YSRCP’s Pothula Suneetha elected MLC sans contest

Amaravati, Jan 21 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh’s ruling YSRCP candidate Pothula Suneetha was elected, without any contest, to the Legislative Council on Thursday to fill up a casual vacancy. “The returning officer and Deputy Secretary to the state legislature has declared Pothula Suneetha, YSRCP as duly elected uncontested,” said a statement from the chief electoral officer’s […]

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Odisha reports two serious AEFI cases

Bhubaneswar, Jan 21 (IANS) Two cases of Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFI) have been reported in Odisha as two healthcare workers were hospitalised after administration of Covid-19 vaccine, the state Health Department said on Thursday. Both the healthcare workers are now stable. A 27-year-old staff nurse in Bargarh district had taken the vaccine on January […]

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The legend of Netaji on screen

New Delhi, Jan 21 (IANS) The legend of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, his life and persona, even death, never ceases to amaze filmmakers. Various facets of his life have been explored on screens big and small over the decades, many more are waiting to be told. More than seven decades after his death, the mystique […]

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Tripura, Manipur, Meghalaya celebrate 49th Statehood Day

Agartala/Imphal/Shillong, Jan 21 (IANS) Tripura, Manipur and Meghalaya on Thursday separately celebrated their 49th Statehood Day through numerous colourful functions. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, BJP President J.P. Nadda, and several Union ministers and Chief Ministers of the neighbouring northeastern states greeted […]

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Researcher shares Netaji’s Great Escape route

By Soudhriti BhabaniKolkata, Jan 21 (IANS) In 1941, 44-year-old Subhas Chandra Bose was under house arrest with the police guarding the entire area outside his Elgin Road residence in south Kolkata. According to noted Netaji researcher Jayanta Chowdhury, the black German Wanderer sedan which Bose rode for his great escape on January 16, 1941 rolled […]

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Australian envoy calls on Punjab, Haryana CMs

Chandigarh, Jan 21 (IANS) Australia’s High Commissioner to India Barry O’Farrell on Thursday called on Chief Ministers of Punjab and Haryana here to explore cooperation in agriculture, water and education. “Valuable insights from Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar-ji on his key priorities for Haryana and opportunities for greater Australia-Haryana cooperation in agribusiness, water and education,” […]

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Seers back Covid vaccination drive in MP

Bhopal, Jan 21 (IANS) In an effort to make the Covid-19 vaccination drive a huge success in Madhya Pradesh, several religious leaders and eminent personalities across the state have launched a ‘Jan Jagriti Abhiyan’ to raise awareness for maximum participation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 16 launched India’s coronavirus vaccination drive via video conference. […]

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Nadda arrives to a warm welcome in Lucknow

Lucknow, Jan 21 (IANS) BJP president J.P. Nadda was given a warm welcome at Lucknow airport when he arrived here on a two-day visit. Nadda’s visit was re-scheduled and he arrived about six hours late on Thursday evening. Chief minister Yogi Adityanath, deputy chief ministers, Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma, along with over a […]

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49.35 kg banned stimulant drug seized by NCB, two held

Bengaluru, Jan 21 (IANS) In a joint operation with its counterparts in Chennai zone, Narcotics Control Bureau’s Bengaluru Zone officials on Thursday busted a drugs racket by arresting two persons and seizing 49.5 kg banned stimulant chemical Ephedrine. The contraband was concealed in electric commercial sandwich-makers and other electrical accessories, a statement by Bengaluru NCB […]

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5 killed in Baghdad market suicide blast

Baghdad, Jan 21 (IANS) At least five people were killed and 10 others injured on Thursday in a suicide blast at a marketplace in Baghdad, an Iraqi Interior Ministry source confirmed. A suicide bomber detonated an explosive belt in Bab al-Sharji area, and another blast followed a few minutes later, the source told Xinhua news […]

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Study finds massive doubts over Aus forests’ ability to recover from bushfires

