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15 Countries where people eat dogs and cats

Dog meat and dog skin is a flourishing trade in many parts of the world. This is the reason behind illicit dog stealing, smuggling, and trafficking. Ancient Chinese writings from the Zhou Dynasty mention --pig, goat, and dog -- among "three beasts" bred for food. Every year close to 10 Million dogs are skinned alive.

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Defence & Security

Real life heroes are the ones who keep going… against all odds

There is a saying- when the going gets tough, the tough get going. No one deserves the title of a 'hero' more than a soldier who gets up after a debilitating injury or loss limb and overcomes the hardships and handicaps to win the bigger battle of life. Major D.P Singh, was injured in the Kargil war. He was "declared dead" by the Army Hospital.. He survived as an amputee and returned 14 years later as India's first Blade runner.

The ones who never got back home!

You light up the sky as stars so bright, You laid your life for a nation's' fight, You never blinked at those treacherous heights, Every breath in...

Be an Indian worth fighting for !!

“Naam, Namak and Nishan” - The “Fauji” will continue to stand tall in the line of duty and never fail the nation and You. For him the sacred prayer lies in his scripture, to be a Soldier Above All. So be an Indian worth fighting for!!

The heroes of ‘India’s First War of Independence’ in 1857

India's first war of independence began on May 10 in 1857 and is considered to be the first blow against the British rule in India. The first martyr of the revolt was Mangal Pandey. Other prominent leaders included Rani Lakshmibai, Kunwar Singh, Bahadur Shah, Nana Saheb, Tatia Tope and Begum Hazrat Mahal.

Greatest battles in the history of India # 2

From Alexander the Great to the Indo-Pakistani conflicts, India witnessed some of the fiercest battles which left a mark in history.

Greatest battles in the history of India # 1

From Alexander the Great to the Indo-Pakistani conflicts, India witnessed some of the fiercest battles which left a mark in history.

National

Budget 2021: incentives for the industry and tax payers?

Everyone is expectantly looking forward to this year’s budget, which can provide the much needed fillip to take the country towards positive GDP growth rates.

Indian farmers don’t need crocodile tears

Politicians of all shades and variety claim to be friends of the farmer but what have they done friends in need?

Parliamentary Standing Committee recommends Franchise Protection Act for Automobile Dealers

Franchise laws will actually level the playing field between large automakers and local dealers. Currently, almost all auto dealerships are privately owned proprietorship or family-owned businesses.

Why did Google take over ‘Where is my Train’ app

"Where is my Train" -- a unique train app displays live train status and up-to-date schedule even offline without an Internet or GPS connection.

Infantry officers who became Chief of Army Staff

Both the Field Marshals, and 15 out of 27 Chief of Army Staffs were Infantry officers, while 8 Armoured Corps Officers and 5 Gunners rose to the level of Chief of Army Staff. Within the infantry, Gorkha Rifles has contributed 4 chiefs while Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane is the 3rd officer from the Sikh Light Infantry to become COAS of the Indian Army including Gen. V. P. Malik and Gen. Bikram Singh.

Budget 2021 expectations: ‘Industry Status’ for the Real Estate sector

With the Union Budget 2021-2022 round the corner everyone wants to know what Nirmala Sitharaman has to announce in her third consecutive Budget.

International Affairs

Obama’s new book ‘A Promised Land’ to be the bestselling presidential memoir

This is Obama's third memoir -- even before the 44th US President had written two bestsellers ‘Dreams from My Father’ in 1995 and ‘The Audacity of Hope’ in 2006.

The U.S. Presidents who died with their boots on…

Eight out of 45 U.S. Presidents died while still in office without completing their full term. Four of them were assassinated while the others died due to what may today seem to be curable diseases

Oil pipelines are attractive targets for sabotage and theft

Offshore pipelines are more prone to sabotage because they are long-distance and it is not cost-effective to protect every centimetre of the length. It is also easier for the saboteurs to tackle onshore installations or pipelines.

18 years olds allowed to vote in Japan

The revised law will affect around 2.4 million people in the 18-19 year age group who will be eligible to vote. This should raise the young generation's involvement in politics and help them express their political views.

