Amazon to help Karnataka MSMEs to spur exports

Bengaluru, Jan 28 (IANS) Global e-tailer Amazon India on Thursday signed an agreement with the Karnataka industries and commerce department to help micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) operating in the state to increase their exports on its global selling platform. “The agreement will enable Amazon to train and onboard MSMEs across the state on […]

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Plea raises issues with EIAs across country, SC seeks Centre’s reply

New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Thursday sought response from the Centre on a plea citing issues of credibility and authenticity of environmental impact assessment (EIA) reports across the country, and sought direction to set up an autonomous and independent national regulator for appraising projects and enforcing environmental conditions. A bench headed […]

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Goa govt faces heat over Mhadei issue

Panaji, Jan 28 (IANS) Amid accusations from the Opposition, Goa’s Water Resources Minister Filipe Neri Rodrigues on Thursday said his government has left no stone unturned to protect the state’s interest in its ongoing Mhadei water issue with Karnataka. Rodrigues was responding during a heated discussion on the Mhadei dispute, after a calling attention motion […]

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Radico Khaitan’ Q3 net profit up 40%

New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) Spirit maker Radico Khaitan on Thursday reported 40 per cent rise in its consolidated net profit at Rs 84.08 crore during the quarter-ended December. During the same period last year, the company had reported a net profit of Rs 59.74 crore. The company reported operational revenue of Rs 2,971.15 crore […]

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Qutub Minar to be lit up as sign for combating neglected tropical diseases

New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) January 30 will mark the second annual World Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Day, highlighting the global community’s commitment to ending such diseases that cause immeasurable suffering among the world’s most marginalised communities. India has joined the world to combat Neglected Tropical Diseases. On this day, the Qutub Minar will be […]

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From darkness let there be light

By IANSlife FeaturesNew Delhi, Jan 28 (IANSlife) Rahul Mishras third couture collection at the Haute Couture Week Spring-Summer promises hope for fashion. As a guest member of the Paris couture calendar, the designer renowned for his commitment to slow fashion makes a strong statement which inspires a renewed belief in the world couture. Mishra who […]

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Ganguly stable after undergoing angioplasty

Kolkata, Jan 28 (IANS) Former India captain and current Indian cricket board (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly successfully underwent angioplasty on Thursday and is stable, Apollo Hospital confirmed. “Dr Aftab Khan and the team comprising Dr Ashwin Mehta, Dr Devi Shetty, Sr Ajit Desai, Dr Saroj Mondal and Sr Saptarshi Basu successfully performed angioplasty on Mr […]

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International flights to remain suspended till Feb 28

New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) India on Thursday extended the suspension of scheduled commercial international flight operations to and from the country till February 28. “This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation),” an official statement said. “However, international scheduled flights may […]

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Why so many people overuse antibiotics

New York, Jan 28 (IANS) The overuse of antibiotics occurs due to the mistaken widespread belief that they are beneficial for a broad array of conditions and because many physicians are willing to prescribe antibiotics if patients ask for the medication, a new study suggests. In children, improper antibiotic use can alter the microbiome while […]

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IOC chief rules out cancellation of Tokyo Olympics

Paris, Jan 28 (IANS) International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach reiterated the IOC’s commitment to delivering the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games this summer, adding that preparation work for Beijing 2022 is also progressing steadily. “We are fully concentrated on and committed to the successful and safe delivery of the Olympic and Paralympic Games […]

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Expecting mothers at high risk of death due to Covid: Study

New York, Jan 28 (IANS) Women, take note. Contracting Covid-19 while expecting a baby can have deadly consequences, a new study suggests. The findings suggested that the Covid-19 mortality rate was 13 times higher in pregnant mothers than in similarly aged individuals. “We are gravely concerned that Covid-19-associated maternal deaths have been massively undercounted nationally […]

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11,163 government offices in Kerala turn green

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 28 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said that 11,163 government offices in the state have attained total cleanliness and green status. He said that while the target of the Haritha mission of the state government was for making 10,000 government offices green, 11,163 turned green following the active campaign by the […]

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Pak to begin Covid vaccination from next week

Islamabad, Jan 28 (IANS) Vaccination against the novel coronavirus in Pakistan is set to begin across the country from next week, a Minister has revealed. Taking to Twitter on Wednesday evening, Federal Minister for Planning, Development, Reforms, and Special Initiatives Asad Umar said: “The system for vaccination is in place. Hundreds of vaccination centres in […]

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L&T Heavy Engineering Flags off world’s heaviest LC-Max Reactors

Hazira (Gujarat), Jan 28 (IANS) The Heavy Engineering business of Larsen & Toubro, has completed and flagged off World’s Heaviest LC-Max Reactors ahead of schedule. The reactors, weighing 2,260 Metric Tons (MT) each, will enable India’s first Residue Upgradation Facility (RUF) by Hindustan Petroleum Corporation’s Visakh Refinery to convert the heaviest oils to high-quality BS-VI […]

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2 dead as car crashes in Andhra

