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Mis-estimating travel time hinders people from walking or cycling to work: Study

Worries about the extra time needed to walk or bike to work is a big reason why people hop into their cars for work though walking or biking probably wouldn’t take as long as they think, said a study. When researchers asked 253 faculty and staff and 252 students at Penn State in a study to estimate how long it ...

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Hubble finds first galaxy without dark matter; Stunned scientists in dark for scientific explanation

How can a galaxy be there without dark matter? The galaxy NGC 1052-DF2 challenges currently-known theories of galaxy formation as it negates everything we know about nature of dark matter. First identified with the Dragonfly Telephoto Array (DFA) and later observed by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, the Gemini Observatory and the Keck Observatory, ...

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Facebook, a spy unto itself? Reminds Indian users of ‘Chitragupta’s Chitta’

The darker side of Facebook is an open book for everyone now. On Monday, March 26, the social networking giant, which owns the popular WhatsApp too, has confirmed that it collects automatically all the details about you whenever you make a call or send an SMS. The info collected is instantly passed on to its servers located in its headquarters ...

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CBSE cancels Class 12 Economics & Class X Maths papers, orders re-exam

Amid complaints that Class 12 Economics paper was leaked, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has cancelled the exam and decided to hold the re-exam for which the date will be announced within a week, said the board. Even the Class 10 mathematics paper, which was described tough by many students, stands cancelled and a re-exam will be held ...

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17 Media outlets ready to spread ‘Fake News’ on Rahul Gandhi for Rs. 6 cr to Rs.50 cr

A Cobrapost expose has shown how media outlets can be paid in cash to depict BJP rivals, including Congress party chief Rahul Gandhi negatively so they can be distanced by voters in the upcoming elections. The sting operation called "Operation 136", where the number shows India rank on Press Freedom Index, came just a few days after the Union Information ...

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Apple launches new 9.7″ iPad, available in India from April @ Rs.28K

Apple has finally updated its iPad with support for Apple Pencil plus, besides giving it a facelift on performance, priced at $329 onwards. The new 9.7-inch iPad and Apple Pencil provides users to be more creative and productive, from sketching ideas to jotting down handwritten notes to marking up screenshots, said the company. The new iPad features a large Retina ...

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Pensioner’s Portal opens at EPFO website

EPFO has launched the pensioner’s portal https://mis.epfindia.gov.in/PensionPaymentEnquiry, at EPFO website by which all EPFO pensioners can get the details of their pension-related information including pension payment order number, Pensioner’s Payment Order details, Pensioner’s passbook information and other related information such as date of credit of pension, submission of pensioner’s life certificate among others. It helps to keep track of pensioners’ ...

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Tiangong-1 may burn in sky before hitting any city

China’s first model space station Tiangong-1 is slated to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere between March 30 and April 6, and the possible places where the debris will fall has remained elusive still. Currently, the 8.5-ton space station is descending into lower orbits, said Aerospace International, a research outfit that advises governments on space. Its calculation is that the space station may ...

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Women T20I Tri-Series: Aussie women beat India in opening match

The opening match of India vs. Australia in the women’s Twenty20 International (T20I) Tri-Series, that was played in Mumbai ended in disaster as the host team succumbed too early with 152 runs in their 20 overs, which was easily chased by Aussies to win by six wickets. The match was kicked off on Thursday when India was asked to bat ...

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First look of Gopichand film ‘Pantham’ released

Telugu hero Gopichand’s upcoming film ‘Pantham’, being produced by KK Radhamohan, has completed 60 percent of the shooting, said the producer on Wednesday. It is also the directorial debut film of screenwriter K. Chakravarthy who has written earlier for films such as Balupu, Power and Jai Lava Kusa. This film is a milestone for Gopichand, marking his 25th release and ...

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Indian Railways comes to the rescue of Bangalore traffic jams

In view of increasing bumper-to-bumper slow-moving Bangalore traffic during the peak hours, Indian Railways has come out with a plan to run suburban trains between Bengaluru-Whitefield section, in addition to 26 suburban trains introduced elsewhere in the city in the last one year. The project, involving Rs 492.87 crore, has been approved for construction. The 25 km stretch will connect ...

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CBSE Class 12 Maths paper a sigh of relief for many

After a tough physics paper, CBSE Class 12 students faced a not-very-tough chemistry paper and in the same vein the mathematics paper on Wednesday turned out to be easy compared to the first two subjects, said science stream students. The exam for CBSE class 12 mathematics exam was conducted today from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm and many teachers have ...

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Mohammad Bhai surfaces on TV, denies Shami wife Hasin’s claim on match fixing

London-based Mohammed Bhai, who has been named as the man behind Mohammed Shami’s match-fixing allegations, has come out in open denying the allegations. He said he never knew the Pakistani girl ‘Alishba’ named by Shami’s estranged wife Jahan as the conduit in Dubai who gave the money to Mohammad Shafi. He said he will join the investigation by the agencies. ...

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Kalyanram-starrer ‘Manchi Lakshnalunna Abbayi’ (MLA) set for Friday release

T.G. Viswa Prasad is presenting the film, "Manchi Lakshnalunna Abbayi", shorted as MLA, starring Nandamuri Kalyanram and Kajal Aggarwal in major roles. Produced by Blue Planet Entertainments, in association with People’s Media Factory, by Kiran Reddy and Bharat Chowdary, the film is Upendra Madhav’s debut directorial venture. The movie is set for releae on Friday, 23rd of March, said T.G. ...

