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Facebook hate speech row: Congress writes to Mark Zuckerberg again

29 Aug 2020

Facebook hate speech row: Congress writes to Mark Zuckerberg again

The Congress party has written to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, asking him about the steps taken by the social media giant to investigate the recent hate speech allegations.

Chinese ambassador downplays Galwan clash, calls it "unfortunate incident"

26 Aug 2020

Chinese ambassador downplays Galwan clash, calls it "unfortunate incident"

Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong sought to downplay the Indo-China clash at Galwan Valley that took place around mid-June, at an Indo-China youth webinar.

Delhi to London via bus? It's possible, but in 2021

25 Aug 2020

Delhi to London via bus? It's possible, but in 2021

Just in case you needed yet another reason to madly wait for 2021, here you go: A bus trip from Delhi to London shall be possible next year.

Karan Bajaj, the yogi who sold his start-up for $300mn

08 Aug 2020

Karan Bajaj, the yogi who sold his start-up for $300mn

Successful entrepreneurs are hailed for how they hold onto their idea and make it big in the market.

NewsBytes Briefing: FBI probes Twitter hack; Netflix gets new CEO

17 Jul 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: FBI probes Twitter hack; Netflix gets new CEO

In the last few hours, several developments have been reported from the world of technology.

Kulbhushan Jadhav didn't seek review of his death sentence: Pakistan

08 Jul 2020

Kulbhushan Jadhav didn't seek review of his death sentence: Pakistan

Ex-Indian Navy Officer, Kulbhushan Jadhav, who faces death sentence in Pakistan didn't file a review plea pertaining to his punishment, Islamabad said on Wednesday. Jadhav, who was picked up by Pakistani agencies in 2016, has instead chosen to go ahead with his pending mercy plea, which was filed on April 17, 2017.

Sri Lanka police questions Aravinda de Silva over match-fixing row

01 Jul 2020

Sri Lanka police questions Aravinda de Silva over match-fixing row

Former Sri Lankan chief cricket selector Aravinda de Silva was questioned for six hours as criminal investigation for match-fixing began on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka open probe into 2011 WC final match-fixing claims

30 Jun 2020

Sri Lanka open probe into 2011 WC final match-fixing claims

Sri Lanka have ordered a criminal probe to look into the allegations that 2011 World Cup final in Mumbai was fixed.

SL Minister submits nine-page report to support match-fixing claims

26 Jun 2020

SL Minister submits nine-page report to support match-fixing claims

Former Sri Lanka sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, on Thursday, submitted a detailed report to back his claims that the ICC World Cup 2011 final was fixed.

Coronavirus aftermath: 1.1 billion could become extremely poor, globally

12 Jun 2020

Coronavirus aftermath: 1.1 billion could become extremely poor, globally

The economic repercussions of coronavirus, which has already taken 423,844 lives globally, are mountainous. Thanks to lockdowns, enforced to break the transmission chain, even the richest countries are staring at oblivion.

Globally, the situation is worsening: WHO about coronavirus

09 Jun 2020

Globally, the situation is worsening: WHO about coronavirus

In a development that should worry all countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday said the coronavirus situation was worsening globally, though some improvement was witnessed in Europe.

Willing to mediate: Trump on border tensions between India, China

27 May 2020

Willing to mediate: Trump on border tensions between India, China

United States President Donald Trump said he was willing to mediate between India and China to resolve their border dispute, a development not many on both sides of the border anticipated.

Pakistan court commutes US journalist Daniel Pearl murder-convict's death sentence

02 Apr 2020

Pakistan court commutes US journalist Daniel Pearl murder-convict's death sentence

A Pakistan court on Thursday commuted the death sentence of a convict in the 2002 murder of United States journalist Daniel Pearl.

Over half of Indian youth will be unemployable in 2030

08 Nov 2019

Over half of Indian youth will be unemployable in 2030

With over 90 crore people under age 24, South Asia is home to the world's largest youth workforce. However, over half of them will not have the skills to become employable in the next decade, said UNICEF's seventh executive director, Henrietta H Fore.

Over 100 million will die in India-Pakistan nuclear war: Study

03 Oct 2019

Over 100 million will die in India-Pakistan nuclear war: Study

If India and Pakistan decide to go to war, its impact will not remain restricted to South Asia but will affect the entire world, a new study has claimed.

Google Go app now available for all Android devices

22 Aug 2019

Google Go app now available for all Android devices

A year and a half after its initial launch in select markets, Google has released the lightweight 'Go' app for users around the globe.

Posing as NGO-worker, woman breaches Tihar's security to meet boyfriend

15 Aug 2019

Posing as NGO-worker, woman breaches Tihar's security to meet boyfriend

In a story that seems straight from a romance thriller, a woman managed to breach the security of Tihar Jail, South Asia's largest high-security prison complex, to meet her lover.

Best beaches in the world

22 Jul 2019

Best beaches in the world

What makes beaches great is that they have something for all sorts of travel souls.

India-Pakistan Kartarpur Corridor talks: Pilgrim's safety, connectivity on India's agenda

14 Jul 2019

India-Pakistan Kartarpur Corridor talks: Pilgrim's safety, connectivity on India's agenda

Officials from India and Pakistan will meet on Sunday in Wagah to hold the second round of talks over the Kartarpur Corridor for Sikh Pilgrims.

#GamingBytes: 'PUBG Lite' to have support for Hindi as well

03 Jul 2019

#GamingBytes: 'PUBG Lite' to have support for Hindi as well

The newest game in the PUBG family will be a 'Lite' version of the PC game.

#LoveIsLove: Pride parades across India since the first in 1999

05 Jun 2019

#LoveIsLove: Pride parades across India since the first in 1999

The month of June marks the Pride month to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots, which triggered the Pride movement globally. While Pride marches started off as early as 1970 in the United States, India had its first only in 1999.

