Monday, February 1, 2016

Monthly Current Affairs January 2016

Current Affairs For The Month January 2016

ISIS warns of attack on Britain that will 'turn children's hair white'

The Islamic State terror group has warned Britain of an attack more severe than the Paris strikes, saying the country will receive the "lion's share" of the slaughter for its "declaration of war against Muslims".
2016-01-31

45 killed, 110 injured in blasts near Syria shrine

Syrian state news agency SANA, quoting an interior ministry source, said a group of militants had detonated a car bomb near a public transport garage in the Koua Sudan area. Two suicide bombers then blew themselves up nearby as people were being rescued.
2016-01-31

3rd T20I: India beat Australia by 7 wickets to clean sweep series

India held their nerves in the final over as they completed a nail-biting seven-wicket victory against Australia in the third and final T20I to complete a 3-0 series sweep.
2016-01-31

Djokovic beats Murray to win 6th Oz Open title

Novak Djokovic crushed Andy Murray 6-1, 7-5, 7-6(3)  to match Roy Emerson's record of six Australian Open titles and leave the Briton heartbroken again at Melbourne Park.
2016-01-31

Peace sabotaged, China says on US ship sail-by

China strongly condemned the United States after a US warship deliberately sailed near one of the Beijing-controlled islands in the hotly contested South China Sea to exercise freedom of navigation and challenge China's vast sea claims.
2016-01-31

New weapon to fight Zika: The mosquito

Mosquitoes, genetically engineered to pass a lethal gene to their offspring, could become one of the newest weapons in the battle between humans and mosquitoes, which kill hundreds of thousands of people a year by transmitting malaria, dengue fever and other diseases.
2016-01-31

Rohith Vemula wasn't a dalit, Sushma Swaraj says

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has reportedly said that the University of Hyderabad PhD scholar Rohith Vemula, who committed suicide, was not a member of the dalit community.
2016-01-30

US warship sails near island claimed by China

A US navy guided-missile destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of an island claimed by China and two other nations in the South China Sea, in an operation the Pentagon said aimed to challenge efforts to restrict freedom of navigation.
2016-01-30

Angelique Kerber stuns Serena Williams to win Australian Open title

Angelique Kerber became the first German to win a Grand Slam title since her childhood idol Steffi Graf in 1999 when she upset world number one Serena Williams 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to clinch the Australian Open.
2016-01-30

Rohith Vemula's suicide: Rahul Gandhi joins hunger strike

Stepping up the offensive on dalit scholar Rohith Vemula's suicide issue, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday sat on a day-long fast along with agitating students of Hyderabad Central University.
2016-01-30

Send 10,000 students to US for PhD: Murthy

Infosys co-founder N R Narayana Murthy has said India and the US should work on an agreement to send 10,000 Indian students to the US to do their PhDs in important areas in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, every year over the next 50 years.
2016-01-30

SC to decide gay sex be made legal or not.

More than two years after the Supreme Court turned down a plea to decriminalise gay sex in India, there is still hope for the LGBT community as the apex court has agreed to examine on February 2 whether it had erred in passing the judgment.
2016-01-29

Govt proposes law allowing passive euthanasia

The committee has not agreed to active euthanasia since it has more potential for misuse and as on date it is prevalent in very few countries worldwide, the Centre said in its response to a petition filed by Common Cause, an NGO.
2016-01-29

Solar scam accused denies 'affair' with CM

In a new twist to the solar panel scam, prime accused Saritha S Nair levelled fresh charges against chief minister Oommen Chandy, saying he had urged her to create a company involving his family members including son Chandy Oommen to do renewable energy business.
2016-01-29

'Chinese warplanes no match to Western fighters'

China has built a potent military machine over the past 30 years but is struggling to develop advanced engines that would allow its warplanes to match Western fighters in combat. Western restrictions on arms exports to China prohibit the sale of Western engines for military use.
2016-01-29

2nd T20I: India beat Australia by 27 runs, clinch series

India defeated Australia in the second T20I at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to win the series with a game remaining. Riding on Virat Kohli's unbeaten 59 and Rohit Sharma's 60, India produced another good all-round performance to record a 27-run win in the match. Chasing 185 to win, Australia slumped after a brilliant start as they were restricted to 157/8 in 20 overs.
2016-01-29

Mark Zuckerberg became $6bn richer in one day

As most of Mark Zuckerberg's fortune is tied to his holdings in Facebook, the stock price increase made him richer by $6 billion in one day. He now stands behind Bill Gates, Amancio Ortega, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos and Carlos Slim Helu in the list of world's richest people.
2016-01-29

