B’luru police bust question paper leak racket, KPSC postpones FDA exam

Bengaluru, Jan 23 (IANS) With the Bengaluru Central Crime Branch police busting the question paper leak racket on Saturday night, Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) has cancelled competitive examinations for First Division Assistant scheduled on Sunday. The Bengaluru Joint Police Commissioner, (Crime), Sandeep Patil said in his tweet that the question paper of – First […]

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Amit Shah pays tribute to Netaji in Guwahati

Guwahati, Jan 23 (IANS) Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday paid tributes to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 125th birth anniversary in Guwahati. Paying floral tributes at the portrait of Bose in Guwahati, the Home Minister said that Netaji was a brilliant student, born patriot, skilled administrator and organiser and a leader with […]

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Lalu admitted to cardiac ICU at AIIMS

New Delhi, Jan 23 (IANS) Former Chief Minister of Bihar Lalu Prasad Yadav has been admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi after developing pneumonia, late on Saturday evening, officials told IANS. The RJD chief is kept in the cardiac intensive care unit (CICU) of the hospital under the supervision of […]

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After Sasikala, her cellmate also tests Covid positive

Bengaluru, Jan 23 (IANS) Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa’s close aide V. K. Sasikala’s prison cellmate and sister-in-law, J. Ilavarasi has also tested Covid-19 positive. She has been admitted to Victoria Hospital, the prison authorities said here on Saturday. Ilavarasi is undergoing treatment at Victoria Hospital in Bengaluru, where Sasikala has been admitted […]

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Mika Singh turns rapper for TV show

Mumbai, Jan 23 (IANS) Singer Mika Singh has turned rapper for an upcoming television show, which is a Punjabi love story. “With the name of the new show, ‘Teri Meri Ikk Jindri’ being so Punjabi and the concept being that of romance between two seemingly opposite personalities, the promos of the show caught my attention,” […]

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WHO chief thanks Modi for ‘continued support’ to Covid-19 response

Geneva, Jan 23 (IANS) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), on Saturday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his “continued support” to the global Covid-19 response. India’s ‘Vaccine Maitri’ initiative is providing vaccines to its neighbouring countries. “Thank you #India and Prime Minister @narendramodi for your continued support to the global […]

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Andhra govt employees threaten to boycott panchayat polls

Amaravati, Jan 23 (IANS) Hours after the Andhra Pradesh State Election Commissioner (SEC) Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar on Saturday issued a notification for the four-phase panchayat polls, the state government employees associations representatives threatened to boycott the elections because of the pandemic. The employees representatives said they would see how many employees the SEC terminates. “Government […]

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Australian states further ease border curbs

Canberra, Jan 23 (IANS) Western Australia (WA) authorities on Saturday announced that the state will reopen its border to New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland from Monday as they have continued to record zero locally acquired Covid-19 cases. Travellers from NSW and Queensland, two of Australia’s most populous states, could enter WA but still need […]

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3 rockets fired at Baghdad airport

Baghdad, Jan 23 (IANS) The Iraqi military said on Saturday that three rockets were fired at the Baghdad airport, just three days after the capital city witnessed two back-to-back suicide bombings. The rocket attack took place late on Friday night, Xinhua news agency quoted the media office of the Iraqi Joint Operations Command as saying […]

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Pak awaits ‘gift’ from China as India delivers vaccine supplies to key partner countries

By Ateet SharmaNew Delhi, Jan 23 (IANS) Even as the Indian Covid-19 vaccines reached Seychelles and Myanmar on Friday afternoon, and Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Maldives the day before, Pakistan is increasingly growing restless awaiting its 500,000 coronavirus vaccine dose ‘gift’ from iron brother China. A desperate Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the Foreign Minister of the […]

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Modi assures Brazil Prez of strengthening ties in healthcare sector (Ld)

New Delhi, Jan 23 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday assured Brazilian President Jair M. Bolsonaro of strengthening India’s cooperation with the South American nation in the healthcare sector. The Prime Minister gave the assurance while replying to Bolsonaro’s tweet in which he thanked Modi for dispatching two million doses of India made coronavirus […]

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BSF detects tunnel along IB in J&K

Jammu, Jan 23 (IANS) Ahead of the Republic Day, Border Security Force troopers have detected a key tunnel along the international border in Kathua district in Jammu and Kashmir that may have been used by terrorists, officials said. “On specific intelligence, troops of BSF detected a 150m long and 30 ft deep tunnel today (Saturday) […]

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Work in unison to contain Covid spread: LS Speaker Birla tells agencies ahead of Budget Session

New Delhi, Jan 23 (IANS) Emphasising that utmost standards of sanitisation and fumigation may be made during the Budget Session commencing next week, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Saturday directed all agencies concerned to work in unison to contain the possibility of Covid-19 infection. Birla’s direction came during inspection visits conducted at various facilities […]

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Tax data transfer between FB group companies: Govindacharya to FM

New Delhi, Jan 23 (IANS) Amid raging controversy surrounding WhatsApp’s new data privacy policy, former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue KN Govindacharya on Saturday urged Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to impose taxes on data transfer between Facebook group companies. “It is suggested that the best way to regulate internet companies is through adequate taxation,” […]

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13 killed in Philippines shootout

