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  • Australian prisoners busted for smuggling using footballs

    Sydney, Oct 7 (IANS) Australian prisoners have been caught trying to smuggle tobacco, mobile phones and other contraband items into their prison hidden inside footballs, authorities said on Sunday. Guards at the correctional facility at Windsor near Sydney intercepted the balls being thrown over the fence onto the premises, reports[Read More…]

  • Rare white-rumped vulture gets new lease of life atop Mumbai building

    By Quaid NajmiMumbai, Oct 7 (IANS) A rare and highly-endangered gigantic white-rumped vulture, figuring on the IUCN Red List and found in a near-dead condition, has been saved by a Mumbai family and is now ready to take wings. After eight months of love and care, the strong and highly-aggressive[Read More…]

  • Piano event in China creates new Guinness World Record

    Beijing, Oct 7 (IANS) A piano ensemble charity event in China has created a new Guinness World Record. A total of 666 pianos were played simultaneously by 639 participants in Wuqiang county of Hebei province on Saturday, setting a new world record, reports Xinhua news agency. Pianists from eight countries[Read More…]

  • 11 killed in Haiti quake (Lead)

    Port-au-Prince (Haiti), Oct 7 (IANS) At least 11 people were killed after an earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale jolted northwestern Haiti, authorities said on Sunday. According to the US Geological Survey, the tremor’s epicentre was recorded 20 km from Port-de-Pai at a depth of 15.3 km at 8.11[Read More…]

  • New ML tool to predict human BP: Study

    New York, Oct 7 (IANS) Researchers, including one of an Indian-origin, have developed a wearable off-the-shelf and machine learning technology that can predict an individual’s blood pressure and provide personalised recommendations to lower it. When doctors tell their patients to make a lot of significant lifestyle changes — exercise more,[Read More…]

  • High security in J&K ahead of municipal polls

    Srinagar/Jammu, Oct 7 (IANS) Security was beefed up on Sunday across Jammu and Kashmir ahead of the four-phase municipal elections slated to begin from Monday, police said. Four-hundred additional companies of central paramilitary forces have already arrived here to augment the existing strength of the security forces deployed to provide[Read More…]

  • Omung Kumar to celebrate birthday in Goa

    Mumbai, Oct 7 (IANS) National Award-winning filmmaker Omung Kumar is escaping to Goa to celebrate his birthday on October 8. Having finished with designing the “Bigg Boss” set and his other commitments, the filmmaker has plans to celebrate his special day in Goa with his wife and production designer Vanita[Read More…]

  • Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg can’t just jeopardise a billion dreams (Tech Analysis)

    By Nishant AroraThe past few weeks have witnessed some bizarre and never-before-seen occurrences in the world of technology, and the credit, if you want to call it that, goes to Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and Facebook Founder-CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Both are super-famous — and blue-eyed boys of Silicon[Read More…]

  • Saudi Arabia denies journalist killed at consulate in Turkey

    Riyadh, Oct 7 (IANS) Saudi Arabia on Sunday denied reports that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who went missing earlier this week, was killed at the country’s consulate in Istanbul, as reported by several international media. A statement released by the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA) cited a diplomatic officer who[Read More…]

  • Senate OK’s Trump nominee for Supreme Court; now eyes on mid-term poll (News Analysis)

    By Arul LouisNew York, Oct 7 (IANS) US President Donald Trump scored a political victory when the Senate voted by a razor thin margin to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh, his nominee who battled last-minute accusations of sexual assault while a teenager in high school 36 years ago, as the Supreme[Read More…]

  • Search operation underway in J&K’s Shopian

    Srinagar, Oct 7 (IANS) Security forces launched a search operation in six villages Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district on Sunday, police said. Personnel from the Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Special Operations Group of the state police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) are carrying out the operation in Ganowpora, Balpora,[Read More…]

  • Rupee, oil prices to drive equity market sentiments (Market Outlook)

    By Rohit VaidMumbai, Oct 7 (IANS) The continued weakness of the Indian rupee, along with cues on any further rise in US lending rates and the direction of foreign fund flows are likely to determine the trajectory of the Indian equity markets in the coming week. According to market observers,[Read More…]

  • A tale of pyjamas, better forgiven and forgotten! (Book Review)

    By Bhavana AkellaTitle: Pyjamas Are Forgiving; Author: Twinkle Khanna; Publisher: Juggernaut; Pages: 256; Price: 325 This book is the third authored by former Bollywood actress and film producer Twinkle Khanna since 2015. Known as “Mrs Funnybones”, the name she goes by in her popular newspaper columns, in the digital world[Read More…]

  • Novel model may help robots navigate more like humans

    New York, Oct 7 (IANS) As robots may struggle with navigational concepts, a team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have devised a new way to help them navigate environments more as humans do. The novel motion-planning model lets robots determine how to reach a goal by[Read More…]

  • Sunny Sunday morning in Delhi

    New Delhi, Oct 7 (IANS) It was a clear morning in the national capital on Sunday with the minimum temperature touching 20.2 degree Celsius, two degrees below season’s average. “There was mist in the morning. The sky will remain clear with no chances of rainfall,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD)[Read More…]

