Vaccine diplomacy adds fresh layer to Indo-US ties

By Ateet SharmaNew Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) India’s health diplomacy is yielding unexpected results with the United States now joining the United Nations in lauding New Delhi’s vaccine heft. On Friday, the newly-appointed US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in a conversation with External Affairs Minister, S. Jaishankar, nailed Covid-19 vaccinations as a key dimension […]

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Maoists set vehicles ablaze in MP

Balaghat (MP), Jan 31 (IANS) Nearly a dozen Maoists set three vehicles on fire in the Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh which were involved in construction work on a road as 10 to 12 Maoists were reportedly involved in the incident on Sunday. According to official information, road construction work is on between Devbareilly-Malkua in […]

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Gambling racket busted in Punjab, 70 held

Chandigarh, Jan 31 (IANS) The Punjab Police’s Organised Crime Control Unit on Sunday busted a gambling racket active in Mohali district with arrest of 70 people, including 10 women, from a marriage palace. The police seized Rs 8.42 lakh cash, 47 vehicles, 40 liquor bottles, playing cards and laptops from the spot. Backgrounds of all […]

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Hyderabad market elated over PM’s praise for waste to energy plant

By Mohammed ShafeeqHyderabad, Jan 31 (IANS) Authorities at Bowenpally vegetable market here were elated on Sunday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned their innovative project to convert vegetable waste into electricity and bio-fuel in his monthly radio programme ‘Mann ki baat’. “It’s a great news and encouragement for us. We feel proud on the innovative […]

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76% students forced to watch tobacco advertisements

New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) Despite the ban on advertising of tobacco products in our country, 76 per cent of school-college students are forced to watch advertisements of tobacco companies. Also, to entice the teenagers, these companies showcase their products specially between toffee-chocolate, etc. Experts caution that it increases the risk of addiction in adolescents. […]

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EU in Afghanistan calls for ‘end to violence’

Kabul, Jan 31 (IANS) The European Unions (EU) special envoy to Afghanistan, Ronald Kobia, has called for an immediate end to violence in the war-torn country, followed by a ceasefire. Taking to Twitter on Saturday, Kobia said: “If some parties don’t like the term «ceasefire», call it truce, cessation of hostilities, moratorium, silent period. Whatever […]

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Sourav Ganguly discharged from hospital

Kolkata, Jan 31 (IANS) Former India captain and current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly was on Sunday discharged from the Apollo Gleneagles Hospital after undergoing a second round of angioplasty. According to hospital sources, Ganguly is currently doing fine. The BCCI president has been advised to be on medication and follow a strict routine for the […]

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Pick of the week (Jan 31)

KEI Industries — BuyRecommendation by Anand Rathi Share and Stock Brokers Thus, we yet believe in its sustainable growth prospects and retain our Buy rating, with a Rs 586 target (14x FY23e P/E, closer to the five-year mean), earlier Rs 485. The rising retail share and leaner balance sheet are keys to a re-rating in […]

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India will start as favourites against England, says Chappell

New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) Former Australia captain Ian Chappell believes India “will start as favourites” in the upcoming Test series against England owing to their “quality pace bowling” attack and a consistent batting top-order. India would enter the four-match series riding high on confidence following their remarkable Border-Gavaskar series win against Australia. The hosts […]

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IIT-Kanpur, IIM-Lucknow sign MoU for startup ecosystem

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh), Jan 31 (IANS) The IIT Kanpur Research and Technology Park and IIM Lucknow-Enterprise Incubation Centre (IIML-EIC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to give an impetus to innovation in the startup ecosystem in the country. Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur and Chairman Board of Technopark, said,”This association between the two world-class […]

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IHCL announces the opening of The Connaught

By IANSlife FeaturesNew Delhi, Jan 31 (IANSlife) The Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), one of South Asia’s leading hospitality companies, announced the opening of The Connaught, New Delhi situated in the heart of the historic quarter of India’s Capital. With the addition of this hotel, the company will have 15 hotels in Delhi-NCR, including two under […]

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Welcoming Indian travellers back to Sri Lanka

By IANSlife FeaturesNew Delhi, Jan 31 (IANSlife) Celebrating the spirit of resilience and renewed hope for the revival of travel in 2021, Sri Lanka has reopened its borders for international travellers around the world. To mark this momentous occasion, Resplendent Ceylon welcomes discerning Indian guests back and has partnered with Jetpooling to launch bespoke, private […]

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Taliban shadow governor arrested: Afghan govt

Kabul, Jan 31 (IANS) A Taliban militant group’s acting provincial governor for Kabul province has been arrested, the Afghan National Directorate for Security (NDS), the country’s national intelligence agency, confirmed on Sunday. “Taliban’s acting provincial shadow governor Mohammad alias Hajji Lala has been arrested by NDS Special Forces,” Xinhua news agency quoted the NDS as […]

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Pak anti-terrorism official shot dead

Islamabad, Jan 31 (IANS) A Pakistani anti-terrorism official was shot dead by an unidentified gunman in Peshawar city, according to security officials. The officials said the gunman opened fire on Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) personnel outside the Central Jail in the city on Saturday, killing the CTD inspector on the spot, reports Xinhua news agency. Another […]

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Myanmar to continue suspension of int’l flights

Yangon, Jan 31 (IANS) Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications has further extended the suspension of international commercial flights until the end of February. The Ministry on Saturday announced the extension of the restriction imposed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic which was due to end on Sunday, reports Xinhua news agency. Under the […]