Zika's 'explosive' spread potential makes Rio Olympics dangerous

With about 500,000 people expected to visit Brazil for the Olympics this year, researchers are scrambling to figure how much of a risk it might pose in spreading the Zika virus around the world. Infectious disease specialists are particularly focused on the potential for Zika to spread to the United States.
2016-01-29

How the Zika virus spread around the world

With new cases emerging every day, the virus with links to alarming birth defects and neurological syndromes has now completely circumnavigated the world, mostly in a matter of months. That's pandemic behaviour, a leading virologist says.
2016-01-29

London to New York in 11 minutes

Charles Bombardier, the man behind concept aircraft Skreemr which could travel at Mach 10, has now unveiled the Antipode. It is a hypersonic jet that he claims will cover the distance between London and New York in a mind-boggling 11 minutes. In theory, Bombardier claims it can carry 10 people up to 20,000km in less than an hour.
2016-01-29

Mahindra KUV100: 5 pros and 5 cons to know

Mahindra & Mahindra recently launched the KUV100 at a starting price of Rs. 4.42 lakh. Mahindra, a company that is known for its SUVs, wants to now create a new "micro-SUV" segment in India.
2016-01-29

26/11 trial a test of Pak sincerity: MEA

The 2008 Mumbai attacks again took centre stage in Indo-Pak bilateral ties with New Delhi declaring on Thursday that 26/11 remained a test case for Pakistan’s stated commitment to fighting India-specific terror groups.
2016-01-28

3 Wipro employees arrested for hacking British client TalkTalk

Three Wipro employees in Kolkata have been arrested in connection with a security breach in the customer records of a UK-based telecom client TalkTalk. A TalkTalk spokesperson said it is reviewing its relationship with Wipro. TalkTalk had suffered a major cyberattack in October that had compromised the personal and financial details. TalkTalk Telecom Group plc is a company which provides pay television, telecommunications, Internet access, and mobile network services to businesses and consumers in the United Kingdom.
2016-01-28

Patanjali toothpaste reduces Colgate's mkt share

Patanjali Ayurved, the home-grown foods-to-FMCG player that recently took on Swiss multinational giant Nestle by launching its own noodle brand, is eating into the market share of another MNC giant, Colgate Palmolive, in the toothpaste segment.
2016-01-28

Now, you can book only 6 rail tickets per month

You can now buy only six online train tickets a month from one user ID.
2016-01-28

CBI to probe two serving major generals for 'disproportionate assets'

The defence ministry has asked CBI to probe complaints against two serving major generals for allegedly having assets disproportionate to their known sources of income.
2016-01-28

Djokovic beats Federer to enter Oz Open final

Champion Novak Djokovic foiled a stirring fightback from Roger Federer to defeat the Swiss 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 at the Australian Open and charge into a fifth successive Grand Slam final.
2016-01-28

Liquor ban in Bihar: Man hurls shoe at Nitish, arrested

A man hurled a shoe at chief minister Nitish Kumar, but it missed the intended target. The incident took place during a function at which Nitish Kumar reiterated the ban on sale of liquor in Bihar from April 1, police said.
2016-01-28

Govt releases list of first 20 smart cities: Bhubaneswar, Pune, Jaipur, Surat among first 20

The selected cities will be equipped with basic infrastructure, efficient urban mobility and public transport, IT connectivity and e-governance mechanisms.The selected cities are: Bhubaneswar, Pune, Jaipur, Surat, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Jabalpur, Vishakapatnam, Sholapur, Davangere, Indore, NDMC, Coimbatore, Kakinada, Belagavi, Udaipur, Guwahati, Chennai, Ludhiana and Bhopal.
2016-01-28

India-Pakistan to clash in Asia Cup on Feb 27

The Indian cricket team will start its their Asia Cup campaign against Bangladesh on February 24 before taking on arch-rivals Pakistan in what promises to be a high-voltage encounter on February 27.
2016-01-28

Court orders FIR against Chandy in solar scam

Saritha Nair, one of the main accused in the case, revealed before the solar judicial commission that she had delivered Rs.1.90 crores in two instalments, as part of the Rs. 7 crores bribe demanded by Chandy, through his then staff member Jikumon.
2016-01-28

Pakistani fan of Kohli faces 10 yrs in jail for flying Indian flag

A Pakistani die-hard fan of Indian batsman Virat Kohli is facing up to 10 years imprisonment after being arrested for hoisting the Indian tri-colour atop his home in Punjab Province which he had done to show his love for the cricketer.
2016-01-28

HC blow to India's tallest skyscraper in Mumbai

In a fresh setback for India's tallest skyscraper, Palais Royale at Worli, the Bombay high court on Wednesday held that the 13 upper floors of the 56-storey building as well as a 15-storey public parking tower next to it were "completely illegal".
2016-01-27