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Investigation

NSEL scam: How people with inside information helped

Muskesh Shah knew that both NK Proteins and Swastik Overseas were holding zero stocks still why did he keep quite? Meanwhile Rawal Group companies registered at his address traded on NSEL and moved out in May-June 2013 without losing a penny. This shows how people with inside information exploited the situation

Shoddy investigations in Rs 5600 Crores NSEL Scam

Significantly not just one but three agencies two central and one state- Mumbai Police Economic Offenses Wing (EoW), CBI and Enforcement Directorate are investigating various angles of the case. Each of them has tried to dilute or water-down the case

Op cover-up: to ‘buy’ witnesses in the Rs 5600 Cr NSEL scam

Pankaj Saraf, filed the first FIR in the case against Jignesh Shah and others on 30 September 2012. As such his testimony has a direct bearing on the prosecution case. The current move to square off Pankaj Saraf's father's NSEL outstanding is nothing but a quid pro quo deal to create a conflict of interest and dilute the prosecution case.

How is Jignesh Shah using bureaucratic red tape to strangle justice

A new twist in Jignesh Shah who has many ex-bureaucrats working for him in a number if his companies involves seeking the help of pen pushing babus in different ministries to play hide and seek with the files. This behind the curtain game is helping Jignesh Shah to shoot and scoot without being caught.

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BUSINESS

Nirmala Sitharaman with the Union Budget 2020

Budget 2021: incentives for the industry and tax payers?

Everyone is expectantly looking forward to this year’s budget, which can provide the much needed fillip to take the country towards positive GDP growth rates.
Nirmala Sitharaman

Budget 2021 expectations: ‘Industry Status’ for the Real Estate sector

With the Union Budget 2021-2022 round the corner everyone wants to know what Nirmala Sitharaman has to announce in her third consecutive Budget.

Paytm Payments Bank has the best tech for UPI payments: NPCI report

Paytm Payments Bank continues to be India’s most successful payment bank and a comprehensive platform of funding sources. Besides 100 million UPI handles, there are 350 million wallets, 220 million saved cards and 60 million bank accounts on the platform.

Parliamentary Standing Committee recommends Franchise Protection Act for Automobile Dealers

Franchise laws will actually level the playing field between large automakers and local dealers. Currently, almost all auto dealerships are privately owned proprietorship or family-owned businesses.

PayPoint launches e-gold to penetrate rural India

E-gold is a simple, convenient and secure way to invest in physical gold. The investors can buy and accumulate pure gold in fractional quantities anytime and anywhere. Each gram bought by an investor is backed by actual physical gold.

EDUCATION

Abhishek Maheshwari to be CEO of Aakash Educational Services Limited (AESL)

An Electrical Engineering graduate from IIT Delhi and MBA from Columbia Business School, New York Abhishek Maheshwari will be responsible for the Classroom, Hybrid, and Distance Learning business of Aakash Educational Services Limited (AESL)

Post-COVID Learning Framework for India

It may still be early to say if and when online education will totally or partially replace the traditional classroom system. But the day is not far when online or off-campus learning will gain back door entry and add to or replace campus-based education-- sooner or later

BYJU’S acquires WhiteHat Jr to add coding as a new skill

BYJU’S has witnessed phenomenal growth. The app creates personalized learning programs for individual students based on their proficiency levels and capabilities which help them learn at their own pace and style.

Aakash Institute announces revised dates for ‘ANTHE 2020’ Scholarship Exam

ANTHE test is known as the countrywide talent hunt across several states & Union Territories. Being one of the largest private-sector pan-India exams, ANTHE gives deserving students an opportunity to earn up to 100% scholarship and helps them take the first step in their endeavour to become doctors and IITians.

IITs and the IIMs: neither the best nor ideal

IITs and IIMs setup with the help of Americans in the 60s are not the best intuitions of learning that we can create. The elite that they are creating is much too imperfect and incapable of leading the society. Were the IITs and IIMs created for producing elite management cadres for the American market? Surely something is wrong, more so when, most IIT and IIM graduates are moving into marketing and not in the manufacturing sector for which they trained.

LIFESTYLE

Why is female breast so attractive?

The shape and size of the breast play an important role in how the society views women. This might be the reason why most women in their 40’s or 50’s opt for cosmetic or plastic surgery to reconstruct, enhance, trim or drastically reduce the size of their breasts.

Extramarital affairs in the workplace

Shared goals and the smallest spark between co-workers may end up in infidelity and extramarital affairs without even realizing it. Even otherwise there may be a multitude of factors working behind the scenes that push the two people towards a more intimate, adulterous relationship.

