Northeast’s lone ginger processing plant being revived after 16yrs

Shillong, Dec 31 (IANS) Keeping with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for “Vocal for Local” in mind, the northeast India’s lone “Ginger” processing plant in Meghalaya is being revived after 16 years, officials said on Thursday. The Managing Director of the North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation (NERAMAC) Manoj Kummar Das said that India’s northeastern […]

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Centre clears new industrial area in Karnataka: Minister

Bengaluru, Dec 31 (IANS) The Central government has cleared the new industrial area at Tumakuru in Karnataka under the Chennai-Bengaluru industrial corridor project, state Industry Minister Jagadish Shettar said on Thursday. “The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Wednesday cleared the Rs 1,702- crore Tumakuru industrial area, which has the potential to create 88,500 […]

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Goldsmith shot dead in Srinagar

Srinagar, Dec 31 (IANS) A goldsmith was shot dead by some unidentified assailants here on Thursday. Police sources said that Satpal, the goldsmith working at a jewellery shop in Hari Singh High Street market was shot at by some unidentified gunmen on Thursday evening. “The goldsmith died on the spot. Entire area has been surrounded […]

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Pradhan bats for OBC, SEBC reservations in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Dec 31 (IANS) Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday reiterated his request to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for reservation for OBC in public recruitments and educational institutions, and for SEBC in educational institutions. In a letter to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Pradhan said the indecision and delay displayed by the state government […]

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Gurugram police on alert as Delhi imposes night curfew on New Year’s Eve

Gurugram, Dec 31 (IANS) After the Delhi government imposed a night curfew ahead of the 2021 New Year’s Eve celebrations, the Gurugram Police on Thursday intensified their presence at the border. The bolstering of security at the Delhi-Gurugram border and celebration venues is intended to ensure compliance of Covid-19 norms. However, the district administration of […]

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MSRDC to oversee renovation of old temples in Maharashtra

Mumbai, Dec 31 (IANS) The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation Ltd (MSRDC) will be tasked with the ambitious plans to restore, develop and preserve several ancient temples, Jyotirlingas and Shaktipeeths, as announced last month by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, official sources said here on Thursday. “This will be a mega-project encompassing several old temples across […]

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Non-resident industrialist to construct home for family evicted by neighbours in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 31 (IANS) Shahnavas Amballur, a non-resident businessman from Kerala has promised to construct a home for the family that was evicted by neighbours from the makeshift shed they were staying in “Purambokku” land or land without proper revenue documents. The family which included a mother and three girl children were forcefully evicted by […]

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Tamil Nadu extends lockdown till Jan 31, 2021

Chennai, Dec 31 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Thursday extended the Covid-19 lockdown by month, subject to certain relaxations. In a statement issued here, he said the lockdown has been extended, but various relaxations have been given, including permission to hold indoor social/religious/ political/sports/education/cultural gatherings subject to a maximum of 200 persons […]

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Moderna Covid-19 vaccine trial shows 94.1% efficacy: Study

New York, Dec 31 (IANS) US-based biotechnology company Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine demonstrated 94.1 per cent efficacy, showed results from the primary analysis of a phase-3 trial. The study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, provides evidence that the vaccine, mRNA-1273, can prevent symptomatic infection. The results are similar to the first interim analysis […]

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Delhi pvt hospitals asked to set up isolation units for positive UK passengers

New Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) The Delhi government has directed four prominent private hospitals to establish isolation units for international passengers who have travelled from or transited through UK in the past four weeks and tested Covid positive, on payment basis with immediate effect. These private hospitals are Max Smart Super Speciality Hospital in Saket, […]

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Over 19K VIPs availed security from 66K policemen for over half of 2019 (IANS Special) (Lead)

By Rajnish SinghNew Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) Over 19,000 VIPs, including politicians, bureaucrats and judges, across the country were provided police protection for more than six months in 2019, with 66,000-plus police personnel deployed for their security round the clock. Ministers, Members of Parliament, Members of Legislative Assemblies (MLAs), judges and bureaucrats were among those […]

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NSO used data of real people to pitch contact-tracing tech: Report

San Francisco, Dec 31 (IANS) In a case that may involve potential privacy violations of thousands of people, researchers have found that Israeli spyware maker NSO Group resorted to using phone location data of real people while showcasing its Covid-19 contact-tracing software to governments and journalists, TechCrunch reported. The NSO Group launched its contact-tracing technology […]

