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traffic restricted on over 12 roads till 11.30 am for delhi half marathon

traffic restrictions will be in place for the airtel delhi half marathon (adhm) to be held on sunday.the restrictions have been put on over a dozen roads, including bhishma pitamah marg, rafi ahmed kidwai marg, lodhi road, mathura road, parliament street, subramaniam bharti marg, c-hexagon india gate, janpath rajpath and the windsor place.the participants of the half marathon will assemble at the jawaharlal nehru stadium.traffic will not be permitted on the route of the marathon from 6 am to 11.30 am. vehicles will also not be permitted towards the route from internal roads, said garima bhatnagar, joint commissioner of police (traffic).traffic will be diverted from 22 points, including madara...




bonn climate talks: developing nations fight the odds in show of solidarity

the bonn climate change summit concluded on saturday with bitter fights, intrigue and convoluted trade-offs between developing and developed countries dragging the negotiations well beyond the allotted two-weeks into the weekend. at the end, the best many developing countries could say of the negotiations was that, against odds, the window of opportunity had been kept open to implement paris climate change agreement effectively from 2020 onwards. the paris agreement is an agreement within the united nations framework convention on climate change dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020, under which the targets of developing countries post-2020 are linked to three conditio...




qualcomm set to win conditional japanese antitrust nod for nxp deal: source

us smartphone chipmaker qualcomm is set to win "imminent" japanese antitrust clearance for its $38 billion bid for nxp semiconductors and gain europe's approval by the end of the year with slight tweaks to its concessions, a person familiar with the matter said. winning the green light from both competition authorities would take qualcomm a major step forward to closing the deal and reinforce its fight against an unsolicited $103 billion takeover bid from broadcom. the japan fair trade commission (jftc) "is expected to clear qualcomm's acquisition of nxp imminently," the source said. "the european commission is expected to follow soon." the jftc did not respond to emailed requests for comments sent during out of office ...




padmavati row: bjp leader wants bhansali to be tried for treason

with all the controversies ensuing over the release of 'padmavati', it seems sanjay leela bhansali would not be able to take a sigh of relief anytime soon. arjun gupta, a member of the central board of film certification (cbfc) and a bharatiya janata party (bjp) leader, came out strongly against bhansali and said that the filmmaker should be tried for treason for making such movies. "i have written a letter to giriraj singh and asked him to take strict action against bhansali and he should be tried for treason," gupta told ani. gupta also noted that it has become a habit of bhansali to tamper the historical facts in his movies, citing the example of 'bajirao mastani'. he further added, "bhansali has taken a lot of pub...




26/11 mumbai attack mastermind's nephew among 6 militants killed in kashmir

six pakistani militants of the let, including the nephew of mumbai attack mastermind zaki-ur rehman lakhvi, were gunned down in north kashmir's bandipora district on saturday in an encounter in which an iaf garud commando was also killed, officials said.apart from lakhvi's nephew, two lashkar-e-taiba (let) commanders were also among the militants killed by the security forces, director general of jammu and kashmir police (dgp), s p vaid, said.security forces launched a search operation in chandergeer village in hajin area of the district after receiving specific intelligence input about the presence of militants in the area, a police official said.the search operation resulted in an encounter when the militants hiding there fired on ...




zimbabwe coup: mugabe's ruling party to discuss president's exit today

zimbabwean president robert mugabe's ruling zanu-pf party will meet on sunday to discuss removing him as president, a government mp and a party official told afp."there's a central committee meeting (on sunday) to endorse the resolutions reached by the provinces," said the mp.the parliamentarian, who declined to be named, referred to the decision by eight of the party's ten regional committees yesterday to call for mugabe to resign as president and party leader."yes we are meeting (sunday) to endorse the decisions of the nine provinces," said the party official who confirmed that a...




modi govt likely to acquire upa-ii's corruption tag, warns chidambaram

congress leader p chidambaram today warned that as the narendra modi government inched closer to the end of its term, it might also be assailed by the same degree of corruption allegations which drowned the upa ii. the former finance minister said the erstwhile congress- led upa 2 dispensation had acquired a reputation for "many many corrupt deeds" at the fag end of its tenure.he, however, said the same "odium" could be attached to the bjp government as well when it completed its term (in 2019) though he was not wishing it to "happen"."since the upa ii was the last government that completed its tenure, that odium attached to the government. wait for any government to complete its term of five years, the same odium will attach to that...