Doval gets report that says Rohith not a Dalit

A secret intelligence report has claimed that both the grandmother and mother of Rohith Vemula, a Hyderabad Central University research scholar who recently committed suicide, have declared the family's caste as Vaddera, which is a backward caste and not part of the 'Dalit' fold.
2016-01-27

Top 3 auto companies hold 70% market share

Being the top three automobile brands in India has its perks. India is the only country in the world where the top three auto manufacturers increased their market share to 70% for April-December 2015 compared to 67% in 2012, according to industry data. They are Maruti, Hyundai, Mahindra and Mahindra
2016-01-27

Literacy rate up, but so is illiteracy

The overall literacy rate in the country may have gone up to 74.4%, but the drop in the illiteracy rate has not matched the increase in population.
2016-01-27

Get passport in a week with just four documents

The ministry of external affairs has announced two major changes that will fast-track the process for first-time passport applicants and make it more convenient to secure an appointment at the local passport seva kendra. Documents are 1.Aadhar Card 2.Pan Card. 3.Voter ID 4.An affidavit regarding no criminal issues.
2016-01-27

AI Kanishka bombing convict released from jail

Inderjit Singh Reyat, the only person ever to be convicted in the 1985 Air India bombings, was released from a Canadian prison on Wednesday after serving two decades behind bars.
2016-01-27

Sack erring govt officials who don't mend ways PM's order to secretaries

In a stern message to government officials refusing to mend their ways despite repeated complaints, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked secretaries to carry out assessment of such employees and recommend action, including dismissal and slashing their pension.
2016-01-27

Apple CEO bets big on India's economic reforms

In an investor call, Apple CEO Tim Cook said India has a very good business environment for the future and the company is putting increasingly more energy in the country. He added that Apple will continue to invest in India for the long-term.
2016-01-27

Ghulam Ali's Mumbai concert cancelled: Reports

Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali's Mumbai concert, scheduled to be held January 29, has been cancelled. Ghulam Ali was scheduled to attend the music launch of "Ghar Wapsi", a movie directed by TV show host-turned-filmmaker Suhaib Ilyasi.
2016-01-27

France 'marginally' reduces Rafale price

The French have "marginally" reduced the price of Rafale combat planes but India is seeking more and the multi-billion dollar deal could take at least another six weeks to be finalised, government sources said on Wednesday.
2016-01-27

India to take up balloon intrusion in Rajasthan with Pakistan

It's a standard military practice to fly aircraft, helicopters, drones and the like near a border to test an adversary's sensors and reaction time.
2016-01-27

Live chat while batting distract Smith in T20

The use of on-field microphones by players in Twenty20 matches came under fire after Steve Smith lost his wicket while commentating against India.
2016-01-27

Corruption index: India ranks 76, China at 83

India's score in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2015 remained unchanged at 38 as it was in the previous year. This means it has climbed to 76 position from 85 last year. China remained at 83.
2016-01-27

'Netaji files in Japan, UK must be declassified'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made public digital copies of 100 secret files relating to Subhas Chandra Bose on his 119th birth anniversary. Netaji's grand-nephew, Surya Kumar Bose, speaks to TOI's Rohit E David on the declassified files and much more.
2016-01-26

Fresh bid to tag Masood Azhar 'global terrorist'

India could make a fresh bid to tag Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Masood Azhar, the alleged mastermind of the Pathankot attack, as a global terrorist. The move will also serve as a test for China, which had blocked an earlier Indian proposal to this effect at the United Nations Security Council in 2010 at the behest of Pakistan.
2016-01-26

Deborah seals Track Cycling World C'ships berth

Deborah Herold from the Andamans created history again by qualifying for the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships for the first time in India's history, ahead of South Korea and Japan in the main draw.
2016-01-26

President approves central rule in Arunachal

Arunachal Pradesh came under central rule with President Pranab Mukherjee giving assent to the Union Cabinet's recommendation on such a course following political instability in the state.
2016-01-26

1st T20I: Kohli, bowlers help India beat Australia by 37 runs

The format change finally brought some cheers for Team India as their preparations for World Twenty20 got off to a perfect start. Bowlers seemed to have found their mojo back as they helped India defend their total for the first time on this tour. Australia were bowled out for 151 in 19.3 overs in a massive chase of 189.
2016-01-26

R-Day: India showcases military might, French troops march in a first

French troops march first time at New Delhi's Rajpath on the country's 67th Republic Day.
2016-01-26

Padmas for Dhirubhai, Sri Sri, TOI Group chairman

Times Group chairman Indu Jain, who is known for her social work under the aegis of Times Foundation, has been named for the Padma Bhushan award.
2016-01-25

