India likely to have conditioning camp at NCA ahead of South Africa tour

The Indian cricket team will have a conditioning camp at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru ahead of the South Africa tour in January, a top BCCI official said here.

"Before the South Africa tour, we may have the Indian cricket team have a conditioning camp at the NCA," a top BCCI official told reporters on condition of anonymity on the sidelines of the India-Sr

Prime Minister seeks ideas for Mann Ki Baat on November 26

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday urged people to share their ideas for his November's Mann Ki Baat.

"What are your ideas for this month's Mann Ki Baat, which will be held on Sunday, 26th November? Share them with me on the Narendra Modi Mobile App. 

"Dial 1800-11-7800 and record a message for Mann Ki Baat. You can also write on the MyGov open f

Sonali, Naseeruddin Shah bond over Marathi cinema

Actress Sonali Kulkarni and veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah, who will share screen space in the upcoming film "Hope Aur Hum", says they bonded over Marathi cinema.

Sonali, who is also a fan of Naseeruddin and his work, said in a statement: "It was an honour to work with Naseer Sir. He is an amazing and brilliant actor. We talk a lot about regional cinema. We discuss how

Billion Capture+: Long battery, AI-enabled personal experience

Giving birth to a new trend, e-tailer Flipkart has launched its very own smartphone, the "Billion Capture+" that houses artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities courtesy Smartron, the domestic IoT brand.

The 5.5-inch Flipkart device comes in two variants: The Rs 10,999 model with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage and the Rs 12,999 handset with 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM.

Twitter testing `Tweetstorm` feature for Android, iOS

Twitter is reportedly working on a feature that will allow the Twitterati to easily create chains of individual tweets that exceed Twitter's 280-character limit for messages.

"Back in September, a developer discovered a hidden feature in Android's Twitter app that would allow you to type out several tweets and queue them to send one by one, making it easier to launch

Madras HC upholds 2-year jail to Natarajan, three others

The Madras High Court on Friday confirmed the two-year jail term awarded to M. Natarajan, husband of jailed AIADMK leader V.K. Sasikala, for evasion of customs duty on the import of a luxury car.

The court also confirmed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Court 2010 ruling of two-year jail for three others in the case.

In 1994, Natarajan imported a n

Mahesh Bhatt inspired me to play Neela: Sayantani Ghosh

Actress Sayantani Ghosh, who plays a step-mother in Mahesh Bhatt's "Naamkarann", says the filmmaker convinced her to take up the role.

"I remember that initially I was very doubtful to take up this character. Later Bhatt saheb inspired me. He actually told me that if he can't do justice to Neela, he will fail in his life. These were his words, he actually r

Shuttler Sindhu crashes out of China Open

Star Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu crashed out of the China Open World Superseries Premier here on Friday losing her quarter-finals match to China's Gao Fangjie.

lost her quarter-final match to crash out of the China Open World Superseries Premier here on Friday.

The second seed Hyderabadi shuttler was outplayed by Gao 11-21, 10-21 in a one-sided affair which lasted 37 min

Watch film before objecting: Richa Chadha on`Padmavati` controversy

Actress Richa Chadha has asked those who are protesting against the release of Sanjay Leele Bhansali's "Padmavati" to first watch the film. She says that no religion is that weak that a movie can break it.

Richa, who was present at the song launch of "Fukrey Returns", shared her thoughts on "Padmavati" controversy stating her faith will not be sh

Saina, Prannoy bow out of China open

Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and H.S. Prannoy bowed out of the World Superseries Premier going down to their respective opponents here on Thursday.

In a match which lasted 37 minutes, Japan's Akane Yamaguchi defeated Saina in straight games 21-18, 21-11 to advance in the women's singles category while Lee Cheuk Yiu overpowered Prannoy 21-19, 21-17 in 42 minutes in the me

Prime Minister greets media fraternity on National Press Day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today greeted the media fraternity on the occasion of 'National Press Day' and said a free press is the "cornerstone" of a vibrant democracy and his government is fully committed to upholding its freedom, reported PTI. "A free press is the cornerstone of a vibrant democracy. We are fully committed to upholding freedom of press and expression i

Gionee India unveils bezel-less `M7 Power` at Rs 16,999

With the aim to strengthen its position in the Indian smartphone market, Chinese player Gionee India on Wednesday launched "M7 Power" for Rs 16,999 that comes with edge-to-edge display and a unique 3D photo feature.

The device with 13MP rear camera, 8MP front camera and a massive 5000mAh battery will be available across retail stores from November 25.


President to visit Assam, Arunachal, Manipur

President Ram Nath Kovind will embark on a four-day visit to the north-eastern states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur from November 19.