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Umesh Yadav ruled out of Test series

Melbourne, Dec 31 (IANS) India suffered another major blow after pace bowler Umesh Yadav was ruled out of the Test series against Australia and will return home for rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), it has been learnt. His exit comes after Mohammed Shami was ruled out following a fracture to his bowling arm […]

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Didi hit by divide in cultural clan ahead of 2021 Bengal polls

Kolkata, Dec 31 (IANS) Prominent intellectuals who once batted for the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress in West Bengal during the Nandigram-Singur anti-land acquisition movement are now maintaining a “socio-political distance” from the ruling formation ahead of the crucial 2021 state Assembly polls. Veteran theatre personalities such as Bibhas Chakraborty, singer-composer Nachiketa Chakraborty, actor Kaushik Sen […]

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Hyderabad police imposes curbs on New Year celebrations

Hyderabad, Dec 31 (IANS) The Hyderabad police on Thursday imposed restrictions on New Year celebrations and announced a special drive against drunken driving. Hyderabad, Cyberabad and Rachakonda police commissionerates have announced closure of all flyovers and certain roads in the interest of public safety. The government has granted permission to the Telangana Prohibition and Excise […]

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Trump cuts short Florida trip

Washington, Dec 31 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has cut short his trip to Florida, where he celebrated Christmas with his family, and will now return to Washington D.C. on Thursday, according to a media report. According to the President’s daily schedule released late Wednesday, Trump and First Lady Melania Trump “will be leaving Florida […]

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Covid vaccine dry run across India on Jan 2

New Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) After successfully concluding the Coronavirus vaccination dry run in four states, a similar mega-drill will be conducted in all states and union territories on January 2. This is aimed at equipping the entire administration and management of vaccine supply, storage and logistics, including cold chain management, the Health Ministry said […]

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Your 2021 Annual Horoscope

New Delhi, Dec 31 (IANSlife) What changes will the new year bring to your life? Based on your sun sign and the stars, we are all impacted by different planets at different parts of the year. Read on to find out how your new year is going to be. Inputs from Astrologer Heena Gokhru from […]

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A recap of the highlights of 2020

By Puja GuptaNew Delhi, Dec 31 (IANSlife) While the year 2020 would always be remembered for the havoc the pandemic created for humankind, it also become momentous as it marked several events which brought cheer to life. From celebrities tying the knots to some getting pregnant and many Bollywood stars venturing into OTT platforms, 2020 […]

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How celebs are ringing in the New Year

New Delhi, Dec 31 (IANSlife) Ending a year full of stress, many Bollywood stars have decided to welcome a brand New Year and enjoying the holidays at their favourite destinations. From Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, Malaika Arora and Karisma Kapoor, Instagram has been flooded with their pictures, giving us […]

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Afghan killing fields: Taliban & its mentors have blood on their hands

By Rahul KumarNew Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) Afghanistans President Ashraf Ghani has asserted that his country is confronting a fierce psychological war, where repeated attacks on journalists and civil society members are directed at sapping national morale. He spotlighted that the unending bloodbath targeting the core of Afghan society was an attack “on a generation”. […]

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Night curfew across Odisha on New Year eve

Bhubaneswar, Dec 31 (IANS) In order to prevent further spread of Covid-19, the Odisha government has imposed night curfew across the state from 10 pm on Thursday to 5 am on Friday to restrict New Year eve celebrations. However, all essential services and movements would be allowed during the curfew hours. “The government of Odisha […]

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Delhi cop Ishwar Singh who blew lid off 2000 cricket match-fixing scandal, retires (IANS Special)

By Qaiser Mohammad AliNew Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) Delhi Police’s top officer Ishwar Singh, whose chance tapping of a telephonic conversation involving South Africa captain Hansie Cronje opened a Pandora box on cricket match-fixing in 2000, retires on Thursday “absolutely satisfied” after an eventful 38-year-two-month-long service. Singh, 60, retires as Assistant Commissioner of Police (Southwest […]

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25 killed in Syria ambush

Damascus, Dec 31 (IANS) At least 25 people were killed when armed men ambushed a passenger bus in eastern Syria, state media reported. The “terrorist” attack on Wednesday targeted the bus on the Palmyra-Deir al-Zour road in the area of Kabajeb, Xinhua news agency quoted the state media as saying in a report. It added […]

