After Virat Kohli’s ‘Fitness Challenge’, Rahul Gandhi dares Narendra Modi to cut petrol prices

So far, Virat Kohli, Amitabh Bachchan, Modi, Hrithik, Kiren Rijiju, Piyush Goyal have taken up the challenge.


Latest News : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday accepted a fitness challenge by cricketer Virat Kohli saying that he will soon post a personal fitness video. Earlier on Wednesday, Kohli, in a tweet, challenged Modi in a fitness campaign initiated by Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on social media.

“Challenge accepted, Virat! I will be sharing my own #FitnessChallenge video soon,” Modi tweeted on the initiative called the ‘Hum Fit Toh India Fit’ challenge.

On Wednesday, Kohli, who posed for his fitness video in a gym, tweeted: “I have accepted the #FitnessChallenge by @ra_THORe (Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore) sir. Now I would like to challenge my wife @AnushkaSharma , our PM @narendramodi ji and @msdhoni Bhai for the same. #HumFitTohIndiaFit #ComeOutAndPlay.” Earlier, the Olympian shooter Rathore initiated an online fitness campaign and posted his exercise regime on the social media.

He further challenged Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan, cricketer Virat Kohli and badminton player Saina Nehwal to post their respective fitness mantras on the social media.

So far, Kohli, Amitabh Bachchan, PM Modi, Hrithik Roshan, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, and Union Finance Minister Piyush Goyal have taken up the challenge and posted messages and videos supporting the cause.

After Virat Kohli’s ‘Fitness Challenge’, Rahul Gandhi dares Narendra Modi to cut petrol prices on Business Standard. So far, Virat Kohli, Amitabh Bachchan, Modi, Hrithik, Kiren Rijiju, Piyush Goyal have taken up the challenge.

Rathore does push-ups to spread fitness message ‘Fitness Challenge‘:

  • Rathore made a pitch for exercise on Twitter and urged netizens to share pictures and videos on the site to show how they kept fit.
  • “Whenever I see the prime minister, I get inspired…He wants all of India to be fit,” Rathore said in the video.
  • “Post pictures and videos of how you keep yourself fit and send a #FitnessChallenge to your friends on social media,” he tweeted.

Rahul dares PM for ‘Fuel Challenge‘:

  • As Narendra Modi accepted an online fitness challenge from Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, Congress president Rahul Gandhi was quick to dare the prime minister for a “fuel challenge”, asking him to reduce the spiralling fuel prices in the country or face a nationwide stir by his party.
  • “Dear PM, Glad to see you accept the @imVkohli fitness challenge. Here’s one from me: Reduce fuel prices or the Congress will do a nationwide agitation and force you to do so. I look forward to your response,” Gandhi wrote on Twitter using the hashtag ‘FuelChallenge’.

Toreto Monotone Wireless Earphones Review: Impressive sound in budget segment

The Toreto Monotone wireless headphone offers impressive audio output in a lightweight neckband on-ear hook design.


Technology News : Hong Kong-based audio accessory maker Toreto recently launched the Monotone Tor-265 Bluetooth earphones for audiophiles looking for a wireless option in a sub-Rs 2500 budget.

For an entry-level headset, the Toreto Monotone looks sturdy but falls short on water resistance feature. The ear hook with wired neckband design adds to the utility, especially for fitness enthusiasts who like to listen to music during work out sessions. However, the lack of sweat resistance limits the use and does not qualify it as a gym companion.

In terms of audio output, for a budget unit, this pair of headphones is impressive. The sound falters at high pitches and, at times, is shrill and may force you to lower the volume levels. The bass is average and varies depending on the quality of the audio track. The sound signature is balanced though and watching movies on the go is a delightful experience with the ergonomic ear-fit design cancelling out noise to some extent.

As for the utility, the headset features voice-enabled prompts that inform the user about Bluetooth connectivity, calls and other notifications. The voice also reads out the phone number of the incoming call, which is useful while using the headphones on the go. However, the absence of a vibration mode makes it compulsory to plug in at least one of the earphones to receive the prompts, especially if the phone is on silent mode.

