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3770 crore Surfaces in Government's Black Money Drive

New Delhi: Around Rs. 3770 crore has been declared as untaxed or black money in a three-month window that ended on Wednesday, the government has said.

Google unveils Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P smartphones

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Man killed due to beef rumors!!!

A 50-year-old man has been killed in a mob lynching allegedly over rumors that his family had been storing and consuming beef at home.
Mohammad Akhlaq was kicked and beaten with stones by a group of men in Dadri in Uttar Pradesh state on Monday night. Akhlaq's 22-year-old son was also seriously injured in the attack, and has been admitted to a hospital.
The men were still being beaten when the police arrived. Six young men were arrested from the spot. The police say they were all drunk and picked up stones to beat Ikhlaq. Uttar Pradesh is among a number of states who have tightened laws banning cow slaughter and the sale and consumption of beef. The beef ban has also provoked outrage with many questioning how the government decides what is on their plate.
His 18-year-old daughter Sajida told that a "group of more than 100 people from the village" reached the house on Monday night. They accused us of keeping cow meat, broke down our doors and started beating my father and br…

Snowden joins Twitter !!!

"Can you hear me now?" This was the first tweet from Edward Snowden which quickly gathered thousands of followers. And guess who he is following, just one user - His old company the US National Security Agency (NSA).
He is believed to be living in Russia since June 2013, as he leaked details about the U.S. government’s massive surveillance programs in May 2013.
In his second tweet - a reply to US astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson - Mr Snowden joked: "Now we've got water on Mars! Do you think they check passports at the border? Asking for a friend."
And in another tweet he said: "Hero, traitor - I'm just a citizen with a voice."

The @Snowden account was verified by Twitter and within nine hours of joining, Mr Snowden had accumulated more than 710,000 followers. In his Twitter profile, Snowden described himself by saying, “I used to work for the government. Now I work for the public.”

Protest in PoK - Leaves Pakistan redfaced !!!

In a massive revelation yesterday, CNN-IBN had aired footage exposing human rights violations in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir including Muzaffarabad, Gilgit and Kotli. It is being reported that youths refusing to join the cause of jihad are routinely picked up by the ISI and tortured. Protestors said on camera that the Pakistani establishment had no right to use force on them and some went on to add that India is better!
Pakistani establishment’s use of brutal force in order to quell the rebellion can be seen clearly in the footage and proves that Islamabad’s claims against New Delhi’s alleged attempts to suppress people living in the valley are nothing but hollow.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Jitender Singh, who represent Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur in the Lok Sabha, pointed that residents of Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir have been suppressed and tortured by Islamabad since 1947. "There has been a simmering discontent among people from PoK for a long time. It is becaus…

Nexus 5X and 6P

While we are still waiting for Google to announce as to when it will start selling its new Nexus smartphones - the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P - in India, the company has revealed prices of the new phones for the Indian market.
As per Google’s online store - the LG-made Nexus 5 (16 GB) will be priced in India at Rs 31,900, while the Huawei-made Nexus 6P (32 GB) will carry a price tag of Rs 39,999. In all likelihood, these prices are for the base models and currently we have no information on prices of other models. The new phones are currently listed as "coming soon" for Indian users.
The new Nexus phones are the first phones to come running Android 6.0 Marshmallow - Google's latest Android operating system - which allows for fingerprint sensors for unlocking and other features including Android Pay.
The Google-Huawei Nexus 6P is the first all-metal-body Nexus phone. The phone features a 5.7-inch display, USB Type-C port for fast charging, a 64-bit processor, and a 12.3 mega…

Bengal's Cabinet Meetings files 1937 - 48 - Declassified !!

After the declassification of Netaji files, the Bengal government is making public, the files of the cabinet meetings that were held during 1943-47, which was the crucial pre-independence era.  The minutes could throw light on whether the Congress-ruled state government of the day were tracking Netaji's whereabouts. The declassified files on Netaji has already revealed that various arms of the state administration were snooping on members of Netaji's family after his mysterious disappearance.
Regretting the fact that Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s contribution had not been assessed properly, Mamata Banerjee advised that taking the example of the state government, the centre government should also declassify the files it has on Netaji. 

The declassification of these files will help out historians, researchers and the general public to be aware on one greatest mysteries of India and map out the course of events which would have occured. Hopefully the Central govt will follow suit a…

P. Sivakami’s novel has incidents that a Dalit officer may face in her career

The story of Neela, a fictional IAS officer, may find resonance among civil servants, especially Dalits, who feel they are under undue pressure.

