Andhra announces incentives on unanimous polls

Amaravati, Jan 26 (IANS) The Andhra Pradesh government on Tuesday announced attractive financial incentives up to Rs 20 lakh in the forthcoming panchayat polls to encourage unanimous elections and thereby enable the gram panchayats to concentrate on the developmental work. “The government with a view to encourage unanimous elections to the post of sarpanches and […]

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Biden appoints 2 Indian Americans to leadership posts at US mission to UN

By Arul LouisUnited Nations, Jan 26 (IANS) President Joe Biden appointed two Indian Americans, Sohini Chatterjee and Aditi Gorur, to the leadership team of the US mission to the UN on Tuesday. The mission said that the appointments “reflect President Biden and Vice President (Kamala) Harris’s commitment to building a talented, experienced, and diverse administration […]

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Tractor rally passes off peacefully in Gurugram (Ld)

Gurugram, Jan 26 (IANS) Following their fellow protesters in the national capital, agitating farmers in Gurugram named their tractor rally on the Delhi-Jaipur Expressway (NH-48) on the occasion of Republic Day as ‘Kisan Gantantra Parade’. The tractor parade on the National Highway started from Masani barrage and Dharuhera in Rewari and reached Gurugram at around […]

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Serial killer of women arrested in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Jan 26 (IANS) Hyderabad police have arrested a serial killer who was targeting women after his wife eloped with another person. Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar on Tuesday announced the arrest of Maina Ramulu, a labourer, for killing two women. Police found that the 45-year-old was earlier involved in 16 murders and had escaped […]

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‘Higher allocation needed for power distribution infra in Budget FY22’

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) The Centre needs to come up with higher budgetary allocation for power distribution infrastructure in the upcoming Union Budget, sector stakeholders and experts said. ICRA has recommended higher budgetary allocation to strengthen the power distribution infrastructure and improve the financial viability of the distribution segment, including the implementation of amendments […]

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Anyone who wants Covid vaccine could get it ‘this Spring’: Biden

By Nikhila NatarajanNew York, Jan 26 (IANS) US President Joe Biden’s underpromise-overdeliver strategy on Covid-19 vaccine allocation landed its most optimistic message yet, pointing to vaccination for any American who wants a shot by “this Spring”. Responding to a reporter’s question on when ordinary Americans can hope to get the vaccine on demand, Biden said, […]

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Kerala reports 6,923 new Covid-19 cases

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 26 (IANS) Kerala seems to have no respite from the Covid-19 pandemic as the state reported nearly 7,000 fresh infections on Tuesday, according to health officials. Of the 60,315 samples tested, 6,923 turned positive while the positivity rate was 10.43 per cent. Meanwhile, 5,290 people were discharged from hospitals after recovering from the […]

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Akali Dal condemns violence in Delhi

Chandigarh, Jan 26 (IANS) The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Tuesday condemned the incidents of violence in Delhi as some farmers entered into the city and clashed with the police, saying the party stands for peace and communal harmony and believes in democratic values. The party also appealed to the people to maintain peace and […]

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Delhi-NCR to get major arts centre

By Sukant DeepakNew Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) The Delhi-NCR region is all set to get a major new cultural centre for the arts, a space that will encourage experimentation, research, education, residences, and performances of all kinds including visual, performing, and culinary arts. A virtual launch of Confluence Ideathon 2021 x Serendipity Arts Foundation, an […]

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Neha Dhupia joins Vidyut Jammwal in ‘Sanak’

Mumbai, Jan 26 (IANS) Actress Neha Dhupia on Tuesday confirmed joining action star Vidyut Jammwal and debutante Rukmini Maitra in the upcoming action thriller, Sanak. “Happy to be joining this cool crew… When love is in danger, nothing can stop the rage! Presenting #Sanak, our next action extravaganza, A #VipulAmrutlalShah Production, starring @mevidyutjammwal, @rukminimaitra, @nehadhupia […]

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Peaceful farmers’ rally in Gurugram on R-Day

Gurugram, Jan 26 (IANS) Over 300 tractors, SUV vehicles and motorcycles clogged the Delhi-Jaipur expressway (NH-48) near the NSG campus on Tuesday as hundreds of farmers from different states protesting against the Centre’s new farm laws streamed into Gurugram on the occasion of the 72nd Republic Day. The rally near Manesar women’s polytechnic college on […]