This will be Kovind's first visit to the northeast after becoming the President, an official statement said.

While the President will participate in the valedictory function of the completion of Vivekananda Kendra at It

Akshay perfect person to play `Padman`: Sonam Kapoor

Actress Sonam Kapoor says Akshay Kumar is the perfect person to play the lead role in "Padman".

Sonam shared a still from the film, where she and Akshay can be seen taking a rickshaw ride. It's her first look from the movie, and she sports a bespectacled avatar.

"Such a pleasure working with the indomitable Akshay Kumar. He was the perfect person

Will ask for rest when I feel the need: Virat Kohli

 India skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday said that when he feels he needs rest, he will ask for it.

Reports were circulating that Kohli has asked the Indian selectors for rest after the second Test against Sri Lanka and for the succeeding One-Day International (ODI) series.

Chief National Selector M.S.K. Prasad, though, refuted all rumours later saying that Koh

Optiemus launches BlackBerry KEYone in Sri Lanka

Leading Indian telecom enterprise Optiemus Infracom on Wednesday announced its entry in the Sri Lankan market with the launch of the "BlackBerry KEYone" Limited Edition Black smartphone.

The phone is priced at 99,900 Sri Lankan rupees ($649).

After launching the device in India, Optiemus has partnered with Softlogic, Sri Lanka's renowned business cong

Fossil fuels pushing earth closer to tipping points, scientists warn

Global emissions from fossil fuels and industry are pushing the earth closer to a tipping points, scientists have warned. They say there is noticeable climate change and i's still about to get much worse with a future of severe flooding, heat waves and droughts.


Emissions need to peak soon and approach zero by 2050 and there is a mechanism to transition to a low c

Can`t wait for `Padmavati` to release: Deepika Padukone

 Actress Deepika Padukone says that she can't wait for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's directorial "Padmavati" to release.

She graced the Van Heusen and GQ Fashion Nights here in Mumbai and during the media interaction, the actress said: "I will only say that the love we all are getting, whether it is for posters or trailer or song. I think we all are very excited

Over 210 killed by earthquake in Iran-Iraq border region

An earthquake hit the Iran-Iraq border, killing more than 210 people and injuring 860 in the mountainous region of Iran alone, state media there said. The Baghdad government did not immediately give word on damage or casualties in that country. The 7.3-magnitude quake was centered 31 kilometres outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja yesterday, according to the most recent measurements from t

Spice V801: Value for money device but camera needs improvement

Chinese communications firm Transsion Holdings earlier this year announced an agreement with domestic handset manufacturer Spice Mobility to re-launch the Spice brand in India.

To compete in the ever-growing Indian smartphone market, Spice has now introduced a new handset, the "V801", in the budget category.

Priced at Rs 7,999, the high point of Spice V801 is its f

Delhi`s toxic air may turn international tourists away: Assocham

The alarming level of pollution in Delhi-NCR may hit tourism in the region as November and December are the peak months for foreign travellers to visit India and majority of them opt for the Golden Triangle tourist circuit -- Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, Assocham said on Friday. The industry chamber interacted with 350 tour operators and based its findings on their feedback. "International tour

Samsung quietly launches `Exynos 9810` chipset

 Scotching rumours about a new processor before the launch of its Galaxy S9 next year, Samsung has quietly introduced its latest 'Exynos 9810' chipset.

"The Exynos 9 Series 9810 is Samsung's latest flagship processor, with 3rd-generation custom CPU cores, upgraded GPU, and gigabit LTE modem with industry-first 6CA support, the company wrote in a blog post late on

ISL: FC Pune City initiates home match tickets sale

FC Pune City initiated the ticket sales for its home matches in the Indian Super League (ISL) season 4 at the Balewadi Stadium here.

The tickets for the match day can be booked from home stadium along with online and offline platforms from Friday.

Balewadi Stadium here will have a ticket sales office on match day. The price ranges from Rs. 200 to 12,000.

The ticket

Politicians aren`t bigger than the nation, says Javed Akhtar

Veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar, an active social commentator, on Saturday said those who call others "anti-national" need to digest the fact that they and their political parties are not bigger than the nation itself, and rued that Muslims are "considered non-Indian".

At the Sahitya Aaj Tak conclave here, Akhtar spoke on "anti-nationalism" as he fee

Modi gives pep talk to ministers

Apparently worried about his government's image, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a pep talk with his council of ministers, telling them to spread the good word about the government's policies and initiatives at the ground level.

At a meeting of his Council of Ministers on Friday night, Modi asked his colleagues to work hard and ensure that the change in the lives of the peopl