Maha Covid-19 death toll hits 50,000

Mumbai, Jan 9 (IANS) Exactly 10 months after the first two Covid-19 cases were reported from Pune on March 9, 2020, Maharashtra’s coronavirus death toll crossed 50,000 on Saturday, health officials said here. With this, the state’s Covid-19 fatalities are just below Spain’s 51,874 deaths and above Colombia’s 45,431 deaths, as per the Worldometer’s latest […]

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AFC hails Asian Cup China 2023 preparations

Beijing, Jan 9 (IANS) Asian Football Confederation (AFC) general secretary Windsor John has spoken highly of China’s preparations for the 2023 Asian Cup amid the COVID-19 pandemic, voicing his confidence in China to “deliver a tournament to remember”. “The AFC has been working closely with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) as well as the Chinese […]

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Punjab CM slams AAP’s Bhagwant Mann on farm laws

Chandigarh, Jan 9 (IANS) Slamming AAP state chief Bhagwant Mann for speaking “blatant lies”, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday said it was unfortunate that people like him who had no knowledge about the Constitution and legislative procedures, were in politics and were making illogical statements with the sole motive of misleading the people. […]

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Punjab Police bust gang of weapon smugglers

Chandigarh, Jan 9 (IANS) In a major inter-state operation, the Punjab Police on Saturday busted a gang of Madhya Pradesh-based weapons smugglers who were supplying illegal arms and ammunition to gangsters in Punjab, and arrested two persons and seized a huge cache of arms. The weapons seized include 12.32 bore country-made pistols and 15 magazines. […]

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BSF hands over 6 to Pakistan Rangers

Chandigarh, Jan 9 (IANS) The Border Security Force (BSF) deployed in Punjab’s Amritsar sector apprehended six Pakistani nationals, who inadvertently crossed the border and entered into Indian territory, and later handed them over to the Pakistan Rangers on Saturday, the BSF said. During questioning, it came to notice that they had crossed over to Indian […]

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Mainstream journalists falling into social media trap: Andhra govt

Hyderabad, Jan 9 (IANS) The Andhra Pradesh government’s national media and inter-state affairs advisor, Devulapalli Amar, on Saturday said the mainstream media houses are falling into the trap of social media, resulting in inadvertently spreading false news leading to communal tension in the state. “These incidents (alleged temple attacks & media reports) have clearly indicated […]

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Bindusagar lake rejuvenation project launched in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Jan 9 (IANS) The Bindusagar lake rejuvenation project was launched in Bhubaneswar on Saturday. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan launched the project at Ekamra Khetra here. Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) along with the Odisha government will implement the state-of-the-art technology to clean up […]

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Rahul’s ‘rhyming attack’ on govt

New Delhi, Jan 9 (IANS) Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi has been criticising the government on the farm laws but he has now adopted a poetic style. The change seems to be visible with people noticing his strategy of using poems and rhymes, however Congress leaders say this is not the first time Rahul has […]

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IYC slams govt over farm laws

New Delhi, Jan 9 (IANS) Highlighting the deaths of farmers in the ongoing farmers’ agitation, the Indian Youth Congress (IYC) on Saturday slammed the Centre saying that Prime Minister Modi had not consoled the relatives or visited the protest site till date to meet the agitating farmers. The IYC said it will collect soil from […]

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Kim Jong-un urges US to end hostile policy

Seoul, Jan 9 (IANS) North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has urged the US to end its hostile policy towards Pyongyang, state media reported on Saturday. In the report, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Kim made the remarks at the ongoing eighth Congress of the ruling Workers’ Party, reports Xinhua news agency. Kim […]

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140,000 jobs lost in US in Dec 2020

Washington, Jan 9 (IANS) US employers slashed 140,000 jobs in December 2020, the first monthly decline in employment since April 2020, as recent Covid-19 spikes have stalled the recovery of the labour market, an official report said. “The decline in payroll employment reflects the recent increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and efforts to contain the […]

