelled. •Schools were closed, roadways flooded and power connections snapped. At least four deaths were reported. •Find out whats a bomb cyclone.
Deepika turns 32: Heres how she has been brea
Deepika turns 32: Heres how she has been breaking stereotypes•Deepika Padukone debuted in films in 2007 and today she is one of the most sought-after actors in Bollywood. •She has had one of the most amazing journeys in Bollywood and her evolution as an actress is certainly commendable. •As the actress brings in her 32nd birthday today, heres looking at the number of times she broke stereotypes in Bollywood and beyond.
No respite from fog for Delhi, normal life di
No respite from fog for Delhi, normal life disrupted•There seems to be no respite for Delhi in sight as dense fog hit flight and train operations again. •Hundreds of passengers were left stranded at the IGI Airport and the New Delhi Railway Station as numerous flights and trains were affected: at least 17 flights and 62 trains were delayed. •Normal life in the capital has been disrupted this week due to fog.
Heres what Indian bowlers have to offer again
Heres what Indian bowlers have to offer against the Proteas!•It is common knowledge that winning test matches comes down to a great bowling attack, which can take 20 wickets. And, the visiting Indian team can boast of the good bowling combinations ready for various scenarios against South Africa to do just that. •As the men in blue look to mount the challenge, here are the weapons in our bowling arsenal.
Margaret Court will not attend this years Aus
Margaret Court will not attend this years Australian Open•Tennis all time great, Margaret Court will not attend this years Australian Open, after her views on homosexuality and gay marriage sparked an outrage. •Margaret Court, who is Australias greatest female tennis player, condemned homosexuality which, as expected, did not go well with several people. •Margaret has decided to go crab fishing instead of attending the years first Grand Slam.
Chhattisgarh man gets son arrested for killin
Chhattisgarh man gets son arrested for killing his pet dog•In a rare incident, a 48-year-old man from Chhattisgarh got one of his sons arrested for killing his pet dog. •According to a Hindustan Times report, Shivmangal Sai of Surajpur districts Podi village brought his dead pet Jhabbu to the local police station, where he lodged a complaint against his son. He was crying throughout, said the police. •Read on for more.
New Deoband fatwa prohibits Muslim women from
New Deoband fatwa prohibits Muslim women from marrying bank employees•Indias largest seminary, the Darul Uloom Deoband, has issued another bizarre fatwa, banning Muslim women from marrying into families whose members work in banks. •Apparently, income earned from banking jobs, which involve interests and investment, is haraam; transactions consisting interest is forbidden in Islam. •The Deoband says Islam prohibits business in alcohol or narcotics, weapons, schools, and any business undertaken to earn maximum profits.
Saudi Arabia arrests 337,281 illegal immigran
Saudi Arabia arrests 337,281 illegal immigrants•Saudi Arabia has arrested 337,281 expatriates, living illegally in the gulf nation without residence or work permit. •The move, a part of a month-long nationwide campaign Nation Without Illegal Expats to nab offenders of residency/labor regulations, began on November 15, 2017. •Of the total immigrants arrested, 198,231 didnt have residence permits and 99,980 had invalid work permits, reported Gulf News. •Read on for more.
Thousands of TN buses on strike over 0.13% wa
Thousands of TN buses on strike over 0.13% wage hike•Over 1L employees of various state transport corporations launched sudden indefinite strikes across Tamil Nadu after day-long talks with the government over wage hikes failed. •Operations at Anna Nagar, Besant Nagar, Chennai, Guindy, Koyambedu, Thiruvanmiyur and elsewhere were stopped. •In many places, buses halted services midway, leaving thousands of passengers stranded. •About 1.8cr passengers use government buses in Tamil Nadu daily.
Aishwarya Rai demands a whopping Rs. 10crore
Aishwarya Rai demands a whopping Rs. 10crore for a movie•Aishwarya Rai, who is gearing up for the release of Fanne Khan, shocked the producers when she demanded a whopping amount of Rs. 10 crore for her next film, reports suggested. •Aishwaryas new project will reportedly cast her in dual roles; the film would be produced by Prernaa Arora of KriArj Entertainment. •It is a remake of 1967 classic Raat Aur Din. •Heres more.
Trump administration to crackdown on legal ma
Trump administration to crackdown on legal marijuana?•The Donald Trump administration in the US has taken the first step to reverse the Obama-era policy that allowed states to legalize marijuana. •Attorney General Jeff Sessions will soon repeal a 2013 memo which instructed federal agencies to de-prioritize marijuana-related crimes. •California had recently become the sixth state to allow sale of cannabis for recreational purposes. •What does this mean? Read on.
SBI may cut down minimum account balance to R
SBI may cut down minimum account balance to Rs. 1,000•SBI is mulling slashing its minimum account balance (MAB) requirement. This comes days after the finance ministry reported SBI had earned Rs. 1,771cr from fines levied on non-maintenance of MAB during April-November17. •Sources say it might reduce to Rs. 1,000, but no decision has been made yet. •It is also considering implementing a quarterly average balance requirement rather than monthly. Find details here.
UP cinema halls to screen Kumbh Mela logo bef
UP cinema halls to screen Kumbh Mela logo before movies•As per a new diktat by Yogi Adityanath government, along with the national anthem, cinema halls in UP will also show the Kumbh Mela logo before screening a film. •This is to promote the festival, which UNESCO has recognized in its list of intangible world heritage. •Whats more, cine-goers will also know more about its significance. •But, isnt this going a little too far?
Israel: Death penalty law secures preliminary
Israel: Death penalty law secures preliminary approval from parliament•Israel is known for its ruthless policies against terrorism. •In a new development, the Israeli parliament (Knesset) has approved a law which makes it easier for courts to award death sentences to persons who are convicted of murder in terrorist attacks. •The law will become an amendment to the countrys penal code after three more readings. •Whats this law about? Read on to know.
All about Amma TV, Namathu Amma: AIADMKs new
All about Amma TV, Namathu Amma: AIADMKs new mouthpieces•Without any mouthpiece of its own, Tamil Nadus ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) will soon launch a Tamil newspaper, Namathu Amma, and a television channel that is likely to be called Amma TV. •The announcement was made during a meeting of AIADMK legislators, convened by CM Edappadi Palaniswami and his deputy Panneerselvam ahead of the January 8 assembly session.
Interesting facts from Indias previous tours
Interesting facts from Indias previous tours of South Africa•South Africa made a return to cricket after serving a ban due to apartheid from 1970 to 1991. •Post their return, India became the first nation to tour the country. •Since then, India have gone on to play 6 Test-series in South Africa, but havent managed to win even a single one. •Here are interesting facts from the last 6 tours.
Over 75 billion WhatsApp messages sent on Dec
Over 75 billion WhatsApp messages sent on December 31•WhatsApp achieved a new milestone this New Years Eve. Over 75 billion messages were sent by users on the Facebook-owned app. •It is the maximum messages ever sent through a chat app in one day, reported VentureBeat. •Of the 75 billion messages, 13 billion were images and 5 billion videos. •WhatsApps previous record was 63 billion messages, sent on New Years Eve of 2016.
Worlds fastest man, Usain Bolt to train India
Worlds fastest man, Usain Bolt to train Indian youngster•Life is mostly cruel to those who live in poverty across slums in the country. But that doesnt hold true, if you have a dream and work hard to achieve it. Delhis Nisar Ahmed is one such example. •Nisar, a son of a rickshaw puller, who dwells in Bada Bagh slums of Delhi, is all set to train at Usain Bolts club. •Heres more!
South Africa vs India 1st Test: Predicted Pla
South Africa vs India 1st Test: Predicted Playing XI•After a long stretch of playing matches on home turf, Team India looks to kick off their first away assignment against South Africa with the 1st Test in Cape Town. •Kohli & Co. seem to be the best and a much-more balanced Indian contingent, in a long time, to tour the African continent. •Lets look at the probable playing XI of both the teams.
You can soon post Instagram Stories directly
You can soon post Instagram Stories directly on WhatsApp!•Facebook-owned popular image sharing platform Instagram is soon rolling out a feature to allow users to post Instagram Stories directly as a WhatsApp Status. •Last October, the feature for sharing Instagram Stories on Facebook was introduced; the same is now being brought to popular messaging app, WhatsApp. •Just like the Instagram Stories, the shared WhatsApp Status disappears after 24 hours. •Heres how it works.
Revised lawsuit against Google over gender pa
Revised lawsuit against Google over gender pay disparity•Four former women employees of Google have filed a revised lawsuit against the tech giant on Wednesday, accusing it of gender pay disparity. •Three of them were also behind another lawsuit filed previously in September 2017. It alleged that Google paid its men and women workers differently for doing the same job. •Read on to know more.
