Decision-Making May Shift To Executive Actions In Future: Union Minister Arun Jaitley

Arun Jaitley said with government business being blocked in Rajya Sabha, future decision making “will have to take place through executive action and money bills.” NEW DELHI:  Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today accused Congress of setting a wrong precedence for future opposition parties by continuously disrupting Parliament and said decision making in future will have to shift to executive actions ... Read More »

Srinagar Witnesses Coldest Night Of Season

The MeT official said Leh recorded a low of minus 13.8 degrees Celsius last night. SRINAGAR:  Srinagar city faced the coldest night of the season as the mercury dipped several notches to settle at minus 3.7 degrees Celsius, while other parts of Jammu and Kashmir also braved freezing cold wave. “The minimum temperature recorded in Srinagar was minus 3.7 degrees ... Read More »

Heavy Flooding As Philippine Typhoon Death Toll Climbs To 11

An infrared image of Typhoon Melor taken by the Suomi NPP satellite’s VIIRS instrument around 0545Z on December 14, 2015. MANILA:  Rescuers on speedboats hauled rain-soaked residents off rooftops in the Philippine countryside today after Typhoon Melor killed at least 11 people and cut power for millions. The typhoon, which tore in off the Pacific Ocean on Monday afternoon, caused ... Read More »

India Funding Roundup: Housejoy, Blubirch, Cabsguru, MeraDoctor, Streamoid

Our latest funding roundup covers institutional and seed investments made in Indian startups this week, in sectors as varied as home services, cab search, reverse logistics and virtual healthcare platforms. HouseJoy Home services provider Housejoy announced Wednesday its fundraise of Rs. 150 crores in Series B round of funding. The round was led by Amazon, and new investors Vertex Ventures, ... Read More »

Google CEO Sundar Pichai Outlines Vision to Brings Millions of Indians Online

Google’s new chief executive Sundar Pichai used his first official visit to India Wednesday to outline plans to bring hundreds of millions of Indians online, including installing free wifi at railway stations. The Indian-born Pichai said the first train station, Mumbai Central, would go online in January and the tech giant intended to cover 100 of India’s stations by the ... Read More »

Quikr Adds Support For 7 Indian Languages

Online classifieds website Quikr has announced support for seven Indian languages on its website. With this, users can now browse, search, post ads, and interact in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Gujarati, and Marathi, the company said, in addition to English. Quikr is working towards making its platform more inclusive, said Anurag Saran, Chief Product Officer, adding that the feature ... Read More »

CISA Passes Senate Despite Privacy Advocates’ Fear and Loathing

The Act calls for the United States Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Justice to share cyberthreat indicators between the public and private sectors. It allows private entities to monitor and operate cybersecurity measures applied to their own information systems and, with permission, to those of other ... Read More »

SXSW May Put Online Harassment in the Spotlight

SXSW Interactive might include a daylong event on combating online harassment, Re/code reported Tuesday. The news followed SXSW’s cancellation of two planned panels that were expected to focus on opposite ends of the Gamergate debate. Threats of on-site violence spurred the decision to cancel both panels, according to SXSW officials. Caroline Sinders of IBM Watson, Katherine Cross of the CUNY ... Read More »

Mobile Malware’s Growth Slows, Nastiness Grows

While there hasn’t been a sharp rise in the volume of mobile malware this year, the increasingly malicious nature of the types of malware and attacks is alarming,Blue Coat Systems said last week in its 2015 Mobile Malware Report. “Ransomware is getting more evil, more robust, similar to the evolution it followed on the desktop,” said Chris Larsen, a senior ... Read More »

NewsON Puts Local News in Your Pocket

NewsON on Wednesday launched a free, ad-supported app that offers instant access to broadcast-quality local newscasts and clips. Users can search by market for curated content linked to breaking news from 118 stations in 90 markets, covering about 75 percent of the United States. All top 10 U.S. markets, as well as 17 of the top 20, 40 of the ... Read More »