India’s foreign exchange reserves down $1.8 bn

Mumbai, Jan 22 (IANS) India’s foreign exchange reserves declined by $1.839 billion during the week ended January 15. According to the Reserve Bank of India’s weekly statistical supplement, the reserves decreased to $584.242 billion from $586.082 billion reported for the week ended January 8. India’s forex reserves comprise of foreign currency assets (FCAs), gold reserves, […]

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‘Consumer sentiments on India’s economic prospects improve’

New Delhi, Jan 22 (IANS) Sentiments of Indians regarding the economic prospects of the country have improved in January, according to the Refinitiv-Ipsos Primary Consumer Sentiment Index (PCSI). The PCSI Economic Expectations Sub-Index for January has increased 3.5 percentage points. The overall consumer confidence increased by 4.7 percentage points in January 2021, said an IPSOS […]

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Tejashwi flays Nitish for circular against anti-government social media posts

Patna, Jan 22 (IANS) Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav has criticised a new circular released by the Nitish Kumar government which directs the law enforcement authorities to take action against derogatory remarks on social media against government officials and public representatives. Yadav said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has forgotten that Bihar is […]

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NDMC begins Covid testing of forces ahead of R-Day

New Delhi, Jan 22 (IANS) The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), on the recommendatons of the Central ministries, has started conducting rapid antigen tests of the special forces, paramilitary personnel and other armed forces who will be participating in the celebrations of 72nd Republic Day. “Different ministries have approached us for testing. No specific target […]

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Telangana IPS officer scales Mt. Kilimanjaro

Hyderabad, Jan 22 (IANS) Hyderabad’s Joint Commissioner of Police Tarun Joshi has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa and highest stand-alone mountain in the world. The Indian Police Service (IPS) official reached the top of the mountain, 5,895 metres above sea level, on January 21 at 08.15 a.m. (local time). Hyderabad Police Commissioner […]

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2.28 lakh people vaccinated on Day 7, 267 adverse events reported

New Delhi, Jan 22 (IANS) India on Friday inoculated as many as 2,28,563 healthcare and frontline workers, taking the toll of total beneficiaries who have been vaccinated to 12,72,097. “The Covid-19 vaccination programme was conducted successfully on the seventh day of the countrywide massive exercise. The cumulative number of healthcare workers vaccinated has surpassed 12.7 […]

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Pulkit Samrat urges to ‘lift your vibe’

Mumbai, Jan 22 (IANS) Bollywood actor Pulkit Samrat shared his fitness mantra on Friday, along with a picture he shared from the gym. “Lift some iron. Lift your vibe. . #traindirtyeatclean #repbyrep #stepbystep,” Pulkit wrote as the caption with the Instagram image. Pulkit is currently shooting for his upcoming film Suswagatam Khushamadeed. The film casts […]

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Denmark MPs want to reinstate Taiwan in WHA over Covid-19 success

By Rahul KumarNew Delhi, Jan 22 (IANS) Throwing the gauntlet to China, parliamentarians in Denmark have proposed that Taiwan be included in the World Health Organisation (WHO). Members of six of the ten political parties support Taiwan’s entry to WHO’s top decision-making body. Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten reported last week that despite Chinese opposition, the MPs […]

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Sara Ali Khan aces aerial yoga

Mumbai, Jan 22 (IANS) Actress Sara Ali Khan enjoys fitness, and loves sharing fitness videos, too. In a new video she posted on Friday, the young Bollywood star aces the aerial yoga. In the Instagram clip, Sara is seen performing aerial yoga with the help of a yoga hammock. She is seen swinging dressed in […]

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Four die in illegal mining in Jharkhand

Ranchi, Jan 22 (IANS) Four persons engaged in illegal mining died on Friday morning as mica mines caved in Jharkhand’s Koderma district. The incident occurred at the Foolwariya jungle, following which two bodies have been recovered from the mine this afternoon, the police said. According to police, a rescue operation is underway to extract the […]

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Row over directive against anti-government social media posts in Bihar

Patna, Jan 22 (IANS) The Bihar government has directed the Economic Offence Wing (EOW) to act against those organisations and individuals posing objectionable contents on social media against public representatives and government officials. The chief minister’s office (CMO) has directed the EOW through a circular to closely monitor content on social media and act on […]

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INS Mumbai celebrates 20th anniversary

New Delhi, Jan 22 (IANS) INS Mumbai, a frontline guided missile destroyer of the Indian Navy, celebrated its 20th anniversary on Friday, the Indian Navy said. Various events such as blood donation camp, tree plantation drive and a run between two prominent locations of Mumbai — Girgaon Chowpati and JK Kapur Chowk, Worli, where the […]

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Ganguly’s brother Snehashish undergoes successful angioplasty

Kolkata, Jan 22 (IANS) BCCI president Sourav Ganguly’s brother Snehashish on Friday underwent angioplasty at the Apollo Hospital here. “CAB secretary Snehashish Ganguly was today admitted at 11.20 am. He was successfully operated and is under observation at Apollo Hospitals,” Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) joint secretary Debabrata Biswas said in a statement. Snehashish, Ganguly’s […]

