In January 2017, India's coal imports declined by 22 percent to 14 million tonnes because of lukewarm demand from power generating stations. Coal India Limited, which accounts for 80 percent of domestic coal production, has posted its worst ever financial results for H1-FY17 as revenues declined even as expenses rose. At the same time, plant load factor (PLF) of thermal power stations continues to be near all-time lows of under 60 percent.Google, Microsoft agree to crackdown on piracy sites
For the first time, global tech giants Google and Microsoft have agreed to tighten up their search engines as part of a crackdown on piracy sites illegally streaming events and films. Google and Bing, Microsoft's search engine, have signed up to a voluntary code of practice and will ensure offending websites are demoted in their search results. The entertainment industry reached the agreement with the tech giants after talks brokered by the UK government. The initiative will run in parallel with existing anti-piracy measures. Mobility of professionals key to boost India-UK ties
Mobility of Indian professionals would be key to boost India-UK ties in a post-Brexit scenario, according to the country's top envoy here. "For us, mobility is key for our services sector. There has to be a system where our professionals can come to the UK and return. They contribute immensely to both the Indian and British economies," Indian High Commissioner Yashvardhan K Sinha said while speaking at the launch of the India@70 programme at India House in London yesterday. The programme has been organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the University of East Anglia to explore a "new diplomacy" between India and the UK in the 70th year of India's independence. "We have come a long way since 1947. It is time for us to re-craft our relationships with the wider world and the UK will be a good place to start," said Sinha.Nadella discusses rural digital programme with IT Minister
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella today met IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and discussed the company's rural digital initiatives and leveraging LinkedIn for creating employment opportunities. "Microsoft is doing good work in India. In particular, we have appreciated their initiative for digital inclusion in village, the Harisal pilot project in Maharashtra where they brought in technology and connectivity for digital health and digital education...," Prasad said after the 30-minute meeting. "This is something I am considering for replication in our larger vision for Digi Gaon initiative," he added.By Knowledge desk
"Fine particulate [PM2.5] air pollution is one of the key public health concerns in developing countries including China, but the epidemiological evidence about its health effects is scarce," says senior study author Maigeng Zhou, PhD, deputy director of the National Center for Chronic and Non-communicable Disease Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Mortality was significantly higher among people aged 75 and older, and among people with lower levels of education. The association between PM2.5 levels and mortality was stronger in cities with higher average annual temperatures.Spotlight on cancer drug
A drug first designed to prevent cancer cells from multiplying has a second effect: it switches immune cells that turn down the body's attack on tumours back into the kind that amplify it. This is the finding of a study led by researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center and published recently in Cancer Immunology Research.
According to experiments in mice, macrophages — immune cells that home in on tumours — take in the drug nab-paclitaxel (brand name Abraxane). Once inside these cells, say the study authors, the drug changes them so that they signal for an aggressive anti-tumour immune response.What is the Thor experiment?
Inspired by the hammer-wielding character, Thor, from Norse mythology and the Marvel comics universe, the eponymous experiment aims to investigate electrical activity from thunderstorms. Between 10 and 100 kilometres in the atmosphere, the interaction between charged particles produces a variety of dazzling electric phenomena from blue jets to red sprites.
The Thor experiment will look at them with a thundercloud imaging system from the vantage point of the International Space Station. The key aims of the study include understanding how these discharges influence water vapour levels, cloud formation, and eventually changes in climate.Can the Ambassador be India's answer to VW Beetle & BMW Mini?
