Higher education institutions to award degrees for online courses

Higher Educational Institutions (HEI) can now offer certificate, diploma and degree programmes in full-fledged online mode, along with, as has been the norm, those offered in the regular mode, sunject to certain conditions, the government announced on Thursday. These regulations will be made applicable from the academic session 2018-19. The rule came into being after …

India, Netherlands agree to boost trade, cooperate across multiple sectors (Roundup)

India and The Netherlands on Thursday agreed to boost bilateral trade and investment and strengthen cooperation across multiple sectors, including agriculture and food processing, water management and science and technology, following a bilateral summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte. Jointly addressing the media with Rutte after attending an India-Netherlands …

Atletico Madrid sign Hernandez from Villarreal

Atletico Madrid have signed a five-year contract with Villarreal’s Spanish midfielder Rodrigo Hernandez, both La Liga sides said on Thursday. Atletico Madrid reached an agreement with Villarreal months ago to sign Hernandez, reports EFE news agency. “Our club has reached an agreement with Villarreal over the transfer of Rodri. The midfielder will be an Atletico …

Centre to invite objections from public on Delhi Master Plan: SC

The Supreme Court on Thursday denied the Centre’s plea seeking modification of its earlier order in which the government was asked to invite suggestions for 15 days from the public before amending the Master Plan of Delhi-2021, saying authorities must appreciate that the “people of Delhi come first”. A bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur …

Modi accepting fitness challenge invokes attack by rivals on poll promises (Lead)

The fitness challenge by Minister of Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore on Twitter turned political after Prime Minister Narendra Modi accepted the gauntlet thrown by cricketer Virat Kohli, with the opposition parties daring him to reduce the spiralling prices. Soon after Rathore appealed to the people to get fit and fitter and posted photos and …

Two more states, five UTs to roll out intra-state e-way bill

The central government on Thursday said that two more states — Maharashtra and Manipur — along with five Union Territories will roll out the intra-state e-way bills from Friday. The Union Territories are Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, and Lakshadweep. According to a Finance Ministry statement, with the …

Worried about high cholesterol levels? Avoid foods full of trans fats

Fat is an important part of any balanced diet but the type of fat you eat matters the most particularly when it comes to cholesterol level so make sure you are avoiding the ones that is causing health problems. Manoj Acharya, Food Consultant at Zappfresh and Mehar Rajput, Nutritionist and Dietician at Fitpass tells us …

Qualcomm’s ‘Snapdragon 710’ to improve mid-range Android phone performance

With its newest “Snapdragon 710” mobile processor, US-based chipmaker Qualcomm is planning to improve the Artificial Intelligence (AI)-performance of mid-range Android phones along with refined voice-based user interfaces, photography and biometrics features. “‘Snapdragon 710’ phones will also be the first Qualcomm chips to support playback of 4K HDR video outside of the company’s flagship offerings,” …

Facebook unveils three-pronged strategy to fight fake news

To stop false news from spreading on its platform, Facebook has said it put in place a three-pronged strategy that constitutes removing accounts and content that violate its policies, reducing distribution of inauthentic content and informing people by giving them more context on the posts they see. Another part of its strategy in some countries …

‘Premium high street brands making way in overcrowded Indian Luxury market’

India is one of the world’s most energetic, diverse and testing markets for brands who want to set sights in the country. However there is a minimalist revolution trend where consumers are moving towards simpler products, says Greece born Eliana Koulas. She also says that because of overcrowded Indian luxury market, premium high street brands …

Pakistan supports SCO’s anti-terrorism efforts: Tehmina Janjua

Pakistan fully supports anti-terrorism efforts by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and will be working with regional countries under the SCO framework to effectively eliminate this menace from the region, a top Pakistani diplomat said on Wednesday. Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua told a conference of the legal anti-terrorism experts from SCO countries here that …

Mobiistar debuts in India with budget smartphones (Lead, correcting headline)

Vietnam-based smartphone maker Mobiistar on Wednesday debuted in the Indian smartphone market with “XQ Dual” and “CQ” priced at Rs 7,999 and Rs 4,999 respectively. “XQ Dual” that comes with a 5.5-inch IPS and full HD screen resolution with 2.5D screen sports 13MP and 8MP dual selfie camera and 13MP rear camera. The “CQ” smartphone …

Facebook wants users to give nude photos to stop revenge porn

It may sound audacious to some but Facebook thinks that sharing with a trained employee of the company the intimate images that you fear might go viral in the social networking platforms can help it stop their spread, thereby protecting your privacy. The social networking giant on Tuesday said it was testing a reporting tool …

Mobiistar debutes in India with budget smartphones

Vietnam-based smartphone maker Mobiistar on Wednesday debuted in the Indian smartphone market with “XQ Dual” and “CQ” priced at Rs 7,999 and Rs 4,999, respectively. “XQ Dual” that comes with a 5.5-inch IPS and full HD screen resolution with 2.5D screen sports 13MP and 8MP dual selfie camera and 13MP rear camera. The “CQ” smartphone …

GDPR law will herald a new era in consumer trust: Microsoft India (Lead)

With the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR coming into effect on Friday, Microsoft India has said that the law will herald a new era in consumer trust. Microsoft India President Anant Maheshwari on Wednesday said the company vows to extend the core rights guaranteed under the new regulations to all of …

ViewSonic projector with dual Harman Kardon speakers now in India

Global electronics company ViewSonic Corporation on Wednesday announced it has started shipping “M1” ultra-portable LED projector with built-in dual Harman Kardon speakers in India. Priced at Rs 49,000, the lightweight LED “M1” projector delivers convenient home entertainment from room-to-room or multimedia content for users on-the-go. “With ‘M1’ ultra-portable projector, ViewSonic is showcasing its range of …

Microsoft to extend GDPR privacy rights to customers worldwide

As the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation — better known as GDPR — officially takes effect on May 25, Microsoft has announced it will extend the core rights guaranteed under the new regulations to all of its customers worldwide. GDPR empowers people to control their personal information, setting a strong standard for privacy and …

Macro lessons for Indian energy infrastructure (Column: Behind Infra Lines)

Higher oil prices, the consequent inflationary pressures and a weaker rupee have dominated recent news headlines. While short-term measures to deal with these macro-economic trends are essential, it is also necessary to look at the long-term structural changes required to bring about stability in the Indian economy and reduce exposure to the vagaries of macro-economic …