The built quality is impressive and the all-black design looks neat. The huge logo on both the ear hooks does look odd though and might not impress everyone. The power button doubles as pairing, play/pause, call receive/disconnect key. Dedicated volume adjustment keys are present on the right ear hook along with USB port.The earphone battery goes on for a day on moderate usage and last for more than 6 hours if used heavily.

The headset comes in a black hard case that also houses two earplug variants and a USB cable for charging.

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Anti Sterlite Row: 13 dead, public property worth Rs 10.2 million damaged

Delhi High Court today will likely hear a Tamil Nadu-based advocate’s petition pleading NHRC to visit Thoothukudi district and conduct an inquiry into the anti-Sterlite protest on its own.

 Anti Sterlite protest

Sterlite Protest : At least 13 people had died and 102 others were reported injured by Thursday in the anti-Sterlite protests in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi as the death toll kept increasing. Further, vehicles worth Rs 10.27 million were damaged and burnt down during the protests.

“A total of 13 people have died, including 11 men and 2 women. 102 people have been injured out of which 19 are severe cases. Vehicles worth Rs 1 crore 27 lakh have been burnt down,” said Shailesh Kumar, IG (South Range), while talking to news agencies.

At least 67 people have been arrested until now for indulging in violence and damage to public property.

Meanwhile, Vedanta Resources’ chairman on Thursday expressed sorrow over the deaths during the protests and said that the company wants to continue with the business and is committed to the community and people of Thoothukudi.

Here are the top developments around the Thoothukudi protests over the Sterlite expansion issue:

In pain over anti-Sterlite protest, says Vedanta chairman:

  • Vedanta Resources Plc Chairman Anil Agarwal has expressed his sorrow over the anti-Sterlite protests in which 13 people have died. He said that he was in pain over the ongoing protest in Thoothukudi.
  • “I am very sad to hear the incident. This was absolutely unfortunate, my full sympathy with the family. The plant is closed because of an annual shutdown and we are waiting for clearance from the court and the government to re-start the plant,” Agarwal said.

Will take legal steps to close factory, says Tamil Nadu CM:

  • The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday said it was taking steps to close down the Sterlite factory at Thoothukudi after 13 people died when the police opened fire on protesters who were demanding the factory’s closure.
  • “Amma’s (former CM J Jayalalithaa) government is taking the legal route to ensure that Sterlite is shut down,” said Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.

PIL in SC seeking CBI probe into Tuticorin violence:

  • Advocate G S Mani on Thursday filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court seeking a court-monitored Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the deaths of protesters during the anti-Sterlite rally at Thoothukudi. The petition also sought a registration of an FIR against Thoothukudi collector, superintendent of police and other police officials.

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Big win for Apple in design patent case: Samsung to pay $533 mn in damages

The jury essentially split the difference between Apple’s request for $1 billion and Samsun’s argument for $28 mn.

apple patent case

International News : A federal court jury on Friday ordered Samsung to pay Apple $533 million for copying iPhone design features in a patent case dating back seven years.

Jurors tacked on an additional $5 million in damages for a pair of patented functions. The award appeared to be a bit of a victory for Apple, which had argued in court that design was essential to the iPhone.

The case was sent back to the district court following a Supreme Court decision to revisit an earlier $400 million damage award. The jury essentially split the difference between Apple’s request for $1 billion and Samsung’s argument for $28 million.

To arrive at a damages award of more than a half-billion dollars, jurors would likely have needed to buy into Apple’s reasoning that design was so integral to the iPhone that it was essentially the “article of manufacture.” The lower figure sought by the South Korean consumer electronics titan would have involved treating the design features as components.

The jury had been asked to determine whether design features at issue in the case are worth all profit made from Samsung smartphones that copied them or whether those features are worth just a fraction because they are components.

“Samsung isn’t saying it isn’t required to pay profits,” Samsung attorney John Quinn said during closing arguments on Friday.

“It is just saying it isn’t required to pay profits on the whole phone.” Apple argued in court that the iPhone was a “bet-the-company” project at Apple and that design is as much the “article of manufacture” as the device itself. The three design patents in the case apply to the shape of the iPhone’s black screen with rounded edges and a bezel, and the rows of colorful icons displayed. Samsung no longer sells the smartphone models at issue in the case. Two utility patents also involved apply to “bounce-back” and “tap-to-zoom” functions.

