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British swimmer breaks same world record 2 times in one day
short by Saloni Tandon / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
British swimmer Adam Peaty broke the 50-metre breaststroke world record twice in a day, in the World Aquatics Championships semi-final in Budapest on Tuesday. The 22-year-old defending champion won the semi-final in 25.95 seconds, eclipsing his 26.10 seconds world record set in the heats. Peaty has now broken the 50-metre breaststroke record four times, the first instance being in 2014.
short by Saloni Tandon / 12:54 pm on 26 Jul
Gujarat village auctions sewage water yearly, makes ₹80,000
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
A village in Gujarat's Bansankhtha district holds an annual event to auction sewage water, and also makes revenue from it. The village has low groundwater, and the sewage water is used for irrigation purposes in farming. Notably, the village first got the idea of the auction three years back, and now makes ₹80,000 in revenue from it.
short by Sumedha Sehra / 12:18 pm on 26 Jul
Adobe announces plan to shut down Flash Player
short by Vani Vivek / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Adobe on Tuesday announced that it will stop updating and distributing Flash Player plug-in by the end of 2020. Flash technology was once one of the most widely used ways to watch videos and play games online. In recent years, browsers such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Safari have been deprecating Flash in favour of its alternative HTML5.
short by Vani Vivek / 12:25 pm on 26 Jul
Snapdeal board approves Flipkart's $950mn buyout bid: Report
short by Vani Vivek / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
The board of online marketplace Snapdeal has reportedly accepted bigger rival Flipkart's revised takeover offer of $900-950 million. This comes after reports suggested Snapdeal had rejected Flipkart's $800-850 million offer earlier this month. Flipkart's offer is said to include Snapdeal's marketplace business and Unicommerce, but not Snapdeal-owned app FreeCharge and logistics arm Vulcan Express.
short by Vani Vivek / 01:58 pm on 26 Jul
Linkin Park streams increased by 730% on Chester's death day
short by Rini Sinha / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Following the demise of rock band Linkin Park's lead vocalist Chester Bennington on July 20, Linkin Park's songs earned a 730% increase in on-demand audio streams that day in the US, as compared to July 19. The group's most streamed song on July 20 was 'In the End', earning 9,23,000 streams that day. Bennington reportedly committed suicide.
short by Rini Sinha / 12:19 pm on 26 Jul
All Indian airlines asked to carry Hindi newspapers
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued an advisory asking airlines to carry Hindi newspapers and magazines on flights. DGCA Joint Director General Lalit Gupta said in a letter to the airlines, "Not providing Hindi reading material on board is against Indian government's policy for official language." The letter was reportedly printed in Hindi.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 01:42 pm on 26 Jul
Free access to toilets for women, kids in north Delhi hotels
short by Sonu Kumari / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
North Delhi Municipal Corporation has decided to give women and children free access to toilets in all 270 hotels and restaurants under its jurisdiction. "This decision has been taken to facilitate women and children, especially in areas where public conveniences are not available," the North Delhi Mayor said. Notably, South Delhi already has this facility in place since May 1.
short by Sonu Kumari / 12:35 pm on 26 Jul
Sacked employees damage Vivo factory in Noida
short by Sonu Kumari / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Workers of Vivo phone factory on Tuesday protested and damaged the company premises in Greater Noida, alleging that the Chinese firm had sacked over 60 employees without giving prior notice. They claimed that Vivo, the title sponsor of IPL T20, hired many workers during the season but fired over 1,000 employees after the matches ended nearly two months ago.
short by Sonu Kumari / 12:07 pm on 26 Jul
Elon Musk shares first video of Boring Company's car lift
short by Vani Vivek / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Billionaire Elon Musk on Wednesday shared the first-ever video of his new startup The Boring Company's car elevator. The startup is digging tunnels in Los Angeles and aims to create an underground network to help cars avoid traffic. The cars will be taken underground via elevators and moved to their desired destination using sleds on wheels at 200 kmph.
short by Vani Vivek / 02:09 pm on 26 Jul
Russian pranksters dupe US official to talk about pig manure
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Russian pranksters fooled US Energy Secretary Rick Perry into believing he was discussing American coal exports and pig manure with Ukrainian PM Volodymyr Groysman. The pranksters convinced Perry that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had invented a new biofuel made using pig manure and home-brewed alcohol. Perry called the idea "interesting," saying he looked forward to meeting Poroshenko.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 01:47 pm on 26 Jul
Twitter reacts to actor Nicolas Cage in Kazakhstani outfit
short by Daisy Mowke / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Reacting to Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage wearing traditional Kazakhstani outfit at the 13th annual Eurasia International Festival, a user tweeted, "Maybe it's just a wax mannequin posing as the real". "In even other news Nicholas Cage has no idea where he is, how he got there, or why he's wearing that," wrote another user.
short by Daisy Mowke / 01:06 pm on 26 Jul
Mallika shares pic with US President Trump's first wife
short by Tanya Dhingra / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Actress Mallika Sherawat met US President Donald Trump's first wife Ivana Trump and shared a picture on her social media which she captioned, "Lovely talking to Ivana Trump, she's quite a personality". Ivana Trump, a Czech-American businesswoman and former fashion model, was married to Donald Trump for 15 years.
