Progress of preparation of Beijing 2022 truly remarkable: Samaranch

Beijing, Jan 1 (IANS) IOC Coordination Commission chairman Juan Antonio Samaranch highlighted the progress made by Beijing 2022 in its preparatory work despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “Acknowledging the difficult experience this year, the progress being made by Beijing 2022 has been truly remarkable,” said Samaranch, according to Xinhua news. “The preparations for the Games […]

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Airtel, Vodafone Idea partners sabotaging network in Punjab and Haryana: Reliance Jio

New Delhi, Jan 1 (IANS) Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (RJIL) has said that there are “blatant efforts” to sabotage its network in the garb of farmers’ protest by the channel partners of Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea. In letters sent to Anshu Prakash, Secretary, Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and P.D. Vaghela, Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority […]

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India-UK trade deal on the anvil

By Mahua VenkateshNew Delhi, Jan 1 (IANS) India is set to look at a bilateral trade deal with the UK as the latter quit the European Union single market on Thursday. Sources said that talks on a possible trade deal is already under discussion and could be thrashed out at the earliest. The UK left […]

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Covid-19 ravaged NE in 2020 more than insurgency

By Sujit ChakrabortyGuwhati/Agartala, Jan 1 (IANS) Bearing a resemblance to the entire world, at least 2,191 people died of Covid-19 in northeast in the past year, the region which usually remains distressed with terrorism and backwardness. While the decades-old terrorism and economic backwardness have already battered the eight states of the region in the erstwhile […]

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M&M’s December auto sales down 10%

New Delhi, Jan 1 (IANS) Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) on Friday reported 10 per cent fall in its overall auto sales in December 2020 at 35,187 units. During the same period of 2019, the company had sold 39,230 units. However, in the utility vehicles segment, Mahindra sold 16,050 vehicles in December 2020, compared to 15,225 […]

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DRDO chief calls upon scientists to focus on next-generation needs

New Delhi, Jan 1 (IANS) : The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Chief G. Satheesh Reddy on Friday asked scientists to focus on next-generation needs including cyber security, space and artificial intelligence. “The immense potential available in DRDO has been a catalyst for the development of industries in the defence manufacturing sector,” the DRDO […]

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Indian archery body launches online affiliation portal

New Delhi, Jan 1 (IANS) The Archery Association of India (AAI) on Friday launched an ‘Online Affiliation Portal’, thus fulfilling one of the conditions that World Archery had put down while lifting the AAI’s suspension. “Through this portal, archers, coaches, officials who wish to participate in championships, games, international and national tournaments, which are recognised […]

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SolarWinds hackers saw some of our source code: Microsoft (Ld)

New Delhi, Jan 1 (IANS) Microsoft has admitted that the alleged Russian hackers behind the massive SolarWinds attack that affected several top-notch enterprises and government agencies, attempted activities beyond just the presence of malicious SolarWinds code in its environment. Microsoft has discovered that its systems were infiltrated “beyond just the presence of malicious SolarWinds code.” […]

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Fake GST invoicing racket busted in Odisha

Cuttack, Jan 1 (IANS) The Odisha Goods and Services Tax (GST) Enforcement Wing has cracked a fake invoicing racket which created fake GST invoices worth Rs 510.28 crore, said an official on Friday. The mastermind Sandeep Mohanty was arrested by the sleuths on Thursday night while the other accused involved are still absconding. Three goods […]

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Kerala to hold iconic film fest in Feb

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 1 (IANS) The International Film festival of Kerala (IFFK) will be held from February 10 onwards in four places. This is the silver jubilee of the film festival. The festival will be held at Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam,Palakkad and Thalassery. Covid negative certificates are mandatory for people to participate in the festival and the delegate […]

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RBI introduces Digital Payments Index

Mumbai, Jan 1 (IANS) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has constructed a composite Digital Payments Index (DPI) to capture the extent of digitisation of payments across the country. The RBI-DPI comprises of five broad parameters that enable measurement of deepening and penetration of digital payments in the country over different time periods. These parameters […]

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India’s foreign exchange reserves slip by $290 mn

Mumbai, Jan 1 (IANS) India’s foreign exchange reserves slipped by $290 million during the week ended December 25. According to the Reserve Bank of India’s weekly statistical supplement, the reserves declined to $580.841 billion from $581.131 billion reported for the week ended December 18. India’s forex reserves comprise of foreign currency assets (FCAs), gold reserves, […]

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Covid-19? Where? Packed beaches, dance floors mark New Year celebrations in Goa

Panaji, Jan 1 (IANS) Packed beaches, traffic jams on roads and clubbers rubbing sweaty shoulders on packed indoor, air-conditioned dance floors marked New Year’s eve festivities in Goa, almost a hark back to the time before the Covid-19 pandemic. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant’s repeated implorations to tourists, urging then to maintain social distancing, wear masks […]

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‘Unique Chinese grenades’ seized from militant associate in J&K’s Baramulla

Srinagar, Jan 1 (IANS) Police in J&K’s Baramulla district on Friday said that they have recovered three “unique” Chinese grenades from an arrested militant associate. Speaking to media told, SSP, Baramulla, Abdul Qayoom, said the three recovered grenades are Chinese and the recovery is first of its kind. “Arrested militant associate, Asif Gull was tasked […]

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Haryana colleges asked to install CCTV cameras

Chandigarh, Jan 1 (IANS) The Haryana government on Friday said it has directed all the colleges to install CCTV cameras for surveillance of their premises. The colleges that have not installed CCTVs have been asked to install them at the earliest, an official spokesperson said. The Principals of all aided colleges and self-financed colleges have […]