  • ‘Uri’ has been the most physically demanding film: Vicky Kaushal

    Mumbai, Oct 7 (IANS) Actor Vicky Kaushal, who is gearing up for the release of his forthcoming film “Uri” has said that it is the most physically demanding film for him until now. Vicky was interacting with the media at Elle Beauty Awards 2018 where he won the “Breakthrough Star[Read More…]

  • 4.6-magnitude quake jolts J&K

    Srinagar, Oct 7 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale jolted Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, although there were no reports of casualties or damage to properties. An official of the state disaster management department said: “The tremor occurred at 8.09 a.m. Its coordinates are latitude 36.7 north[Read More…]

  • 5.9-magnitude quake hits Haiti

    Washington, Oct 7 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale struck Haiti, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The USGS said the centre of the quake that hit the island nation on Saturday night was about 11 miles northwest of the city of Port-de-Paix and it was[Read More…]

  • Cavanagh reveals what makes great superhero character

    Los Angeles, Oct 7 (IANS) Actor Tom Cavanagh says as far as superhero characters are concerned, one of the things that he is drawn to are flawed people doing extraordinary things. Cavanagh plays Harry Wells in the American superhero TV series “The Flash”, which airs on Colors Infinity in India.[Read More…]

  • IOC to continue cost-cutting efforts for Olympic host cities: Bach

    Buenos Aires, Oct 7 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will continue taking measures to cut costs for Olympic host cities in an effort to make future Games attractive to bidders, the organization’s president Thomas Bach has said. Bach also said that the IOC will not make contingency plans for[Read More…]

  • Brett Kavanaugh confirmation: Victory for Trump in Supreme Court battle

    Washington, Oct 7 (IANS) US President Donald Trump’s controversial nominee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, has been sworn in following weeks of rancorous debate. The Senate earlier backed his nomination by 50 votes to 48, BBC reported on Saturday. Kavanaugh had been embroiled in a bitter battle to stave[Read More…]

  • N.Korea praises friendship with China on anniversary of ties

    Pyongyang, Oct 7 (IANS) North Korea has spoken highly of its friendly relation with China on the 69th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries. China and North Korea established diplomatic relations on October 6, 1949, and it is a meaningful day for both the North[Read More…]

  • WHO vows tighter, broader action against tobacco, industry interference

    Geneva, Oct 7 (IANS) The World Health Organization (WHO) unveiled a global strategy on Saturday to scale up the tobacco control agenda over the next few years and to prevent further interference by tobacco industry in public health policies. The strategy, titled the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF), aims to strengthen[Read More…]

  • It’s always great to learn a new language: Reem Shaikh

    Mumbai, Oct 7 (IANS) Actress Reem Shaikh says it’s great to learn a new language. Actresses Poorva Gokhale and Reem who play the central characters in the new fiction show “Tujhse Hai Raabta”. Since the show is set against the backdrop of Maharashtra, its cast members have been brushing up[Read More…]

  • UN praises new security arrangements in Libya’s capital

    Tripoli, Oct 7 (IANS) The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Saturday praised the new security arrangements in the Libyan capital Tripoli adopted by the UN-backed government. “UNSMIL welcomes the progress made by the Greater Tripoli Security Arrangements Committee, created by PC (Presidency Council) Decree 1303 and supported by[Read More…]

  • 13 militants killed in Afghanistan

    Kabul, Oct 7 (IANS) Thirteen militants have been killed in two separate strikes by the security forces in two Afghan provinces, the country’s Defence Ministry said on Saturday. Nine Taliban militants were killed and three others wounded after Afghan army troops launched a cleanup operation in Andar district of Ghazni[Read More…]

  • ISL: Brilliant Goa gun down champions Chennai

    Chennai, Oct 6 (IANS) FC Goa notched their first win of this Indian Super League season after a convincing 3-1 result over defending champions Chennaiyin FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Saturday. A first-half strike from Edu Bedia (12′) set them on their way before Ferran Corominas (53′)[Read More…]

  • Publication of voter list in Telangana deferred to Oct 12

    Hyderabad, Oct 6 (IANS) Election Commission on Saturday extended time for final publication of electoral rolls in Telangana from October 8 to October 12. The poll panel’s announcement came hours after declaring that the state will have single-phase polling on December 7 to elect the new state Assembly. The relaxation[Read More…]

  • Commander Tomy reaches Visakhapatnam safely

    New Delhi, Oct 6 (IANS) Indian Navy Commander Abhilash Tomy who was under medical observation at Ile Amsterdam was brought to Visakhapatnam on friday safely onboard INS Satpura, Ministry of Defence said in a statement. “On September 21, his (Tomy) sailing vessel ‘Thuriya’ was dismasted when the boat was caught[Read More…]

  • Gujarat human rights lawyer Girish Patel passes away

    Gandhinagar, Oct 6 (IANS) : Well-known human rights activist Girish Patel died on Saturday morning in Ahmedabad. He was 86. He suffered from multiple age-related ailments, his family sources said. Patel was a fighter for the causes of the poor right from the days of Narmada Bachao Andolan and sugarcane[Read More…]

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