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    Harvard, MIT file lawsuit against US immigration authorities over new rule for foreign students

    Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have sued the Department of Homeland Security and the federal immigration agency over new guidelines barring foreign students from remaining in America if their universities switched to online-only classes in the Fall. A report in The Harvard Crimson said the two preeminent...

    • 12 hrs ago
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    London river service to become Uber Boat under new deal

    A London riverboat service used by commuters and visitors will be rebranded Uber Boat by Thames Clippers later this summer as part of a deal with the ride-hailing app. Thames Clippers operates a service that runs through the city and includes stops along the river at Canary Wharf in the east, the London Eye in the centre of town and Battersea Power Station in the west. Piers and boats will...

    • 12 hrs ago
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    Centre to provide free food grains under PMGKAY for another 5 months

    The central government has decided to extend the Pradhan Mantri Garib Anna Yojana (PMGKAY), under which free foodgrains and pulses are distributed to 81 crores PDS beneficiaries, for five months till November. The scheme was initially rolled out for three months till June to ensure no poor goes hungry during the COVID-19 crisis. Under the scheme, five kg of wheat or rice and one...

    • 13 hrs ago
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    CBI takes over Tamil Nadu custodial deaths probe, registers 2 cases

    The brutal deaths of 58-year-old Jayaraj and his 31-year-old son Bennix while they were in police custody in Thoothukudi will now be probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation. The two were allegedly brutalised by Sathankulam police for keeping their mobile store open for a few minutes after the permitted time during the COVID-19 lockdown. Officials from CBI told PTI that a...

    • 14 hrs ago
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    Using shadows to generate energy

    You may have heard of how electricity can be generated using light. But scientists in Singapore have developed a new method that uses shadows also to create power. The shadow-effect energy generator (SEG) being developed by the National University of Singapore has the potential to harness power like solar cells, but without needing open spaces with uninterrupted light. This method of power generation driven...

    • 15 hrs ago
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    Shocked and confused: Indian students react to US decision on foreign students' visa

    The tension in the air, on both ends of the video call, is palpable. Pranathi Krishna Sangani, a 23-year-old pursuing her Masters in Washington D.C has just finished a conversation with her parents. She has managed to assure them that things are under control, but both sides know that this is far from true. "It's unfair and disappointing," says...

    • 16 hrs ago
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    Skullcandy launches four new truly wireless earbuds

    Lifestyle audio brand Skullcandy has launched its latest series of turly wireless earbuds to cash in on the trend started by Apple AirPods. Push Ultra, Indy Evo, Indy Fuel and Sesh Evo, the latest in line from Skullcandy, pack features like high-quality audio, extended battery life and Tile™ finding technology. Commenting on the India launch, Amlan Bhattacharjya, CEO, Brand Eyes, Official...

    • 18 hrs ago
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    COVID-19 update: India's caseload climbs to 7,42,417

    The number of COVID-19 cases in India reached 7,42,417, with 22,752 fresh cases in a day. The death toll has climbed to 20,642 with 482 people succumbing to the disease, according to the Union Health Ministry data. While there are 2,64,944 active cases of coronavirus infection presently in the country, the number of recoveries stands at 4,56,830, the updated data at 8 am showed. "Thus,...

    • 19 hrs ago
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    Amar Dubey, aide of Gangster Vikas Dubey, killed in police encounter

    The Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) on Wednesday killed an aide of gangster Vikas Dubey who was involved in an ambush in Kanpur last week in which eight policemen died, a senior officer said. He is the third member of Vikas Dubey's gang to be killed in an encounter with the police. Amar Dubey, who carried a reward of Rs 25,000, was killed in an encounter in Maudaha...

    • 20 hrs ago
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    COVID-19: Improve mechanism to address mental health issues, centre tells states

    The central government has urged the state governments to make mental health services including advocacy and awareness campaigns part of their response to COVID-19 and strengthen mechanisms to spread awareness about rising psychosocial concerns among people during the pandemic. In a letter to Chief Secretaries and the administrators of all states and UTs, Union...

    • 21 hrs ago