FIFA U-17: Countdown begins for WC Final

The countdown for the final match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 begins on Friday with the City of Joy gearing up to stage the marque clash exactly 6 months from now, said the PTI report. The two finalists of the tournament will take the pitch at city's iconic Vivekananda Yuva Bhartiya Krirangan to decide the new world champion exactly 6 months from now on October 28.

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Facebook launches Messenger Lite in 132 more countries

Facebook Messenger Lite, a stand-alone version of Messenger for Android for markets with slower than average internet speeds is now available in over 132 countries including Vietnam, Nigeria, Peru, Turkey, Germany, Japan and the Netherlands.

Messenger Lite was rolled out in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Venezuela last October.

“For Facebook, which has in mont

IPL: Gujarat beat RCB by seven wickets

Gujarat Lions dominated with both bat and ball to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by seven wickets in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Thursday evening.

Aaron Finch and Gujarat skipper Suresh Raina played a crucial role with 92-run stand.

This is the sixth defeat for RCB this season. They now have a mere five points from ni

Petty corruption on decline, finds study

Even as around one-third of the households in India experienced corruption at least once in the last one year, yet the level of petty corruption is on a decline, a new study has found.

According to Centre for Media Studies' (CMS) "Indian Corruption Study", released on Thursday by NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy, around 31 per cent households experienced corruption in avai

Honor 8 Lite' may hit Indian market on May 10

Chinese smartphone-maker Huawei, under its Honor brand, is rumoured to launch "Honor 8 Lite" for the Indian consumers on May 10 which may also be available at retail stores.

Industry sources told IANS that the new phone will come in premium form factor in 64GB and 4GB storage variant. The device is expected to come in blue and black colours.

The move is significant

Veteran actor-politician Vinod Khanna dies at 70

Veteran actor and Member of Parliament Vinod Khanna died of cancer at a hospital in Mumbai on Thursday morning. The 70-years old Bollywood heartthrob best known for his roles in films such as Amar Akbar Anthony, Qurbaani and Insaaf, as per the PTI report.

“He passed away at 11.20 AM. It's a sad moment for us.. We request you all (media) for privacy,” the actor's br

Now make bus, train reservations on Google Trips

Google Trips, an app for iOS and Android that makes it easier to plan and organise trips, now allows users to make bus and train reservations.

“Previously, it only handled flight, hotel, car and restaurant reservations but now, if users are travelling by train or bus, Trips will organise those reservations for them,” technology website engadget.com reported on Thursday.

Harika plays out hard fought draw vs Mustafa at Reykjavik Open chess

Indian Grand Master Harika Dronavalli eked out a hard fought draw against the higher-rated Mustafa Yilmaz of Turkey in round eight of the Rejkjavik Open chess tournament at the Herpa Concert Hall here.

Harika, who had a glorious opportunity to break into the top five in the points table could not breach the Turkish Grand Master’s defence and with time running out both the player

Qualcomm, Smartron sign 3G/4G patent licence agreement

US chip manufacturer Qualcomm and home-grown technology firm Smartron on Monday signed a 3G and 4G patent licence agreement under which Smartron now has a royalty-bearing patent licence to develop, manufacture and sell WCDMA, CDMA2000, and 4G/LTE complete devices.

“Qualcomm is passionate about innovation and is committed to help enable Prime Minister Modi’s ‘Make in

Haven`t played myself onscreen, but would love to: Huma Qureshi

She has portrayed various characters onscreen in films like “Gangs of Wasseypur”, “Ek Thi Daayan”, “Dedh Ishqiya” and “Jolly LLB 2”, but actress Huma Qureshi says she is waiting for a film where the character she plays “resembles” her.

“There are times, when actors do resemble the characters they portray onscreen, but I

Virat Kohli pulls up RCB batsmen for reckless show

A dejected Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli on Sunday admonished his batsmen after collapsing to a 82-run defeat against the Kolkata Knight Riders here, saying such performance from the famed batting line up was “unacceptable”.

Calling it the RCB’s “worst batting performance”, Kohli said that “it really hurts”.

The vis

IPL-10: Gujarat look to consolidate vs Punjab

Motivated by the morale-boosting four-wicket win against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their last Indian Premier League (IPL) match, Gujarat Lions will be aiming to keep the momentum going when they face Kings XI Punjab at home on Sunday.

The Lions rode on skipper Suresh Raina's brilliant 46-ball-84 at the Eden Gardens on Friday to their second victory of the season while Kings X

US teenagers love Instagram, Snapchat more than Facebook

It is not Facebook itself but its popular app Instagram — and its closest rival Snapchat — have become the most popular social media platforms among the teenagers in the US, a new survey has found.

