Six from Odisha to receive Padma awards

Bhubaneswar, Jan 25 (IANS) As many as six personalities from Odisha will receive Padma awards for their notable contributions towards the welfare of society. Sculptor Sudarshan Sahoo will receive the Padma Vibhushan for his contribution to the field of art. Five others from the state to receive the Padma Shri include Shanti Devi (social work), […]

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Centre set to permanently ban 59 Chinese apps

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) The Union Government has decided permanently ban 59 Chinese mobile applications including TikTok. The development comes several months after the government had first banned Chinese apps temporarily in last June. The government had sought responses from the companies on the show cause notices, but sources said that it is not […]

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Gurugram to livestream R-Day event on YouTube

Gurugram, Jan 25 (IANS) The Gurugram district administration has decided to livestream the Republic Day district level program on YouTube in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, the district administration officials said on Monday. “The entire program will be telecasted through YouTube in Gurugram. The decision has been taken to connect more and more people to […]

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Bengali star Rukmini Maitra to debut in B’wood in Vidyut Jammwal-starrer ‘Sanak’

Mumbai, Jan 25 (IANS) Bengal actress Rukmini Maitra is all set to make her Bollywood debut. She will feature opposite action star Vidyut Jammwal in the forthcoming action-thriller Sanak. Announcing the news, Vidyut tweeted on Monday: “Brace yourself, something big is coming tomorrow! Ab Sankegi! #ComingSoon #Sanak Stay tuned!” Confirming the same, trade analyst Taran […]

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FDI flow into India grows 13% in 2020

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) into India rose 13 per cent in 2020, backed by investments into the digital sector, said a report by the United Nations Conference of Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The growth in FDI into India was witnessed despite a slump in investments into other developing economies. FDI […]

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4 from northeast to receive Rashtriya Bal Puraskar

By Sujit ChakrabortyGuwahati/Agartala/Imphal, Jan 25 (IANS) Four children of four northeastern states — Assam, Manipur, Sikkim and Tripura — have been chosen for this year’s Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar (PMRBP) for their exceptional abilities and outstanding feat in different fields, officials said on Monday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with PMRBP awardees via video […]

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Rakul Preet shares her sunshine mantra

Mumbai, Jan 25 (IANS) Bollywood actress Rakul Preet Singh spreads sunshine mood in her new Instagram image, and urges everyone to follow their dreams. In the picture, she is seen sitting dressed in a floral crop top paired with high waisted jeans. “Follow your dreams, they know the way #sunshinegirl #mondaymood,” she wrote as the […]

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Moderna says its Covid-19 vaccine works against new variants

New York, Jan 25 (IANS) US-based drugmaker Moderna on Monday said its Covid-19 vaccine retains neutralising activity against emerging variants first identified in the UK and South Africa. Vaccination with the Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine produced neutralising titers against all key emerging variants tested, including B.1.1.7 and B.1.351, first identified in the UK and South Africa, […]

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Congress forms panels for Assam assembly polls

New Jan 25 (IANS) The Congress has formed a number of committees for the upcoming assembly polls in Assam. The committees formed by the party include the election committee, manifesto committee, management committee, coordination committee, campaign committee and media committee. Sonia Gandhi has appointed state president Ripun Bora as Chairman of state election committee and […]

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Kerala reports 3,361 Covid cases, 17 deaths

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 25 (IANS) After testing 30,903 samples, Kerala on Monday reported 3,361 Covid 19 cases, while 5,606 people recovered from the disease in the past 24 hours, as per a release issued by the office of state Health Minister K.K. Shailaja. Kerala’s test positivity rate stood at 10,88 per cent on Monday. Ernakulam district […]

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Andhra couple murders daughters to resurrect them

Madanapalle (Andhra Pradesh), Jan 25 (IANS) A highly superstitious teacher couple killed their two daughters, believing that they could be resurrected at Madanapalle in Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district. V. Purushotam Naidu, lecturer in a government women’s degree college and his wife V. Padmaja, a maths teacher in Masterminds IIT Talent School committed these murders on […]

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Recovering Fortunes: Yes Bank sees signs of reaching pre-Covid levels soon

By Rohit VaidMumbai, Jan 25 (IANS) Private lender Yes Bank has witnessed internal as well as external indicators of fast-paced economic recovery leading to pre-Covid operational levels. The bank’s own financial performance has improved drastically. It has again reported a net profit for the third consecutive quarter. Apart from q high retail loan disbursement demand, […]

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3 NE states to display their traditions on R-Day

By Sujit ChakrabortyAgartala/Guwahati/Itanagar, Jan 25 (IANS) Two northeastern states – Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura – will showcase their traditions, famed customary talents, art and craft while Assam will demonstrate its tea, one of the backbones of Indian economy, and wildlife, in this year’s Republic Day parade in the national capital. Officials said that after around […]

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Integrated weapons system design centre opened in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Jan 25 (IANS) Vice-President M.Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the Integrated Weapons System Design Centre at DRDO’s APJ Abdul Kalam Missile Complex here on Monday. The facility would enhance the capability in design and development of command and control systems for surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems and ballistic missile defence (BMD) systems, said Defence Research and Development […]

