First time in 53 yrs, ‘invisible salutation’ at iconic K’taka temple

Bengaluru, Jan 14 (IANS) The annual spectacle of ‘Surya Majjana’ or ‘Suryabhisheka’ (Sun Ablution) that was to occur in Bengaluru’s famous centuries-old Gavi Gangadhareshwara temple did not occur this time as cloudy weather set in just 20 minutes before the scheduled timing between 5:20 pm to 5:27 p.m. on Thursday. Gavi Gangadhareshwara temple’s chief priest, […]

Read More

Haryana CM launches air taxi service

Chandigarh, Jan 14 (IANS) Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday launched an air taxi service between Chandigarh and Hisar from the Chandigarh International Airport under UDAN scheme of the central government. On this occasion, Khattar handed over a boarding pass to the first passenger. He also visited the airstrip where he was apprised […]

Read More

‘Why is Naidu upset if farmers benefit?’

Amaravati, Jan 14 (IANS) Senior Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) leader and Rajya Sabha member V. Vijaysai Reddy on Thursday asked for the reason behind former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s disappointment when farmers in the state benefit. He was referring to TDP supremo Naidu’s act of burning copies of some Andhra Pradesh […]

Read More

Ryan Adams ‘cleared’ by FBI in probe on ‘sexting’ underage fan

Los Angeles, Jan 14 (IANS) American singer-songwriter Ryan Adams has reportedly been cleared of sending sexual messages to an underage female fan, following FBI investigation. “Ultimately, the FBI found no evidence that would support charging Ryan with a crime, and closed its investigation, without charges, in the fall of 2019,” the website Page Six quoted […]

Read More

Chennithala demands Kerala academy chief’s resignation

Thiruvananathapuram, Jan 14 (IANS) Senior Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala on Thursday demanded the resignation of Kerala State Chalachithra Academy Chairman Kamal and demanded a detailed investigation into his actions as head of the organisation. The Congress leader also said that a government employee getting salary from the state exchequer must behave and act above political […]

Read More

PMKVY 3.0 to be launched on Friday

New Delhi, Jan 14 (IANS) The third phase of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY 3.0) will be launched on Friday in 600 districts across India. Spearheaded by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), this phase will focus on new-age and Covid-related skills. Skill India Mission PMKVY 3.0 envisages training of eight lakh […]

Read More

Pak records highest jump in Covid-19 cases

Islamabad, Jan 14 (IANS) Pakistan reported its biggest jump in novel coronavirus cases in nearly a month as infections in Sindh rose by 1,769 in the past 24 hours, official data revealed on Thursday. Data issued by the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) showed that 3,097 people tested positive for Covid-19 across the country […]

Read More

Italian gov’t in crisis as coalition ally withdraws

Rome, Jan 14 (IANS) Italian Senator Matteo Renzi, a former prime minister, announced that his Italia Viva party is withdrawing its cabinet members from Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s coalition government. Italy’s current government is backed by a coalition between the center-left Democratic Party, the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, and Italia Viva, the party that Renzi […]

Read More

Indonesian Prez Widodo receives Chinese Covid-19 vaccine

Jakarta, Jan 14 (IANS) Indonesian President Joko Widodo received the Covid-19 vaccine shot developed by China’s biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech. The president, widely known as Jokowi, is the first Indonesian vaccinated to show that the vaccine is safe, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday. After the president, the Indonesian military chief, the national police chief […]

Read More

Ethiopia boosts health screening measures in airports

Addis Ababa, Jan 14 (IANS) Ethiopia is boosting health screening measures in airports to prevent transmission of new Covid-19 strains, an Ethiopian official has said. Sahrela Abdullahi, State Minister of Ethiopia Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), said on Tuesday the new health screening measures which will mainly apply to travelers coming from foreign destinations aims […]

Read More

Protests in Yemen’s Aden as currency value slashes

Aden, Jan 14 (IANS) Scores of Yemeni people took to the streets in the country’s southern port city of Aden protesting against the sharp deterioration of their national currency. In different neighbourhoods of Aden, protesters burned tyres and blocked main roads, forcing many business stores to shut down. The protest organisers demanded the newly power-sharing […]

Read More

Tripura, Manipur, Sikkim receive Covid-19 vaccines too

Agartala/Imphal/Guwahati, Jan 14 (IANS) After Assam and Meghalaya, three more northeastern states – Tripura, Manipur and Sikkim – on Wednesday saw Covid-19 vaccines reach them for the first round of immunisation, officials said. While Assam received the second consignment of Covid-19 vaccine on Wednesday after the first delivery on Tuesday, Tripura, Manipur and Sikkim received […]

Read More

Karnataka to get 20,000 doses of Covaxin also

Bengaluru, Jan 13 (IANS) Karnataka would get 20,000 doses of Covaxin from Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech for administering to frontline warriors, including healthcare workers, in the first phase from January 16, state Health Minister K. Sudhakar said on Wednesday. “The state will soon receive 20,000 doses of Covaxin from Hyderabad by air and these will be […]

Read More