Gram panchayat polls litmus test for Thackeray govt’s performance (Lead)

Mumbai, Jan 15 (IANS) A mini-general election at the grassroots level was completed without major incidents in 14,234 Gram Panchayats across 34 of Maharashtra’s 36 districts (except Mumbai and Mumbai Suburban districts) for 125,709 seats, officials said on Friday. A Maharashtra State Election Commission spokesperson said that, as per the provisional figures available, approximately 66 […]

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Karnataka readies to vaccinate Covid warriors

Bengaluru, Jan 15 (IANS) All arrangements have been made to begin vaccinating 16-lakh Covid warriors at 243 centres across Karnataka from Saturday, said state Health Minister K. Sudhakar on Friday. “Covishield vaccine will be administered at 237 centres and Covaxin at 6 centres across the state after Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually unveils the drive […]

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Forget Telegram, Signal: IS terrorists in India, abroad using much more secure Threema (Ld)

By Anand SinghNew Delhi, Jan 15 (IANS) Amid the debate over privacy concerns, several people are switching to Telegram and Signal from WhatsApp. However, terrorists in India and abroad are using a much more advanced secure messaging platform to communicate with their counterparts across the globe without being traced and without leaving any digital footprint, […]

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Kerala FM presents Budget, aims to generate 8 lakh jobs (Ld)

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 15 (IANS) Kerala Finance Minister TM Thomas Isaac on Friday presented the state’s Budget of the Pinarayi Vijayan-led LDF government in the Assembly, promising to generate eight lakh employment opportunities in the state. Addressing the Assembly, Issac said that it was a “people-centric and welfare-oriented Budget” and that schemes proposed in it would […]

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Jamie Lever to host a digital show

Mumbai, Jan 15 (IANS) Standup comedian Jamie Lever has been roped in to host a digital interactive quiz show. Jamie, daughter of popular comedian and Bollywood actor Johny Lever, will be seen portraying a budding journalist who is smart and inquisitive, and always on the hunt for the latest “scoop” in the show titled “For […]

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Pak schools to reopen from Jan 18

Islamabad, Jan 15 (IANS) Pakistan Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood on Friday confirmed that grades 9-12 will resume from January 18 as planned, while primary classes will reopen nationwide from February 1. While briefing the media after a meeting of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Mahmood said grades 1-8 will begin on February 1, […]

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Indonesia starts massive Covid-19 vaccination drive

Jakarta, Jan 15 (IANS) Indonesia launched its massive Covid-19 vaccination program with health workers as the main priority group, a day after President Joko Widodo received the first shot developed by China’s biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech. On Thursday morning, a mass vaccination was held at state-run Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital in central Jakarta, Xinhua news agency […]

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Kuwaitis receive 2nd doses of Covid-19 vaccine

Kuwait City, Jan 15 (IANS) Kuwaiti people started to receive the second doses of Covid-19 vaccine, as part of the national vaccination campaign at Kuwait Vaccination Center in Hawalli Governorate, the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) said. Kuwait’s Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah received the second dose of coronavirus vaccine at the center on […]

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Bihu, Makar Sankranti celebrated in NE states

Agartala/Guwahati, Jan 14 (IANS) Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the northeastern states on Thursday celebrate Bihu and Makar Sankranti, both harvest festivals, with traditional fervour and enthusiasm. Lakhs of cheerful men, women and children in traditional attires took part in the Bihu and Makar Sankranti celebrations, mostly in five of the eight northeastern states — Assam, […]

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CDs used to blackmail Yediyurappa shot by his grandchildren: Rebel BJP leader

Kudalasangama (Karnataka), Jan 14 (IANS) Continuing his tirade against Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, rebel BJP leader and former Union minister Basanagouda Patil Yatnal claimed on Thursday that Yediyurappa’s grandchildren were ‘recording CDs’ to blackmail him and get their illegal works done through him. Yatnal is leading an agitation along with Panchamasali Lingayat Matha seer […]

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Karnataka Cong terms BJP as ‘Blackmailers’ Janata Party

Bengaluru, Jan 14 (IANS) Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president D. K. Shivakumar on Thursday caustically remarked that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) should officially rename itself as ‘Blackmailers’ Janata Party as their own party legislators were making such allegations. Deriding the ruling BJP, Shivakuamr sought to know where are the sleuths of Directorate of Enforcement, Income […]

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