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Italian Senate passes govt’s 2021 budget

Rome, Dec 31 (IANS) The Italian Senate has passed the government’s 2021 draft budget, providing the necessary final approval ahead of the end of the year. Earlier on Wednesday, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s cabinet won a confidence vote in the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of Italy’s bicameral Parliament, with 156 votes in favor […]

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22 killed in Yemen airport explosions (Lead)

Aden, Dec 31 (IANS) At least 22 people were killed after three massive explosions struck the Aden airport in Yemen just minutes after the arrival of members of a new power-sharing government from Saudi Arabia, the Interior Ministry said on Thursday. According to a statement released by the pro-government Ministry based in the southern port […]

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Pakistan invites Afghan businessmen to join CPEC

Islamabad, Dec 31 (IANS) Speaker of Pakistan’s National Assembly Asad Qaisar has invited Afghan businessmen to take part in economic activities under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Speaking to Afghan Minister of Industry and Commerce Nisar Ahmad Ghoryani in Islamabad on Wednesday, Qaisar invited Afghan businessmen to invest in the Rashakai Special Economic Zone (SEZ) […]

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Myanmar extends entry restriction for travellers

Yangon, Dec 31 (IANS) Myanmar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided to extend temporary entry restrictions for all visitors until the end of January. The Ministry issued an announcement on Wednesday of extending the period of precautionary restriction measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 which will expire on December 31, reports Xinhua news agency. […]

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Strong aftershocks jolt Croatia as rescue efforts continue

Zagreb, Dec 31 (IANS) Strone aftershocks continued to rock central Croatia, a day after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake devastated towns and villages about 50 km southeast of the capital Zagreb, killing seven and injuring dozens. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported two aftershocks — 4.8- and 4.7-magnitude, within 11 minutes near Tuesday’s epicentre on Wednesday morning, […]

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Adieu 2020, Welcome 2021

By Asad Mirza2020 set many new paradigms, which may be the norm in the coming years, too. Perhaps the humans have awaited no other year’s end so eagerly across the world as that of 2020. Similarly, no other event in the recent history has had such a far-reaching impact as that of the coronavirus pandemic, […]

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ISI-linked gangster deported from UAE for killing Shaurya Chakra awardee (IANS Special)

By Sumit Kumar SinghNew Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) A gangster, who is suspected to be on the payroll of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence in terror activities, Sukhmeet Pal Singh alias Sukh Bhikhariwal was deported from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to India on Thursday for conspiring in the killing of Shaurya Chakra awardee, Indian intelligence agency […]

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China, EU complete investment agreement negotiations

Beijing, Dec 31 (IANS) Chinese President Xi Jinping and leaders of the European Union (EU) have announced that the two sides have completed investment agreement negotiations as scheduled. The announcement was made on Wednesday during a meeting between Xi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, President of the European Council Charles Michel […]

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Russia amends law on foreign agents

Moscow, Dec 31 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill into law, broadening the range of individuals and organisations that can be labelled as foreign agents and allowing stricter monitoring. According to the law signed on Wednesday, individuals and unregistered non-governmental organisations will be recognised as foreign agents if they are participating in political […]

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Central African Republic opposition calls for cancellation of polls

Bangui, Dec 31 (IANS) The Democratic Opposition Coalition 2020 (COD-2020), a platform of opposition parties of Central African Republic (CAR), has called for the cancellation and rerun of the recently-held presidential and legislative elections. In a statement, the COD-2020 cited low voter turnout in provinces under threat from armed rebels and electoral irregularities linked to […]

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China approves Sinopharm’s Covid-19 vaccine for market

Beijing, Dec 31 (IANS) China on Thursday said it had granted conditional marketing authorisation for a Covid-19 vaccine developed by China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm). The vaccine will be provided free to the national inoculation programme, the South China Morning Post reported, citing Chinese officials. China earlier granted emergency use authorisation of the vaccine for […]

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Free fall of mercury on in J&K, Ladakh

Srinagar, Dec 31 (IANS) Minimum temperatures in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh remained under free fall on Thursday as the weather office forecast another spell of rain and snow on January 4 and 5. “As of today, weather most likely to remain mainly dry and cold in both the UTs till January 3 (Sunday). “Thereafter […]

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