Flipkart to set up first training centre for e-commerce logistics

Bengaluru, Jan 7 (IANS) Flipkart, Indias homegrown e-commerce marketplace, on Thursday announced an MoU with the Logistics Skill Sector Council (LSC), an organisation set up by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) through National Skill Development Corporation of India (NSDC) and Karnataka Skill Development Centre (KSDC). As part of this MoU, Flipkart has […]

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Fake sanitiser racket busted in Kochi

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 7 (IANS) A fake sanitiser manufacturing unit running from a residential premises in Kerala’s Kochi has been busted, police said on Thursday. The owner of the unit, Hashim, is absconding. Police said that the fake sanitiser racket was functioning in Nedumbassery since the lockdown period and the fake products were sold under the […]

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Kerala Police question underworld don Ravi Pujari at Bengaluru jail

Thiruvananthapuram/Bengaluru, Jan 7 (IANS) A team of Kerala Police on Thursday questioned underworld don Ravi Pujari, who is lodged in a Bengaluru jail in a 2016 case against him for allegedly threatening state Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala. The Kerala Police team was led by Assistant Commissioner, Cantonment, Thiruvananthapuram, Suneesh Babu. A top police official, speaking […]

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Vested interests targeting remote temples for political mileage: Andhra govt

Amaravati, Jan 7 (IANS) People with vested interests are targeting remote temples to vandalise and gain political mileage in Andhra Pradesh, said an official statement from the state government. “Attacks are being carried out by individuals with vested interests, individuals who wish to evade the law enforcers intentionally and thereby gain political mileage from the […]

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Kareena Kapoor is ‘waiting’

Mumbai, Jan 7 (IANS) Expectant mother Kareena Kapoor Khan is currently in wait mode, going by her post on social media. Kareena posted a monochrome photograph on Instagram. In the image, she sits on a sofa in a thigh high slit outfit. “I’m waiting… (heart emoji),” she wrote. The caption seems cryptic and seems like […]

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Cambridge to train AP municipal students, teachers in English

Amaravati, Jan 7 (IANS) The Andhra Pradesh Urban Development Department inked a pact with UK’s prestigious University of Cambridge on Thursday to train teachers and students in English. “As per the memorandum of understanding, University of Cambridge will provide training to teachers and students under the municipal department in order to improve English language proficiency,” […]

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‘Filament-less’ Kerala way to fight global warming: Vijayan

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 7 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said that a ‘filament-less’ Kerala is the alternative to reduce global warming, adding that conservation of energy is as important as generation. The Chief minister was delivering his inaugural address during distribution of LED bulbs in the state through video conference. Vijayan said that production […]

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TN CM woos Nadar community

Chennai, Jan 7 (IANS) Wooing the Nadar community, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Thursday said his government acts like a “protective fort” and a “climbing ladder” for them. He also said the ruling AIADMK government will fulfil the requests of the Nadar community in a phased manner. Addressing the community members at a […]

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BJP urges RBI to aid Mumbai societies redevelopment

By Quaid NajmiMumbai, Jan 7 (IANS) Given the major problems confronting the redevelopment of some 5,800 old and dilapidated buildings in Mumbai, the opposition BJP in Maharashtra on Thursday submitted to the RBI a plea on finance and other aspects to boost ‘self-redevelopment’ by cooperative housing societies (CHSs). Leaders of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis (Assembly) and […]

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Japan PM declares state of emergency in Tokyo

Tokyo, Jan 7 (IANS) Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Thursday declared a state of emergency in the Tokyo metropolitan area, which also included the Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures, authorising tougher measures to fight a recent Covid-19 resurgence. The state of emergency will come into effect on Friday until February 7, Xinhua news agency […]

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Beijing records coldest morning in over 50 years

Beijing, Jan 7 (IANS) The mercury dipped to minus 19.6 degrees Celsius in Beijing on Thursday as a strong cold wave swept the city, marking the coldest morning in the Chinese capital since 1966. The Nanjiao station, located in Beijing’s Daxing District, is a national-level meteorological station founded in 1912, reports Xinhua news agency. Its […]

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Trump finally concedes against Biden

Washington, Jan 7 (IANS) For the first time since the November 2020 presidential election, US President Donald Trump on Thursday confirmed that he will leave office on January 20, promising an orderly transition of power, while conceding defeat against President-elect Joe Biden. In a statement, Trump said: “Even though I totally disagree with the outcome […]

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KCR undergoes tests after burning sensation in lungs

Hyderabad, Jan 7 (IANS) Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday underwent diagnostic tests at a private hospital in Hyderabad. Doctors at Yashoda Hospital in Secunderabad conducted MRI, CT scan and other tests on 66-year-old Rao. According to Chief Minister’s Office, Rao complained of burning sensation in the lungs. His personal physician Dr M.V. […]

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Congress affirms Biden’s win over Trump after Capitol chaos (Ld)

Washington, Jan 7 (IANS) Hours after unprecedented violence and chaos rocked Washington D.C., the US Congress on Thursday morning affirmed President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over sitting President Donald Trump. At about 4 a.m., Vice President Mike Pence announced before a joint session of Congress that Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris had won […]