Bigg Boss makers introduce unique voting tech
Bigg Boss makers introduce unique voting technique in Season 11•The eleventh season of Bigg Boss is in its fourteenth week, which is also the semi-finale week with only six contestants left in the house. •As the week is heading towards its end and the elimination day is near, the makers of Bigg Boss have closed the voting lines. They have come up with an interesting voting game, this time. •Here are the details.
Micromax bringing Rs. 2,000 Android-Go smartp
Micromax bringing Rs. 2,000 Android-Go smartphone on Republic Day•Nearly a month after Google launched the lightweight Android Go variant, reports have surfaced that homegrown device-maker Micromax will be the first one to launch an Android Go-based smartphone in the country. •Its expected to be launched for Rs. 2,000. However, Micromax spokesperson confirmed it would be priced under Rs. 5,000. •It is likely to be launched on Republic Day this year. •Heres more!
#DefenseDiaries: India cancels $500 million d
#DefenseDiaries: India cancels $500 million deal for Israels anti-tank missiles•India has cancelled the $500mn deal to buy 1600 Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Israels state-owned defense contractor, Rafael Advanced Defence Systems. •Earlier, India had finalized the purchase of 131 Barak surface-to-air missiles at $70mn from Rafael. •Though Israel regretted Indias decision, they promised to co-operate with the defense ministry. •This termination comes days before Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is set to visit India.
After Virushka, it will be DeepVeer season. H
After Virushka, it will be DeepVeer season. Heres why•The world is still gushing over with the magic Virat and Anushka weaved with their fairytale wedding and now we hear that another famous Bollywood couple is all set to take the leap this year. •And it is none other than Ranveer and Deepika Padukone, who are rumored to be dating for a long time now. •Reportedly, they are getting engaged tomorrow. Heres more!
How much does Salil Parekh, new Infosys CEO,
How much does Salil Parekh, new Infosys CEO, earn?•After months of search, Infosys finally decided on its new CEO last December. Salil Parekh took charge the day before yesterday. •His position is undoubtedly one of the most reputed in the sector. Former CEO Vishal Sikka had left amid much controversy. •But do you know how much Parekh gets for his job? His salary stands at Rs. 16.25cr, plus other benefits. Heres more.
Jigisha murder: Death sentence of convicts re
Jigisha murder: Death sentence of convicts reduced to life imprisonment•The Delhi HC has commuted the death sentence awarded to two convicts in the Jigisha Ghosh murder to life imprisonment. •Six years after they had abducted, robbed and killed Jigisha in 2009, Ravi Kapoor and Amit Shukla had been given the death penalty for the crime, while Baljeet Malik was awarded life. •The case had triggered a debate on the safety of working women.
Mumbai: Four of a family killed in Marol fire
Mumbai: Four of a family killed in Marol fire•A week after the Kamala Mills tragedy, a blaze in Mumbais Marol killed four people of a family. Five are seriously injured. •The fire broke out on the fourth floor of the residential Mamoon Manzil building at around 2am. •Fire officials reached in half hour and had covered the blaze from all sides by 4:20am. •The five injured are stable, a BMC official said.
Chinas IMDb ranks Aamirs Dangal No. 1 film of
Chinas IMDb ranks Aamirs Dangal No. 1 film of 2017•There seems to be no stopping for Dangal, as even after one year of its release, the film still continues to be on the top. •The Aamir Khan starrer continues to top charts in China too. •According to reports, Dangal has now been ranked number one in an annual survey conducted by the Chinas IMDb. Dangal is the first film to receive such recognition.
New chocolate brown Rs. 10 notes to be out so
New chocolate brown Rs. 10 notes to be out soon•Printing has started for the new Rs. 10 notes in the Mahatma Gandhi series and the currency will be issued shortly, Mint reported. •After magenta Rs. 2,000, stone grey Rs. 500, bright yellow Rs. 200 and fluorescent blue Rs. 50, we will now have chocolate brown Rs. 10 notes. •The design, with a picture of the Konark Sun Temple, was approved just last week.
Rs. 500 to access Aadhaar details of a billio
Rs. 500 to access Aadhaar details of a billion people•The government has been insisting that Aadhaar is safe, the data is private and secure, and there has been no breach. But how true are its claims? •The Tribune launched an investigation and found disturbing details: it takes only Rs. 500 to access Aadhaar details of anyone registered with UIDAI. •You could even print them at less than that. •Heres what they found.
Aseem Chhabra to write Priyanka Chopras biogr
Aseem Chhabra to write Priyanka Chopras biography soon!•Noted entertainment journalist Aseem Chhabra, who has written the biography of a popular Bollywood actor, now plans to write an unauthorized biography of Priyanka Chopra. •Aseem had earlier written a biography of Shashi Kapoor titled Shashi Kapoor: The Householder, The Star. He is now gearing up for yet another book on the life of Indias global icon, Priyanka Chopra. •Heres all about it.
5 times fans made bizarre claims about Bollyw
5 times fans made bizarre claims about Bollywood actors•Until today we knew that Aishwarya Rai has only one daughter. But a bizarre claim by a 29-year-old man (that he is her son) has baffled us completely. •He said that Aishwarya gave birth to him via IVF in 1988. Interestingly, she was only 14 years old at that time. •But, this is not the first time a fan has made such outlandish claims. Heres a list.
BJPs Vikram Saini: Hindustan belongs to Hindu
BJPs Vikram Saini: Hindustan belongs to Hindus!•A few months back, RSS supremo Mohan Bhagwat had said that Hindustan is the country of Hindus, but does not exclude others. •However, it seems members of his political arm (BJP) dont agree with him. •BJP MLA from UPs Muzaffarnagar Vikram Saini claimed that India is a country for Hindus. He accused previous UP governments of framing policies that benefited only minorities. •Heres more.
Center considering proposals to rename nine a
Center considering proposals to rename nine airports•Nine airports in India might soon have different names, if approved by the civil aviation ministry. •The Center is currently looking into the proposals, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said. •Earlier, the Modi government was considering renaming all airports named after historical figures to their geographical location. •But contrarily, demands were raised in the Rajya Sabha to rename Madurai Airport after Muthuramalingan Thevar.
Making disadvantaged youth employable, courte
Making disadvantaged youth employable, courtesy Delhi police•Delhi police is using skill building and employment to cut down the National Capitals notoriously high crime rate. •Under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojanas skill development program Yuva, they are providing vocational training to disadvantaged youth to help them start a new life. •Over 2,260 youths, mostly petty thieves, college dropouts, drug addicts, and families of convicts are currently enrolled in the initiative.
After 2 days, Maharashtra bandh called off by
After 2 days, Maharashtra bandh called off by Ambedkars grandson•Todays Maharashtra bandh was called off at around 4:30pm by Prakash Ambedkar, the grandson of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar. •He also demanded right-wing leaders Milind Ekbote and Sambhaji Bhide, believed to have triggered the clashes, be treated like Yakub Memon for culpability for violence. •Despite high security presence, protesters managed to stop metros, trains and vehicles at various places. Arson was also reported.
Case against angel investor Mahesh Murthy for
Case against angel investor Mahesh Murthy for sexual harassment•Mumbai Police have filed a sexual harassment case against Mahesh Murthy, Pinstorm founder and partner at Seedfund, after the NCW wrote to them about complaints they had received. •Murthys name had made headlines last year when several women accused him of harassment. •Reports dated the incidents to 2003. •Though Seedfund didnt have any complaints, the other partners stopped working with Murthy since 2013.
Mohammed Shami becomes a victim of religious
Mohammed Shami becomes a victim of religious trolls•Indian pacer, Mohammed Shami, has once again become a target of religious trolls. He was trolled for posting a picture of Shiva Linga, conveying his wishes to his followers on New Years day. •The speedster, who is currently in South Africa for the upcoming Test series, later removed his tweet once the Islamic hardliners started abusing him. •Heres more about it!
Flipkarts Bansal brothers set up new company,
Flipkarts Bansal brothers set up new company, Sabin Advisors•In a quiet move, Flipkart founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal set up a new company, Sabin Advisors, in December, 2017, reportedly for new businesses, that could range from venture capital funding to insurance. •Coined by combining the first few letters of the founders names, the firms future dealings and business plans remain undisclosed as yet. •Read on to know more.
Fog disrupts flight, train and road traffic i
Fog disrupts flight, train and road traffic in Delhi•Fog in Delhi has disrupted flight operations severely since the last three days. Yesterday, nine flights were cancelled and over 150 affected. •Though officials said visibility was better than the previous days, Low Visibility Procedures had to be put in place from 9pm Monday to 12.30pm yesterday. •Since Sunday, 500 flights have been affected. •The plight of train and road traffic is similar.