Jaggampeta (Andhra Pradesh), Jan 28 (IANS) Two men were killed while three were injured after their car crashed into an electric pole smashing the vehicle under its weight in Andhra Pradesh’s East Godavari district on Thursday. “Around 7.30 a.m., the hatchback they were travelling in, hit a cement electric pole, which broke into two near […]

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India has successfully contained Covid pandemic: Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) With a massive decrease in the coronavirus cases, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said India has successfully contained the pandemic. “With the ‘Whole of Government’ and ‘Whole-of-society’ approach envisaged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has successfully contained the pandemic,” Dr. Vardhan said at the 23rd meeting of […]

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Why the conversation between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin would worry China

By Atul AnejaNew Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) US President Joe Bidens unexpected outreach to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) by another five years have triggered faint pangs of anxiety in China. During the telephonic conversation on Tuesday, the two leaders essentially prevented arms control, agreements to […]

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Airtel announces 5G-ready network

New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) Telecom major Bharti Airtel on Thursday announced that it has become the country’s first telecom operator to successfully demonstrate and orchestrate live 5G service over a commercial network in Hyderabad city. In a statement, Airtel said that it has done this over its existing liberalised spectrum in the 1800 MHz […]

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Palestine invites Islamic body to observe polls

Ramallah, Jan 28 (IANS) Palestine has extended an official invitation to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to observe the general elections scheduled for May 22, an official statement said. The Palestinian Central Elections Commission (PCEC) said in the statement that Chairman of the poll body Hanna Nasser handed the official invitation to OIC Representative […]

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Climate change termed as ‘global emergency’ in biggest-ever poll

United Nations, Jan 28 (IANS) Almost two-thirds of over 1.2 million people surveyed worldwide have said that climate change is a “global emergency”, urging greater action to address the crisis, results from the biggest-ever climate poll revealed. Issued on Wednesday, the UN Development Programme (UNDP)’s “People’s Climate Vote” poll also showed that people supported more […]

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Samsung posts solid Q4 results, expects weaker Q1

Seoul, Jan 28 (IANS) Samsung Electronics on Thursday said it expects downbeat first-quarter results on the weak US dollar and uncertainties over the novel coronavirus pandemic after announcing a solid fourth-quarter performance, although demand for chips and smartphones will remain strong. The company presented a conservative view on a so-called “super cycle” in the memory […]

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Saudi Arabia arrests corruption case suspects

Riyadh, Jan 28 (IANS) Saudi Arabian authorities have arrested dozens of suspects over their involvement in a corruption case worth 11.59 billion riyals ($3.09 billion), a state media report said. According to the report by the Saudi Press Agency published on Wednesday, the Oversight and Anti-Corruption Authority has cooperated with the Saudi Central Bank in […]

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NH-24, Chilla border opened for traffic

New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) The Delhi-Noida Link Road via Chilla border reopened for traffic after 57 days after the Bharatiya Kisan Union’s Bhanu faction announced its withdrawal from the farm protests against three contentious laws in the wake of the Republic Day violence. Along with the Lok Shakti group they had been occupying one […]

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Palestine welcomes US announcement on restoring ties

Ramallah, Jan 28 (IANS) A senior Palestinian official welcomed the announcement of the new US administration under President Joe Biden on restoring ties with the state. Sabri Seidam, deputy Secretary-General of the central committee of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party, told reporters here on Wednesday that the Palestinians look forward to restoring ties with […]

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UK to impose mandatory hotel quarantine on arrivals from ‘red list’ nations

London, Jan 28 (IANS) UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that the country will impose mandatory hotel quarantine for arrivals returning from “red list” nations in an effort to preventing new coronavirus variants from spreading. Travelers who return from “red list” countries will be placed in quarantine in government-designated accommodation such as hotels for […]

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186 new Covid cases recorded Telangana

Hyderabad, Jan 28 (IANS) Telangana reported 186 new Covid cases and one death during the last 24 hours, health officials said on Thursday. The cumulative tally of cases mounted to 2,93,923 while the death toll increased to 1,594. During the last 24 hours, 309 people recovered from the virus taking the cumulative recoveries to 2,89,631. […]

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Doval, US NSA discuss continuing close cooperation

By Arul LouisNew York, Jan 28 (IANS) Indian National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval and his American counterpart Jake Sullivan discussed continuing close co-operation in the Indo-Pacific region and promoting regional security, according to the White House. During their phone conversation on Wednesday, Sullivan “reaffirmed President (Joe) Biden’s commitment to a strong and enduring US-India […]

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The portrait of a music legend

By Siddhi JainNew Delhi, Jan 28 (IANSlife) Not many know that when renowned Indian classical musician and Padma Vibhushan recipient late Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan was just a child and had has difficulties in speech, his father would put him on his chest, face downwards and sing, so he would imitate and try to sing […]

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Beijing tightens curbs for upcoming Spring Festival

Beijing, Jan 28 (IANS) Authorities in Beijing have tightened Covid-19 restrictions in the Chinese capital in the wake of the upcoming Spring Festival, including the requirement of more nucleic acid tests, the municipal government said. Between Thursday to March 15, travellers from low-risk domestic areas must provide negative nucleic acid results within seven days before […]

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