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13,000 volunteers given 2nd dose of Covaxin: Bharat Biotech

Hyderabad, Jan 22 (IANS) Bharat Biotech on Friday announced that 13,000 volunteers have been successfully administered the second dose of its Covid vaccine Covaxin in the phase-3 trials. Suchitra Ella, Joint Managing Director, Bharat Biotech International Limited, thanked the volunteers for their pro-vaccine public health volunteerism. The announcement came amid the continuing administration of Covaxin […]

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SL grants approval for Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine’s emergency use

Colombo, Jan 22 (IANS) Sri Lankan authorities on Friday granted approval for the emergency use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, Minister for Pharmaceutical Production and Regulation Channa Jayasumana said. Jayasumana said the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) had granted the approval for the emergency use of the British vaccine while several other vaccines were also […]

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Nadda unveils Lord Ram’s statue in party office

Lucknow, Jan 22 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party president J.P. Nadda on Friday unveiled a larger-than-life statue of Lord Ram in the party’s state headquarters here. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, state in-charge Radha Mohan Singh, Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Maurya and state party president Swatantra Dev Singh were present on the occasion. A party functionary said […]

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Gujarat govt to abolish police RR Cell

Gandhinagar, Jan 22 (IANS) Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Friday announced that the Rapid Response (RR) Cell of the state police will be abolished. Active since 1995, the RR Cell’s chief task was to keep a tab on the functionings of organised crime in the state. “We have decided to abolish the RR cell […]

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EU strongly discourages non-essential travel

Brussels, Jan 22 (IANS) Leaders of the European Union (EU) have agreed to consider further restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus by strongly discouraging non-essential travel between member states, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said. “All non-essential travel should be strongly discouraged both within the country and of course across borders,” […]

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New Zealand starts 3-month firearms buy-back

Wellington, Jan 22 (IANS) New Zealand has begun a three-month firearms buy-back as part of the government’s ambitious firearms reform program, Police Minister Poto Williams said on Friday. The last buy-back and amnesty was unprecedented for New Zealand and was successful in collecting 60,297 firearms, modifying a further 5,630 firearms, and collecting 299,837 prohibited parts […]

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Alibaba’s Tmall Global helps global SMEs open online stores

Beijing, Jan 22 (IANS) Alibaba Group’s online marketplace Tmall Global has announced a string of service solutions to facilitate overseas small and medium-sized companies to open stores on its platform. The company will provide tailored registration, consultation, logistics, operation and language services to global brands, allowing them to open online stores in as quick as […]

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Australian has beaten 3rd wave pandemic: PM

Canberra, Jan 22 (IANS) Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday declared that the country has successfully has beaten a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic. His declaration came after a meeting of the National Cabinet, which consists of the Prime Minister and state and territory leaders, to discuss Australia’s ongoing response to the pandemic, […]

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Night sky tourism takes-off in Jaipur

Jaipur, Jan 22 (IANS) Rajasthan has launched the unique night sky tourism in Jaipur that will be free of cost. State Minister of Arts and Culture, B.D. Kalla, in the presence of Chief Secretary Niranjan Arya, launched the project on Thursday aimed at garnering more tourists into the desert state. The Department of Science and […]

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Hasina thanks Modi for Covid-19 vaccine

By Sumi KhanDhaka, Jan 22 (IANS) Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has thanked her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for sending 20 lakh doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines to assist the country in its fight against the novel coronavirus. “I’m thanking Prime Minister Modi for sending the vaccine as a gift, I do expect that Bangladesh […]

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Andhra colleges warned not to collect excess fees

Amaravati, Jan 21 (IANS) In wake of some students and parents complaining about excess fees being collected by private intermediate colleges in Andhra Pradesh, state regulatory body, the Board of Intermediate Education (BIE), on Thursday warned their managements to refrain and reduce fees by 30 per cent as ordered earlier. “All the private unaided junior […]

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Minor cabinet reshuffle brews resentment in K’taka

Bengaluru, Jan 21 (IANS) At least four allegedly disgruntled ministers — K. Sudhakar, J.C. Madhuswamy, K. Gopalaiah and M.T.B. Nagaraj — reportedly skipped the first cabinet meeting convened by Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa on Thursday after effecting minor cabinet reshuffle and allocating portfolios to seven newly inducted legislators into his team. It came as […]

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Jammu-Srinagar Highway to remain closed on Friday

Jammu, Jan 21 (IANS) The Jammu-Srinagar Highway will remain closed on Friday for maintenance operations, an official statement said. “Tomorrow on 22-01-2021, no vehicular movement shall be allowed on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in view of maintenance/repairing of the road,” traffic police said in a statement. After remaining closed for a week due to the collapse […]

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7 labourers killed in Telangana road accident

Hyderabad, Jan 21 (IANS) At least seven people, including six women, were killed and 13 others injured when an auto-rickshaw in which they were travelling was crushed under a truck in Telangana’s Nalgonda district on Thursday. The accident occurred at at Angandipet Stage of P.A. Pally mandal when the auto-rickshaw, while trying to prevent hitting […]

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