RJD leaders, including Tejaswi Yadav, guilty
RJD leaders, including Tejaswi Yadav, guilty of contempt of court•It seems RJDs troubles wont be ending anytime soon. After supremo Lalu Yadavs conviction in the fodder scam, some RJD leaders were found guilty of contempt of court. •This includes Lalus son and leader of opposition in Bihar Assembly Tejaswi Yadav, RJDs vice-president Raghuvansh Prasad Singh and senior leader Shivanand Tiwari. Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari was also part of this dubious list. •Heres more!
Heres how to link Aadhaar with SIM from your
Heres how to link Aadhaar with SIM from your home•The process for linking Aadhaar to SIM is now ongoing, and the deadline is March 31. •The re-verification process has been eased after several complaints by consumers: all it takes now is one call. Theres no system to do it online yet. •Earlier, consumers had to physically visit stores for the process. •Heres how you can get it done at home.
Aishwarya Rai is my mother, claims a 29-year-
Aishwarya Rai is my mother, claims a 29-year-old man!•In a rather bizarre incident, a 29-year-old man from Andhra Pradesh has claimed that Aishwarya Rai is his mother. •The man claims that Aishwarya gave birth to him via IVF in London in 1988. Interestingly,the actress was only 14 years old at that time. •Heres more about this mysterious tale!
Railways train delay SMS alert service now on
Railways train delay SMS alert service now on 1,400 trains•This New Year, the Railways is extending its train delay SMS alert of over an hour to 1,400 trains. •Till now, this service was available only for premium trains like Rajdhani and Shatabdi, but now superfast and express trains will have it too. •It was also limited to passengers at the departure station, but will now be available for travelers boarding at any station.
Using autofill for passwords? Well, youre bei
Using autofill for passwords? Well, youre being secretly tracked!•Almost everyone uses browsers inbuilt login managers to save their login information that is auto-filled by the browser on websites. •However, researchers have found this is unsafe. They say third-party scripts can extract users email addresses from password managers; hash the collected addresses and send them to third-party servers. •These scripts were found accessing user-names, but they can potentially harvest passwords, too. •Heres more!
Paris Hilton gets engaged to long-time beau C
Paris Hilton gets engaged to long-time beau Chris Zylka•Reality TV star and socialite Paris Hilton took to Twitter to announce that she is engaged to her long-time boyfriend Chris Zylka. •Hilton and Zylka, who have dated for two years, got engaged this weekend while on a skiing trip at Aspen, Colorado. •Here are the details.
40,000 visitor-cap at Taj Mahal proposed, but
40,000 visitor-cap at Taj Mahal proposed, but will it help?•Environmental pollution around the Taj Mahal has taken a toll on the monument. Protective measures havent borne fruit. •To prevent further damage as well as to ensure tourists safety, the number of daily Indian visitors might be capped at 40,000, subject to the culture ministrys approval. •However, therell be no cap on foreign visitors. •Currently, daily visitors go up to 70,000 on many days.
Thanks to climate change, chocolate to get ex
Thanks to climate change, chocolate to get extinct by 2040•Imagine a world without chocolates. •Well, you will not have to imagine for long, as it will become a reality in the next 22 years. •Yes, you read it right. Experts claim that chocolate is fast disappearing from the world, thanks to climate change. •Cacao trees need heavy rain for growth. With climates getting warmer, they are struggling to grow. •Read on for more.
Nirmala Sitharaman clears procurement of weap
Nirmala Sitharaman clears procurement of weapons for IAF, Navy•Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is standing true on her promise of modernization and improving military preparedness. To aid the IAF and Navy, Sitharaman has cleared proposals worth Rs. 1,700cr. •The government will purchase 240 precisions-guided bombs and 131 Barak missiles from Israel. •Interestingly, the procurement announcement from Israel comes days before PM Benjamin Netanyahus visit to India. •Heres all about it!
You can now buy the JioPhone on Amazon!
You can now buy the JioPhone on Amazon!•The JioPhone has revolutionized the cellphone industry in India and given the best smartphones a run for their money. •10mn people had registered their interest by the time Jio launched its second sale in November! •But the high demand is also precisely what makes it difficult to get a JioPhone. •The problem seems to have been tackled, somewhat: vendors are now selling JioPhones on Amazon.
Maharashtra bandh: Security high, no dabba se
Maharashtra bandh: Security high, no dabba service, waiver by airlines•There is high security across Maharashtra in the wake of a statewide bandh called by Dalit protesters today. •Some services including school buses and dabba delivery wont be operational. •Airlines have waived charges for cancellations, no-shows or rescheduling to/from Mumbai or Pune. •Yesterday, violent protests spread across Mumbai, Pune, Thane and elsewhere as Dalits vandalized buses, forcibly downed shutters of shops and stopped trains.
Chinas new maritime surveillance network: Sho
Chinas new maritime surveillance network: Should we be worried?•China has reportedly developed a new underwater surveillance network to help its submarines navigate and locate targets better. •The network will purportedly help bolster Beijings influence, protect its interests along the Maritime Silk Road (MSR), and could cover the Indian Ocean Region and the South China Sea, stated a media report. •How does the system help China? Should India be alarmed? Read on.
Saudi Arabia, UAE introduce VAT; not tax free
Saudi Arabia, UAE introduce VAT; not tax free anymore•In the new year, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have become the first nations in the Gulf region to introduce value-added tax (VAT). •Saudi Arabia has additionally implemented 127% hike in petrol prices with immediate effect. •The move comes as oil-producing Gulf countries are trying to boost their revenue amid frequently plummeting oil prices. •What does this mean? Read on.
Himachals Kullu district begins 2018 by raisi
Himachals Kullu district begins 2018 by raising awareness about periods•Attacking an age-old tradition, Himachals Kullu district welcomed the new year by spreading awareness about periods. •Several of the states remote regions still practise chaupadi, which doesnt allow women inside the house and requires them to live in cattle sheds on days they menstruate. •The district administration launched a year-long campaign on Monday to end this practice. •Read on to know more.
After Virat-Anushka, Varun-Natasha to tie the
After Virat-Anushka, Varun-Natasha to tie the knot?•Virat and Anushka became the biggest news-makers of 2017 because of their big fat wedding in December. Now the speculations are rife about another anticipated Bollywood wedding. •We hear that inspired by Virushka, Varun Dhawan is all set to take the plunge this year along with his girlfriend, Natasha Dalal. •Here are the details.
Drought-hit Cape Town wicket could favour Ind
Drought-hit Cape Town wicket could favour India in 1st Test•As South Africa faces the worst drought in years, the dry conditions could favour visitors in the 1st South Africa vs India Test at Newlands, Cape Town. •The men in blue may not have to face the kind of bounce expected of the track, as the grounds-men find it difficult to prepare a pitch suitable for the home side. •Heres more on this.
IPL 2018 rumour mills
IPL 2018 rumour mills•IPL fans across the country will be biting their nails over the next few days, as the player retention date of January 4th closes in. •Over the last few days, we have heard several rumours of which franchise is planning to retain whom. •Here are the top rumours of the IPL 11 and also some of the confirmed news.
Oil, gas discovery in Arabian Sea, major boos
Oil, gas discovery in Arabian Sea, major boost for ONGC•Indias largest oil and gas explorer, the state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, made a large oil and gas discovery in the Arabian Sea, said Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan. •Replying to a question in Lok Sabha, Pradhan said it was discovered in well WO-24-3 (WO-24-C) drilled west of its prime Mumbai High oilfield. •Its estimated to hold in-place reserves of 29.74mn tons. •Heres more!
Shahid Kapoor and Kriti got awarded for bizar
Shahid Kapoor and Kriti got awarded for bizarre reasons!•The recently-held Star Screen Awards which were aired on December 31 got Kriti Sanon and Shahid Kapoor trending on the New Year for all the wrong reasons. •The award ceremony showed Shahid and Kriti win in a newly introduced category - the two stars were honored with the Nothing To Hide awards. •Wondering what that is? Read on.
Maharashtra on the edge after Bhima Koregaon
Maharashtra on the edge after Bhima Koregaon clashes kill one•After one person was killed in clashes at the anniversary celebrations of the 1818 Bhima Koregaon battle, anger spilled over across Maharashtra. •In Mumbai, Dalit protestors stopped trains and vehicles, downed shop shutters and vandalized establishments and buses. •Incidents were reported from Bhandup, Chembur, Mulund, Kurla and elsewhere. Section 144 was imposed. •Meanwhile, Dalit organizations have called for a Maharashtra bandh tomorrow.
Ranbir and Alia shooting for Brahmastra in Is
Ranbir and Alia shooting for Brahmastra in Israel•After ringing in the new year with friends and family, Alia Bhatt is back to work on her upcoming project Brahmastra with actor Ranbir Kapoor. •In some new pictures surfacing on the internet, Alia and co-star Ranbir Kapoor are seen posing with fans in Tel Aviv, Israel. Filmmaker Ayan Mukerji has also accompanied the duo. •Here are the details.
