BJP office-bearers’ meet on Feb 14

New Delhi, Feb 3 (IANS) A day-long meeting of BJP office-bearers will be held in the national capital on February 14, which will be the first meeting of the party’s office-bearers after the appointment of state in-charges and co-incharges in September last year. BJP state unit presidents and general secretaries (organisation) have also been invited […]

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Big push for infra, BMC schools to be designated as ‘Mumbai Public Schools’

Mumbai, Feb 3 (IANS) Hoping to improve the public perception towards the schools run by the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the country’s richest civic body has decided to redesignate all its schools as ‘Mumbai Public Schools’, while giving a mega-push to infrastructure development of the country’s commercial capital, BMC Commissioner I.S. Chahal said here on […]

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Singer Tulsi Kumar to host radio show

Mumbai, Feb 3 (IANS) Singer Tulsi Kumar turns radio show host for the second season of the show, Indie Hai Hum. The first season of the show, which promotes independent music artistes, was hosted by singer Darshan Raval. “Music binds people beyond everything and I am extremely grateful for being a part of this initiative. […]

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Kerala PSC turned into CPM recruitment agency: Nadda

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 3 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party National President J.P. Nadda has charged the ruling Communist Party Of India (Marxist) of turning the Kerala Public Service Commission (KPSC) into a recruitment agency for inducting its party cadres. Nadda, while addressing a press conference in Thiruvananthapuram, said the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government is filling government […]

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50-year-old woman bags 3rd rank in Law after resuming education with children

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 3 (IANS) A 50-year-old homemaker from Kuttichal, Kerala, has secured third rank in her final year LLB degree course. Jayasree, the the wife of a carpenter, had been studying law at the Thiruvananthapuram Law academy as an evening class student. Jayasree, who had acquired a post-graduate degree in Economics from University College, Thiruvananthapuram, […]

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Canada-based NGO offers free medical help to agitating farmers

New Delhi, Feb 3 (IANS) A Canada-based Non-Government Organisation, Damdami Taksal Khalsa Seva Society, is providing free medicines to the agitating farmers protesting at the Ghazipur border. Arvinder Singh, a physiotherapist associated with the NGO, told IANS, “We have been offering free-of-cost medical service to farmers since January this year.” Singh said they have set […]

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Praveen Sinha named interim CBI Director

New Delhi, Feb 3 (IANS) The government on Wednesday appointed the Central Bureau of Investigation’s Additional Director Praveen Sinha as the agency’s interim chief until a new Director is appointed. In an order, the Department of Personnel and Training said: “With reference to the approval of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, Praveen Sinha, a […]

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Pact with ISRO boosts Skyroot’s bid to launch India’s first pvt rocket

By Mohammed ShafeeqHyderabad, Feb 3 (IANS) Skyroot Aerospace’s programme to launch India’s first-ever privately-designed and developed rocket, Vikram-1, received a boost with the Department of Space entering into a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with the Hyderabad-based company building small satellite launch vehicles. The NDA signed on Tuesday will enable the company, run by former ISRO scientists, […]

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RLDA opens RFQ bids for redeveloping New Delhi Railway station

New Delhi, Feb 3 (IANS) The Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) has opened request for qualification (RFQ) bids for redevelopment of New Delhi Railway Station in which nine international and national companies have participated, officials said on Wednesday. According to the officials, the RLDA has received overwhelming response from national and international players as nine […]

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Airbus India to explore collaboration avenues in RPAS training

New Delhi, Feb 3 (IANS) Aerospace major Airbus will explore opportunities for collaboration in Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) training in India. Accordingly, the aerospace major signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with aviation training institute Flytech Aviation Academy at the ongoing ‘Aero India’ 2021 in Bengaluru. “The drone and remotely piloted aircraft industry is […]

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Telangana Governor’s husband takes Covid vaccine

Hyderabad, Feb 3 (IANS) Telangana Governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan’s husband and a frontline warrior against Covid-19 Dr. P. Soundararajan on Wednesday took the Covid-19 vaccine. The Governor congratulated him for taking the vaccine. Dr. P. Soundararajan, an eminent nephrologist and professor of Nephrology, took the vaccine on Wednesday, when his turn came as the frontline […]

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Govt warns Twitter over non-removal of accounts talking of ‘farmer genocide’

New Delhi, Feb 3 (IANS) The Indian government has sent a notice to Twitter, warning the social media platform of penal action over non-compliance of its order to remove accounts and tweets which alleged “farmer genocide” in the country, sources said. Content with the hashtag “#ModiPlanningFarmerGenocide” were posted on Twitter, which, according to the government, […]

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Koena Mitra: Powerful organisations using farmers protest as ‘weapon’ to divide us

Mumbai, Feb 3 (IANS) Powerful organisations are using the ongoing farmers’ protest in India as a weapon to divide us, actress Koena Mitra tweeted on Wednesday. It all began with international pop star Rihanna tweeting about the farmers’ protest in India, expressing her support to the movement. “why aren’t we talking about this?! #FarmersProtest,” Rihanna […]

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CanSino’s covax to continue advancing phase-3 trials: Report

Beijing, Feb 3 (IANS) China’s CanSino Biologics Inc. has got green light to continue phase-3 trials of its Covid-19 vaccine with the support of findings of an independent data monitoring committee, said media reports. The independent committee “found the drugmaker’s Covid-19 vaccine met its pre-specified primary safety and efficacy targets under an interim analysis of […]

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SpaceX Starship prototype again explodes on landing after test flight