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Australia Day protesters to face fines, arrest

Sydney, Jan 25 (IANS) Protesters planning rallies against Australia Day risk breaching Covid-19 regulations and could result in fines and arrests, New South Wales (NSW) state officials warned on Monday. Held on the anniversary of European settlers’ arrival in Sydney Harbour, January 26, 1788, Australia Day has become increasingly divisive in past years with some […]

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Zydus’ drug shows promise in treating hypoxia in Covid patients

Ahmedabad, Jan 25 (IANS) Ahmedabad-headquartered global pharmaceutical company Zydus Cadila on Monday said it has received positive results from clinical trial of its drug “Desidustat” in treating hypoxia in hospitalised Covid-19 patients in Mexico. Patients infected with Covid-19 have been reported to display signs of hypoxia — a condition when oxygen levels in the body […]

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Goa govt making efforts to resume mining: Koshyari

Panaji, Jan 25 (IANS) The Goa government is making continuous efforts to resume mining in a systematic manner, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari said on Monday, in his inaugural address to the state Legislative Assembly during the winter session. “My government is continuously making efforts to resume mining in a systematic manner by rejuvenating the state’s […]

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China’s intrusion in Ladakh is rooted in Beijing’s Middle Kingdom mentality: Lobsang Sangay

By Atul AnejaNew Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) Chinas intrusion into Ladakh is rooted in Beijings Middle Kingdom mentality and the five-finger strategy of Mao Zedong for the region, says Lobsang Sangay, President of the Central Tibetan Authority (CTA). In an exclusive interview with India Narrative, Sangay said that India should not have been surprised either […]

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Goa oppn MLAs wear black armbands, demand discussion on coal transport

Panaji, Jan 25 (IANS) Goa opposition MLAs wore black armbands and raised black placards on the inaugural day of the state legislative assembly, amid fears of increased coal transportation through Goa. Immediately after Goa Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari delivered his inaugural address, Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat slammed the state government for convening a five-day […]

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‘Imaginative policymaking, 12-point agenda can restore economy post pandemic’ (Book Review)

By Vishnu MakhijaniNew Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) Indias revival in a post-pandemic world is not just about getting the economic policy right, but also about getting governance and national priorities right, political commentator and policy analyst Sanjaya Baru writes in “Beyond Coronaviruss Shadow – Mapping Indias Economic Resurgence”. A compendium of 20 scholarly essays by […]

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Aus volunteer firefighters to undergo virtual reality training

Canberra, Jan 25 (IANS) Australian volunteer firefighters will undergo a state-of-the-art virtual reality training to help them grow accustomed to a range of different emergency scenarios, officials announced on Monday. Victoria state’s Country Fire Authority (CFA) will roll out the training to 30,000 of its volunteers, who played a crucial role in the devastating 2019-20 […]

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Israel opens embassy in UAE (Ld)

Tel Aviv, Jan 25 (IANS) Israel has announced that it has opened an embassy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), following a normalisation deal signed last year to establish diplomatic ties between the two nations. Taking to Twitter on Sunday, the Foreign Ministry said: “The Israeli embassy in Abu Dhabi officially opened today with the […]

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Tricolour recipes for Republic Day

By Puja GuptaNew Delhi, Jan 25 (IANSlife) Celebrate Republic Day by indulging in culinary delights — revel and partake in our country’s love affair with delicious food! Here are a few specially curated recipes, inspired by the colours of the National Flag to help you celebrate the joyous occasion with your loved ones. Chef Rajiv […]

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The goodness of Argan oil

By Puja GuptaNew Delhi, Jan 25 (IANSlife) Argan oil has traditionally been used topically to improve the health of skin, hair, and nails. It contains a number of different beneficial properties and vitamins that form a powerful combination to boost skin health. Dr Geeta Grewal – cosmetic surgeon, beauty and health wellness expert explains some […]

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5 TTP terrorists killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Pak Army

Islamabad, Jan 25 (IANS) The Pakistan Army has announced that five terrorists of the outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militant group were killed during a security operation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. In a statement, the army’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations said that the security forces conducted two intelligence-based operations in Mir Ali and Khaisur areas […]

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120 test Covid positive in UP jail

Lucknow, Jan 25 (IANS) A total of 117 inmates and three officials of the Basti district jail in Uttar Pradesh have tested positive for Covid-19. They were found positive during random testing. Senior jail officials said that they were all asymptomatic. The barrack has been converted into an L-1 hospital where a team of doctors […]

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Sensex sheds gains amid volatile trade

Mumbai, Jan 25 (IANS) The key Indian equity indices pared initial gains on Monday morning and traded on a negative note. Selling pressure was witnessed in oil and gas, energy and auto stocks. Buying in banking and finance stocks, however, curbed the losses. Around 10 a.m., Sensex was trading at 48,791.59, lower by 86.95 points […]

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Cap on liquor limit for UP homes

Lucknow, Jan 25 (IANS) The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has now made it mandatory to have a license to keep liquor over the prescribed limit at home. As per the revised excise policy in Uttar Pradesh, “individuals will have to obtain a license to purchase, transport or keep in private possession liquor in […]

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