The case dates back seven years. An original trial finding that Samsung violated Apple patents was followed by lengthy appellate dueling over whether design features such as rounded edges are worth all the money made from a phone.

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IPL 2018 Qualifier 2: Buoyant KKR pose tough challenge for heavyweights SRH (Match Preview)

The winner of Friday’s big-ticket game at the Eden Gardens will take on Mahenda Singh Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the final on Sunday in Mumbai.


IPL 2018 : Despite their dominance throughout the league stages, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will have to bring their best to the table when they take on buoyant Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Qualifier 2 here on Friday.

Sunrisers finished top of the points table after 14 matches and have been quite the team to beat with an exceptional bowling battery and solid batting. But the Kane Williamson-led side have lost four games on the trot including their two-wicket loss in the Qualifier 1 to CSK and the last league clash against KKR.

Dinesh Karthik’s KKR, on the contrary, have won four games on the trot, their latest being a 25-run victory over Rajasthan Royals in the Eto reach Qualifier 2. Since suffering their heaviest ever defeat margin of 102 runs against the Mumbai Indians, KKR have not looked back with skipper Karthik leading from the front and the likes of West Indies star Andre Russell and the wrist spinners stepping up to the occasion.


The Sunrisers Hyderabad, on the other hand, bank on their bowling which has a lot of variety and some of the best names in the business. Against CSK, it was in full bloom as the trio of pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul and highly-rated leggie Rashid Khan brought their rivals to their knees before Faf du Plessis rescued the ship. Rashid has been brilliant throughout the season and his wrong’un to castle Dhoni in the last game was a thing of beauty. The Afghanistan spinner just conceded 11 runs in four overs and KKR would be wary of him the most.

On the batting front, top scorer of the tournament Williamson has led from the front. The New Zealand skipper, rated as one of the best batters of today, has so far amassed 685 runs in 15 games at 57.08. Williamson has also led admirably on the field. Sunrisers’ West Indian all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite was also good in the previous game with bat and ball, and pitted against compatriot Russell, it will be a mini-contest to look out. For KKR, their main spin weapon Sunil Narine had an off day against Royals and would look to get back to form.

A lot will depend on how the spinner go about their job for both teams as the Eden wicket will offer turn and with the early toss for playoffs, dew might come into play meaning whoever wins the toss would like to bat first and make the most of the conditions, much like Royals did. Once the track eases out, it will become easy for batting and then the role of spinner would come into play to check the flow of runs.

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Kim-Trump Summit: United Nations to lift travel ban for North Korean officials

Trump earlier said the fate of the summit will be decided next week as his aides travelled to Singapore to prepare the meeting and push for certain conditions to be met.

Kim-Trump summit

International News : A UN Security Council committee has agreed to lift a travel ban on North Korean officials heading to Singapore for the planned summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un next month, diplomats said.

Singapore last week asked the sanctions committee to grant an exemption to the North Korean delegation attending the June 12 summit and taking part in preparatory meetings, according to the request seen by AFP.

“This summit will serve as an opportunity to advance the objective of a peaceful resolution of the DPRK nuclear issue and the establishment of peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and in the region,” wrote Singapore’s UN Ambassador Burhan Gafoor to the committee.

The letter did not specify the size of the delegation from Pyongyang. The UN sanctions blacklist for North Korea has 80 individuals and 75 entities which are subject to a global travel ban and an assets freeze. The request for the blanket exemption to the global travel plan was approved on Thursday after none of the council members raised objections.

Trump earlier said the fate of the summit will be decided next week as his aides travelled to Singapore to prepare the meeting and push for certain conditions to be met.

“There are certain conditions we want to happen. I think we’ll get those conditions. And if we don’t, we won’t have the meeting,” Trump told reporters on Tuesday. The Security Council has imposed tough sanctions on North Korea that ban trade in commodities and severely restrict deliveries of oil vital to Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear programme.

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Thoothukudi Protest: How NDA govt decisions helped Vedanta bypass norms

NDA government’s decisions helped Vedanta bypass public consultations for the Copper smelter expansion in Thoothukudi.


