We expected Chanu to strike gold, but silver is like gold for us: Mirabai's family
It's raining stones, onions, jackfruit seeds on these Kerala houses
  • It's raining stones, onions, jackfruit seeds on these Kerala houses(15:56)

    Thiruvananthapuram, July 24 (IANS) A unexplained phenomenon is taking place at two homes in the hilly district of Idukki. For the past two weeks, at the two residences of a father and son duo of Suresh and Selvaraj, it's literally raining stones, onions and jackfruit seeds.

Everyone seeks a pie of Phoolan's legacy
  • Everyone seeks a pie of Phoolan's legacy(13:45)
    By Amita Verma

    Lucknow, July 24 (IANS) Twenty years after she died, former bandit queen and then MP, Phoolan Devi, is all set to make a �comeback in the next Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

Much improved, women's hockey team aims to impress
  • Much improved, women's hockey team aims to impress(17:04)

    Mumbai, July 23 (IANS) India was one of the six teams invited to participate when women's hockey made its Olympics debut in 1980 at Moscow. India finished fourth behind Zimbabwe, Czechoslovakia and Soviet Union.

Do you need IIT to understand: SC nixes plea against ban on firecrackers
  • Do you need IIT to understand: SC nixes plea against ban on firecrackers(15:56)

    New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a plea challenging the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order, which imposed a complete ban on the sale and use of firecrackers amid Covid-19 pandemic in Delhi-NCR and other cities, having poor air quality index (AQI).

Pegasus in Kashmir: More than 25 from valley were selected as potential targets
  • Pegasus in Kashmir: More than 25 from valley were selected as potential targets(15:18)

    New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) Besides Delhi-based Kashmiri journalists and a prominent civil society activist critical of official policy towards Jammu and Kashmir, more than 25 people from the Kashmir Valley were selected as potential targets of intrusive surveillance between 2017 and mid-2019 by an as yet unidentified government agency that is also believed to be a client of the Israeli company NSO Group, according to leaked records reviewed by The Wire.

Chinese President makes surprise visit to Tibet
Plea in SC seeks court-monitored SIT probe into Pegasus snooping scandal (Ld)
  • Plea in SC seeks court-monitored SIT probe into Pegasus snooping scandal (Ld)(15:00)

    New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) A plea has been moved in the Supreme Court seeking a court-monitored SIT probe into the Pegasus snooping scandal. The plea filed by advocate M.L. Sharma has claimed that the snooping scandal is an attack on the Indian democracy and the Supreme Court could force the government to come clean on the issue of the use of Pegasus in India or the existence of NSO contracts.

Taliban has gained strategic momentum: Top US Gen (Ld)
  • Taliban has gained strategic momentum: Top US Gen (Ld)(13:10)

    Washington/New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) The Taliban now controls a total of 212, or roughly half of Afghanistan's 419 district centres, a top US General said, adding that the insurgents appear to have gained "strategic momentum" since the withdrawal of American troops.

Olympics: 28 Indian athletes to participate in opening ceremony
  • Olympics: 28 Indian athletes to participate in opening ceremony(13:00)

    Tokyo, July 22 (IANS) Only 28 members, comprising six officials and 22 athletes, of the Indian contingent will participate in the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday after the organisers suggested restricting the number of athletes attending the curtain-raiser due to Covid-19 pandemic.

River Ganga in Tamil Nadu! DMK MP Wilson wonders
  • River Ganga in Tamil Nadu! DMK MP Wilson wonders(12:18)

    Chennai, July 21 (IANS) DMK's Rajya Sabha Member P. Wilson is wondering in which part of Tamil Nadu the river Ganga is flowing, as a part of corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds spent in the state mentions Clean Ganga Fund.

All-women Nirbhaya squad to catch eve-teasers in Jaipur
New faces to lead in 2022 UP elections
  • New faces to lead in 2022 UP elections(10:30)

    Lucknow, July 21 (IANS) With around six months left for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, it is a new generation of leaders that is preparing to lead the political campaign, paving the way for a new look politics in the state.