Canberra, Jan 21 (IANS) A new study published on Thursday revealed “massive concerns” about the long-term recovery of Australian forests from the devastating 2019-20 “Black Summer” bushfires. The study, which was published by Australian National University (ANU) and Griffith University, warned that early signs of recovery from the fires could be deceiving, reports Xinhua news […]

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Congress to distribute Priyanka calendar in UP

Lucknow, Jan 21 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh Congress is preparing to distribute nearly 10 lakh calendars of party’s General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, across every village and city of the state. According to the party sources, the 12-page table top calendar has a photograph of Priyanka on every page. It encapsulates her journey since she […]

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Palestine’s Abbas congratulates Biden

Ramallah, Jan 21 (IANS) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas congratulated Joe Biden for his inauguration as the new President of the US and Kamala Harris as the Vice President. On Wednesday, Abbas expressed his “deep wishes for President Biden and Vice President Harris to succeed in confronting the big challenges”, Xinhua news agency quoted state media […]

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3 killed in Madrid explosion

Madrid, Jan 21 (IANS) Three people were killed and several others injured after a large explosion destroyed a building in the centre of Madrid, according to authorities. Addressing reporters, the Spanish capital’s Mayor Jose Luis Martinez-Almeida said that an 85-year-old woman and man died in the blast, which occurred at Toledo Street close to the […]

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Thailand Open: Satwiksairaj-Ashwini enter mixed doubles’ quarters (Lead)

Bangkok, Jan 21 (IANS) The Indian pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa on Thursday secured their berth into the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles event at the Toyota Thailand Open after getting past Germany’s Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich in their second round contest. Satwiksairaj and Ashwini defeated their German opponents 22-20, 14-21, 21-16 […]

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Israeli leaders congratulate Biden

Tel Aviv, Jan 21 (IANS) Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have congratulated Joe Biden as he was sworn in as the 46th president of the US. Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, Rivlin said: “Congratulations to President Joe Biden, 46th President of the United States, and to Vice President Kamala Harris. The […]

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Biopic on centenarian marathoner Fauja Singh (Ld)

Chandigarh, Jan 21 (IANS) Centenarian marathon runner Fauja Singh’s biography ‘Turbaned Tornado’, authored by Chandigarh-based Khushwant Singh, is all set to become a biopic. On Thursday, Aleya Motion Magic, ThinkInk Picturez, and Blue Lotus Creative announced to adapt ‘Turbaned Tornado’, biography of the iconic marathon runner Fauja Singh into a biopic. The movie will be […]

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Syria demands immediate withdrawal of US forces

Damascus, Jan 21 (IANS) The Syrian government has demanded the “immediate and unconditional withdrawal” of US forces from the war-torn country due to their “hostile practices”. In a statement issued on Wednesday the Foreign Ministry condemned what it called the “hostile practices” of the US forces in northeastern Syria, reports Xinhua news agency. It accused […]

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UK unveils new fund to back fishing industry

London, Jan 21 (IANS) The UK government has announced the funding of up to 23 million pounds ($31 million) to support seafood exporters that are most adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and the challenges of adjusting to new export requirements after Brexit. “This is in recognition of the unique circumstances of the fishing sector, […]

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Pak values relations with EU: FM Qureshi

Islamabad, Jan 21 (IANS) Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Islamabad greatly valued its relations with the European Union (EU), which are based on shared values and common objectives of peace, prosperity and development. The Pakistan-EU relationship has strengthened steadily over the years and is pursued through sound institutional mechanisms and dialogue processes, […]

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Prepare database of frontline workers: Yogi

Lucknow, Jan 21 (IANS) UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed officials to promptly prepare a database of the frontline workers for the upcoming phase of the vaccination campaign. According to the government spokesman, the Chief Minister directed that every action of the vaccination campaign should be in accordance with the guidelines and standards set […]

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Girl and father end life in UP

Sitapur (Uttar Pradesh), Jan 21 (IANS) A teenager battling depression for two years following her mother’s death ended her life, prompting even the father to take his life out of sheer hopelessness. According to reports, Shalu, 18, first committed suicide by hanging herself because she could not come to terms with the death of her […]