Are microwave radiations harmful?

An advantage of microwave cooking is that the energy heats only the food, not the whole oven compartment. In fact, foods cooked in a microwave oven retain most of their vitamins and minerals, because microwave ovens can cook more quickly and without adding water.

How to resolve conflicts in relationships?

Each conflict should be resolved with caution and thoughtfulness. To resolve any conflict, a person has to keep in mind the personality of those who are involved, benefits of the fight and the level of investment both have to maintain the relationship.

Formula for happy marriage

Don't marry until you know your partner well and have a number of shared experiences. The lesson to learn is - never get married expecting to be able to change your partner.

ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE

CRIME

‘Prostitution is not a criminal offence; seducing a person or running a brothel is’:...

There is no provision under the law which makes prostitution per se a criminal offence or punishes a person because she indulges in prostitution

Bihar DGP quits IPS to join politics

Gupteshwar Pandey’s political ambitions are hardly a surprise as he also applied for VRS to contest as a BJP nominee in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections but rejoined IPS nine months after his wish to contest elections did not fructify.

FBI is probing 1000s of cases of spying, espionage or IP thefts prompted by...

A number of Chinese nationals have penetrated the US government, corporate houses and campuses allegedly to steal intellectual property and trade secrets

Leopard in the bag – the lucrative trade of leopard skin and body parts

Illegitimate trading in wildlife is an illegal offence under the wildlife protection act and if convicted it can lead to imprisoned for up to 10 years. Illegitimate trading in wildlife is an illegal offence under the wildlife protection act and if convicted it can lead to imprisoned for up to 10 years. Possessing a wildlife item; even as a part of ancestral /family inheritance without a license is a crime.

Chinese scientist stole US secrets worth billions but paid for his ‘stupidity’

Call it a quirk of fate or otherwise-- his ‘stupid mistake’ cost him dearly and he was arrested for the crime, days before he was planning to fly out to China

TRAVEL

Top 12 most romantic honeymoon destinations in the World

Greece, Maldives, Thailand, Hawaii, Italy or South Africa-- selecting the ideal honeymoon destination -- is one of the most crucial decision that a newlywed couple has to take. From beautiful sun-kissed beaches to ski trips in snowcapped mountains, fairy-tale theme parks, jungle safaris and far-flung exotic locations -- several options have to be considered while selecting the most romantic, luxurious, hot and sexy destination in the world.

Indians are the highest spending globetrotters

Shopping is the main preoccupation for Indians abroad. Indians just love shopping. Nearly half the people from India travel only to for shopping overseas. Almost 73% buy branded duty-free goods. According to Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Indians spend over $5.52 billion while traveling abroad. Part of the reason behind it is that the credit cards issued by Indian banks are valid internationally.

World’s Best Hotel Brand

Oberoi Hotels & Resorts has been voted World's Best Hotel Brand. The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur has been voted the World's Best Hotel Overall.

Travel companies aren’t capitalizing on social media business opportunities

Travel companies that are not taking advantage of the business opportunities presented by digital platforms

Urban tourists going rural

"Rural tourism is one aspect of experiential tourism as it gives people a chance to do something on a holiday - be it farming, petting animals, eating fresh fruits and vegetables or just running around in farms and villages," Pinheiro said, adding that Grassroutes operates in three Maharashtra villages.

ENTERTAINMENT

TV: The New Guardian

It is estimated that 75 per cent of everything on TV, both programming and commercials, is created by approximately 100 large corporations whose only intention is to maximize their profits for their shareholders in whatever ways are legal.

From bullock carts to racing cars – India’s first exhibition on changing modes of...

Transportation and cinema go a long way back. India’s first comprehensive transport museum brings alive the history and evolution of transport in India through a rich and diverse collection of vehicles and associated memorabilia.

T-series launches devotional music album ‘Shankar’

The lyrics are by Ajay Alwar and the music is by Soumyajit Roy who along with Devendra are part of Alwar Boys. The music is by Soumyajit Roy while the dance on the video is filmed by Devendra and is a Devotional Trance.