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Japan set to extend state of emergency

Tokyo, Jan 31 (IANS) Japan is set to extend the state of emergency over the raging Covid-19 pandemic, as Tokyo and other surrounding areas continue to register a high number of confirmed cases, according to authorities. The final decision on whether to extend the current state of emergency in 11 of the country’s 47 prefectures […]

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Police probe blaze in England

London, Jan 31 (IANS) Police in the UK have launched an investigation into a fire which broke out at a barracks in Kent, southeastern England, where the government is holding hundreds of asylum seekers, according to a media report. Asylum seekers have been temporarily moved from the barracks following the blaze on Friday afternoon, which […]

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Notice to RTI activist for filing false complaint

Lucknow, Jan 31 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta Justice Sanjay Mishra has issued show-cause notice to RTI activist, Urvashi Sharma, who had filed a complaint against former state information commissioner (SIC) Arvind Singh Bisht in 2018. Arvind Singh Bisht, a former journalist, is a relative of Samajwadi patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav — Bisht’s daughter Aparna is […]

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Samsung working on rollable, slidable displays

Seoul, Jan 31 (IANS) South Korean tech giant Samsung has confirmed that it is working on rollable and slidable screens. Samsung Display’s Senior Vice-President Kwon-Young Choi confirmed that the company’s first rollable and slidable displays are coming this year. It is expected that Samsung’s mobile division will be the first to adopt them, reports GSMArena. […]

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Astro Zindagi (Weekly Horoscope)

BY NEERAJ DHANKHERHere is a guide to the week ahead for you. This is your forecast for February 1-7 ARIES You will be involved with money-making projects during this week. Avoid impulsive buying as it can exceed your expenditure significantly. You are also advised to stay away from taking any kind of loan or credit […]

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12 killed in blasts across Afghanistan

Kabul, Jan 31 (IANS) At least 12 people were killed in blasts across Afghanistan, officials have confirmed. In a deadly car bomb which hit a military base in Shirzad district, Nangarhar province on Saturday morning, eight soldiers were killed, the provincial government confirmed in a statement. The Taliban outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack […]

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Gandhibhavan: The largest joint family in Asia

Thiruvanathapuram, Jan 31 (IANS) Gandhibhavan situated on the banks of Kallada river in Pathanapuram, Kollam district of Kerala, can be considered as the largest joint family in Asia with destitute, orphans, cancer patients, HIV patients, TB patients, mentally deranged and terminal ill paraplegics living together in this serene ambience and atmosphere. Presently Gandhibhavan houses around […]

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OIL widens its exploration network in Northeast

By Sujit ChakrabortyGuwahati/Agartala, Jan 31 (IANS) After Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram, the state-owned Oil India Limited (OIL) has ventured out to the fourth northeastern state of Tripura, aspiring to explore natural gas by conducting a seismic survey. OIL, India’s second largest national ‘Navratna’ company after ONGC, in terms of total proved plus probable oil […]

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Fauja Singh’s sprint to a biopic

By Sukant DeepakNew Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) “Excited, elated and humbled” is how writer Khushwant Singh defines his feelings on hearing that his book ‘Turbaned Tornado’ is being made into a film by Omung Kumar B, who has to his credit ‘Mary Kom’, a sports biopic with Priyanka Chopra in the lead. Adding that it […]

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AU, UNDP launch year-long project

Addis Ababa, Jan 31 (IANS) The African Union (AU) Commission and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have kicked off a year-long project to mark the 20th anniversary since the establishment of the bloc. The year-long initiative, dubbed “AU at 20: A Renewed Call to Action for the 21st Century”, envisaged to mark the 20th anniversary […]

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US coronavirus model predicts new variants may drive up Covid-19 death toll

Washington, Jan 31 (IANS) An influential Covid-19 model has predicted a possible “spring spike” in coronavirus deaths in the United States if emerging variants rapidly spread and people let down their guard against the virus. In its latest forecast, the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) estimates the B.1.351 variant first […]

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Russia reports 19,032 new Covid-19 cases

Moscow, Jan 31 (IANS) Russia registered 19,032 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking its total to 3,832,080, the country’s Covid-19 response center said in a statement. It said that 512 new deaths were reported, taking the nationwide count to 72,697, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday. According to the statement, 3,279,964 people […]

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Kenya set to vaccinate 1.25 mn before June

Nairobi, Jan 31 (IANS) Kenya’s Ministry of Health said that 1.25 million people will be vaccinated against Covid-19 before the end of June. Mercy Mwangangi, chief administrative secretary in the Ministry of Health said on Friday that the government has prioritized the vaccination that will start in February to June, Xinhua news agency reported on […]

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Hungary approves China’s Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine

Budapest, Jan 31 (IANS) Hungary authorized the use of China’s Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine, Hungarian Chief Medical Officer Cecilia Muller said. “Today the National Institute of Pharmacy and Nutrition gave its approval for the Sinopharm vaccine,” Muller told a briefing, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday. Besides the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines acquired through the European […]

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Sasikala likely to be discharged on Sunday

Bengaluru, Jan 31 (IANS) Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa’s close aide V.K. Sasikala Natarajan is likely to be discharged on Sunday from a hospital here, where she is undergoing treatment for Covid-19, an official bulletin said. According to the bulletin, Sasikala completed 10 days of treatment on Saturday. “She has been asymptomatic and […]

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