Amazon offering massive Rs. 36,000 discount o
Amazon offering massive Rs. 36,000 discount on Google Pixel XL•Amazon India, offering a nearly 50% discount, has listed the first-generation Google Pixel XL (128GB) for Rs. 39,990, slashing its price by Rs. 36,010. •Pixel XL released last year for Rs. 76,000 is still one of the best smartphones offering pure Android experience. •Meanwhile, the regular Google Pixel (original price Rs. 66,000) is available for Rs. 41,990. •Take a look at these offers!
Which all movies are getting released in 2018
Which all movies are getting released in 2018?•While 2017 was a rather dull year for Bollywood, 2018 seems a lot more promising. •Talking of the megastars films, Akshay Kumars Padman, SRKs Zero, controversy-ridden Bhansalis magnum opus Padmavat are going to be this years most-anticipated releases, among others. •This year we will also get to see a lot of fresh pairing. •Here is a list of movies getting released in 2018.
Apple starts battery replacement program in I
Apple starts battery replacement program in India: Find details here•Apples battery replacement program, necessitated after a controversy over the company intentionally slowing down older iPhones, has begun almost a month earlier than expected. •During this period, rates for the service have been dropped by over one-third. In the US, it will cost $29, down from $79. •In India, you will have to spend Rs. 2,000 plus taxes instead of Rs. 6,000. Details here.
CEO makes hoax bomb threat at Mumbai airport,
CEO makes hoax bomb threat at Mumbai airport, arrested•Police have arrested the CEO of a US-based company for allegedly making a hoax bomb threat at Mumbai airport. •Vinod Moorjani was travelling from Mumbai to Delhi and ahead on Sunday, but his flight was late. •To ensure he didnt miss his Delhi-Rome flight, he called the airport and mentioned a bomb, police said. •However, Moorjanis lawyer claims he had asked for Bom-Del status.
Digital India: Railways to soon launch its ow
Digital India: Railways to soon launch its own debit card•In a major push towards cashless economy, Indian Railways will soon launch its own debit card in association with State Bank of India (SBI) and Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). •To further promote online booking, it will also organize monthly lottery and give 100% cash-back to 10 winning passengers, reported The Financial Express. •Read on to know more.
Mumbai tense after Bhima Koregaon clashes, Se
Mumbai tense after Bhima Koregaon clashes, Section 144 imposed•Mumbai remained tense a day after clashes between Dalits and Marathas at Bhima Koregaon caused at least one death. •Dalits demanded a Mumbai bandh in protest, stalling train operations, downing shop shutters and vandalizing business premises that remained open. •Incidents were reported from Bhandup, Chembur, Mulund, Kurla and elsewhere. •There was heavy police deployment across the city. •Meanwhile, Marathas protested yesterdays violence in Pune.
Xiaomi starts rolling out Android Oreo update
Xiaomi starts rolling out Android Oreo update for Mi A1•When Xiaomi launched its first ever Android One device, the Mi A1, with Android Nougat in September, it promised an update to Android Oreo before 2017 end. Fulfilling its promise, the Chinese device maker started rolling out Oreo to the Android One device in India. •This makes it the first smartphone under Rs. 15,000 to receive Android Oreo. •Heres how to upgrade Mi A1!
Zero teaser: Will it boost Shah Rukhs lost st
Zero teaser: Will it boost Shah Rukhs lost stardom?•Treating his fans on the new year, Shah Rukh Khan unveiled the title and teaser of one of his most-anticipated movies of 2018 on Monday. •The film is titled Zero and it will star the old trio - Shah Rukh, Katrina and Anushka on the silver screen after almost five years. The movie is directed by Aanand L Rai. •Heres all about it!
Will new Foreign Secretary Gokhale change Ind
Will new Foreign Secretary Gokhale change Indias approach towards China?•Former ambassador to China Vijay Gokhale, a 1981 batch IFS officer, has been appointed Indias new foreign secretary. He will replace the incumbent S Jaishankar on January 28. •Gokhale has an illustrious career as a diplomat, but is particularly known for his expertise with China. He played a key role in resolving the Doklam standoff. •How might Indias policy towards China change under him?
Times Up: New Hollywood initiative to fight h
Times Up: New Hollywood initiative to fight harassment at workplace•Women in Hollywood have hit back at sexual harassment and pay disparity once more. This time, however, they stand fiercer, more united. •Over 300 actresses/writers/directors on Monday launched a project, Times Up, to financially help women in low-wage occupations to fight sexual abuse at workplace. •The initiative has found an overwhelming support from celebrities, including Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, Reese Witherspoon and Emilia Clarke.
Six murders in two hours by mentally-unstable
Six murders in two hours by mentally-unstable killer jolts Palwal•Tension gripped Haryanas Palwal on the second day of the new year as it woke up to six brutal murders. •The six were killed in different parts of the city within a span of two hours in the night. Police have arrested a retired armyman for the crime, who is suspected to be mentally unstable. •He apparently used an iron rod for the murders.
Good news! No fees for debit-card-transaction
Good news! No fees for debit-card-transactions up to Rs. 2000•Payments through debit cards, BHIM UPI, and Aadhaar-enabled payment systems (AePS) will now cost lower as customers need not pay any fees for transactions up to Rs. 2,000. •To boost digital payments, the Centre has decided to reimburse merchant discount rate (MDR) charges for these payments systems. •Union Cabinet approved the proposal for the government to bear MDR charges last month. •Heres more!
Reports: Osama bin Ladens grandson killed in
Reports: Osama bin Ladens grandson killed in airstrike•According to some reports, al Qaeda chief Osama bin Ladens 12-year old grandson Osama bin Hamza bin Laden was reportedly killed in an airstrike near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border around June-July 2017. •The information came to light in a leaked letter penned by the boys father Hamza bin Laden, announcing his demise. •However, the letter did not elaborate on the cause of death. •Heres more.
Month-long celebration in Bengal as TMC turns
Month-long celebration in Bengal as TMC turns 20!•Trinamool Congress (TMC) celebrated its 20th birthday yesterday. The party will celebrate in grand style with month-long celebrations. •Circulars have been distributed to conduct social welfare and development activities. •Booth-level party members have been instructed to connect with people at the grassroot level. They have also been asked to spread awareness about schemes initiated by the state government. •What has TMC planned? Read on!
Airtel to tie up with Amazon to boost content
Airtel to tie up with Amazon to boost content distribution•Bharti Airtel and Amazon are set to enter into a deal which will allow Airtel to distribute the American e-commerce giants content through its Airtel TV app. •Post-paid Airtel users will also get a free Amazon Prime Video subscription. •Launch timelines havent been decided yet, but given that beta testing is already on, its safe to say that launch is imminent.
10 people dead overnight, Iran protests getti
10 people dead overnight, Iran protests getting out of hand?•The situation in Iran seems to be getting out of hand as anti-government protests are sweeping across the country. •Irans state TV recently reported that at least 10 people were killed overnight in various locations across the country. The total death toll now stands at 12. •The news comes after Tehran issued several warnings to the protesters. •Whats happening in Iran? We explain.
California is reinventing itself along progre
California is reinventing itself along progressive lines•Today onwards, California will start implementing hundreds of new laws of a progressive bent which will affect everything from education and health to wages to immigration to traffic. •Considering the nature of the new laws, the Golden State is set to turn into the US equivalent of a Scandinavian country in this new year. •Heres how.
Trump: US has been foolish to give aid to Pak
Trump: US has been foolish to give aid to Pakistan•US President Donald Trump lashed out at Pakistan on the first day of 2018. •Trump took to Twitter to accuse Pakistan of fooling US politicians in the past, and said that hed take steps to stop US aid from going to Pakistan in the future. •Trumps harsh tweet is in sync with the White Houses increasingly hardening stance on Pakistan.
BJP: Rajinikanth will be part of NDA for 2019
BJP: Rajinikanth will be part of NDA for 2019 elections!•In-fighting and lack of governance in AIADMK has hit BJPs TN plans. They were reportedly responsible for orchestrating the Panneerselvam-Palaniswami merger to gain inroads in TN. •Now, BJP has moved onto greener pastures. Minutes after superstar Rajinikanth announced his entry in politics, BJP state president Tamilisai Soundararajan said he will be a part of NDA for 2019 LS elections. •What does this imply?
Indian Cricket Teams schedule in 2018
Indian Cricket Teams schedule in 2018•The last 12 months have been one of the most successful periods in Indian crickets history. •India have won 9 consecutive Test series under the leadership of Virat Kohli and would be looking to make it 10 when they kick off their campaign with the first Test against South Africa in Cape town. •Here is how the rest of 2018 looks for India.