Manila, Jan 23 (IANS) At least 13 people were killed, including a police officer, and four others injured on Saturday during a shootout in the Philippines’ Maguindanao province, according to authorities. In a statement, the authorities said the shootout erupted when the police went to the hideout of a fugitive in Sultan Kudarat town at […]

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BJP, RSS ‘destroying’ democracy: Raj CM Gehlot

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 23 (IANS) Rajasthan Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot has said that the BJP-RSS combine is “destroying” Indian democracy through wrong policies and administrative measures. Gehlot was addressing Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee office bearers at the party’s state headquarters here at Indira Bhawan. Gehlot came down heavily against the central agencies […]

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Intelligent cord-free Dyson vacuum to ensure dust-free homes

New Delhi, Jan 23 (IANS) Keeping in mind Indian households that have various types of hidden dust which includes cockroach allergens, dust mites allergens, dog allergens, mould, bacteria and fungi on surfaces, global technology company Dyson has brought an intelligent, AI-driven ‘V11 Absolute Pro’ cord-free vacuum cleaner to the country. The machine’s fully sealed filtration […]

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Don’t understand ‘Parakram Diwas’, we call it ‘Deshnayak Diwas’: Mamata

Kolkata, Jan 23 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday paid a surprise visit to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s ancestral residence at Kolkata’s Elgin Road where she criticised the Centre’s decision to announce January 23 as ‘Parakram Diwas’. “I don’t understand the meaning of ‘Parakram Diwas’. We celebrate the day as ‘Deshnayak Diwas’,” […]

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Boeing to deliver commercial planes on sustainable fuels by 2030

Washington, Jan 23 (IANS) American airplane giant Boeing has announced that the company is setting a target to advance the long-term sustainability of commercial aviation, committing that its commercial airplanes will be capable and certified to fly on 100 per cent sustainable aviation fuels by 2030. Boeing has previously conducted successful test flights replacing petroleum […]

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Odisha pays tributes to Netaji, Veer Surendra Sai

Bhubaneswar, Jan 23 (IANS) Odisha on Saturday paid rich tributes to legendary freedom fighters Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 125th birth anniversary and Veer Surendra Sai on his 213th birth anniversary. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik paid floral tribute to Netaji at his statue in Cuttack, the birthplace of the legendary leader. Several paintings depicting […]

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Belgium to ban non-essential travel

Brussels, Jan 23 (IANS) Belgium will start banning non-essential travel to and from the country starting from January 27, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced. “As of January 27, recreational and tourist travel is prohibited. This applies to travel from or to our country,” the Prime Minister said at a press conference on Friday. The […]

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The White Tiger: Witty, wicked, well made (IANS Review; Rating: * * * and 1/2 ) (Lead)

The White Tiger (film on Netflix); Cast: Adarsh Gourav, Priyanka Chopra, Rajkummar Rao, Mahesh Manjrekar, Vijay Maurya, Swaroop Sampat, Direction: Ramin Bahrani; Rating: * * * and half (three and a half stars) BY VINAYAK CHAKRAVORTY “Don’t believe for a second there’s a million-rupee game show you can win to get out of it”. That’s […]

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Snow in valley, rain in Jammu

Srinagar, Jan 23 (IANS) Mimimum temperatures improved across Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh on Saturday as snow occurred in the valley and rain lashed the plains of Jammu division. Most people in the valley preferred to remain indoors in the morning due to the snow and slippery road conditions. The weather office has forecast more […]

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London teen charged with terror offence

London, Jan 23 (IANS) A 16-year-old boy from South East London appeared at Westminster Youth Court here and was charged with terror offence. The teen, who was not named for legal reasons, was charged on Friday with one offence of dissemination of a terrorist publication. He was arrested in December 2020 and subsequently charged following […]

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Industry-institute initiative to make banana farmers to go bananas

By Venkatachari JagannathanChennai, Jan 23 (IANS) A three way industry-institute-Tamil Nadu government organisation-collaborative effort to increase the value-added products from banana plantation is expected to make the banana farmers in the country go bananas. The faculty and the students of the Kancheepuram-based Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing (IIITDM) have come out with […]

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Bolsonaro says ‘Dhanyavaad’ to Modi for vaccine exports

Brasilia, Jan 23 (IANS) Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said “Dhanyavaad” (thank you) to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for helping the South American nation with Covid-19 vaccine exports. Taking to Twitter on Friday night, the President said: “Namaskar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi… Brazil is honoured to have a great partner to overcome a global obstacle. […]

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France’s Covid-19 infections top 3mn

Paris, Jan 23 (IANS) France on Friday reported 23,292 more confirmed Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the country’s total infections to 30,11,257, showed the government data website. The country’s Covid-19 death toll now stands at 72,647, 649 more than the previous day. Some 25,872 Covid-19 patients remain in hospital, including 2,912 in […]

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Russia adds 21,513 Covid-19 cases

Moscow, Jan 23 (IANS) Russia confirmed 21,513 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours, taking the country’s total to 3,677,352, the country’s Covid-19 response centre said in a statement on Friday. The number of deaths increased by 580 to 68,412, the Xinhua news agency reported. Figures show that 3,081,536 people have recovered, including 27,318 recoveries over […]

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