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Low-key Beating Retreat at Attari border

Amritsar, Jan 26 (IANS) India’s Republic Day ceremonies on Tuesday on the Indian side of the Attari-Wagah international border near Amritsar in Punjab were held in the absence of spectators due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials said. The flag-hoisting, ceremonial drill and Beating Retreat on the country’s 72nd Republic Day was a low-key affair at […]

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UK Covid-19 deaths top 100,000

London, Jan 26 (IANS) Since the onset of the still raging coronavirus pandemic in the UK, the country’s Covid-19 death toll has topped the grim milestone of 100,000 mark on Tuesday. According to health authorities, the country’s death toll now stands at 104,000, the thid highest number of fatalities after the US, Brazil and India, […]

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Pakistan urges FATF for grey list removal

By Hamza AmeerIslamabad, Jan 26 (IANS) Pakistan has asked the global watchdog on money laundering and terror financing, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to remove the country from the grey list, after it claimed to have seen the exposure of Indian propaganda by the European Union (EU) DisinfoLab. Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Interior […]

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Italian PM to resign amid pandemic criticism

Rome, Jan 26 (IANS) Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Tuesday confirmed to his Cabinet that he would tender his resignation following widespread criticism of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic in the country. Conte, who headed two coalition governments since 2018, is meeting President Sergio Mattarella, who will decide on the Prime Minister’s future, […]

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Israel halts all flights

Tel Aviv, Jan 26 (IANS) Israel on Tuesday closed its international airport to all flights as a one-week measure aimed at stopping the new coronavirus variants from entering the country. The international Ben Gurion Airport outside Tel Aviv will remain closed until January 31, when the ban is expected to be lifted, the Airport Authority […]

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Tibetan administration greets India on R-Day

Dharamsala, Jan 26 (IANS) The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) on Tuesday congratulated India and its people on the 72nd anniversary of Republic Day. A ceremony was attended by ministers, secretaries, and senior leadership of the CTA in its headquarters here. Religion and Culture Minister Karma Gelek Yuthok said: “On behalf of the Tibetan people inside […]

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Islamabad perceives Biden as pro-Pak, but with China angle striking a balance may not be easy

By Mahua VenkateshNew Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) With US President Joe Biden reversing several measures put in place by the former Donald Trump administration within hours of taking charge of the White House, Pakistan is hoping to reset its equation with Washington. According to Dawn, the Pakistan based newspaper, Islamabad has already initiated the process […]

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R-Day celebrated in Himachal amid chill (Ld)

Shimla, Jan 26 (IANS) The 72nd Republic Day was celebrated across Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday with gaiety despite a sunny but chilly morning. Governor Bandaru Dattatreya unfurled the national flag at the historic Ridge in the state capital where Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, his cabinet colleagues and government functionaries were among those present during […]

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PM dons turban at Republic Day parade

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi donned a red turban during the Republic Day parade while the other dignitaries in the government and leaders across parties were also present during the function. Prime Minister Modi donned a bright red ‘bandhej’ turban with yellow dots. Jamnagar MP Poonamben Maadam tweeted that the Prime […]

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Vax visa: Global protocol in works to reopen international travel (IANS Exclusive)

By Rohit VaidNew Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) Global parlays on additional safety measures required for reopening of international flight operations are underway. Accordingly, talks have started at the International Air Transport Association on “ways and means” to restart the economically important business activity. Industry insiders have pointed out that such talks might also be initiated […]

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Gurugram police block NH-48 near NSG campus

Gurugram, Jan 26 (IANS) In view of the farmers’ tractor rally, the Gurugram Police erected concrete barriers and containers on both sides of the Delhi-Jaipur expressway (NH-48) near the NSG campus to stop the farmers from entering the national capital. A number of trucks were stationed on the Delhi-Jaipur expressway between the NSG campus and […]

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India’s youngest state becoming strongest: Telangana Guv

Hyderabad, Jan 26 (IANS) India’s youngest state Telangana, with new schemes, new initiatives, innovations and a successful record, is emerging as the country’s strongest state, said Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan. Addressing the 72nd Republic Day parade on Tuesday, she said by implementing a plethora of innovative, unique and people-oriented schemes and programs within a short span […]

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R-Day: States, Ministries showcase social, economic progress