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Danish govt advises against all foreign travel

Copenhagen, Jan 9 (IANS) Danish authorities have raised the security level in its latest travel guidelines to “red”, advising against all international travel and imposing stricter entry restrictions. “From January 8 until January 17, the travel guidelines for the whole world will be sharpened from being ‘orange’ (all unnecessary travel is not recommended) to ‘red’, […]

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Ex-Gujarat CM Madhavsinh Solanki dies at 93 (Ld)

Gandhinagar, Jan 9 (IANS) Former Gujarat Chief Minister Madhavsinh Solanki passed away at his residence in Gandhinagar on Saturday. He was 93. The state government has declared Saturday as a day of mourning following Solanki’s death. Incumbent Chief Minister Vijay Rupani offered his condolences and declared that Solanki’s last rites will be carried out with […]

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Former Gujarat CM Madhavsinh Solanki dies at 93

Gandhinagar, Jan 9 (IANS) Former Gujarat Chief Minister Madhavsinh Solanki passed away at his residence in Gandhinagar on Saturday. He was 93. The state government has declared Saturday as a day of mourning following Solanki’s death. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former All India Congress Committee (AICC) president Rahul Gandhi have offered their condolences to […]

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Novel method may help detect Covid antibodies in seconds

New York, Jan 9 (IANS) Researchers, including an Indian-origin, have identified an advanced nanomaterial-based biosensing platform that detects, within seconds, antibodies specific to SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition to testing, the platform will help to quantify patient immunological response to the new vaccines with precision, according to a paper published […]

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Woman, 2 kids killed in Bihar fire

Patna, Jan 9 (IANS) A woman and her two children were burnt alive in Bihar’s Buxar district after a fire engulfed their home. The incident took place in Daniyawa village on Friday night, when the victims were asleep. Buxar police learnt about the incident on Saturday morning when neighbours spotted smoke coming from the house. […]

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#Nobuymonth

By Sujata AssomullNew Delhi, Jan 9 (IANSlife) January is my diet month, as I always start the year a few kilos heavier. This time around it is more than a few kilos, perhaps as gatherings and trips were cancelled I decided to over compensate with extra helpings of Christmas cake washed down with mulled wine. […]

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San Francisco Mayor announces initiatives to combat human trafficking

San Francisco, Jan 9 (IANS) San Francisco Mayor London Breed has announced new initiatives to combat and prevent human trafficking in the US city. Starting this month, the Department of Public Health’s Environmental Health Inspectors will begin incorporating new anti-human trafficking training into their inspection process, Xinhua news agency quoted the Mayor as saying in […]

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Reliance Infra completes sale of entire 74% shareholding in Parbati Koldam Transmission Company Limited to India Grid Trust

Mumbai, Jan 9 (IANS) Reliance Infrastructure Limited (RInfra) on Saturday announced the successful completion of sale of its entire 74 per cent equity stake in Parbati Koldam Transmission Company Limited (PKTCL) to India Grid Trust (IndiGrid) for an enterprise value of Rs 900 crore. RInfra owns 74 per cent in PKTCL located in the state […]

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India rises to the occasion as global rice stock runs short

By Mahua VenkateshNew Delhi, Jan 9 (IANS) Indias contribution in maintaining global food security is rising rapidly as it expands its rice exports to various countries amid the Covid-19 pandemic crisis that impacted crop production and supplies. Competitive pricing, high production and falling outbound shipment from other key rice exporting countries including Thailand and Vietnam […]

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Action in Uniform: Women cops get real

New Delhi, Jan 9 (IANS) The female cop has always been a character that induced intrigue in Hindi cinematic entertainment. Bollywood has glamorised the prototype in commercial cinema in the past. From Rekha, Hema Malini and Sridevi to Tabu, Rani Mukerji and Priyanka Chopra, many actresses have kicked butt of societal evil with larger-than-life elan, […]