The survey by Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research at University of Chicago found that 76 per cent of American teenagers in the age group 13-17 use Instagram

Praying to God shouldn’t disturb others: Javed Akhtar

Veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar says that worshipping God and praying to him is good, but it should not disturb others.

Akhtar, who was awarded the “best poet, lyricist and scriptwriter” in Bollywood at the Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Awards 2017 here on Friday night, was asked about singer Sonu Nigam’s comments demanding a ban on loudspeakers during azaan.

Hopefully we can continue our winning streak, says Rohit Sharma

On a roll after registering their fifth win on the trot, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma said Thursday’s 8-wicket win against Kings XI Punjab, will give the team the kind of momentum they needed heading into the business end of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017.

“So hopefully we can continue our winning streak. The good thing we’ve done is focussing on one par

Google Home now supports multiple users

Google Home, a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant for home automation now has the ability for up to six people to connect their account to one speaker and can recognise who is talking to it.

When you connect your account on a Google Home, Google asks you to say the phrases “Ok Google” and “Hey Google” two times each.

Those phrases

`Baahubali 2...` team off to Dubai to promote film

The cast and crew of “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion ” including actors Prabhas, Rana Daggubatti and Anushka Shetty along with director S.S. Rajamouli will be descending upon Dubai to unveil the film in a promotional event on April 25 at Roxy Cinemas, City Walk.

The occasion will be hosted at City Walk by the film’s Middle East distribution partners Phars Film, Al Nisr

Sunil Mittal meets Guterres, discusses SDGs

 International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal met UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to discuss the role of world business to promote Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

It was their first meeting since the decision to grant ICC Observer Status at the UN General Assembly in December 2016.

During the meeting, Mittal mentioned about ICC's

Apple iPhone 8 may have fingerprint reader at back

A new diagram of iPhone 8 suggests that Apple may move the fingerprint reader to the back of the phone and the camera modules also appear to have changed.

"Apart from relocating the fingerprint reader, Apple may also add a dual-camera module that sits vertically on the back of the phone," CNBC.com reported on Thursday. 

The change in camera modules might add s

Akshay Kumar launches book on 'Veerappan'

 Actor Akshay Kumar, says he was honoured to launch a book written by IPS officer K. Vijay Kumar on executed bandit Veerappan.

Akshay on Wednesday took to Twitter to share a photograph of himself along with Vijay Kumar. 

"Honoured to be a part of the book launch of the man whom I consider a legend, K. Vijay Kumar Veerappan Chasing The Brigand - a must read!&qu

Good performance will automatically improve ranking: P.V.Sindhu

 India's star shuttler P.V. Sindhu is focusing on coming championships and aims to give her best to achieve her ultimate goal -- becoming World No. 1.

After winning the Indian Open Superseries early this month, she was almost there, with a career-best ranking of World No. 2.

The 2016 Olympic silver medallist, however, slipped to fifth place last week following a fir

Snapchat embraces AR with New World lenses

As Facebook goes after Snapchat with slowly adopting Snapchat features into its bouquet of apps, the popular image messaging app has rolled out New World lenses as part of its augmented reality (AR) drive.

"While Snapping with the rear-facing camera, simply tap the camera screen to find new Lenses that can paint the world around you with new 3D experiences," Snapchat said in

The UniverseBoss is still here and alive, says Chris Gayle

After powering Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to a morale-boosting 21-run win over Gujarat Lions, self-proclaimed "UniverseBoss" Chris Gayle on Tuesday warned the other Indian Premier League (IPL) teams that "he is back".

The Jamaican returned to form with a flashy 38-ball 77, laced with seven massive sixes to help RCB reach 213/2 before leg-spinner Yuzvendra Ch

Folk music of the northeast has greatly influenced me: Singer Adnan Sami

 England-born singer-composer Adnan Sami, who was granted Indian citizenship more than a year ago, says he has been greatly influenced by the folk music of the northeast and by maestros like Sachin Dev Burman

"Northeastern folk music influenced me from a very young age. Sachin Dev Burman is one of the inspirational musicians in Indian film music. The way he fused folk music

The Mallya saga up to his arrest in London

Known for his flamboyant lifestyle, liquor baron Vijay Mallya has been one of the most wanted fugitives in India -- accused of defrauding at least 17 banks of over Rs 9,000 crore and siphoning off the money to his children.

The saga, which has been going on for years now, started in November 2015 when the State Bank of India (SBI) tagged Mallya a "wilful defaulter", for