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Andhra top performing state under PMAY-Urban

Amaravati, Jan 1 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh has emerged as one of the top performing states under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY -Urban). The central government’s department of housing and urban affairs has announced that Andhra Pradesh has bagged the best performance in three categories – best practice, innovation and best project practice. The state has […]

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Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covishield vaccine cleared by expert panel (Lead)

New Delhi, Jan 1 (IANS) In a step closer towards India approving its first coronavirus vaccine, the Subject Expert Committee of the Central Drug Standard Control Organisation on Friday recommended emergency use of Oxford-AstraZeneca’s ‘Covishield’ vaccine. The application will be sent to Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) V.G. Somani for final approval. The expert […]

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Punjab CM hopes of resolution of protesting farmers

Chandigarh, Jan 1 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday hoped of early resolution of the problems of the peacefully protesting farmers, and emphasised on the importance of industry and communications for the state’s progress and employment generation for children. While hoping for freedom from the pandemic, he also appealed to all Punjabis to […]

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Thackeray pats Mumbai Police, honours Covid warriors

Mumbai, Jan 1 (IANS) On the first day of the new year, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday lavished praises on Mumbai Police, saying nobody can question their efficiency and he would not allow anyone to tarnish their reputation. Visiting the Mumbai Police Commissionerate to felicitate corona warriors and return peoples’ stolen goods recovered […]

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Houses built under Global Housing Technology Challenge will be allotted to urban poor: TN CM

Chennai, Jan 1 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Friday said urban poor/slum families living on the banks of waterways will be allotted houses built under the central government’s Global Housing Technology Challenge. He was speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony for the central government’s ‘Housing for All’ scheme for the Global […]

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IFSCA joins Int’l Org of Securities Commissions

New Delhi, Jan 1 (IANS) The International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) has become an associate member of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). IOSCO is the international organisation that brings together the world’s securities regulators, covering more than 95 per cent of the world’s securities markets, and it also sets the global standard […]

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Vandalized Pak Hindu temple to be reconstructed

By Hamza AmeerPeshawar (Pakistan), Jan 1 (IANS) After angry mob in Pakistans Khyber Pukhtunkhwa provinces Karak district, attacked and vandalized the shrine of a Hindu saint in Terri area of Karak; Khyber Pukhtunkhwa (KP) government has announced reconstruction of the Hindu temple, along with launching a crackdown against the attackers. Chief Minister Khyber Pukhtunkhwa (KP) […]

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Suresh Mohapatra assumes charge as Odisha CS

Bhubaneswar, Jan 1 (IANS) Senior bureaucrat Suresh Chandra Mohapatra on Friday assumed charge as the new chief secretary and chief development commissioner of Odisha. Mohapatra replaced Asit Kumar Tripathy, who retired from service on December 31. After assuming the charge, Mohapatra said the revival of economy, which has slowed down, would be a big challenge […]

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UP BJP to discuss Panchayat poll strategy

Lucknow, Jan 1 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party will chalk out its strategy for the coming Panchayat polls in Uttar Pradesh during a meeting on Sunday here, which will be attended by its national vice president and state in-charge Radha Mohan Singh. Singh will address the meeting to discuss and chalk out the strategy. According […]

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Bailable warrants issued against ex-Balochistan CM

Quetta, Jan 1 (IANS) An accountability court has is­sued bailable arrest warrants of former Balochistan Chief Minister Aslam Raisani and others accused for not appearing during the hearing of a reference against misuse of powers. NAB Balochistan had filed the reference agai­nst Raisani, his younger brother ex-senator Lashkari Raisani, ex-secretary fina­n­ce Dostain Jamal­dini and five […]

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2021 will be year of growth, vows Pak PM

Islamabad, Jan 1 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said the new year will be a year of economic growth for the country. He said that the country was already moving in the right direction with essential industries increasing output. Speaking at an event in Islamabad, the Prime Minister said the construction industry […]

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Expert panel’s meet on Covid vax approval begins

New Delhi, Jan 1 (IANS) Key meeting of drug regulator’s expert panel is currently underway to take a call on the emergency use approval sought by Serum Institute of India, Bharat Biotech and Pfizer for their Coronavirus vaccines. Serum, which is making ‘Covishield’ vaccine developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca, and Bharat Biotech, which had collaborated with ICMR […]

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Maruti Suzuki’s Dec 2020 sales up 20%

New Delhi, Jan 1 (IANS) Automobile major Maruti Suzuki on Friday reported a growth of 20.2 per cent in its overall sales during December 2020 on a year-on-year basis. The company sold 1,60,226 units of vehicles last month, against 1,33,296 units sold in December 2019. On a sequential basis, the company sold 1,53,223 units of […]

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Chinese mainland reports 9 new locally transmitted Covid-19 cases

Beijing, Jan 1 (IANS) The Chinese mainland on Thursday reported 19 newly confirmed Covid-19 cases, including nine locally transmitted cases and 10 arriving from outside the mainland, the National Health Commission said on Friday. Five of the locally transmitted cases were reported in Beijing, and four in northeast China’s Liaoning Province, the commission said in […]

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Punjab CM prays for end to coronavirus

Chandigarh, Jan 1 (IANS) Greeting people on New Year, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday prayed for the return of normalcy and pledged not to leave stone unturned to make up for the lost time due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “I wish you and your family a Happy New Year 2021. May Waheguru-ji (god) […]

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