At a time when the State is concerned about the plight of officers such as DSP Vishupriya, whose recent suicide is suspected to be under pressure from various quarters , Unmaikku Munnum Pinnum , a work of fiction, seeks to unmask the attitude of the administration towards Dalit officers.

However, Neela, the protagonist in former IAS officer P. Sivakami’s novel, shows steely determination in the face of humiliation, discrimination and agonising moments.

Ms. Sivakami, who took voluntary retirement some years ago to take the plunge into politics, seems to contend that such problems are faced more by Dalits, as other employees are protected by their caste status.

The novel also gives insights into the functioning of civil servants and how IAS and IPS officers tend to identify themselves with one party or other to reap personal benefits.

Indian Hackers Launch Counter Attack

KOCHI: Within hours of Pakistani hackers attacking the official website of Kerala Government on Sunday, ‘cyber warriors’ on this side of the border launched a counter attack and hacked nearly 250 ‘enemy websites’ triggering a full-fledged cyber war.

Indian hackers started the couter attack, ‘#OpPak’, in response to the defacing of, and broke into more than 200 Pakistan websites, including Pak President’s official website; Sate Development Organisation; and The twitter handle of Indian Hacking News called the operation a ‘massive payback’, and claimed that the ‘desi’ hackers would bring Pak cyberspace to a standstill.

Indian hackers seem to have launched a concerted counter attack, in response to a call for revenge. “If the government can’t do it, we would do it. We are here to defend India, non-profit. They hacked our government site, and we knocked Pakistan offline,” claimed a message from ‘Hell Shield Hackers’.


Mark Zuckerberg changes profile photo to support Digital India initiative, Modi thanks him

Ahead of the townhall with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, CEO Mark Zuckerberg changed his profile photo on Facebook to show his support for Digital India initiative, and it is going viral.
Pitching his pet Digital India initiative with the titans of the IT world, Prime Minister Modi on Sunday promised to make governance more accountable and transparent while assuring data privacy and security.
Speaking before a gathering of Silicon Valley CEOs, Modi announced plans to create more public WiFi spots including at 500 railway stations across India and an aggressive expansion of the National Optical Fibre Network to take broadband to 600,000 villages.
"As our economy and our lives get more wired, we are also giving the highest importance to data privacy and security, intellectual property rights and cyber security," he said at a dinner interaction attended among others by Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayan, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Qualcomm executive chairman Paul Ja…

Chennai Customs Website Hacked!

Chennai Customs Website Hacked! – A senior Custom officer said the site provided general information to the public. “Some years ago the Delhi Airport Customs’ site was hacked and defaced,” he added. The official said that an internal probe was currently on.

The official portal of Chennai Customs Commissionerate ( has been hacked by an anonymous person/Group from Pakistan. Following this, the website is now unable to access.

According to information available and published on a Pakistan-based portal, a Pakistani hacker/Group named Faisal 1337 hacked and defaced the official website of Chennai Customs and displayed a warning “Hacked Pak Cyber Attackers”.  Besides, the hacker also put the slogan “Pakistan Zindabad” on the main page of the site, which is viewed by hundreds of people linked to exim trade from the region everyday.

The site’s cached image (checkout google cached web page of chennai customs here)shows the Indian flag in flames  and messages: “We are…

Subramanian Swamy calls Jawahar Lal Nehru 'third class pass', proposes to rename JNU after Netaji

New Delhi: Known for speaking his mind, BJP's firebrand leader Subramanian Swamy on Friday stoked fresh controversy when he called India's first prime minister Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru a 'third class pass'.Talking to media, Swamy said, “We have recommended to rename JNU after Subash Chandra Bose as he was a highly educated personality and Nehru was just third class pass.”

According to some reports, HRD Ministry is believed to have offered the post of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) vice

Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez named the first-ever global advocate for girls & women at United Nations Foundation

Don't be fooled by the rocks that she's got—Jennifer Lopez, longtime actress, singer, and dancer (and our favorite wearer of tight pants), has been named the United Nations Foundation's first Global Advocate for Girls and Women, a success far greater than any of her Golden Globe nominations or MTV Music Award wins.

While she's by no means a newbie to the world of philanthropy (in 2010, J.Lo and her sister Lynda started the Lopez Family Foundation, a non-profit that works to improve the health and well-being of both women and children), after years of partnering with the UN Foundation, Lopez has finally been given an official title. In her new role, she is expected to bring awareness to gender inequality and empower girls and women around the world. Up first? Bringing awareness to one of the organizations' newest joint initiatives with the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA), a program that uses cell phones as a means of delivering important health informatio…

Prince Sourav Ganguly is the new king of Cricket Association of Bengal

Four days after Jagmohan Dalmiya’s demise, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced that former India captain Sourav Ganguly will succeed him as president of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB). 

