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Curious case of UIDAI helpline, 112 distress number in Indian users' contact lists

New Delhi, Aug 4: Indian smartphone users recently discovered that the contact list on their Android devices had two special numbers added by default, namely the UIDAI helpline number 1-800-300-1947 and the 112 distress number.

This addition was irrespective of the network provider, or related Aadhaar app installed on the phone, The Verge reported.

Now, Google has acknowledged...

DC Books publishes Malayalam controversial novel 'Meesha'

Kottayam, Aug 1: Less than two weeks after Malayalam weekly, Mathrubhumi, withdrew writer S Hareesh's serialised novel, another publication, DC Books, has published the same.

Mathrubhumi retracted the serialised novel 'Meesha' after allegations of hurting religious statements surfaced, with regards to a specific paragraph of the book.

Hareesh had to subsequently withdraw his serialised novel from Mathrubhumi weekly,...

Worms frozen for 42,000 years come back to life

Moscow, Jul 29: A sample of microscopic worms that were suspended in a deep freeze in Siberia for 42,000 years have come back to life after being defrosted, scientists say. The findings, published in the journal Doklady Biological Sciences, represent the first evidence of multicellular organisms returning to life after spending a long period in Arctic permafrost.

Nematodes are...

This monsoon head to Munnar to witness 'Neelakurinji flower'

New Delhi, Jul 28: Every year during the season of the bloom, MakeMyTrip sees over 12 percent growth in the holiday bookings to Munnar as travellers gather to witness the rare flower.

Munnar being the favorite hill stations in India, witnesses a large number of tourists every year to witness the magnetism of the rare blooming of 'Neelakurinji' flowers....

Take action against trollers of Hanan: Kerala CMO

Thrissur, Jul 27: The Chief Minister's Office (CMO) of Kerala on Friday directed the State Police to take action against those who allegedly posted insulting comments on social media platforms against a 21-year-old-girl Hanan Hamid, who was trolled for selling fish to meet her needs.

The CMO has also directed the District Collector to give protection to Hanan....

Elections in India, Brazil and EU real tests for Facebook: Zuckerberg

New Delhi, Jul 27: Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg believes that upcoming elections in countries like India and Brazil will be "real tests" for the social media giant and has exuded confidence that the firm will "get this right" given its recent crackdown on fake accounts.

The US-based firm has been mired by controversies around data leaks of about 87...

Liquid water lake discovered on Mars

Tampa, Jul 26: A massive underground lake has been detected for the first time on Mars, raising the possibility that more water -- and maybe even life -- exists there, international astronomers said Wednesday.

Located under a layer of Martian ice, the lake is about 12 miles (20 kilometres) wide, said the report led by Italian researchers in the...

Sanitary napkin exempted from GST

New Delhi, July 21: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday said sanitary napkin has been exempted from the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the ongoing 28th GST Council meeting in the capital, Sisodia who also handles the Finance portfolio, said many items under the 28 percent slab have been brought...

ISRO ropes in three vendors to assemble 27 satellites

Bengaluru, Jul 19: The Indian Space Research Organisation has signed contracts with three vendors to outsource Spacecraft Assembly Integration and Testing (AIT) activities.

According to sources, vendors are expected to help ISRO assemble about 27 satellites over the next three years.

As part of capacity-building activity, the U R Rao Satellite Centre has taken up initiatives to promote...

60 snakes found in school's kitchen in Maharashtra

Aurangabad, Jul 14: Sixty highly poisonous Russell's viper snakes were found in the kitchen of a Zilla Parishad school in Hingoli district of Maharashtra, a school official said on Saturday.

The spotting of so many snakes in one place created panic among students and staffers of the Zilla Parishad-run school located in Pangra Bokhare village of Hingoli district, about...