Sterlite Protest : The controversial expansion of Vedanta’s 1,200 tonnes per day copper smelter in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu has been stayed by the High Court on May 23 after at least 11 people protesting against the plant were shot dead by state police. The court has ordered that the company consult people before building the plant – something the company claimed it was legally not required to do.

Vedanta claims it had legally got an environmental clearance from the Union government to expand the smelter to double the capacity without consulting people. A perusal of Union environment ministry’s and several court records show the NDA government made an interpretation to green regulations in December 2014, which helped particularly plants such as that of Vedanta’s at Thoothukudi to be built without consulting people of the project-affected area.

This exception in the environmental safety regulations was made on the request of various industries, show court and government documents reviewed by Business Standard. The exception to the rules was carved out through orders of the then environment minister and called a ‘clarification’. This clarification would in months ahead allow Vedanta and several others to start constructing their plants, such as the one in Thoothukudi, without public consultations. This interpretation by the NDA government was fortuitous for companies because the environment ministry under UPA government had insisted in May 2014 that projects such as Vedanta’s in Thoothukudi were required by law to first go through public consultations.

In 2016 the National Green Tribunal found, the December orders of the NDA government, which favored Vedanta, to be illegal. It had to go to the point of threatening bailable orders against the environment ministry officials in the case to divulge information on the matter. Ministry officials said rescinding the government’s December 2014 orders would adversely impact many projects.

Eventually, the NGT quashed the December 2014 orders. On the NGT’s instructions, the ministry had to pass fresh orders clearly stating that projects in industrial parks without environmental clearances needed to conduct public hearings. But, by then Vedanta had secured an extension of the green clearance to its expansion project in Thoothukudi without the need for a public hearing.

It is citing this 2016 ruling of the National Green Tribunal and other facts that came to light during the case, that the High Court on Wednesday has ordered Vedanta to stop its expansion plans in track and go back to first consult the people.

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Nipah virus outbreak in India: Know about its symptoms and treatment

According to WHO, there is no vaccine currently available for either humans or animals

Nipah virus

Health News : Kerala’s Kozhikode is on high alert as a deadly virus called ‘Nipah’ (NiV) claimed six lives in the state. The fast-spreading virus Nipah reported has a mortality rate of 70 per cent. The central government on Monday sent a multi-disciplinary Central team from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to the district in the wake of deaths due to Nipah virus outbreak.

Kerala Government has assured that all arrangements are on place and there is no need to panic. It also sanctioned an emergency fund of Rs 2 million (Rs 20 lakh) to the Kozhikode Medical College to tackle the fever outbreak.

Here is all you need to know about the deadly Nipah virus:

  • Nipah virus (NiV) infection is a newly emerging zoonosis that causes severe disease in both humans and animals. Zoonosis means a disease that can be transmitted to humans from animals.
  • The natural host of the virus is fruit bats of the Pteropodidae Family, Pteropus genus (fruit-eating species), according to WHO.
How does it spread?
  • Transmission of Nipah virus takes place through direct contact with infected bats, pigs, or from other NiV-infected people.
What are the symptoms of Nipah virus infection?
  • According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, infection with Nipah virus is associated with encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). An infected person shows symptoms of fever and headache within three-14 days of exposure and an incubation period of five to 14 days. The clinical signs are fever, headache, dizziness and vomiting, followed by drowsiness, disorientation and mental confusion.
When did Nipah Virus first occur in India?
  • In India, Nipah Virus affected the humans without any involvement of pigs. The first outbreak was observed in Siliguri, West Bengal in 2001. The second incident also emerged in Nadia district in West Bengal in 2007. Scientists have found that humans often contracted the disease by drinking raw date palm sap tapped directly from trees, a sweet treat that fruit bats also enjoy. The virus claimed over 300 lives across Malaysia, Singapore, Bangladesh and India between 1998 and 2008, according to WHO.
What are the treatments of Nipah virus?
  • According to WHO, there is no vaccine currently available for either humans or animals and NiV-infected patients are currently limited to supportive care. People have also been cautioned that they should not consume fruits that have fallen on to the ground.

Also Read → Kerala Nipah Crisis

‘Mr 360’ AB de Villiers announces retirement from all forms of cricket

AB de Villiers played 114 test matches and scored 8765 runs with an average of 50.77. His career best in 5-day cricket is 278 not out. While in 228 One Day Internationals (ODIs), he amassed 9577 runs.

