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Train with 25 lakh litres of water reaches parched Chennai

Jolarpettai, Jul 12: Indian authorities on Thursday filled tanks with water and loaded them onto a train in Tamil Nadu to supply its manufacturing capital Chennai where reservoirs have run dry.

The train number WAG 5 HA 23907 which had left Jolarpet with 50 wagons of water at 7:30 am reached Villivakkam near Chennai on Friday.

Technicians in...

Aadhaar can be used for cash transactions beyond Rs 50,000 in place of PAN

New Delhi, Jul 7: India’s national biometric ID Aadhaar can now be quoted for cash transactions of more than Rs 50,000 and all other purposes where traditionally income tax PAN number was a must, according to a top official. Banks and other institutions will make backend upgrades to allow acceptance of Aadhaar in all places where quoting PAN is now...

Egyptian relic to be auctioned in London despite protests

London, Jul 5: A brown quartzite head of young king Tutankhamen was due to be auctioned in London with an estimate of more than $5 million on Thursday, in the face of Egyptian demands for its return.

The more than 3,000-year-old sculpture, on display at Christie’s London auction house, shows the boy king taking the form of the ancient...

Supreme Court issues notice to Centre on plea over cattle law

New Delhi, Jul 3: The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the central government on a plea challenging validity of certain provisions amended in the Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals Act which deprives a person from ownership of cattle during the pendency of trial.

The earlier provision prescribed that the custody of an animal can be taken only...

Facebook will ban ads that tell people in US not to vote

Washington, Jul 1: Facebook Inc will ban ads that discourage people from voting ahead of the 2020 US presidential election, according to its second annual Civil Rights Audit published on Sunday.

Facebook pledged to put its new “don’t vote” policy prohibition into effect in the fall, before the 2019 US elections on Nov. 5, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg...

Twitter to put notice on political leaders’ outrageous tweets

Twitter has decided to go hard on political figures like US President Donald Trump who frequently violates its policies, saying it will put out a notice for tweets from accounts belonging to political figures, verified users, and accounts with more than 100,000 followers if they violate its rules.

The notice -- a screen you have to click or tap...

Google Maps to now predict crowd situation on buses, trains

Adding to the plethora of new features that Google has been introducing to Maps, the search-engine giant would now predict transit crowdedness of buses and trains for passengers.

The new feature has already been made available in around 200 cities around the globe, The Verge reported on Thursday.

The search-engine giant is basing these details on past rides...

A drying Yamuna could endanger Taj Mahal

Agra, Jun 25: The inordinate delay in granting permission for construction of a barrage on the Yamuna in Agra, about one-and-a half km from the Taj Mahal, could end up endangering the monument of love.

According to experts, the Taj Mahal is built on massive wooden slippers that have shrunk over the years because of the decrease in the...

Woman falls asleep in Air Canada flight, wakes up alone in pitch dark

Montreal, Jun 24: A woman boarded an Air Canada flight earlier this month, fell asleep after takeoff and woke up alone in a dark, parked plane, apparently forgotten about by ground staff.

Tiffani Adams's story was posted by a friend on Air Canada's Facebook page, drawing incredulous reactions from readers and a request for details from the airline....

Amazon invests Rs 450 cr in India payments unit

American retail giant Amazon has infused Rs 450 crore into its payments unit in India - Amazon Pay, according to regulatory documents.

Amazon Pay (India) has allotted 45 crore shares of Rs 10 each aggregating to Rs 450 crore to Amazon Corporate Holdings and Amazon.com.incs Ltd, documents filed with Corporate Affairs Ministry showed.

The documents, sourced by business...