BITS Pilani student chokes self to death, Blu
BITS Pilani student chokes self to death, Blue Whale suspected•A 19-year-old student of BITS Pilani-Hyderabad reportedly choked himself to death. Police are investigating if it has any connection to the Blue Whale challenge. •On Saturday morning, the parents found T Varun dead in his room, his head wrapped in a plastic bag. •The second-year student was home at Gandipet in Telangana for vacations. •Earlier, the SC refused to ban Blue Whale.
India, Pakistan exchange list of nuclear faci
India, Pakistan exchange list of nuclear facilities for 27th time•India and Pakistan today simultaneously shared with each other lists of their nuclear installations under an agreement that prevents both from attacking the others nuclear facilities. •This was the 27th such exchange under the Agreement on the Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear installations between India and Pakistan. •The first took place on January 1, 1992, after the agreements implementation in January91.
6 most profitable smartphone companies
6 most profitable smartphone companies•Research firm Counterpoint, in its latest study, has ranked global smartphone manufacturers in terms of their profitability. •The study has ranked smartphone manufacturers based on their average profit per phone sold. •While smartphone industry profits have largely been dominated by Apple and Samsung in the past few years, the study found that Chinese brands were on the rise. •Heres all about it.
Why do so many Afghans have birthdays on Janu
Why do so many Afghans have birthdays on January 1?•What happens when generations of a country, born during a war, have no knowledge of their birth date? •In Afghanistan, such circumstances led to an interesting phenomenon. •After the war, people needed an official birthday to make use of various opportunities. •A surprisingly high number ended up choosing January 1. •January 1 has now become for Afghans a commemoration of years of strife.
Centers new website for registration and trac
Centers new website for registration and tracking of NRI marriages•To tackle the problem of NRI husbands abandoning Indian wives, the government is setting up a website to track such marriages. •The women and child development ministry has also set up an agency to address NRI marital disputes. •Currently, theres no data available on the number of Indian women marrying NRI men. Since 2015, 3,328 marital dispute complaints have been received from such women.
Triple talaq crusader Ishrat Jahan joins BJP
Triple talaq crusader Ishrat Jahan joins BJP in Bengal•Ishrat Jahan, one of the five petitioners who challenged triple talaq, joined BJP. Reportedly, she was felicitated by the Howrah unit and inducted into the party. •This news comes days after the Parliament passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriages) Bill 2017. This bill criminalizes instant triple talaq with up to three years in jail for the husband. •Heres more!
Nuclear button always on my desk: Kim Jong-un
Nuclear button always on my desk: Kim Jong-un•In his New Years Day address, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un called for accelerated mass-production of nuclear warheads and missiles, vowing to continue the nuclear weapons program that stoked international tensions, leading to sanctions. •North Korea strengthened its efforts to become a nuclear power amid rising tensions with the US. •Kim warned the US must realize the nuclear launch-button is always on his desk.
Dense fog hits flight, train operations in No
Dense fog hits flight, train operations in North India again•The fog situation in Delhi is getting worse. After two hours of suspension of flight operations yesterday, services were halted for four hours today at the IGI Airport. •The terminals were crowded as hundreds were left stranded after visibility dropped below 50m. •Train movement was severely hit too: schedules of 76 were affected while 14 were cancelled. Heres more.
Kamala Mills fire: 1Above managers arrested f
Kamala Mills fire: 1Above managers arrested for not discharging duty•Police have arrested two managers of the 1Above rooftop pub in Mumbai for the Kamala Mills fire that killed 14. •Kevin Bava and Lisbon Lopez would be questioned regarding how the blaze occurred and why no safety measures were implemented, among others. •However, 1Above has blamed the adjacent Mojos Bistro. Its influential owners are conspiring with police to destroy evidence, it says.
Now, Chinas PLA accuses Indian troops of bein
Now, Chinas PLA accuses Indian troops of being aggressive•India and China ended 2017 on a positive note by declaring truce along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) after the special representative (SR) dialogue. •However, it was not before Chinas Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) accused India of being aggressive. •Indian Army, in turn, accused PLA of being hostile. Both countries were referring to the Pangong Tso lake stand-off. •Read on to know more!
Next James Bond could be a colored person or
Next James Bond could be a colored person or woman•The next James Bond, whenever Daniel Craig decides to surrender his license to kill, could be a person of color or a woman, said James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli. •After making Spectre, Daniel Craig had said that hed rather slash his wrists than return to the James Bond franchise. •However, Broccoli managed to convince Craig for a fat cheque of £100 million.
Look out for these cricketers from Indian sub
Look out for these cricketers from Indian subcontinent in 2018!•2018 cricket season is about to begin soon and teams are already busy preparing for a jam-packed January. •In 2017, there were some players who stood out for their performances and are expected to make it big in the coming season. •As far as the players from Indian subcontinent go, Indian and Pakistani players populate this list. Lets have a look who they are.
All 12 on-board Costa Rica plane killed in cr
All 12 on-board Costa Rica plane killed in crash•All 10 American travellers on-board a flight as well as two local pilots died when it crashed into a mountain in Costa Rica. •The victims included five members of a single family as well as a cousin of former President Laura Chinchilla. •The reason for the crash is not known yet, but local officials said the plane had run into rough weather sometime earlier.
Pakistan aims to build $1.51bn dam in PoK by
Pakistan aims to build $1.51bn dam in PoK by 2022•According to a media report, Pakistan is planning on setting up a 700 MW hydro power project in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) by 2022. •The $1.51 billion Azad Pattan Hydropower Project (APHP) will be constructed at the Sudhanoti district in PoK on the Jhelum river, merely 90 km from Islamabad. •The project is estimated to be completed by 2022. •Read on to know more.
LGBT communities alarmed over Malaysias conve
LGBT communities alarmed over Malaysias conversion program for trans-women•Malaysia is reportedly planning on introducing a controversial conversion therapy targeting transgender women. •The move has alarmed many LGBT activists in the conservative Muslim country. •According to an official, the government plans on introducing the program in 2018, after concluding a presumably ongoing survey on Malaysias transgender individuals. •However, the participation in the program is voluntary, he added. •Heres more about it.
Your smartphone can be easily hacked using it
Your smartphone can be easily hacked using its own sensors!•For hackers, smartphones are a treasure trove of data, including emails, contacts, photos, passwords, valuable banking information, etc. Security experts have long warned that smartphones are due for a massive cyber-attack. •Most smartphone owners use PIN codes to secure their devices. But scientists have now found that a phones own sensors can give away passwords/PINs to hackers, enabling them to unlock it. •Heres how!
New Nokia 3310 will have 4G capability, will
New Nokia 3310 will have 4G capability, will support WhatsApp•A new, revamped, 4G capable version of the classic Nokia 3310 is set for release. •According to leaked documents from China, the £50 phone will house a new operating system compatible with basic Android apps, and may also be able to run a stripped down version of WhatsApp. •The phone recently passed through TENNA, the Chinese telecom regulatory authority, reported Nokiamob.
Future of Aadhaar: How will 2018 turn out for
Future of Aadhaar: How will 2018 turn out for Aadhaar?•The government has lately been obsessed with Aadhaar; it made mandatory the linking of Aadhaar with various schemes and services. •There have been many controversies and a lot of confusion over Aadhaar linkage. •Though the Supreme Court, which heard petitions against mandating Aadhaar, is yet to decide its fate, its expected that Aadhaar would be the basis of almost everything next year. •Heres how!
Cricket greats who walked away from internati
Cricket greats who walked away from international cricket in 2017•Every great thing comes to an end. Some cricket legends also called it quits to their fairytale careers this year. •As the year draws to a close, we take a look at the top cricketers who retired from international cricket. •Today, as we celebrate their contributions to the sport, we must admit they will always be missed.
Drones, chatbots, AI: How will Indian e-comme
Drones, chatbots, AI: How will Indian e-commerce change in 2018?•The Indian e-commerce industry has been growing by leaps and bounds. Till 2016, it made up 2% of the total retail market, but this number is set to rise to 12% by 2026. •By 2018 end, it is expected to cross $50bn from the current $38.5bn. •The growth will be boosted by exciting advancements analysts say we can expect to see in the sector.
Indias first Robocop launched in Hyderabad, n
Indias first Robocop launched in Hyderabad, named after 26/11 martyr•Hyderabad becomes the first city in India, and the second place in the world to deploy a police robot. •Developed by Hyderabad-based AI and machine learning start-up H-Bots Robotics, Indias first Robocop can perform police duties both indoors and outdoors and has the versatility to play several different roles. •H-Bots will be field testing it over the next six months before commercial deployment.
#ThatWas2017: Sportspersons who retired in 20
#ThatWas2017: Sportspersons who retired in 2017•Several iconic figures in sports have drawn the curtains on their illustrious careers this year. •From the worlds fastest sprinter, Usain Bolt to Martina Hingis, the woman who won 10 more grand slams after making a comeback post retirement; here is our tribute to the finest athletes who retired in 2017.