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) The tableaux that rolled down on the Rajpath in New Delhi during celebrations of the 72nd Republic Day on Tuesday reflected India’s cultural diversity and social and economic progress. Seventeen tableaux from Gujarat, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Tripura, West Bengal, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, […]

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R-Day celebrations: India displays military might, diversity (Ld)

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) India’s military might, cultural diversity, social and economic progress were displayed during the 72nd Republic Day celebrations at the majestic Rajpath in New Delhi on Tuesday. Representing India’s strides in indigenous defence technologies, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) contingent this year consisted of two tableaux depicting among others Light […]

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J’khand CM unfurls tricolour at 72nd R-Day (Ld)

Ranchi, Jan 26 (IANS) Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren unfurled the tricolour at Dumka district on the occasion of the 72nd Republic Day on Tuesday with much excitement and patriotic fervour. Governor Draupadi Murmu also unfurled the tricolour at the Morabadi ground in Jharkhand’s state capital Ranchi. Speaking at the Republic Day occasion, Soren said,”To […]

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4 Raj students awarded Rashtriya Bal Puraskar

Jaipur, Jan 26 (IANS) Of the 32 children awarded the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar for their exceptional abilities and outstanding accomplishments, four students jail from Rajasthan. Anand Kumar, a student from Class 11, was chosen under the scholastic achievement category. He is preparing for JEE-Advanced examination. Archit Rahul Patil of Class 9 got awarded […]

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R-Day celebrated in Himachal amid chill

Shimla, Jan 26 (IANS) The 72nd Republic Day was celebrated across Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday with gaiety despite a sunny but chilly morning. Governor Bandaru Dattatreya unfurled the national flag at the historic Ridge in the state capital where Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, his cabinet colleagues and government functionaries were among those present during […]

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Pak oppn backs out from talks with govt

Islamabad, Jan 26 (IANS) The Pakistan opposition backed out from a scheduled meeting with the Imran Khan-led government, which was expected to lower the current rife between the two sides, but instead widened the gap, a media report said on Tuesday. The meeting was slated to take place on Monday between opposition leaders and a […]

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N Korean hackers targeting cybersecurity community: Google

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) Google has identified a North Korean government hacking group that is targeting members of the cyber-security community engaging in vulnerability research. The hacking group has used multiple platforms to communicate with potential targets, including Twitter, LinkedIn, Telegram, Discord, Keybase and email. In order to build credibility and connect with security […]

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CM Shivraj leads R-Day celebrations in MP

Bhopal, Jan 26 (IANS) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday unfurled the tricolour at the SAF ground in Rewa district on the occasion of the country’s 72nd Republic Day. Several other Ministers and District Magistrates were among those who witnessed the celebrations. Chouhan took salute at the march past by various contingents […]

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Art enables recognition of other cultures: Artists behind Indian-Singaporean mural

By Siddhi JainNew Delhi, Jan 26 (IANSlife) Putting at its centre respect for the environment and passion for cross-cultural oneness, one of Singapore’s tallest murals – the recently-unveiled ‘Dancing in Unison’ – borrows from the iconic imagery of both India’s Gond art and Singapore’s contemporary art. Created by Indian Gond artist Bhajju Shyam and Singaporean […]

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China to build 30 ‘fully connected’ 5G factories by 2023

Beijing, Jan 26 (IANS) China aims to build 30 “fully connected” 5G factories in 10 key industries by 2023, as the country has fast-tracked industrial Internet development through integration with 5G technologies. Three to five industrial Internet platforms with international influence will become operational and a big data center for industrial Internet will be established […]

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100 inmates launch new carpet collection

By Puja GuptaNew Delhi, Jan 26 (IANSlife) In a new initiative titled ‘Freedom Manchaha’ 100 inmates across Jaipur Central Jail, Bikaner Central Jail and Dausa Central Jail are being taught the art of carpet weaving. Jaipur Rugs has been working towards bridging the gap between the weaver at the grassroots and the urban consumers through […]

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Odisha celebrates 72nd Republic Day

Bhubaneswar, Jan 26 (IANS) The 72nd Republic Day was celebrated across Odisha with gaiety and enthusiasm on Tuesday. Governor Ganeshi Lal unfurled the Tricolour and took the salute at the state level celebration held at the Mahatma Gandhi Marg here. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who usually unfurls the flag at Cuttack, chose to witness the […]

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