India helping Africa overcome terrorism, poverty behind region’s instability: Shringla

By Arul LouisUnited Nations, Jan 6 (IANS) Many countries in Africa are facing fragility because of the threats of terrorism and economic problems and India is working with nations in the continent to tackle these and other challenges, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Wednesday. “Counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism training is one of the significant […]

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Spectrum auctions to start on March 1

New Delhi, Jan 6 (IANS) The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has announced that the next round of spectrum auctions will start on March 1. As per the Notice Inviting Applications issued on Wednesday, telecom companies can apply till February 5. The final list of the bidders will be declared on February 24 and bids will […]

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No threat of bird flu outbreak in Odisha: Govt

Bhubaneswar, Jan 6 (IANS) Odisha has not detected any bird flu case so far, the state government said on Wednesday. However, the state government said the administration is prepared to control any possible bird flu outbreak in the state. Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra on Wednesday reviewed the bird flu scenario in the state. Around […]

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Udaan raises $280m in additional financing from existing and new investors

New Delhi, Jan 6 (IANS) Udaan, Indias largest business-to-business (b2b) e-commerce platform, announced on Wednesday that it has raised $280 million in additional financing from its existing and new investors. The financing highlights the immense potential of the Indian b2b e-commerce market and market-fit of Udaan’s business model to the Indian trade market. The existing […]

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Breaking Tradition: FIIs show unrelenting love for India in pandemic times (IANS Special)

By Rohit VaidMumbai, Jan 6 (IANS) Breaking with tradition, FIIs have shown persistent interest in India’s equities by pumping up the never ending bull run during the unusual pandemic-afflicted time period. Analysts across the board opined that such a scenario was visible during last month, which historically sees less to no FII activity given the […]

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Yash Garg appointed Gurugram Deputy Commissioner

Gurugram, Jan 6 (IANS) The Haryana government appointed Yash Garg as the new Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Gurugram on Wednesday. Garg has replaced Amit Khatri, who had earlier applied for study leave which the government has approved. Tuesday was the last official working day for Khatri. The newly-appointed Deputy Commissioner will join his new office […]

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Despite Covid, Hyderabad sees surge in new office space in 2020

Hyderabad, Jan 6 (IANS) Despite the supply challenges owing to the Covid-induced lockdowns and mass exodus of labour during 2020, Hyderabad’s office market recorded second highest annual supply numbers in the country. According to leading international property consultant Knight Frank, Hyderabad saw 8.7 million square feet of new office space entering the market during the […]

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130 al-Qaeda militants from India, B’desh trained in Pak, bound for Afghanistan

By Sumit Kumar SinghNew Delhi, Jan 6 (IANS) Around 130 al-Qaeda members hailing from India and Bangladesh have received training at Miranshah in North Waziristan in Pakistan and have shifted to Afghanistan for carrying out coordinated attacks there, Indian intelligence agencies have warned the government and security establishment. The security establishment is now trying to […]

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Himachal to have first mountain health institute

Shimla, Jan 6 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh government on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding with Six Sigma Healthcare to set up Asia’s first mountain health institute in Sirmaur district with an outlay of Rs 100 crore. Six Sigma Healthcare is providing free high altitude medical services pilgrimage destinations — Amarnath, Kailash Mansarover, Kedarnath and […]

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Fresh avalanche warning issued in J&K

Srinagar, Jan 6 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Disaster Management Authority (DMA) on Wednesday issued high, medium and low level avalanche warning for the higher reaches of the avalanche prone areas of J&K. A high danger level avalanche warning has been issued for the higher reaches of Poonch, Ramban, Doda, Kishtwar, Anantnag, Baramulla, Kupwara Bandipora and […]

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‘Haathi Mere Saathi’ gets new release date, to open in Holi weekend