Delhi Police ups security for New Years Eve
Delhi Police ups security for New Years Eve•Dilwalo ki Dilli, also known for its high crime rate, is making sure nothing goes wrong this new year. •December 31 sees an unusually high number of drunk driving and eve-teasing cases as well as brawls at various bars and pubs. •This time, police have intensified security with a three-layer arrangement likely to be implemented tonight.
Andhras "idli-maker"" design for new Amaravat
Andhras •Post the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh (AP) in 2014, Hyderabad, which was previously its capital, has been shared by Telangana too. •But soon, Hyderabad will become solely Telanganas property. •Meanwhile, AP is engrossed in developing its capital-to-be, Amaravati. It recently unveiled the model of the new state assembly. •Amusingly, many were quick to point out its resemblance to an idli-maker.
#ThatWas2017: Test Crickets best XI for 2017
#ThatWas2017: Test Crickets best XI for 2017•Test cricket has seen some remarkable records been broken in the last 12 months. •The number 1 team in the world India, South Africa and Australia have dominated the longest format of the game. •Here is the cream of the crop in Test cricket for the year 2017. •No prizes for guessing that the above mentioned teams dominate the list.
Could the Kamala Mills fire have been prevent
Could the Kamala Mills fire have been prevented?•The immediate aftermath of the Kamala Mills Complex blaze was the usual: BMMC launched inspections, sealed premises and demolished establishments flouting fire safety norms. •It is notable that Mumbai saw a high number of fire incidents this year. •Some common denominators are blatant disregard for safety norms and indifference of the authorities. •Could the latest tragedy have been prevented with some care?
Maruti Suzuki bids second generation Swift fa
Maruti Suzuki bids second generation Swift farewell•Maruti Suzuki India has bid farewell to the current generation of its highly successful hatchback, the Maruti Swift. •The last production model of the second generation Swift rolled off the assembly line in Manesar, Gurgaon on 23rd December, before Maruti Suzuki India halted production. •Since its introduction in 2005, the Swift has been one of Maruti Suzukis most profitable models.
Fog affects 100 flights, 90 trains in and aro
Fog affects 100 flights, 90 trains in and around Delhi•Delhiites were greeted by thick fog on the last day of 2017, which severely disrupted flight operations and train movement in the morning. •All operations at the airport were suspended from 8am to 10am as visibility fell below 50m. About 100 flights were affected. •Operations of as many as 90 trains were also hampered in various parts of North India.
How Artificial Intelligence will affect your
How Artificial Intelligence will affect your life in 2018•According to Pricewaterhouse Coopers report, using different data sets to make predictions, including predictions for shopping, is currently the biggest focus of Artificial Intelligence (AI) globally. •As machine learning, a subset of AI improves, wrong predictions and suggestions will become increasingly rare, and coupled with image recognition and search technologies, e-commerce will become more intuitive. But thats not all. •India stands to reap several benefits.
These astronauts will celebrate New Year 16 t
These astronauts will celebrate New Year 16 times in space!•Six astronauts will get to celebrate the New Years Day 16 times aboard the International Space Station (ISS), at 402.3km above Earth, encircling our planet every 90 minutes, according to NASA. •NASA added they would experience 16 sunrise and sunsets. •The astronauts will have light duty work and family conferences before taking the day (1 January) off to ring in the New Year 2018!
Worlds first robot citizens India debut at II
Worlds first robot citizens India debut at IIT Bombay•The worlds first robot citizen, Sophia, made her first India appearance at the IIT Bombays cultural extravaganza TechFest on Saturday. •However, somewhat to the disappointment of the 3,000 strong audience, the humanoid robot, draped in a sari, stopped speaking five minutes into the conversation. •The session resumed after the technical glitch was fixed, and Sophia answered a variety of questions.
#ThatWas2017: Top sporting achievements by In
#ThatWas2017: Top sporting achievements by India in 2017•India did fairly well in sports in the year gone by, with major victories ranging from PV Sindhus World Championships silver medal to Indian blind cricket team winning the T20 World Cup. •During the course of the year, India saw its various sporting icons like Mary Kom, Pankaj Advani, Vijender Singh, doing what they do best. •Lets look at the top moments of 2017.
#ThatWas2017: 4 incidents in Bollywood which
#ThatWas2017: 4 incidents in Bollywood which didnt deserve any limelight•We Indians have this habit of giving too much importance to frivolous stuff. This is even more pronounced in the glamorous world of Bollywood. •Be it someones light-hearted comment, chutki-bhar sindoor or a dress one wears rather sheepishly - sometimes things blow out of proportion, for no apparent reason. •Here, we have complied a list of such incidents which received undue importance in 2017!
Will Alia agree to do a Priyanka Chopras film
Will Alia agree to do a Priyanka Chopras film?•Bollywoods international icon Priyanka Chopra has been away from Hindi entertainment industry for a long time, but the actress is now planning to produce two Bollywood films. •Priyanka, who is in India to finalize actors for her next production, was in talks with various actors. Reportedly, no one has agreed to do her film yet. •She has now approached Alia Bhatt.Will she agree?
Which Android phone should you buy in 2018?
Which Android phone should you buy in 2018?•If youre looking to buy a smartphone, youll have to make a choice between an iPhone or Android devices. •While Apple offers only a handful of options, devices running on Android offer plenty of options for users with all kinds of budgets. •Weve listed some of the best Android devices available on the market, from budget to premium. Take a look.
#ThatWas2017: A year of trains derailments, m
#ThatWas2017: A year of trains derailments, mismanagement and misery•India will remember 2017 as the year of major train mishaps. •Nine derailments were reported in 27 days of August-September alone. Such is the state of the worlds largest passenger system, which ferries 23 million people each day. •As 2017 draws to a close, we look back at this years consequential rail accidents, their causes, related casualties, damages, and reflect on the way forward.
Indian-origin scientist Pratibha Gai awarded
Indian-origin scientist Pratibha Gai awarded Britains royal damehood•Indian-origin scientist Pratibha Gai has been appointed a Dame (female equivalent for a knight) for her services to chemical sciences and technology, as per the Queens New Years Honours List 2018, that was released on Saturday. •A professor of electron microscopy at the University of York, she is the fourth Indian-origin woman to be awarded the top honor since it was instituted in 1917.
What is Google planning for 2018? Here are to
What is Google planning for 2018? Here are top predictions!•The year 2017 has been pretty lukewarm for Google. It launched several new products/services this year, including Pixel 2 smartphones, Pixelbook, smart speakers, etc. But, most of them lacked innovation. •In 2018, however, its expected to further expand its hardware and services portfolio. •From self-driving cars to high-end Android devices to improved YouTube services and AI offerings, heres what Google might have in store.
Only 400 of Delhis 5,000 restaurants follow f
Only 400 of Delhis 5,000 restaurants follow fire safety norms•Following the Mumbai pub fire in Kamala Mills complex which killed 14 people, The Times of India reported that only 400 of Delhis odd 5,000 restaurants have the requisite fire safety clearance. •Owing to low frequency of and lack of diligence in physical fire safety checks, most restaurateurs get away with gross violations, said fire officers. •Heres more about it.
#ThatWas2017: Iconic footballers who retired
#ThatWas2017: Iconic footballers who retired in 2017•2017 has been an emotional year for football fans as several World Cup and Champions League winners called it a day on their playing careers. •Recognising their contribution to the sport, here are the top footballers who bid adieu to the sport this year. •We must admit that the world of football will not be the same without them.
NCB busts students from JNU, DU, Amity over d
NCB busts students from JNU, DU, Amity over drug racket•In a major crackdown on drugs, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has arrested four students from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi University (DU), and Amity University for their alleged involvement in a narcotics supply ring in Delhi. •The NCB seized 1.14 kg of charas (cannabis), and three LSD blot papers which were supposed to be supplied for a DU North Campus new years party.
BJPs challenge on home-turf forces Didi to go
BJPs challenge on home-turf forces Didi to go saffron•Can BJPs Himachal and Gujarat wins weaken the knees of self-assured TMC in Bengal? CM Mamata Banerjees recent actions suggest this. •Mamata seems to have re-thought her electoral strategy. During her Gangasagar visit, she spent time at Kapila Munis ashram. Moreover, she has set up boards to renovate Tarapith, Tarakeswar and Kalighat temples. •Is Bengals tigress Mamata sharpening her claws? Should BJP worry?
Kamala Mills fire: Probe launched to ascertai
Kamala Mills fire: Probe launched to ascertain its cause•Fire brigade officials today announced that it was probing into the cause of the devastating fire at a central Mumbai pub that claimed 14 lives. •The fire broke out after 12.30am on Friday at the 1 Above pub on the terrace of the Trade House Building in the Kamala Mills compound in the commercial hub of Lower Parel in Mumbai. •Here are the details.
