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Artificial Intelligence and robotics: Will Vishal Sikka’s exit affect Infy’s tech edge?
Sat, Aug 19, 2017

Underlining his passion for technology, Vishal Sikka in his resignation letter to Infosys Ltd also mentioned a recent demonstration of AI capability where a bot built by the researchers at OpenAI defeated the world’s best players of DOTA2, a multiplayer online video game, after learning it from scratch.

Infosys war out in open, CEO Vishal Sikka quits, board blames NR Narayana Murthy
Sat, Aug 19, 2017

In moves that raised issues of boardroom governance, the Infosys board of directors rallied behind Vishal Sikka and tore into chief founder N R Narayana Murthy, saying he forced the exit of the CEO with his “continuous assault”.

Infosys Board: Narayana Murthy wants his diktats to prevail, responsible for Vishal Sikka’s exit
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

The Board, which has been at the centre of criticism for non governance by Narayana Murthy, in a statement on Friday said "Mr. Murthy's continuous assault is the primary reason that the CEO, Dr. Vishal Sikka, has resigned despite strong Board support’’.

Vishal Sikka had been losing ground in Infosys for a while
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

Vishal Sikka, who tried to ingrain the concept of design thinking into the traditional IT services culture at Infosys Ltd in his three-year tenure, indicated that his exit from the company was on account of the continued criticism of his functioning from within and outside the company.

Bengaluru’s record rain brought largely man-made floods. Here is how, why
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

On July 28 last year, a heavy overnight downpour dumped 51 mm of rain on the city, resulting in the flooding of many low-lying neighbourhoods, especially in the south and the east.

In final address as Vice President, Hamid Ansari warns against military might halo, insecurity of Dalits, minorities
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

Quoting Swami Vivekananda, Vice-President Hamid Ansari said, “We must not only tolerate other religions, but positively embrace them, as truth is the basis of all religions.”

Truth cannot be hidden, says DK Shivakumar as he reunites with Gujarat Congress MLAs
Sat, Aug 05, 2017

"I have not done anything illegal or unconstitutional. I will speak of the IT searches after I am provided details of all that was found. The truth cannot be hidden," Shivakumar said.

Karnataka: I-T searches continue, Rs 11 crore cash seized
Fri, Aug 04, 2017

A total of Rs 11 crore in cash was reported to have been found from the nearly 60 premises searched by I-T authorities in Bengaluru, Mysuru and Delhi.

Two days before Gujarat MLAs landed, resort got Rs 982-crore penalty bill
Mon, Jul 31, 2017

The Eagleton Golf Resort, which has been tagged as one of the earliest world-class golf resorts in the country, was started by Andhra Pradesh businessmen Meda Ashok Kumar in 2000 and began with 100 per cent tax exemptions under a tourism policy.

Two days before Gujarat MLAs landed, resort got Rs 982-crore penalty bill
Mon, Jul 31, 2017

The decision taken by the Congress government on the basis of a Supreme Court order is a change of stance, since the previous BJP government had decided in 2012 to hand over the 77 acres to the resort for a regularisation fee of Rs 82.69 crore

IIT graduate accused of hacking Aadhaar data built app on his own
Sun, Jul 30, 2017

Abhinav Srivastava, a software security expert who now works with Ola, has been accused by the Unique Identification Development Authority of India (UIDAI) of illegally accessing the Aadhaar data repository.

Jail ‘largesse’ to Sasikala, Telgi: Officials: Some charges in DIG letter ‘misplaced’
Sun, Jul 30, 2017

But police officials well-versed with the prison system in Karnataka maintain that the latest allegations of violation of prison rules to benefit Telgi could be “misplaced”.

IIT graduate, his firm booked for hacking Aadhaar data
Sat, Jul 29, 2017

The UIDAI complaint is linked to the KYC app that was placed by Qarth on Google Play Store late last year with the claim that it would help businesses validate Aaadhar numbers by verifying “customer Aadhaar number, address, mobile number, date of birth on the fly”.

Ambedkar meet: Resolution adopted against ‘regressive forces’
Mon, Jul 24, 2017

"Irrespective of religious identities or institutional affiliations, the State needs to strictly reassert political and legal accountability for any violence. This is the only way to prevent lynchings and uphold the rule of law.’’

Why the flag of Kannada pride has triggered a row
Wed, Jul 19, 2017

Is the setting up of a panel to study the demand for an official state flag ‘against the nation’? Indian Express sums up the arguments and the background

Karnataka Congress leader, wife slam BJP MP’s remark
Tue, Jul 18, 2017

Reacting to a suggestion by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah at a rally that BJP leaders should marry Dalits to enable their uplift, Karandlaje, a close associate of state BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa, had stated that “everyone knows who the state Congress working president has married”.