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France to host summit for nature protection

New Delhi, Jan 9 (IANS) Organised by France, in cooperation with the UN and the World Bank, the ‘One Planet Summit’ for biodiversity on January 11 aims to advance the protection of nature, organisers said on Saturday. French President Emmanuel Macron, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and World Bank Group President David Malpass are organising the […]

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Fog in Jammu, light snowfall in Kashmir Valley

Srinagar, Jan 9 (IANS) Light snowfall in Kashmir Valley and dense fog in Jammu division disrupted the air traffic on Saturday morning. The authorities meanwhile said the strategic Jammu-Srinagar highway is open for stranded vehicles only. The weather office has forecast dry weather during the next 6 days adding that Saturday’s light snowfall in Kashmir […]

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Taj Mahotsav cancelled due to Covid-19 scare

Agra, Jan 9 (IANS) The 10-day annual cultural extravaganza ‘Taj Mahotsav’, which was to begin here from February 18-28, has been cancelled over fears of further spread of the novel coronavirus, officials said on Saturday. The Agra tourism circles expressed disappointment over the cancellation of the event which attracts tourists from all walks of life […]

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Canada’s 2nd largest airline cuts jobs, flights

Ottawa, Jan 9 (IANS) WestJet, Canada’s second-largest airline, has announced that it would lay off 1,000 people and cut flights due to the official travel restrictions imposed in the wake of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. “Immediately following the federal government’s inbound testing announcement on December 31, 2020, and with the continuation of the 14-day quarantine, […]

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‘Incredibly accomplished’ Indian Americans on Biden national security team

New York, Jan 9 (IANS) US President-elect Joe Biden, continuing to fill out top posts to align with a diverse country’s shifting demographics, on Friday appointed to his national security council “incredibly accomplished” Indian Americans who will serve under National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. Tarun Chhabra, a first-generation American and a graduate of Stanford University, […]

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Pompeo meets with Biden’s secretary of state nominee

Washington, Jan 9 (IANS) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that he had met with President-Elect Joe Biden’s Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken to facilitate an orderly transition. “Today, I met with President-Elect @JoeBiden’s Secretary-Designate @ABlinken in order to facilitate an orderly transition, and to ensure American interests are protected abroad,” Pompeo tweeted […]

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Ed Sheeran to turn deejay?

Los Angeles, Jan 9 (IANS) Singer Ed Sheeran is reportedly going to turn a deejay with a remix for singer Passenger. Sheeran has put a spin on his friend Passenger’s song “Sword from the stone”, which is expected to be out next week. His first remix is under the alias “Gingerbread mix”, reports contactmusic.com. “They […]

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Preparations continue for mass vaccination: Turkish prez

Istanbul, Jan 9 (IANS) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the mass vaccination process against the Covid-19 pandemic would soon start. Speaking to reporters in Istanbul after Friday prayers, Erdogan said that Turkey’s Health Ministry has been continuing its works to launch the vaccination process in line with a calendar, Xinhua news agency reported. “Currently, […]

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SCR schedules 33 Sankranti festival special trains

Secunderabad, Jan 8 (IANS) Considering the Sankranti festival rush, the South Central Railway (SCR) zone will run more than 30 special trains to ferry passengers from Hyderabad to multiple places in Andhra Pradesh from Saturday. “In order to clear extra rush during Sankranti festival, SCR will run special trains between Hyderabad – Visakhapatnam – Hyderabad […]

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Karnataka Brahmin Board launches two schemes for poor Brahmin brides

Bengaluru, Jan 8 (IANS) Karnataka introduced two schemes to provide financial assistance to brides from economically weaker sections among the Brahmins. According to the Karnataka State Brahmin Development Board, under the “Arundhati” scheme, families of Brahmin brides will get Rs 25,000 while under the “Maitreyi” scheme, they will receive Rs 3 lakh if the woman […]

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