India, France busy in bargaining over Rafale's cost

India and France are yet to resolve their major differences over the cost for 36 Rafale fighters even nine months after the Modi-Hollande summit in Paris on April 10 last year gave the go-ahead for the negotiations.
2016-01-25

Pak Taliban chief Fazlullah killed in drone strike

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Mullah Fazlullah has reportedly been killed in a drone strike in Afghanistan, according to Pakistan media reports.
2016-01-25

Padma awards for Rajinikanth, Sania, Saina

Superstar Rajinikanth, founder of the Reliance empire late Dhirubhai Ambani, Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and media baron Ramoji Rao have been chosen for Padma Vibhushan, country's second highest civilian award, this year.
2016-01-25

India signs pact to buy 36 Rafale jets, but talks on price to go on

India and France inked an inter-governmental agreement(IGA) on the sale of 36 French fighter jets, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the financial details of the deal were yet to worked out, adding this, too, would conclude soon.
2016-01-25

Eye on China: India to set up satellite tracking station in Vietnam

The ISRO will fund and set up the satellite tracking and data reception centre in Ho Chi Minh City to monitor Indian satellite launches. The move, which could irritate Beijing, deepens ties between India and Vietnam, who both have long-running territorial disputes with China.
2016-01-25

Builder to pay Rs 20k/month for delay in project


2016-01-25

IAF demands fast on midair refuellers

A frustrated IAF has asked the defence ministry to make a decision, one way or the other, on its long-pending case for the almost $2-billion acquisition of six Airbus-330 MRTT midair refuelling aircraft or tankers to boost the strategic reach of its fighters and bombers.
2016-01-24

India and France sign 16 deals, PM Modi hails ties

PM Narendra Modi termed trust and friendship with France as an important asset for India. He and French President Francois Hollande said they are committed to closer economic ties and united in fight against terrorism
2016-01-24

PV Sindhu wins second Malaysia Masters title

Without breaking a sweat, Sindhu, who is also the inaugural Times Of India Sports Awards (TOISA) badminton winner, wrapped up proceedings in less that half an hour. It has to be rated as one of her most clinical performances over the years, even though she was up against an unseeded opponent.Sindhu won the title for the second time in her career with a 21-15, 21-9 win over Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour
2016-01-24

Amit Shah re-elected BJP chief

BJP chief Amit Shah has been re-elected party president for a second term. Top party leaders led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a bevy of Union ministers and chief ministers of BJP-ruled states proposed his name for the party president's post during the nomination process.
2016-01-24

US relies on Saudi money to support Syrian rebels

The CIA and its Saudi counterpart have maintained an unusual arrangement for the rebel-training mission, which the Americans have code-named Timber Sycamore. Under the deal, the Saudis contribute both weapons and large sums of money, and the CIA takes the lead in training the rebels.
2016-01-24

Rafale deal on right track, will take time says Hollande

French president Francois Hollande has indicated that the nearly Rs 60,000-crore Rafale jets deal is unlikely to be signed during his current visit although it is on the "right track".
2016-01-24

'Nehru letter' calling Bose war criminal starts Congress-BJP row

One of the disclosures in the Netaji files, made public on his 119th birthday, is that Nehru had written to then British PM Clement Attlee about Subhas Chandra Bose, saying, "Your war criminal has been allowed to enter Russian territory by Stalin.
2016-01-23

Tejas takes part in international show for 1st time

After the indigenously-developed Dhruv helicopter - part of the Sarang team - demonstrated its capabilities in the skies with four helicopters mesmerizing the huge crowd gathered at the event, Tejas took flight for the first time at an international air show.
2016-01-23

Netaji had died in the 1945 aircrash, says 1995 Union Cabinet note

The Cabinet note was prepared for the government to take a stand on bringing the "mortal remains" of Netaji from Japan to India, kept in the Bose Academy in Tokyo.
2016-01-23

Five dead, two hurt in Canada school shooting

Five people were killed and two critically injured in a school shooting in a remote part of Saskatchewan on Friday and a suspect is in custody, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.
2016-01-22

Hollande visit to fix deadline for 6 N-reactors

India and France are expected to announce a roadmap and deadline for construction of six new nuclear reactors by French company Areva when President Francois Hollande meets Narendra Modi for bilateral discussions on 25-01-2016.
2016-01-22

China's richest man plans $10bn project in India

Billionaire Wang Jianlin's Dalian Wanda Group agreed to spearhead a $10-billion project to build an industrial park in India, in what could become one of the biggest development projects in the country.
2016-01-22

