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Ex-BJP minister Kodnani acquitted in 2002 Gujarat riot case
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 20 Apr 2018,Friday
Squashing a lower court's order, Gujarat High Court on Friday acquitted former BJP minister Maya Kodnani, the key accused in the Naroda Patiya case during 2002 Gujarat riots. Meanwhile, the court upheld the conviction of former Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi. In 2012, Kodnani was sentenced to 28 years of imprisonment, while Bajrangi was awarded life imprisonment till death.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 12:08 pm on 20 Apr
Russia orders space be allotted for cats in apartment blocks
short by Nandini Sinha / on 20 Apr 2018,Friday
Russia's Ministry of Construction has ordered to allot space for cats in the basement of all apartment blocks. Apartments will be required to construct 15-centimetre-wide passages to enable cats to leave and enter, thereby avoiding any risks of injury by entering through ventilation holes. Animal rights activists had demanded safety of cats who died after being stuck in basements.
short by Nandini Sinha / 11:07 am on 20 Apr
Couple prints wedding invite like voter ID to promote voting
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 20 Apr 2018,Friday
Ahead of assembly elections in Karnataka, a couple from state's Haveri district has got their wedding invitations designed like a voter ID to urge people to vote. The invites have the National Emblem on top and a unique code 'SJMRG27042018', which is a combination of the groom and his fiancée's initials along with the date of the wedding.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 11:00 am on 20 Apr
New trailer of Ryan Reynolds starrer 'Deadpool 2' released
short by Daisy Mowke / on 20 Apr 2018,Friday
The new and final trailer of Ryan Reynolds starrer superhero film 'Deadpool 2' has been released. The trailer, which also features the character 'Cable', takes a dig at DC Universe. Actress Zazie Beetz will be seen playing 'Domino' in the film. Directed by David Leitch, 'Deadpool 2' is scheduled to release on May 18.
short by Daisy Mowke / 10:54 am on 20 Apr
Pro surfer rescues residents stranded by Hawaii floods
short by Dishant Sharma / on 20 Apr 2018,Friday
Professional surfer Laird Hamilton rescued over a dozen people who were left stranded after the Hawaiian island of Kauai was swept with floodwaters. Hamilton used boats, paddleboards, and jet skis to rescue tourists and residents. The Hawaiian island witnessed around 28 inches of rain over a 24-hour period last weekend.
short by Dishant Sharma / 11:53 am on 20 Apr
Apple unveils robot that recycles iPhones
short by Aditi Verma / on 20 Apr 2018,Friday
Apple has unveiled a new robot 'Daisy' which can disassemble iPhones to recover components that contain high-quality materials. Daisy has been made from Apple's Liam robot which was launched in 2016 and is capable of disassembling nine versions of iPhone. The new robot, which can also sort high-quality components for recycling, can take apart up to 200 devices per hour.
short by Aditi Verma / 11:30 am on 20 Apr
Karnataka's richest Congress nominee is worth ₹700 crore
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 20 Apr 2018,Friday
Congress' richest nominee for the upcoming Karnataka Assembly elections DK Shivakumar has declared his assets worth over ₹700 crore. The leader has declared cash and bank deposits worth ₹95 crore, immovable assets valued at over ₹635.8 crore, among others. Shivakumar, who is currently serving as the state's Energy Minister, had declared assets worth ₹251 crore ahead of 2013 Assembly Elections.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 09:35 am on 20 Apr
Man claims a fake Paytm employee tried to steal his password
short by Aditi Verma / on 20 Apr 2018,Friday
Paytm user Shobhit Bakliwal has alleged a man posing as a Paytm employee tried to steal his password on the pretext of completing KYC. The scammer asked him to log in on the former's phone but Bakliwal said he forgot the password. Bakliwal then tried to reset the password on the accused's app but didn't receive an OTP.
