Delhi to get Konkani academy soon

New Delhi, Jan 8 (IANS) The Delhi government on Friday approved the setting up of a Konkani academy here to facilitate the growth and promotion of Konkani language and culture in the national capital — a step intended to strengthen Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) foothold in Goa ahead of the 2022 Assembly elections. The academy […]

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Japan extends 30 bn yen loan to India for Covid-19 support

New Delhi, Jan 8 (IANS) Japan has committed an Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan of 30 billion yen (approx Rs 2,113 crore) for a programme loan to support India’s efforts at providing social assistance to Covid-19 impacted poor and vulnerable households. The notes were exchanged on Friday between India’s Additional Secretary, Economic Affairs, C.S. Mohapatra, […]

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Karnataka successfully conducts second vaccination dry-run: Health minister

Bengaluru/Ramanagara, Jan 8 (IANS) Karnataka deputy chief minister, C. N. Ashwath Narayana rolled up his sleeves and asked a government hospital nurse to administer him the “first shot” of the vaccine while taking part in a nation-wide Covid-19 vaccination dry-run in different health facilities. The incident took place when Narayana, who is also Ramanagara district […]

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Pak anti-terror court sentences 26/11 mastermind Lakhvi to 15-year jail

By Hamza AmeerLahore, Jan 8 (IANS) An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Lahore has sentenced Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi to at least 15 years imprisonment, after the court found him guilty on charges of terror financing. The Punjab province’s counter-terrorism department on terror financing charges recently arrested Lakhvi. “The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Lahore convicted […]

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Science and Technology cluster launched in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Jan 8 (IANS) Hyderabad, a hub of innovation, has been selected for setting up a Science and Technology Cluster, an initiative of the Prime Minister’s Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC). To be led by Research and Innovation Circle of Hyderabad (RICH), the cluster was formally launched by Telangana’s Industry and Information Technology […]

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Hopes on healthy Q3 season, global cues pushes market to record highs (Roundup)

Mumbai, Jan 8 (IANS) Favourable global cues, along with positive domestic macro economic data and expectations of a healthy earning results’ season, pushed the Indian equity indices higher on Friday. The Nifty opened at record highs and continued its positive momentum throughout the day’s trade session. Globally, Asian shares rose to record highs on Friday […]

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Dry vaccination ‘dry run’ at Hindu Rao Hospital amid nurses’ strike

New Delhi, Jan 8 (IANS) The nationwide dry run on Friday to oversee the preparatory arrangements for Covid vaccination before the vaccine rollout saw minimal participation of nurses and paramedical staff of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (North MCD) as they continued their strike over non-payment of their salaries pending for more than four months […]

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Pandemic Relief: Covid-19 treatment may qualify for tax deduction benefits

New Delhi, Jan 8 (IANS) Continuing with its pandemic relief initiatives, the government may extend income tax deduction benefits for Covid-19 treatment to individuals not covered under any health insurance. Sources said that several pre-budget proposals for providing tax relief for Covid-19 treatment have come to the Revenue Department and these are being actively examined. […]

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BFI elections to be held on February 3

New Delhi, Jan 8 (IANS) The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) will hold its elections on February 3 in Gurugram, the national federation said on Friday. The BFI said in a statement that the Delhi High Court on Friday accepted its proposed schedule for the elections. “During its previous hearing, the Hon’ble Court had directed […]

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Haryana to cull 166,128 poultry birds

Chandigarh, Jan 8 (IANS) The Haryana government on Friday declared the area within the radius of one km from two poultry farms in Panchkula district where birds tested avian influenza (H5N8), as “infected zone” and announced culling of 166,128 birds, state Animal Husbandry Minister J.P. Dalal said. The state has restricted the movement of poultry […]

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Anubhav Sinha reacts to buzz around his next

Mumbai, Jan 8 (IANS) Filmmaker Anubhav Sinha on Friday quashed the growing speculations around his next project, wondering why certain film reporters unnecessarily speculate a film’s story. There have been several claims regarding Sinha’s next, with rumours reuniting the director with his “Article 15” hero Ayushmann Khurrana for a spy film set in North East […]