Mumbai, Jan 6 (IANS) The Rana Daggubati-Pulkit Samrat starrer Haathi Mere Saathi has been postponed. The big-ticket trilingual adventure drama will now hit theatres just before Holi on March 26. Confirming the new release date, trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted on Wednesday: “RELEASE DATE FINALIZED… #HaathiMereSaathi – starring #RanaDaggubati, #ShriyaPilgaonkar, #ZoyaHussain and #PulkitSamrat – to […]

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2 cops suspended over Jharkhand CM convoy attack

Ranchi, Jan 6 (IANS) Jharkhand Director General of Police M.V. Rao on Wednesday suspended two police officials following the attack on Chief Minister Hemant Soren’s convoy. The officers in-charge of Kotwalai and Sukhdeonagar police stations – Brij Kumar and Sunil Tiwary – have been suspended. Kishoreganj where the convoy was attacked on Monday falls under […]

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Renovated Goa heritage prison to immortalise Ram Manohar Lohia, ‘the lion of Aguada’

Panaji, Jan 6 (IANS) Fiery socialist leader and freedom fighter, Ram Manohar Lohia’s renovated prison cell in Goa, at the once dreaded Fortaleza da Aguada (Fort Aguada) would take centrestage, when Goa’s latest tourism avenue, the renovated heritage prison and a museum complex, is unveiled in March this year. A life-size statue of the Faizabad-born […]

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Varun Dhawan: Go get what’s yours

Mumbai, Jan 6 (IANS) Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan has shared his mantra of success. He has urged everyone to go get what is theirs. Varun posted a picture on Instagram where he flaunts washboard abs in a shirtless pose, wearing black basketball shorts, against the backdrop of a bright blue sky and the ocean. “Go […]

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Rs 1,100 cr push for rubber plantation in northeast India

By Sujit ChakrabortyGuwahati/Agartala, Jan 6 (IANS) Industry body Automotive Tyre Manufactures Association (ATMA) will invest Rs 1,100 crore to undertake rubber plantation in additional 2,00,000 hectares of land in northeast India in the next five years, officials said on Wednesday. Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal, while participating in a virtual seminar, thanked ATMA […]

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6 Taliban killed in Baghlan operation: Officials

Baghlan, Jan 6 (IANS) At least six Taliban were killed and four others were wounded during an operation in northern Baghlan, local officials said. The operation was launched on the Baghlan-Samangan highway on Tuesday to clear the highway from “Taliban”, said Mohammad Wais Samimi, the provincial police chief, TOLO news reported. “The enemies have been […]

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Bypoll for MLC seat in Andhra Pradesh on Jan 28

Amaravati, Jan 6 (IANS) The by-election for the casual vacancy in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council, caused by the resignation of Pothula Sunitha, has been scheduled for January 28. “The Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced the by-election to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council for one causal vacancy,” said a statement from the chief […]

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Engineer killed in Muzaffarpur

Patna, Jan 6 (IANS) An engineer was allegedly killed by unknown persons in Muzaffarpur in Bihar. According to the local police, the incident took place on Tuesday evening when the accused tied the hands and legs of the B Tech graduate before hanging him in his own house, attempting to make the crime look like […]

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Punjab to reopen schools from Jan 7

Chandigarh, Jan 6 (IANS) Punjab School Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla on Wednesday said the state government has decided to reopen all government, semi-government and private schools from January 7. He said the timings of the schools will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and students only from class V to XII will be […]

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Haryana police set up barricades on Delhi-Jaipur e-way

Gurugram, Jan 6 (IANS) As the farmers’ demonstration is intensifying day-by-day, the Haryana Police have installed barricades at four locations on the Delhi-Jaipur Expressway to stop farmers from entering the national capital, resulting in blockages on the national highway. These four key locations include Kapdiwas Chowk in Gurugram, Masani barrage in Dharuhera, Sangwari village in […]

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Copa Libertadores final to be played without fans on Jan 30

Rio de Janeiro, Jan 6 (IANS) The Copa Libertadores final at Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Maracana stadium will be played behind closed doors because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) has announced. The decision follows discussions involving representatives of CONMEBOL, the Brazilian Football Confederation and local health authorities, reports Xinhua news […]