short by Aditi Verma / 10:06 am on 20 Apr
Japanese island found with 16mn tonne of rare-earth minerals
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 20 Apr 2018,Friday
Japanese researchers claim to have discovered rare-earth mineral deposits weighing 16 million tonnes near the Pacific island of Minami-Torishima. Rare-earths are needed to make hi-tech products like smartphones, missile systems and electric vehicles. The team claimed to have an efficient method to extract the deposits buried 6 km deep while existing deep extraction methods aren't profitable.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 11:41 am on 20 Apr
Trump nominee elected as new NASA chief in 50-49 vote
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 20 Apr 2018,Friday
US President Donald Trump's nominee James Bridenstine was confirmed as NASA's 13th administrator after two days of voting, which saw a senator switching his decision to break the 49-49 tie. NASA had spent 15 months without a permanent chief, longest in the space agency's history. The 42-year-old former Navy pilot would be the first NASA chief with a non-scientific background.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 11:53 am on 20 Apr
Scientists confine light to space of 1 atom, make new record
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 20 Apr 2018,Friday
Spain-based researchers have confined light down to less than a nanometer, a space one atom thick in dimension, the smallest confinement possible. The team squeezed plasmons, which are electrons interacting strongly with light, into a gap between metal and graphene, a 2D form of carbon. Further, the plasmon propagation could be switched on and off by applying an electrical voltage.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 10:05 am on 20 Apr
Scientists accidentally create gold nanoparticles in water
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 20 Apr 2018,Friday
Stanford scientists have accidentally discovered a new way of creating gold nanoparticles and nanowires using water droplets. Gold particles are usually created using gold-containing chloroauric acid and sodium borohydride, a reducing agent. However, when the scientists replaced the reducing agent with water microdroplets, they were surprised to see the reaction still yielded gold nanoparticles.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 10:55 am on 20 Apr
Delhi 1st city to make firms pay ₹100 per hr for power cuts
short by Radhika Chugh / on 20 Apr 2018,Friday
Delhi has become the first Indian city to approve a policy directing power distribution companies to provide ₹50 to residents for the second hour of an unscheduled power cut and ₹100 for every subsequent hour. Residents will have to register a "no current" complaint with the electricity provider, following which the compensation will be adjusted against the bill amount.
short by Radhika Chugh / 10:56 am on 20 Apr
50% sexual crimes against minors took place in 5 states: CRY
short by Bulbul Dhawan / on 20 Apr 2018,Friday
Of the over-one lakh sexual crimes against minors which took place in 2016 in India, 50% happened in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, and West Bengal, NGO Child Rights and You (CRY) said. UP alone accounted for 15% of such crime. The analysis by the NGO also revealed that such crimes have increased five-fold in the past decade.
short by Bulbul Dhawan / 11:01 am on 20 Apr
Verdict on Judge Loya marks sad day in Indian history: Cong
short by Radhika Chugh / on 20 Apr 2018,Friday
After the Supreme Court dismissed petitions demanding an independent probe into Judge BH Loya's death, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the verdict marked a sad day in Indian history. Congress leader Salman Khurshid said people would be deeply disappointed by the verdict. It was alleged that Judge Loya died amid mysterious conditions while hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case.
short by Radhika Chugh / 11:09 am on 20 Apr
24,000 govt officials apply for crop loan waiver in Maha
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 20 Apr 2018,Friday
More than 24,000 government officials applied for Maharashtra government's ₹34,000 crore crop loan waiver scheme. "More than one lakh applications were filed by people who do not comply with some or other criteria. Surprisingly, 24,221 of them were state government officials," an official said. Earlier, the government had announced that its employees, who involved in farming won't get the waiver.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 11:10 am on 20 Apr
China admits reporting two major quakes which never happened
short by Deepika Agrawal / on 20 Apr 2018,Friday
China's earthquake department on Friday admitted to accidentally reporting two major earthquakes that had never happened and were instead drills unintentionally released to public. On Thursday, authorities announced there had been two 6.5-magnitude quakes just 10 seconds apart at opposite ends of the country. The faulty information was deleted after it stayed on official website for about an hour.