A quick scan through the global automotive history will reveal that only a few car brands survived over three decades. Take the case of BMW Mini, Volkswagen Beetle and Fiat 500 — not only have these brands been in the market for decades, but they also transformed from mass market to iconic, expensive and aspirational brands. Back in India, no other local automotive brand, with the exception of the Bajaj Chetak, evokes as strong, and near-patriotic sentiment as does the Ambassador from Hindustan Motors.By Knowledge desk
Serena Williams created history when she beat sister Venus to clinch the 2017 Australian Open women's singles title on Saturday. The 6-4, 6-4 win at the Rod Laver Arena helped the younger Williams sister to go past Steffi Graf's Open-era record of 22 Major titles and also reclaimed the World No.1 ranking. With 23 Grand Slam titles in the bag, Serena is now just one behind Margaret Court's all-time mark of 24. The two Williams sisters have now faced each other nine-times in Grand Slam finals with Serena holding a 7-2 edge after her latest victory.How Jio, Free Calls AndMukeshAmbani Could Change India's Telecom Forever
Executives atop India's mobile-phone industry foresee a consolidation that could knock Bharti Airtel Ltd. out of first place in the $26 billion market. The catalyst: free calls and industry debt that has ratcheted up to more than double revenue. WhatsApp for Android Could Soon Let You Recall, Edit Messages After Sending Them
WhatsApp was rumored to be testing a new feature on its iPhone beta version that allowed users to revoke or edit messages you have already sent to other contacts. It seems the feature is being tested on the Android beta app as well - though regular users cannot access it right now.Nokia MIKA Digital Assistant Launched to Aid Telecom Operators
Just earlier this month, Nokia Android phones were tipped to get their personal digital assistant named 'Viki', but now Nokia has now launched its MIKA (acronym for Multi-purpose Intuitive Knowledge Assistant) digital assistant, which is unexpectedly different from what Viki was tipped to be. The company says that the digital assistant essentially helps telecom operators by providing them with critical information faster.By Knowledge desk
At least 39 people were killed and 54 injured after the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express derailed in Andhra Pradesh's Vizianagaram district, officials said today. The incident took place around 11:30 pm when the train was going from Jagdalpur (Chhattisgarh) to Odisha capital Bhubaneswar. Rescuers battled to pull survivors from the wreckage of the train crash, an official said. The government officials as well as emergency workers worked through the night in a bid to locate survivors, a senior railway official said. Thirteen of the train's 22 coaches were unaffected in the incident. Rail traffic on the coast line has been suspended.Blame Costly Wars, Not China, For Slow US Economy, Says Alibaba's Jack Ma
Ruling out the much-talked about US-China trade war under the Trump presidency, founder of China's e-commerce giant Alibaba Jack Ma said the poor plight of American economy was due to the costly wars waged by Washington and has nothing to do with trade ties with Beijing. China and the US will not start a trade war as President Donald Trump is an open-minded person who needs more time, Alibaba's Jack Ma said.Indian Trains To Travel At 200 Kmph With Russia's Help
Russian Railways is helping India's national transporter increase the speed of its passenger trains up to 200 km per hour.Russian Railways is at present collaborating with Indian Railways on a 575-km stretch between Nagpur and Secunderabad and submitted a preliminary report last week.To reach the desired speed limit, Russian Railways has proposed several technical and technological solutions, including reconstruction of railway alignment as well as treating the earth bed where there are speed restrictions.Since Indian Railways doesn't have coaches that can move with a speed of 200 km per hour, a new type of passenger cars needs to be approved as well.Infosys Invests Over $62 Million In Start-Ups
Infosys has invested a little over $62 million from its $500 million innovation fund in start-ups covering areas like IoT, automation and drones.The fund was set up in 2013 with a corpus of $100 million for start-ups and other innovative businesses outside the company. The size of the fund was expanded to $500 million in January, 2015.By Knowledge desk
Stephanie del Valle of Puerto Rico was crowned Miss World 2016 on Sunday, edging out runners-up from the Dominican Republic and Indonesia. Ms Del Valle, 19, is a brown-eyed brunette student who speaks Spanish, English and French, and hopes to get into the entertainment industry.2) GST Rollout May Be Pushed To July, Industry Needs Time: Experts
With "turf issue" over tax payer jurisdiction continuing to clog GST Council deliberations, the Goods and Services Tax rollout could be delayed by a quarter to July 1 as industry would require time to prepare itself, experts said. The Council, chaired by Finance Minister ArunJaitley, in its six meetings so far has taken unanimous decisions on 10 issues while three more -- dual control, list of items in tax bracket and model CGST and IGST laws -- are still pending.3) 'A Christmas Gift To Remember': PM On Reward Schemes For Digital Transactions
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has described as a "Christmas gift to remember" two schemes launched by the NITI Aayog on Thursday to promote cashless transactions, the "Lucky GrahakYojana" and "Digi DhanVyaparYojana". In a series of tweets, PM Modi said the schemes "will further incentivize digital payments" and would be a big boost in the move towards "cashless and corruption-free India".4) Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Users in India Receiving December Security Update
Samsung's Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are receiving December security updates. The update is being rolled out in India as well. The size of the update varies depending upon your current version and it brings the Android December security update as well as other stability improvements and bug fixes.5) Oil prices rise in anticipation of tighter 2017 market
Oil prices inched up on Monday in anticipation of tighter crude supply going into 2017 following the decision by OPEC and other producers to cut output to prop up prices. Brent crude futures, the international benchmark for oil prices, were trading at $55.64 per barrel at 0218 GMT, up 43 cents, or 0.8 percent, from their last close.By Knowledge desk
Sweden, which sources almost half its electricity from renewables, was one of the first countries to implement a heavy tax on fossil fuels in 1991. Country uses renewable energy to heat homes. Sweden is importing garbage from countries like the UK. Sweden forced to import rubbish to keep recycling plants running2) Here's Why You Should Not Eat Food Wrapped In A Newspaper
Wrapping food items in newspaper is bad for your health as its ink has multiple bioactive materials with known negative health effects, FSSAI said on Friday. Pathogenic microorganisms in used newspapers pose risk to health. Dissuade street vendors from wrapping food in newspaper says the Health Minister.3) Yuvraj Singh In India's Dream Test XI; No ViratKohli, Sourav Ganguly
Yuvraj Singh has found a place in India's Dream Test team, voted by cricket fans. Yuvraj Singh, whose limited overs career outweighs his Test credentials, had edged out India's current Test skipper ViratKohli and the hugely successful Sourav Ganguly. On the occasion of India's 500th Test match -- Kohli's team beat New Zealand by 197 runs in Kanpur's Green Park - the Indian cricket Board (BCCI) had wanted fans to vote their best Test team, online. Kanpur Test hero off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is in the Dream XI. On Monday, the Dream Team was revealed on social media. There are just two players from the Eighties - Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev.4) Cyclone Vardah Update: Navy On Alert, Schools Closed As Storm Nears Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh
Cyclonic storm 'Vardah' will make landfall between north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh on Monday prompting rescue and armed forces, including the Navy, to sound an alert. Tamil Nadu has announced a holiday for schools and colleges in Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur, and parts of Villupuram. Cyclone Vardah, which was 330 km east of Chennai on Sunday evening, is likely to make landfall near Pulicat, around 60 km away from the Tamil Nadu capital with wind speeds of around 80 to 100 km an hour. Chennai is likely to receive very heavy rainfall up to 20 cm.5) The Polar Vortex Is Coming. Here's What That Means - And How Cold It Could Get for countries in the North.