210 govt websites made aadhaar details like names, addresses public: uidai

more than 200 central and state government websites publicly displayed details such as names and addresses of some aadhaar beneficiaries, the unique identification authority of india has said.the aadhaar issuing body added, in response to an rti query, that it took note of the breach and got the data removed from those websites.it did not specify when the breach took place.it said aadhaar details have never been made public from or by uidai.also read: sc allows mamata govt's plea to amend petition on aadhaar"however, it was found that approximately 210 websites of central government, state government departments including educational institutes were displaying the list of beneficiaries along with their name, address, other details an...




trump calls hillary 'biggest loser', invites her to contest again in 2020

united states president donald trump on saturday, while attacking his former democratic presidential rival hillary clinton, has challenged her to run against him again in the 2020 us presidential election. "crooked hillary clinton is the worst (and biggest) loser of all time. she just can't stop, which is so good for the republican party. hillary, get on with your life and give it another try in three years!" trump said in a tweet. last month, the us pr...




nasa map shows how earth has changed in 20 yrs and impact of climate change

nasa scientists have compiled a captivating video that maps how the earth's surface has changed over a span of 20 years, using data from various satellites.in the northern hemisphere, ecosystems wake up in the spring and sprout new leaves, while a fleet of earth-observing satellites track the spread of the newly green vegetation.meanwhile, in the oceans, microscopic plants drift through the sunlit surface waters and bloom into billions of carbon dioxide-absorbing organisms, and light-detecting instruments on satellites map the swirls of their colour.satellites measured land and ocean life from space as early as the 1970s. however, it was not until the launch of the sea-viewing wide field-of-view sensor (seawifs) in 1997 that the space a...




demonetisation impact: 'card transactions soar 84% in sept to rs 74,090 cr'

debit and credit card transactions have jumped to rs 74,090 crore in september this year, up a hefty 84 per cent as compared to the same month last year when it stood at rs 40,130 crore, thanks to the government push for non-cash payments, says a study.the transaction volume at all points of sale (poses) clipped higher by 86 per cent to 378 million in september this year over the same period last year when it stood at 203 million, european payment solutions provider worldline said in a weekend report quoting the reserve bank data.in september 2016, the number stood at 203 million, it added."with demonetisation, people were pushed to use non-cash modes of payment for everyday expenses. even after the cash is back to the pre-demonetisati...




20 hc judges, experts brainstorm on areas of conflict, litigation under gst

with the goods and services tax in place, 20 judges from 12 high courts brainstormed with experts and top government officials on identifying grey areas in the new regime that may throw up litigations in coming days.top domain experts and officials from the gst intelligence and the central board of excise and customs (cbec) briefed judges about the new tax system recently, according to documents available in the public domain.the deliberations took place at a recent national judicial conference for high court judges on the gst regime organised by the bhopal-based national judicial academy.topics ranging from 'potential areas of conflict and litigation under gst' to 'comparative analysis of concepts: gst vis-a-vis central excise, servi...




mugabe era winds down as ruling party backs his ouster

robert mugabe’s 37-year grip on political power in zimbabwe is all but over. the ruling party’s 10 provincial co-coordinating committees resolved late friday to oust the 93-year-old president, a decision that’s set to be ratified by its central executive as early as this weekend. the nation’s parliament is due to reconvene on tuesday and could impeach him should he refuse to resign. mugabe should be “recalled as the party president and be allowed to retire and be given his status as an elder statesman,” the zimbabwe african national union-patriotic front’s provincial committees said in a statement. “the provinces urges the central committee as the supreme organ of the party to urgently meet and give effect to these...