Witnesses killed, turn hostile data not maintained centrally: Govt
Sorry state of affairs, can't give in to religious pressure groups: SC to Kerala
  • Sorry state of affairs, can't give in to religious pressure groups: SC to Kerala(12:04)

    New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Tuesday pulled up the Kerala government for giving-in to the association of traders for relaxing Covid curbs for 'Bakrid' festivities. Directing the government to pay heed to the right to life of citizens, the top court asked it to follow its directions in the 'Kanwar Yatra' matter.

Scientists discover novel coronavirus in British bats
  • Scientists discover novel coronavirus in British bats(11:48)

    London, July 20 (IANS) A coronavirus related to the virus that causes Covid-19 in humans has been found in UK horseshoe bats. It is the first time that a sarbecovirus (SARS-related coronavirus) has been found in a horseshoe bat and the first to be discovered in the UK.

Amazon shuts down Pegasus-owner NSO Group's infrastructure
  • Amazon shuts down Pegasus-owner NSO Group's infrastructure(11:14)

    San Francisco, July 20 (IANS) After the massive Pegasus spyware controversy, Amazon Web Services (AWS), which is the Cloud arm of Amazon, has shut down infrastructure and accounts linked to the Israeli surveillance company NSO Group.

Delta variant 40-60% more transmissible than Alpha variant: Govt panel chief N.K. Arora
'Pakistan, ISI behind Taliban capturing Afghan districts' (IANS Interview)
  • 'Pakistan, ISI behind Taliban capturing Afghan districts' (IANS Interview)(13:02)
    By Arun Lakshman

    Abdulla Haiwad is President of the Afghan Governors Assembly which is a prominent Kabul-based body of 66 past and present Governors of the country. Haiwad was Governor of the Ghor province in Afghanistan. He is currently under treatment at Alanya, Turkey, following a Covid-19 attack and yet was willing to respond to questions furnished by IANS.

Maken's retweet backing Sidhu triggers speculation about Pilot
  • Maken's retweet backing Sidhu triggers speculation about Pilot(11:46)

    Jaipur, July 19 (IANS) Amid the ongoing tussle between Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his former deputy, Sachin Pilot, one retweet by the Rajasthan in-charge of the Congress, Ajay Maken, has left the Gehlot camp shocked and surprised.

Pegasus Project: Big Tech, Big Daddy axis spurs big fears
  • Pegasus Project: Big Tech, Big Daddy axis spurs big fears(07:28)
    By Nikhila Natarajan

    New York, July 19 (IANS) A bombshell report Sunday on military-grade Pegasus spyware from Israeli firm NSO used by governments around the world to snoop on a longlist of more than 50,000 people in 50 countries has injected a fresh round of ammunition into the raging debate over digital surveillance - especially when governments lean on private companies hacking muscle.

Grand Ayatollah warns Iran not to trust the Taliban
How current snooping rules are different from 2009 order (IANS Analysis)
  • How current snooping rules are different from 2009 order (IANS Analysis)(18:58)
    By Rajnish Singh

    New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) The NDA-II government's December 20, 2018 decision to give powers to 10 central agencies to snoop on "any" computer they want, had created widespread furore - for it had some key differences from the order issued by the then UPA government in 2009.

Another blast from colonial past in 'Queen of Hills'
  • Another blast from colonial past in 'Queen of Hills'(08:16)
    By Vishal Gulati

    Shimla, July 18 (IANS) A blast from the colonial past will soon greet visitors to Shimla, the erstwhile summer capital of British India. The government is reconstructing Bantony, the 129-year-old sprawling estate comprising grand structures near Scandal Point on the famous Ridge, in its original rich Gothic-style architecture with an outlay of Rs 25 crore.

White collar syndicate identifying targets for terrorists busted in J&K