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63 moons urges NCD, FD holders to oppose DHFL resolution plan at NCLT, seek Rs 30,000 cr (Lead)

Mumbai, Jan 8 (IANS) 63 moons technologies has invited other non-convertible debentures (NCD) and fixed deposit (FD) holders of Dewan Housing Finance Ltd (DHFL) to oppose the DHFL resolution plan at the National Company Law Tribunal Mumbai, by filing separate applications to seek fraudulent transaction recovery benefits of Rs 30,000 crore. The company stated that […]

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Raftaar goes global with his music label Kalamkaar

Mumbai, Jan 8 (IANS) Rapper Raftaar is going global with his music label Kalamkaar, sealing a global deal with a leading French music distributor. Raftaare’s label partners with the Paris-based independent digital music distribution and artist services company named Believe. Through the deal, the Paris-based firm will extend its digital music distribution service arm to […]

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Bharat Biotech seeks DCGI’s nod to conduct nasal Covid vaccine trials

By Aakanksha KhajuriaNew Delhi, Jan 8 (IANS) Days after getting Drugs Controller General of India’s (DCGI) nod for India’s first indigenously-made coronavirus vaccine, Bharat Biotech has again knocked on the doors of the drug controller seeking permission to conduct clinical trials of their intranasal vaccine for the viral disease. Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech has applied to […]

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63 moons urges NCD, FD holders to oppose DHFL resolution plan at NCLT, seek Rs 30,000 cr

Mumbai, Jan 8 (IANS) 63 moons technologies has invited other non-convertible debentures (NCD) and fixed deposit (FD) holders of Dewan Housing Finance Ltd (DHFL) to oppose the DHFL resolution plan at the National Company Law Tribunal Mumbai, by filing separate applications to seek fraudulent transaction recovery benefits of Rs 30,000 crore. The company stated that […]

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NZ woman killed in suspected shark attack

Wellington, Jan 8 (IANS) A young woman died on Friday after a rare suspected shark attack in New Zealand, the police confirmed on Friday. According to the police, the incident took place at Waihi Beach, a popular tourist spot about 153 km southeast of Auckland, on Thursday evening, reports Xinhua news agency. “Emergency services were […]

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Rijiju, Shelar bat for restoration of railway concession for sportspersons

Mumbai, Jan 8 (IANS) After Union sports minister Kiren Rijiju, former Maharashtra sports minister Ashish Shelar has also requested Union railways minister Piyush Goyal to restore the fare concessions for athletes travelling for various sports meets. The concessions, across 38 categories which include sportspersons and senior citizens, were stopped by the railways ministry through its […]

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Prominent HK pro-democracy activist arrested

Hong Kong, Jan 8 (IANS) Joshua Wong, a prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activist, was arrested on Friday over “subverting the state power” under the national security law which China imposed in the city last year. Opposition politician Tam Tak-chi was also arrested along with Wong, who was the head of disbanded Demosisto — a pro-democracy […]

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Bilawal re-elected as PPP Chairman

Islamabad, Jan 8 (IANS) Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has been re-elected unopposed as Chairman of the opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) for another four years, the media reported on Friday. In a statement on Thursday, the party’s media office said that Bhutto-Zardari’s re-election was confirmed after intra-party elections at the federal level were held in Karachi on […]

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UP cong begins building up party organisation

Lucknow, Jan 8 (IANS) Teams of Congress leaders in Uttar Pradesh have started camping in various districts to build up the party organisation. The initiative, known as ‘sangathan srajan’ will continue this entire month. Under the programme, the party proposes to set up its units in all the 8,000 ‘nyay panchayats’ wards in urban areas […]

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Acer launches AMD-powered Chromebook

Taipei, Jan 8 (IANS) Taiwanese brand Acer on Friday launched its first Chromebook Spin 514, powered by AMD’s Ryzen 3000 mobile processor. The models Acer Chromebook Spin 514 and Acer Chromebook Enterprise Spin 514 starts at $479.99 and $749.99, respectively. Based on the powerful “Zen” architecture, the AMD Ryzen mobile processors ensure consistent responsiveness, fast […]