Latest News : AB de Villiers, popularly known as ABD, announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect through a Twitter post saying that he has run “out of gas”. He announced his retirement from Tuks Cricket Club in Pretoria saying, “At this place the Tuks Cricket Club where I arrived as a nervous youngster when I was first called for Proteas squad and from the same place I wanted you to know that I retire from all international cricket with immediate effect.”

AB de Villiers played 114 test matches and scored 8765 runs with an average of 50.77. His career best in 5-day cricket is 278 not out. While in 228 One Day Internationals (ODIs), he amassed 9577 runs with an average of 53.50.

“… It’s about running out of gas, and feeling that it’s time to move on. Everything comes to an end… I have no plans to play overseas and I hope to be available for the Titans (his domestic side),” de Villiers said.

The 34-year-old swashbuckler, a fan-favourite for his innovative strokeplay and power-hitting, also has a prolific IPL record, scoring 3953 runs with an average of 39.53.

In IPL his top score is 133 runs. In IPL 2018 he was the second highest run-getter for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) as he scored 480 runs with an average of 53.33 in 12 matches

…it’s time for others to take over. I have had my turn and to be honest I am tired. This is a tough decision. I have thought long and hard about it and I’d like to retire while still playing decent cricket,” said the right-hander, who played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2018.

RCB are already out of the title race this season.

After fantastic series wins over India and Australia, now is the time to step aside. It would not be right for me to pick and choose where and what format to play for the Proteas. For me, it must be everything or nothing,” he said.

IPL 2018 Eliminator: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Rajasthan Royals by 25 runs, to play SRH for finals berth

In IPL 2018 eliminator, Kolkata Knight Riders beat Rajasthan Royals to reach Eliminator 2, where they would play Sunrisers Hyderabad. Winner of that game will play CSK on 27th.


IPL 2018 : In the Eliminator of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018, Kolkata Knight Riders beat Rajasthan Royals by 25 runs, thanks to the brilliant death bowling by Prashidh Krishan and Andre Russell. Cruising for the most part of the game, RR lost the plot in the 16th over after Rahane’s dismissal. Piyush Chawla came to bowl 17th. Samson completed his 50 by hitting a four over covers. Samson hit one high in the air and was caught at the boundary. He made 50 runs. Prasidh came to bowl the 18 and bowled dot after dot.

Binny was dismissed for a duck. Prasidh gave only 3 runs his over. RR needed 40 from 12 balls. Russell came to bowl the penultimate the over. Only 6 runs came from his over. RR needed 34 from 6 balls. Prasidh bowled the last over and gave just 8 runs to seal the victory for KKR.

Here are a few things to know about the Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals (KKR vs RR) match played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, the two teams’ players who could prove handy, and who has said what before the clash:

Last three wins have prepared us well for playoffs, says Simon Katich: Kolkata Knight Riders assistant coach Simon Katich said his team is looking to ride the new-found momentum when it takes on Rajasthan Royals in the IPL Eliminator 2018 in today’s IPL match. Kolkata suffered back to back losses to Mumbai Indians that included their heaviest defeat in the IPL when they were humiliated by 102 runs at home to slip out of top-four. But the Dinesh Karthik-led side scripted a remarkable turnaround posting the highest total of the season — 245/6 — en route to winning three on the trot to clinch a playoff berth for the sixth time. “To be able to put that behind mentally, go back and be able to regroup is testament to the group and character of the team. We would like to think that it would hold us in good stead for IPL Eliminator 2018,” Katich told reporters at Eden Gardens

The team head to head ahead of IPL Eliminator 2018 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals (KKR vs RR):


  • Matches: 18
  • Kolkata Knight Riders won: 9
  • Rajasthan Royals won: 9

At the Eden Gardens:

  • Matches: 7
  • Kolkata Knight Riders won: 6
  • Rajasthan Royals won: 1

Rajasthan Royals only victory against KKR at Eden Gardens came back in 2008 (IPL inaugural edition) when RR side led by Shane Warne defeated the depleted KKR under Sourav Ganguly.

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