San Francisco, Feb 3 (IANS) A prototype of SpaceX’s next generation heavy-lift rocket Starship exploded on landing after a high-altitude test flight in Texas. The prototype, Starship serial number 9 (SN9), marked the completion of SpaceX’s second high-altitude flight test of a Starship prototype from the company’s site in Cameron County, Texas, on Tuesday. Similar […]

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Ranvir Shorey, Shonali Nagrani, Ashish Vidyarthi join ‘Sunflower’ cast

Mumbai, Feb 3 (IANS) Actors Girish Kulkarni, Shonali Nagrani, Ranvir Shorey, Mukul Chaddha, Sonal Jha, Radha Bhatt, Ashish Vidyarthi, Saloni Khanna and Ashwin Kaushal will join Sunil Grover in the web series Sunflower, a situational crime comedy.  The series revolves around a middle-class housing society in Mumbai called Sunflower, with quirky characters. “Casting was the most […]

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Aerospace sector in India at an inflection point: Dassault Systemes

Bengaluru, Feb 3 (IANS) Aerospace and defense sector in India is at an inflection point and rising customer expectations for lower costs, higher standards and increased capabilities, along with growing programme complexity, continually make it more challenging to compete, French 3DExperience major Dassault Systemes said on Wednesday. As systems become more complex to design, build […]

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Kerala CM’s ex-aide Shivashankar gets bail

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 3 (IANS) The former principal secretary to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, M.Shivashankar got bail from the Economic Offence special court, Ernakulam in the dollar smuggling case. The senior bureaucrat has already got bails in the gold smuggling and money laundering cases. In the third case, he was charged for smuggling dollars to […]

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Kangana calls activist Greta Thunberg ‘spoilt brat’ for backing farmers’ protest

Mumbai, Feb 3 (IANS) Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut on Wednesday called Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg dumb and a spoilt brat for tweeting in favour of the farmers’ protest in India. “We stand in solidarity with the #FarmersProtest in India,” Greta tweeted early on Wednesday, according to India time. Greta’s tweet came in reaction to […]

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Novel injection to treat skin cancer

New York, Feb 3 (IANS) Researchers are developing a skin cancer treatment that involves injecting nanoparticles into the tumour, killing cancer cells with a two-pronged approach, as a potential alternative to surgery. The results, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, indicates that an injection-based therapy would also mean that patients […]

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Yogi govt proposes 4 more Eklavya schools

Lucknow, Feb 3 (IANS) The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has sent a proposal to the Centre to build Eklavya Model Residential Schools in Lucknow, Sonbhadra, Bijnor and Shravasti districts in the state. Eklavya schools are currently running in Bahraich and Lakhimpur in the state as well as one is under construction in Lalitpur. […]

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Wikipedia introduces new universal code of conduct

New Delhi, Feb 3 (IANS) Wikipedia has introduced a first-of-its-kind Universal Code of Conduct that expands on the project’s existing policies to create a global set of community standards for addressing negative behaviour and harassment on the site. Launched by the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that administers Wikipedia, the code’s standards include clearly defining acceptable […]

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Temperature improves in Valley

Srinagar, Feb 3 (IANS) After more than 40 days, the minimum temperature in the Kashmir Valley improved significantly on Wednesday as light snowfall and rain lashed various places in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. “Minimum temperatures have significantly improved today because of cloud cover. There has been light snowfall/rain in J&K and Ladakh during the […]

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Beijing reports no new Covid-19 cases

Beijing, Feb 3 (IANS) Beijing reported no new locally transmitted confirmed, suspected, or asymptomatic cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, the municipal health commission said Wednesday. The capital city has reported no new local infections since Saturday, the Xinhua news agency reported. The city also saw no new imported confirmed, suspected, or asymptomatic Covid-19 cases on […]

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Myanmar military forms state administration council

Yangon, Feb 3 (IANS) The Office of the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services announced formation of a new 11-membered State Administration Council under Section 419 of Constitution late on Tuesday. Chaired by Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Sen-Gen Min Aung Hlaing, the council is comprised of 10 other members including Vice-Senior General Soe Win as deputy chair, […]

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Sensex, Nifty hit fresh record highs

Mumbai, Feb 3 (IANS) The key Indian equity indices opened on a positive note on Wednesday with both Sensex and Nifty hitting new all-time highs. BSE Sensex touched a high of 50,231.39, and the Nifty50 touched a record high of 14,754.90 points during the initial trade. Healthy buying was witnessed in healthcare, consumer durables and […]

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Japan extends Covid-19 emergency period

Tokyo, Feb 3 (IANS) Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga extended the state of emergency over the Covid-19 pandemic in struggling regions for one month to March 7. With 2,324 new infections reported nationwide as of 8:20 p.m. local time on Tuesday, bringing the nation’s cumulative total of cases to 394,799 and death toll to 5,965 […]

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No phone recordings in RS: Chairman warns

New Delhi, Feb 3 (IANS) The Rajya Sabha Chairman has warned members against using of mobile phones for recording house proceedings and said it will invite “breach of privilege” if they did not desist. The Chairman has also warned media houses from using such recordings for broadcasting. M. Venkaiah Naidu said, “Any use of mobile […]

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Canada to produce Covid-19 vaccine shots before end of 2021

Ottawa, Feb 3 (IANS) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada’s National Research Council-owned Royalmount facility will produce millions of Covid-19 vaccine shots developed by Maryland-based Novavax. The Canadian company in Montreal submitted its vaccine to Health Canada for regulatory approval last Friday. Its production is expected to start in the fall this year […]

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