ShemarooMe Box Office to foray into the OTT spectrum with “My Client’s Wife”

“My Client’s Wife” is just the beginning as ShemarooMe Box Office - over-the-top (OTT) video streaming App - has drawn up big plans to turn every home into a personal cinema and blaze the trail with many more interesting surprises

INDINEWS to be FC Goa club title Sponsor for ISL football 2020-21

Co-owned by Jaydev Mody, Akshay Tandon and Virat Kohli, FC Goa is a professional football club and the current Indian Super League (ISL) titleholder. Nicknamed Gaurs -- FC Goa has been one of the most consistent teams in the ISL - reaching 3 semi-finals and 2 finals in 6 seasons.

INTERVIEWS

REAL ESTATE

Nirmala Sitharaman

Budget 2021 expectations: ‘Industry Status’ for the Real Estate sector

With the Union Budget 2021-2022 round the corner everyone wants to know what Nirmala Sitharaman has to announce in her third consecutive Budget.

Pune’s real estate market – at the cusp of revival

Regardless of whether one is looking to buy a first or second home in Pune, the basic success fundamentals remain the same. One should go for locations which are close to primary workplace areas which have a good saturation of office complexes, if one can afford. Other important aspects to focus on are the availability of good social and civic infrastructure like schools, hospitals, shopping, etc., and presence of public transport.

How education influences Pune’s property market?

A lesser-known fact is that Pune's real estate market is a direct beneficiary of its highly developed educational environment. People in Pune are willing to invest considerably in their children's education, and this includes a willingness to pay more for a home located close to a good school or college.

Smart cities risk curtailing potential by prioritizing technology over people

smart city initiatives can succeed only if governments are open to experimentation and willing to invest time and resources in learning from missteps,

Cost of a flat should be fixed on completion

The best way to ensure the protection of Home Buyers is to abolish the practice of raising money before possession of a Project.

CORPORATE DOSSIER

Paytm Payments Bank has the best tech for UPI payments: NPCI report

Paytm Payments Bank continues to be India’s most successful payment bank and a comprehensive platform of funding sources. Besides 100 million UPI handles, there are 350 million wallets, 220 million saved cards and 60 million bank accounts on the platform.

Reliance announces speedy vehicle insurance claims

India is one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing auto insurance markets, relies largely on traditional ways to renew policies and process repair claims. Inspectors have to physically look over vehicles and assess damages. This leads to a delay in the inspection and keeps the vehicles and policyholders off-road for long.

Parliamentary Standing Committee recommends Franchise Protection Act for Automobile Dealers

Franchise laws will actually level the playing field between large automakers and local dealers. Currently, almost all auto dealerships are privately owned proprietorship or family-owned businesses.

Neuberg Diagnostics plans to expand its reach in North and East

India’s fourth-largest diagnostics lab Neuberg Diagnostics already has a presence in Delhi NCR and Chandigarh. Currently, it is conducting Covid-19 tests at its 10 ICMR approved labs in the country.

SBI General Insurance partners with IntrCity RailYatri to provide domestic travel insurance to bus...

SBI General Insurance, has partnered with IntrCity RailYatri to provide Domestic Travel Insurance to customers opting to travel through IntrCity RailYatri. This partnership will enable the domestic bus travellers to avail complimentary travel cover worth Rs. 5 Lacs along with the travel ticket.

PRODUCT LAUNCH

Milagrow is launching the world’s 1st Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

Milagrow, India’s No.1 service robots’ brand, has announced the launch of three new robots – Milagrow iMap Max, Milagrow iMap 10.0 and Milagrow Seagull which can be used for both commercial and domestic purposes.

Funskool introduces new range of toys made in India

Funskool has introduced 10 new products designed and manufactured in India -- understanding the needs of the Indian children. The core philosophy behind this effort is to entertain, encourage and educate Indian kids about basic topics like seasons and their surroundings.

New revolution in the plastics waste recycling technology

Michelin Group and the Canadian firm Pyrowave join forces to accelerate time-to-market for an innovative plastic waste recycling technology

Saurav Ganguly to be brand-ambassador of Livinguard’s safety gear

Livinguard technology has been proven to destroy 99.9% bacteria and viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, that causes COVID-19. Furthermore, they are reusable and washable up to 6 months, effectively replacing 210 single-use masks.

Virtual visiting cards: Google search introducing people cards

The people’s card could prove to be a blessing in disguise for millions of influencers, entrepreneurs, self-employed individuals, freelancers, or anyone who wants to be discovered