Padmavati gets U/A certificate from censor bo
Padmavati gets U/A certificate from censor board, may change title•Despite furious protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansalis magnum opus, Padmavati, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has granted a U/A (parental guidance) certificate to the film. •The board has, however, reportedly suggested that the films name be changed to Padmavat, and has recommended some cuts. •Censor board chief Prasoon Joshi, reportedly sought the opinion of two Rajasthan-based professors before clearing the movie.
Treatment denied due to lack of Aadhaar; Karg
Treatment denied due to lack of Aadhaar; Kargil widow dies•In a shocking and tragic incident in Haryanas Sonipat, a woman died after reportedly being denied treatment for not having an Aadhaar card. •The victim, Shakuntala, was the wife of a Kargil martyr. •The incident, initially reported by Hindi daily Jagran, happened in a private hospital on 28th December. However, there are two conflicting sides to the story.
#ThatWas2017: Bollywood friend-turned-foes wh
#ThatWas2017: Bollywood friend-turned-foes who resumed their friendship in 2017•Relationships are fragile in Bollywood. The best friends can turn into the worst foes, but this year there were more reconciliations than fall-outs. •While some of these happened after prolonged bitterness, some others were quick to break the ice. •Heres a compilation of Bollywood patch-ups that restored our faith in friendship.
100 bunkers being constructed to protect vill
100 bunkers being constructed to protect villagers from Pak shelling•Over 100 shell-proof underground bunkers are being constructed along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Sunderbani sector of Rajouri, Jammu & Kashmir (J&K). •The move is meant to protect the residents of vulnerable villages from cross-border shelling. •This comes amid an increase in ceasefire violations by Pakistan in the Pir Panjal Valley in J&K. •Heres more about it.
3 hospitals, 12 hours later, raped minor gets
3 hospitals, 12 hours later, raped minor gets medical help•In another incident highlighting the pathetic treatment of rape survivors in India, a family had to move from hospital to hospital for 12 hours to find medical assistance for their eight-year-old raped daughter. •Three hospitals in Uttar Pradeshs Gautam Buddha Nagar district refused to examine the minor for rape, citing staff shortage or inadequate equipment, reported DNA. •Read on to know more.
Human trafficking racket uncovered as 22 Indi
Human trafficking racket uncovered as 22 Indian boys remain missing•The detention of an Indian teenage boy in Paris has uncovered an international human trafficking racket in India. •The detained boy was one of 25 boys, aged 13 to 18, who were taken to Paris under the pretext of a rugby training camp and abandoned there. •Only two of the 25 have made it back to India. The others remain missing.
#DefenseDiaries: Shivalik-class frigates are
#DefenseDiaries: Shivalik-class frigates are Indias ultimate power-projection tools•The Indian Navys (IN) three Shivalik-class frigates are the first multirole stealth warships ever to be developed and constructed indigenously by India. •The INS Shivalik and her sister ships, INS Satpura and INS Sahyadri, are the largest and most advanced frigates in the INs fleet. •Since being commissioned in 2010, these silent and state-of-the-art deadly warships have excelled in all parts of naval warfare.
World Bank pledges $40 million for UP tourism
World Bank pledges $40 million for UP tourism project•The World Bank has offered $40 million (Rs. 260 crore) credit to the Uttar Pradesh government for implementing a tourism project in the state. •According to a finance ministry statement, an agreement for IBRD credit for the project was recently inked between the World Bank and the UP Pro-poor Tourism development project. •Heres more about the tourism project and the deal.
#ThatWas2017: Performers who should have made
#ThatWas2017: Performers who should have made news in Bollywood•This year was not a particularly successful year for Bollywood as there were no films that could actually blow the minds of the audience. •And, surprisingly those which performed well were not bestowed with awards as they were not the A-listers of Bollywood. •Heres our list of performers who should have made headlines in the year, 2017.
When Suhana Khan was trolled on Twitter
When Suhana Khan was trolled on Twitter•Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khans 17-year old daughter Suhana, whos growing up to be a smart and stylish woman, recently fell prey to the Twitteratis wrath. •Taking after her parents, Suhana is no less glamorous than the leading ladies of Bollywood today. •But, recently her sense of style was not perceived well by the self-righteous netizens. •Heres what they said!
Jasmeen Patheja: Collecting clothes to share
Jasmeen Patheja: Collecting clothes to share stories of sexual abuse•The one question that haunts every sexual harassment survivor is: What were you wearing? •With women across age groups - from infants to grandmothers - being groped, raped, catcalled and assaulted, we know how irrelevant, victimizing this question is, but it is often asked. •Since it refuses to die down, Bengaluru-based artist-activist Jasmeen Patheja has found it a hard-hitting answer. •Here are the details!
Apple CEO Tim Cook earned Rs. 652 crore in 20
Apple CEO Tim Cook earned Rs. 652 crore in 2017•This year, Apple paid a whopping $102mn (Rs. 651.8 crore) to CEO Tim Cook; his earnings increased by 79% thanks to iPhone Xs performance. •In a US Securities and Exchange Commission filing, Apple disclosed it paid a $3.06mn basic salary, $9.3mn cash bonus and also awarded $89mn-worth shares to Cook this year. •Also, Cook got a private jet for all his travel in 2017!
Kamala Mills fire: Security guards quick thin
Kamala Mills fire: Security guards quick thinking saved 150 people•Last night, a massive fire in a pub in Mumbais Kamala Mills killed 14 people and injured about 21. •Most killed were youngsters celebrating the birthday of one of the deceased, Khushboo Mehta. However, the casualties wouldve been higher, had it not been for the quick thinking shown by two security guards. •How did guards Suraj Giri and Mahesh Sable save lives? Read on!
Mumbais partying till 5am this New Year. Is D
Mumbais partying till 5am this New Year. Is Delhi listening?•This New Year is going to be unique for Mumbai: the government has permitted hotels, restaurants, pubs and bars to stay open and serve alcohol till 5am on December 31. •Wine shops can also stay open till 1am. •But this has triggered, once again, a Mumbai vs Delhi comparison: cant Delhi have the same? Heres what stakeholders have to say.
Man accused of murdering three siblings found
Man accused of murdering three siblings found dead in jail•A man accused of shooting dead the three minor children of his cousin was found hanging yesterday in the Kurukshetra district jail. •Jagdeep Malik had earlier said he had killed the kids as their father, who was having an extramarital affair, wanted to get rid of them. •Later he backtracked and confessed about a property dispute. •A probe has been launched into his death.
You can get Mi Mix 2 at just Rs. 17,999!
You can get Mi Mix 2 at just Rs. 17,999!•If you have been waiting to get your hands on the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, Flipkart is offering you a golden opportunity to get it for up to Rs. 20,000 less. •The Mi Mix 2, successor of last years Mi Mix, is originally priced Rs. 37,999. You can get it for as cheap as Rs. 17,999. •Read on to find out how!
Woman given triple-talaq for oversleeping, da
Woman given triple-talaq for oversleeping, days before LS passed bill•The Lok Sabha passed the triple talaq bill on Thursday, making the Islamic practice of instant divorce a criminal offense. •However, despite it and the Supreme Court ban earlier this year, another woman was given triple talaq on Tuesday, for oversleeping. •Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also mentioned her case while introducing the bill in the Parliament. •Read on to know more.
Himachal Congress MLA slaps cop, gets slapped
Himachal Congress MLA slaps cop, gets slapped right back•In Himachal Pradesh, an MLA decided to slap a cop. What grabbed eyeballs is when the cop slaps her right back. •The MLA, identified as Congress leader Asha Kumari, was apparently being denied entry into a meeting by Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, reports ANI. •In anger, she is seen slapping a woman constable. She continues assaulting her even after she is slapped back.
Mobile Bonanza on Flipkart: Check out these e
Mobile Bonanza on Flipkart: Check out these exciting smartphone offers•Flipkart is making sure your new year starts on a good note. The 2018 Mobile Bonanza has been scheduled from January 3 to 5. •During those days, Flipkart will be offering buyback guarantee at Rs. 149. No-cost EMI will be available on cards of any bank. •It will also have exchange offers of up to Rs. 18,000! Check out details here.
Congresss Ahmed Patel and his kin under ED sc
Congresss Ahmed Patel and his kin under ED scanner•After losing Gujarat and Himachal, newly-elected Congress president faces another setback. His mother Sonia Gandhis most trusted lieutenant Ahmed Patel and his family are under the Enforcement Directorates (ED) scanner in relation to a money laundering case. •Ahmed Patels son-in-law, Irfan Siddiqui had allegedly accepted cash from Gujarat-based Sandesara Groups owner. This company is being probed in a Rs. 5,000cr loan case. •Heres more!