Maha govt challenges Salman's acquittal in SC

Maharashtra government moved the Supreme Court on Friday challenging the Bombay High Court's verdict acquitting Bollywood superstar Salman Khan in the 2002 hit-and-run case in which one person was killed and four others were injured.
2016-01-22

Karan Johar: Freedom of expression, democracy biggest jokes in world

Filmmaker Karan Johar's controversial remarks on intolerance kicked up a storm with the Congress hitting out against the Modi government accusing it of stifling freedom of expression and BJP dismissing the criticism saying India is the most tolerant country.
2016-01-22

Prashant Kishor named Bihar CM's adviser

Election strategist Prashant Kishor has been made adviser to Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, a role that makes him eligible for a Cabinet minister rank. He had helped the Mahagathbandhan of the JD(U), the RJD and the Congress to trounce the BJP in Bihar assembly polls last year.
2016-01-22

Apple India head quits, 2nd top-level exit in Jan

Apple has launched hunt for a new head for its India business, following the exit of long-time country manager and former AOL executive Maneesh Dhir, under whose watch sales from India grew from a mere $100 million to over $1 billion, according to people directly familiar with the developments.
2016-01-22

Your PF to earn 8.95% interest this fiscal?

The Employees Provident Fund Organisation's (EPFO) finance panel has recommended raising the interest rate on statutory savings of over 5 crore subscribers from 8.75% to 8.95% during the current fiscal.
2016-01-21

Student's FB post on Babri led to contact by ISIS

Akhlaq-ur-Rehman, who was arrested for planning a terror attack ahead of this Republic Day as part of an ISIS cell, wanted to vent his emotions but found that no one was really bothered what a teenager thought about Babri Masjid. So, the angry polytechnic student took to Facebook to express himself.
2016-01-21

Bengaluru techie met her 'killer' on Facebook, 19 days before murder

Nineteen days before she was killed, 31-year-old Kusum Rani, a techie with IBM in Bengaluru, befriended a man on Facebook Sukhbir, but little did she know that he was going to be her nemesis.
2016-01-21

Amitabh, Priyanka India's new brand ambassadors

After about a month of speculation, actors Amitabh Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra have been chosen as the brand ambassadors for the government's 'Incredible India' campaign.
2016-01-21

INS Viraat sets off on last tour of duty

The 28,000-tonne INS Viraat, which embarked six Sea Harrier jump-jets as well as six Sea King and four Chetak helicopters from Goa, is headed for Visakhapatnam to take part in the International Fleet Review from February 5 to 8.
2016-01-20

Development more important than tigers says SC

The Supreme Court said conservation of tigers was important, but could not be at the cost of movement of human beings from one place to another and general economic development of the country.
2016-01-20

ISIS picks new set of Bhatkal bros for S Asia ops

When ISIS chose the Ansar-ut Tawhid fi Bilad al-Hind as its associate for operations in south Asia, it knew it was making the right choice. The AuT was initially led by two brothers who had left India to fight against it, but fell apart. Later, a section of it rose again with focus on India.
2016-01-20

Investor wealth dips by Rs 1.84 lakh crore

The BSE Sensex ended at a fresh 20-month low on Wednesday dropping to their weakest since before the election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on increasing concerns the country will be hit hard by the growing turmoil in global markets.
2016-01-20

'Taliban' militants go on shooting rampage at Pak university, kill 21

Heavily-armed "Taliban suicide attackers" stormed a prestigious university and opened indiscriminate fire on students and teachers, killing at least 25 people and wounding 50 others in Pakistan's restive northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
2016-01-20

Student's suicide is not a caste issue says Smriti Irani

Union HRD minister Smriti Irani said the the suicide of a student in Hyderabad Central University was not a dalit versus non-dalit issue.
2016-01-20

Ind v Aus: Umpire wears helmet in ODIs for 1st time

It may have looked alarming to onlookers, but Australian umpire John Ward knew fully well what he was doing when he took his mark behind the non-striker's stumps with a helmet on his head.
2016-01-20

As Hyderabad boils, chief minister goes shopping

The whole nation may be talking about the horrific suicide of a Dalit student at the prestigious central university in Hyderabad and the subsequent protests across the country, but guess what Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao was busy with? He did not even comment on the issue, and he was busy shopping for a fresh pair of clothes!
2016-01-20

15,000-strong dharma sena in UP readies for war with Islamic State

An outfit known as Hindu Swabhiman is raising what it calls a "dharma sena" to wage war against the Islamic State, which it believes will occupy western UP by 2020.
2016-01-19

Nobody will beg J&K Pandits to return: Farooq

Twenty-six years after Kashmiri Pandits were forced to flee the valley, ex-CM of J&K Farooq Abdullah has put the blame on them for not returning to their homes. "They have to realise that nobody is going to come with a begging bowl and say come and stay with us. They have to make the move," he said.
2016-01-19