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Designer Satya Paul passes away at 79

Coimbatore, Jan 7 (IANSlife) Veteran fashion designer Satya Paul passed away after suffering a stroke in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. He was 79. Paul, founder of acclaimed fashion clothing brand ‘Satya Paul’, died on Thursday at the Isha Yoga Center here. Sadhguru, the founder of Isha Foundation, confirmed the news on Twitter. He wrote: “SatyaPaul, a […]

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NCP Kerala unit chief, MLA meet Sharad Pawar

Thiruvananthapuram/Mumbai, Jan 7 (IANS) NCP’s Kerala unit President TP Peethambaran and party MLA Mani C Kappan on Thursday met party supremo and former Union Minister Sharad Pawar in Mumbai, a day after Transport Minister AK Saseendran met him. The two meetings come in the wake of infighting within the Nationalist Congress Party’s Kerala unit, led […]

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US Congress affirms Biden’s Electoral College victory over Trump

Washington, Jan 7 (IANS) The counting of Vermont’s three electoral votes has placed US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris over the 270-threshold needed to win the American presidency. On Wednesday night after violent protests rocked Washington D.C., the Senate and House rejected objections to throw out Georgia and Pennsylvania’s electoral votes for […]

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3 White House aides resign after Capitol violence

Washington, Jan 7 (IANS) Three White House aides, including First Lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff Stephanie Grisham, have resigned from their posts in the wake of the violent protests that rocked Washington D.C. Grisham submitted her resignation Wednesday afternoon, effective immediately, reports Xinhua news agency. In a statement posted on Twitter early Thursday, Grisham […]

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BMC accuses Sonu Sood of turning home to hotel

Mumbai, Jan 7 (IANS) After getting accolades for helping migrants during the Covid-19 lockdown, Bollywood actor Sonu Sood and the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation have locked horns over his premises in Juhu here. The BMC has lodged a police complaint against Sood accusing him of ‘illegally’ converting his six-storied home in Shakti Sagar Building in Juhu […]

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Pak hails resumption of Afghan peace talks

Islamabad, Jan 7 (IANS) Pakistan has welcomed the resumption of the second round of the Afghan peace talks in Qatar between representatives of the Kabul government and the Taliban, which commenced after a three-week break. In a statement, the Pakistan Foreign Ministry said that the two teams have made significant progress by finalising the rules […]

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Varun Tej tests negative for Covid

Hyderabad, Jan 7 (IANS) Telugu star Varun Tej Konidela on Thursday shared the news with fans that that he has tested negative for Covid-19. He thanked everyone for their love and prayers. Varun posted a note on Instagram that read: “Never thought a report saying ‘Negative’ would bring in so much joy to me. Yes […]

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Kim Jong-un vows to boost defence capabilities

Seoul, Jan 7 (IANS) At a rare Party Congress, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un pledged to strengthen Pyongyang’s military capabilities, a state media report said on Thursday. According to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) report, Kim made the remarks on the second-day session of the eighth ruling Workers’ Party Congress on Wednesday. The report […]

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Ireland announces extra measures

Dublin, Jan 7 (IANS) Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin has announced a number of extra measures in an effort to stem the further spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. The measures include a mandatory requirement for all travellers coming into Ireland from Britain and South Africa to provide evidence of a negative Covid-19 test taken 72 […]

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Care for some ‘Waffee’?

By Puja GuptaNew Delhi, Jan 7 (IANSlife) Premium waffle brand London Bubble Co has entered a strategic alliance with Indian retail cafe chain Cafe Coffee Day. LBC’s shop-in-shop business model with CCD will enable it to scale up its footprint in the country and is touted to be the largest partnership with presence across 150 […]

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Ex-Kerala minister KK Ramachandran passes away

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 7 (IANS) Senior leader of the Congress party and former minister of the state K.K. Ramachandran (78) passed away Thursday morning at a private hospital in Kozhikode. He suffered a massive heart attack. Ramachandran was ailing for sometime and was leading a retired life at his residence in Kakkodi, Kozhikode. A close associate […]

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Congress adjourns joint session after Trump-backers object to Pennsylvania votes

Washington, Jan 7 (IANS) The reconvened joint session of the US Congress to count and ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College votes, adjourned early Thursday when objections were raised by a Senator and a House of Representatives member to the ballots from Pennsylvania, dashing hopes that President Donald Trump’s supporters chastised by the violent attack […]

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30% severely infected patients have post-Covid digestive issues, say doctors

By Siddhi JainNew Delhi, Jan 7 (IANSlife) Cough, fever, body ache, neurological symptoms, brain fog, poor appetite, fatigue, and shortness of breath are classic post-covid symptoms that require immediate attention. But, gastrointestinal symptoms like diarrhea, digestive issues, swelling of the liver, low sugar, and pancreas problems are getting missed by the people. As per doctors, […]

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New year reads from upcoming Indian authors