Winter's first polar vortex blast, already taking shape in the Arctic this weekend, targets the Lower 48'F next week. By Tuesday, temperatures below zero will plunge south into the northern plains and Midwest of USA. Over the course of a few days, the cold air will blast across the country to the Northeast of USA.By Knowledge desk
Jayalalithaa, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has a cardiac arrest on the evening of the 5th of December. She has been visiting a hospital in Chennai since September. She is under surveillance under special team of cardiologists.2) Fallen Smartphone Brand Nokia Challenges Apple, Samsung Again
Nokia smartphones are poised for a comeback after former managers at the Finnish company licensed the handset brand from Microsoft and struck up partnerships with Google and phone manufacturer Foxconn.3) RBI To Issue New Rs 20/50 Notes, Old Bills To Continue
The Reserve Bank on Sunday said it will issue new currency notes of Rs 20 and Rs 50 denominations with numerals in ascending size in the number panels and without intaglio printing. The old notes of Rs 20 and Rs 50 will remain legal tender.4) iPhone 8 Dreaming in Full swing
Apple's latest iPhone was barely out of the gate when rumors began percolating about the company's next new phone. Although the iPhone 7 garnered mostly tepid reviews when it was released this summer, initial inventories sold out quickly, and the company had to scramble to meet demand.5) Fact-Checking Social Content
So, Facebook really does have a problem with fake news outlets sending their content through its pipes. Fake news is to Facebook what a Trojan horse is to your computer. It takes over part of your productive capacity to do things you don't approve of.One thing that is true is that it's not our responsibility to fix this mess. That's for Facebook and all the other social networks to address.By Knowledge desk
Here's 5 top trending news.1) PM Modi claims that the Nation Will Come Out Victorious Post-Demonetization
PM Modi claims that he had requested 50 Days from the nation and within 10 days 5,000 crores of rupees has already been deposited into banks. Claiming that he didn't take the decision to trouble anyone, but, for the good of them. He would be pumping this money soon into the economy.2) We can work towards 'Make in India & Make with India', says Israeli President Reuven Rivlin
Rivlin arrived on 14th November for an 8 Day trip to India. India & Israel could work more towards 'Make in India & Make with India' together, which can bring "magic to the world", Rivlin said The President further said he fell in love with the word 'jugaad' when he visited India, also said that Israeli companies are bringing their experience and technology to this partnership.3) The mystery of the Bermuda Triangle Solved
Scientists might have solved the mystery of Bermuda Triangle located between Miami, Puerto Rico and the island of Bermuda. Scientists say hexagonal clouds forming above the Bermuda Triangle create air bombs with winds of 273 kph. The air bombs are capable of bringing down planes and ships.4) 3rd ODI :India vs New Zealand: Kohli Makes History
India (289/3) beat New Zealand (285) by 7 wickets, take 2-1 lead in five-match series. Kohli 154*, Dhoni 80, Pandey 28*, Henry 2/52. ViratKohli emulated Sachin Tendulkar's record of 14 hundreds in successful run chases in the history of ODI cricket.5) Mystery sphere spotted zooming past sun by NASA satellites - sparking conspiracy theories over UFOs
UFO hunters perked up when NASA satellites appeared to capture a huge unidentified object during its mission to observe the Sun.
The images were re-posted from NASA by Facebook user Pamela Johnson, who said she believed the images showed a craft from a group called the Blue Spheres.By Knowledge desk