short by Tanya Dhingra / 01:40 pm on 26 Jul
Jet Airways staffer held for smuggling gold in plane toilet
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
A Jet Airways employee at the Mangaluru International Airport was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly smuggling gold worth nearly ₹35 lakh. Directorate of Revenue Intelligence officials arrested the accused, Lalbin Jeen, after he emerged with gold bars from the rear toilets of an aircraft. Meanwhile, Jet Airways said that it suspended Jeen immediately, pending inquiry.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 12:30 pm on 26 Jul
Hindi signboards to be removed from Bengaluru metro stations
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
The KDA has reportedly directed the Bengaluru metro officials to remove all Hindi signage without waiting for the state government's instructions. The authority further instructed that even the announcements can't be made in Hindi. This follows protests from pro-Kannada activists against the Centre's tri-language policy, calling it as forceful imposition of Hindi on non-Hindi speaking states.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 01:59 pm on 26 Jul
4-yr-old girl dies after she falls into a tea pan in Delhi
short by Sonu Kumari / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
A four-year-old girl died on Monday, two days after she fell into a tea pan in Delhi's Old Seelampur. Reportedly, her elder sister had prepared tea and kept it under the bed waiting for other family members to arrive when the girl fell from bed and landed into the pan. She was rushed to hospital, where she succumbed to injuries.
short by Sonu Kumari / 02:01 pm on 26 Jul
India's daughters-in-law from Pak always welcome: Swaraj
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Responding to a tweet from a Mumbai-based man seeking visa for his wife from Pakistan, Sushma Swaraj said, "Indian daughters and daughters in law from Pakistan or any other country are always welcome." Recently, an editorial in US-based daily Wall Street Journal stated Swaraj as 'India's best-loved politician' for her prompt actions and several rescue initiatives.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 02:05 pm on 26 Jul
Air India flight flies with wheels out, forced to land early
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Air India has grounded two female pilots after they forgot to retract the landing gear of a flight after takeoff last week. The Mumbai-bound flight landed in Nagpur as flying with the wheels out meant increased fuel consumption, resulting in less fuel for the onward journey. The pilots only realised they forgot to retract the gear while preparing to land.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 12:11 pm on 26 Jul
Not my fault if people thought I'd race a real shark: Phelps
short by Saloni Tandon / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Swimmer Michael Phelps, who was supposed to swim 100 metres alongside a great white shark, said it is "not his fault" that people thought he would be racing the real animal. Phelps, who was slammed for competing against a computer simulation, said he had clarified earlier he would not be in the water at the same time as the shark.
short by Saloni Tandon / 02:04 pm on 26 Jul
Separatists have no respect for Indian Constitution: Swamy
short by Chhavi Tyagi / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Reacting to the recent arrest of several separatist leaders, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said, "The separatists don't abide by our Constitution. The separatists should have been arrested much before." He added, "We should book the separatists according to the law." Notably, separatist leader Shabir Shah was arrested by Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday night on charges of terror funding.
short by Chhavi Tyagi / 01:07 pm on 26 Jul
'Jai Shri Ram' was chanted in Parliament after Kovind's oath
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
A group of BJP MPs raised slogans of 'Jai Shri Ram' and 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' after President Ram Nath Kovind was sworn-in at the Parliament's Central Hall on Tuesday. Many officials also thumped their desks after the 71-year-old took the oath as the 14th President of India. Kovind was given a 21-gun salute to mark the assumption of office.
short by Sumedha Sehra / 01:47 pm on 26 Jul
SC revokes appointment of 1.78L full-time teachers in UP
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
The Supreme Court on Tuesday revoked the appointment of 1.78 lakh junior school teachers, known as Shiksha Mitra, as full-time teachers for not having the pre-requisite qualifications laid down by the Centre. The UP government had regularised the jobs of the Shiksha Mitras as full-time teachers in the state to counter the shortage of teachers in the primary schools.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 12:27 pm on 26 Jul
Railway Ministry plans integrated ticketing system
short by Radhika Chugh / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Railway Ministry is planning to introduce an integrated ticketing system in the next three years, which will be first introduced in Mumbai on pilot basis. The system will provide all-in-one tickets for all public transportation in the city including BEST buses, local trains, Metros, black-and-yellow taxis and autorickshaws. The MMRDA will reportedly float a tender for the system in October.
short by Radhika Chugh / 01:57 pm on 26 Jul
Passengers subdue woman sprinting towards cockpit
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Five men were forced to subdue an "aggressive" female passenger on a United Airlines flight on Sunday after she began screaming and charging towards the cockpit, according to reports. The woman was reportedly banging the aircraft and shouting, "This plane is going to land beautifully and kindly!" before sprinting towards the cockpit. She was later restrained with zip-tie handcuffs.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 12:44 pm on 26 Jul
HIV treatment can halt transmission among homosexuals: Study
short by Swarnim Bagre / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
An Australia-based research has found that effective HIV treatment, which makes the virus undetectable, halts the transmission of the virus among homosexual couples with differing HIV status. The study, which claims to be the largest of its kind, followed 358 gay couples from high and middle-income countries like Thailand, Brazil, and Australia over a four-year period.
short by Swarnim Bagre / 01:34 pm on 26 Jul
US mulls sending 'defensive weapons' to Ukraine
short by Nandini Sinha / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
The US is considering sending "defensive weapons" to Ukraine in its fight against Russian-backed rebels, US envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker said on Tuesday. Claiming that the move was not "provocative", Volker said it could change Russia's approach towards Ukraine. Volker added that a “new strategic dialogue” would be required to restore peace in the disputed region in Ukraine.
short by Nandini Sinha / 01:06 pm on 26 Jul
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