By Siddhi JainNew Delhi, Jan 7 (IANSlife) From an in-depth read on ancient India’s rich economic history, to a quirky look at the Indian ‘arranged marriage drama’, and two compelling thrillers written by forthcoming Indian writers, these books will have you turning pages from the beginning of the year. ‘The Golden Bird 2.0’ by Raina […]

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NIA raids at 6 locations in J&K, Punjab

New Delhi, Jan 7 (IANS) The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday carried out raids at six locations in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir in connection with narcotics and weapons case. An agency official related to the probe told IANS, “The agency is carrying out searches at six locations in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.” […]

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Telangana logs 379 new Covid cases, 3 deaths

Hyderabad, Jan 7 (IANS) Telangana reported 379 new Covid-19 cases and three deaths during the last 24 hours, health officials said on Thursday. The fresh cases pushed the state’s tally to 2,88,789 while the death toll rose to 1,559. According to director of public health and family welfare, the fatality rate remained 0.53 per cent […]

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Covid vaccine: Is it Halal or not? (Opinion)

By Asad MirzaIt’s not only the Muslims, even Hindus and Jews have raised questions about the use of the Covid vaccine, due to prohibited substances in its composition. Even before the Covid vaccination process starts in India. The Indian Muslims have courted another controversy. The question is whether they’ll be amenable to get vaccinated or […]

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UN envoy, Yemeni President meet in Riyadh

Sanaa, Jan 7 (IANS) UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths met with President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, state media reported here. During the meeting on Wednesday, they discussed a UN-brokered plan to push forward peace in Yemen, Xinhua news agency quoted the state media report as saying. Griffiths […]

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Sudan, US ink Abraham Accords

Khartoum, Jan 7 (IANS) Sudan signed the Abraham Accords with the US, paving the way for the African nation to normalise relations with Israel after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. The document, signed by Sudanese Justice Minister Nasreddin Abdel Bari and visiting US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday, highlights “tolerance, dialogue and co-existence […]

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4,400 adverse events reported in US after receiving Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

Washington, Jan 7 (IANS) Nearly 4,400 adverse events were reported after people received the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in the US, with 21 cases determined to be anaphylaxis, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The US Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization for Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine […]

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Weather improves in J&K, Ladakh after 4 days

Srinagar, Jan 7 (IANS) After four days of inclement weather triggering heavy snow/rain, there was marked improvement on Thursday as the local meteorological (MeT) department forecast mainly dry weather in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh for the next seven days. Authorities continued their efforts on Thursday to restore road connectivity, water and electricity supply throughout […]

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Equity indices rise, Nifty hits fresh high

Mumbai, Jan 7 (IANS) The key Indian equity indices opened on a positive note on Thursday with the Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) hitting a fresh all-time high. Nifty touched a new record high of 14,256.25 points. Healthy buying was witnessed in metal, realty, capital goods and banking stocks. Further, a positive trend […]

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Egyptian, Israeli FMs discuss efforts to resume Palestinian peace talks

Cairo, Jan 7 (IANS) Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry and his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi discussed efforts to resume the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. During the phone conversation on Wednesday, the two Ministers discussed the ongoing preparations for the meeting of the quartet group comprising Egypt, Jordan, France and Germany, which is supposed to […]

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US Congress reconvenes hours after Capitol breach

Washington, Jan 7 (IANS) The US Congress has reconvened for proceedings to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the November 2020 election, hours after sitting President Donald Trump’s supporters violently stormed the Capitol building. “We condemn the violence in the strongest possible terms,” Xinhua news agency quoted Vice President Mike Pence, who is presiding over […]

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Biden condemns ‘insurrection’ at US Capitol

Washington, Jan 7 (IANS) US President-elect Joe Biden condemned what he called “insurrection” at the US Capitol on Wednesday, after protesters broke into the building and forced proceedings to formally count the Electoral College votes to halt. “This is not protest, it’s insurrection,” Biden said in Wilmington, Delaware. “This is not dissent. It’s disorder. It’s […]

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Australia win toss, elect to bat

Sydney, Jan 7 (IANS) Australia won the toss and elected to bat in the third Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday. For India, Rohit Sharma replaces Mayank Agarwal while Navdeep Saini makes his Test debut, replacing the injured Umesh Yadav. Rohit will be playing his first Test in over a year. […]

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784 new Covid cases in Karnataka, 1,238 recovered

Bengaluru, Jan 7 (IANS) Maintaining a healthy trend, Karnataka registered only 784 new Covid cases in a day while 1,238 patients recovered across the southern state on Wednesday. “With 784 new cases on Tuesday, the state’s Covid tally increased to 9,24,137, including 9,177 active cases, while 9,02,817 recovered so far, with 1,238 discharged in the […]

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US health officials report 29 cases of anaphylaxis after initial Covid shots (Lead)

By Nikhila NatarajanNew York, Jan 7 (IANS) At least 29 people vaccinated with mRNA-based Covid-19 shots in the US developed anaphylaxis – a “life-threatening” allergic reaction that comes on within minutes of receiving the intramuscular injection. A report on the CDC website lists 21 such cases but CDC officials clarified in a call with reporters […]

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