 For decades, Dalmiya has been hailed as a fighter, the proverbial comeback man of Indian cricket,a go-getter with a sharp business acumen who sought to market the game to a wider audience. Guess, who among the current and present crop of cricketers has similar traits.

It is dada, who with his never say die attitude built up a team from scratch which was scarred by the match-fixing scandal. Ganguly repeatedly fought back proving his critics and detractors like Greg Chappel wrong.

PM Modi Signs Flag to be Gifted to President Obama, Stirs Debate

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday signed an Indian flag to be gifted to US President Barack Obama.

The signed flag was to be handed over to President Obama by celebrity chef Vikas Khanna, who prepared the menu for PM Modi's dinner with over 40 top executives of America last night. But the flag was later taken away by officials.

A controversy has erupted over whether the flag code had been violated. Many journalists suggested that it was a non-story, but online, there has been a lot of criticism even though it is not a trending story on twitter.

Vikas Khanna, a four-time Michelin-starred chef, presented an exotic dinner spread on Thursday evening that included sandalwood saffron sherbet, paneer ravioli, saffron sheermal and mango-ginger soup.

PM Modi is scheduled to meet President Obama on Monday after his visit to the Silicon Valley. This is his second official visit to the US.

I was abducted by cop-like people: Hardik

Patidar reservation stir leader Hardik Patel, who made Gujarat high court work past midnight after two of his associates filed a habeas corpus petition late on Tuesday night, will appear before the court on Thursday morning.

PM Modi seeks Ireland's support for India's bid in UNSC, calls his visit historic

Dublin: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday sought Ireland's support for India's membership of UN Security council and international export control regimes including NSG during wide ranging talks with his Irish counterpart which also covered global challenges like terror and radicalisation.

During his nearly five-hour stopover en-route to the US, Modi, who is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Ireland in 59 years, held talks with his Irish counterpart Enda Kenny after which he hoped that Ireland's visa policy will be sensitive to the requirements of India's IT firms.

Gmail introduces new features!!!

To keep users from giving up on from their webmail for good, Gmail has made a strong effort to filter out spam and help users keep only the mail they want to see in their inbox. Now Gmail is going to provide even more control. Users will soon have the option to block users they never want to receive messages from again. Future messages will go straight to the spam folder, as though you had created a filter with their name on it. And you have the option to undo this action in Settings. The feature has gone live on the web yesterday, and it will roll out to the Android app over the next week.
Another feature making its way to the app, but already live on the web is that the users can easily unsubscribe from mailing lists. Just tap the option in the menu to have these removed from future annoyances.

Runners up - Angry Indian Goddess at Toronto Film Festival !!!

Angry Indian Goddesses are smiling. After bagging the Runners up award at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) directed by Pan Nalin. The story is about a group of Indian girls in Goa gone wild. Of the seven girls in the film, Sandhya Mridul and Rajshri Deshpande, who were present in the audience, shouted with joy at the announcement of the award for the film. Toronto film festival CEO Piers Handling said tongue-in-cheek that he hopped“Angry Indian Goddesses”as the audience clapped for the Indian film. TIFF, the biggest film festival in North America, is traditionally considered to be the start of the awards season, and the People’s Choice Awards have frequently predicted Oscar winners and nominees. Recent TIFF winners that have gone on to win Oscars include 12 Years a Slave, The King’s Speech and Slumdog Millionaire. The story is a about a planned wedding – although the bride won’t say who she’s getting married to – brings together seven women at a house in Goa, whe…

Controversial Draft National Encryption policy could be withdrawn !!!

Day after the controversial Draft National Encryption Policy proposed by the government could be withdrawn, say sources. The proposed policy that was seen as draconian in nature was met with widespread protests from Indian Internet users and experts. The policy says it aims to encourage use of encryption and intends to put regulations in place for the purpose. However, a reading of some of its provisions reveals a different face.
According to the original version of the draft policy, users of services that use encryption to secure communication, such as WhatsApp and other instant messaging services, could have been required to store all their communication for as long as 90 days and make them available to law enforcement agencies when legally asked to.It was also supposed to be saved in a specific format which defeats the purpose of encryption. Not many people were aware that WhatsApp or Google hangouts were using encryption to secure their messaging services in the first place.