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Chingari join hands with Dekko to introduce infotainment

New Delhi, Jan 6 (IANS) Homegrown short-video sharing platform Chingari on Wednesday announced its collaboration with short-video news app Dekko to introduce infotainment to its users. With this partnership, the short video-sharing platform is introducing a more accessible, shareable, and trusted news and information video content. “Our aim is to provide a seamless experience to […]

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Dozens held in largest crackdown on Hong Kong opposition

Hong Kong, Jan 6 (IANS) Hong Kong has arrested dozens of pro-democracy activists and politicians, accusing them of trying to “overthrow” the city’s government. The group, arrested under a controversial new security law, were involved in an unofficial “primary” vote to select opposition candidates ahead of the postponed 2020 elections, the BBC reported on Wednesday. […]

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Dell launches new PCs, monitors

Bengaluru, Jan 6 (IANS) Dell Technologies on Wednesday expanded its product line with the launch of new PCs, monitors along with Dell Optimizer software. The company has unveiled Latitude 9420, Latitude 7520, Latitude 5420 at $1,949, $1,649, $1,049 respectively. “Our new intelligent PCs make it possible for us to work smarter and collaborate easier, so […]

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Kerala: Chandy takes out march in farmers’ support

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 6 (IANS) Former Kerala Chief Minister and Congress General Secretary Oomen Chandy on Wednesday conducted a ‘padayatra'(protest march) in his constituency, Puthupally in Kerala’s Kottayam district against the farm laws. This is the first time a political leader in the state held a protest march against the farm laws since the farmers’ protest […]

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Kapil Dev turns 62: Sachin, Virat lead wishes

New Delhi, Jan 6 (IANS) Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli led wishes for 1983 World Cup-winning skipper Kapil Dev who turned 62 on Wednesday. “Happy birthday @therealkapildev paaji! Wishing you a year full of happiness & health,” Tendulkar said in a tweet. “Happy Birthday @therealkapildev. Wishing you happy times ahead for you and your family. […]

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UK Whisky brand enters India

By IANSlifeNew Delhi, Jan 6 (IANSlife) UK’s Whisky brand ‘The Famous Grouse’ has made its entry into the Indian market and will be available in select stores across Delhi, UP, Haryana, Maharashtra, Punjab, Goa, and Assam. Brought in India by Kyndal Group, the spirit brings together the finest ingredients creating a natural drink from handcrafted […]

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Kerala NCP crisis: Minister to meet Pawar

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 6 (IANS) Kerala Transport Minister and senior Nationalist Congress Party leader A.K. Saseendran will meet NCP supremo Sharad Pawar in Mumbai on Wednesday evening to brief him about a major crisis in the Kerala unit. Saseendran has already met other leaders in New Delhi on Tuesday. With elections round the corner, the NCP […]

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Himachal’s Narkanda, Kothi get more snowfall

Shimla, Jan 6 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh’s popular tourist destinations Narkanda, Kothi and Kalpa received more snowfall, pushing down the temperatures by several notches on Wednesday. However, Shimla and Manali saw overnight rain, according to a MeT official. “High-altitude areas of Lahaul-Spiti, Chamba, Mandi, Kullu, Kinnaur and Shimla districts have been experiencing moderate to heavy snow […]

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Heavy snowfall disrupts life in Kashmir

Srinagar, Jan 6 (IANS) Intermittent heavy snowfall during the last 48 hours threw life out of gear in Kashmir on Wednesday as the meteorological (MeT) department forecast improvement in weather from afternoon. Over two ft snow accumulated on the ground in plains of the valley while the higher reaches in Jammu and Kashmir received nearly […]

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Moderate rain, hailstorm hits parts of Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 6 (IANS) The national capital on Wednesday witnessed hail precipitation at several places with light to moderate rainfall in several other parts of the city, the weather officials said. Delhi on Wednesday witnessed a minimum temperature of 13 degree Celsius, six degrees above the season’s average. An India Meteorological Department (IMD) official […]

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