short by Deepika Agrawal / 12:02 pm on 20 Apr
Ex-couple Ranbir, Deepika walk the ramp for Manish Malhotra
short by Daisy Mowke / on 20 Apr 2018,Friday
Actor Ranbir Kapoor and his ex-girlfriend, actress Deepika Padukone turned showstoppers for designer Manish Malhotra at the 2018 Mijwan Fashion Show. While Deepika wore an embellished floral lehenga, Ranbir was seen in a black bandhgala. This year marks the ninth edition of the fashion show, organised by Shabana Azmi's NGO, Mijwan Welfare society.
short by Daisy Mowke / 11:23 am on 20 Apr
India hockey performance head asks for psychologist post CWG
short by Dishant Sharma / on 20 Apr 2018,Friday
Following India's performances in hockey at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games 2018, Indian hockey's high-performance director David John has requested for a sports psychologist to help the players. The Indian men's team lost to lower-ranked New Zealand in the semifinals, while the women's team lost to England 0-6 in their bronze medal match.
short by Dishant Sharma / 11:31 am on 20 Apr
Gayle's revenge from teams that didn't buy him, tweets user
short by Dishant Sharma / on 20 Apr 2018,Friday
Reacting to Kings XI Punjab batsman Chris Gayle scoring his sixth IPL century, a user tweeted, "Chris Gayle Is Taking Revenge From All The Franchises Who Refused To Buy Him In #IPL Auction." "Gayle is going to hit a Six for every second of silence when his name was called at the IPL auction table", tweeted another user.
short by Dishant Sharma / 11:59 am on 20 Apr
New Zealand PM is a 'political prodigy': Facebook COO
short by Deepika Agrawal / on 20 Apr 2018,Friday
New Zealand’s PM Jacinda Ardern, who has featured on TIME magazine's annual list of 100 most influential people, has been described as "political prodigy" by Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg. "In a world that often tells women to stay small...Ardern proves how wrong those notions are," Sandberg added. Ardern will become the second PM in history to give birth in office.
short by Deepika Agrawal / 11:08 am on 20 Apr
Reddit hires former Time executive as its COO
short by Aditi Verma / on 20 Apr 2018,Friday
Online discussions platform Reddit has hired Jen Wong, a former executive at Time as its Chief Operating Officer (COO). Wong has over 15 years of experience in digital media space and previously served Time as President of Digital and as its COO. Wong's "vision will help carry Reddit's momentum forward in the years to come," Reddit CEO Steve Huffman said.
short by Aditi Verma / 11:31 am on 20 Apr
Boy 'depressed' as admit card has father's name as applicant
short by Bulbul Dhawan / on 20 Apr 2018,Friday
A 17-year-old student in Madhya Pradesh went into depression after his entrance exam admit card showed his father's name as the candidate, the boy's father has claimed. According to the father, he went to the issuing office to get the error rectified but the officials refused to correct it saying the rules did not permit changes in admit cards.
short by Bulbul Dhawan / 11:38 am on 20 Apr
UP govt schools starts new academic session without books
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 20 Apr 2018,Friday
Books haven't been made available for primary and secondary government schools in Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur even after two weeks of the commencement of the new academic session. "Due to less tender, the publisher could not make the books on time," an official cited as the reason. Meanwhile, some schools have collected books from the students of the previous session.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 11:13 am on 20 Apr
10-year-old raped during wedding function in Chhattisgarh
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 20 Apr 2018,Friday
A man has been arrested for allegedly raping and killing a 10-year-old girl during a wedding function in Chhattisgarh's Kabirdham district. Police said the accused had lured the girl away from her family, raped her and then murdered her by hitting a stone on her head. The girl's body was found dumped in a dry riverbed on Thursday morning.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 11:06 am on 20 Apr
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