apple puts off release of homepod speaker

apple is putting the brakes on the arrival this year of homepod, its much-ballyhooed rival to amazon’s echo smart speaker. on friday, the company said it would postpone the release of homepod to early 2018. apple introduced the speaker this year and was originally set to ship it next month, but the company said it was still working on the product. “we can’t wait for people to experience homepod, apple’s breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it’s ready for our customers,” apple said in a statement. the postponement deals a setback to apple in several ways. the company is alr...




japan urges tpp partners to sign pact before elections

nations working to salvage a mammoth pacific-rim trade pact that the us abandoned need to move forward before electoral politics get in the way, according to japan’s chief negotiator. “next year various countries have elections, there’ll be movements in governments,” economy minister toshimitsu motegi said friday in an interview in tokyo. “considering this, we ought to get it signed quickly before then.” while motegi didn’t cite any specific member countries of the trans-pacific partnership or provide a time frame, malaysia must hold an election by mid-2018 and mexico is set to go to the polls in july next year. yet not all countries are so keen to move fast, with canada in particular arguing for a quality agre...




world's biggest wealth manager says no to bitcoin

ubs group, the world’s largest wealth manager, isn’t prepared to make portfolio allocations to bitcoin because of a lack of government oversight, the bank’s chief investment officer said.bitcoin has also not reached the critical mass to be considered a viable currency to invest in, ubs’s mark haefele said in an interview. the total sum of all cryptocurrencies is “not even the size of some of the smaller currencies” that ubs would allocate to, he said.bitcoin has split investors over the viability of the volatile cryptocurrency and ubs is among its critics. bitcoin capped a resurgent week by climbing within a few dollars of a record $8,000 on friday. still, events such as a bitcoin-funded terrorist attack are potential ...




us rejects ford motor plea to delay recall of 3 million vehicles

the us national highway traffic safety administration said it was rejecting a petition by ford motor to delay recalling about 3 million vehicles with potentially defective air bag inflators to conduct additional testing. the agency said it did not find the request by the second largest us automaker “reasonable under the circumstances or supported by the testing and data it has collected to date”. takata inflators can explode with excessive force, unleashing metal shrapnel inside cars and trucks. at least 18 deaths and 180 injuries worldwide have been tied to the defect that led takata corp to file for bankruptcy protection in june and prompted at least 19 automakers to issue recalls.nhtsa also rejected a similar petition filed...




why are critics calling the $450 mn painting fake?

even before leonardo da vinci’s salvator mundi went to auction wednesday night at christie’s in new york, naysayers from around the art world were savaging its authenticity. various advisers were muttering darkly, both online and in the auction previews. a day before the sale, new york magazine’s jerry saltz wrote that though he’s “no art historian or any kind of expert in old masters,” just “one look at this painting tells me it’s no leonardo.” and that was before the painting obliterated every previous auction record, selling, with premium, for $450 million. shortly after the gavel came down, the new york times published a piece by the critic jason farago wherein — after also noting that he’s “not the m...




birdman producer plans to fund next hit with cryptocurrency

the next hollywood film you see might be financed with cryptocurrencies. christopher woodrow, who has helped produce or finance movies for the past decade, says the distributed-ledger technology known as blockchain is about to disrupt the film industry and he wants to be a part of it. the producer the oscar-winning film birdman, as well as black mass and hacksaw ridge, plans to launch his own blockchain-based token called moviecoin in the first quarter of 2018. funds raised in the sale, or initial coin offering, will go toward financing a portfolio of movies. investors will benefit as the tokens, which can be traded in the secondary market, would appreciate based on the success of the films, woodrow said. “we’re trying to re...




ecstatic zimbabweans celebrate expected mugabe downfall

tens of thousands of zimbabweans flooded the streets of harare on saturday, singing, dancing and hugging soldiers in an outpouring of elation at the expected fall of president robert mugabe, their leader of the last 37 years. in scenes reminiscent of the downfall of romanian dictator nicolae ceausescu in 1989, men, women and children ran alongside the armoured cars and troops that stepped in this week to oust the only ruler zimbabwe has known since independence in 1980. the 93-year-old mugabe has been under house arrest in his lavish ‘blue roof’ compound in harare, from where he has watched support from his zanu-pf party, security services and people evaporate in less than three days. emotions ran over on harare’s stre...