Gurugram is now officially the world's 'most polluted city'

05 Mar 2019

Gurugram is now officially the world's 'most polluted city'

With the air quality worsening in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR), Gurugram has emerged as the most polluted city in the world, according to a report.

Trevor Noah defends racist jokes on Indo-Pak conflict, fails miserably

03 Mar 2019

Trevor Noah defends racist jokes on Indo-Pak conflict, fails miserably

US comedian Trevor Noah cracked an insensitive joke about ongoing Indo-Pak tensions earlier this week.

OIC passes resolution on Kashmir "atrocities", India says "matter internal"

03 Mar 2019

OIC passes resolution on Kashmir "atrocities", India says "matter internal"

On Saturday, India rejected a resolution by Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) on Jammu and Kashmir, saying the matter was internal.

"Woke" Trevor Noah jokes about Indo-Pak tensions, angers many

01 Mar 2019

"Woke" Trevor Noah jokes about Indo-Pak tensions, angers many

Comedian Trevor Noah, who hosts The Daily Show, made a crass joke about the prevailing Indo-Pak tensions irking netizens in India.

#IndiaStrikesBack: In China, Sushma Swaraj speaks on "necessary" airstrikes

27 Feb 2019

#IndiaStrikesBack: In China, Sushma Swaraj speaks on "necessary" airstrikes

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is in China to attend a Russia-India-China (RIC) meeting, on Wednesday justified the Balakot airstrikes by saying the Indian Air Force was forced to take the route as Pakistan failed to act against homegrown terror.

Pakistan writes to UNSC, accuses India of threatening regional security

23 Feb 2019

Pakistan writes to UNSC, accuses India of threatening regional security

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has written a letter to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) accusing India of threatening regional security, the Foreign Office said yesterday.

India-UK trade to be unaffected by Brexit: British trade commissioner

11 Feb 2019

India-UK trade to be unaffected by Brexit: British trade commissioner

Trade relations between India and the UK isn't likely to be affected after Brexit, British trade commissioner to South Asia Crispin Simon has said.

I know Nepal, Bhutan are parts of India: Donald Trump

04 Feb 2019

I know Nepal, Bhutan are parts of India: Donald Trump

US President, Donald Trump, never fails to entertain people with his amusing antics, albeit unknowingly.

Social media political ad spending expected to touch Rs. 12,000cr

23 Jan 2019

Social media political ad spending expected to touch Rs. 12,000cr

2019 being an election year, social media platforms are set for a major rise in revenue as experts believe that advertising expenditure on social media will see a rise of 150% compared to the previous general election year, 2014.

IAS topper Shah Faesal quits to protest against Kashmir killings

09 Jan 2019

IAS topper Shah Faesal quits to protest against Kashmir killings

Shah Faesal, a Kashmiri IAS officer who topped the UPSC exam in 2010, has resigned as a civil services officer to protest against the "unabated killings" and "marginalization" of Indian Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir.

World Bank promises $200 billion in 2021-25 climate action investment

03 Dec 2018

World Bank promises $200 billion in 2021-25 climate action investment

The World Bank today unveiled $200 billion in climate action investment for 2021-25; adding this amounts to a doubling of its current five-year funding.

Kerala government issues alert before Nipah virus season

30 Nov 2018

Kerala government issues alert before Nipah virus season

An alert about the possible outbreak of Nipah virus has been sounded by the Kerala government to all District Medical Officers (DMOs) in the state.

Pakistan to invite PM Modi to attend SAARC summit

27 Nov 2018

Pakistan to invite PM Modi to attend SAARC summit

Pakistan has announced that it will invite PM Narendra Modi to the country for attending the upcoming South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit, reported the country's Dawn News.

26/11 Attack: This is how Kasab and others were trained

26 Nov 2018

26/11 Attack: This is how Kasab and others were trained

A new book, written by historian Saroj Kumar Rath, Fragile Frontiers: The Secret History of Mumbai Terror Attacks dives deep into the 26/11 Mumbai attacks and highlights the training of Ajmal Kasab, the lone LeT operative who was caught alive, and the route the terrorists took.

BJP is top advertiser on TV, beats Amazon, Netflix, Trivago

23 Nov 2018

BJP is top advertiser on TV, beats Amazon, Netflix, Trivago

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has surpassed streaming giants Amazon and Netflix in advertising on television, ahead of crucial assembly elections in five states, ET reports.

Address problem of militant safe havens: White House to Pakistan

20 Nov 2018

Address problem of militant safe havens: White House to Pakistan

The US has made it clear to Pakistani leaders that it expects them to constructively address the problem of militant safe havens in the country, the White House said after President Donald Trump and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan faced off over the issue that has impacted bilateral ties.

Trump's anti-Pakistan comments, lesson for leaders appeasing US: Pak Minister

19 Nov 2018

Trump's anti-Pakistan comments, lesson for leaders appeasing US: Pak Minister

Pakistan's Human Rights Minister, Shireen Mazari, today said that US President Donald Trump's tirade against Islamabad should be a lesson to those Pakistani leaders who appeased America after 9/11.

Why Zuckerberg ordered Facebook executives to not use iPhones

16 Nov 2018

Why Zuckerberg ordered Facebook executives to not use iPhones

Just recently, the New York Times reported that Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg asked his top executives to switch to Android phones.

Orderly depreciation of rupee would increase competitiveness: World Bank official

11 Oct 2018

Orderly depreciation of rupee would increase competitiveness: World Bank official

An orderly depreciation of the rupee would increase competitiveness and relieve some pressures in the capital market, said Martin Rama, the Chief Economist for the South Asia region of the World Bank.