Stephen Hawking: Humanity will wipe itself out

"Nuclear war, global warming and genetically-engineered viruses could wipe out humanity. But we might be able to save ourselves, if we escape the Earth," Hawking said.
2016-01-19

'ISIS letter' threatens killing PM Modi, Parrikar for banning beef

Goa Police have circulated this letter to all the police stations in the state and handed over the case to the Anti Terrorist Squad.
2016-01-19

Aamir damaged India's brand, says Amitabh Kant

Defending Aamir Khan's exit as the brand ambassador of the Incredible India campaign, department of industrial policy and promotionsecretary Amitabh Kant said the actor had damaged the brand identity of the country with his remarks on intolerance.
2016-01-19

Nation salutes 25 young bravehearts

Twenty-five children, three girls and 22 boys, were felicitated in New Delhi afternoon by India Council for Child Welfare with the National Awards for Bravery 2015. Their acts were as diverse as their backgrounds.
2016-01-18

To fight China's Andaman and Nicobar forays, India deploys submarine hunters

India has begun to deploy its latest long-range maritime patrol aircraft and spy drones at its forward military base in the Andamans to counter Chinese naval threat.
2016-01-18

Gayle smashes 12-ball 50 to equal world record

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle smashed fifty from 12 balls for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League to match India's Yuvraj Singh's record for the fastest half-century in Twenty20 cricket.
2016-01-18

Marriages last the longest in north India, Maharashtra; least in northeast

Sociologists say the duration of marriage across India has less to do with fidelity and love, and more with customs, health and the couple's age at the time of marriage.
2016-01-17

Abdullahs rule out alliance with BJP in J&K

The National Conference leadership denied it is seeking an alliance with the BJP in Jammu and Kashmir, where political activity has gathered pace since the death of chief minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed earlier this month.
2016-01-17

Virat Kohli becomes fastest to 24 ODI centuries

Virat Kohli on Sunday became the fastest to register 24 hundreds and pile up 7,000 runs in one-day cricket. He left behind South African AB de Villers (166) in terms of getting to the landmark early. Also, Kohli left his idol Tendulkar far behind in terms of the quickness in the number of tons and runs scored so far.
2016-01-17

Suicide attack near Afghan official's home in Jalalabad, 11 killed

At least 11 people were killed and 20 others injured following a suicide attack near the residence of a senior Afghanistan official in Jalalabad.
2016-01-17

Laser walls for riverine areas of Indo-Pak border

More than 40 vulnerable unfenced stretches along the India-Pakistan border will be covered by laser walls soon with the home ministry giving it a top priority to check any infiltration of terrorists in the wake of the Pathankot attack.
2016-01-17

How Guzman Chapo was finally caught, again

The Mexican marines had been on the trail of the world's most wanted drug lord Guzman's trail for more than six months, ever since he humiliated the nation by escaping its most secure prison through a tunnel that led into the shower floor of his cell.
2016-01-17

Seven ancient Buddhist caves found in Mumbai

Seven caves have been discovered in the forests of the sprawling Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivli, on the northern fringes of the city.
2016-01-16

Prime Minister Modi starts up new business era with tax breaks and mega fund

The government on Saturday unveiled a raft of measures ranging from tax waiver for three years, ending inspector raj and a mega fund to help boost the start-up eco-system.
2016-01-16

Haryana sex ratio rises over 900 after a decade

Infamous for skewed sex ratio, Haryana has seen improvement in it with the number of girls crossing 900 mark for December month, a development which has happened for the first time in 10 years.
2016-01-16

PM Modi announces big push for startups; Rs 10,000 crore fund to be set up

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched the new 'Start-Up India' scheme to promote and nurse entrepreneurship in the country ensuring minimum interference from the government with attractive tax incentives.
2016-01-16

KUV100: Flipkart, Mahindra tie up to sell car

Utility Vehicle manufacturer, Mahindra & Mahindra has tied up with online marketplace Flipkart to facilitate online bookings for its new model, SUV - KUV100. The compact SUV can be booked online from 18 January 2016.
2016-01-16

Japan's SoftBank bets on India over China, to hike investment to $10 billion

Betting on India emerging bigger than China, Japan's SoftBank said it has invested %2 billion in Indian firms in the last one year and will look to scale up the investment to $10 billion in the coming year.
2016-01-16

India to seek US help to find out if Pakistan equipped Pathankot attackers

The binoculars used by the six Pathankot militants were made in USA and have US Army markings. This suggests that either the Jaish-e-Mohammad stole them from one of the bases of US Army in Afghanistan or it was taken from Pakistan army, which also procures military equipment from the US.
2016-01-15