Violence in Rajasthans Sikar after bus hits b
Violence in Rajasthans Sikar after bus hits biker•Tension erupted in Rajasthans Sikar after a bus, reportedly of the roadways department, hit a bike and critically injured the rider. •Rumors soon spread that the bus driver was drunk. •Angry residents then gathered, damaged the bus, set some other vehicles on fire and went on a rampage. •Police had to save the driver from the mob.
Twinkle Khannas Birthday: Reasons why shes th
Twinkle Khannas Birthday: Reasons why shes the sassiest starwife•Twinkle Khanna had a rather starry entry into Bollywood. But neither her genes, nor the cosmos could stop her from her real passion. •Inspite of being given a glorious road, she chose the road less travelled and became a writer. •Some of her brilliant work can be read in newspapers, books, her social-media handles. •As she turns 42 today, heres more about the queen-of-sass!
Dont want to die like Lankesh: Humans of Hind
Dont want to die like Lankesh: Humans of Hindutva goes-offline•Humans of Hindutva (HoH), a popular Facebook page satirizing mostly the right wing, has been taken down. •In a post on Satyanash, a website ran by the same person, he said it was because he was receiving death threats. DailyO editor Jairaj Singh said trolls had gotten hold of the administrators phone number. •In the nine months the page ran, the administrator stayed anonymous.
Indias first app-based Bitcoin wallet launche
Indias first app-based Bitcoin wallet launched; transact using your mobile-number!•Despite RBIs warnings and the rising concerns about the potential risks involved in investing in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, investments in virtual currencies are on the rise in India. •While Bitcoins are in focus for all the wrong reasons, Dubai-based Pluto Exchange has launched Indias first pin-secured mobile application to allow the users to trade in cryptocurrency using their mobile number. •Heres how!
The 17-year-old who exposed Apples slowing of
The 17-year-old who exposed Apples slowing of older iPhones•A 17-year-old from Tennessee, US, might cost Apple billions of dollars: high school student Tyler Barney exposed the tech giants deliberate slowing down of older iPhone models. •He discovered the lithium-ion battery was causing his iPhone 6 to became buggy, and replacing it worked like a charm. •He then reported his findings on Reddit. •Apple has now apologized and said itll make amends.
Six train coaches derail in New Delhi, no cas
Six train coaches derail in New Delhi, no casualty•In yet another derailment, six coaches of the New Delhi-Varanasi Manduadih Express went off the tracks at the New Delhi Railway Station last night. •There were no casualties. •An official said the incident happened when the train was about to depart at around 10:30pm. It was rescheduled to 1am. •The cause of the derailment isnt known yet. A probe has been ordered.
Parliament passes two bills for repealing or
Parliament passes two bills for repealing or amending 200 laws•PM Narendra Modis lean governance model is finally percolating into legislation as well. After showing results with a compact cabinet, he is now moving towards getting rid of obsolete laws and amending other laws to make them relevant. •Thus, Parliament passed the Repealing and Amending Bill, 2017 and the Repealing and Amending (Second) Bill, 2017 seeking to repeal or amend over 200 laws.
#ThatWas2017: 5 Bollywood weddings to remembe
#ThatWas2017: 5 Bollywood weddings to remember in 2017•Putting all the speculations to rest, Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma took the plunge away from the hustle bustle of the Mumbai city, in Tuscany on December 11, 2017. •They then threw lavish reception parties in 2 cities - Delhi and Mumbai. •As the year is coming to an end, let us look at other Bollywood celebrities who got hitched this year.
Yogi will spend a whopping Rs. 7.86cr on coun
Yogi will spend a whopping Rs. 7.86cr on counting cows!•After banning beef, flagging off cow ambulances and setting-up Aadhaar-like identification system, BJP doesnt disappoint its muse: the cow. •UP CM Yogi Adityanath has decided that government will spend Rs. 7.86cr on doing a head count of cows and other bovines, including buffaloes, pigs, goats and sheep. •The last survey done in 2012 revealed that there are about 205.66L cows in UP. •Heres more!
To revive its tea industry, West Bengal sheds
To revive its tea industry, West Bengal sheds anti-business image•The West Bengal government under Mamata Banerjee has often faced criticism for failing to attract investments. •But it apparently can no longer afford an anti-business image. •2017 has been a bad year for Darjeelings tea industry: by September, production had fallen 42mn kg. •To cushion the blow, the government is looking to roll out the red carpet for investors.
Painless skin-patch for diabetics developed;
Painless skin-patch for diabetics developed; no more painful insulin injections!•One of the worst things about diabetes, apart from the life-threatening complications and increased risk of other health problems, is taking insulin injections every day to regulate blood sugar levels. •To put an end to this painful therapy, scientists have now developed a biochemically-formulated skin patch that controls blood sugar levels for several days in a painless manner. •Heres all about it!
Mukesh Ambanis Reliance Jio buying brother An
Mukesh Ambanis Reliance Jio buying brother Anils RCom wireless assets•As expected, Mukesh Ambanis Reliance Jio is taking over the wireless assets of his brother Anils Reliance Communications, which is burdened with a massive Rs. 45,000cr-debt. •Jio announced it has signed a definitive agreement for the acquisition; RComs mobile business assets comprise cellular towers, spectrum, and optical-fiber network. •This incidentally came on the 85th birth-anniversary of their father and Reliance founder, Dhirubhai Ambani.
Kaalakaandi: Reasons to watch this Saif Ali K
Kaalakaandi: Reasons to watch this Saif Ali Khan-starrer•It has been a decade since Saif has featured in an experimental film. He is one of the most talented actors in Bollywood but unfortunately, the directors have failed to use his potential to the fullest. •He has always been given roles that are in his comfort-zone. •But now, Saif is all set to blow your mind in Kaalakaandi. Heres why.
No more monthly hike of Rs. 4 in cylinder pri
No more monthly hike of Rs. 4 in cylinder prices•Seventeen months after it asked oil companies to hike LPG cylinder prices by Rs. 4 monthly, the Center withdrew the decision in October. •A source attributed it to the government giving out contrary signals with its free cooking gas scheme for the poor. •In this period, price per cylinder went up by Rs. 76.5. •However, rates have increased post October too. Find out more.
#ThatWas2017: 5 controversies that rocked Bol
#ThatWas2017: 5 controversies that rocked Bollywood in 2017•This year, Bollywood has seen some of the biggest fall-outs and controversies. •From people going out of their way to spark off a debate to some desperate attention-seekers, who just wished to feature on news channels, it was quite an year for the glamor world. •Here are the top 5 controversies that rocked Bollywood and shocked us.
WhatsApp users to soon receive show recommend
WhatsApp users to soon receive show recommendations from Netflix!•Popular video-streaming service Netflix is reportedly joining hands with WhatsApp to send content recommendations to users on the Facebook-owned messaging platform. •This means users on WhatsApp would receive messages from Netflix, keeping them updated about all the latest developments, services, shows, etc. on the streaming platform. •Such a partnership would help Netflix to make users more familiar with the available content. •Heres more!
Centre working on automobile policy; focus on
Centre working on automobile policy; focus on eco-friendly electric vehicles•The Centre has appointed a consultant for formulating an automobile policy with a focus on clean technology; it may pave the way for adoption of eco-friendly vehicles. •Heavy Industries and Public Sector Enterprises Minister, Anant Geete, said Department of Heavy Industry took the initiative towards developing the policy that would take into account all eco-friendly mobility options like electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cells.
Fresh problem for Samsung: Galaxy Note 8 just
Fresh problem for Samsung: Galaxy Note 8 just wont charge•Looks like troubles arent yet over for Samsung. A year after several Galaxy Note 7 devices exploded due to defective batteries, similar problems are being reported about the Galaxy Note 8. •The issue isnt as serious as explosion this time though: some users, mostly in the US, have reported their new phone wont charge once battery level hits zero.
60-year-old rapes two children, gives them Rs
60-year-old rapes two children, gives them Rs.5 to keep mum•In another shocking incident in the National Capital, Delhi police arrested a 60-year-old man for raping two minor girls. •The accused Mohammad Jainul, a laborer, has since confessed to committing the heinous crime. •After raping them, he paid the girls - aged 5 and 9 years - Rs. 5 each for not telling anyone about the incident. •Read on for more.
Day after truce with government, Rahul takes
Day after truce with government, Rahul takes swipe at Modi•After Congresss consistent clamoring for PM Modis apology disrupted the Parliament, FM Arun Jaitley placated them by saying that Modi didnt mean to question ex-PM Singhs commitment to India. •Congress accepted it and also apologized for derogatory remarks against Modi. •But, apparently newly-appointed Congress president is no mood to let it go. He has made a stinging attack on Modi. Whats it? Read on!