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Priest bludgeoned to death in Lucknow

Lucknow, Jan 21 (IANS) An 85-year-old priest of a Shiva temple was brutally bludgeoned to death in Shivpur village on the outskirts of the Uttar Pradesh capital. The blood-soaked body of the priest, Fakire Das, was found inside his hut on the temple premises on Wednesday. His assailants appeared to have used a brick to […]

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Dutch govt to impose curfew, flight ban

The Hague, Jan 21 (IANS) The caretaker government of the Netherlands has decided to ban flights from the UK, South Africa and the whole of South America and also planned to introduce a night-time curfew to curb the spread of Covid-19, outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced. “This is a critical moment for national security […]

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Twitter restarts Biden’s @POTUS account with zero followers

San Francisco, Jan 21 (IANS) Twitter has removed all followers from @POTUS and @WhiteHouse account rather than transferring the accounts existing followers over to the new administration as part of the change in policy. Trump administration Twitter accounts are now publicly archived and include: @POTUS45, @WhiteHouse45, @VP45, @PressSec45, @FLOTUS45 and @SecondLady45. Accounts for the White […]

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Djokovic says demands for Australian Open players ‘misconstrued’

Canberra, Jan 21 (IANS) World number one Novak Djokovic said his demands for tennis players in quarantine ahead of the Australian Open were “misconstrued”. In an open letter to the Australian public published from hotel quarantine in South Australia, Djokovic defended his “good intentions”, reports Xinhua news agency. It comes after the eight-time Australian Open […]

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Democrats take control of US Senate

Washington, Jan 21 (IANS) The Democratic Party has taken control of the US Senate after Vice President Kamala Harris swore in three party Senators as new members of the upper chamber. Stepping onto the Senate floor for the first time as Vice President, which also makes her the President of the Senate, Harris on Wednesday […]

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Biden reverses US withdrawal from WHO

Washington, Jan 21 (IANS) US President Joe Biden has reversed the US process of withdrawing from the World Health Organization (WHO). Hours after being sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, Biden on Wednesday signed an executive order ceasing a withdrawal process that his predecessor Donald Trump initiated last year, Xinhua news […]

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UN chief welcomes US re-entry into Paris Agreement

United Nations, Jan 21 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has welcomed the announcement of the new US administration to re-enter the Paris Agreement on climate change. “I warmly welcome President (Joe) Biden’s steps to re-enter the Paris Agreement on climate change and join the growing coalition of governments, cities, states, businesses and people taking ambitious […]

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Biden appoints Jagadesan as acting USIDFC head

By Arul LouisNew York, Jan 21 (IANS) President Joe Biden as appointed Dev Jagadesan as the acting head of the US International Development Finance Corporation (USIDFC), the White House has announced. With all the senior political appointees in key positions leaving office after Donald Trump’s term ended on Wednesday, Biden made interim appointments pending the […]

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SEBI approves Future-Reliance deal

New Delhi, Jan 20 (IANS) Despite exhortations by Amazon, markets regulator SEBI has approved the deal between Future Group and Reliance Industries. SEBI, in a letter issued on Wednesday, approved the deal subject to a number of conditions in the Composite Scheme of Arrangement. The BSE on its part said that it has no adverse […]

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Karnataka to promote Bengaluru Rose onion exports

Bengaluru, Jan 20 (IANS) Four onion growing producer organisations of Karnataka signed an agreement with the city-based BS Allium Cepa Exports Ltd to promote Bengaluru Rose onion exports, an official said on Wednesday. “The state government has identified Chikkaballapur, Kolar and Bengaluru Rural district as rose onion clusters to encourage their exports under the agriculture […]

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80% Indians support free Tibet

New Delhi, Jan 20 (IANS) Nearly 80 per cent Indians support free Tibet, as per the IANS C-Voter Tibet Poll. This is significant and needs no further elaboration. It took just about 10 odd questions in the survey and 5 minutes discussion from the respondents to recalibrate their moral compass. The good part of this […]

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