Supreme court revives euthanasia debate

Bringing alive the dormant debate over the complex and emotive passive euthanasia issue, the Supreme Court asked the Centre whether a terminally ill person, medically diagnosed to be in the last stages of life, could be kept alive on life support system even though he had willed against it?
2016-01-15

Housing projects without green nod illegal: SC

In a jolt to hundreds of builders who have completed housing projects without environment clearance, the Supreme Court on Friday termed such constructions illegal, conceding that it might have committed a mistake by previously staying a National Green Tribunal (NGT) order halting construction of these projects.
2016-01-15

 61st Britannia Filmfare Awards 2015

Bajirao Mastani won the most awards with nine including Best Film. Other winners included Piku with five awards, Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Roy, Talvar, and Tanu Weds Manu Returns with two, and Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Bombay Velvet, Dil Dhadakne Do, Hero, Masaan, Tamasha with one.
2016-01-15

Hindu Sena chief arrested for attack on Pakistan Airlines office in Delhi

Owning responsibility for the attack, Vishnu Gupta vented anger at Pakistan and held it responsible for the attacks at Pathankot air base as well as at the Indian consulate in the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif recently.
2016-01-15

IS claims responsibility for Jakarta attacks

Isis has reportedly claimed responsibility for the Jakarta attacks in a statement released through one of its allied propaganda agencies. Seven people, including five suspected attackers, died in suicide bombings and shootings in the Indonesian capital on Thursday morning.
2016-01-14

Soon, buses to run on ethanol in Delhi, UP

Government will come out with a new 'larger' policy within a month to promote ethanol blending with petrol, transport minister Nitin Gadkari said.
2016-01-14

Serial blasts hit Indonesian capital Jakarta, 7 dead

Gunfire and explosions in the Indonesian capital Jakarta killed at least seven people, including four suspected attackers, with police flooding the streets amid fears gun-toting militants were still on the run.
2016-01-14

Government set to cut rates on PPF, NSC

The government is set to reduce interest rates on small savings products such as public provident fund and National Savings Certificate over the next few days - a move that will impact returns on your bank fixed deposits but also pave the way for banks to pare lending rates in the coming months and reduce the EMI burden.
2016-01-13

Jaish chief arrested? India to seek Pak's confirmation, decide on talks today

Pakistan's reported detention of Maulana Masood Azhar, head of terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed and the alleged mastermind of Pathakot terror attack kept alive the prospect of an early engagement of foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan, but a wary India will await verification before taking a decision.
2016-01-13

Indra Nooyi becomes Yale's biggest alumni donor

The prestigious Yale School of Management will name its deanship in honour of PepsiCo's India-born CEO Indra Nooyi as she gifted an undisclosed amount to her alma mater, becoming the school's biggest alumni donor and the first woman to endow a deanship at a top B-school.
2016-01-13

Jethmalani offers to defend Sonia in Herald case

Former BJP leader and senior advocate Ram Jethmalani has offered to defend Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in the case filed against them by BJP member Subramanian Swamy, who has alleged irregularities in the transfer of shares of the now-defunct National Herald newspaper.
2016-01-12

SC questions ban on women's entry at Sabarimala

"The temple cannot prohibit entry (women), except on the basis of religion. Unless you have a constitutional right, you cannot prohibit entry. Anyway, we will examine it on February 8," a SC bench said.
2016-01-11

MI5 tried to recruit 'new Jihadi John'

Britain's intelligence services had tried to recruit Indian-origin IS terror suspect Siddhartha Dhar as a double agent before he managed to flee to Syria, a media report here claimed. Dhar, who was dubbed the "new Jihadi John" after he emerged as key suspect as the masked terrorist seen in a recent Islamic State (IS) video threatening an attack on Britain, was allegedly contacted twice by MI5 officers before he was arrested for terrorist offences.
2016-01-10

India a tolerant country, Taslima Nasreen says

India is a tolerant country with a few intolerant people and it is time to focus not just on Hindu fundamentalists but on Muslim fundamentalists as well, Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen said. She said while there was talk about Hindu fundamentalists, one has to talk of Muslim fundamentalists.
2016-01-10

PM Modi needs good scientific advisers: CNR Rao

Prime Minister Narendra Modi needs the right scientific advice to turn his vision to reality and should also start mission-mode projects, feels India's Bharat Ratna-winning scientist and scientific adviser to many PMs CNR Rao.
2016-01-10

Sri Lanka government proposes new constitution

Sri Lanka's new government presented its plan for a new constitution aimed at devolving power and preventing the sort of ethnic tensions that led to a long and bitter civil war that ended in 2009. The move is to takes some steps to promote post-conflict reconciliation and address alleged war crimes.
2016-01-10

