BJP alleges ruling MLAs assaulted Delhi bureaucrat, AAP denies

A war of words erupted on Tuesday between the AAP and the BJP over an alleged assault on Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash by Aam Aadmi party legislators in the presence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vijender Gupta, who is also the Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly, alleged Kejriwal …

Fergie apologises for national anthem performance

After receiving a backlash over her national anthem performance at the NBA All-Star Game, singer Fergie has issued a formal apology. “I’ve always been honoured and proud to perform the national anthem and last night (Sunday) I wanted to try something special for the NBA. I’m a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn’t …

Lazio emerge from bad patch with 2-0 win over Hellas Verona

Lazio defeated relegation-bound Hellas Verona 2-0 to end a three-match losing streak and vault over Inter Milan into fourth place in the Serie A football championship. The protagonist for Simone Inzaghi-coached Lazio was centre-forward Ciro Immobile, who scored a brace in the 55th and 60th minutes on Monday, reports Efe. Despite the obvious superiority of …

Moody’s places PNB’s ratings under review for downgrade

Moody’s Investors Service on Tuesday placed under review for downgrade Punjab National Bank’s (PNB) local and foreign currency deposit rating of Baa3/P-3 and foreign currency issuer rating Baa3, an official statement said here. It said “likely financial impact of the fraudulent transactions is the key driver for the review for downgrade.” At the same time, …

Genome sequencing to help prevent inbreeding among tigers

Scientists are sequencing the genome of Ranthambore’s tigers, the most isolated feline and one that, it is feared, could be wiped out due to possible inbreeding. Scientists at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru, and the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun, are also sequencing the genome of the tigers of Sundarbans to …

Equity indices trade higher; metals, IT stocks gain (Lead)

Key Indian equity indices on Tuesday traded on a higher note during the mid-afternoon session — amid volatility — with healthy buying in metals, consumer durables, IT and banking stocks. Around 12.35 p.m., the wider Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) edged higher by 30.45 points or 0.29 per cent to trade at 10,408.85 …

Oxfam bosses to be questioned over sex scandal

Senior Oxfam executives will appear before British MPs on Tuesday amid criticism over the way the charity handled claims of sexual misconduct by its staff in Haiti. The MPs from the International Development Committee will question the charity’s chief Mark Goldring and chair of trustees Caroline Thomson, about safeguarding policies, reports the BBC. Representatives from …

Crucial days ahead for CPI-M in Kerala (New Analysis)

The coming days are going to be crucial for the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) in general — and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and state Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan in particular — with the state party conference scheduled to be held in Thrissur from February 22 to 25. The CPI-M’s current leadership may have successfully silenced …

Fitch places PNB on ‘Rating Watch Negative’, may downgrade

Fitch Ratings has placed Punjab National Bank’s (PNB) Viability Rating of ‘bb’ on Rating Watch Negative (RWN), following the $1.8 billion fraud detected in the bank, an official statement said here on Tuesday. Fitch clarified that it would resolve the Rating Watch once more clarity emerges on the extent of control failures and the impact …

I always look beyond the frame: Cinematographer Sudeep Chatterjee

National Award winning cinematographer, whose talent has added value to Hindi films like “Chak De! India”, “Dhoom 3”, “Bajirao Mastani”, “Kaabil” and the latest “Padmaavat”, says as a visual storyteller, he always tries to look beyond the frame to capture the larger sight of the story. Whether it is the angry hockey coach Kabir Khan, …

Digital economy cannot be forced on people: Former minister Pallam Raju (IANS Interview)

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has “twisted” some of the things in the digital revolution, such as “forcing digital transactions” on people and insisting on linking Aadhaar with everything, says M.M. Pallam Raju, a minister in the earlier Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. He contends that the genesis of India’s electronics and information …

SC to hear actress Priya’s plea seeking quashing of FIR

The Supreme Court will hear on Wednesday a plea by Malayalam actress Priya Warrier seeking quashing of a spate of complaints and an FIR registered against her and another for allegedly hurting the sentiments of a minority community. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud agreed on Tuesday …

US-S.Korea military drills to begin after Winter Olympics

The South Korean Defence Ministry on Tuesday said that it will carry out its annual military drills with the US once the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. This is the first time that Seoul has spoken about the drills following the historic visit of a North Korean delegation headed by Kim Yo-jong, sister of Kim Jong-un, representing …

Microsoft ends push notifications for Windows 7, 8 Phones

Microsoft has announced that it is ending support for all push notifications for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0 devices starting from Tuesday. “Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0 have reached their end of support dates and thus services for these versions of Windows will be discontinued over time,” the company wrote in …

Google discloses security flaw in Microsoft Edge

Google has made public the details of a medium-level security flaw in Microsoft Edge browser whose patch is still not produced. The vulnerability was first discovered in November 2017, by the search giant’s Project Zero. According to Engadget, taking advantage of the flaw, hackers could bypass Microsoft Edge’s existing security measures to inject malicious code …

Politics not my cup of tea: Malayalam filmmaker Balachandra Menon

Politics is a field best suited for “great people with extraordinary skills and human qualities”, says veteran Malayalam filmmaker Balachandra Menon, even as southern film industry bigwigs Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan take the political plunge. “Politics is not my cup of tea. I was invited in 1984 by Congress leader and former Chief Minister K. …

Khalistan issue has derailed focus of Trudeau’s visit: Herb Dhaliwal (IANS Interview)

Canadas first Cabinet minister of Indian origin, Herb Dhaliwal, says the focus of the on-going visit of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to India has been derailed by the Khalistan issue. “It is very unfortunate that the media in India has overblown this Khalistan issue. This has shifted the focus away from trade — which is …

Bringing the flavour of van Gogh to grunge Kolkata (Book Review)

Book: On the Road to Tarascon; Author: Arnab Nandy; Publisher: Niyogi Books; Pages: 204; Price: Rs 350 What do Dutch post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh and India’s grand old city, Kolkata, share in common’ The answer lies in the leap of imagination that author Arnab Nandy has shown in his just over 200-page novel. “On …