Why all eyes in Karnataka are on Kalladka
Tue, Jul 18, 2017

RSS veteran emerges key figure in BJP’s poll push as Congress wants him probed for instigating violence, BS Yeddyurappa throws weight behind him

In Karnataka, two killings in 20 days stir communal pot
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

Months to go for Karnataka assembly polls, tension in coastal region

IISc to get Rs 3,000-crore foundry to produce ‘wonder’ nano material
Sat, Jul 08, 2017

The foundry is proposed to be developed around an existing facility for producing gallium nitride transistors on silicon wafers, at the IISc’s Centre for Nano Science and Engineering (CeNSE), under the leadership of associate professor Srinivasan Raghavan.

Plan to sell shares in Bengaluru airport divides ministers
Tue, Jul 04, 2017

The energy minister has been closely associated with the project and was responsible for the creation of a committee of the Karnataka legislature to probe amenities and facilities in its nascent stages in 2008-09.

Speaker’s ruling against Journalists: Karnataka HC seeks amicable solution to arrest order
Fri, Jun 30, 2017

Justice Ashok Hinchigeri made the suggestion while hearing a joint plea filed by the journalists — Ravi Belagere, editor of weekly tabloid Hi Bangalore, and Anil Raj, editor of local publication Yelahanka Voice. The two have moved the court against the arrest order.  

Privilege of legislators: Breach a grey area, harsh punishment rare
Thu, Jun 29, 2017

Though dozens of people are summoned every year before the privileges committees of Parliament and state legislatures on charges of breach of privilege of legislators, it is rare that punitive action like imprisonment has been ordered.

Year in jail for 2 Karnataka journalists: Speaker is complainant and the judge
Mon, Jun 26, 2017

On June 21, Koliwad, a Congress MLA from the Rannebennur region in central Karnataka, authorised the imposition of a one-year jail term and a fine of Rs 10,000 each on two journalists.

Failing clocks in space worry for India’s GPS
Mon, Jun 26, 2017

ISRO has nine satellites indented for IRNSS. While seven satellites make up the Indian regional navigation constellation, the other two were indented as backup in the event of failure.

Now, Karnataka waives farm loans up to Rs 50,000
Thu, Jun 22, 2017

The chief minister asserted, “Unlike in states such as UP, where only announcements have been made, we are issuing an order to bring the loan waiver into immediate effect.”

Moon mission: Start-up has contract, not clearance
Wed, Jun 21, 2017

6 months before scheduled launch of rover on ISRO rocket, firm with Antrix contract waits and hopes

Parameshwara in seat, Siddaramaiah carries Congress hopes
Tue, Jun 20, 2017

"I am proud to say that Siddaramaiah with his focus on poor people, with his ability to listen to people is running a Congress government in the state,” Rahul told Congress leaders.

Man with a vision uses tech to empower blind
Mon, Jun 19, 2017

Paul Muddha, who was abandoned in a school for the blind as a child, is a bank manager but it’s what he does outside office that’s changing lives

QS World University Rankings 2018: Research hub IISc, a world leader in citations per faculty
Fri, Jun 09, 2017

IISc has done consistently well in citations per faculty. It was ranked number 11 in the world in 2017 with a score of 99.9, and number 18 in 2016 with a score of 99.3.

In ‘Islamic State recruiter’ case, his mother’s letter is key NIA evidence
Wed, Jun 07, 2017

Sheikh Azhar ul Islam and Mohammed Farhan Shaikh, who were deported from Dubai with Damudi last year, recently pleaded guilty to the charges against them and were convicted by a Delhi court. Damudi is contesting the case against him and is being currently tried by a special court.

Political populism spoiling farmers: Niti Aayog member
Wed, Jun 07, 2017

The Niti Aayog is aggressively pushing states to carry out reforms for liberalisation of the agriculture sector to improve farmer income and agriculture

ISRO’s biggest in 30 years: Powerful GSLV-MkIII launches heaviest satellite GSAT-19
Tue, Jun 06, 2017

ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar described the launch as a step towards “self reliance’’ for India in the launching of heavy satellites.

Congress effort to appropriate Lingayat legacy
Fri, Apr 28, 2017

The move to install pictures of Basavanna in government offices is seen as an effort to make up for the lack of a strong community leader in its ranks ahead of the 2018 assembly polls.

Karnataka BJP tussle, round two: Old rival defies Yeddyurappa again
Fri, Apr 28, 2017

Months after patch-up, Eshwarappa holds rally and addresses Yeddyurappa: "You cannot act as you like".

IT automation: Taking toll on jobs and fresh hiring
Tue, Apr 25, 2017

Last year Infosys Ltd is reported to have automated as many as 9,000 jobs

Vijay Mallya case: Extradition next step, easier said than done
Wed, Apr 19, 2017

India has failed to secure extradition in many high-profile cases, including that of former IPL chairman Lalit Modi, Navy war room leak suspect Ravishankaran and Purulia arms drop case accused Kim Davy.