Govt aiming at 9% GDP growth this year: Jaitley

The government is working to enhance public expenditure in physical, social and rural infrastructure to push economic growth one and half percentage points higher than the 7-7.5% expected for the current financial year, said Union finance minister Arun Jaitley.
2016-01-09

Gopal Subramanium panel appointed to prob DDCA

The Centre said the Gopal Subramanium panel appointed by the Delhi government to investigate alleged corruption in DDCA is "unconstitutional and illegal".
2016-01-08

+92 3000597212: No. of Pakistani terror handler

If the Nawaz Sharif government has any doubt that the six men who attacked Pathankot airbase were Pakistani citizens, it might want to pull out the call details of two numbers - 92-3017775253 and +92 300097212, say investigators.
2016-01-07

Pathankot attack: Jaish chief Masood Azhar identified as one of the 4 handlers

Those identified by Indian agencies are Masood Azhar, Rauf, Ashfaq and Kashim, the sources said. Rauf was mastermind of hijack of Air India plane in Kathmandu.
2016-01-07

South Korea seeks US strategic weapons after North's nuclear test

South Korea is in talks with the United States to deploy US strategic assets on the Korean peninsula, a South Korean military official said, a day after North Korea said it successfully tested a hydrogen nuclear device.
2016-01-07

Gayle to take legal action against Fairfax Media

Under-fire Chris Gayle has sought the services of a leading Australian lawyer to start defamation proceedings against Fairfax Media over allegations that the West Indian cricketer indecently exposed himself to a woman in Sydney during the World Cup last year.
2016-01-07

J&K CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed dies in Delhi

J&K CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, admitted in AIIMS since December 24, passed away. Sayeed took over as chief minister of PDP-BJP coalition on March 1 last year.
2016-01-07

'Operation Dhangu' saved Pathankot airbase and kept it functioning

2016-01-07

43% vacancies in HCs, pendency may hit 1 crore

The disposal of cases suffered as the process for appointment of judges came to a standstill because of the Constitutional tug-of-war between the Legislature and Judiciary over NJAC.
2016-01-06

India to stay at top in growth: World Bank

The World Bank projected that India would remain comfortably the fastest growing large economy in 2016, at a rate more than a percentage point higher than China's.
2016-01-06

Sanjay Dutt set to walk out of jail on February 27

The incarcerated Bollywood actor, whose five-year sentence for his involvement in the 1993 blasts was confirmed by the Supreme Court in March 2013, will be freed next month.
2016-01-06

North Korea 'successfully' explodes its first hydrogen bomb

North Korea said it had successfully carried out its first hydrogen bomb test, marking a major step forward in its nuclear development, if confirmed.
2016-01-06

Science congress a circus: Nobel winner

In a damning indictment of the Indian Science Congress, Indian-born Nobel laureate Venkatraman Ramakrishnan has refused to attend the Congress ever again. Calling homeopathy and astrology useless and harmful practices, Nobel laureate Venkatraman Ramakrishnan came down heavily on the two.
2016-01-05

Govt okays quotas for women in paramilitary

The government took an important step to improve gender equality in the paramilitary by approving reservation of 33% women at the constable rank in two major central paramilitary forces CRPF and CISF and also setting a 15% quota in the border forces BSF, SSB and ITBP.
2016-01-05

Afghan guv wields gun to save Indian mission

A former Mujahideen, governor of Afghanistan's Balkh province Ata Mohammad Noor wielded the gun to protect the Indian consulate at Mazar-i-Sharif after it was attacked by heavily-armed militants who tried to storm in.
2016-01-05

Man arrested for insulting Pathankot martyr

A special investigation team of police arrested a Malappuram native who posted an insulting comment about the Lieutenant colonel Niranjan E Kumar, who was killed in a grenade blast at Pathankott in Punjab.
2016-01-05

15-year-old Mumbai cricketer Pranav Dhanawade scores a record 1009

Pranav Dhanawade, who has broken a century-old cricketing record, became the first batsman to score 1000-plus runs in an innings in any form of cricket.
2016-01-05

India beat Afghanistan 2-1 to win SAFF Cup title

Indian football team finally ended their four-year trophy drought as they defeated Afghanistan 2-1 in the final of the SAFF Cup 2015.
2016-01-03

Odd-even scheme in Delhi first day


2016-01-01

Shyam Benegal to head censor board revamp panel

The censor board has been mired in controversy since the beginning of the year when Pahlaj Nihalani took charge as chairperson.
2016-01-01

Haryana IAS Officer Khemka promoted to Principal Secretary

2016-01-01

Source: The Times of India News

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