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Raj Babbar resigns as UP Congress president after debacle in UP bypoll

Uttar Pradesh Congress president Raj Babbar has resigned for his post reportedly taking responsibility for the abysmal performance of the party in the recent UP bypoll elections to Lok Sabha seats in Gorakhpur and Phulpur. The bypoll dealt a shock to both BJP and Congress as the unexpected alliance of Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party played spoilsport at the ...

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Bengaluru Namma Metro staff postpone strike by one month

Bengaluru’s Namma Metro has not even finished one year of its full-stream functioning but facing teething problems with the staff, most of them are recruited on temporary basis, demanding a better deal and threatening to go on strike from Thursday. They have agreed to defer their strike by a month as BMRCL has offered talks. Currently, the state-run Bengaluru Metro ...

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‘Shiddat’ not to be shelved, Madhuri Dixit to replace Sridevi, confirms daughter Janhvi

Karan Johar, who is introducing Sridevi’s daughter Janhvi Kapoor in ‘Dhadak’ is not relenting on his next iconic film ‘Shiddat’ as many people have speculated that the iconic film will be shelved following the sudden demise of the star. Initially planned to feature Sridevi in lead role, Karan wanted it to be a never-seen-before Sridevi film and was getting ready ...

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World’s largest cities deplete water in rural surroundings too: Study

Urbanization has depleted the rural countryside of its people earlier and now evaporating its water, said a study. Many cities rely on renewable freshwater regularly refilled by precipitation, instead of depending on groundwater or desalinated water, it said. The study led by Colorado State University researchers found that 19 of the 29 largest cities world over depend on water resources ...

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Stephen Hawking Dead, Last Advice to Humanity to Escape Earth Remains

Famous physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking, who was confined to a wheel-chair since late 1970s, died on Wednesday, March 14, when the world was celebrating the ‘Pi in the sky’ and the birth anniversary of Albert Einstein. His last prediction was that aliens would invade the earth and it is better for the humanity to escape and colonize either Mars ...

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Facebook opens Design4India Studio in Bengaluru

Facebook on Monday launched "Design4India Studio" in Bengaluru to provide support and mentorship to the design industry. The studio was launched to provide mentorship in design, innovation and entrepreneurship for software companies and startups, and the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) has also joined hands with Facebook in the venture. "Our first of many ‘Open for all’ ...

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World’s smallest PC ‘LIVA Q’ now available in India for Rs.15K

Taiwan-based electronics major Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) has brought its world’s smallest computer to India on Tuesday. The Windows-based mini-PC called "LIVA Q" will be available in India for Rs.15,500, with dual network options. The pocket-sized device has the latest Intel Apollo Lake SOC processors along with 4GB RAM and 32GB eMMC storage and HDMI 2.0, running on Windows 10 ...

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Andhra CM ponders Hyperloop for future transportation

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu never flips any project if it has tech advantage and in his bid to make the upcoming capital Amaravati unique and robust, he is pondering the possibility of Hyperloop transportation. The blue print work is on to build India’s first Hyperloop transportation facility to connect Vijayawada with Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh, covering 40-km ...

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Sridevi’s body to be brought to Mumbai tomorrow, delay in autopsy report blamed

Sridevi’s body will not be brought back tonight as expected owing to the delay in forensic report, which usually takes 48 hours but in this case, the Indian consulate is pushing for a speedy release of the body and the Dubai authorities are working overtime to finish the formalities. In usual practice, the dead body should be certified for immigration ...

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Trump Admn cracks whip on H1B Visa, Indian techies to pack up sooner than before

Video grab of PM Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump on Monday (White House)

Unlike the expectations, the Trump administration has finally cracked the whip on H1B work visa rules making it difficult for the ‘friendly-nation’ India’s passport holders, especially IT employees, who may find it just impossible to turn them into Green Cards now. The changes announced in a memo issued by the US Citizenship & Immigration Services on Friday, February 22 makes ...

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Amateur astronomer greeted by exploding supernova

As luck would have it, a supernova greeted an amateur astronomer who has just focused his camera and soon an international team of researchers were alerted to validate theoretical predictions about the initial evolution of such stellar explosions. Current theory suggests an explosive shockwave travels through the star’s interior before reaching the surface and producing a sharp peak of electromagnetic ...

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‘Chameleon’ ocean bacteria can shift their colors

Cyanobacteria – which propel the ocean engine and help sustain marine life – can shift their colour like chameleons to match different coloured light across the world’s seas, according to research by an international collaboration including the University of Warwick. The researchers have shown that Synechococcus cyanobacteria – which use light to capture carbon dioxide from the air and produce energy for ...

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IFMR Capital rebrands to become Northern Arc Capital

IFMR Capital, one of India’s leading debt capital platforms, has unveiled a new brand identity and will henceforth be known as Northern Arc Capital. Inspired by an ancient trade route that provided the first contact between the worlds of those with access to those without, Northern Arc Capital will continue to be the critical link between providers and users of ...

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Abu Dhabi buildings lit in Tricolour to welcome Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was greeted in UAE capital Abu Dhabi with some buildings lit in the Indian tricolour as the city was decked up for the occasion and the busy day marked signing five agreements by the two countries. Modi held talks with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the major outcome of the event ...

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National Deworming Initiative Laqunched

Union health minister J P Nadda has launched the National Deworming Day at a function at Gurugram, on Saturday, which is one of the largest public health initiatives in the world in scale and reach. The minister said, “Government is committed to ensuring high quality healthcare, accessible to every child and upto the last mile. One of the interventions, the ...

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Rahul Gandhi calls on President

A day after the Republic Day, Congress President Rahul Gandhi called on President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Saturday. It was not clear why Rahul Gandhi paid a visit to Rashtrapati Bhavan a day after the President hosted “At Home” reception on the Rashtrapati Bhavan lawns on the 69th Republic Day on Friday. Rahul ...

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