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Injured US Capitol police officer dies

Washington, Jan 8 (IANS) The US Capitol Police (USCP) has confirmed that an officer who was wounded during the violent protests that rocked Washington D.C., has succumbed to his injuries. Brian D. Sicknick “was responding to the riots on Wednesday at the US Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters”, Xinhua news agency […]

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Global cues, GDP data push market higher, auto stocks rise (Ld)

Mumbai, Jan 8 (IANS) Favourable global cues along with positive domestic macro economic data pushed the Indian equity indices higher during the mid-afternoon trade session on Friday. Accordingly, Nifty opened at record highs and continued its positive momentum towards 14,300 levels. Buying interest was visible across sectoral indices. Amongst sectors, Media, Auto, IT, Realty and […]

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‘Commonly used BP medications safe for Covid patients’

New York, Jan 8 (IANS) Medications to treat high blood pressure (BP) do not affect outcomes among patients hospitalised with Covid-19, researchers have claimed. The study, published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal, shows that there is no risk for patients continuing these medications while hospitalized for Covid-19. “Our trial results importantly show that these […]

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Australian state approves copper mine

Darwin, Jan 8 (IANS) The government of Australia’s Northern Territory (NT) state has approved a proposed A$200 million ($155 million) Outback copper mine. KGL Resources has been given the green light for its Jervois Copper Project, which chairman Denis Wood said would become a major supplier in the global copper market as demand increases, reports […]

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Dolphin beaten to death in UP canal

Pratapgarh (Uttar Pradesh), Jan 8 (IANS) The death of a dolphin in the Sharda Sahayak canal in Pratapgarh district has turned into a major controversy. The dolphin that strayed into the canal was reportedly beaten to death by the locals who mistook it for a ‘deadly fish’. The incident took place on January 1. The […]

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Mercury drops to 9.6 degrees C in Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 8 (IANS) The national capital recorded a minimum temperature of 9.6 degrees Celsius on Friday, a drop by five notches from 14.4 degrees Celsius logged a day before, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative data for Delhi, recorded a minimum temperature of 9.6 degrees Celsius. The […]

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US weekly unemployment claims slightly drop

Washington, Jan 8 (IANS) Initial unemployment claims in the US fell slightly to 787,000 last week, the lowest level in a month, the Labor Department reported. In the week ending on January 2y, the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 3,000 from the previous week’s upwardly revised level of 790,000, Xinhua news […]

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AIADMK General Council to meet on Jan 9

Chennai, Jan 8 (IANS) With the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections slated to be held in the next few months, the ruling AIADMK (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) has called a meeting of its General Council and Executive Committee on January 9. The meeting was called by AIADMK’s Coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam […]

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Qantas resumes bookings for int’l flights

Canberra, Jan 8 (IANS) Australian flag carrier Qantas has resumed bookings for international flights which will begin from July 1, in a promising sign that overseas travel might return sooner than expected. The airline started taking bookings for almost all flights across its international network late Tuesday with a few exceptions including New York, Fiji […]

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F5 acquires multi-cloud management startup Volterra for $500 mn

San Francisco, Jan 8 (IANS) Applications networking company F5 has acquired Volterra, a multi-cloud management startup, for $500 million. F5 said that with the addition of Volterra’s technology platform, it is creating an edge platform built for enterprises and service providers that will be security-first and app-driven with unlimited scale. “With Volterra, we advance our […]

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4 die after consuming spurious liquor in UP

Bulandshahr (Uttar Pradesh), Jan 8 (IANS) Four persons have died and five have been hospitalized in critical condition after consuming spurious liquor. The incident took place in Jeetgadhi village in the Sikandarabad area on Thursday night. Bulandshahr Senior Superintendent of Police has suspended three policemen, including the chowki in-charge for alleged dereliction of duty. According […]

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Akhilesh for quota on basis of caste population

Lucknow, Jan 8 (IANS) Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav has advocated that reservation for all castes should be on the basis of their population. Akhilesh Yadav, who is presently on a tour of Bundelkhand, told reporters: “The BJP government is trying to divide the other backward classes (OBCs) under backward and most backward categories. […]

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